World Cup Group Betting Tips

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With the qualifying stages all but complete, the 2022 World Cup draw has been made and teams now know who they will face in the group stages of the tournament.

Although betting on the winner of the World Cup is by far the most popular market, you may also wish to take a look at betting on World Cup groups.

We’ve put together this World Cup group betting guide which will show you which teams will face each other along with World Cup group odds and who we think will make it through to the knockout stages of the tournament.

World Cup Group A Odds

Group A Winner Odds
Netherlands2/5bet365
Senegal9/2bet365
Ecuador6/1bet365
Qatar14/1bet365

Odds correct at time of publishing but are subject to change

Betting On Group A

Every country would have liked to be drawn into Group A as the hosts Qatar were guaranteed a place in this group instead of others in Pot 1 such as Brazil, Belgium, France, Argentina, England, Spain and Portugal.

It is the Netherlands who will perhaps benefit from this draw the most as they were drawn from pot 2 along with Senegal and Ecuador to join Qatar in Group A.

Although the hosts generally tend to do well in World Cup tournaments, it’s difficult to see Qatar making it out of this group. 

It’s likely going to be between the Netherlands and Senegal to battle it out for the top two places and for me, it’s the Dutch who will top the table.

Group A Predictions

  • 1st: Netherlands
  • 2nd: Senegal
  • 3rd: Ecuador
  • 4th: Qatar
World Cup Group A Fixtures
DateMatchTime (GMT)Stadium
21/11/2022Senegal vs. Netherlands09:00Al Thumama Stadium
21/11/2022Qatar vs. Ecuador13:00Al Bayt Stadium
25/11/2022Qatar vs. Senegal12:00Al Thumama Stadium
25/11/2022Netherlands vs. Ecuador15:00Khalifa Int'l Stadium
29/11/2022Netherlands vs. Qatar14:00Al Bayt Stadium
29/11/2022Ecuador vs. Senegal14:00Khalifa Int'l Stadium

World Cup Group B Odds

Group B Winner Odds
England1/3bet365
USA11/2bet365
Wales /
Ukraine
Scotland
5/1bet365
Iran20/1bet365

Odds correct at time of publishing but are subject to change

Betting On Group B

England were the team to be drawn from pot 1 into Group B and are joined by the USA, Iran and either Wales, Scotland or Ukraine. 

Which one of the latter three will make it to the World Cup is yet to be determined with there being a delay in playoff fixtures due to the current situation in Ukraine.

  • Odds on England to Win Group B: 1/3
  • Odds on England to Qualify from Group B: 1/14

England are, as you would expect, the favourites to top the group and are priced at 1/3 to do so. Southgate’s side have been extremely reliable in recent fixtures and made it through to the final game of Euro 2020. This isn’t the easiest group for them as the USA could be a threat and there’s nothing more Wales and Scotland would like than to beat the Three Lions at the World Cup.

However, England should prevail by finishing top but as the final group has yet to be determined, it’s hard to predict who will finish second.

I’d probably rule Iran out and would give second place to either the USA or Wales if they were to qualify. Gareth Bale steps up to a different level when playing for his country and so if fit and in form, he could be the edge Wales need to make it through to the knockout stages.

Group B Predictions

  • 1st: England
  • 2nd: USA or Wales
  • 3rd: TBC
  • 4th: Iran
World Cup Group B Fixtures
DateMatchTime (GMT)Stadium
21/11/2022England vs. Iran12:00Khalifa Int'l Stadium
21/11/2022USA vs. WAL/UKR/SCO18:00Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
25/11/2022WAL/UKR/SCO vs. Iran09:00Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
25/11/2022England vs. USA18:00Al Bayt Stadium
29/11/2022WAL/UKR/SCO vs. England18:00Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
29/11/2022Iran vs. USA18:00Al Thumama Stadium

World Cup Group C Odds

Group C Winner Odds
Argentina2/5bet365
Poland9/2bet365
Mexico5/1bet365
Saudi Arabia20/1bet365

Odds correct at time of publishing but are subject to change

Betting On Group C

Argentina will be hoping to go one better than the Round of 16 which they achieved at the 2018 World Cup when they were beaten 4-3 by the hosts France.

