Decisive Groups Stage Matches Begin Midweek at the World Cup

Florin P. - November 30, 2022
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The final matches of the group stage at the World Cup 2022 will determine the names of the 16 teams that advance to the playoffs this week.

The World Cup playoffs are just around the corner and many of the top teams are still struggling to book a seat on the decisive stage. This week, punters can bet on some of the most exciting matches and pick winners in highly contested affairs, while taking advantage of top odds.

Denmark and Australia Fight for Second Place

Australia has three points after two games, but they are still underdogs to qualify for the playoffs. That’s because a victory for Denmark will see the Europeans leapfrog the Socceroos and this looks like the most likely outcome. 1xBet offers odds of 6/1 on Australia and 1/2 but football fans from the realm down under can also hope for a draw, which is enough to qualify.

Argentina to Test Poland’s Defense in Group C

Poland is virtually qualified for the playoffs, and nothing short of a crushing defeat doubled by an equally impressive Mexican victory will throw them out. That’s why the Europeans will play defensively against Argentina and settle for a draw instead of pushing for a win which is priced at 6/1. The South Americans won’t underestimate Saudi Arabia again and will try to confirm the odds of 1/2 offered by 1xBet.

Belgium Plays Must-Win Game against Croatia

Morocco is likely to defeat Canada in the final match of Group F, so Croatia and Belgium also need a win to advance. Both teams have been disappointing so far and they can’t settle for one point, so they’ll throw everything they’ve got offensively. This match looks like the perfect coin flip, with identical odds of 17/10 offered by 1xBet on each team to win. We expect many corner kicks and yellow cards in this game.

A Draw Would Suffice when Spain takes on Japan

A single point would be enough for Spain to advance to the next round regardless of the outcome of the other match. Unless Costa Rica defeats Germany, a draw would send them forward as group winners, so the Spanish team will play with prudence. Japan will also qualify with a draw unless Germany wins by a wide margin, so we love the odds of 7/2 offered by bet365 sports on a draw.

Switzerland Needs One Point to Advance to Playoffs

Brazil is qualified for the playoffs and Switzerland can join them with a victory or a draw in the match against Serbia. They’ve played clinical football and we expect a close match with few goals against an opponent prone to commit mistakes. Serbia is a slight favorite with odds of 3/2, but they are under immense pressure to win, whereas the odds of 3/1 offered by bet365 sports on Switzerland make a lot of sense.

Victory Over Ghana Sends Uruguay to Elimination Rounds

Uruguay sits at the bottom of the group, but they still have the first chance to advance to the playoffs and they defeated Ghana. They need a convincing win or a victory at any score unless Portugal loses to South Korea in the final round. We get odds of 3/4 on the South Americans winning and 4/1 on the African nation, in a match that we expect to feature many goals and potentially yellow and even red cards.


The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively, on Wednesday, November 30 at 5 A.M. UK time.

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