How is the United States losing ground? They probably aren't, but don't tell that to William Hill. Or, more readily, don't tell that to the people betting at William Hill, as the United States' odds have again dropped, per their latest figures. Qatar remains the favorite, while Australia is now second favorite.
Perhaps this is because of the delay in the announcement. Coming into today, there was a school of thought that England and the United States' best chances were with a single ballot win. Once you move on to second and third ballots, the U.S. and England have less of a chance of picking up orphaned votes, with those committee members likely to cast their lot with other, perhaps more sentimental, choices.
Maybe that explains why U.S. odds, better than even at the weekend, fell to 5/2 this morning and now stand at 11/4. Australia remains at 5/2, as it was this morning, while Qatar is also static at 4/6.
Again, these odds mean nothing save gamblers are impulsive and fickle and ... OK, I'm putting some money on the States, at this point. That number's just too good.
World Cup 2022 Odds
4/6 - Qatar
5/2 - Australia
11/4 - United States
33/1 - Japan
40/1 - South Korea