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2022 FIFA World Cup Semi-Final Sleeper Picks

By Jeff Stinger

The 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup is set to take off in November 2022. While controversial storylines surround the event, Qatar prepares to host its first-ever major soccer tournament in history. Among the teams headed to the international competition are defending champions France. But as Nitrobetting continues its coverage of the 2022 World Cup favorites and dark horses, we move on to a checklist of our top semi-final sleeper picks below.

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2022 FIFA World Cup Group Semi-Final Sleepers


2022 FIFA World Cup odds: +1,200

Head coach Dragan Stojković leads Serbia to the World Cup for the first time in his career. The side had a fruitful qualification campaign in 2021, winning four of its five games, including two friendly matches. The pace continued in 2022 when The Eagles won two of its three UEFA Nations League games, drew one, and lost one. They also delivered a 1-0 victory over Hungary in March and lost to Denmark 3-1 in the same month.

With two more international games to go before Group G kicks off, the UEFA European Champions two-time runners-up look to have some momentum going. Although their bid to join the semi-final remains slim, their recent performances lead us to believe that Serbia makes for solid sleeper picks to do well in the knockout stage.


2022 FIFA World Cup odds: +1,400

Another dark horse that made it to our semi-final sleepers list is the Stars and Stripes of America. The 2021 Nations League Finals winners look confident ahead of their eleventh World Cup appearance. It’s been a fruitful year for Team USA so far, winning three of its six World Cup qualification games in 2022, and securing another four wins, three draws, and a defeat the year before.

Since Gregg Berhalter assumed head coaching duties for the team, we witnessed significant improvement and major changes spring to life. The Yanks now feature a youthful squad eager to cement its name in the 2022 edition of the World Cup. Furthermore, a team packed with several Premier League players levels up the caliber of talent coming from the United States. It’s hard to discount a lineup like this, making USA adequate semi-final sleepers.


2022 FIFA World Cup odds: +1,600

Everyone is excited about Gareth Bale making his World Cup debut. This also ends the 64-year drought at the tournament. The six-time Welsh Footballer of the Year brought his talents to Los Angeles FC this season after a nine-year stint at Real Madrid and a short one-year loan to Tottenham last season. Head coach Rob Page banks on the 33-year-old taking charge of the midfield and orchestrating attacking plays.

Even though The Dragons are on a disheartening Nations League run, tallying three losses and a draw, they completed an undefeated international run in 2021. Last year, the Welsh soccer team won three of its six World Cup qualifier games and drew three. This sparks good energy for a side returning to the esteemed tournament for the second time in history.


2022 FIFA World Cup odds: +2,500

Iran’s national soccer team was the highest-ranked team in Asia between December 2014 and May 2018. The six-time World Cup participants hold some impressive accolades in international football. Team Melli are three-time Asian Cup champions, four-time WAFF champions, and quarter-finalists in the 1976 Olympic Games. While profitless on its recent World Cup campaigns, there’s good reason to back Iran as semi-final sleeper picks in 2022.

In his second year as head coach, Dragan Skočić commenced a rewarding FIFA World Cup qualifying run for Iran. They went on an undefeated run last year, winning five of six games, including a 1-1 draw against South Korea. The following year saw another prosperous course for the side with four victories and a defeat. It will be exciting to see Iran perform better beyond the continental level with a more competent system and lineup, making the side hefty sleepers.

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Adding to the thrill of league soccer, Nitrobetting keeps the action going with the latest 2022 FIFA World Cup odds. We house early futures odds for the winner, with more game odds as the tournament draws closer.

This is just one of the many sports betting guides that you can read here at Nitrobetting news. Stay tuned for more 2022 FIFA World Cup previews and articles and don’t forget to check out the latest soccer betting odds on the sportsbook.

*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.

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