We're now less than five months from the FIFA World Cup with 32 nations from around the world dreaming of lifting the famous trophy. Whilst most squads will touch down in Qatar full of hope, Brazil will carry the expectations of a nation. The five-time winners are usually amongst the favourites when the FIFA World Cup comes around and this year is no different. Can Brazil win a sixth FIFA World Cup? Here we look at some of the reasons for and against the Selecao whilst we'll also provide odds from our betting partners at William Hill.
Impressive Qualification Campaign
Brazil were one of the first nations to book their place in this year's World Cup. Under the guidance of manager, Tite, Brazil remained unbeaten throughout qualification. In fact, Brazil are unbeaten in all twelve internationals since losing to Argentina in July 2021.
Strength in Depth
In each of the past three World Cups, Brazil have been accused of being a one-man team. Neymar carried the hopes of a nation on his shoulders as they fell short in successive tournaments.
Neymar remains the golden boy of Brazilian football in 2022 and scored eight goals in qualifying for this year's tournament. The PSG forward is now just three goals short of Pele's all-time scoring record for Brazil and is likely to surpass Pele's record of 77 goals in Qatar this autumn. Neymar is 20/1 to win the Golden Boot.
Unlike recent World Cup tournaments, Neymar will have plenty of support in Brazil's attacking third. There's a strong Premier League contingent in the current Brazilian squad and the likes of Richarlison, Gabriel Jesus, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Raphinha.
The Brazilian forward line has also been bolstered by the emergence of Real Madrid duo Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
For more than a decade Brazil were accused of being too lightweight, lacking the character and defensive resilience to reach the heights required to win a sixth FIFA World Cup. But those concerns now seem a thing of the past. The current Brazil side has developed a rock-solid spine with strength in depth in all departments. In Alisson and Ederson they possess two of the best goalkeepers in the world whilst their central defensive options include Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Eder Militao and Gabriel Magalhaes. The Brazilian central midfield is particularly strong, boasting the likes of Fabinho, Casemiro, Lucas Paqueta and Bruno Guimaraes.
In qualifying for the World Cup, Brazil conceded just five times in seventeen matches. Only once since the 2018 World Cup have Brazil conceded more than one goal in a competitive international.
Group Stage Fixtures
On paper, the draw has been kind to Brazil. The five-time world champions kick off their tournament against Serbia before rounding off their group with matches against Switzerland and Cameroon.
The games against Serbia and Cameroon will both be staged at the Lusail Iconic Stadium; the venue hosting the final on December 18th.
If Brazil top Group G then they could reach the final having played in just three different stadiums, playing in Lusail four times.
Potential Knockout Phase Opponents
If Brazil top Group G they'll meet the nation that finishes second in Group H. Group H consists of Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea. Whilst there are no easy games in a World Cup finals tournament, Brazil have not lost a competitive international to any of the side making up Group H since they were defeated 1-0 by Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier in 2001.
Whilst predicting any potential route is difficult, Brazil will be buoyed by the fact they'll avoid France, Argentina and England until at least the semi-final should all nations top their respective groups.
Brazil are currently the bookies' outright favourites to win this year's FIFA World Cup but they will have plenty of competition to lift the greatest prize on world football.
Qatar could be the last time we see Lionel Messi at a World Cup. Messi is 35 years old now and definitely in the twilight of his career yet he remains the talisman for Argentina. Messi finished top scorer and was voted the best player as he guided Argentina to the 2021 Copa America title. The PSG forward is priced at 14/1 to claim the Golden Boot. Argentina have not lost an international fixture since July 2019 and could be a real danger to their neighbours in Brazil.
Current world champions, France lead the European challenge and arguably possess the most potent forward line in world football. A three-man attack of Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann make France a threat to anyone.
England are also prominent in the betting with the bookies tipping Harry Kane to become the first-ever two-time World Cup Golden Boot winner. Kane is the market leader at 8/1 to claim a second successive Golden Boot.
FIFA World Cup Outright Odds
- 9/2: Brazil
- 11/2: France
- 7/1: England
- 8/1: Argentina, Spain
- 10/1: Germany
- 12/1: Portugal
- 14/1: Belgium, Netherlands
- 28/1: Denmark
- 40/1: Croatia
- 50/1: Uruguay
- 80/1: Switzerland, Serbia, Senegal
- 100/1: Mexico, Poland, USA, Wales
- 150/1: Ecuador, Ghana
- 200/1: Morocco
- 250/1: South Korea, Cameroon, Japan, Canada, Qatar
- 300/1: Tunisia
- 400/1: Australia
- 500/1: Costa Rica, Saudi Arabia, Iran
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