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2022 World Cup Odds: Brazil & Argentina Lead Way, USA Drifts Longer

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If you’re expecting the United States to pull off a miracle run for a World Cup title, oddsmakers will happily take your money and give you long odds.

Sportsbooks don’t believe that the USA have a realistic chance at making a serious run, and odds reflect that. The United States got as low as +8000 to win the World Cup earlier this year, but those odds have almost doubled as FanDuel has America now listed at +15000 to take home the crown.

Brazil are the outright favorites right now at +400, while their rivals Argentina follow closely behind at +550. The former last won the World Cup in 2002 while the latter last won in 1986.

There are four other teams listed at +1000 or shorter to win the title. Those would be the defending champions France (+600), 2010 champions Spain (+750), England (+800) and 2014 champions Germany (+1000) .

The Netherlands follow up at +1200, led by captain and 2019 Ballon d’Or runner-up Virgil van Dijk, while Portugal (+1400) is the final team that has odds shorter than the biggest underdog to win the tournament since odds have been tracked.

At the 1982 World Cup, Italy won as pre-tournament +1800 underdogs. Since then, no team longer than +700 before the first match of the tournament has won the World Cup.

Italy failed to qualify for their second straight World Cup, despite winning the European Championships in 2021.

Mexico is expected to have a better chance at a title run than the USA, with +9000 odds. Their best prior results are quarterfinal appearances in which they were the host nation. They have made a number of Round of 16 appearances outside of that.

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