17:45 - Real Sociedad v Manchester United
Erik ten Hag takes his Manchester United side to Spain this week to face Real Sociedad in UEFA Europa League action. These two teams have dominated Group E and are both through to the next round. Sociedad lead the way having taken maximum points, with United three points behind after four wins from five, but still in with a chance of topping the group if they win here.
Right at the start of the Europa League group stage, Real Sociedad left Old Trafford with a 1-0 win, as Brais Mendez’s penalty on the stroke of half time won the points for the Spanish team. Since then, both clubs have won their next four Europa League games. These two look tough to split on paper, and we fancy this to end in a score draw at Anoeta. The draw and both teams to score is priced at 10/3 and that looks a solid price.
20:00 - Arsenal v Zurich
Mikel Arteta’s in-form Arsenal welcome Zurich to the Emirates Stadium this Thursday in the UEFA Europa League. The Gunners are looking to secure top spot in Group A and advance straight through to the last 16. Arsenal are flying right now and are the clear favourites in this one. Will Arteta’s troops get the job done on home turf?
The Londoners won their opening four group matches, but last week’s 2-0 loss to PSV Eindhoven in Holland has blown the group wide open again. Arsenal, who sit top of the Premier League table, will be looking for another home win in Europe on Thursday, and they should ease past the Swiss side. Check out the tempting price of 11/10 for the hosts to win both halves of this one.
20:00 - FCSB v West Ham
David Moyes’ West Ham United end their UEFA Europa Conference League group campaign this Thursday already assured of topping their group. The Hammers make the trip to the Arena Nationala in Bucharest to face Romanian side FCSB. West Ham have a 100% record in Group B and will want to finish up with another three points. The Irons are the odds-on favourites with the bookies and we fancy them to ease to another win.
West Ham have looked the real deal in their first ever Europa Conference League campaign. The Premier League side have won five out of five, scoring 10 and conceding four. In the reverse game back in September, United won 3-1 thanks to goals from Jarrod Bowen, Emerson and Michail Antonio. We like the look of 13/10 for West Ham to win -1 again as their form has been excellent of late, even at times when results haven’t been.
20:00 - Reading v Preston
Paul Ince’s Reading and Ryan Lowe’s Preston North End lock horns in EFL Championship action at the Select Car Leasing Stadium this Friday night. The Royals have struggled in recent weeks, winning just one of their last seven games. In contrast, North End head to Berkshire having picked up five victories from their last eight Championship matches, a run of results which has seen them climb up the table.
Reading have slipped down to mid-table after a bad run of form of late. In contrast, Preston are on the cusp of the play-off places after an upswing in fortunes in recent weeks. The Lilywhites have won two on the spin, seeing off both Middlesbrough and Swansea City by one goal. Have a punt on Preston to win by exactly one goal once again on Friday at the solid price of 7/2.
12:30 - Sheffield United v Burnley
The standout fixture in the EFL Championship this weekend is Saturday lunchtime’s game at Bramall Lane between promotion chasers Sheffield United and Burnley. These two have recent Premier League experience and certainly both want to get back there this term. After decent starts, both are expected to be there or thereabouts in the battle for promotion this season. Will we see a winner in Sheffield on Saturday?
Sheffield United’s slump in form is over, as Paul Heckingbottom’s boys have won the last two and are unbeaten in three. Burnley have made a strong start under former Man City legend Vincent Kompany, and the Clarets have not lost on the road since August. This could go either way, but we fancy Burnley to nick the points. Take a punt on the visitors to win by one goal at 15/4.
15:00 - Manchester City v Fulham
Manchester City and Fulham go head-to-head at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League this weekend. The EFL Championship champions have made a fine return to the top flight, but this will the Cottagers’ toughest test yet and pretty much as hard as it can get. With Arsenal not playing until Sunday, three points would send Man City back to the summit and we have to back a routine home win.
City have responded well from their defeat at Liverpool in mid-October, going on to secure back-to-back league wins over Brighton & Hove Albion and Leicester City. Fulham have been one of the surprise packages of the season thus far and they are riding high in seventh after taking 19 points from 13 games, but Man City should be too strong in this one. Put some money on Pep Guardiola’s men to be winning at half time and full time at odds of 1/2.
17:30 - Everton v Leicester
Frank Lampard’s Everton and Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City meet at Goodison Park on Saturday evening. The Toffees have improved after a sluggish start and sit 12th in the current Premier League standings, while the Foxes slipped back into the bottom three after last weekend’s loss to Manchester City. This is a massive match for both sides and we fancy they may have to settle for a point each.
After a trio of defeats, Everton have taken four points from their last two games, beating Crystal Palace in fine style and drawing away with Fulham. Leicester have shown a real improvement in recent weeks, winning three of their past six. A point apiece would not be a bad outcome for either side in this one, and we like the look of 10/3 for the draw and both teams to score with 1-1 looking like a decent bet too.
