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Teams Returning to the World Cup in 2022

Do They Have a Chance?

In practically every edition of the World Cup, there’s a team that qualified after a long time of not doing so, well, in the world cup soccer 2022 there will be two. Plus, we examine three teams that will return to soccer’s grandest stage after surprisingly missing the 2018 edition.

That being said, there’s only one question that comes to mind: do those teams have a chance? Well, let’s figure out what teams are we talking about and what are the world cup odds of them winning the gold.

Teams Returning to the World Cup in 2022
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  • Wales

When the match between Wales and USA starts, which is scheduled for November 21, Wales will put an end to a 64-year drought. That’s right, Wales will play in a WC for the first time since 1958 when they finished fifth after losing 1-0 to Brazil in the Quarterfinals. Brazil ended up winning the title.

Besides the USA, Gareth Bale & Co. will face England and Iran. They’re offering a +600 price in the sportsbook to win Group B. Regarding the odds to go all the way and pull off a historic stunner, they’re offering a +15000 price.

Wales sealed its ticket to Qatar 2022 by defeating Ukraine 1-0 in the European play-off. Bale was the scorer. The Dragons’ roster also includes Ben Davies, Aaron Ramsey, and Daniel James.

  • Canada

Canada qualified for the first time in 36 years. The Reds did it by winning CONCACAF’s octagonal with 28 points, 23 goals for, and only seven against. They didn’t lose until the 12th game.

They ended up in Group F with Belgium, Croatia, and Morocco. They come in as the betting online underdogs to win it at +1200. Like Wales, they’re offering a +15000 price to dethrone France as World Champions.

In 1986, the Reds finished in 24th place. Back then, 24th was last place. They lost all their matches, didn’t score a single goal and allowed five. It’s unlikely that they’ll win the title, but I have no doubt that the talent to do a much better job is there.

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After Missing Russia 2018

  • Netherlands

Netherlands is considered the best team that has never won the WC. They’ve been close, though. First, they lost the Grand Finale of the 1974 edition to Germany (2-1). Four years later, they lost it to Argentina (3-1). In 1988, they won the European championship. Therefore, they were atop the soccer predictions for the 1990 WC. Nevertheless, they were eliminated in the Round of 16.

The Clockwork Orange missed Russia 2018 but now comes in among the favorites to win the 2022 world cup edition at +1200. To give you a better idea, Croatia, the 2018 runner-up, is offering a +5000 price. The Flying Dutchmen are led by Virgil van Dijk, Frenkie de Jong, and Memphis Depay.

  • Cameroon

Between 1990 and 2018, Cameroon only missed two WCs. The first was in 2006; the second in 2018. To qualify for 2022, the Indomitable Lions won Group D with a 5-0-1 record, 12 goals for, and only three against. Later, they defeated Algeria in the last round thanks to the away goal rule. They lost the first leg 1-0 and won the second 2-1.

Cameroon will face Brazil, Switzerland, and Serbia in Group G. They’re offering a +275 price to qualify for the next round. Keep an eye on Jean-Eric Choupo-Moting and Karl-Toko Ekambi.

  • USA

After failing to qualify for the 2018 WC, the first absence since 1986, Team USA finished third in CONCACAF’s octagonal with 25 points thanks to a 7-4-3 record. They scored 21 goals, only Canada scored more with 23.

As mentioned before, they’re in Group B with England, Wales, and Iran. The Stars and Stripes are the favorites to finish as the runners-up at +550. England is the favorite to finish first at -300. Anyway, with Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, and Sergino Dest leading the way, this team could become the Cinderella team. Don’t forget that the USA and Costa Rica are the only teams from CONCACAF to have played in the Quarterfinals of a WC.

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