This is the second part of the FIFA World Cup 2022 predictions. Click on the link below, if you haven’t caught the first part. So without further ado let’s get into it.
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Odds: 151, +15000
Expect El Tri to have an intense battle with Poland for the second position behind group favourites Argentina. The momentum they gai in the group stages would determine if and how they will go in the knockouts.
Player to watch out for: Edson Álvarez
El Machín is one of the few high profile players left in Ajax, following the summer’s departure. The 24-year-old is already one of the first names in the Mexican squad. I do see him earning a big move in 2023, with his performance in Qatar.
Odds: 301, +30000
The nation is the last side you would want to back to get out of their group. Things have only got worse for the team, with the issues in management.
Player to watch out for: Youssef En-Nesyri
The striker has evolved to be one of the most exciting footballers in La Liga over the last few seasons. A disastrous season for Sevilla has slowed him down. But he has always been a reliable striker for Morocco.
Odds: 14, +1300
Considered by many to be the dark horses of the tournament, the side has a perfect balance. If they fail to top their group it would be considered a disaster. They are likely to make it to the final four.
Player to watch out for: Virgil van Dijk
As crazy as it sounds, the Liverpool man who is considered the best defender in the world will make his debut in the World Cup in a few weeks. A rock at the back for Orange, expect him to carry his team.
Odds: 201, +20000
I do not see Poland going deep into the tournament even if they do manage to get past the group stages ahead of the likes of Argentina and Mexico.
Player to watch out for: Jakub Kiwior
Poland would not have any issues going forward with the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik and Krzysztof Piątek upfront. Jakub Kiwior who has made a name for himself in Spezia, is likely to establish himself as a star defender in this tournament.
Odds: 16, +1500
I do see Portugal making an impact in Qatar, with few even tipping them to go all the way. For a team with such expectations, topping the group should be a given.
Player to watch out for: Cristiano Ronaldo
Assuming this is the nation’s biggest star’s World Cup, all eyes are on him. Despite the presence of world class forwards in the side, he is almost guaranteed to be his side’s tp scorer.
Odds: 551, +55000
The host nation has done relatively well over the past few years in the World Cup. While I do not see Qatar making it out of the group, considering, they lifted the AFC Asian Cup do not rule them out.
Player to watch out for: Akram Afif
The 25-year-old is one of the few to have experience in the top five leagues in Europe from this nation. Furthermore, he has been consistently among the top scorers for his nation in recent tournaments.
Odds: 1001, +100000
Nothing much is expected from this side that has not made it out of the group stages since 1994. Anything they achieve would be success, considering such low expectations.
Player to watch out for: Salem Al-Dawsari
The former Villarreal man has consistently been one of the players for both his club and nation. He needs to carry his team, if they are to pull off an upset.
Odds: 101, +10000
One would expect Senegal to get into the knockouts with relative ease. However, the question is how far would the AFCON champions manage to progress. I would say not very deep.
Player to watch out for: Sadio Mane
Arguably the best player from Africa only behind his former teammate Salah, Sadio has come clutch for his nation time and again. He might even go as far contending for the golden boot.
Odds: 101, +10000
The nation is put in a tricky group. However, if they perform at the level they did in recent games, they should get out of the group.
Player to watch out for: Aleksandar Mitrovic
The Fulham man shattered the Championship record last season. This time around he has continued to produce quality numbers in the top flight. Expect the record goal scorer to continue his excellence for his side.
Odds: 351, +35000
Although South Korea may fail to get out of their group due to the presence of Uruguay and Portugal. It could have been much more difficult for the Asian side. I do not see this side pulling off significant upsets.
Player to watch out for: Kim Min-jae
It requires a special talent to replace Koulibaly in the heart of Napoli’s defence. To not just do that but take the team to a title challenging level is impressive. Furthermore, Min-jae did that in his first season in Italy, having played in Turkey the season before.
Odds: 10, +900
Spain will surely be in the top six of anyone’s list to win it all. However, none outside the nation would tip them doing so. They are expected to have a pretty good run, however.
Player to watch out for: Pedri
It is incredible, how much football the teenager already has played. If he does manage to start every game he could be in the talks for the golden ball.
Odds: 101, +10000
The nation had an impressive campaign in the Euros and there is no reason why the same wouldn’t happen in Qatar. However, Serbia would have a say on them making it to the knockouts.
Player to watch out for: Granit Xhaka
The midfielder has always been excellent at national level. However, with his recent form with Arsenal, he could deliver world class performances in the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Odds: 751, +75000
Another side that almost none believe would make it out of the group. It would certainly be a welcome surprise if they do manage to pull it off.
Player to watch out for: Wahbi Khazri
The 31-year-old scored ten goals for a relegated ASSE side last season in 30 league games. He continues to impress in Montpellier this season. Watch for the man who is always consistent for his nation.
United States of America
Odds: 201, +20000
The USMNT are put in a mouth watering group, at least for the neutrals. The side has what it takes to get out of the group, but it is easier said than done.
Player to watch out for: Brenden Aaronson
The forward has not hit the ground running in Leeds United, despite delivering solid performances. However, you would expect that for a Prem newcomer. If his performances at Salzburg are anything to go with, he should draw a lot of attention in the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Odds: 51, +5000
The side, although unlikely, might get grouped, considering the quality of the teams in the group. A deep run in the tournament is not expected from the side, however, if they manage to pull it off, it would be a redemption.
Player to watch out for: Federico Valverde
Yet another Real Madrid man makes the list, however, I promise it is the last. Suarez in his swansong and expensive signing Nunez are exciting. However, the performances Madrid’s midfielder delivers is hard to disregard.
Odds: 251, +25000
Things would turn near impossible if Wales lose Gareth Bale to injury, who is currently on the sideline. However, I fully expect this side to pull off an upset or two.
Player to watch out for: Gareth Bale
I have featured a player who might not make it to Qatar considering his injury. However, so much did his impact on this side, that it would be a crime not to include him. Furthermore, Rob Page would add him to the squad, even if he takes a matchday or two to recover.