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World Cup 2022 Predictions: All The Fixtures, Groups & Odds

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World Cup 2022 Predictions: All The Fixtures, Groups & Odds

The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be back for its 22nd edition on 20th November as 32 teams across all the continents battle it out in Qatar. You will find World Cup 2022 predictions for all 64 games of the FIFA World Cup 2022 on this very page, with the best bets, highest odds, and bet builder tips provided by our experts.


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World Cup Predictions: Our Betting Tips On Every Game 

Below you'll find our experts' predictions on all the Qatar World Cup fixtures, from the World Cup Group Stage to every knockout stages encounter (last-16 round, quarter finals, semi finals and the World Cup Final).

Every betting preview contains the best bets on the match, including bet builder tips, correct score predictions, enhanced odds, team news, probable line-ups, how to watch the game on TV, betting promotions and sign-up offers from estabilished and new betting sites.

FIFA World Cup Outright Winner Odds 

According to betting odds offered by the best betting sites, Brazil are the favorite to win the 2022 World Cup while France and Argentina make the top 3. England is fifth in the betting, behind Spain and ahead Germany, Netherlands, Portugal and Belgium. Nine of the first 11 teams in the betting are European Nations.


World Cup 2022 Groups 

Host nation Qatar is placed in the Group A. England have been draw in Group B with Iran, USA and Wales while the defending champions France have been drawn in Group D with Australia, Denmark, and Tunisia.

Group A

Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, and the Netherlands

The host nation Qatar may be getting overlooked due to an automatic berth in the World Cup but actually they won the 2019 Asia Cup and finished third in the 2021 Gold Cup.

Netherlands return to the World Cup after they failed to make the tournament in 2018. The Oranje performed well at Euro 2021 and should scrape through this group.

Ecuador and Senegal will probably fight for the 2nd place. With plenty of European-based players Sadio Manè above all), the African nation could advance to the knockout stage.

Group B

England, Iran, USA, and Wales

England are hot favorite to win this group, despite their recent struggles in the Nations League, where the Three Lions failed to win a single game (against Germany, Hungary and Italy) and were relegated in League B. The mixed squad of young and talented players led by captain Harry Kane should be strong enough to finish top of the group.

Wales managed to qualify via the play-off, beating Ukraine on penalties. The Dragons are a tough nut to crack and will probably battle with USA, a team that has made huge improvements in the last few years.

Iran, led by well known players such as Taremi and Alireza Jahanbakhsh can't be ruled out.

Group C

Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Poland

Argentina are clearly odds-on favorite to top this group. the Albiceleste is likely to rely upon their greatest player, Lionel Messi, for the last time in a major tournament.

The Mexico-Poland opener will probably determine who follows in second. A draw will probably see one of these two teams advancing on goal difference at the end of the group stage (and Robert Lewandowski is expected to make the difference for the Poles).

Saudi Arabia will be more than happy to avoid finishing with zero points.

Group D

France, Australia, Denmark, and Tunisia

Led by coach Didier Deschamps and superstars Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema (the 2022 Ballon D'Or), France will start the defence of their World Cup title as one of the strongest team of the tournament.

Les Blues will face a stiff competition from Denmark, as they have been defeated by the Danes few months ago.

Australia and Tunisia come without any pressure and will not go down silently.

Group E

Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, and Japan

Spain and Germany are likely progress, and the order in which they do hardly matters, because the runner-up very well could earn an easier path to the semi-finals.

Anyway, Japan and Costa Rica have caused major upsets in previous editions and surprises are always around the corner. The national team of Costa Rica qualified from a group with Uruguay, England, and Italy back in 2014.

Group F

Belgium, Canada, Morocco, and Croatia

This group is arguably one of the toughest and most competitive. Belgium are favorites but the Red Devils usually underperform in major tournaments. Croatia’s golden generation has grayed and we are not sure they can mantain the same level we saw four years ago.

Morocco are underrated but have plenty of talent in their roster while Canada is a young side with a few great prospect. These two teamscould be the dark horses of the group and, possibly, of the tournament.

Group G

Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon

Brazil are favorites to advance as top of the group by a mile, according to betting odds. Anyway, it will not be a walk in the park in our opinion.

Switzerland, who knocked out Italy in World Cup qualifiers, and Serbia will, in all likelihood, meet on the final matchday in an early elimination game but Cameroon can't be ruled out. The Indomitable Lions are not the best team by a tactical point of view but, physically, they are stronger than all the teams they will face.

Group H

Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, and the Korea Republic

This is the most levelled group of the 2022 World Cup. All four teams have chances to pregress, despite the bookies see Portugal and Uruguay occupying the first two places in the standings.

Cristiano Ronaldo is past his prime but the Portugues team has many other talented players such as Rafael Leao and Rafa Silva.

