2022 World Cup: Group A preview, groups, odds, extra

2022 World Cup Group A preview

Qatar

FILE – Qatar’s Almoez Ali is in motion in the course of the group A Arab Cup soccer match between Qatar and Bahrain on the Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (AP Photograph/Darko Bandic, File)
  • FIFA Rank: fiftieth
  • Qualification: Automated (host nation)
  • Earlier World Cup appearances: 0
  • Odds to win group: +1000
  • Odds to make knockout stage: +350
  • Odds to win World Cup: +30000

The defending Asian Cup winners from 2019 are making their first-ever look on the World Cup because of the controversial scandal that awarded them host duties this yr. Not one of the gamers on their roster play their domestic-league soccer outdoors of the nation, so they’re naturally hefty underdogs towards extra skilled sides inside the group.

X-Issue: Almoez Ali The 26-year-old ahead is Qatar’s star up entrance, recording 41 objectives in 84 caps with the nationwide workforce. He is performed his home soccer with Al-Duhail since 2016, however earlier than that, he had the uncommon distinction of being the primary Qatari soccer participant to attain in a Spanish league when he hung out with Cultural Leonesa in Segunda Division B.

ecuador

Ecuador World Cup
Ecuador head coach Gustavo Alfaro watches in the course of the first half of a global pleasant soccer match towards Cape Verde, Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photograph/Lynne Sladky, File)
  • FIFA Rank: forty fourth
  • Qualification: 4th in COMNEBOL
  • Earlier World Cup appearances: 3
  • Greatest end: Spherical of 16 (2006)
  • Odds to win group: +500
  • Odds to make knockout stage: +100
  • Odds to win World Cup: +15000

A youthful facet is fast on the ball and defensively stout at occasions, however a scarcity of professional goal-scoring risk may show problematic for La Tri. Their finest likelihood of success is to reside and die by the counter-attack.

X-Issue: Moises Caicedo There is no such thing as a participant extra indicative of Ecuador’s model than Caicedo — a 20-year-old midfielder who’s plying his commerce with Brighton & Hove Albion, who at the moment sit sixth within the Premier League. He would be the engine that makes Ecuador go.

netherlands

Netherlands World Cup
Netherlands’ gamers lie up for the UEFA Nations League soccer match between the Netherlands and Belgium on the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. (AP Photograph/Peter Dejong, File)
  • FIFA Rank: eighth
  • Qualification: UEFA Group G winners
  • Earlier World Cup appearances: 10
  • Greatest end: 2nd place (1974, 1978, 2010)
  • Odds to win group: -280
  • Odds to make knockout stage: -1200
  • Odds to win World Cup: +1200

Thrice a bridesmaid, the Netherlands has by no means tasted final World Cup glory. After dropping to Spain within the ultimate in 2010 and ending third in Brazil 4 years later, the Oranje shockingly didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Again in 2022, they’re the clear-cut favorites to win the group because of a resolute protection anchored by Liverpool star Virgil Van Dijk.

X-Issue: Frankie de Jong The Netherlands’ largest weak point is a midfield that lacks width and a few creativeness, so it will likely be as much as de Jong — who performs his membership soccer with the Spanish giants Barcelona — to encourage the Dutch in Qatar.

Senegal

Sadio Mane Senegal World Cup
Senegal’s Sadio Mane tries to shoot throughout a qualifying soccer match towards Egypt, for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at Cairo Worldwide stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, March 25, 2022. (AP Photograph/Amr Nabil, File)
  • FIFA Rank: 18th
  • Qualification: Defeated Egypt in third spherical of CAF qualifiers
  • Earlier World Cup appearances: 2
  • Greatest end: Quarterfinals (2002)
  • Odds to win group: +450
  • Odds to make knockout stage: -110
  • Odds to win World Cup: +10000

Senegal is a workforce flush with expertise taking part in in high leagues around the globe. Ten gamers, together with Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly, play in England. One other six play in France. They’re one other robust defensive workforce who will rely closely on one, central x-factor up entrance.

X-Issue: Sadio Mane Rising to stardom with Liverpool in England, Mane made the bounce to Bayern Munich in Germany the place he has begun to seek out his legs within the Bundesliga with 9 objectives in all competitions. With Senegal, he boasts 34 objectives in 92 appearances along with his nationwide facet, however it’s unsure whether or not or not he’ll be prepared for the event as he offers with a leg damage. His standing may maintain Senegal’s hopes within the steadiness.

*Odds courtesy of DraftKings

2022 World Cup Group A schedule

Date Match Time TV
Sunday, Nov. 20 Qatar v. ecuador 11 AM ET FOX
Monday, Nov. 21 Senegal v. netherlands 11 AM FOX
Friday, Nov. 25 Qatar v. Senegal 8 AM FS1
Friday, Nov. 25 Netherlands v. ecuador 11 AM FOX
Tuesday, Nov. 29 Netherlands v. Qatar 10 AM FOX
Tuesday, Nov. 29 Ecuador v. Senegal 10 AM FS1

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