World Cup 2022 Futures: Brazil Early Favourites

Martin Green

Monday, July 16, 2018 6:08 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 16, 2018 6:08 PM UTC

France romped to victory at the 2018 World Cup, but they are not the favourites to lift the trophy next time around. That honour belongs to another familiar side.

<p>Brazil have been installed as the favourites to win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in spite of a disappointing performance this summer. Tite’s men crashed out at the quarter-final stage, vanquished by a stronger and more disciplined Belgian side, but bookmakers feel they have enough young talent to rebound in style. They lead France, Germany and Spain in the betting, as they are expected to thrive in the heat of Qatar. But <a href="http://" title="Top Bookmakers">most punters are backing Les Bleus</a> to secure victory after they rose to the summit of world football this summer.</p><p>Kylian Mbappe and company were magnificent at this summer’s World Cup in Russia, blending steel and flair to seize the famous trophy in style. They beat Argentina in a thrilling last-16 clash, delivered a composed performance to swat Uruguay aside and then prevailed against the Belgians in the semi-finals. They dominated the final and proved extremely good value for their 4-2 victory over Croatia, who simply could not live with France’s pace, power and dynamism on the ball.</p><p>It was a pretty young French squad and the vast majority of those players should return for the 2022 showpiece. Mbappe will be 23 by then and he should grow even further in stature. Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante can still dominate the midfield, and Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti can form a solid defensive partnership for the next decade. There is also a raft of exciting talent coming through the ranks in France, so their future looks extremely bright. <a href=";a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f" rel="nofollow">Bet365</a> is offering 7/1 on them, and that looks like a tempting option if you are looking to invest in a long-term bet.</p><p>But Brazil are 6/1 with <a href=";a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f" rel="nofollow">Bet365</a> and as low as 5/1 with <a href=";a=87e126f9-4229-4364-9464-7fbff2763146" rel="nofollow">William Hill</a>, as bookmakers are convinced that the samba boys can improve under the Qatar sun. The tournament will be played in the winter, as the Middle Eastern nation would be too hot in summer, but conditions are still expected to be challenging. Odds compilers may feel that Brazilians will be better able to cope than their European counterparts. Neymar will be 30 by then, and it will be his last real chance to secure the World Cup. They will still have Philippe Coutinho in his prime, while the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Marquinhos can kick on in that time. However, the likes of Marcelo and Thiago Silva will probably be gone, so they need to blood in some fresh talent.</p><p>It will be fascinating to see how Germany and Spain (both 7/1) respond, as they endured humiliating campaigns this summer. The Spanish squad is full of old players who need to be pushed into retirement, and they will look to Isco and Marco Asensio to lead them into a bright new future. Ditto Germany, as the players that won the 2014 World Cup will be past it by 2022, and they need to rebuild around the likes of Timo Werner and Leroy Sane. Argentina are 10/1 and that looks like a risky option, as Lionel Messi will not be around in 2022 and they do not have too many exciting youngsters coming through.</p><p>Belgium are 10/1 and that does look interesting, as Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne will still be going strong in 2022. However, Vincent Kompany will have retired and Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld will be veterans, so they may struggle defensively. England look like an interesting option at 14/1. They took a young squad to Russia and still reached the semi-finals, their best performance in 28 years. They can keep the bulk of that squad together and supplement it with young talent from successful England youth teams. But right now it is hard to look past</p><p>France at 7/1 as they have a group of ferociously talented young players and many more looking to break into the first team squad.</p>
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