2022 Qatar World Cup Match Odds; How To Watch Every Team’s First Game

Written By Dan Tracey on November 15, 2022
World Cup Odds

With the 2022 World Cup now days away, the time for talking has nearly finished. With each of the 32 finalists preparing for their first outing in this year’s tournament, it will also provide plenty of betting opportunities for prospective punters. This article will go over World Cup match odds for every country’s opening match, along with where and when you can watch them.

16 matches are scheduled across the first five days of competition and those who are planning on consuming a small portion of events or even devouring every fixture on the menu, they will soon be able to watch soccer’s very best. Click on the odds anywhere in this post to bet now.

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World Cup Match Odds: Group A

Qatar vs. Ecuador

  • In each of the odds tables, there are three choices. One for each team to win, and one for the match to end in a draw. In three-way moneyline soccer betting markets, it is not a push if a World Cup match ends in a draw. It is a loss unless you bet on the draw odds.

As this is the opening game, Qatar are going to want to be keen to impress and almost justify why they have been given the role of tournament hosts. If there is a game that they can get points from, then Ecuador is going to be the one. 

Casting my mind back to the previous four World Cups – this being where the host gets things underway. The host nation has never lost (three wins, one draw). I don’t think I will put all my eggs in the Qatar basket, but I will take them in the double chance market at -145 to either win or draw.

  • How To Watch: Sunday, November 20, 11:00 a.m. ET
  • TV: FOX, Telemundo

Senegal vs Netherlands Odds

Although the Netherlands will be the favorites to not only win here but win Group A outright, they will underestimate Senegal at their own peril. If the Dutch are to finish top of this four-team league, the battle for second will be wide open.

While Louis Van Gaal’s men may need to be patient when getting the better of Senegal. With this in mind, a draw at halftime and then a win for the Netherlands is worth some consideration at odds of +275.

For those who are looking to extract further value from the equation, a win for the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Memphis Depay and both teams scoring is also worth a look at +235.

  • How To Watch: Monday, November 21, 11:00 a.m. ET
  • TV: FOX, Telemundo

World Cup Match Odds: Group B

England vs Iran Odds

With England being overwhelming favorites against Iran, there is little in the way of value when it comes to the 3-way handicap odds. However, a deeper dive into the markets does manage to throw up a number of potential options. 

With an England win to nil at -145 also on the short side, backing them to win both halves (ahead at both half and full time), is arguably the route to go and especially when it is currently priced at the tempting +185.

Add Harry Kane’s hunt to retain the Golden Boot award and backing the Tottenham forward to score anytime is arguably buying money from the sportsbooks. It may not be the largest odds offered, but a goal from England’s captain is a near certainty.

  • How To Watch: Monday, November 21, 8:00 a.m. ET
  • TV: FS1, Telemundo

USA vs Wales

The defining clash of Group B. Both teams know that a draw would not be the worst result – something that is currently priced at +220. Then again, what better way to make a statement in the group than by picking up a hugely important win?  

United States at +155, Wales at +200 – almost toss-of-a-coin stuff. If you were a neutral observer, you would back Wales due to the higher price on offer and with many readers preparing to back the US Men’s National Team, this could be a really tough one to call.

With that said, goals could be at a premium between the United States and Wales. Under 2.5 total goals at odds of -200 looks good to me, if only because of how tight this game could be. 

  • How To Watch: Monday, November 21, 2:00 p.m. ET
  • TV: FOX, Telemundo

World Cup Match Odds: Group C

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia

This fixture should offer the perfect start for Argentina and the sportsbooks are giving nothing away because of it. As short as -650 for an Argentine win and for those who want to dig a little deeper, winning both halves and over 2.5 total goals at +115 is a good starting point.

To make things interesting you could place Argentina to score a penalty at +275, but that is a slight novelty bet. However, over 3.5 goals at +150 is also worthy of some consideration and if it clicks for Argentina, they have plenty of players who are capable of getting on the scoresheet. 

  • How To Watch: Tuesday, November 22, 5:00 a.m. ET
  • TV: FS1, Telemundo

Mexico vs Poland Odds

There is no doubt this game will define qualification in Group C. Neither Mexico nor Poland will want to get off to a losing start. With this in mind, I am leaning towards the latter in the double chance market at -225.

Especially as they are able to call upon the services of Robert Lewandowski in attack. With the Barcelona forward preparing to strike fear into opposition defenders, backing him to score anytime should also strike fear into the sportsbooks. 

However, that is not the only suggestion when it comes to this encounter and with the tie and over 1.5 goals currently at +320, I think that is a great addition to any World Cup betting slip. 

  • How To Watch: Tuesday, November 22, 11:00 a.m. ET
  • TV: FOX, Telemundo

World Cup Match Odds: Group D

Denmark vs Tunisia Odds

Denmark will cause France headaches in terms of topping Group B, and they will certainly cause problems for Tunisia early on. Again, the win on its own is not going to make the sportsbooks sweat. This means a win for the Danes and under 3.5 goals at -140 is a good way to build your bankroll. 

While for those who want to test their betting acumen, the World Cup always offers plenty of opportunity. In this encounter, a Denmark win by a margin of one goal can be found at +185. With this team being so solid in defense, points over performance could well be a key factor. 