They’re been drawn in Group C along with Poland, Mexico and Saudi Arabia and are the odds-on favourites to finish top.

Saudi Arabia will likely struggle in this tricky group and so it’s between Poland and Mexico for second place.

It’s a tough one to call but I have a feeling Mexico may be able to sneak through. 

They too made it through to the Round of 16 at France ‘18 and were knocked out in a 2-0 defeat to Brazil.

Group C Predictions

  • 1st: Argentina
  • 2nd: Mexico
  • 3rd: Poland
  • 4th: Saudi Arabia
World Cup Group C Fixtures
DateMatchTime (GMT)Stadium
22/11/2022Argentina vs. S. Arabia09:00Lusail Stadium
22/11/2022Mexico vs. Poland15:00Stadium 974
26/11/2022Poland vs. S. Arabia12:00Education City Stadium
26/11/2022Argentina vs. Mexico18:00Lusail Stadium
30/11/2022Poland vs. Argentina18:00Stadium 974
30/11/2022S. Arabia vs. Mexico18:00Lusail Stadium

World Cup Group D Odds

Group D Winner Odds
France2/5bet365
Denmark3/1bet365
Peru /
Australia /
United Arab Emirates
12/1bet365
Tunisa12/1bet365

Odds correct at time of publishing but are subject to change

Betting On Group D

This should be one of the easier groups to predict with France and Denmark the likely progressors. 

France are one of the bookies’ favourites to win the tournament and Denmark are a very good side who made it through to the semi-finals of Euro 2020 last summer.

Tunisia are not likely to pose a threat to those two and neither will the winner of the Intercontinental playoff 1 – either Peru, Australia or UAE.

Group D Predictions

  • 1st: France
  • 2nd: Denmark
  • 3rd: TBC
  • 4th: TBC
World Cup Group D Fixtures
DateMatchTime (GMT)Stadium
22/11/2022Denmark vs. Tunisia12:00Education City Stadium
22/11/2022France vs. AUS/UAE/PER18:00Al Janoub Stadium
26/11/2022Tunisia vs. AUS/UAE/PER09:00Al Janoub Stadium
26/11/2022France vs. Denmark15:00Stadium 974
30/11/2022Tunisia vs. France14:00Education City Stadium
30/11/2022AUS/UAE/PER vs. Denmark14:00Al Janoub Stadium

World Cup Group E Odds

Group E Winner Odds
Spain5/6bet365
Germany6/5bet365
Japan10/1bet365
New Zealand /
Costa Rica
12/1bet365

Odds correct at time of publishing but are subject to change

Betting On Group E

Group E of the World Cup has been labelled the ‘Group of Death’ and is considered to be the most competitive of the eight groups. 

However, the competitiveness is mainly between the two favourites – Spain and Germany, with the other sides having to step up if they are to claim a top two finish.

It’s difficult to pick a winner from the two but I’d have to side ever so slightly with Spain who have a lot of young talent in their squad and if they click at this years’ tournament, they could be real contenders for the cup.

Japan may put up a fight in this group but their lack of firepower may ultimately result in them finishing outside of the top two. 

Either New Zealand or Costa Rica will join those three in Group E and neither are likely to trouble two of the tournaments favourites although I’d say Costa Rica are the bigger threat of the two.

