We are inching closer and closer to the biggest sports event on the planet, and Qatar World Cup odds are already available. With the international break now behind us, it is full steam ahead in terms of tournament preparations. It is now time to analyze what is likely to happen within World Cup Group D odds.
Our group-by-group guide is moving along at a rather considerable pace. With Group A, B and C odds being covered in our previous articles (links below), we now move onto the group that features the defending World Cup champion.
Group D 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.
Outright Odds : Although it is incredibly difficult to win the World Cup, it is even tougher when it comes to trying to defend it and with France managing to rule the roost in Russia four years ago, they will now look to keep a vice like grip on the trophy.
While it is a grip that may well have been loosened over the course of the summer and with France’s performances in the Nations League leaving little to be desired, there are doubts surrounding Didier Deschamps’ men.
There is no doubt that this French squad is dripping with talent and manager Deschamps has a plethora of options when it comes to selecting his starting eleven. Then again, the abundance of options could also prove to be this team’s downfall.
With plenty of talent, comes plenty of ego to go with it and although a harmonious balance was found in 2018, such alchemy may be difficult to replicate in Qatar. If and this is a big if, it can be discovered once more, then France’s status as second favourites may have some serious merit.
Group Qualification Odds : After just avoiding relegations from the Nations League, France’s stock is at its lowest for quite a while and when you consider they have recently lost to Denmark on two separate occasions, they may not be the ideal pick when it comes to topping Group D.
While there is certainly an incentive to do so and if Argentina win Group C as expected, they will be waiting for whoever finishes second in this table. A scenario that may just give the French some extra impetus before the knockout phase.
Outright Odds : Although Denmark may be considered as dark horses for this tournament, such a statement may actually do the Scandinavian outfit a disservice and after reaching last summer’s European Championship semi-finals, they are a side that many other nations will look to avoid.
Because this is a team that has the perfect balance between defensive nous and attacking flair and with Christian Eriksen once again pulling the strings in midfield, his continued soccer renaissance is a rather pleasing sight for us all.
However, he and the rest of the Danish squad are not out to make too many friends in the Middle East, they will want to win the tournament as much as anyone else. They may not be in the bracket of genuine favourites, but they will not be far from it either.
Group Qualification Odds : Denmark’s pairing with France in Group D is one that could generate a neat little subplot and with the two also squaring off in the Nations League recently, it was the Danes who ran out comfortable 2-0 winners in Copenhagen.
Which means Denmark have won each of their last two meetings with France and now that they know how to beat the World Cup holders, they could offer some value when it comes to topping this four-team mini league.
Outright Odds : After securing a ticket to Qatar via the intercontinental play-offs, Australia will once again be a part of the World Cup and with Andrew Redmayne’s goalkeeping antics being responsible for their party invite, it also means a fifth successive finals appearance.
While this Australian side have also been handed some familiar opponents in Group D and after being paired with both France and Denmark four years ago, they will hope for better fortunes this time around.
Admittedly Australia’s hopes of overall success are bordering on wishful thinking and at their current odds, even the most ardent fan of the Socceroos may struggle to justify backing them. With that being said, what this side lacks in finesse, they certainly make up for it in fight.
Group Qualification Odds : When the draw for the World Cup was made earlier in the year, there were likely to be groans with the Australian soccer community and the prospect of facing both France and Denmark again, is not one that necessarily excites their support.
Especially as Australia finished bottom of the standings in Russia and with two thirds of the group opponents being comprised from nations that they have struggled with in the past, qualification to the knockout phase looks rather unlikely.
Outright Odds : Like the three other groups that have been previewed before, we have to look at another outsider and although Tunisia are wearing that label for now, they will do their very best to remove it before Group D gets underway.
It is fair to say that Tunisia are not a squad that are blessed with star names but at the same time this could be something that works in their favour and with many of their players flying under the radar, it may boost their chances in Qatar.
However, one must also consider the fellow opposition in their group and although finishing third at the expense of Australia is a realistic prospect, any hopes of Tunisia winning this year’s World Cup are largely fantasy.
Qualification Odds : While if Tunisia’s hopes of winning the World Cup are largely fantasy, then the same must be said for their hopes of getting out of Group D. When you consider that they have never made it to the knockout phase, there is little reason to suggest things will change in 2022.
Not because of a lack of aptitude on their own part, more to do with the opposition that they will have to face and with France and Denmark likely to have their own squabbles over who wins the group, there is going to be no room left for the Tunisians.
Best of luck navigating World Cup Group D odds.
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