12:00 - Chelsea v Arsenal
London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal do battle at Stamford Bridge in a mouth-watering Premier League fixture this Sunday afternoon. Graham Potter’s troops are looking to bounce back from last weekend’s shock defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion, the club’s first loss under their new boss. As for the Gunners, can they keep up their stunning run of form and leave the Bridge with a positive result this weekend? If they can, they will stay top of the pile and fans might just start to believe they can mount a title challenge this term.
Potter was unbeaten as Blues boss heading into last weekend’s matchup at the Amex Stadium. However, Chelsea were second best and were easily beaten 4-1. Arsenal hit back with a 5-0 home win over Nottingham Forest after drawing 1-1 with Southampton. We fancy these London rivals to cancel each other out, home advantage enough to help the Blues bridge the gap between the sides right now. Have a punt on the draw and both teams to score (10/3).
14:00 - Aston Villa v Manchester United
Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery takes charge of his first Aston Villa game this weekend, as the struggling Villans entertain Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United at Villa Park in the Premier League. Villa, who have won just twice since August, hover just above the drop zone in 16th. The Red Devils are up in fifth after collecting 23 points from 12 games.
Emery would love to get off to a winning start, but this will be a tough game against a rejuvenated Man United side. Since losing their opening two, only rivals Manchester City have beaten United in the league. After a narrow win over West Ham United last weekend, we fancy the Red Devils to edge past Villa this Sunday. Back the away team to win by exactly one goal once again here at the very nice price of at 3/1.
14:00 - Southampton v Newcastle
Eddie Howe takes his in-form Newcastle United side to St Mary’s this Sunday to face out-of-sorts Southampton in the Premier League. The Magpies have made a superb start to their season, losing just one of their opening 13 league games. United are in exceptional form right now, and the visitors will be looking for all three points in Southampton.
The Saints made a solid enough start to their season, but they head into this home match having lost five of their past eight in the Premier League. In contrast, Newcastle have won five and drawn one of their last six and have suffered just one reverse in 14 league and cup matches this term. We like the look of 12/5 for the away team to win -1.
16:30 - Tottenham v Liverpool
On Sunday afternoon, heavyweights Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool do battle in Premier League action at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Antonio Conte’s Spurs are sitting pretty in third right now, winning eight of their opening 13 league games. The Reds are struggling domestically, with Jurgen Klopp’s men already a whopping 15 points behind leaders Arsenal. Even so early in the campaign it seems that the Reds might simply be in a battle for the top four, with the title already beyond them.
Tottenham were involved in a five-goal thriller at Bournemouth last weekend, coming from two goals down to win 3-2. They followed that up by booking their place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League with a 2-1 win at Marseille. Liverpool beat in-form Napoli in Europe in midweek, but the Reds have lost two in a row in the league. Our money is going on the Tottenham win here (9/4).
19:45 - Bournemouth v Everton
Bournemouth and Everton go head-to-head at the Vitality Stadium in EFL Cup action this Tuesday. Premier League survival is the main ambition for both clubs this season, but a good run in the cup could lift the spirits. There is hardly anything to split these two in the betting, and this cup tie at the Vitality could go either way.
The Cherries have slipped down to 17th in the current Premier League standings after a bad run of results, while Everton are just a point and a place above in 16th spot. The pair also meet in a massive Premier League fixture at the weekend. This cup tie will no doubt be a tight affair, but we fancy the Toffees to nick a narrow away victory at odds of 31/20.
19:45 - Leicester v Newport
Premier League side Leicester City entertain EFL League Two outfit Newport County at the King Power Stadium this Tuesday in the third round of the EFL Cup. Brendan Rodgers’ men have improved drastically in recent weeks and have moved up to 14th in the top-tier table. As for Newport, the Welsh team are down in 18th position in League Two and they know they will be up against it here.
Leicester head into this cup tie having won four of their last seven in the Premier League. Last time out, the Foxes picked up an excellent 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park. Newport have improved since new boss Graham Coughlan took over, but the Premier League side should be too strong for the Exiles here. Back Leicester to win both halves in this one at a price of evens.
19:45 - Birmingham v Swansea
Birmingham City and Swansea City go head-to-head at St Andrew’s in the EFL Championship on Tuesday night. The Blues were tipped to struggle before a ball was kicked, but John Eustace’s side are going okay in 11th position. The Swans are a few places and a couple of points ahead in the table going into this one. Who will come out on top in this intriguing Championship clash in the Midlands?
Birmingham are undefeated in three games, winning two and drawing one. They have been tough to beat in recent weeks, losing just one of their last seven matches. Since beating rivals Cardiff City in the South Wales derby last month, Swansea have taken just two points from a possible nine. Our money is going on in-form Birmingham in this one at odds of 6/4.
20:00 - Watford v Reading
Watford and Reading lock horns at Vicarage Road in EFL Championship action this Tuesday. The Hornets will be looking to get back to winning ways after last weekend’s surprise home reverse to Coventry City. Reading head to Hertfordshire having won just one of their past eight Championship matches. Watford are the clear favourites to seize the victory in this one.