Uruguay have veterans (Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani) and youngsters (Federico Valverde, Darwin Nunez) while Heung Min Son can surely lead his national team to the knock-out stage.

Ghana are the 60th-ranked team in the world but can't be overlooked in this company.

2022 World Cup Schedule 

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar kicks off on Sunday November 20 at the Al Bayt Stadium when the hosts take on Ecuador in Group A. England will debut on the second day with their Group B match against Iran scheduled to take place just eight days after the Premier League shuts down on Monday November 21 with a 1pm UK time kick-off.

Sunday November 20

Group A: Qatar vs Ecuador (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Monday November 21

Group B: England vs Iran (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group A: Senegal vs Netherlands (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 4pm)
Group B: USA vs Wales (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)

Tuesday November 22

Group C: Argentina vs Saudi Arabia (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 10am)
Group D: Denmark vs Tunisia (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group C: Mexico vs Poland (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Group D: France vs Australia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 7pm)

Wednesday November 23

Group F: Morocco vs Croatia (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 10am)
Group E: Germany vs Japan (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group E: Spain vs Costa Rica (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 4pm)
Group F: Belgium vs Canada (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)

Thursday November 24

Group G: Switzerland vs Cameroon (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 10am)
Group H: Uruguay vs South Korea (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group H: Portugal vs Ghana (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Group G: Brazil vs Serbia (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Friday November 25

Group B: Wales vs Iran (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 10am)
Group A: Qatar vs Senegal (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 1pm)
Group A: Netherlands vs Ecuador (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 4pm)
Group B: England vs USA (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Saturday November 26

Group C: Tunisia vs Australia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 10am)
Group C: Poland vs Saudi Arabia (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group D: France vs Denmark (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Group C: Argentina vs Mexico (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Sunday November 27

Group E: Japan vs Costa Rica (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 10am)
Group F: Belgium vs Morocco (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 1pm)
Group F: Croatia vs Canada (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 4pm)
Group E: Spain vs Germany (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Monday November 28

Group G: Cameroon vs Serbia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 10am)
Group G: South Korea vs Ghana (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group H: Brazil vs Switzerland (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Group H: Portugal vs Uruguay (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Tuesday November 29

Group A: Netherlands vs Qatar (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 3pm)
Group A: Ecuador vs Senegal (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
Group B: Wales vs England (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)
Group B: Iran vs USA (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Wednesday November 30

Group D: Australia vs Denmark (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 3pm)
Group D: Tunisia vs France (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
Group C: Poland vs Argentina (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 7pm)
Group C: Saudi Arabia vs Mexico (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Thursday December 1

Group F: Croatia vs Belgium (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
Group F: Canada vs Morocco (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 3pm)
Group E: Costa Rica vs Germany (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)
Group E: Japan vs Spain (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)

Friday, December 2

Group G: South Korea vs Portugal (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
Group G: Ghana vs Uruguay (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 3pm)
Group H: Serbia vs Switzerland (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 7pm)
Group H: Cameroon vs Brazil (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Knockout matches will start on December 3.

Round of 16 schedule

Match 49 – December, 3: Winner Group A vs Runners up Group B – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 50 – December, 3:  Winners Group C vs Runners up Group D – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm

Match 52 -December, 4: Winners Group D vs Runners up Group C – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 10am

Match 51 – December, 4: Winners Group B vs Runners up Group A – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm

Match 53 -December, 5: Winners Group E vs Runners up Group F – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 10am

Match 54 – December, 5: Winners Group G vs Runners up Group H – Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm

Match 55 – December, 6: Winners Group F vs Runners up Group E – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 56 – December, 6: Winners Group H vs Runners up Group G – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm


Quarterfinal schedule

Match 58 – December, 9: Winners Match 53 vs Winners Match 54 – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 57 – December, 9: Winners Match 49 vs Winners Match 50 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am

Match 60 – December, 10: Winners Match 55 vs Winners Match 56 – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 10am

Match 59 – December, 10: Winners Match 51 vs Winners Match 52 – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


Semifinal schedule

Match 61 – December, 13: Winners Match 57 vs Winners Match 58 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm

Match 62 – December, 14: Winners Match 59 vs Winners Match 60 – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


Third-place play-off

Match 63 – December, 17: Losers Match 61 vs Losers Match 62 – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm


Final

Match 64 – December, 18: Winners Match 61 vs Winners Match 62 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am

FIFA World Cup Format 

32 teams are divided into 8 grous of 4 teams each. All the teams in each group play one another once. The first two teams of each group advance to the knock-out stage.

Each group winner faces a runner-up from one of the other groups. Nations progress by winning their matches in normal time, in extra-time or via a penalty shootout.

From 2026, the format will change again. With 16 groups of three beginning the tournament proper, the top two progress to make a 32-team knockout bracket.

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