The World Cup is the only competition that showcases the best footballing talent in the world throughout one single tournament. Players such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Neymar, Mbappe, Keven de Bruyne and countless other stars will all be taking to the pitch throughout the four weeks of football in a bid to help their nations lift the trophy come Sunday 18th December.
All eyes will be on teams such as Brazil, France, England and Argentina who the bookies expect to progress to the later stages of the tournament along with semi-underdogs like Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Portugal.
Several betting experts have already released their World Cup Winner selections and you’ll find that the vast majority of them have opted to back one of the above teams. WhichBookie recently published a 14/1 Netherlands Tipped To Win article but not many are backing underdogs.
That’s somewhat understandable given that the World Cup is generally won by one of the bigger nations that head into the tournament at shorter odds. Only 8 nations have won the World Cup in 21 tournaments and so the odds are in favour of those backing the more likely teams to progress.
However, that’s not to say that we couldn’t have an underdog story on our hands in Qatar this year. Although the longshots are unlikely to lift the trophy, there’s nothing to say that they couldn’t go on a run and with several betting markets available now such as To Reach The Quarter Final/Semi Final/Final and To Win/Qualify From Group, punters have a lot more attractive options when it comes to backing an underdog.
If you’re looking for a value bet, underdogs to progress past the group stages and possibly even reach the quarter/semi finals can be a great option.
Here are our Top 3 Underdog Picks For The 2022 World Cup that we think could exceed expectations.
Canada are taking part in just their second ever World Cup and their first in 36 years. They’ll be looking for their first ever match victory in the competition this year and also their first ever goal!
However, a lot has changed in the Canadian team since their appearance at Mexico 1986 and they’re a hugely improved side over just the past couple of years.
Canada flew through qualification for the World Cup, finishing top of their table ahead of Mexico, the USA and five others. Their style of play is impressive and they’re certainly not short of goals.
They’re up against it with being in Group F along with Belgium, Croatia and Morocco but are a tempting 7/2 just to qualify for the knockout stages. If they’re able to show some of the form that they have done throughout qualification, they could spring a couple of surprise results in the group stage which may be enough to see them through to the Round of 16.
Similar to Canada, this will be Wales’ second appearance at the World Cup. However, instead of having to wait 36 years, Wales have been absent from the competition for 70 years!
They reached the quarter-finals of World Cup 1958 in Sweden and it wouldn’t be out of the question to see them achieve a similar finish this year.
They’re in Group B along with England, USA and Iran and are expected to battle it out with USA for second place. However, England have had a horrid Nations League campaign in recent months which has cast doubt on how Gareth Southgate’s side will perform this winter. Wales are perfectly capable of beating England along with USA and Iran and so they have a chance of finishing top of their group which would see them with favourable opposition in the Round of 16.
Wales are currently 6/1 to reach the quarter finals with several of the top bookies.
Serbia are a more familiar sight at the World Cup than the above two nations but they too are outsiders being priced at a big 100/1 to go all the way this year.
They were eliminated at the group stage in both 2010 and 2018 but this could be the year that they make it through to the knockout stages and perhaps to the later stages of the tournament.
Switzerland, Cameroon and five-time World Cup winners Brazil join Serbia in Group G which is a very tough group to be in. It’s more than likely that Serbia will be battling it out with Switzerland for second place but that is perfectly achievable for Dragan Stojkovic’s side.
They’re currently 5/4 to make it out of the group and if they do so with a second-place finish, they’ll meet the winners of Group H which contains Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea. All of those matches are winnable for Serbia and victory would see them feature in the quarter finals for the first time since 1990.
Serbia are a best price of 11/2 to reach the quarter finals which could be a bet to consider.