World Cup 2022

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Qatar World Cup Betting

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Qatar to lose all three group games - 11/4

Qatar look set to struggle despite home advantage

World Cup 2022

Qatar host this year’s World Cup, which kicks off in December. They have never qualified outright for a World Cup Finals but have a place in the 2022 edition due to hosting the first ever winter tournament.

As tournament hosts, they have not had to play in any qualifiers, which could put them at a competitive disadvantage. However, they have played several matches during 2021 and participated in the Arab Cup and CONCACAF Gold Cup.

They topped Group A, winning all three matches in the Arab Cup last year, and progressed to the semi-final stage before losing 2-1 to Algeria in Doha. They then went on to defeat Egypt on penalties in the third-place play-off.

As the second team from Asia to play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, they again won their group with two victories and a draw from three matches. They prevailed in a 3-2 thriller against El Salvador in the quarter-finals before falling to a 1-0 defeat to the United States in the semis.

The most significant moment in Qatar’s football history came when they won the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates. First, they topped the group without conceding a goal and progressed to the final with six clean sheets. Then, facing Japan in the final, they recorded a 3-1 success, with top scorer Almoez Ali netting his ninth tournament goal.

Although this is their first appearance in a World Cup, football in Qatar has made great strides in recent years, and they could be a surprise package in Group A.

Qatar World Cup Group

Match Day 1

Qatar vs Ecuador

20th November 2022 16:00 UK Time Al Bayt Stadium

Match Day 2

Qatar vs Senegal

25th November 2022 13:00 UK Time Al Thumama Stadium

Match Day 3

Netherlands vs Qatar

29th November 2022 15:00 UK Time Al Bayt Stadium

Qatar World Cup Squad

Almoez Ali is the star of this Qatar team and their main goal threat, having scored nine goals in their successful AFC Asian Cup campaign last year, and he has 39 goals in 74 appearances for his country. Ali plays for Al-Duhail in the Qatar Stars League, which he has won three times. In addition, he took home the Golden Boot at the 2021 Asian Cup and CONCACAF Gold Cup and was named Player of the Tournament at the former.

Akram Afif spent time in Belgium and Spain before returning to Al Sadd in 2018. He became the first Qatari-born signing in La Liga history when joining Villarreal in 2016 but failed to make an appearance. In Qatar, he has a phenomenal goal-scoring record with 62 goals in 76 league games. He has also contributed with 51 assists.

Pedro Miguel Correia, commonly known as Ró- Ró, has been a stalwart of the Qatar defence since 2016. Born in Portugal, the 31-year-old has made 77 appearances for his country since switching allegiances. He has been playing in the Qatar Stars League since 2011 and has turned out for both Al Ahli and Al Sadd.

Qatar World Cup Odds

The Qatari’s odds currently range between 250/1 to 500/1 in the outright World Cup outright betting market. A victory is improbable due to their lack of experience, but if they make it out of the group, it could be considered a success.

Qatar World Cup Predictions

As mentioned, Qatar are unlikely to be making it to the latter stages of their home tournament. However, having performed admirably at two major tournaments in 2021, other World Cup betting markets are worth a look.

They are currently 6/1 with bet365 to qualify from a group which Netherlands and Senegal dominate. On the flip side, they are 11/4 at Paddy Power to lose all three group games and fall at the first hurdle. Games against Netherlands and Senegal look like an uphill task, but their opening match against Ecuador could give them a confidence boost.

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World Cup Betting Tips

Qatar to lose all three group games - 11/4

Qatar look set to struggle despite home advantage

World Cup 2022

Verdict

It will undoubtedly be a tough ask for Qatar in their first finals. The advantage of home support could see them spring a surprise, but a group stage knockout is more likely - this is reflected in the odds of 1/10 at bet365 on the hosts not to make it past the opening round in 2022.

Scott McGlynn

Famed for his Acca of the Day and Bet Builder selections, Scott provides tips across many sports on Freebets, and is our lead Scottish football writer