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2022 World Cup Group E Odds, Betting Analysis: Spain, Germany Clear Favorites After Draw

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David Ramos/Getty Images. Pictured: Spain standout Ferran Torres.

Once it was confirmed Germany would be in the second pot of the draw, whichever group it was placed in would almost certainly become one of the most top heavy groups at the World Cup.

Since they’ve been paired with Spain — one of the best teams in the world and tournament favorite — the path for the underdogs is significantly more difficult than any other group and the betting odds reflect that.

Germany will begin its World Cup campaign with the third-best team of the quartet in, Japan, which could cause some problems if the Germans can’t sort out their defensive issues. They failed to get out of the group in 2018 and then nearly lost to Hungary to finish last in the Euro 2020 group too.

While this group has two clear favorites to advance, truly anything can happen in a three-match, single Round-Robin schedule.

Group E Odds/World Rankings

*Odds via FanDuel

Spain -115 2nd | 7th
New Zealand/CRC 100-1 | 100-1 71st/101st | 87th/31st
Germany +115 7th | 12th
Japan +1300 27th | 23rd

The Favorite: Spain

Spain has one major question mark at striker, as Álvaro Morata is aging and has notorious finishing issues up top. Otherwise, it’s hard to find a deeper, more talented team in the world. The midfield is young and growing in talent and ability rapidly, led by Pedri and Gavi, and they have a ton of good wide and central-midfield attackers.

The Dark Horse: Japan

In a different group, Japan would have been one of the more dangerous teams in Pot 3. Germany and Spain will probably have too much quality for Japan to get out of this group, but they rolled through AFC qualifying and have plenty of top players at big European clubs.

Potential Shock Elimination: Germany

I think manager Hansi Flick will fix some of the issues it had at the last two major events. Germany has the talent and to compete with any team in the world when playing at its best. Yet, the midfield depth behind Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka is extremely thin and the pressing style can be left wide open at the back and not always best suited for these big competitions.

2022 FIFA World Cup Odds

*Odds via BetMGM

France +550
Brazil +550
England +700
Spain +750
Germany +900
Argentina +1000
Belgium +1100
Portugal +1200
Netherlands +1600
Denmark +2800
Uruguay +4000
Croatia +5000
Serbia +6600
Qatar +6600
USA +8000
Mexico +8000
Switzerland +8000
Poland +8000
Senegal +8000
Iran +10000
Ecuador +12500
Wales +15000
Ukraine +15000
Japan +15000
Peru +15000
Morocco +15000
Ghana +15000
Cameroon +15000
South Korea +15000
Saudi Arabia +15000
Canada +15000
Australia +25000
Scotland +25000
Costa Rica +25000
Tunisia +25000
United Arab Emirates +25000
New Zealand +50000

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