The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is slowly approaching and for avid sports bettors, gaining an early advantage with the early betting lines is imperative.
World Cup 2022 Group B Teams and Odds
World Cup 2022 Group B Schedule
Monday, Nov. 21
- England vs. Iran (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; 8 AM EDT)
- USA vs. Wales (Al bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; 2 PM EDT)
Friday, Nov. 25
- Wales vs. Iran (Al bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; 5 AM EDT)
- England vs. USA (AL Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; 2 PM EDT)
Tuesday, Nov. 29
- Iran vs. USA (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha; 2 PM EDT)
- Wales vs. England (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; 2 PM EDT)
Saturday, Dec. 3
- Winners of Group A vs. Runners-up of Group B (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; 1 PM EDT)
Sunday, Dec. 4
- Winners of Group B vs. Runners-up of Group A (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; 5 PM EDT)
World Cup 2022 Group B Best Bets
Group B Pick: USA to Qualify From Group B (-130) at BetOnline
Group B Pick: Wales vs. Iran - Under 2 ½ Goals (+105) at BetOnline
World Cup 2022 Group B Breakdown: England
It’s been over a year since the Italians broke the hearts of English patriots when the Euro 2020 final saw the Three Lions lose on penalties.
However, the bigger question is, what’s happened to these teams since?
England can, at least, take a position at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, but Italy failed to qualify whatsoever.
Has a curse been cast on the Euro 2020 finalists? England did qualify, but they’ve taken a step back in form since their loss to Italy.
England's Best Roster
There’s no denying the talents oozing from this England, as Gareth Southgate’s squad is unquestionably the most talented group of the past decade.
That said, red flags and critical questions remain, such as the leadership of Southgate and whether he’s the right man to evolve the Three Lions into producing their most capable efforts.
There is still hope for the English faithful, as current form has regularly been thrown out the window when major tournaments commence.
England possesses the most talented squad from Group B, but we can’t neglect the underachieving nature that looked much less likely at the beginning of 2022.
World Cup 2022 Group B Breakdown: USA
Speaking of current form, Gregg Berhalter’s squad has matched England regarding underachieving in the lead-up to the 2022 World Cup.
Having failed to register a single goal in their recent meetings with Japan and Saudi Arabia, the USMNT cannot rely on tied fixtures to qualify for the Round of 16 when facing the world’s most elite teams.
New Talent in the Team
A new generation of American players will run the Qatar gauntlet in what will be USA’s first World Cup since appearance since 2014.
The Stars and Stripes will boast a level of star power unlike any US team of the past, including Weston McKennie, Luca de la Torre, Malik Tillman, Tyler Adams, Gio Reyna, and of course, Christian Pulisic.
While many believe the USA will struggle to make it out of Group B, they’re FIFA’s No.16 ranked team for a reason.
When push comes to shove, the US might be lacking on the goal-scoring front, but they aren’t going to allow the likes of Wales and Iran to pierce their defense.
World Cup 2022 Group B Breakdown: Wales
Returning to the World Cup tournament for the first time since 1958, Welsh fans are happy with their participation alone, and positive results will be viewed as an added bonus.
Overcoming the likes of Ukraine during the summer does, however, provide hope that they can reach the knockout stage in Qatar.
Gareth Bale isn’t as prolific as he once was on a domestic level. Still, the Welsh frontman has delivered his best performances on the international stage during the previous few years, and he’ll be eager to deliver the goods in what could be his first and final World Cup appearance.
A rivalry meeting with their neighboring country England has instilled a level of drama that makes the World Cup unique. Although the skill levels of each team are worlds apart, shock results make a regular visit during the planet’s most watched sporting event.
World Cup 2022 Group B Breakdown: Iran
The Iranian international outfit hasn’t missed a World Cup since 1998, and the 2022 squad has been tipped as the Asian team with the highest chance of reaching the Round of 16.
Iran is the underdog that bettors should keep a close eye on; this team won 8 of their 10 qualifying games, and the defensive structure allowed just 4 goals as they booked their ticket to Qatar.
Coach Carlos Queiroz returned to Iran two months ago, a team he guided during the World Cup in 2014 and 2018. The accredited manager is spoilt for choice in the final third with Alireza Jahanbakhsh of Feyenoord, Mehdi Taremi of FC Porto, and Bayer Leverkusen’s Sardar Azmoun.
Does this squad have the potential to avoid defeat during the group stages? I wouldn’t be surprised.
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