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2022 World Cup Group Draw Results and Best Bets To Win It All
Well, it’s about that time again. The World Cup is only a handful of months away (a larger handful than normal now that the tournament starts in November) and the groups are already set. Here you’ll find the results of today’s group stage drawings, as well as my best bets to make it out of the groups and onto the later stages in the tournament.
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Anyway, here is how the groups will look in this year's 2022 World Cup, along with my predictions and best bets for who will make it out of the groups and into the second round.
Predictions: The Netherlands should make it out of Group A fairly easily, and a clean sweep with three wins really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. To follow up The Netherlands is a bit of a toss-up, but I think Ecuador has been playing incredibly well as of late, and if that form can carry over into November then they shouldn’t have a problem picking up wins against Qatar and Senegal. I’d keep an eye on Senegal though, as they’ve become a bit of an African powerhouse as of late behind the play of Sadio Mane.
- European Playoff (Ukraine/Scotland vs Wales)
Predictions: Again, Group B has a pretty clear winner found in England. They’ll be looking to rebound off of their loss at the Euros 2021, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see another three-win clean sweep from the top dog here. Ideally, the runner-up will be the USA–this is the most exciting US Soccer Team we’ve seen in some time, and I’d love to see what the young roster can do in the later stages of the tournament. However, it won’t be easy for the boys in blue, especially if Ukraine makes it out of the European Playoff.
- Saudi Arabia
Prediction: Poor Saudi Arabia. This is an incredibly tough group, headlined by three top-tier world talents. Argentina should come out on top, but I’m excited to see the war between Poland and Mexico for second place. Poland boasts one of the strongest attacking fronts behind Robert Lewandowski, but Mexico should come right back with even more firepower behind the play of Lozano, Vega, and Jimenez. At the end of the day, I think Mexico gets it done.
- IC Playoff 1 (UAB/Australia vs Peru)
Prediction: France should make it through with no issues, but I’m excited to see their matchup against a very strong and gritty Danish side. Denmark have won four of their last five, but rightfully so had a relatively easy qualifying group (made up of Scotland, Israel, Austria, the Faroe Islands, and Moldova). Luckily for Denmark, the remaining teams in the group don’t pose much of a threat–so they should come out right behind France in what is set to be a semi-competitive group.
- IC Playoff 2 (Costa Rica vs New Zealand)
Prediction: Now this group is interesting–especially if Costa Rica is able to get past New Zealand. Obviously, you look at this and immediately think Spain and Germany should come out of this group with ease–but if Costa Rica is able to get past New Zealand in the Playoff Game, then they pose a tough game for either opponent. I don’t mean to ignore Japan, but in the same breathe I kind of have to. Japan got an incredibly tough draw, and will most likely find themselves winless at the bottom of this group.
Ultimately, I have Spain and Germany coming out in that order.
Prediction: We have another sneakily good group here. Belgium and Croatia have been perpetual dark horses for the past few years, and Canada proved their strength in CONCACAF Qualifying. Belgium should be fine coming out on top, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Canada turned a few heads and snuck out on top of Croatia. They managed to qualify at the top of CONCACAF, but thanks to a fall in the FIFA World Rankings, they were given a bit of an unfavorable draw here. If Alphonso Davies can find his health back, I think Canada poses a real threat to Croatia for second place here.
Prediction: I think this might be the closest group between the bottom three teams. Brazil should qualify with ease–but Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon are all capable of grabbing that second-place spot. Right now I’m leaning toward Switzerland, but who knows–these kinds of groups are incredibly hard to predict.
- Korea Republic
Prediction: Ghana poses a bit of a threat here, but really Portugal and Uruguay should qualify with no issues. Sure, Portugal cut it a little close with their qualifying, but they should have it all figured out by November and come out of this group on top.