2022-11-25 11:41:42

Who Will Win the World Cup? Theres Really Only One Place to Ask.

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The New York Times
By Victor Mather

Everyone from coaches to fans has an opinion on who will win the World Cup, but the bookmakers know best. And even then, nothing is a sure thing.

Whos going to win the World Cup? To get an answer, you could seek the opinion of coaches, players, pundits or fans.

Or you could ask the people who have a great financial stake in the outcome: bookmakers.

With every team having played one game, the most likely team to win the World Cup this year is, as almost every year, Brazil, according to oddsmakers around the world. But it is far from a sure thing. The teams odds are roughly 3-1, meaning at best it has about a 25 percent chance of lifting the trophy at this point.

Also considered strong contenders are France (6-1) and England and Spain (both 7-1). The next leading contender is, somewhat surprisingly, Argentina at 8-1, even though it lost its opening game to Saudi Arabia. The consensus seems to be that it will bounce back against Mexico and Poland and make it to the knockout rounds. On the other hand, Argentina was originally the second favorite at 5-1, so it certainly has slipped.

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