  • How To Watch: Tuesday, November 22, 8:00 a.m. ET
  • TV: FS1, Telemundo

France vs Australia Odds

Again, another one-sided affair as far as sportsbooks are concerned and the way to enhance this bet, is a parlay of France and Denmark to both win. Should you combine the two matches, you can fatten the price up to -139 from -475 as a standalone bet. 

If we focus on just this game, I actually like the look of France winning but both teams scoring at odds of +180. The injuries are racking up for Didier Deschamps’ men and when the two nations met four years ago, both found the scoresheet in Russia. Therefore, I am backing the same again in 2022.

  • How To Watch: Tuesday, November 22, 2:00 p.m. ET
  • TV: FOX, Telemundo

World Cup Match Odds: Group E

Germany vs Japan

The race to top Group F may come down to goals scored and therefore, Germany are going to want to stock up against Japan. With this in mind, backing over 3.5 in total at +160 would be a good path to tread – add a win for Hansi Flick’s men as well and +200 is on offer.

While if you want to stay on the theme of over 3.5 and believe that Germany will do all the heavy lifting in this fixture, you can back them to score four or more goals at +400. Good news if the suggestion gets over the line, bad news for Japan’s hopes of further progress.

  • How To Watch: Wednesday, November 23, 8:00 a.m. ET
  • TV: FS1, Telemundo

Spain vs Costa Rica

By the same token, Spain’s fixture with Costa Rica could be the second part of the Group F arms race. If you want to back the same over 3.5 goals bet as above, this will come in at +195. Add a win for the 2010 champions and this comes in at +175.

Assuming you also want to go for Spain to thrash Costa Rica, you can also back them to score four or more at +300. When you look at the opponents that both they and Germany will contend with first, this could be the more likely of the two outcomes. 

  • How To Watch: Wednesday, November 23, 11:00 a.m. ET
  • TV: FOX, Telemundo

World Cup Match Odds: Group F

Morocco vs Croatia Odds

Croatia’s group draw has been rather kind, and they should make light work of Morocco in their opening fixture. While such a stance has been reflected in the pre-match odds, with a win at -115 this may not get pulses racing.

However, with three of their last five outings ending in under 2.5 goals, this seems like the perfect starting point for their World Cup pursuit. Should you also want to back a Croatia win and no more than two goals in total, you can do so at +245.

  • How To Watch: Wednesday, November 23, 5:00 a.m. ET
  • TV: FS1, Telemundo

Belgium vs Canada

Although Belgium’s golden generation is not just as alluring these days, it will still be a handful for this young Canadian squad. With John Herdman’s men making their first World Cup finals bow since 1986, they will be keen to impress.

However, Roberto Martinez’s men will look for a routine win to guide themselves into this year’s proceedings and you can get a 2-0 win at +600. By the same logic you can also get Belgium to win both halves and under 2.5 goals at +475.

  • How To Watch: Wednesday, November 23, 2:00 p.m. ET
  • TV: FOX, Telemundo

World Cup Match Odds: Group G

Brazil vs Serbia

Finally, we focus on the tournament favorites. With Brazil having ample options in attack, they will be ready to put Serbia to the sword. A win for the South American giants in both halves comes in at +105.

For those looking to add more meat to the bones, you can also back Tite’s all-star squad to win, and a total of over 3.5 goals at +250. With Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic also part of the attacking equation, this has all the hallmarks of a rather entertaining encounter.  

  • How To Watch: Thursday, November 24, 2:00 p.m. ET
  • TV: FOX, Telemundo

Switzerland vs Cameroon

Switzerland are certainly a side that is more defensively minded and with both they and Cameroon lacking much in the way of genuine firepower, backing under 2.5 goals at -190 would look good on any Group G parlay.

It may even come down to a single goal in this encounter and if that is to be the case, it is the Swiss that will use their recent World Cup pedigree to their advantage. Pedigree that also sees a narrow 1-0 win currently priced at +425.

  • How To Watch: Thursday, November 24, 5:00 p.m. ET
  • TV: FS1, Telemundo

World Cup Match Odds: Group F

Uruguay vs South Korea

With question marks over the fitness of Heung min-Son’s, South Korea’s hopes of qualifying for the Round of 16 will have taken a substantial dent. This means backing Uruguay to draw first blood with a +1 handicap has grabbed my attention and especially as it is currently at +155.

If Son is struggling with fitness, you wonder where South Korea’s goals will come from. With this in mind, a Uruguay win to nil at +125 should also be mulled over. However, you may want to assess the availability of the Tottenham star first. If he is medically cleared, the outlook changes considerably.

  • How To Watch: Thursday, November 24, 8:00 a.m. ET
  • TV: FS1, Telemundo

Portugal vs Ghana

With this being Cristiano Ronaldo’s last genuine attempt at winning the World Cup, backing the Manchester United forward to open the scoring is the first recommendation. He may not be firing on all cylinders for the Red Devils, but he always delivers for his country.

Ghana has certainly profited from FIFA’s new eligibility rules, but whether they can profit from poor Portuguese defending I am not sure. Therefore, Portugal with -1.5 on the points spread is worth a glance. Even more so at +125.

  • How To Watch: November 24, 11:00 a.m. ET
  • TV: FOX, Telemundo

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