Prior to last weekend’s defeat to Coventry, Slaven Bilic’s men had won three games on the spin to fire themselves towards the playoffs. Reading made an excellent start, but Paul Ince’s boys have lost five of their last seven games in the league and could lose again in midweek. We fancy Watford to bounce back with a comfortable home victory, and you can get odds of 2/1 for the hosts to win to nil.
19:45 - Arsenal v Brighton
Arsenal and Brighton and Hove Albion do battle in an all-Premier League EFL Cup tie at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night. The Gunners are riding high at the top of the Premier League table and are through to the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League. Can Mikel Arteta’s in-form side now book their place in the final eight of the EFL Cup?
Roberto De Zerbi is finding his feet at Brighton, and the Seagulls have beaten Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers in their last two. However, Wednesday’s cup tie will be a tough one for Albion. Arsenal have been incredible at home this term, winning all nine league and cup fixtures at the Emirates. As such, we’ll be backing the Gunners to come out on top here at odds of 4/6.
19:45 - Nottingham Forest v Tottenham
Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest and Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur go head-to-head at the City Ground in EFL Cup action in midweek. Forest have had a tough time in the Premier League so far, collecting just 10 points from 14 games. In contrast, Spurs are in the UEFA Champions League places at present.
Back in August, Tottenham picked up a 2-0 league win at the City Ground, with Harry Kane bagging a brace. Spurs have won the last three meetings and have not lost to the Reds since a Premier League game way back in 1997. After losing to Liverpool at the weekend, the Londoners will be eager to return to winning ways here. Take a punt on Tottenham to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 9/4.
20:00 - Manchester City v Chelsea
Giants Manchester City and Chelsea clash in the third round of the EFL Cup at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night. Pep Guardiola’s City are in fine form right now and will be looking to advance in the cup. Chelsea have suffered back-to-back defeats in the Premier League, and Graham Potter’s men head to Manchester as the big underdogs in this cup tie.
Only Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have beaten Man City this season. Since the narrow loss at Anfield last month, the Citizens have bounced back with four wins and a draw from five matches. The Blues were beaten at home by Arsenal in the league last time out, and we fancy Man City to see off Potter’s men in this one. Put some money on the home win and both teams to score at odds of 2/1.
20:00 - Liverpool v Derby
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool entertain Paul Warne’s Derby County at Anfield in the third round of the EFL Cup this Wednesday. The Reds moved up to eighth position in the Premier League table with a solid win at Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend. The Rams, who were relegated from the second tier last term, are seventh in EFL League One.
Liverpool have been far from their best this season, but the EFL Cup holders will be looking to go far in this season’s competition. They should see off the third-tier team and book their spot in the last eight without too much hassle. The Merseysiders beat Napoli 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League in their last home match, and you can get the solid price of 5/6 for Liverpool to win to nil at Anfield again.
20:00 - Manchester United v Aston Villa
Manchester United and Aston Villa go head-to-head in the third round of the EFL Cup in midweek. United will be out for revenge after losing to the Villans in the Premier League last weekend, while Unai Emery’s Villa will be looking to build on that vital victory. This promises to be an entertaining cup tie at Old Trafford and one that is rather difficult to call based on Villa’s victory over the Red Devils.
Man United were unbeaten in nine league and cup matches going into last Sunday’s fixture at Villa Park. However, the bounce caused by installing the new manager worked in Villa’s favour, as goals from Leon Bailey, Lucas Digne and Jacob Ramsey gave the Midlands club a deserved 3-1 win. However, we fancy Man United to bounce back with a home cup win here and you can get a price of 12/5 for the hosts to win and both teams to score, which looks a good option to us.
20:00 - Birmingham v Sunderland
On Friday night in the EFL Championship, John Eustace’s Birmingham City and Tony Mowbray’s Sunderland do battle at St Andrew’s. The Blues have had a decent season so far and will be looking to sign off for the FIFA World Cup break with a win in front of their home supporters. The hosts are the bookies’ favourites in this one and Sunderland could do well to leave with just a point, but even that could be a challenge.
Birmingham were tipped to struggle before a ball was kicked, but the Midlands club are in the top half of the Championship table right now, just three points off the play-offs. Sunderland have made a steady return to the second tier, as the Black Cats are four points behind in 17th position. City are unbeaten in six games at home, and we like the look of the home victory here, which is available to back at odds of 13/10.
12:30 - Manchester City v Brentford
Manchester City welcome Brentford to the Etihad Stadium in Saturday’s early kick-off in the Premier League. Since a 0-0 UEFA Champions League draw at Borussia Dortmund last month, the Citizens have won four games in a row in all competitions. The Bees have won just one of their last nine league and cup matches and could be very much up against it in this one.
Man City have collected maximum points in the Premier League since losing to Liverpool a month back. In midweek, Pep Guardiola’s troops moved into the last eight of the EFL Cup with a 2-0 home victory over Chelsea in a controlled and assured display. As for Brentford, they were beaten by EFL League Two side Gillingham. Man City should be too strong for the Bees, and we like the look of the price of evens for the hosts to win both halves.
