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World Cup 2022 Group Winners Preview: Aug 24
We are just a few months away from the anticipated 2022 World Cup in Qatar. When looking at the group stages there are a few teams that still have decent odds that are playable before the numbers plummet. Here are the nations I am backing to come out on top of their respective groups:
- Netherlands (Group A) - Netherlands find themselves in a group where they can seed 1st place with relative ease. Filling out the group are Senegal, Ecuador, and host nation Qatar. The toughest test for the Dutch will be their first match in the tournament against the 2022 African Nations Cup winners Senegal, which boasts the likes of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and speedy attacker Sadio Mane. Netherlands should be able to pass the test with flying colors and sail smoothly past their next two opponents. The squad is skilled immensely and the group has yet to lose a match in the calendar year. The team features Matthijs de Ligt in the back, Frenkie de Jong in the middle, and Memphis Depay and Steven Bergwijn to charge on the attack while being led and captained by an all-world CB in Virgil Van Dijk. The team should be considered a serious dark horse. This bet is almost a no-brainer and should be taken before the odds worsen. (Netherlands Group A Winner (-200) at Betway)
- France (Group D) - If the last one was too chalky for you, you’re not going to like this one. Of course, I like one of the favorites to win the whole tournament to win their group as well. The 2018 World Cup winners have been placed in a group with Denmark, Australia, and Tunisia. Denmark was able to defeat France in their UEFA Nations League encounter back in early June with a final score of 2-1. France has had a shaky set of results in the last few international fixtures going 0-2-1 since the loss to Denmark. Expect “Les Bleus” to shake things off and get things in order before November. With the spotlight shining heavily, expect players like Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe to put on a show. (France Group D Winner (-250) at Betway)
- Portugal (Group H) - In what is likely the “Last Dance” for Cristiano Ronaldo and his World Cup duties, he will have a resilient road to make it through the group stage. Slotted in a group with Uruguay, South Korea, and Ghana there will be no room for mistakes as each of these nations are capable of beating one another. Things will get interesting if Portugal finds themselves in a draw in one of their first two games against Ghana or Uruguay. This squad is the brightest it has looked in some time with names like Joao Cancelo, Bruno Fernandes, Bernado Silva, Joao Felix, Diego Jota, and the aforementioned Cristiano Ronaldo. They are simply too skilled to not be the leaders of the group. (Portugal Group H Winner -(151) at Betway)
Other bet to consider:
Netherlands, France, Portugal to win groups Parlay +250
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