World Cup 2022 Dark Horses Tips: Five Teams to Bet on to Cause an Upset in Qatar
The teams that come out of nowhere, dumping out the big guns and creating new stars in the process. It happens every tournament and this year will be no different.
In fact, with the heat and the differences a winter World Cup in the Middle East will bring, it’s all set up for an upset or two. But who are the nations that will be causing them?
It’s perhaps a little disrespectful to say Senegal are dark horses, given the number of fantastic players they have in their squad, but they’re behind the Netherlands in the Group A list of favourites, and nobody really has been talking about them as any great force.
The side come into the tournament as Africa Cup of Nations champions and they have a good side, with a real strong spine, including Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly, midfielders Idrissa Gueye, Chiekhou Kouyate and Pape Matar Sarr. A massive blow for Senegal is the loss of star man Sadio Mane due to injury but the rest of the squad cannot be dismissed.
They have a group they should get out of, potentially even topping, and will be a real test for any side in the knockout stages.
Senegal to reach the quarter finals – 9/2 with bet365.
The Welsh have a togetherness and determination like few other nations and they’ve proven time and time again that makes up for the lack of quality in comparison to some other teams. It’s a huge tournament for the Welsh, making their first appearance since the 1950s, but it isn’t going to be easy, with England and the USA both pushing them for a top two spot in Group B.
It’s difficult not to see England qualifying, which means it’s down to the United States or Welsh for the other spot. In the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, they have players who can provide that bit of magic, and they will be certainly ones to watch as Rob Page’s men look to do something special.
Wales to qualify from Group B – 11/10 with Paddy Power.
Serbia are in great form at the moment and enjoyed a qualifying period in which they went unbeaten, winning six and drawing just two, beating Portugal to top spot.
It isn’t an easy group for them, however, with Group G including Brazil, Switzerland and Cameroon, and it’ll likely be the Serbs and Swiss battling it out for second spot. They have some fantastic players though, including Dusan Tadic, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to name a few and they could well cause a few upsets both in the Group Stage and knockouts too.
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The 2022 World Cup is likely to be a swan song for some Uruguay stars, with the likes of Diego Godin, Luis Suarez, and potentially Edinson Cavani, who is currently suffering with an ankle injury, likely to bow out of tournament football on the world stage after this one. But at the same time, they have a blend of exciting new talent too which could provide the perfect cocktail for the South Americans to go far.
Group H does look navigable for the side, but it won’t be easy, with Ghana and South Korea often doing well at major tournaments, while Portugal will be the favourites to progress. Players such as Ronald Araujo, Rodrigo Bentancur, Federico Valverde and Darwin Nunez are developing into world-class talent and it’s a chance for them to really prove that on the world stage. Would we be surprised if Uruguay reached the Quarter or Semi Finals? Probably not…
Uruguay to reach the quarter finals – 5/2 with Bet Victor.
The Danish were very good at the European Championships, and proved during the Nations League they can mix it with the big guns, defeating France twice. They’ll have Christian Eriksen back in their ranks, and similar to Wales they have a real togetherness, as well as that little bit of extra quality.
The Danes should comfortably make it through the group and they’ll be a real challenge for anyone they face later in the tournament.
Denmark to reach the quater finals – 2/1 with bet365.
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