There were plenty of reasons to be pleased with Saudi Arabia’s successful qualification campaign for the 2022 World Cup. Our sportsbook is offering a great range of betting markets and props for the World Cup.
Al-Hilal and Saudi Arabia
Al Dawsari returned to Al Hilal in July 2018 after a loan spell at Villarreal, for whom he made one league appearance. The Al-Hilal winger has been the standout performer for club and country in recent seasons and is now one of Asia’s best players. He played 22 games last season in the Saudi Pro League scoring nine goals and offering five assists. He is one of the players to watch and include in your soccer picks and parlays when playing in the domestic league.
It is not a surprise that there is interest from Europe. It is also not a surprise that Al-Hilal don’t want to lose their star. It is natural and has been the case in much of West Asia for some time. Local talents emerge but their clubs are reluctant to let them go.
The winger was a standout all the way along the road to Qatar. It’s not just when he pulls on his country’s famous green shirt that it happens either, the 30-year-old claimed the Best Player award as Al-Hilal won the 2021 Asian Champions League. He was also outstanding when Al Hilal won the Saudi Arabian title number 18.
Al Hilal sees Al-Dawsari as its most important player and in December offered him a four-year contract which is reported to be worth around $3.5 million per season. That’s a lucrative deal anywhere in the world and it shows just how the player, who has been with the Riyadh club since 2011, is labeled. A move to Europe would be great for the player but it has to be for the right reasons and for the right club.
Al-Dawsari and Saudi Arabia World Cup Expectations
Saudi Arabia won their group in the Asian second stage qualifiers managing to stay unbeaten in eight games in which they scored 22 goals including Salem Al-Dawsari’s five strikes. During the third stage, Al-Dawsari scored just twice but Saudi Arabia won the group followed by Japan and Australia and they automatically earned a direct World Cup spot. If you’re betting online, Saudi Arabia are a team to fade so avoid them or bet against them.
Salem Al Dawsari has 65 international caps to his name and he netted 17 goals in the process. He also played for the Saudi Arabia Olympic team scoring twice in five games. He scored one of his team’s two goals four years ago in Russia at the World Cup but Saudi Arabia returned home with just three points earned in the group stages.
One thing is most certainly clear, which is to say that Saudi Arabia will be aiming to compete well at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Given the tournament is being hosted in such close proximity to home, it seems certain that eager fans will travel across the border in huge numbers, keen to back their national team. The Saudis find themselves in a very difficult group. They will need to compete against Argentina, Mexico, and Poland, which inevitably makes the team led by head coach Herve Renard huge underdogs.
Salem Al-Dawsari and Fahad Al-Muwallad will be two of Saudi Arabia’s most important players, both capable of providing creativity and goals in the upcoming tournament. We can also expect the most experienced players to feature, including Yasser Al-Shahrani and Salman Al-Faraj. The squad is formed with a selection of players who represent six clubs in the Saudi Professional League which is a plus because they are playing week in and week out with and against each other so they know their qualities. Saudi Arabia are priced at +700 to qualify from Group C with the latest soccer odds.