France and Brazil may be the early favorites for the 2022 World Cup but are they worth betting? In this article, we will take a look at the current odds for every nation heading into the second half of qualifiers. All odds displayed are from FanDuel Sportsbook and have been updated for December.
Best World Cup Bet from AFC: Japan
The Japanese Men’s National Team is currently ranked 26 in the latest FIFA rankings. They are currently second in their qualification group four points behind Saudi Arabia. Despite that, they are still a very talented team as they come off of a Round Of 16 appearance in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. They have players who mix it up in every top 5 leagues in Europe during the club season. Most notably they have Takehiro Tomiyasu who is making regular appearances on the pitch with Premier League side Arsenal.
Current World Cup Odds for Asian Nations
South Korea +50000
Saudi Arabia +150000
Best Bet from CAF: Egypt
As long as Mo Salah is healthy and on the pitch, you can never count the Egyptians out of a potential World Cup Title run. Salah is currently lighting the EPL on fire as one of the best young players in the game. He has set the record for the fewest appearances taken to reach 100 Goals in Liverpool history as well as becoming the highest-scoring African player in EPL history. Do not count Egypt out of contention as long as Salah keeps up his world-class play.
Current World Cup Odds for African Nations
Best World Cup Bet from CONMEBOL: Argentina
Two words, Lio Messi, he is according to some The best player in the world. He can seemingly strike from any distance on the pitch as well as find teammates for crucial assists when needed. He is also expected to be well-rested heading into the next World Cup as Argentina is already qualified, he will likely skip national team duty to focus on recovery and his club duties. Backed by Di Maria and Otamendi they create a perfect “Big 3” to help guide Argentina to their first World Cup in 36 years, next November in Qatar.
Current World Cup Odds for South America Nations
Best World Cup from CONCACAF: United States
2021 has been a change of the guard in North American soccer. The United States has become the king of CONCACAF by beating Mexico three times in one calendar year. It’s a new wave of Americans as they welcome a golden generation of young superstars playing important minutes in top five leagues and Champions Leagues action. Not only do they have the best shot in their region to win in 2022 they are hosting in 2026 and that’s when they will be in their prime and they will really be dangerous.
Current Wolrd Cup Odds for North America Nations
Costa Rica +75000
Best Bet Out of Oceania:New Zealand
All signs point to the Oceana regional having a qualifier and that’s for their top-ranked team advancing which is New Zealand. At the time of this writing, there are no odds listed for the Oceania region as it is unknown how their qualifying process will work due to several pushbacks because of COVID-19 .
Best Bet Out of UEFA: Italy
The defending European champions will be on a mission to erase the mistakes of 2018 and prove that they are still the measuring stick in European International Soccer. Led by a mix of grizzled vets like Bonnuchi and Chiellini and young stars like Locatelli and Chiesa they will be a tough out for any team. Sorry English fans, it’s not coming home in 2022 either.
Current World Cup Odds for European Nations
Northern Ireland +100000
*REMINDER: These picks can change at any time due to the fact that some of these teams have not officially qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as of this writing (11/29/2021)*