In less than a month from now 32 of the best teams around the world will head to Qatar as they battle for the 22nd edition of the tournament, the FIFA World Cup 2022, the highest prize in international football. Join us, as we analyse every nation’s chances in the tournament. We will also look at one player per team, that we believe will be the most exciting one to watch out for (not the best player in the team).
Odds: 8, +700
The nation has been picked by many to go all the way to the title. Thanks to their incredible unbeaten form.
Player to watch out for: Cristian Romero
The defender has established himself as a staple in North London, having been trusted by Conte in the heart of the defence. With the emergence of Lisandro Martinez, one would expect the former Ajax man to replace Otamendi as Romero’s partner. However, Romero’s place is in no doubt.
Odds: 751, +75000
The nation is extremely unlikely to progress ahead of the likes of France and Denmark. However, the team certainly is poised for greatness, considering the quality of promising youngsters they possess.
Player to watch out for: Andrew Redmayne
Skipper Matt Ryan is likely to keep the playoffs hero out of the starting lineup. However, after his herics, it would be unfair to not include him after that legendary performance. Furthermore, do not be surprised if he is brought on for the shootouts, if they miraculously make it out of the group stages.
Odds: 18, +1700
Belgium were tipped by many to lift the trophy last time around. And they did well, reaching the semis. However, this time around the ageing squad is unlikely to go deep.
Player to watch out for: Thibaut Courtois
The big Belgian won the golden glove in Russia. The Real Madrid man needs to be at his best if they have any aspirations of challenging for the title, considering defence is their weakest attribute.
Odds: 5.5, +450
It has been 2 decades since the most successful team in the tournament has been crowned champions. They are the bookies favourites for the WC and it would be a massive let down if they fail to get into the semis.
Player to watch out for: Vinícius Júnior
The Brazilian winger makes it back to back Real Madrid players in the list. With 27 goal contributions in 35 appearances last season, it is inevitable.
Odds: 401, +40000
Group G provides an excellent chance for three teams to progress behind Brazil to the knockouts. However, there are better teams in the group to seal the second place.
Player to watch out for: Karl Toko Ekambi
Karl Toko Ekambi has had a great start to the season contributing to a goal every other match this season for Lyon. With 50 appearances to his name, watch out for the experienced forward.
Odds: 301, +30000
The nation will appear in only their second tournament. However, considering their performances in the qualifiers, they would fancy their chances ahead of Morocco and Croatia. Although, I do not see it happening.
Player to watch out for: Alphonso Davies
There is no other person you would want to rather watch than the Bavarian speedster from this side. However, be prepared to watch him in a much more advanced role if you are unaware of his role in the team.
Odds: 1001, +100000
It would certainly be the biggest shock of the tournament, if the side makes it out of the group.
Player to watch out for: Bryan Oviedo
Bryan Oviedo is certainly one of the highest profile stars in the side and has been doing well in the MLS.
Odds: 51, +5000
The Croats were the surprise package in the previous World Cup. I would not be surprised if they repeat such a performance this time around but I would not put my money on that.
Player to watch out for: Luka Modric
Despite his age, he is by far the best player his nation has ever produced. The Real Madrid player is still among the best midfielders and it would be a crime to pick someone over him.
Odds: 34, +3300
The Danes are certain to make it out of the group behind Brazil, unless something somewhere has gone drastically wrong. From then it would be interesting to see how deep they would go in the tournament.
Player to watch out for: Mikkel Damsgaard
Damsgaard has not set the league on fire since his move to Brentford. However, his club record has not been the best. The forward has always impressed for his national side and I expect him to carry on.
Odds: 251, +25000
The nation has been put in an extremely tricky group. It would be a surprise if they challenge for a spot in the knockouts. However, with the presence of certain players, never say never.
Player to watch out for: Pervis Estupinan
It is still early days to judge the full-back’s impact in Brighton. However, he has time and again proved his capabilities in Villarreal and the national team.
Odds: 9.5, +850
The three-lions are among the favourites to finally bring it home. The side certainly has the players to do so. However, it is easier said than done.
Player to watch out for: Harry Kane
The Tottenham man is expected to break Rooney’s record in this tournament. That being said, the further he is able to extend that record, the deeper would England progress.
Odds: 7.5, +650
Considering the quality and depth this side possess, the champions curse would certainly be broken. They could very well go back to back in lifting the title.
Player to watch out for: Karim Benzema
The obvious option here was Mbappe. However, how could you go against the man with the Ballon d’Or.
Odds: 12, +1100
After a disastrous campaign, last time around it would not be a difficult task to better that. However, I do not see them getting past the quarter-finals.
Player to watch out for: Kai Havertz
Despite consistently producing decent numbers Havertz has not really matched his Leverkusen numbers in London. However, he is a different player within the German setup.
Odds: 401, +40000
Ghana have one of the slightest chances to make it out of their group. They would be lucky if they are able to register a single win.
Player to watch out for: Mohammed Kudus
If Ghana intends to create any kind of problem for their opponents, Kudus has to score or create with consistency.
Odds: 751, +75000
I would be surprised if Iran ended the group stages in any position other than 4th. Despite being in good form within their confederation, they are unlikely to do it at this stage.
Player to watch out for: Mehdi Taremi
It is one of the easiest picks in this list. The Porto man has for some time been their best player. Furthermore, he has experience playing in Qatar.
Odds: 301, +30000
Japan are unfortunate to be stuck in a group that features the champions of the 2010 and 2014 tournaments. Hence, they are unlikely to proceed to the knockouts.
Player to watch out for: Takumi Minamino
The former Liverpool man failed to light up Anfield. However, for some time he has been among the stars for Japan.