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World Cup Odds: France 7/1 to retain their crown in Qatar 2022

7:34 PM IST 17/07/18
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Les Bleus got the better of Croatia in Moscow and Didier Deschamps' young squad are amongst the frontrunners to go all the way in the next renewal

France won their second World Cup in Russia and bet365 believe Les Bleus will be serious contenders to defend their crown in 2022.

The online bookmaker are going 7/1 (8.0) that the European side become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to retain the trophy.

That quote is unsurprising not only because of their success in becoming world champions but the likelihood that many of the squad that triumphed in Moscow will either still feature heavily in the national set up or could be set for even bigger roles in four years’ time.

Six players who started the 4-2 win over Croatia are aged 25 or under including Kylian Mbappe, who was named young player of the tournament.

The Qatar showpiece will be a break from tradition with the tournament having been confirmed as being held in the winter.

FIFA have revealed that the competition will take place from 21 November until 18 December 2022, leaving football fans with an extra few months to wait for what will be a completely new experience on a number of levels.

Brazil are bet365's favourites with the Selecao available at 6/1 (7.0). Tite's side disappointed in Russia though and will have plenty of questions to answer if they’re to justify their position at the head of the market.

Having been market principles before the action got underway the Selecao crashed out to Belgium in the quarter finals. Spain also suffered and early exit despite being well-fancied by the betting public.

La Roja were forced into a late change of coach after Julen Lopetegui was confirmed as the new Real Madrid manager just 48 hours before the 2010 world champions got their campaign underway.

A penalty shootout defeat to the hosts in the last 16 was far from what Spain were expected to achieve but they are 7/1 (8.0) to go all the way in Qatar. Germany are also 7/1 (8.0) chances having finished bottom of Group F in Russia.

Argentina are available at 10/1 (11.0) after a largely disappointing showing in Russia but they remain shorter in the betting than semi-finalists Belgium who are 12/1 (13.0).

England come next at 14/1 (15.0) having finished fourth with a youthful squad that is expected to challenge for Euro 2020 by the bookmakers.

Italy (16/1) and Netherlands (20/1) both missed the previous tournament but are still shorter than Portugal (25/1), who could go into Qatar without their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo as he will be 37 by the time the competition takes place.

Despite finishing as Runners Up in Russia, Croatia (40/1) aren't expected to challenge on the world stage next time around.

That's an understandable quote given several key members of the current squad are expected to be past the peak of their powers. Golden Ball winner Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Danijel Subasic are already at least 30 years of age.

Uruguay and Colombia are also available at 40/1 (41.0) ahead of Chile (50/1) and Mexico who are priced at 66/1 (67.0).

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