It’s been a 20-year drought since Brazil last won the World Cup, but there’s no denying that the squad of 2022 looks one of the best since the likes of Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho stole our hearts with their on-pitch flamboyance. For apparent reasons, they’re the tournament favorites, but Switzerland will want to play the spoiler card in Group G.
Read on for this week’s Group G World Cup soccer picks, analysis and free Qatar betting preview for the fixtures involving:
Switzerland vs. Cameroon
Thursday, November 24, 2022 – 05:00 AM EST at Al Janoub Stadium
World Cup 2022 Trends & Team Form
- Switzerland is riding a 3-game consecutive win streak at half-time/full time
- Cameroon averages 0.50 goals when competing away from home
- Cameroon has lost their previous seven World Cup fixtures
Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic - Next Up, Cameroon?
Switzerland could be a dark horse in this year’s competition, and their 2021/22 form stands by this potential. Notably, a streak of successes over Spain, Portugal, and the Czech Republic should be enough to back the Swiss in their World Cup opener against Cameroon.
Breel Embolo has been on fire, netting seven international goals for Switzerland since the beginning of 2021, two of which he achieved in his previous three appearances. In addition, the Swiss are regulars in the World Cup playoffs, as they’ve played beyond the group stage in 4 of their last 5 stints in this tournament.
The Indomitable Lions Look More Like Pussy Cats
Cameroon’s World Cup history is far from desirable compared to their Thursday morning European opponents. This nation has failed to reach the round of 16 in 6 of their 7 World Cup appearances and that lone success was claimed twenty-two years ago, at the 1990 edition.
Head coach Rigobert Song hasn’t found much luck in molding a trustworthy squad, as the Indomitable Lions have looked more like tamed house cats recently. They’ve failed to win any of their previous four games in all competitions while notably lacking in true star quality.
Switzerland vs. Cameroon Group G Betting Pick and Prediction
The available odds at the top World Cup sportsbooks are gifting us a -128 moneyline price on Switzerland. We’ll see caution from the sportsbooks in these opening games, so grab these prices while you can.
It’s hard to ignore Switzerland’s chance of victory in this game and I’m backing them to win a comfortable opener versus a Cameroon squad that’s failed to net a single goal in their previous three losses.
Score Prediction: Switzerland 2 – Cameroon 0
Brazil vs. Serbia
Thursday, November 24, 2022 - 02:00 PM EST at Lusail Iconic Stadium
World Cup 2022 Trends & Team Form
- Brazil are unbeaten in 29 of their last 30 games in all competitions
- Serbia is undefeated in 10 consecutive away games in all competitions
- Serbia netted 13 goals in their previous 5 Nations League games
- Brazil have scored a minimum of three goals in 6 of their last 7 games
The Most Successful World Cup Team Arrives in Qatar
It’s a long wait to see the true potential of Brazil in this year’s World Cup as the Selecao competes in the final fixture of the opening round of group stage fixtures. The pressure will be on as the favorites to win it all, but there’s no denying how talented this squad is.
Brazil has presented a domineering form that this nation hasn’t witnessed since its previous World Cup-winning efforts in 2002. They’ll arrive in Qatar following a WC qualifying campaign involving zero defeats, which isn’t an easy task in the soccer trenches of South America.
Serbia Can Shoot
Serbia is a tipped dark horse of this competition after scoring 18 goals during World Cup qualifiers, staying unbeaten in the group, and beating Portugal 2-1 during their 2022 World Cup qualifying journey. They then went to the Nations League, beating Denmark and Sweden while collecting 13 goals through six games.
This squad knows how to score goals, as Filip Kostic, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dusan Vlahovic, and Luka Jovic masterfully assist a free-form attacking style. That said, the team's most notable striker, Mitrovic, is expected to miss the opener with Brazil. The Fulham sharpshooter has been lethal in the Premier League this term with nine goals to his name, so his absence will be missed.
Brazil vs. Serbia Group G Betting Pick and Prediction
The available World Cup odds expect Brazil to win, but a reasonable -214 moneyline is a betting position I can get behind. While Serbia presents a threat in the final third, and will likely collect a consolation goal, squad against squad, they’re lightyears behind the talent in yellow and green.
Brazil’s firepower will be displayed, as they’ve netted at least three goals in 6 of their previous 7 games, with a total of 26 scored during this period. The Neymar threat is nothing new, but the current form of Tottenham Hotspur’s Richarlison should be noted.
I expect Brazil to win this game comfortably and the moneyline, while the Serbians can still display their goal-scoring talents for a both teams to score ticket with some value.
Score Prediction: Brazil 3 – Serbia 1
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