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The World Cup is almost here, and the odds are stacked against you.

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Jul-26 04:07 first published at 04:07 AM


World Cup defending champions France is attempting to defend their title, but is there a team capable of defying the odds and surprising bettors? The event on FOX Sports in Qatar is only a few months away, and bettors are already placing futures bets. Let’s take a look at a couple of long shots that could ruffle some feathers come fall. The odds for the 2022 FIFA World Cup have been revealed — Alexi Lalas and Stu Holden make their first selections.
Alexi Lalas, David Mosse, and Stu Holden look at the “way too early” FOX Bet odds and make their predictions and picks one year out from the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
According to FOX Sports soccer analyst Doug McIntyre, underdogs rarely win the World Cup.
“Over the last 50 years, only eight nations have won soccer’s biggest prize, with only three first-time champions,” McIntyre explained.
But, when it comes to underdogs, they’ve certainly made a noise on the world’s grandest stage.
Since the 1978 World Cup, Italy was the biggest underdog to win it all in 2006. There haven’t been many underdog World Cup winners since then, but some surprise teams have had fun runs. Cameroon reached the quarterfinals in 1990, but were defeated 3-2 by England. South Korea advanced to the semifinals of the 2002 World Cup, but were defeated by Germany, 1-0. Croatia reached the finals in 2018, but were defeated 4-2 by France. These teams have demonstrated that, while it is uncommon, long shots should not be ruled out when placing futures bets. There is plenty of talent on these rosters to go around, so let’s take a look at some sleeper teams that could make deep runs and, more importantly, teams that might be worth a wager. FOX Bet Associate Trader Steven Hemke believes two long-shot teams will make a splash at the World Cup: Senegal is 80-1, and Canada is 150-1. “Senegal, the African Nations Cup champions, boasts a wealth of talent in Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich), [Abdoulaye] Diallo, Gueye, [Kalidou] Koulibaly, and a top keeper in Edouard Mendy (Chelsea),” Hemke said. “They should advance from Group A, where they will face hosts Qatar, Ecuador, and the Netherlands.” Senegal is in a difficult situation because they are playing the host at home, but if they can dominate that game and make a statement, they will be well on their way to making a run. PICK: Senegal +8000 at FOX Bet to win the World Cup (bet $10 to win $810 total). They are, however, not the only unexpected team to keep an eye on. “Canada is in a difficult Group F, but if they can beat Croatia, they could find themselves in the second round at a high price,” Hemke explained. “They also have some top talent, including proven international goal scorers Alphonso Davies, Cyle Larin, and Jonathan David.” Under coach John Herdman, they displayed outstanding team and defensive play, producing results in all four games played against the United States and Mexico during qualification.” PICK: Canada +15000 at FOX Bet to win the World Cup (bet $10 to win $1,510 total). Let us not forget to show our love and support for our home team. The USMNT is not a team to take lightly. Jason McIntyre, a FOX Sports betting expert, explains why. “With an average age of 24.3, the United States is by far the youngest team in the field.” Ecuador comes in second with a score of 26.3. The good news is the stench of failing to qualify for the 2018 Cup is not attached to this group, many of whom were teenagers at the time,” McIntyre said. “There is a chance that the United States will not have a player 30 or older on its World Cup roster.” Gone are stalwarts Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore; enter budding stars like Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund) and Weston McKennie (Juventus).” McIntyre believes Team USA’s game against England is most critical, but if they win that, look out. He also believes in the strength and talent of this roster. “On paper, this is a more talented team than the 2002 group that reached the World Cup 2002 quarterfinals,” McIntyre stated. “This is the most global talent the U.S. has ever had: 22-year-old Timothy Weah plays in France’s top league; 23-year-old Tyler Adams stars in Germany; 21-year-old Sergino Dest in Barcelona; 24-year-old Antonee Robinson for Fulham.” PICK: USMNT +8000 at FOX Bet (bet $10 to win $810 total) to win the World Cup If you want to bet on these surprise teams, head on over to FOX Bet to place your wagers. Download the FOX Super 6 app for your chance to win thousands of dollars on the biggest sporting events each and every week! Just make your picks and you could win the grand prize. Download and play today! Get more from FIFA Club World Cup Follow your favorites to get information about games, news and more.

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