The FIFA World Cup 2022 is coming fast. With the official kick-off scheduled on November 21 this year, bettors are excited to catch football action and bet for their favourite national teams. Bettors can place wagers in various outright betting markets, including group winners. They must correctly predict the team to top their group in this outright market.
Guessing the match winner alone is difficult, but predicting the group winner is harder. Betting on FIFA 2022 takes thorough research about four teams, mainly their previous World Cup record, top goalscorers and key players, and recent matches going to the quadrennial meet.
Researching can help bettors make informed bets before taking chances on Singapore odds. Like World Cup 2022 Groups A-D, Groups E-H will also feature matchups between early title favourites and tournament darkhorses. Because of this, bettors must know the chances of each team from Groups E, F, G, and H to top their group.
As of writing, the current SG odds for Spain to win Group E is 1.92. Spain might not have the same firepower as before, but the “La Roja” remains dangerous for any opponent. The Spanish side has a great chance to top its group if passing and creativity click for them. Their strong midfield has helped them break down defences and create scoring chances, causing trouble for opponents.
However, Spain’s bid to top Group E comes with an adversary in Germany. After their early exit in FIFA 2018, the “Nationalelf” under new coach Hansi Flick looks to bounce back, and his men have the offence to do so. The Germans scored 36 times in the European qualifiers, and if Flick’s men can do the same in FIFA 2022, winning the group is imminent.
Grouped alongside world powerhouses, Japan has slim chances of gaining group leadership. Despite this, the Samurai Blue can pull off miracles, given the experience gained by their players playing in European leagues. Bettors must also remember how close the Japanese squad is to beating Belgium last 2018 in the Round of 16. The 3-2 defeat only shows their ability to score upsets.
Costa Rica might be the least favourite to win Group E per M8Bet, but bettors must not count them out already. Bettors must learn from the past performance of the “Los Ticos”. In 2014, the “Los Ticos” unprecedentedly topped Group D, including Uruguay, England, and Italy, which was that time’s “Group of Death”.
Belgium is expected to parade members of their golden generation, namely: Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, and Thibaut Courtois. Bettors can expect the Red Devils to top Group F with their star-studded roster. They must also believe that the Roberto Martinez-mentored squad can stay composed when needed.
Croatia might be the biggest hurdle for Belgium to win Group F. Led by their 35-year-old midfielder and talisman Luka Modric, the Checkered Ones remain capable of repeating their success in FIFA 2018 in Qatar this year.
With experienced stars in their lineup, Morocco can surprisingly take Group F’s number one spot. Defensively, the Moroccan side boasts world-class right-backs Achraf Hakimi, Noussair Mazraoui, and Nayef Aguerd. Youssef En-Nesyri is also expected to play for the 22-ranked team, providing them with goalscoring.
Although Canada is least favoured to top Group F, the Reds have the pieces to defy odds. Canada has potent scorers in CONCACAF Qualifiers top goalscorer Cyle Larin and Lille forward Jonathan David. The Canadian squad also has Alphonso Davies, one of today’s best full-backs in the world, to strengthen their defensive line.
Brazil is not only one of the favourites to bag the FIFA 2022 trophy but also favoured to finish first in Group G. Progressing in the knockout phase is possible for them, thanks to their prized players, including Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Raphinha, Vinicius Junior, Philippe Coutinho, and Thiago Silva.
Switzerland and Serbia are serious threats to Brazil, with bookies favouring the Swiss side slightly. The Red Crosses can top Group G with Xerdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka leading the way.
Serbia is probably the darkhorse in Group G, capable of shaking the predicted 1-2 finished by Brazil and Switzerland. Dusan Tadic has played magnificently for the “Eagles” in the qualifiers, providing creativity and flair. The Serbs can also rely on the pair of attacking threats Aleksandar Mitrovic and Luka Jovic in goalscoring. If cohesion is there for Serbia, expect group opponents to get headaches defensively.
If seasoned international performers Vincent Aboubakar and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting deliver, Cameroon has the chance to score upsets against higher-ranked groupmates. “The Indomitable Lions” are also eager to prove themselves once again after missing FIFA 2018.
Portugal is projected to win FIFA 2022 Group H. Suiting up for the “Navigators” in probably his last World Cup, the 37-year-old Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to give his all. Winning a FIFA title is the only thing Ronaldo has yet to accomplish. The UEFA Euro 2016 champion can expect Ronaldo’s Man U teammate Bruno Fernandes and Liverpool’s Diogo Jota to assist their talisman.
Uruguay is the second favourite to top Group H. Seasoned strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are expected to lead the “La Celeste” to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 2010. However, Uruguay is not only in danger of failing to secure the top spot but also advancing in the latter stages of the competition if no help is coming.
Ghana and South Korea are the least favourites to take Group H’s first spot. Ghana might not have prolific names in their lineup but expect them to challenge opponents with athleticism. Two players to watch out for the Black Stars are Arsenal’s Thomas Partey and Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus.
English Premier League (EPL) 2021-2022 Golden Boot awardee Son Heung-Kim will serve as South Korea’s main scorer this FIFA 2022. Once he finds his scoring rhythm, Son can trouble any defence presented. Unfortunately, the Taegeuk Warriors must also put extra effort into both ends of the pitch to help their team captain, mainly because the FIFA 2002 fourth placer is up against mighty Portugal and Uruguay.
Like betting on the outright FIFA 2022 winner, staking for the teams to top Groups E-H also offers difficulty for bettors. Predicting the country to take their group leadership is difficult because anything can happen in each match. Because of football’s unpredictability, bettors must consistently research the teams’ chances to win their group as FIFA World Cup 2022 comes closer.
Researching enables bettors to make knowledgeable decisions. Instead of trusting luck or gut feelings alone, bettors must stick with statistical figures, recent head-to-head matchups, and individual and team goalscoring to increase their odds of winning.