The 2022 World Cup is fast approaching. We at American Gambler have already sized up the USMNT odds over in Group B and are now turning our attention to some of the best matchups going on elsewhere in the rest of the groups.
There will be plenty of intrigue in the opening rounds, including what figures to be an electric Spain Germany World Cup title-contending clash.
Here's our breakdown of the best five fixtures to watch and bet on outside of Group B.
Spain vs Germany
- Spain +155
- Germany +180
- Draw +225
There's no getting around it, this is the biggest Group Stage showdown on paper. These two Group E heavyweights are both World Cup favorites. Spain (+800) and Germany (+1000) garner the 5th and 6th best title odds, respectively.
The current Spain Germany World Cup odds aren't the only draw. Both of these nations recently claimed a title, with Spain winning the Tournament back in 2010 and Germany capturing the crown in 2014.
There will be plenty of star power on display, with the likes of Ferran Torres, Aymeric Laporte, and Pedri for Spain matching wits with Thomas Muller, Timo Werner, and Joshua Kimmich.
Get your popcorn ready!
Argentina vs Mexico
- Argentina -175
- Mexico +500
- Draw +270
Two Latin American powers collide over in Group C in a highly compelling fixture.
Argentina is led by legend Lionel Messi and enters the competition tied with the 2nd best odds (+600). They will be a must-watch squad in the early stages of the competition. Other top key players include Lautaro Martinez, Rodrigo de Paul, and Christian Romero.
Mexico is always something of an X-factor at the World Cup. Despite their long odds (+10000), and although this isn't their strongest squad, they still possess enough talent to spring an upset and upend the Group C hierarchy.
It's always worth keeping tabs on the USMNT's chief CONCACAF rivals.
France vs Denmark
- France -105
- Denmark +310
- Draw +230
The reigning champs take to the pitch over in Group D, where they are strong favorites (-275) to finish atop the standings. They are tied with Argentina (+600) for the second-best title odds. France retains a good portion of their championship squad, including seasoned goal scorer Karim Benzema and young phenom Kylian Mbappe.
While oddsmakers anticipate “Les Bleus” will cruise into the knockout round, they will meet one obstacle: a gritty Denmark squad that is always tough to play. The Danes are fresh off a semifinal appearance at the Euros in 2021 and have the talent and tenacity for another deep run here.
Brazil vs Serbia
- Brazil -225
- Serbia +625
- Draw +333
Brazil (+400) enters the 2022 World Cup as the odds-on favorite to win the whole thing. All eyes will be on this electric squad during the Group Stage to see if they can live up to the hype. The star-studded roster includes household names such as Neymar, Casemiro, and Thiago Silva.
At -350, oddsmakers view Brazil as the most likely team in the Tournament to win their group. With that said, Serbia will represent a compelling opening-round opponent that will test this talented roster right out of the gate.
Can the likes of Aleksander Mitrovic and Filip Kostic challenge the Brazilian defense and put the favorites back on their heels?
Netherlands vs Qatar
- Netherlands -300
- Qatar +825
- Draw +450
By the team these teams meet, it's entirely possible this game won't have any implications. However, should the hosts manage to surprise in their first couple of matches, it could set the stage for high drama on the last day of Group play.
The Dutch have a formidable squad and come in with the 8th-best title odds at +1200.
The host nation always has a bit more buzz about their games, so a clash with one of Europe's premier teams would be highly compelling if Qatar has a shot at advancing.