We’re eight days and thirty two matches into the 2022 World Cup and if the odds are anything to go by, we could be looking at a repeat of the 1998 final, where France defeated Brazil by three goals to nil.
Brazil are priced as strong favourites for the World Cup title () after an imposing 2-0 victory over Serbia in their opening match, with Tite's side already displaying their frightening strength in depth in forward areas.
As seems to be the case every time the World Cup comes around, Brazil entered the tournament widely tipped to come away with the famous Jules Rimet trophy.
With a typically frightening set of forward options including talisman Neymar Jr, Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr, new Barcelona signing Raphinha and Spurs’ Richarlison, amongst a host of others, it will take a shrewd defence to snuff out the Selecao in Qatar.
France are in to second favourites for World Cup glory (11/2) following wins over Australia and Denmark to secure their passage into the last 16, despite a lengthy injury list which includes a raft of key players such as Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante.
World Cup holders France travelled to Qatar aiming to put to bed the recent trend of the competition’s winners being eliminated in the group stages of the subsequent finals, with this fate suffered by predecessors Germany, Spain and Italy. And with those two Group C wins, they’ve just done that.
Despite Olivier Giroud equalling Thierry Henry’s all-time goal scoring record for Les Bleus, it is the phenomenal Kylian Mbappe who is grabbing the headlines. The lightening quick PSG front man grabbed a goal in France’s victory over Australia, and was then instrumental in seeing off Denmark. Mbappe scored twice, either side of an Andreas Christensen header, to steal the show and seal France’s qualification through to the knockout stages.
Brazil and France are two of only three teams to have won both of their opening two fixtures. The other is Portugal. Ronaldo, Fernandes, Pepe, Bernardo Silva and co are 11/1 to win the tournament, and with the kind of experience they have at their disposal, they further they progress the more they will have to come into the reckoning for tournament success.
World Cup Outright Betting
Saturday night is alright for 4 Scores Challenge players!
Over 500 bet365 customers were celebrating on Saturday night after correctly predicting all four results in the 4 Scores Challenge, earning themselves a cool £250 cash prize each!
Tunisia v Australia
Poland v Saudi Arabia
France v Denmark
Argentina v Mexico
Not only that, but bet365 also gave away £10 in bet credits to almost 10,000 players who missed out on the jackpot by just one result. This makes Saturday our most profitable day of the tournament so far for our 4 Scores Challenge players.
Bore Draw+ refund the silver lining for frustrated England fans
Our Bore Draw Money Back + Offer has been triggered for a FIFTH time during the World Cup with bet365 refunding over £14m in total after England's 0-0 draw with the USA on Friday night.
bet365’s Steve Freeth said: “We’ve enhanced our famous Bore Draw offer to include more markets as well as Bet Builders in this tournament, and on Friday night we produced our biggest refund so far.
“England’s 0-0 draw with the USA saw over £5millon worth of stakes refunded to customers, many of them Bet Builders, with the Bore Draw offer living up to its name as far as England backers were concerned.”
The ecstasy from England's 6-2 thumping of Iran has quickly evaporated after Friday's 0-0 draw against the USA, a result that brought up the same old issues for the Three Lions.
Spirits were high after that triumph and a victory over the USA, who drew 1-1 with Wales in their opener, was expected.
Unfortunately for England they put on a laboured show against the Stars and Stripes and had it not been for some poor finishing and the crossbar, Gareth Southgate's troops - who are 10/1 to lift the Jules Rimet trophy for the first time since 1966 - could have been on the end of a defeat.
As it was, they managed to see out a 0-0 draw and claim a share of the spoils.
Thrilling day of action sees 2 Goals Ahead Offer come into play!
Serbian fans were dreaming of the knockout stages when Alexandr Mitrovic fired them into a 3-1 second-half lead against Group G rivals Cameroon. A win would have moved them onto three points, ahead of a potential qualification decider against Switzerland in their final game.
That Mitrovic goal however, sparked a Cameroon comeback, with goals from Aboubakar and Choupo-Moting sealing a fine comeback. Those goals also ensured that the came into play, and bet365 paid out almost £2million on both Serbia, thanks to taking a two-goal lead, and the draw, in the Full Time result market.
As well as the thrilling result, the game will also be remembered for Aboubakar’s nonchalant finish over Serbian goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic. The forward, a second half substitute, scooped the ball over the advancing goalkeeper, to deliver one of the tournament’s outstanding goals.
The day’s action was not over though as Ghana overcame South Korea in a five goal thriller. For a second time in a matter of hours, the bet365 2 Goals Ahead Early Payout offer was invoked as we paid out on Ghana after they raced into a two goal lead.
The benefits of this offer were laid bare after South Korea were able to fight back to 2-2 in the second half thanks to an outstanding headed brace from Cho Gue-sung.
Ghana ultimately prevailed in the end, however, with Mohammed Kudus the matchwinner after registering his second goal of the day to cement his status as one of the tournament's breakout stars.