The World Cup is the pinnacle of sporting entertainment for football fans everywhere, bringing with it the thrills, spills and David vs Goliath stories that keep sports fans glued to their screens. Not only that, but it's a great time for fans who love a bet, with an estimated $155 billion spent on gambling during the 2018 World Cup.
To give fans a sneak peek into what to expect from their teams this year, we’ve compiled data on every World Cup 2022 team and, based on these figures, it will give you the winner of the Qatar World Cup. Transfer valuations tend to be a good guide to how a team performs, and so this really could be an accurate predicting for the World Cup winner.
First we come to Group A, which contains the host nation. Based on the team value, we predict the Netherlands will win the group, while Senegal will pip Ecuador to the second spot.
First - Netherlands 🥇
Second - Senegal 🥈
The group much of the UK will be watching, and we predict that it’ll be fun viewing! Based on the transfer prices, we predict that England will easily top the group, while it will be heartbreak for Wales as the USA take second spot.
1st England 🥇
2nd USA 🥈
A tight group, but old heavyweights Argentina are predicted to finish at the top while Poland, powered by some of their big names, take second, ahead of Mexico.
1st Argentina 🥇
2nd Poland 🥈
A stroll in the park for France as they breeze to the top of Group D. Denmark are clear for second, ahead of Australia and Tunisia. No fairytale for the Socceroos as they finish bottom of the group.
1st France 🥇
2nd Denmark 🥈
This one is close and could go either way. Based purely on the data though, Spain will finish at the top of Group E, while Germany have to settle for second in a very, very tight league.
1st Spain 🥇
2nd Germany 🥈
Belgium, perhaps luckily, take the top spot here, in a closely matched but fairly weak group. In a tight second, the prediction is that Croatia beat Morocco, with Canada giving a good battle but coming fourth.
1st Belgium 🥇
2nd Croatia 🥈
Heavyweights Brazil dominate this group, as expected, on a presumed route straight to the final. Serbia are predicted to come a handy second, pushed all the way by Morocco.
1st Brazil 🥇
2nd Serbia 🥈
Our final group contains some of the World Cup's favourite underdogs. Portugal are banked to finish top of the group, while Uruguay win the dog fight for second and advance to the next stage. No shocks from Ghana this year.
1st Portugal 🥇
2nd Uruguay 🥈
Second Round/ Final 16
Round of 16
As the teams advance, this is where the squad valuations start making some spicy predictions. Belgium are our first high-profile casualty in the last 16, with the remainder of the teams passing their first test, as you would expect.
Netherlands vs USA - Netherlands
Argentina vs Denmark - Argentina
France v Poland - France
England vs Senegal - England
Spain vs Croatia - Spain
Brazil vs Uruguay - Brazil
Belgium vs Germany - Germany
Portugal vs Serbia - Portugal
Carnage in the quarter-finals as we lose previous winners Spain, Germany, France and the Netherlands. The dream is still alive for England – is it coming home?
Spain vs Brazil - Brazil
Netherlands vs Argentina - Argentina
Germany vs Portugal - Portugal
France vs England - England
The first semi-final is an all South-American affair between the big rivals Argentina and Brazil. Team transfer cost would suggest an easy time for Brazil, who dominate their rivals and sail into the final.
England has a much harder game against Portugal, who have a valuation close to a billion pounds themselves. The Three Lions are taken to triumph, though, and move through to the final to face Brazil.
Brazil vs Argentina - Brazil
England vs Portugal - England
The world will be watching as Brazil face England in the final game. These are the only two teams worth over a billion pounds in the tournament, and so it’s fitting that they don’t meet until the final.
In what will be sure to be a close-matched game, England are the eventual winners of the World Cup, ending years of hurt and bringing the trophy home!
Data compiled using transfermarkt.co.uk
Exchange rate of 0.88 used to convert from EUR to £
Data correct as of 14/11/2022