Who are the World Cup 2022 favourites?

The 2022 FIFA World Cup starts on Sunday when hosts Qatar entertain Ecuador in the opener.

It will be the first time the tournament has taken place this time of year.

With the tournament taking place outside of Europe, the sportsbooks are favouring the two South American giants to go all the way in the Middle East, with Brazil and Argentina being made the favourites.

Brazil have not won the trophy since 2002 but are still the record holders with five; winners of the competition in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.

They have the same head coach, Tite, as they had in 2018 when they entered the tournament as favourites in Russia, before bowing out at the quarter-final round in a 1-2 loss to Belgium.

With Neymar, Vinicius Jr. and a stronger defence than most recent tournaments, it’s understandable they are among the favourites.

Much of the media has been talking about how this is Lionel Messi’s final chance to replicate Diego Maradona and bring home the World Cup for Argentina. They have not done so since the latter was successful in 1986. Their other previous success came on home soil in 1978.

Messi is now 35 years old and arguably doesn’t have the talent around him that he has had in previous editions. Internazionale’s Lautaro Martinez and Manchester City’s Julian Alvarez make for an eye-catching attack. But where will the supply come from? They lack many playmakers in this team.

Their defence will certainly be challenged in the latter rounds as they do not look great on paper.

Defending champions France have been made 15/2 third favourites, closely followed by Euro 2020 runners-up England, at 8/1. The Three Lions are the same odds as Spain.

The full list of odds for the 2022 FIFA World Cup are as follows:

Brazil 10/3
Argentina 11/2
France 15/2
England 8/1
Spain 8/1
Germany 11/1
Netherlands 12/1
Portugal 14/1
Belgium 18/1
Denmark 28/1
Uruguay 40/1
Croatia 50/1
Serbia 80/1
Switzerland 100/1
Senegal 125/1
Ecuador 150/1
Poland 150/1
Mexico 150/1
USA 150/1
Canada 200/1
Morocco 200/1
Wales 200/1
Cameroon 250/1
Japan 250/1
Qatar 250/1
South Korea 250/1
Ghana 350/1
Australia 400/1
Iran 500/1
Tunisia 500/1
Costa Rica 750/1
Saudi Arabia 750/1