15:00 - Liverpool v Southampton
Liverpool and Southampton clash at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday. The Reds have had a poor campaign thus far, but can they put a big three points on the board ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup break? After Ralph Hasenhuttl was sacked, Nathan Jones is the new man in charge of the Saints. Can the former Luton Town boss start with a positive result?
Liverpool currently sit in eighth position in the current Premier League standings after collecting just 19 points from 13 games. Jurgen Klopp’s boys have won five, drawn four and lost four of their matches and are massively underperforming by their sky-high standards. After back-to-back defeats to Nottingham Forest and Leeds United, the Merseysiders had a glimmer of positivity when they won at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. Southampton are currently languishing in 18th place in the table with just 12 points to their name. We can’t see anything other than a Reds win here, so we’ll be backing Liverpool to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 4/6.
15:00 - Tottenham v Leeds
Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United lock horns at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Premier League action this Saturday. After suffering league and cup losses to Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in the last two, Antonio Conte’s troops will be looking for all three points from this one. As expected, Spurs are the red-hot favourites on home soil.
Tottenham have had a slump in form of late, losing three of the past four games in the Premier League. In contrast, things are looking up for Jesse Marsch and his Leeds side, as United have beaten Liverpool and Bournemouth in their last two league games. We fancy the Yorkshire side to hold the Londoners to a draw here. Take a punt on the draw and both teams to score at a decent price of 4/1.
17:30 - Newcastle v Chelsea
Newcastle United and Chelsea meet in a tasty Premier League fixture at St James’ Park on Saturday evening. The in-form Magpies have had a sensational season so far, amassing 27 points and sitting in the UEFA Champions League places. They start the weekend six points above the Blues, who are down in seventh place in the table. This is a massive match for both teams and it really could go either way.
Newcastle have been excellent up to now, losing just one of their opening 14 league games. They have won four in a row in the Premier League, seeing off Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Southampton. Chelsea have lost three of their past four league and cup fixtures. This is too close to call, so our money is going on the draw and under 3.5 goals at odds of 3/1.
19:45 - Wolves v Arsenal
Premier League leaders Arsenal are in action on Saturday night when they travel to Molineux to play struggling Wolverhampton Wanderers. New boss Julen Lopetegui watched on as Wolves beat Leeds United in midweek to book their spot in the last eight of the EFL Cup. Can Wanderers follow that up with a positive result at the weekend? The bookies – and most pundits – don’t think so!
Wanderers are down in 19th position in the table after a dreadful start to their campaign. So far, Wolves have won two, drawn four and lost eight of their matches. In contrast, Arsenal are riding high at the top having won 10 of their 13 Premier League matches thus far. The in-form Gunners will be looking for another three points, which would keep them at the summit during the FIFA World Cup break. We think the visitors will leave with the points and we’re backing the Londoners to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 7/5.
12:30 - Burnley v Blackburn
Rivals Burnley and Blackburn Rovers square off at Turf Moor in EFL Championship action this Sunday. With both teams flying high in the table, this is one of the biggest East Lancashire derbies in modern times. The Clarets lead the way in the Championship on 38 points, with Rovers hot on their heels in second place with 36 points to their name.
Burnley have looked solid under Vincent Kompany so far, winning half of their 20 Championship matches and suffering just two league defeats along the way. Blackburn have picked up the most wins in the second tier (12) but have already lost eight times. Still, Rovers head into this one just two points behind Burnley in second. The hosts are unbeaten at home so far, and we fancy Burnley to edge this derby at odds of 8/11.
14:00 - Brighton v Aston Villa
The Premier League’s first fixture on Sunday will see Brighton and Hove Albion and Aston Villa go head-to-head at the Amex Stadium. Roberto De Zerbi has finally settled in at Brighton, guiding his new side to three straight league and cup wins. Unai Emery started life at Villa Park with an impressive home victory over Manchester United last weekend.
Brighton are back in form and have won three games on the spin. After league victories over Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers, the Seagulls won at Arsenal in the third round of the EFL Cup in midweek. Villa lost at Old Trafford in the cup but beat the Red Devils in the league last Sunday. This should be a fascinating watch, and we fancy the teams to play out a score draw which is available to back at odds of 15/4.
16:30 - Fulham v Manchester United
The final Premier League game before the 2022 FIFA World Cup break will be the tasty affair between Fulham and Manchester United at Craven Cottage on Sunday afternoon. The Cottagers have been solid on their top-flight return thus far, while Erik ten Hag is slowly but surely starting to get things right at Old Trafford. Both sides are looking to bounce back from league defeats but which side will triumph in this one?
Fulham were undefeated in four before last weekend’s narrow loss at Manchester City. Man United were beaten at Villa Park, which was their first defeat in any competition since that 6-3 Manchester derby reverse in early October. The Red Devils returned to winning ways in midweek, beating Aston Villa 4-2 in the cup. We like the look of the United win and over 2.5 goals in this one which is available at a price of 13/8.
