In this blog we will be taking a comprehensive look at the Saudi Arabia national football team and their chances at FIFA World Cup. Are you a supporter of the Saudi Arabia football team? Check out betting tips and odds at LV BET Sportsbook and place your bets on your favourite team.
The Saudi Arabia national team has qualified for a total of six FIFA World cup tournaments, having played in 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2018. Their best performance was in 1994 when they reached the round of 16, something that they are yet to do again. The Saudi Arabi national football team have won three games in total in the World Cup and will be looking to add more in the 2022 edition.
Read on to learn more about:
- Saudi Arabia’s football team FIFA World Cup history
- Saudi Arabia’s road to Qatar
- Saudi Arabia squad
- LV BET betting tips on Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia at the FIFA World Cup
The Saudi Arabia national football team will be making its seventh appearance at the World Cup finals. The first time that Saudi Arabia qualified for the World Cup was in the 1994 edition, which was their best performance, winning two games and reaching the round of 16 in the process.
After that, in 1998, 2002 and 2006, they qualified for the World Cup Group Stage, but they did not manage to make it out of the group, as they were unable to win a single game in the competition. For the 2010 and 2014 editions, the Saudi Arabia squad missed out on the World Cup but bounced back to make a return in 2018.
Saudi Arabia successes and failures at the previous FIFA World Cup
The Saudi Arabia national team have only won three games in their FIFA World Cup history. Hence, their impact on the international stage is not great, but in 1994 they registered their best ever performance in the World Cup tournament.
The Saudi Arabia football team competed in Group F, against the Netherlands, Belgium and Morocco. Saudi Arabia came in second place with six points, the same amount as Belgium and Netherlands. In the round of 16, Saudi Arabia faced Sweden, which was ultimately a step to far for the squad as they lost 3-1 to the eventual third-best in the tournament.
One of the worst performances in the tournament was in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, as the Saudi Arabia football team lost all three games without scoring a goal and conceding 12.
Saudi Arabia’s road to the Qatar 2022 World Cup
Saudi Arabia secured their place in the Qatar FIFA World Cup when they topped their group in the third round ahead of Japan. Japan narrowly missed out on winning the group by just one point.
The only defeat suffered by the Saudi Arabia football team suffered was against Japan earlier in the year when the Japanese national team won 2-0 despite Saudi Arabia occupying 60% of the possession.
Who will Saudi Arabia play against at the Qatar 2022 World Cup?
Saudi Arabia will be competing against Argentina, Poland and Mexico in Group C. Argentina are the favourites to win the Group, followed by Poland and Mexico, leaving Saudi Arabia as the least likely to get out of the group.
Argentina, who recently won the Copa America and the Finalissima and are in a terrific form approaching the World Cup. The Argentinian squad will do everything in their power to put themselves in the best possible position to give Lionel Messi another chance to win the World Cup in what could be his last appearance on the World Cup stage.
Poland and Mexico are two teams that are solid overall but do not have that factor within their team to make a great impact in the tournament due to the ageing squad.
The fixtures for the Saudi Arabia national team are as follows:
- Argentina vs Saudi Arabia 22 November 2022 11:00 Lusail Stadium
- Poland vs Saudi Arabia 26 November 2022 14:00 Education City Stadium
- Saudi Arabia vs Mexico 30 November 2022 20:00 Lusail Stadium
Saudi Arabia squad for the World Cup in Qatar
The Saudi Arabia squad do not have a star player that plays in the big leagues like other nations, one of the great positives in the squad is that all of the players play in the same league which is the Saudi Arabian league. Most of the players in the Saudi Arabia national team play their football with Al Hilal-riad having 10 players in total playing for the team.
The total market value for the Saudi Arabia national football team players is €29.38M which is one of the lowest in the competition. The average age for the Saudi squad is 26.69.
Some of the record holders for the Saudi Arabia national team are Mohamed AI-Deayea who played in 10 FIFA World Cup matches in 1994, 1998 and 2002, whilst Sami AI-Jaber is the top goalscorer with three goals to his name.
Where to see FIFA World Cup 2022 matches in Saudi Arabia?
All around Saudi Arabia, there will be places where you can enjoy a nice meal whilst watching the Saudi Arabia National team in action. Kick-off times will vary depending on the fixture, but all will be played in the late or early afternoon.
You will be able to watch all the action unfold in all FIFA World Cup license holders as well as bars and restaurants that own the rights to show the matches.
For more information, please visit the official FIFA website here.
Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 tickets — prices, sale dates and tournament stages
For more information regarding ticket sales and accessibility tickets, please visit the official website here.
All tickets are sold in Qatari riyal (QAR) to both residents of Qatar and International fans.
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Betting tips and odds on Saudi Arabia national team
At LV BET we are backing the Argentinian squad to win Group C who are at 7/5 (1.40), followed by Poland who are priced at 11/2 (5.50). Mexico are priced at 5/1 (6.00) tipped to give a hard time for Poland to make it through to the round of 16.
Lastly, Saudi Arabia are priced at 20/1 (21.00), who are the least likely to win the group and set to be the underdog in this group.
Bets on Saudi Arabia national football team at LV BET
The opening fixture for Saudi Arabia will be against Argentina and we are pricing Argentina to win at 1/7 (1.14), whilst a Saudi Arabia win is at 18/1 (19.00) and a draw at 27/4 (7.75). Both team to score in the match is at 9/5 (2.80)
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