The clock is ticking away the remaining days for the kick off for the highly anticipated FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Every tournament comes with it’s own controversies and political agendas but the one in Qatar faced great friction, mainly due to it being staged bang in the middle of the domesitc leagues. This could be a fairly good compromise to players but players need to play twice a week for a long period of time and are expected to perform at the highest level possible.
Qatar have constructed great stadiums where the games will be housed and also erected great architecture surrounding the stadiums for people to enjoy themselves when visiting. The nature of the venues will make it easy for people visiting to go to various games as all the games will be played within a small distance from each other.
In the upcoming group stage there are so many storylines to follow, Wales qualifying to the FIFA World Cup group stage for the first time in over 60 years and Canada making it to the group stage for their first time. Together with the debutants, the Netherlands makes it’s return, boasting a very young and talented side. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo might be their last hurrah at the FIFA World Cup group stage with both of them reaching the end of their decorated careers, but you wouldn’t put it past either of them to keep on playing. One thing is certain and that is LV BET providing you with the best betting tips throughout the FIFA World Cup group stage and elimination stages. Check out the LV BET Sports Blog to get the latest news about the group stages as well as upcoming match previews.
2022 FIFA WORLD CUP GROUP SCHEDULE
The 2022 World Cup tournament will follow the previous edition staging a 32–team group stage, which will get to 16 teams – only the top two teams from each group will advance to the elimination stage of the tournament.
Once the group stage is completed, the 16 teams will begin a knockout competition where all will be decided on the day, with extra time and penalties if needed.
Group stage: November 20 – December 2
Round of 16: December 3 – December 6
Quarter-Finals: December 9 – December 10
Semi-Finals: December 13 – December 14
Third-place match: December 17
Final: December 18
There will be four matches spread across a day during the group stages, with the only matches overlapping being the fixtures on the final day of the group stage.
Group A consists of the hosts Qatar who will make their first appearance in the Group stages, their chances progressing out of the group will be no short of heroic if they manage to pull it off as they come up against the Netherlands, Ecuador and African champions Senegal. The favourites to make it out of the group are Netherlands together with Senegal as they push on to be one of the best African team to perform in a FIFA World Cup.
This is the schedule for Group A:
Sunday, November 20, Qatar VS Ecuador 4 PM (GMT) Al Bayt
Monday, November 21 Senegal VS Netherlands 10 AM (GMT) Al Thumama
Friday, November 25, Qatar VS Senegal 1 PM (GMT) Al Thumama
Friday, November 25, Netherlands VS Ecuador 4 PM (GMT) Khalifa International
Tuesday, November 29, Netherlands VS Qatar 3 PM (GMT) Al Bayt
Tuesday, November 29, Ecuador VS Senegal 3 PM (GMT) Khalifa International
Very competitive and interesting group with Wales playing against England in the World Cup, Wales would love to stunt England’s ambitions of winning the competition but it won’t be easy. The USA is another team that would love to leave a mark on the FIFA World Cup. Iran are the least favoured side to make it out of the group.
This is the schedule for Group B:
Monday, November 21, England VS Iran 1 PM (GMT) Khalifa International
Monday, November 21, USA VS Wales 7 PM (GMT) Ahmad Bin Ali
Friday, November 25, Wales VS Iran 10 AM (GMT), Ahmad Bin Ali
Friday, November 25, England VS USA 7 PM (GMT), Al Bayt
Tuesday, November 29, Wales VS England 7 PM (GMT), Ahmad Bin Ali
Tuesday, November 29, Iran VS USA 7 PM (GMT), Al Thumama
Group C consists of Argentina who are looking a very competitive side after winning the Copa America and the ‘Finalissima’ and with Lionel Messi pulling the strings it might be a World Cup to remember for the North Americans. Poland and Mexico will have a fight between them for second place as Saudi Arabia is tipped to finish rock bottom. It’s group with just three games to play and everything can happen.
