2022 World Cup Group G Betting Odds and Expert Predictions
Group G odds to win group:
The World Cup is just days away, and the group stage betting lines are now open. There are numerous ways to attack the markets, and plenty of money can be made during the group stage. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the competitors.
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Brazil heads to Qatar looking to add to their record setting 5 World Cup wins. In 2018, they lost in the quarterfinals to Belgium by a score of 2-1. Brazil has the honor and pressure of being the odds on favorite to lift the World Cup, at odds of +350 to do so. The depth and talent up and down the Brazil lineup is unmatched. And with no real competition in Group G, they should be able to cruise into the Round of 16. In attack, Neymar Jr, Vinicius Jr, and Gabriel Jesus make up one of the most dynamic front 3’s in the competition. The front line of Brazil is so talented, star caliber players such as Roberto Firmino were left out of the squad. In midfield, Fabinho and Casemiro provide stability, while Lucas Paqueta and wingers Gabriel Martinelli and Richarlison will provide creativity. There is no dropoff in talent at the back, with Marquinos and Eder Militao protecting Alisson’s goal. The squad Brazil will be rolling into Qatar with rightfully deserves to be the favorites of Group G, and the entire competition.
Cameroon has participated in 7 of the last 10 World Cups but has made it out of the group stage only once. They have a tough slate of games on the horizon and will need to be at their very best to have a chance to progress from Group G. Leading the line will be Bayern Munich star Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting alongside longtime Cameroon hero,Vincent Aboubakar. In the back, Nicolas Nkoulou will be in front of David Onana in net. The talent and depth needed to succeed at the World Cup is there, but just a tier lower than their Group G companions. Cameroon will give teams trouble and will rely on Choupo-Moting to get the job done on the counter attack.
After winning their opening match in 2018, Serbia just needed a point to advance to the knockout round, but couldn’t do so, departing in the group stage. They will be facing familiar foes, as Switzerland and Brazil are both back in Serbia’s group for the World Cup in Qatar. Group G feels awfully similar to Serbia’s 2018 group, but Serbia will be hoping they can earn their shot at redemption and overcome the Swiss for 2nd place. While Serbia would love to win the group, Brazil will likely go undefeated. Their 3rd game against Switzerland could determine who progresses to the knockout stages. Serbia is a team with talent hidden throughout their roster. At the top, Aleksander Mitrovic will be looking to score on the biggest stage yet. Mitrovic has an eye for goal, scoring an incredible 43 goals in 44 games last year in the championship, earning Fulham promotion in the process. In the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will look to dictate play and disrupt opposition attacks. Serbia will need to take care of business against Cameroon and take at least a point against Switzerland for any hope of progression to remain alive.
Switzerland is competing in their 5th straight World Cup and will be looking to advance from a familiar Group G, something they achieved 3 of the last 4 tournaments. Switzerland was put in a group with Brazil and Serbia in 2018 and managed to prevail, going undefeated in the group stage. A loss to Sweden in the round of 16 dashed title aspirations, but they will be hoping for a similar outcome in the group stages of Qatar. Switzerland captain Granit Xhaka will look to maintain his composure in the center of midfield and will look to spring World Cup legend Xherdan Shaqiri on the counter attack. The depth and discipline Switzerland brings to the table ensures they are never out of a contest and will be aiming to limit opposition scoring chances by clogging up the midfield. A pivotal third game against Serbia will likely decide second place, and Switzerland will need more heroics from their nations stars to prevail.
At the top of the group, I am loving Brazil to win the group at -275. While their fellow Group G members will look to slow the game down, I expect a comfortable 7+ points from the opening games.
The most interesting battle of the group is for second place and knockout stage qualification. Switzerland is slightly favored to get the job done, with -110 odds to advance compared to +110 for Serbia. In my eyes, Switzerland deserves more respect. They are the superior team and are starting off their campaign against Cameroon rather than Brazil. An early win could lift spirits and propel them into the round of 16. Take them to advance at -110 odds.
At the bottom, Cameroon comes in with -175 odds to finish last, compared to +300 for Serbia and +400 for Switzerland. While I do think Cameroon finishes at the bottom, the value is not there, and there will be better spots to bet throughout the tournament.
Group G Prediction:
Brazil 9 Points
Switzerland 6 Points
Serbia 3 Points
Cameroon 0 Points
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