Odds for England to reach the World Cup final & possible route
Odds for England to reach the World Cup final & possible route

Odds for England to reach the World Cup final & possible route

We’re taking a look at the odds for England to reach the World Cup final and the route they may have to take through Qatar 2022.

The Three Lions have not made a decider since lifting the trophy in 1966, but they did get as far as the semis at Italia 90 and again four years ago in Russia.

Gareth Southgate’s side were beaten finalists at the European Championship, only losing out to Italy on penalties.

This time around, the England to reach the World Cup final odds are 7/2 with bwin.

To assess their likely route in Qatar, we’ve examined all of the World Cup 2022 odds to see which teams are fancied to get in their way.

Senegal await in last 16?

If England can overcome Wales, the United States and Iran in Group B, they will meet the runners-up in Group A.

The Netherlands – unbeaten in their last 15 matches – are strong favourites to occupy top spot in that pool, with Senegal expected to edge out Qatar and Ecuador for the other qualifying place.

The Three Lions have never met the Lions of Teranga, but would be wary of former Liverpool star Sadio Mane.

France in the quarters?

Should England make it through to the last eight as pool winners, they will face either the table toppers in Group D or the runners-up in Group C.

France are the most likely quarter-final opponents, as the reigning world champions face Denmark and Australia in D, just as they did in 2018, alongside Tunisia.

England will be hoping Argentina finish first in C and go in another direction, leaving Mexico, Poland and Saudi Arabia to fight for second.

The Three Lions have not played France in a competitive fixture since Euro 2012, when they drew 1-1, but a good omen is that they beat Les Bleus 2-0 during the successful 1966 World Cup campaign.

England are 17/10 to reach the last four.

Belgium or Portugal next?

England cannot meet teams in Groups E to H until the semi-finals and if all goes to plan, they will take on the winner of F or H, or the second in E.

Belgium will start as hot favourites for the first of those pools ahead of Croatia, Canada and Morocco.

The Red Devils could then face a tough test against the runners-up in Group E, though, as Spain and Germany are expected to qualify in front of Japan and Costa Rica.

Portugal head the betting in Group H, with Uruguay, Ghana and South Korea their opponents.

Awaiting Cristiano Ronaldo and Co in the opening knockout round will be the Group G runners-up, set to be Switzerland, Serbia or Cameroon if Brazil fare best there.

Brazil the final obstacle?

Brazil are rated as the most likely opposition in the final, should they indeed head that section and move into the top half of the draw.

Ranked number one in the world by FIFA since March, the Selecao would start as favourites against England, with their most recent defeat in any match coming three years ago against Argentina.

In fact, meeting Southgate’s side could be a good omen. Brazil have played England four times in World Cups and have won the tournament on each occasion.

Three of those meetings ended in a Brazilian victory, with the only exception being a 0-0 draw in 1958.

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