This is the schedule for Group C:
Tuesday, November 22, Argentina VS S. Arabia 10 AM (GMT), Lusail
Tuesday, November 22, Mexico VS Poland 4 PM (GMT), Stadium 974
Saturday, November 26, Poland VS S. Arabia 1 PM (GMT), Education City
Saturday, November 26, Argentina VS Mexico 7 PM (GMT), Lusail
Wednesday, November 30, Poland VS Argentina 7 PM (GMT), Stadium 974
Wednesday, November 30, S. Arabia VS Mexico 7 PM (GMT), Lusail
FIFA World Cup 2018 winners, France compete in this group as they try to make it out of the group, something a lot of World Cup winners struggle to do in the next tournament. Keeping France on their toes will be Denmark with a very competitive and cohesive team that troubled them in other competitions. Australia and Tunisia are up against it with two great teams in their group, but anything can happen, it’s football.
This is the schedule for Group D:
Tuesday, November 22, Denmark Vs Tunisia 1 PM (GMT), Education City
Tuesday, November 22, France VS Australia 7 PM (GMT), Al Janoub
Saturday, November 26, Tunisia VS Australia 10 AM (GMT), Al Janoub
Saturday, November 26, France VS Denmark 4 PM (GMT), Stadium 974
Wednesday, November 30, Tunisia VS France 3 PM (GMT), Education City
Wednesday, November 30, Australia VS Denmark 3 PM (GMT), Al Janoub
One of the toughest groups in the group phases, two World Cup winners in Germany and Spain coming together along with Costa Rica and Japan who are great teams in their own respective way. It will be a straight battle for first place with Germany needing a good performance to blush over their 2018 shock exit.
This is the schedule for Group E:
Wednesday, November 23, Germany VS Japan 1 PM (GMT), Khalifa International
Wednesday, November 23, Spain VS Costa Rica 4 PM (GMT), Al Thumama
Sunday, November 27, Japan VS Costa Rica 10 AM (GMT), Ahmad Bin Ali
Sunday, November 27, Spain VS Germany 7 PM (GMT), Al Bayt
Thursday, December 1, Japan VS Spain, 7 PM (GMT), Khalifa International
Thursday, December 1, Costa Rica VS Germany 7 PM (GMT), Al Bayt
A very interesting group with Belgium as the outright favourites as well as Croatia who have reached the Final in 2018 with an aging squad so it will surely be a good watch to see how they will get on. For Canada it will their first appearance in the group stage and Morocco will fight off Canada for third place in the group.
This is the schedule for Group F:
Wednesday, November 23, Morocco VS Croatia 10 AM (GMT), Al Bayt
Wednesday, November 23, Belgium VS Canada 7 PM (GMT), Ahmad Bin Ali
Sunday, November 27, Belgium VS Morocco 1 PM (GMT), Al Thumama
Sunday. November 27 Croatia VS Canada 4 PM (GMT), Khalifa International
Thursday, December 1, Croatia VS Belgium, 3 PM (GMT), Ahmad Bin Ali
Thursday, December 1, Canada VS Morocco 3 PM (GMT), Al Thumama
The outright favourites to win the competition, Brazil are in Group G, together with Switzerland, Cameroon and Serbia. Brazil are expected to top this group, with the other three teams fighting it off for second place, but Serbia might be the one that has the edge over the others.
This is the schedule for Group G:
Thursday, November 24, Switzerland VS Cameroon 10 AM (GMT), Al Janoub
Thursday, November 24, Brazil VS Serbia 7 PM (GMT), Lusail
Monday, November 28, Cameroon VS Serbia 10 AM (GMT), Al Janoub
Monday, November 28, Brazil VS Switzerland 4 PM (GMT), Stadium 974
Friday, December 2, Cameroon VS Brazil 7 PM (GMT), Lusail
Friday, December 2, Serbia VS Switzerland 7 PM (GMT), Stadium 974
The last group has Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal who will face off Uruguay, Ghana and South Korea. South Korea will need to supply Son with some great service if they want to get forward into the elimination stage. Uruguay also have an aging squad that might hinger their progress in the competition. This group has the potential of some surprises.
This is the schedule for Group H:
Thursday, November 24, Uruguay VS South Korea 1 PM (GMT), Education City
Thursday, November 24, Portugal VS Ghana 4 PM (GMT), Stadium 974
Monday, November 28, South Korea VS Ghana 1 PM (GMT), Education City
Monday, November 28, Portugal VS Uruguay 7 PM (GMT), Lusail
Friday, December 2, South Korea VS Portugal 3 PM (GMT), Education City
Friday, December 2, Ghana VS Uruguay 3 PM (GMT), Al Janoub