The 2022 World Cup will see Cristiano Ronaldo compete in what could be his tournament finale, and he has a real chance of making a deep run as Portugal are the main favorites to win their group. Our sportsbook offers the best-betting markets and bonuses in the industry.
The Favorites: Portugal
Portugal, which qualified via the UEFA playoffs, will be joined by Ghana, Uruguay, and South Korea in the group stage, following the draw conducted in Doha on April 1. Cristiano Ronaldo is a phenomenon and will be looking to create more history at the World Cup later this year. Despite being 37, Ronaldo was Man United’s most important player this season with 18 goals and three assists. Only Liverpool’s Mo Salah and Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min scored more than him this term in the Premier League.
This is perhaps the hardest group to call. It feels as if there are more questions than answers about Portugal who, despite finishing behind Serbia in the group, qualified comfortably enough, beating Turkey and North Macedonia in the playoffs.
Fernando Santos’ cautious tactics continue to cause consternation. He has one of the best squads in the world at his disposal and he continues to play defensively and pragmatically. They allowed just six goals in their previous 10 games across all competitions and we expect them to remain solid at the back. Fernando Santos has real stars in his squad including the likes of Ruben Dias, Renato Sanches, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Jota.
Ronaldo has participated in every edition of the tournament since 2006 and will be playing in his fifth World Cup in Qatar which is set to kick off in November. He scored seven goals in 17 World Cup appearances. This team has consistently been able to make deep tournament runs, but has not been able to rack up titles outside of Euro 2016. They are big favorites to win their group being priced at -150 with the latest soccer odds.
The Runners-Up: Uruguay
Uruguay’s aging squad will have a mountain to climb despite being second favorites to win their group being priced at +200. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are two of the greatest players in Uruguayan history, but their best days are behind them. The new guns Federico Valverde, Diego Rossi, and Lucas Torreira are the ones to watch.
So far this year has been positive for Uruguay, with four successive wins, including a superb 2-0 victory over Chile in late March. However, concerns persist about the ability to play against stronger opponents and the top-heavy age of their squad. They consistently produce players capable of individual brilliance and we love their fighting spirit but we can’t trust them this time around so we won’t include them in our soccer picks and parlays. They are way underpriced and they will have huge issues against Ghana and South Korea.
The Outsiders: South Korea and Ghana
Ghana will be present in Qatar following a strong effort in the qualifying rounds, securing a place in the tournament for the first time since 2014 by beating Nigeria on away goals in the African playoffs. They went so close to reaching the semifinals of the World Cup in 2010, losing on penalties to Uruguay in the last eight. The highlight of the West African nation’s disappointing campaign four years later was that they were the only team to hold Germany to a draw at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Ghana has confirmed the dismissal of coach Milovan Rajevac after their shock early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations with Otto Addo being appointed as interim manager. Keep an eye out for guys like Thomas Partey and Jordan Ayew as they look to make it back to the knockout stages in November. They have no pressure so we expect them to enjoy every single game. If you’re betting online, Ghana is the team to fade in this group. They are priced at +1100 to win their group.
South Korea makes their 11th World Cup appearance as they’ve qualified for 10 consecutive tournaments. They finished in fourth place when they hosted in 2002, but haven’t gone further than the Round of 16 since then. They proved plenty of times that they are capable of beating anyone at this stage and we expect them to produce some great upsets.
Son Heung-min is South Korea’s main weapon with Tottenham’s striker being the top scorer for his country. He also won the Premier League Golden Ball Award finishing the domestic league with 23 goals netted for his club. We expect them to fight Uruguay for a top-two finish and a knock-out stages spot. They are priced at +1100 to win their group and we will take that with a small stake because we believe they are way overpriced.
Pick: Portugal to win the group at -150