Group A looks like an interesting deal at Qatar 2022 and there could be some great options for value bets
Group A includes the Netherlands, Senegal, Ecuador and Qatar. It will be interesting to see how the Netherlands fares after missing out on the previous World Cup. Senegal look great after their performance ahead of this tournament.
South American teams are always tough, so we might see Ecuador making some noise. The biggest wild card here is how Qatar plays as hosts. Can they find some magic in their first time on the big stage?
Although it’s not the famous ‘Group of Death’, it’s still fascinating to watch the host team go head-to-head in the World Cup. In this article, we will provide an overview of Group A odds.
Betting odds are current as of July 26, 2022 on BetMGM Sportsbook.
World Cup Group A winner odds
The Netherlands are heavily favored as the European giants in this group. The Oranje won their UEFA group in qualifying, picking up 23 out of 30 points with a +25 goal differential.
Senegal went through their CAF qualifying group, winning five out of six matches. They also won the Africa Cup of Nations by beating Egypt on penalties.
Ecuador secured a spot at the 2022 World Cup with a fourth-place finish in their CONMEBOL group, narrowly edging out Peru by two points. Qatar received an automatic bid as host country.
World Cup Group A preview
The Netherlands are brimming with talent in their roster, including defender Matthijs de Ligt, midfielder Frenkie de Jong and striker Memphis Depay.
They are the heavy favorites in this group and will be looking to put in a solid tournament in their first World Cup since Brazil 2014. The Dutch have the eighth-best odds to win it all at (+1200).
It would be a surprise if they failed to win Group A, especially given their qualifying success. This is a team that looks set for a solid run.
Senegal are expected to be Africa‘s toughest team in the World Cup, which comes as no surprise after easily winning their group in qualifying and winning the Africa Cup of Nations.
Former Liverpool star and recent transfer from Bayern Munich, Sadio Mane, highlights a team that is best equipped to challenge the Netherlands in Group A. The two teams face off in an opener which will be decisive in deciding the seed.
If the team known as ‘The Lions of Teranga’ are able to get a positive result against the Netherlands in this first game, we could see them challenge for this group.
It’s always difficult to qualify from CONMEBOL as there are only four places guaranteed with a fifth having a chance through a play-off, so Ecuador should be congratulated on that achievement.
The team was a bit of a disappointment in the 2021 Copa America, however, winless in a group that included Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela. Their most notable player is Villareal star left-back Pervis Estupiñán, who can anchor the defense and assist in attack.
The team they call “La Tri” opens its tournament against the host country, Qatar. This is an opportunity for them to take an early lead in the group as the two favorites, Netherlands and Senegal, face off in their opening game.
Host country Qatar will be looking to shock the world by emerging from the group stage at their first World Cup. Since they automatically qualified for this tournament as hosts, we can watch their friendlies to get a better idea of their chances.
At the time of this article, they are undefeated in their last three matches. This includes draws against Egypt and Slovenia as well as a 2-1 win over Bulgaria. It’s good to see the hosts arrive in solid form.
It also helps that they don’t have to face the Netherlands or Senegal in the first game. Getting three points against Ecuador would go a long way towards a surprise qualification for the next round.
World Cup Group A Winner Best Bet
It’s never a good idea to juice up (-200), especially on a term prop, so we’ll avoid the Netherlands here. Instead, we’ll take the value (+350) from Senegal, who have a solid squad in their own right.
When you look at this list, you see top talents like Bayern Munich winger Sadio Mane, Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gueye. There’s star power here, putting them firmly on the line to win this group.
The key for Senegal is to get at least one draw in their opener against the Netherlands before racking up wins and improving their goal differential against Ecuador and Qatar. We have already seen the Netherlands disappoint in tournaments, so it is possible. Senegal is a living dog here.
World Cup Group A accessories
Qatar Qualified (+525)
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We will stay on the theme of finding value by going with Qatar to qualify in this group. It’s not a good idea to throw heavy juice on the Netherlands (-1000). We also don’t want to take Senegal (-133) because we already have them to win the group.
We have seen host countries shock the world before. In 2002, for example, Korea crashed out of their group, knocking out European giants Italy and Spain in the next two rounds. It is worth taking Qatar at this value.