Brazil placed at the top of the list of favorites to win the World Cup. But what do bookmakers think of the USMNT, Canada or Mexico?
The draw for the World Cup group stage resulted in thrilling encounters in the main round of the finals in Qatar.
Spain and Germany will face off for qualification in Group E, while the USMNT will challenge England for a seat in the Round of 16 in Group B. Mexico will struggle to defend against the Messi’s Argentina and Lewandowski’s Poland in Group C, while CONCACAF preliminary round winners Canada will face Belgium and 2018 runners-up Croatia in Group F.
In Group G, Brazil are expected to dominate as Serbia and Switzerland aren’t considered strong enough to upset Neymar and his teammates en route to the knockout stages. For reigning world champion France, the mission is not considered too complicated either. In Group D, they will face Denmark and Tunisia.
Friday night’s draw confirmed Brazil’s status at the top of the odds competition. The bookmakers put them at +450 to lift a sixth World Cup trophy. France is just behind at +500, with England at +600 and Spain at +700. The top five ends with Messi’s Argentina at +800. Germany, Belgium, Portugal and the Netherlands all fall between +850 and +1000, with a visible gap in the odds from +2200 for Denmark. The USMNT and Canada now sit at +10,000, while Canada, despite their dominance in qualifying and a more accessible group, are even further behind at +25,000.
Qatar, making their World Cup debut, are a whopping +1800 away from passing the group stage. The hosts are at +25000 to win the tournament.
At +50,000, Saudi Arabia has the smallest chance of winning, according to the bookmakers. The same reward accompanies Costa Rica, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates, but none have qualified yet. All of them will be involved in playoff matches over the next three months to determine whether they will advance to the main round or not.
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Tough life predicted for USMNT, Canada and Mexico
Euro 2020 finalists England now sit at -2000 for reaching the knockout stages. The USMNT are third in the odds table, behind the eventual winner of the European qualifiers, which will be decided by a clash between Wales and Scotland winner against Ukraine. The USMNT sits at +140, with only Iran seen as worst placed in Group B at +210. The virtual winner of the European qualifiers is at +100.
In Group F, Canada is the underdog of the bookmakers with +320. Belgium are the group favorites at -900, while Croatia are at -200 and Morocco at +140. In Group C, Mexico is just behind Poland in the odds confrontation. Argentina are favorites to move to -2000, while Poland are now at -140. Mexico sits at -120.
USMNT reaching the semifinals earns +1400, compared to +900 for Mexico and +4000 for Canada.
A bet on one of the CONCACAF Confederation teams winning the World Cup is at +5000, with UEFA favorites at -330, followed by CONMEBOL of South America at +260.
The 2022 World Cup will be hosted by Qatar from November 21 to December 18.