2022 World Cup Betting Preview: Group F Odds

Written By Dan Tracey on October 18, 2022 - Last Updated on October 21, 2022
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If the last few months have dragged by from a World Cup point of view, the next few weeks should thankfully fly by quickly. Events in Qatar wait tantalizingly around the corner, and the preparations of the 32 finalists will soon be complete. We move forward with our betting research with a look at World Cup Group F odds.

Group F 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. 

Belgium

Outright Odds : Has the Belgian golden generation lost its sparkle? That is the question that many will be asking before Roberto Martinez leads his charges into battle and after reaching the semifinals in Russia four years ago, it may prove difficult to reach this stage again.

Especially if their performance in last summer’s European Championships is anything to go by after being dumped out in the quarterfinals by eventual finalists Italy. The Red Devils are not quite as hot as they once were.

However, you may want to write the Belgians off at your peril and with a rather favorable group stage draw being handed to the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne, they and their fellow squad members will look to build some early tournament momentum.

Momentum that they perhaps struggled to find during the Nations League fixtures. With nearest neighbors, the Netherlands, managing to advance to the finals section of the competition, it may serve as another reason to approach the Belgians with caution.

Group Qualification Odds : Although there are questions regarding Belgian’s overall chances of winning in Qatar, it should not undermine their chances of leaving Group F unscathed. With one of Spain or Germany lying in wait for the winner, there will be no time for them to catch their breath in the knockout phase.

Usually, the extra incentive of winning the group comes with avoiding a true powerhouse in the Round of 16. Unfortunately for Belgium and Croatia, such a luxury will not be afforded to them this year and they may only get one additional fixture in the Middle East. 

Croatia

Outright Odds  : If Belgium were one of the surprise teams in Russia four years ago, then Croatia were certainly the biggest surprise of all. After Zlatko Dalić’s men made it all the way to the final, they would eventually lose out to France in Moscow.

It was a highly entertaining encounter that was worthy of any showpiece event with the likes of Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic finding themselves just 90 minutes away from global immortality. They will now look to lead their nation to success in Qatar.

Whether manager Dalić can squeeze any more out of his Croatian legends is arguably the biggest question of all and at 37 and 33 years of age, respectively, this may be one tournament too far for Modric and Perisic’s legs. 

Although there are certainly legs to be found within the squad. If Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic are prepared to do the heavy lifting in midfield, it will allow Croatia’s elder statesmen to cause damage elsewhere.

Group Qualification Odds : Although the Group F draw has been kind to Croatia from a qualification point of view, the same cannot be said for the knockout bracket. Just like how Belgium will face a giant in the Round 16, the same fate is likely to be awaiting their European counterparts.

That means for those looking for a value bet, backing the Croatians to earn top spot in Group F odds may be the best direction of travel. While in a perverse way, both teams may actually want to avoid winning the group and try to game the system in their favor – if only to get a slightly better knockout hand. 

Canada

Outright Odds : Although Canada cannot be considered as one of the tournament’s dark horses, they are certainly arriving in Qatar as an unknown quantity and with John Herdman leading the nation to only their second ever appearance at the finals, it is time for the class of 2022 to emulate that of 1986.

A year in which Canada’s national team lost each of their three group stages and in doing so, failed to score a single goal in Mexico. However, with both Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David in the side, an improvement on 36 years prior looks likely.

It may be an improvement, but one that will likely not be enough to secure safe passage to the Round of 16. Although that will bring obvious disappointment in the short-term, there is something else to consider in the medium.

Because with Canada playing a part in hosting the 2026 World Cup, major international tournament experience will put them in good stead. When it is their turn to host some of soccer’s biggest party, it will be their time to truly shine. 

Group Qualification Odds : If Canada found themselves in many other of the eight World Cup groups, their chances of progress would be considerably greater. However, with Group F odds being as it is, there is clear disparity between the European nations and the rest.

With that being said, the Canadians will go into the tournament with nothing to lose and with the naivety of youth being a priceless commodity, this squad will look to earn the respect of their global soccer peers.  

Morocco

Outright Odds  : With Group F containing two of the teams that reached the World Cup semifinals in 2018, it is going to be incredibly difficult for the remaining pair within this four-team league and any hopes of Morocco success, can only be considered as wishful thinking. 

There is no doubt that the group stage draw has been rather unkind to the Atlas Lions. Although they are not in the bracket of rank outsiders, they are not far away either. That means national pride, rather than global domination, is going to be the likely agenda.

Just like the slew of North African sides that have qualified before Morocco, there is always a question of temperament. Although there are rare flashes of skill on show, a lack of composure is usually their undoing.

Something that manager Walid Regragui will be wary of and with Morocco’s last three appearances at the World Cup finals having all ended in a group stage exit, a fourth successive early departure will surely be on the cards. 

Qualification Odds : If Canada’s chances of advancing to the Round of 16 are slim, then Morocco’s are almost non-existent. A statement that will be tough for their supporters to read but one that comes with an element of pragmatism at the same time.

Should they be able to get something against Canada, then at least avoiding bottom of the table can be celebrated. However, even that seems like a tall order and once again, it could be another forgettable finals appearance for the Atlas Lions.

Best of luck navigating World Cup Group F odds.

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