Group E Predictions

  • 1st: Spain
  • 2nd: Germany
  • 3rd: Japan
  • 4th: Costa Rica / New Zealand
World Cup Group E Fixtures
DateMatchTime (GMT)Stadium
23/11/2022Germany vs. Japan12:00Khalifa Int'l
23/11/2022Spain vs. CRC/NZ15:00Al Thumama Stadium
27/11/2022Japan vs. CRC/NZ09:00Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
27/11/2022Spain vs. Germany18:00Al Bayt Stadium
01/12/2022Japan vs. Spain18:00Khalifa Int'l Stadium
01/12/2022CRC/NZ vs. Germany18:00Al Bayt Stadium

World Cup Group F Odds

Group F Winner Odds
Belgium8/15bet365
Croatia9/4bet365
Morocco10/1bet365
Canada16/1bet365

Odds correct at time of publishing but are subject to change

Betting On Group F

Group F features top seed and FIFA’s number 1 ranked team Belgium along with Croatia, Morocco and Canada.

Croatia will challenge for the top spot in this group but if Belgium are on top form, they should progress as the group winners ahead of them.

This is the first time Canada have qualified for the World Cup since 1986 and much of that is thanks to their English manager John Herdman who has transformed the side.

With motivation and enthusiasm being at a high level, I think Canada will be able to finish third ahead of Morocco but they’d have to cause a huge upset to progress to the knockouts.

Group F Predictions

  • 1st: Belgium
  • 2nd: Croatia
  • 3rd: Canada
  • 4th: Morocco
World Cup Group F Fixtures
DateMatchTime (GMT)Stadium
23/11/2022Morocco vs. Croatia09:00Al Bayt Stadium
23/11/2022Belgium vs. Canada18:00Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
27/11/2022Belgium vs. Morocco12:00Al Thumama Stadium
27/11/2022Croatia vs. Canada15:00Khalifa Int'l Stadium
01/12/2022Croatia vs. Belgium14:00Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
01/12/2022Canada vs. Morocco14:00Al Thumama Stadium

World Cup Group G Odds

Group G Winner Odds
Brazil4/9bet365
Switzerland9/2bet365
Serbia11/2bet365
Cameroon12/1bet365

Odds correct at time of publishing but are subject to change

Betting On Group G

Five-time winners of the World Cup Brazil are joined in Group G by Switzerland, Serbia and Cameroon. 

As you’d expect, Brazil are the odds-on favourites to progress as the group winners but I think it’ll be close for second place.

Switzerland managed to put three past France in the Round of 16 at Euro 2020 and progress through to the quarter-finals on penalties. They then held Spain to a 1-1 draw only to be eliminated on spot kicks at that stage. They’ve proven themselves to be a very good side who can give the best countries a game and if they’re in the same form as last summer, they’ll have a great chance of making it out of their group at the World Cup.

However, Serbia shouldn’t be underestimated and they will be mildly confident of progressing themselves. 

Based on Switzerland’s performances at the Euro’s, I’ll have to hand second place to them as a betting prediction.

Group G Predictions

  • 1st: Brazil
  • 2nd: Switzerland
  • 3rd: Serbia
  • 4th: Cameroon
World Cup Group G Fixtures
DateMatchTime (GMT)Stadium
24/11/2022Switzerland vs. Cameroon09:00Al Janoub Stadium
24/11/2022Brazil vs. Serbia18:00Lusail Stadium
28/11/2022Cameroon vs. Serbia09:00Al Janoub Stadium
28/11/2022Brazil vs. Switzerland15:00Stadium 974
02/12/2022Cameroon vs. Brazil18:00Lusail Stadium
02/12/2022Serbia vs. Switzerland18:00Stadium 974

World Cup Group H Odds

Group H Winner Odds
Portugal4/6bet365
Uruguay2/1bet365
South Korea11/1bet365
Ghana11/1bet365

Odds correct at time of publishing but are subject to change

Betting On Group H

Group H consists of Portugal, Uruguay, South Korea and Ghana which in my opinion, is one of the most competitive groups of the tournament. 

Portugal are the bookies’ favourites but I think odds of 8/13 are just too short. They had to take the playoff route to qualify for this year’s World Cup and I’m not fully convinced with them at the moment. 

However, Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to make sure that his side progress as this could be his last World Cup with being just two months off 38 when the tournament concludes. The Manchester United star will always pose a threat when on the pitch but one man can’t win a game and all three of the other teams in this group do have the ability to cause teams problems.

I’m going out on a limb here with my predictions in this group and backing Portugal to be eliminated at the first hurdle. 

Although South Korea have failed to make it past the group stage since 2010, they have qualified for every World Cup since 1982. Tottenham’s Son Heung-min is their stand-out player who is a player worthy of tournaments such as this one.

Group H Predictions

  • 1st: Uruguay
  • 2nd: South Korea
  • 3rd: Portugal
  • 4th: Ghana
World Cup Group H Fixtures
DateMatchTime (GMT)Stadium
24/11/2022Uruguay vs. South Korea12:00Education City Stadium
24/11/2022Portugal vs. Ghana15:00Stadium 974
28/11/2022South Korea vs. Ghana12:00Education City Stadium
28/11/2022Portugal vs. Uruguay18:00Lusail Stadium
02/12/2022South Korea vs. Portugal14:00Education City Stadium
02/12/2022Ghana vs. Uruguay14:00Al Janoub Stadium

World Cup Winning Group

If you browse the World Cup betting markets on any of the top UK bookie sites, you may come across a market named ‘World Cup 2022 Winning Group’.

This is a relatively popular and interesting market that can often be a better choice than betting on a country to win the tournament.

With the Winning Group market, you are betting on the group that contains the winning country.

A common strategy is to first determine a list of countries that you believe have a fair chance of winning the World Cup.

Then, make a note of which groups they are in.

If there are groups containing more than one contender, it could be a good option to bet on that group to feature the team that will win the tournament.

As you can see from the odds below, Group E is priced the shortest as this group features two of the favourites – Spain and Germany.

World Cup Winning Group Odds

World Cup Winning Group Odds
Group E7/2betfair
Spain, Germany, Japan, Costa Rica or New Zealand to win the World Cup
Group D4/1betfair
France, Denmark, Tunisia, Peru, Australia or UAE to win the World Cup
Group G9/2betfair
Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland or Cameroon to win the World Cup
Group B6/1betfair
England, Iran, USA, Wales, Scotland or Ukraine to win the World Cup
Group C13/2betfair
Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico or Poland to win the World Cup
Group A9/1betfair
Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal or Netherlands to win the World Cup
Group H15/2betfair
Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay or South Korea to win the World Cup
Group F15/2betfair
Belgium, Canada, Croatia or Morocco to win the World Cup

World Cup Winning Group Prediction

Other than Group E that features Spain & Germany, I don’t see another group that contains two potential winners. Therefore, if I was to have a bet on this market, it would be on Group E at odds of 7/2.

Prediction: Group E

To Win All Group Games

Another betting market available prior to the tournament starting is ‘To Win All Group Games’.

With this market, you are betting on a team who will win every one of their three matches in the group stage of the competition.

Not all bookmakers offer this market but it can be a fun bet to have and one that can pay off with a bit of research and analysis.

To Win All Group Games Odds

World Cup To Win All Group Games Odds
England7/4skybet
Argentina2/1skybet
Brazil2/1skybet
France2/1skybet
Netherlands9/4skybet
Belgium5/2skybet
Portual3/1skybet
Spain3/1skybet
Germany4/1skybet
Uruguay9/1skybet

To Win All Group Games Prediction

As the odds suggest, England have a great chance of finishing their group matches with maximum points.

Southgate’s side have been extremely reliable over recent years and certainly don’t lose many games.

Although the other teams in their group do pose a threat, they will head into every game as favourites and will be expected to win all three.

Brazil and the Netherlands also look like reasonable bets to place.

Brazil should have the quality to see off Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon and the Netherlands are in possibly the weakest group with hosts Qatar, Ecuador and Senegal.

Prediction: England @ 7/4 & Netherlands @ 9/4

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