Friday’s World Cup draw has got everyone very excited for the tournament later this year.
We’re now a little more than seven months away from Qatar hosting the greatest competition in the sporting calendar – and it can’t come soon enough.
But who will win the 2022 World Cup?
Well, if the bookmakers are to be believed, Brazil are the favourites.
Selecao won 14 of their 17 South American qualifiers, drawing the other three to remain unbeaten. They amassed a record amount of points.
With a record like that in qualifying, it’s no wonder Brazil edge out France, England and Spain according to the odds.
And you only need to look at their squad to see why they’re rated so highly.
In fact, thanks to a brilliant graphic produced by talkSPORT, it shows Brazil have three quality players in each position with a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Let’s take you through it:
Brazil have two of the best goalkeepers in world football in their ranks in the form of Alisson and Ederson. It seems the Liverpool ‘keeper will get the nod for the World Cup. The third choice is the experienced Weverton, who play for Palmeiras.
Juventus’ Danilo is likely to get the nod ahead of Dani Alves at right-back, and his club teammate, Sandro should start at left-back in front of Alex Telles.
Brazil have four solid options at the heart of the defence with Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Gabriel and Eder Militao all competing for a starting berth.
The two central midfielders are likely to have their work cut out for them in this formation. While talkSPORT have opted for Casemiro and Fred, we think Liverpool’s Fabinho will be a starter.
Behind them, there are the likes of Bruno Guimaraes, Douglas Luiz and Arthur Melo.
This is where it gets exciting.
The left is likely to be Vinicius Junior, who is enjoying a fantastic season at Real Madrid. But he has intense competition from Gabriel Martinelli as well as Atletico Madrid’s Matheus Cunha.
On the right, Leeds’ Raphinha has impressed on the international stage and could start ahead of youngsters Antony from Ajax and Real Madrid’s Rodrygo.
In attacking midfield, Neymar will look to be the start of the show with the talented Lucas Paqueta and the rejuvenated Philippe Coutinho also options.
Three Premier League strikers will be vying for the centre forward position in the form of Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and Everton’s Richarlison.
Full squad depth
Image via talkSPORT
So. Many. Options.
One thing is for sure, we’re glad we’re not Tite. He must already be dreading having to pick his 23-man squad for the World Cup.
Brazil will face Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G in what appears to be a favourable draw. If they were to win that group, they would face the runners-up of Group H in the next round – Portugal, Ghana, South Korea or Uruguay.
You certainly want to avoid this Brazil squad for as long as possible as the world’s No.1 side look to win their sixth World Cup.