A total of 32 teams are taking part in Qatar’s 2022 World Cup – but which ones are predicted to go the furthest?
The World Cup is back after a four-year absence. For football fans all across the planet, this is great news! In terms of football competitions, nothing even comes close to the magic of the World Cup, so there’s plenty to be excited about.
This year, over a billion people, will watch the World Cup games from their homes. Presumably, you’re going to be one of them.
If you want to know what to expect, here are the teams predicted to do the best.
England has a point to prove after their recent Euro final loss against Italy, which ended in penalties. Since then, England has had a terrible warm-up campaign, so they’ll want to change all of that when the first game of the World Cup kicks off.
The star men? Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, and Phil Foden – they’re the ones you need to watch! If they’re on form, then England will go far, make no doubt about it.
Plus, it’s expected that Harry Kane will win the golden boot award by scoring the most goals. If you want to place a bet on the player you think will win the golden boot, look at the FIFA world cup golden boot odds.
Over recent decades, France has performed really well in international competitions. Don’t forget, they won the last World Cup back in 2018!
If Mbappe plays to his maximum capabilities – and the likes of Pogba and Kante also rise to the occasion – then there’s a strong chance that France will win back-to-back World Cups.
Because the World Cup is taking place in Qatar – a place known for its extremely hot weather – there’s some scepticism surrounding how the English and French teams will be able to handle it.
Germany has a relatively easy World Cup group that consists of Japan, Spain, and Costa Rica. Providing they comfortably beat Japan and Costa Rica, they will pass through to the next round.
In knockout rounds, Germany has a reputation for being calm under pressure. In previous World Cups, they’ve turned on the style in the quarters, semis, and finals, which is something to look out for this World Cup.
This is also expected to be Thomas Muller’s last World Cup, so you can expect him to be playing at the top of his game.
Last but not least, there’s Portugal.
Portugal is desperate to win a World Cup. They have never gotten close to doing this since their third-place finish in 1966 – which was a very long time ago.
With Ronaldo expected to retire over the next couple of years, this is his last chance to win the one trophy he has yet to get. If he and Bruno Fernandes team up well, then there’s every chance it could happen.
Portugal is the underdog you need to keep an eye on.