The world’s biggest sporting event is here with the FIFA World Cup 2022 set to kick off in Qatar this weekend.
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Anything but a trophy lift will be a disappointment for the deserving favourites.
Brazil did not lose a match in qualifying with 40 goals scored and only five against across 17 games. Would back their reserves to get past the group stage.
Their form against Argentina the biggest concern for the five-time champs but they will likely only see them late in the tournament where the depth of the Brazilians will have them in a stronger position.
Everyone’s second favourite team has been the sexy pick for the last few World Cups and for good reason, they boast big name talent from strong European clubs and have the ability to score in bunches.
Belgium were unbeaten in their qualification group and had a goal difference of +19. They possess the firepower to win their group and sit on a favourable side of the draw.
Highest scoring team at $13 also a strong play while Kevin De Bruyne’s Golden Ball odds of $15 will come crashing down if the puts together a strong group stage showing.
Off the back of an underwhelming qualifying campaign, it will be tough going for Graham Arnold’s men in Qatar.
Fans will be buoyed by the win over Peru to qualify but it has been the Aussies inability to score that saw them almost miss the tournament.
Outside of big wins against Chinese Taipei and Nepal, the Socceroos have struggled to put goals past many of their Asian rivals. In their last five matches against 2022 World Cup teams (South Korea, Japan & Saudi Arabia) the Socceroos have scored one goal, total.
It’s feasible to see the Socceroos hold on for a draw against Tunisia so avoid the $4.80 for them to lose all group stage matches and back in the Aussies to roll in and out of Qatar without potentially hitting the back of the net.
One of the dominant forces in Asian qualifying, Iran look a great value play to progress in a group that is deceptively weak.
The form of the US team shows they struggle to play away from home soil, Wales are heavily reliant on an out of form 33-year-old in Gareth Bale and while England will find a way to progress, it isn’t out of the question to see Iran park the bus and salvage a point from that matchup.
At $4.30 Iran look a great play to grind out enough points from this group to progress to the knockouts.
England’s 2018 World Cup campaign and recent Euros run were great viewing but the results of both were not at all surprising.
They beat the teams they should have and ultimately lost to stronger sides that they could have beaten with improved tactical changes.
Unfortunately that coaching structure remains and we should see a very similar England run this time around where they top a very average Group B, benefit from a favourable Round of 16 matchup against a Group A team and then fall short in the Quarter Finals against presumably France or Denmark.
It will be coming home, until it isn’t.