19:00 - England Women v Norway Women
UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 winners England are in action this Tuesday, as Sarina Wiegman’s Lionesses take on Norway at the Pinatar Arena in Murcia, Spain. This may only be a friendly fixture, but England will want to keep their astonishing unbeaten run going as they end a memorable 2022. Will the English ladies be too strong for Hege Riise’s Grasshoppers on Spanish soil?
The Lionesses are unbeaten across all competitions since a 2-0 friendly loss to Canada way back in April 2021. It has been a terrific year for England, with the nation winning the Euros in the summer. The Norwegians were beaten by France last time out, and we fancy Wiegman’s girls to be too strong for the Grasshoppers in Murcia. Have a punt on England to be winning at half time and full time at a price of 21/20.
19:45 - Derby v Torquay
On Tuesday night, EFL League One side Derby County welcome National League outfit Torquay United to Pride Park in an FA Cup replay. The Rams were held to a 2-2 draw in the first game, but Paul Warne’s troops are the overwhelming favourites to win this one. Can County get the job done and book their place in round two?
Two goals from William Osula put Derby in control at Plainmoor. However, the game swung with Eiran Cashin’s red card, and Gary Johnson’s Gulls scored twice to force a replay. Derby should be too hot to handle for the non-league team at Pride Park, though, and we fancy the hosts to secure a big win. Take a punt on Derby to win with a -2 goal handicap at the solid odds of 10/11.
19:45 - Salford v Peterborough
Salford City and Peterborough United square off at Moor Lane in a first-round FA Cup replay this Wednesday night. Posh are pushing for promotion back to the EFL Championship these days, but EFL League Two Salford held the third-tier team to a goalless draw at London Road. Can the Ammies cause an upset on home soil and secure a place in round two?
After three League One wins on the spin, Peterborough are now winless in two games, having drawn with Salford in the cup and lost a five-goal thriller against Exeter City in League One last weekend. Salford are winless in four league and cup matches. Although we fancy City to give Posh a good game, our money is going on the away win here. You can get odds of 3/1 for the United victory and both teams to score, which looks good to us.
20:00 - Turkey v Scotland
Scotland missed out on the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, so Steve Clarke’s boys can turn their attention to qualifying for the 2024 UEFA European Championship. Before their qualification campaign gets under in 2023, the Scots finish off the year with a friendly fixture with Turkey in Diyarbakir on Wednesday. Can Scotland end 2022 with an away win?
Despite failing to qualify for the Qatar World Cup, Scotland have been on the rise under Clarke in recent years, and they head into this one having won 10 of their previous 15 matches. Before their shock loss to Faroe Islands in September, the Turks were on a good run themselves, winning four times and drawing once in five games. This is tough to call, so our money is going on the draw and both teams to score at odds of 4/1.
19:45 - Republic of Ireland v Norway
Republic of Ireland and Norway go head-to-head at the Aviva Stadium this Thursday in an international friendly. The Norwegians will be without main man Erling Haaland, who has scored 24 goals in 20 league and cup appearances for club and country this term. The Irish will fancy their chances of getting the win on home soil after some positive performances in recent times.
Ireland’s form has improved over the past year or so, as Stephen Kenny’s side have lost just three of their last 14 games. In the last one, John Egan, Michael Obafemi and Robbie Brady netted in a 3-2 UEFA Nations League victory over Armenia at the Aviva. We fancy the Republic to win and both teams to score in this one too, which is available to back at odds of 4/1.
20:00 - Portsmouth v Derby
The Premier League and EFL Championship may be taking a break for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but the exciting EFL League One continues. On Friday night, Portsmouth and Derby County lock horns in a tasty third-tier tussle at Fratton Park. Both teams are gunning for promotion to the Championship this term, so this is a huge game for the pair.
Pompey head into this one in fifth position in the League One table with 28 points to their name. So far, they have won seven and drawn seven times and have been beaten just twice. Derby are looking for an instant return to the second tier after relegation last term. County have also collected 28 points and are below Portsmouth only on goal difference. We can see these two evenly matched sides playing out a draw on Friday at odds of 23/10.
12:30 - Exeter v Ipswich
The early kick off in EFL League One on Saturday will see Exeter City and Ipswich Town do battle at St James Park. The Grecians are having a solid season in the third tier after winning promotion last term, sitting pretty in ninth spot in the table with 25 points to their name. The Tractor Boys are gunning for promotion this season and Town are currently in second place in the standings on 38 points.
Staying up has always been the priority for Exeter, but Gary Caldwell’s men could have one eye on the top six after making a fairly solid start. Ipswich have started in very strong style and they head to Devon having lost just one of their last eight games in the league. Our money is thus going on the away win at odds of 8/11.
16:00 - Qatar v Ecuador
The 2022 FIFA World Cup officially kicks off this Sunday. Over the next four weeks, the world’s top nations battle it out for the biggest prize in international football. In game one, Qatar welcome Ecuador to Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor to get the tournament underway. Can the hosts cause an upset on the opening day?
