2022 World Cup Betting Preview: Group B Odds

Written By Dan Tracey on September 21, 2022
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As we count down to the biggest tournament in the world, FIFA World Cup odds are already adjusting with news and wagers until the first ball is kicked. It is fair to say that the excitement levels are begging to increase. Especially as we have begun our group-by-group stage guide to the tournament and with Group A odds being covered in our previous article, it is now time to analyze what may happen within World Cup Group B odds. 

Group B Team Previews

Each team plays the others in the group once. The top-two finishers after Round Robin play advance from the group to a single-elimination knockout stage. Wins earn three points. A draw is worth one point. A loss is worth zero points. 

United States

Outright Odds : After missing out on the finals four years ago, the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) are back on the biggest stage of them all. With failure to qualify in 2018 now in the past, it is up to the present to go up against the best in world soccer.

That failure to reach Russia in 2018 was undoubtedly a bitter pill to swallow for the American soccer community, but it may have been the best medicine of all – medicine that has come in a huge overhaul in the running of the team.

An overhaul that has seen the head coach baton handed to Gregg Berhalter and with the former international defender cultivating a squad that has plenty of European club experience, the United States are certainly worth a look when it comes to dark horse bet.  

Group Qualification Odds : When looking at the draw and each of the eight groups, the likely battle for second in Group B could be the one most interesting of all. With little between the United States and Wales, their meeting is likely to define who also reaches the Round of 16.

That is why Christian Pulisic is going to need to find the form that earns him the moniker of ‘Captain America’ than opposed to the form that sees him only warming the substitutes bench for Chelsea.

If Gregg Berhalter can get the best out of his very best, then it may just give the United States the edge and what better incentive is there for Pulisic than potentially scoring against some of his Premier League counterparts.

England

Outright Odds : First up, our focus takes us to England’s Three Lions and with Gareth Southgate’s men currently being considered as second favorites in the outright market. A trip to Qatar could see them crowned as world champions in December. 

Especially when you consider the level of talent that will travel to the Middle East and with Tottenham’s Harry Kane leading the charge, the favorite in Golden Boot odds will be tasked with providing England’s goal supply.

After finishing runners-up in last year’s European Championships, England have suffered an international hangover of sorts. With their recent UEFA Nations League performances leaving much to be desired, the squad will have to rediscover their spark before the World Cup begins.

However, even with a set of indifferent performances in the Nations League, England should certainly not be overlooked. With the weight of the nation’s expectation on their shoulders, the class of 2022 may finally emulate the class of 1966.

Group Qualification Odds : With England being second favourites in the outright odds, it is perhaps no surprise they are also the shortest price when it comes to qualification out of Group B. Although the draw has been rather kind to them, there is an extra incentive to finish top.

Because a meeting with the Netherlands being the likely reward for the group runners-up, the prospect of a Round 16 heavyweight clash is an exciting one. However, it is also a scenario that manager Gareth Southgate is fully aware of and one that he and his players will want to avoid.  

Wales

Outright Odds  : If England not winning a World Cup since 1966 can be considered agonizing for their supporters, spare a thought for their neighboring Wales. Although they would love to win the World Cup themselves, their last appearance in the tournament was back in 1958.

However, that all changes in 2022. With Gareth Bale doing his best to almost drag Wales singlehandedly to the finals, the LAFC forward finally earned an invite for he and his fellow squad members in June of this year.

Now that Wales have ended their 64-year exile, they will not want to simply make up the numbers in Qatar. When you look at the personnel that manager Robert Page can count open, they might not have to either.

Group Qualification Odds : The case that is made for the United States is almost identical to the one that can be made for Wales. While instead of using Christian Pulisic as the example, we can just as easily use Gareth Bale instead.

For the former Tottenham and Real Madrid forward, fitness has always been the key, and this is why his recent move to the MLS was facilitated.

Now the LAFC star needs to make sure that he is firing on all cylinders for the clashes against England and the United States. 

Iran

Outright Odds  : In any World Cup group there is always going to be a nation that is handed the tag of outsiders. Unfortunately for Iran, it is they that will likely prop up this four-team mini league. However, those with long memories will know that Iran did get the better of the United States in 1998.

It was a result that was celebrated as much as France winning the World Cup outright the same year, and if lightning can strike twice, it would at least give the Iranian soccer community something to cheer about.

Just like Qatar in Group A, Iran’s only saving grace will be the weather that we are all anticipating. Although even with that factored in, the joint-outsiders in the outright market are unlikely to profit from such meteorological fortune. 

Group Qualification Odds : If Iran’s chances of winning the World Cup are incredibly slim, then their hopes of qualifying out of Group B are probably just as skinny; therefore, backing them to reach the Round of 16 is not something we recommend.

Then again, they, just like 30 other nations, have earned the right to join Qatar at the finals and with the likes of Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Mehdi Taremi in their squad, they will look to trade punches in each of their three group stage fixtures. 

Best of luck navigating World Cup Group B odds.

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