World Cup 2022 – A post-draw preview

The World Cup in Qatar will be like no other. It will be the first time the tournament is held in the middle east, the first where all eight stadiums are within an hour’s drive of each other, and the first time it will be played during the winter months.

It all gets underway on Monday, November 21, and following the draw we now know that England will face Iran on the opening day, just eight days after the Premier League shuts down for the tournament. The final will be held in Doha, at the Lusail Stadium, on Sunday, December 18.

So far, 29 of the 32 nations who will contest the 2022 World Cup have already booked their place, with three participants still unknown. The final three places will be decided in June at the intercontinental play-offs, as well as the European play-off final featuring Wales against either Scotland or Ukraine.

World Cup draw in full

  • Group A: Qatar, Netherlands, Senegal, Ecuador
  • Group B: England, USA, Iran, Wales/Scotland/Ukraine
  • Group C: Argentina, Mexico, Poland, Saudi Arabia
  • Group D: France, Denmark, Tunisia, UAE/Australia/Peru
  • Group E: Spain, Germany, Japan, Costa Rica/New Zealand
  • Group F: Belgium, Croatia, Morocco, Canada
  • Group G: Brazil, Switzerland, Serbia, Cameroon
  • Group H: Portugal, Uruguay, South Korea, Ghana

Who are the favourites to win the 2022 World Cup?

England are among the favourites to win the World Cup in Qatar, after reaching the final of Euro 2020 last year, and reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup. William Hill have priced the Three Lions at 6/1, which has come in from 7/1 having received a favourable draw in the group stages.

Brazil are the favourites to win the tournament with William Hill who offer them at odds of 5/1, and they too will be pleased with the opening draw they received. Current holders of the World Cup, France, are second favourites at 11/2.

Elsewhere, Spain, Germany, Argentina and Belgium sit towards the head of the market.

Who are favourites to win their group?

The Netherlands are favourites to win Group A, with William Hill pricing them at 4/6. Senegal, who will feature Sadio Mane and winners of the Africa Cup of Nations, could be their main opponents for top spot, but hosts Qatar, are not expected to threaten the knockout stages, with them being priced at 150/1 to win the group.

England are strong favourites to win Group B, having been drawn to face Iran, the USA, and the winner of the European play-off. They are currently priced at 4/11 to finish top of the group, but those odds will change when the outcome of that play-off is known.

Argentina are 4/9 favourites to win Group C, but Mexico and Poland will be stiff opposition. Mexico are 4/1 to top the group, but Poland look an interesting price at 7/2 to cause an upset.

France are the favourites to win Group D at 2/5 with William Hill. However, Denmark surprised a few when reaching the semi-finals at Euro 2020 and shouldn’t be written off as potential group winners and are priced at 3/1 to do so.

One of the most intriguing groups is Group E, where Spain and Germany have been drawn together. Spain are slight favourites to win the group at 4/5, while the Germans are priced at 11/10.

Belgium will be confident of winning Group F with Croatia, Morocco and Canada in their group. William Hill have them at 2/5 favourites to do so – and it’s hard to argue against that.

Pre-tournament favourites Brazil are expected to win Group G, but it will be interesting to see who qualifies with them. To make the knockout stages, Switzerland are 5/6, while Serbia are 6/5. Cameroon are interesting at 11/4.

Group H looks to be the tightest group, with Portugal favourites to win it at 8/15 with William Hill. But Uruguay, Ghana and South Korea can all spring a surprise and even could top the table themselves.

Don’t forget to check our other betting tips!