Host Carl Lewis chats to Zach Lowy about their FIFA World Cup favourites for Qatar later this year, which is a fascinating topic because it seems South American sides Brazil and Argentina are the front runners. Zach also touches on France, England, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Germany.
Brazil is the favourite to win this year’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar and is priced at 5.50 on Bet.co.za. Despite losing the Copa America final to Argentina last year, Tite’s side have been superb of late both in qualifying and their friendly fixtures, with players such as Neymar, Casemiro and Thiago Silva all ready to play a huge part in the tournament.
The five-time world champions – who have not won the World Cup since 2002 – have been drawn alongside Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G, and are expected to get through with no significant problems.
Holders France are priced at 7.00 and will hope to become only the third country in history to retain the World Cup, after Italy in 1938 and Brazil in 1962. Les Bleus have been drawn with Denmark, who beat them twice in the Nations League.
South American champions Argentina are 7.00 and, if Lionel Messi hits form, they will fancy their chances of beating anybody. Group C opponents Mexico and Poland should provide a stern test, but one they look well capable of passing.
Spain, world champions in 2010, are 9.00 in the betting and have performed well in both the Nations League and qualifying. Luis Enrique’s side are full of talented youngsters and could surprise everyone in Qatar.
However, Spain have been drawn in a group alongside Germany 11.00 and the fixture between the two will tell us a lot about how the sides will fare in this year’s World Cup.
World Cup groups in full
Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
Group F: Belgium, Ghana, Morocco, Croatia
Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Group H: Portugal, Canada, Uruguay, South Korea