World Cup 2022 predictions: Which country will win it all?

Picking a World Cup winner is often a battle between who you think will win and who you want to win, and this year will be no different.

While Brazil and France have arguably the most teams in the tournament, soccer fans at home will be rooting for Argentina’s Lionel Messi or Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo to win what will be their final World Cup.

We here at FOX Sports asked our star-studded football analysts to make their picks for the World Cup Finals, as well as one dark-horse team they can see making a deep run.

Here’s what he said.

Who will play in the World Cup final and who will win?

Alexi Lalas, Brazil would win its sixth World Cup by defeating the Serbian team in the final.

stew holden, Argentina vs. France, and Argentina wins the World Cup.

Landon Donovan: France vs Brazil, and Brazil will win.

carli lloyd, Argentina would lift the trophy after defeating Denmark in the final.

Eli Wagner, I think I will go to Brazil and Germany and Brazil will take the title.

Chad Ochocinco: I think it will be France and Argentina with Argentina winning it all. I don’t think you can ever count Messi and that team out.

Doug McIntyre, As much as I would love to see Messi win the World Cup, Brazil has been my favorite to win it since the summer, and I’m sticking with it. I think they overcame Albiceleste in the All-South American semi-finals. On the other side of the bracket, I’m going with Germany, which could enter any World Cup. Die Mannschaft might enjoy the role of the unrecognized underdog.

martin rogers, If the bigger teams win their groups, the top half of the bracket becomes an outright challenge. The lower half becomes more open. To settle all this let’s go with an interesting matchup of Spain vs Portugal.

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Kelly Smith: England v Brazil in the final, which Brazil won. I think Brazil has the most talented team with great attacking players. They are very exciting to watch and I think they will convert it in this World Cup.

Maurice Edu, Messi and Argentina won the trophy after defeating a strong French team in the final.

Eniola Aluko: Argentina vs England. I would like England to win, but England have significant defensive injuries to Reece James and Ben Chilwell and limited strikers up front to support Harry Kane. If this is the final I only see Argentina winning, but I hope I’m wrong.

Warren Barton: My favorite is Brazil and it has to win, but I think Belgium can win it. The way Kevin de Bruyne is playing, they can get there.

Who is your dark-horse contender to win the World Cup?

Alexi Lalas, Serbia have the talent to play hard, and I’m picking them to go to the final.

stew holden, Apart from the common names, I would say Uruguay. Darwin Nunez is one of the top attacking talents globally and with the experience of Luis Suarez he will give teams big problems defensively. Federico Valverde has been playing some of the best football in his career, and he has always been solid defensively.

Landon Donovan: England. No one ever expected him to be successful, but he has enough qualities to win it all.

Doug McIntyre, The last dark horse to win the World Cup was West Germany in 1954. Nothing like this happens. After all, only eight teams have hoisted that beautiful golden trophy in the 92-year history of the competition. That’s why I’m going with Germany as my dark horse this year.

Picking a four-time winner might seem like cheating, but no one expected Die Mannschaft to feature in title number 5 on December 18. At +1000, gives him the sixth-best odds in the 32-country region. I’ll take that all day. Based on current form, the Germans certainly have a better chance than some of the teams in front of them, not least perennial overrated England and injury-hit holders France.

martin rogers, Denmark has the solidarity and ingenuity to go deep, as we saw at the Euro. really win it? That’s a stretch. Expect the winner to come from one of the top four favorites as usual.

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carli lloyd, Denmark. After a successful Euro 2020 and Christian Eriksen recovering from his collapse and cardiac arrest, they are hungry to win and inspire. Kasper Hjulmund has tactical flexibility within his team. Eriksen is in superb form and will cherish every moment on the field knowing how fragile life can be. This will infuse heart and confidence in the team.

Eli Wagner, Switzerland. I think when you look at their recent results in the Nations League and you look at their potential route. If they advance from their group to second, I think they move to the relatively easier side of the bracket. I think it’s a manageable route for them. [Granit] Xhaka is in incredible form, you’ve got some good experience in that team. I think that group has the potential to upset and go further than expected.

Chad Ochocinco: Senegal. They are hot right now and have been knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations. They have a group of veterans and play well together.

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Three things you need to know about Senegal

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Kelly Smith: Uruguay. They have youngsters in good form, Valverde and Bentancur in midfield, and Núñez up front, while there is serious experience at the back. The Uruguayans are tough, organized and full of quality, and they would like to send [Edinson] Cavani and Suarez were dismissed in style.

Maurice Edu, Netherlands. Despite the talent on their team – [Virgil] Van Dijk, Frankie de Jong, Memphis Depay, Cody Gakpo, etc. – I don’t consider him one of the favorites. They failed to qualify in 2018 so will have a point to prove this time around under manager Louis Van Gaal, who took them to third place in 2014.

Coby Jones: Senegal. It’s a semi-golden generation for the African champions, with top talent in all positions and Sadio Mane leading the attack.

Eniola Aluko: Portugal. They have a very experienced squad with some key young players such as Rafael Leao, who has been a very exciting player for AC Milan. cristiano [Ronaldo] He will lead the way I’m sure and will have plenty to prove his frustration at Manchester United this season. Bruno Fernandes, Ruben Neves, Ruben Dias and Joao Felix are also top players.

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Warren Barton: Senegal is one of my dark horses to do well but I don’t know if they can win it so I’m looking at someone like Spain. They are not France, they are not Belgium; They are not Brazil, they are not Argentina. I think Luis Enrique can do it with this team and these players. He has done a good job, he is a proven winner at club level and an excellent coach.

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