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Top World Cup Betting Games This Week

Top World Cup Opening Matches This Week

At the onset, England was a top World Cup betting future market favorite.  And that status is understandable.  England exploded to prominence in the 2018 World Cup.  So too, did their superstar striker Harry Kane.  On Tuesday, the Three Lions have a potentially dangerous match against Wales.  Wales and England are United Kingdom neighbors.  But the Wales team is unknown to the masses, and would love to change that narrative.  Meanwhile, Mexico has a difficult match against Saudi Arabia.  Consider the Saudis stunned the soccer world with a win over Argentina in their opening game.

2022 World Cup Betting  

Wales vs. England

When:  Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 2 p.m. ET

TV:  FS1

Wales vs. England Odds

Wales to Win: +700 / England to Win: -350

At the onset of best sportsbook online action, England routed Iran 6-2.  England played the United States to a 0-0 draw in their second match.  Wales and the United States played to a 1-1 draw in their first match of the World Cup.  Following that was a 0-2 loss by Wales to Iran.

At the onset, the highest-seeded team in Group B was England.  The runners-up from Euro 2020 made light work of qualification.  England won eight of their ten games, conceding just three goals.

By contrast, the dark horse is Wales.  They had not confirmed their spot in Qatar during the draw.  Due to the playoffs having not been concluded.

Saudi Arabia vs. Mexico

When:  Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 2 p.m. ET

TV:  FS1

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First game action saw Mexico play Poland to a 0-0 draw with the World Cup odds.  Next, Mexico suffered a 2-0 Betting the World Cup loss to Argentina.  Saudi Arabia defeated Argentina 2-1 in its opener.  Following that was a 2-0 loss to Poland.

At the beginning, Mexico was the strongest second seed at the time of the draw.  By this measure, Group C holds the strongest combination of the top two seeds in this edition of the World Cup.

In comparison, according to the rankings, Saudi Arabia opened as the third weakest team in the tournament.  Being rated marginally better than neighbors and hosts Qatar is scant consolation when they try to navigate this group.

Costa Rica vs. Germany

When:  Thursday, December 1, 2022, 2 p.m. ET

TV:  FS1

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Costa Rica suffered a Betting on the World Cup rout of 7-0 against Spain in their opener.  Next came a 1-0 win over Japan for a nice bounceback.  First match play saw Germany suffer a stunning 2-1 loss to Japan.

Costa Rica may have only qualified via an inter-federation play-off.  But the rankings say they are the second-strongest team to emerge from Pot 4.  Scoring looks to be a problem.  To show, Costa Rica scored 13 times in 14 qualification matches

Also, Germany breezed through qualifying, as they almost always do.  A 2-1 home defeat to North Macedonia was a sizeable shock.  But their other nine games were all won with only two further goals conceded.

Ghana vs. Uruguay

When:  Friday, December 2, 2022, 10 a.m. ET

TV:  FS1

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Ghana lost its opener against Portugal 3-2.  In contrast, Uruguay played South Korea to a scoreless draw.

Ghana is the lowest-ranked side that is taking part.  But the relative weakness of their group explains why Ghana has not been written off entirely already.  Of major concern is their woeful Africa Cup of Nations campaign earlier this year.  They were beaten 3-2 by tournament debutants Comoros and finished at the bottom of their group.  However, they recovered well to defeat World Cup regulars Nigeria on away goals in the qualification playoff.

In sum, a total of eight goals in eight qualifying matches is their problem.  In particular, half of their tally came against Zimbabwe (123rd in the Rankings). Ghana did not win its one previous meeting with either Portugal or Uruguay.  They look unlikely to prevail here too.


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