By News Team
4th January 2022
A new year means a bucket-load of opportunities for clubs and players alike to get their hands on some of football’s biggest prizes – from the Premier League to the World Cup.
Ahead of what is set to be a massive year of football, we’ve taken a look at which clubs and players could be celebrating over the coming 12 months, and what the latest odds are for them doing so.
It was quite the 2021 for Manchester City, who not only won the Premier League title by a mammoth 12 points, but also racked up a record 36 victories from just 44 league matches across the calendar year. Pep Guardiola’s side started 2022 with a last-minute win at a much-improved Arsenal on New Year’s Day and now already find themselves 10 points clear at the top of the table, while on an impressive run of 11 straight victories in the competition. It’s no surprise then to see City top of the betting and the 1/12 odds-on favourites to secure another league title this season. With Liverpool (9/1) next in line followed by Chelsea at 22/1, there looks to be no stopping them.
While Manchester City look on course to claim another Premier League title this season, the bigger question is whether they can finally land a first ever Champions League trophy. Pep Guardiola has won European club football’s biggest prize twice as a manager, though the last time came back in 2011, meaning he is more desperate than ever for further continental glory. City fell at the final hurdle last season, losing to Chelsea in the final, but are safely through to the knockout stages of the tournament this term and are the current 11/4 favourites to go all the way. While City look to be the team to eliminate this term, Bayern Munich (7/2), Liverpool (5/1) and Chelsea (15/2) are next in line in the betting and among the other sides that will also fancy their chances of glory.
While football’s usual biggest domestic trophies will be up for grabs this year, so too will the sport’s biggest international prize: the World Cup. Come November time, all focus will turn to the 2022 edition of the tournament in Qatar, which will be staged mid-season. How players and national teams adapt to the new slot for the competition remains to be seen, but looking ahead to the World Cup it appears Brazil could be the nation to beat this year. The five-time world champions became the first South American side to qualify for Qatar back in November and are currently six points clear at the top of the CONMEBOL table having yet to lose. Boasting the likes of Neymar, Fabinho and Vinicius Junior, Brazil are the 11/2 favourites for glory, with France (6/1), England (7/1), Spain (8/1) and Germany (9/1) following behind in the betting.
Lionel Messi won a record seventh Ballon d’Or last year but there will be a few players hoping to wrestle the trophy off him in 2022 and win it for the first time. As it stands, is there a better player in the world than Mohamed Salah? The Egyptian has been in inspired form for Liverpool this season, having bagged a stunning 23 goals and nine assists from just 26 appearances. Continue that form for the rest of the year and the Ballon d’Or will no doubt be his. Salah is priced at 5/1 to win the gong in 2022, making him the joint-favourite alongside Robert Lewandowski. Many felt Lewandowski should have won it last year, and most definitely the year before when the award was cancelled. The striker is also enjoying a stellar campaign to date, with 30 goals from 25 appearances for Bayern Munich, and he’ll be determined to finally get his hands on the prize. Messi, meanwhile, is third favourite at 7/1 to make it a record-extending eighth win.