2022 World Cup Group A Breakdown and Best Bets

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Netherlands' Virgil van Dijk is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the UEFA Nations League's League football match between The Netherlands and Belgium. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP)

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is less than two months away, but which teams are looking most equipped to lift the coveted trophy?

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to dissect each team competing in the tournament with an insightful breakdown, odds available at top-rated sportsbooks, and best available betting tips, beginning with Group A.

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World Cup 2022 Group A Teams and Odds

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World Cup 2022 Group A Schedule

Sunday, Nov.20

  • Qatar vs. Ecuador (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; 2 p.m. ET)

Monday, Nov.21

  • Senegal vs. Netherlands (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha; 2 p.m. ET)

Friday, November 25

  • Qatar vs. Senegal (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha; 11 a.m.)
  • Netherlands vs. Ecuador (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; 2 p.m. ET)

Tuesday, November 29

  • Netherlands vs. Qatar (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; 1 p.m. ET)
  • Ecuador vs. Senegal (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; 1 p.m. ET)

Saturday, December 3

  • Winners of Group A vs. Runners-up of Group B (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; 1 p.m. ET)

Saturday, December 3

  • Winners of Group B vs. Runners-up of Group A (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; 5 p.m. ET)

World Cup 2022 Group A Best Bets

Group A Pick: Netherlands to Win Group A (-225) at BetOnline

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Netherlands to Win Group A (-225)
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Group A Pick: Senegal to Qualify from Group A (-130) at BetOnline

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Senegal to Qualify from Group A (-130)
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Group A Pick: Ecuador Moneyline vs. Qatar (+106) at BetOnline

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Ecuador Moneyline vs. Qatar (+106)
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Group A Pick: Senegal vs. Netherlands - Under 2 ½ goals (-125) at BetOnline

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Senegal vs. Netherlands - Under 2 ½ goals (-125)
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World Cup 2022 Group A Breakdown: Netherlands

Holland’s failed attempts at the Euro 2020 competition witnessed the return of Louis van Gaal, and his managerial expertise has since led the Dutch squad to a 15-game undefeated streak.

There’s no denying the Netherlands is one of the Qatar 2022 underdogs to look out for, as they’re undoubtedly one of the in-form teams capable of dominating Group A.

The defensive attributes of the Netherlands are their key strength, so strong that Matthijs de Ligt has struggled to get on a starting line-up. That said, their 4-1 victory over Belgium this past summer was evidence that they’re also capable in the final third.

The Netherlands will sail through Group A in Qatar and have a great chance at making a run through the competition’s knockout stages as one of the main soccer picks of the tournament.

World Cup 2022 Group A Breakdown: Senegal

If any team can give the Dutch a run for their money in Group A, the African champions would fit the bill. They’re the second-favorites to win the group, and rightfully so.

Sadio Mane, Edouard Mendy, and Kalidou Koulibaly are significantly more talented than any of the players that Qatar or Ecuador can rely on.

This trio of star players can assist their squad in reaching the Round of 16.

Should Senegal avoid defeat against the Dutch, Aliou Cisse and company have a real chance at winning the group, and a repeat of their 2002 quarter-final efforts could be replicated.

World Cup 2022 Group A Breakdown: Ecuador

Ecuador is short of experience, but as the youngest squad from CONMEBOL qualifying, they’re an up-and-coming team from South America. This was proven when finishing in fourth position during the qualifiers.

This team is under construction, but the spotlight of playing in a World Cup competition is an opportunity for these youngsters to announce their stance on a global stage.

To add, they can make an immediate impact as they’ll open the tournament against Qatar on November 20.

Of course, the difficulty levels will rise as the Netherlands and Senegal await, but a tournament-opener win could present them with a chance for a shock result or two down the stretch.

World Cup 2022 Group A Breakdown: Qatar

Qatar will be hoping to take advantage of being the only team at the World Cup with a home-pitch advantage.

Although they’re one of the lowest-ranking teams in the tournament, underestimating the 2019 Asian Cup winners would be arrogant.

Most teams were hoping to draw Qatar into their group, but this squad always comes to play when playing in competitions.

Host nations are often scrutinized for their chance of success, but this has produced countless shock results in the past. Don’t write them off; familiarity can be a massive advantage, after all.

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