Let’s kick things off with the FIFA World Cup Group A, where one team, in particular, has recently starred in its continental spotlight — but is it the favourite to win Group A?
The FIFA World Cup Group A will star Qatar, South American highflyer Ecuador, Africa Cup of Nations winner Senegal as well as the Netherlands.
Diverse, unpredictable and competitive — the very essence of the World Cup Group stages summed up in Group A.
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WHO EXACTLY ARE THE PARTICIPANTS OF GROUP A?
Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal and the Netherlands are just four of the 32 nations vying for that prestigious World Cup trophy. The first iteration of the tournament was held in 1930, but the fans’ enthusiasm and pulsating support for their nation has since never taken single dive.
Held in Qatar’s newly constructed stadiums, the FIFA World Cup 2022 will commence on 21 November, when debutant hosts Qatar take on Ecuador, while the African Cup of Nations champions, Senegal, duel with the Netherlands. The former fixture will take place at 11:00 GMT at Al Bayt Stadium, while the latter will be held at 5:00 at Al Thumama Stadium.
|National Team||FIFA Ranking||FIFA Zone||Place in Eliminations|
|Ecuador||46||CONMEBOL||4th in Group|
|Senegal||20||CAF||Africa Cup of Nations Winner|
|Netherlands||10||UEFA||1st in Group|
Having won the bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar will be the freshest debutants on the block. This will be the first time the Middle Eastern country has ever qualified for the World Cup. Qatar will want to make their fans proud as they take on three solid opponents on their own turf, but can they pose enough of a challenge?
The fourth-smallest nation in South America ranked fourth in the CONMEBOL group stage — quite a coincidental, albeit unconvincing way of presenting itself among the world’s elites, isn’t it? Nevertheless, Ecuador has now qualified twice in the last three editions of the World Cup, which would be quite a notable achievement for any country in the world. Its best performance in the World Cup dates back to 2006, when it made it to the Round of 16. Can they do one better this time around?
The entirety of the Senegalese nation is still buzzing after their triumph in the Africa Cup of Nations, but time to switch gears has come quicker than anticipated. Senegal will have to see off a talent-laden Netherlands side if the African nation wants to start the World Cup off on the right foot. With more than enough talent of its own, Senegal fans will be looking to their side to conquer Group A, and overcome any threat that may be posed.
The Dutchmen really were flying in their World Cup Qualification group, but now is where things can get hairy. Although the Netherlands missed out on the FIFA 2018 World Cup, the nation is certainly no stranger to the tournament — having made it to the final a good three times in the past. Whether Louis van Gaal can sail the Oranje past the group stage doesn’t leave room for much doubt, but can he break the Dutchmen’s curse of losing all of their World Cup finals to date?
BETTING TIPS AND ODDS ON YOUR FAVOURITE IN GROUP A
There’s not much room for surprises as far as the bookies are concerned. The Netherlands are priced as strong favourites to win Group A, with Senegal set to qualify along with the Dutchmen. Ecuador trails behind the two nations, whereas Qatar is ranked as the blatant outsider of the group. Although Senegal and Ecuador are ranked in the same ballpark, Senegal don’t look like it will lose grip on that second spot.
- Netherlands to be outright winner of Group A is priced at 2/5 (1.40), and 11/2 (6.50) to reach the final.
- Senegal to be outright winner of Group A is priced at 9/2 (1.66), and 4 (5.00) to reach the quarter-finals.
- Ecuador to be outright winner of Group A is priced at 6 (7.00), and 14 (15.00) to reach the semi-finals.
- Qatar to be outright winner of Group A is priced at 14 (15.00), and 40 (41.00) to reach the semi-finals.
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