Qatar head into their home World Cup very much as the underdogs, but Felix Sanchez’s side will be looking to put the cat amongst the pigeons in Group A. Senegal and Netherlands are the other two nations competing in the group. Although Ecuador are the favourites in Al Khor, we fancy Qatar to hold the South Americans to a draw. You can get the solid odds of 15/4 for the draw and both teams to score in this one, which looks a good bet to us.
19:00 - Malta v Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland make the trip to the Ta’ Qali National Stadium to face Malta in an international friendly this Sunday. Both teams failed to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but this promises to be an entertaining game on Maltese turf. Can Stephen Kenny’s Boys in Green return home with a win, or will Malta make home advantage count?
This will be the final match for both countries until qualification for UEFA Euro 2024 begins in March. The Maltese kick off their qualification campaign with a trip to North Macedonia, while the Republic face current world champions France. The Irish have shown a slight improvement of late, and we fancy Ireland to nick a win at Ta’ Qali National Stadium on Sunday night.
13:00 - England v Iran
England get their 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign up and running with a Group B game against Iran on Monday. The Three Lions will be eager to get off to a winning start at Khalifa Stadium in Al Rayyan. Gareth Southgate’s boys are fancied to win the group, while Carlos Queiroz’s Iranians are the favourites to finish bottom of the pile.
With United States and Wales to come after this, three points against Iran is a must for the Three Lions. Southgate’s side have been in poor form of late, but the English should be too hot to handle for Team Melli in Al Rayyan. We are backing an easy win for England, and you can get the solid odds of 12/5 for England to win both halves of this one.
16:00 - Senegal v Netherlands
Senegal and Netherlands clash at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha in their opening game at the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals. The Dutch have been tipped by many to go far in Qatar, but can Louis van Gaal’s Oranje get off to a winning start? Senegal are capable of beating any nation on their day, but star man Sadio Mane will miss the World Cup through injury.
Holland finished third in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil but failed to qualify for Russia four years ago. The Dutch have unfinished business on the grandest stage, and Van Gaal’s boys could go far. We are backing Oranje to get off to a winning start. This could be a thrilling game, so take a punt on Netherlands to win and BTTS at odds of 10/3.
19:00 - United States v Wales
United States and Wales lock horns at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Group B of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Monday. This may be the first game for both nations, but with England and Iran in the group, this is a pivotal match. The Dragons will put themselves in a great position to reach the knockouts if they beat the USA on Monday.
With England expected to win the group, United States and Wales look likely to go head-to-head for the runners-up spot in Group B. Rob Page’s troops have Iran next, so three points against the Stars and Stripes in Al Rayyan would be a huge boost. We can see the Dragons edging a tight and tense tussle and we’ll therefore be backing Wales to win by one goal at a price of 7/2.
10:00 - Argentina v Saudi Arabia
Argentina’s 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign gets up and running on Tuesday when Lionel Scaloni’s White and Sky Blue take on Herve Renard’s Saudi Arabia at Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail. As expected, the Argentinians are the overwhelming favourites to put a big three points on the board in game one.
Having not won the World Cup since 1986, will this finally be Argentina’s year? With Mexico and Poland also in Group C, the battle for the top two places will be an interesting watch. Argentina are fancied to finish top, but the Mexicans and Poles could cause problems. Still, Scaloni’s should be too strong for the Saudis. We’ll be backing Argentina to win with a -2 goal handicap at the solid betting odds of 7/5.
13:00 - Denmark v Tunisia
Denmark and Tunisia meet in 2022 FIFA World Cup action at Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan in Group D on Tuesday. With the current world champions to come in game two, the Danes will want maximum points from their opening game. However, the Tunisians could be a tough nut to crack in Group D.
Denmark have been in good form over the past few years, and Kasper Hjulmand’s men could be a dark horse in Qatar. Tunisia, who are making their second successive World Cup appearance, will enjoy the occasion once again, but our money is going on Denmark in this one. Check out the tempting odds of 3/1 for the Denmark win and both teams to score at Education City Stadium.
16:00 - Mexico v Poland
In Group C of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Mexico and Poland lock horns in an intriguing fixture on Tuesday. With Argentina in the group, these two could battle it out for second spot. The Mexicans are the slight favourites in this one, but this Group C clash at Stadium 974 in Doha could go either way.
Mexico will be desperate to get out of the group and progress further than the last 16 this time. El Tri have been eliminated in the Round of 16 in each of the last seven World Cups. Poland have featured in just two World Cup since reaching the last 16 in Mexico in 1986, failing to get out of the group in both. This is tough to call, but we fancy Mexico to nick it at odds of 7/4.
19:00 - France v Australia
The final 2022 FIFA World Cup game on Tuesday will see world champions France take on Australia at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah in Group D. Can the 2018 FIFA World Cup winners begin the defence of their crown with a big three points? The Aussies are an unpredictable outfit under Graham Arnold, but Didier Deschamps’ Bleus are the red-hot favourites in this one.
