Top 2022 FIFA World Cup Matchday One Games: Part Two

By Jeff Stinger

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is set to kick off in just over two weeks. Host Qatar kicks off the historic tournament when they take on Ecuador, while the rest of the week packs exciting fixtures for soccer fans, novice punters, and veteran bettors. There’s no shortage of action in this month-long tournament. With that, Nitrobetting gets you the low-down on the Best 2022 FIFA World Cup Games Of Matchday 1.

2022 FIFA World Cup Matchday One Games to Watch (Part Two)

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France vs. Australia

  • 2022 FIFA World Cup odds: France (-120) // Australia (+311)

The group stage is relatively straightforward for the defending champions. It’s easy to see why they come in as -278 favorites to win Group D. They feature quality players from top-tier leagues. Watch out for this squad not only during the group stage but when they make their way to the knockout stage. Kylian Mbappe is the man of the hour here, recording 57 caps and 27 international goals, while 2022 Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema brings his experience and impressive form to the pitch.

Many believe that the Socceroos don’t hold a candle to the Frenchmen, but they might show us why they are worthy contenders here. Their first World Cup opponent will test every ounce of their skill, and even if they have the versatile Mathew Leckie and Jackson Irvine on their side, it’s going to be a tough 90 minutes for Australia as they come in as the match underdogs.

Germany vs. Japan

  • 2022 FIFA World Cup odds: Germany (-286) // Japan (+644)

Germany failed to show the world that they are one of the best soccer teams in the world in 2018. Their results haven’t been as imposing as we are used to, and their recent UEFA Nations League record demands more from the squad come November. Coach Hansi Flick needs the big names to show up, including team captain Thomas Muller, and Bayern Munich stars Serge Gnarby, Leroy Sane, and Joshua Kimmich.

Meanwhile, Japan has been on a roll and qualified for each World Cup since 1998. This marks their seventh consecutive appearance at the most significant international soccer stage. Through the years, the team established itself as one of the best in Asia and worthy of tournament dark horse picks. The early days test the Group E +1,200 sleepers with European giants Germany and Spain in the same group. Nevertheless, many love an underdog story and it would be great to see the Samurai Blue make a deep run in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Belgium vs. Canada

  • 2022 FIFA World Cup odds: Belgium (+147) // Canada (+193)

Third-place finishers at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Belgium enters the competition as +200 favorites to win Group F and heavy contenders to win the tournament. It’s been a solid few years for the team since reaching the quarter-finals in Euro 2020 and placing second in their group in Nations League. Head coach Roberto Martinez can be optimistic ahead of the competition with Eden Hazard at the helm while other quality players such as Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne, and Thibaut Courtois complete the lineup.

Meanwhile, it’s been nearly three decades since we’ve seen Canada qualify for the World Cup. They lost all of their three group games then. With a formidable lineup led by head coach John Herdman, we expect the squad to make waves in Group F as +1,000 sleepers. Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies also makes his World Cup debut and was instrumental in finishing first in the North and Central American WC Qualifiers.

Brazil vs. Serbia

  • 2022 FIFA World Cup odds: Brazil (-220) // Serbia (+596)

Brazil is a strong favorite ahead of the tournament, posting +400 odds to win the title. The five-time champions haven’t delivered since 2022 but reached the quarter-finals in three out of the last four editions. Once again, the Seleção come into the pitch with a star-studded squad capable of putting pressure on any opponent. They are the stronger side of the two when on paper alone, although the Serbians might have a few tricks up their sleeve.

Meanwhile, Group G’s top sleeper pick at +1,100, Serbia, has plenty of ground to cover in their opening match. The nation is yet to produce positive results after the group stage. It’s going to be another tough contest for the underdogs. However, Dragan Stojkovic is hopeful that his men can hold off the South Americans and spring a few surprises throughout the contest.

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