Last Updated Mar 28, 2022, 9:58 AM

World Cup Odds After Italy's Defeat


Italy won’t be taking part in the World Cup for the second straight time. The 2020 European champions failed to make it to the 2018 World Cup, and they fell at home to North Macedonia on Thursday evening to crash out of World Cup qualifying. That has impacted the World Cup odds as Italy was among the top eight favoritesprior to their defeat even though they had yet to qualify for Qatar.

Odds To Win 2022 World Cup

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The overall favorite to win the World Cup is still Brazil. They have already qualified for Qatar, and they have been absolutely dominant in COMNEBOL qualifying with a 13-3-0 record. Brazil smashed Chile 4-0 on Thursday night to likely knock the Chileans out of World Cup contention. They have made it out of the Group Stage of every World Cup since 1966, so don’t expect early collapses that we have seen from other teams.

France has to be respected too. The reigning World Cup champions were sensational in Russia, and they were the favorites to win the European Championships last year. They were stunned by Switzerland in the Round of 16, yet they have more offensive firepower than any other team with Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba, and Antoine Griezmann.

It didn’t end up coming home in 2018 or 2021, but England is the best it’s been in decades under Gareth Southgate. The Three Lions made it to the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup and were runner-up at last year’s Euros. This might be England’s best chance yet to win its second major international title as Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling are in their prime.

Spain had the most dominant run of any team in recent memory last decade when La Roja claimed the 2008 Euros, 2010 World Cup, and 2012 Euros. They needed a half-decade to rebuild, but they have continually improved their results and reached the semifinals of last year’s Euros. There is finally a good mix of young talent and veterans on the roster again that makes Spain a serious threat.

Then there are the Americans. The United States is currently 90-1 to win the World Cup, and the World Cup betting odds for the Stars and Stripes slightly improved with their draw in Azteca against Mexico on Thursday night. That means a single point in the US’ final two CONCACAF matches should bring the Americans back to the World Cup. This is arguably the most talented team the US has had in quite some time, so the Americans have a real chance to make the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time since 2002.

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