France’s form has been poor in recent months by their high standards, as the world champions have picked up just one win from their last six games. Prior to that run, however, Les Bleus won seven in a row and went nine unbeaten. Australia head to Qatar on an impressive five-game winning streak, but this will be a tough challenge for the Socceroos. Our money is going on France to win with a -1 goal handicap.
10:00 - Morocco v Croatia
Croatia are in 2022 FIFA World Cup action this Wednesday. The Croatians reached the final four years ago in Russia, but how far can the Blazers go in Qatar? In game one, Croatia will be looking for all three points against Morocco at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. With Belgium and Canada also in Group F, the battle for the top two is set to go to the wire.
Morocco did a great job to reach Qatar, and the 2022 World Cup will be their fifth appearance at a finals. Croatia shocked the world by reaching the final in Russia four years ago, but they have struggled for consistency since. Nevertheless, Zlatko Dalic’s boys should start with three points here. You can get the top odds of evens for a Croatian win and that’s the bet for us.
13:00 - Germany v Japan
Germany begin their 2022 FIFA World Cup with a Group E game against Japan on Wednesday. The Japanese are an unpredictable outfit and could be tricky opponents for the Germans, but Hansi Flick’s side are the favourites and will be looking for all three points from match one. After a few disappointing major tournaments, can Germany be a force on the global stage once again?
With Spain to come on matchday two at the end of the week, Die Mannschaft will be desperate to start with a win. Germany have been tough to beat since the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament, losing just one game. We fancy the four-time world champions to edge past well-drilled Japan in this one. You can get odds of 11/4 for the Germans to win by one goal, which looks like a decent option to us.
16:00 - Spain v Costa Rica
Luis Enrique’s Spain face Luis Fernando Suarez’s Costa Rica at Al Thumama Stadium in 2022 FIFA World Cup Group E on Wednesday. La Roja and Germany are set to battle it out for first place in the group, and those two meet on matchday two. Before then, Spain will be looking to see off Costa Rica in Qatar’s capital in midweek.
Since winning three major tournaments in a row, Spain have failed to live up to those dizzy heights in recent years. They reached the last 16 in Russia four years back and were knocked out in the group stage in Brazil in 2014. Costa Rica have only failed to qualify for one of the last six World Cups and could be Group E spoilers. However, we fancy Spain in this one and we’ll be backing the Spaniards to win and both teams to score at a price of 11/4.
19:00 - Belgium v Canada
Belgium and Canada do battle at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in 2022 FIFA World Cup action on Wednesday night. The Belgians are one of the strongest nations in the finals, and Robert Martinez’s men are the favourites to reach the knockouts from Group F. Can the Red Devils kick off their campaign with three points in Al Rayyan.
Belgium had their best-ever World Cup in Russia in 2018, reaching the semi-finals and finishing in third place. They also reached the quarter-finals of the last two UEFA European Championships. The Canadians are in their first World Cup since making it to Mexico back in 1986. Unfortunately for Canada, we fancy Belgium to be too strong in this one. Put some money on Martinez’s boys to be winning at half time and full time at odds of 13/10.
10:00 - Switzerland v Cameroon
Thursday’s 2022 FIFA World Cup action gets underway with the intriguing Group G match between Switzerland and Cameroon at Al Janoub Stadium in Wakrah. Brazil and Serbia are also in the group. The Swiss have been in good form over the past couple of years and could be a dark horse in Qatar.
Switzerland are hoping to build on their solid UEFA Euro 2020 performance last year when they reached the quarter-finals and finished seventh. Cameroon could be tough opponents in this group, but we fancy the Swiss to start with a win. Before the loss to Ghana last time out, Switzerland won three on the bounce all by one goal. You can get odds of 5/2 for Murat Yakin’s boys to win by one again.
13:00 - Uruguay v South Korea
Diego Alonso’s Uruguay and Paulo Bento’s South Korea do battle in 2022 FIFA World Cup action at Education City Stadium this Thursday. With Portugal and Ghana also in the group, the battle for the top two places in Group H will no doubt be a fascinating watch. Can one of these nations start their World Cup with a big three points in Al Rayyan?
Uruguay were solid in Russia four years ago, reaching the quarter-finals and finishing in fifth place. As for South Korea, they have featured in every World Cup since missing the Spain tournament in 1982. This is a tough match to call on paper, and we can see the duo cancelling each other out. Put some money on the draw and under 2.5 goals at odds of 3/1.
16:00 - Portugal v Ghana
Portugal and Ghana get their 2022 FIFA World Cup campaigns underway with a meeting in Doha on Thursday. The Portuguese are the odds-on favourites to get the win at Stadium 974, but can Ghana cause an upset? These two teams met in the World Cup in Brazil eight years ago, with Cristiano Ronaldo netting a late winner in a 2-1 Portugal success.
Fernando Santos and his Navigators will be looking to get off to a winning start. They have only made it past the last 16 once since finishing third in England way back in 1966. Ghana are making their first appearance since Brazil 2014. The Ghanaians will have a go as always, but Portugal’s qualities should shine through. Have a punt on the Portuguese win and both teams to score at a price of 3/1.
