Very Early 2022 World Cup Soccer Futures Odds with Expert Betting Predictions
It is just ridiculous to look ahead at futures prices for the 2022 in FIFA World Cup in Qatar right now. It's not until November of 2022, so it is still almost four years away. And with the controversies that have surrounded the host, we still can't be entirely certain that it will take place in the desert at all. Really, we could hope that it won't. We don't even have a clue what teams will look like in qualifying in most cases, never mind what they will look like in Qatar. But there are odds set for the tournament, and that's the only excuse we need to take a look. (Odds are from Bovada ):
France (+500): The French won impressively in Russia and could be even better in Qatar. This is a deserving contender. Kylian Mbappe is one of the big reasons for the optimism. He was the second-leading scorer in Russia when he was only 19-years-old. He'll be 23 in Qatar, so he will be much more experienced and closer to his prime. If I had to pick just one team, it would be this one, and I wouldn't spend much time thinking about it.
Brazil (+700): The talent is very impressive. And despite having some aging stars, they have a whole lot of young talent that will be in their prime in Qatar. The biggest thing going against Brazil, though, is themselves. They consistently underwhelm and disappoint when it matters so often now that it has to be psychological as much as anything.
Spain (+750): Like Brazil, Spain needs to get out of their own way to have the success they are clearly capable of. They have disappointed badly in the last two World Cups and in the last Euro after going on an all-time great run prior to that. They have talent to mess with the top teams, but I don't trust them at this price.
Germany (+800): I'm very surprised that Germany actually still exists as a country. I assumed that the place would be burned to the ground after they lost to South Korea in Russia and failed to advance to the knockout stage. It was a total disaster, and a lot of questions need to be asked. But there is a lot of talent out there, and they always find a way to succeed. They are always a factor, and I can't rule them out, though this price feels a touch low.
Belgium (+1100): The Belgians were a strong third in Russia. And the three most important players on that team will all be back and young enough to be at or near their best. They weren't just circumstantially successful, either - they beat Brazil before losing narrowly to France, so they earned their success. I find it tough to get completely excited about this team for some reason, but they are undoubtedly in the mix.
Argentina (+1200): They have to replace Lionel Messi - he will likely be in Qatar but no longer at his best. And even with Messi in the lineup, this team has too frequently disappointed. I'm highly skeptical of this price.
Italy (+1800): Italy didn't even make it to Russia, so they have to get over the hurdle of qualifying before we can even worry about how they will do in 2022. That should happen, though, and the team is good enough to be in the mix. I don't see them as a top-tier contender, but they are capable to making some noise.
England (+2000): Everything fell into place for this team in Russia. They had their talent lined up and ready, a decent draw, solid coaching, and so much more. Their window was wide open, and they just couldn't get it done. They made the final four, but then they lost to a Croatian side that was no match for France. So, England was close, but not that close. And it's hard to imagine them being in better shape here.
Netherlands (+2000): Like Italy, the Dutch have to worry about qualifying after the 2018 disaster before they deal with how things are going to go. The mental hurdle seems higher for this team than for Italy, and I have done well over the years by being highly skeptical about this team. I'm not going to change that up now.
Portugal (+2800): As much as any major team in recent years, the Portuguese have relied very heavily on Cristiano Ronaldo for whatever success they have enjoyed in international tournaments through his career. And while their superstar will likely still be playing in 2022, he will be 37 and far from his prime. They have more talent and will be fine in terms of performance. However, can they take a step forward while working to replace their leader? I'm skeptical.
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