World Cup Football Betting Tips – Tuesday 22nd November
Day Three of the World Cup will see several of the world’s biggest stars begin their World Cup campaign’s as Argentinean superstar Lionel Messi will begin his quest to win the elusive World Cup trophy with a game against Saudi Arabia in the first of the morning kick off games at these finals.
The second game in Group C takes place at 4pm at the somewhat unusual Stadium 974 (no doubt you’ll see why when you tune in for the game) and will see Barcelona’s star striker Robert Lewandowski spearhead Poland’s quest to at least qualify from the group, beginning with a key opening fixture against tricky Central American giants Mexico.
The other action today comes from Group D and will see the talented and in form Denmark side take on tricky African qualifiers Tunisia in the first game from that group and then in the evening Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema will be hopeful of leading France to victory in their first game in defence of the trophy they won back in 2018, which comes against Australia.
There’s no doubt that France and Argentina are the favourites to win these groups, but both have suffered shock defeats in their World Cup games after winning the World Cup, France losing to Senegal in 2002, while in 1982, Argentina were surprise losers to Belgium after winning in 1978 and then in 1990, they lost to Cameroon after winning in 1986 in Mexico.
What is certain is that the gap between the top teams in these groups and the lower ranked FIFA teams, such as Saudi Arabia, Australia and company, is nowhere near as big as it once was, so I expect a number of tough games for the teams here.
*Venue and Kick Off Time shown in brackets (GMT)
- Group C – Argentina v Saudi Arabia (10am, Lusail Stadium)
- Group D – Denmark v Tunisia (1pm, Education City Stadium)
- Group C – Mexico v Poland (4pm, Stadium 974)
- Group D – France v Australia (7pm, Al Wakrah Sports Complex)
World Cup 2022 Tips – Tuesday 22nd November
For me, this is one of the great mismatches of the first round of games in the Group Stages of the World Cup. We have the current Copa America holders and favourites for this tournament, Argentina, in the midsts of a 36 game unbeaten run, taking on a Saudi Arabian team comprising of players solely from their own domestic league.
On paper, this should be a walkover for the Argentineans here. Saudi are disciplined and well organised and of course, the conditions should suit them, but even so, Argentina should not have any issues landing a win here given the quality that they have in their squad, and that is even without the talents of the in-form Lionel Messi.
Arguably, a World Cup Winners medal is all that is missing from Messi’s personal haul and having been in inspired form so far this season for Paris St Germain, it seems as if the former Barcelona star is readying himself for a fifth and final assault for the biggest trophy in men’s football.
Saudi Arabia are not going to be representative of some of the much tougher games to come for Argentina, even within this Group, but I still expect the second-favourites to run out comfortable winners in their opening fixture against limited opposition.
Heading into this World Cup tournament, for me the Danes are one of the best positioned of the ‘outside bet’ teams to have a great tournament. They performed well at the Euros in 2020, reaching the semifinals before losing to England at Wembley in extra time and since then, they have beaten France home and away in the recent Nations League.
Admittedly, this Danish team isn’t packed with stars like the famous teams of 1986 and 1992, but they are certainly a very tight unit with exceptional players all over the field, notably though in midfield and with a goalkeeper who is as safe as any playing in this tournament.
Tunisia are one of the stronger African nations and are playing in their third straight World Cup. They pushed England all the way in their first game in 2018 before losing to an injury time header and they have proven time and time again that they are very tough to beat, as their clean sheet record outlined above shows.
I see this game being a tight one that starts off closely fought and which I think at half time will likely see the teams go in goalless, before eventually Denmark’s better quality in depth may turn the tide in their favour and as such I am backing the HT/FT – Draw/Denmark option here which I feel is a great value bet.
In a group that also features Argentina, both these teams will know that the winner of this game will take a huge step towards qualifying from this group and so I expect this game to be one of the cagier ones in the opening tranche of games in the World Cup.
Poland do boast the attacking talent of Robert Lewandowski, but what has been notable in a number of the Poles recent games involving quality opponents is that the striker has often been isolated and the Polish midfield has been struggling to make too many chances for Lewandowski to thrive.
That worries me against a very experience Mexico team that not only has that bedrock of experience, but who have also not lost to Poland since the 1970s and are unbeaten in their last five games against their European opponents. It’s also notable the weather should favour the Mexicans too.
I do feel both teams will score in the game and I was very tempted to go with the draw here, but something tells me we may have some late drama one way or the other in this one and as such, I am backing Mexico to snatch the win by a 2-1 scoreline.
France come into the World Cup missing N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba to name but two and Rafael Varane could be a doubt for this game through injury, but with Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema leading your attack, you should stand a chance against any team that the World Cup can put up against the defending World Champions.
Australia made life tough for them the last time they met in the World Cup, but the Australian team is not as strong now as it was back then and the general feeling is that with an unimpressive set of results leading into the finals, this could be a tough three games for the Aussies.
In contrast, France will be hoping to get off to a better start than they did when defending their World Cup won in 1998 in 2002, when they lost to Senegal and after a player revolt, failed to make it out of the group stages. Lightning striking twice here is unthinkable.
I am not really sure how this game will go other than I think France will land the win and that if they do then Kylian Mbappe is the man most likely to score the goal and as such, backing him to be the first goalscorer here is a good value bet.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.