2026 World Cup Betting Odds: Les Bleus Favored to Wrestle Back Crown

The 2022 World Cup saw France dethroned in the final. With 2026 World Cup odds on the board as we look ahead, Kylian Mbappe & Co. are favored to wrestle back the crown they earned in '18.

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2022 5:32 PM ET Read Time: 5 min
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The 2022 World Cup ended with a final for the ages, as Lionel Messi earned the crowning achievement in a flawless career. 

While Kylian Mbappe and France left the pitch in Qatar as runners-up, early odds to win the World Cup in 2026 suggest Les Bleus won't be down for long. The two-time champions are favored to take back the title in '26, with a few world heavyweights close behind.  

With the page turned from the '22 tournament, check out the 2026 World Cup odds below.

Odds to win the 2026 World Cup

Team Odds
France +450
Brazil +600
England +800
Argentina +900
Spain +900
Germany +1,000
Portugal +1,400
Netherlands +1,600
Italy +2,500
Belgium +3,300
USA +3,300
Uruguay +4,000
Mexico +5,000
Croatia +6,600
Denmark +6,600
Norway +6,600
Morocco +6,600
Switzerland +8,000
Japan +8,000
Serbia +10,000
Chile +10,000
Canada +10,000

Odds courtesy of bet365 on December 21, 2022.

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Favorites to win FIFA World Cup Qatar 2026

France (+450)

France came up short of defending their World Cup title but they're favored to wrestle it back in 2026. Kylian Mbappe leads a deep, young French core that is sure to bleed through even more elite talent between now and '26. 

Brazil (+600)

Neymar or no Neymar, Brazil are expected to contend again in three-and-a-half years, and rightfully so. From Viniscius Jr. in attack, to Bruno Guimaraes in midfield, and Eder Militao in defense, Brazil have young, elite talent at every area of the pitch. 

England (+800)

Like France, England have an elite young core with more talent to be cycled in between now and the '26 tournament. There's sure to be plenty of conversation around Harry Kane's status within the team as that time approaches but between Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham, and Bukayo Saka, there's no shortage of world-class talent. 

Argentina (+900)

Argentina walked away from arguably the greatest World Cup final ever as victors, led by Lionel Messi's immaculate performance. Messi's sure to be out of the picture come '26 but can the next generation lead them to a repeat?

Spain (+900)

Spain's exit from Qatar looked an awful lot like previous exits, in which they had very little to show from occasionally dominant play. Pedri and Gavi will make up the spine of Spain's team for years to come but they'll have plenty to round out in the coming years. 

Past winners of the FIFA World Cup

In the World Cup's 21-tournament history, 13 different countries have made the final, with eight different nations winning. Those eight are: Brazil (5), Germany (4), Italy (4), France (2), Argentina (3), Uruguay (2), England, and Spain.

Year World Cup winners Runners-up
2022 Argentina France
2018 France Croatia
2014 Germany Argentina
2010 Spain Netherlands
2006 Italy France
2002 Brazil Germany
1998 France Brazil
1994 Brazil Italy
1990 West Germany Argentina
1986 Argentina West Germany
1982 Italy West Germany
1978 Argentina Netherlands
1974 West Germany Netherlands
1970 Brazil Italy
1966 England West Germany
1962 Brazil Czechoslovakia
1958 Brazil Sweden
1954 West Germany Hungary
1950 Uruguay Brazil
1938 Italy Hungary
1934 Italy Czechoslovakia
1930 Uruguay Argentina

How to bet on the World Cup

The unrivaled excitement of the World Cup only comes once every four years, and it brings many first-time bettors to the sport. Learn everything you need to know about how to bet on soccer and the World Cup with our comprehensive guide tackling moneylines, spread, totals, and even Asian handicaps. 

FIFA World Cup futures odds

Betting on the outright winner of the FIFA World Cup is an extremely popular futures betting option and odds usually come out soon after the previous World Cup winner is crowned. These odds will adjust based on how countries and players perform leading up to the World Cup. Sportsbooks will also adjust the soccer odds based on handle and liability with certain nations.Futures odds are displayed in list form, showing each option and its odds – most often ranked from best chances to win to worst. You will usually see a plus (+) sign in front of a team's futures odds, like this:

  • France +500

This means that on a $100 bet, you would stand to win $500 if France won the World Cup. As we get closer to the World Cup final or if one team has been extremely dominant, you might see a country with a minus sign (-) ahead of its odds.

  • Brazil -110

This would mean that you have to bet $110 to win $100 on a Brazil World Cup victory. Above we have posted the American odds for the FIFA World Cup. However, these are easy to convert to decimal odds or fractional odds with our odds converter tool. 

World Cup trends

• A host country has won the World Cup five times.

• There has only been one back-to-back World Cup winning nation in history. Brazil accomplished the feat in 1958 and 1962.

• No African or North American nation has ever played in a World Cup final.

• Prior to 2022, the World Cup had been won by a European nation in the previous four tournaments.

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