19:00 - Brazil v Serbia
Brazil kick off their 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign with a Group G game against Serbia at Lusail Iconic Stadium. The Brazilians are the record winners of this competition, but Little Canary have not lifted the trophy since prevailing in Korea and Japan 20 years ago. Tite’s boys are the bookies’ favourites to come out on top in Qatar in 2022.
Brazil are on an incredible unbeaten run right now, not losing since Argentina edged past them in the Copa America in June 2021. They have gone on to win 12 and draw three of their following 15 matches. The Brazilians have won seven in a row and should be too hot to handle for Serbia in Lusail. Our money is going on Tite’s troops to be winning at half time and full time at a decent enough price of 6/5.
10:00 - Wales v Iran
Rob Page’s Wales and Carlos Queiroz’s Iran square off in 2022 FIFA World Cup Group B action at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan this Friday. The Dragons will be looking to build on their handy point against United States in game one. As for the Iranians, they will want to restore some pride after losing 6-2 to England on Monday.
Wales were poor in the first half against the States in their first game in Qatar. However, substitute Kieffer Moore came on at half time and made a huge impact on the Welsh side. Talisman Gareth Bale was fouled in the box and netted the resulting penalty late on to rescue a point for Wales. The Dragons may be winless in six, but we can see Page’s troops getting a vital victory here, which is available at odds of evens.
13:00 - Qatar v Senegal
2022 FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar are back in action this Friday. The Maroon welcome Senegal to Al Thumama Stadium in Doha in Group A. After starting their tournament with a hugely disappointing loss to Ecuador, can Qatar bounce back with a positive result? The Senegalese were also beaten 2-0 in their opening fixture of the 2022 World Cup.
Qatar struggled to contain the Ecuadorians in the first half of last Sunday’s opening game, with former West Ham United and Everton striker Enner Valencia scoring both goals before half time. Senegal held Netherlands until the 84th minute in their game in Doha, eventually losing 2-0. Both sides are desperate for a win in the capital, but we fancy the draw and both teams to score at odds of 5/1.
16:00 - Netherlands v Ecuador
Netherlands and Ecuador clash in a big Group A encounter at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Friday’s fixture at Khalifa International Stadium promises to be a cracker, as both nations head to Al Rayyan with three points already in the bag. The winners of this one will book their place in the last 16 of the competition.
Ecuador were excellent against Qatar on matchday one, with two first-half Enner Valencia goals giving them a deserved 2-0 victory. The Netherlands had to work hard for their 2-0 win over Senegal, with Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen netting late on in Doha. Ecuador will be no pushovers, but we fancy the Dutch to edge it. We like the look of Netherlands to win by one goal at a price of 13/5.
19:00 - England v United States
England face United States in their second group game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. After kicking off with an emphatic victory over Iran in game one, the Three Lions will book their spot in the knockout stages of the World Cup if they can muster the three points at Al Bayt Stadium on Friday. However, victory for the States would blow the group wide open and the England camp must guard against complacency ahead of this clash.
England showed their ruthless side against Iran on Monday, scoring three goals in each half to run out impressive 6-2 winners. The big victory was just what the doctor ordered for Gareth Southgate and his Three Lions, as England were winless in six prior to that. The Stars and Stripes kicked off their tournament with a 1-1 draw with Wales and showed glimpses of fine play that could cause England problems if they are not on their game. Overall though we fancy the England win and both teams to score in this one, which is available to back at odds of 5/2.
10:00 - Tunisia v Australia
Tunisia and Australia go head-to-head at Al Janoub Stadium this Saturday in the World Cup in Qatar. After their excellent point against Denmark in game one, the Tunisians will put themselves in a great position to reach the knockouts if they can get the win here. The Aussies are looking to respond after a heavy defeat to France in their opening fixture of the Qatar tournament and they showed some positive signs in that game, albeit infrequently.
Tunisia defended resolutely and picked up an excellent 0-0 draw with the Danes in their opening fixture of the 2022 World Cup. Australia took a surprise lead against France, but the current world champions showed their class and ran out 4-1 winners. These two look hard to split on paper, so we’ll be backing the draw and under 2.5 goals at odds of 11/4.
12:45 - King’s Lynn v Stevenage
Taking a glance away from the World Cup to slightly less glamourous encounters, King’s Lynn Town take on Stevenage this Saturday at The Walks in the second round of the FA Cup. The Linnets ply their trade in the National League North, while Boro are an EFL League Two outfit. Can King’s Lynn cause an upset on their own patch, or will the Football League side be too strong in Norfolk?
This is a huge game for Town, who only formed in 2010. They booked their spot in the second round after beating Doncaster Rovers, who were an EFL League One side just last season. The Linnets are flying high in second spot in the National League North right now. Stevenage are also second in their league, and Boro should get the job done in Norfolk. Our money is going on the away win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 13/5.
13:00 - Poland v Saudi Arabia
Poland and Saudi Arabia do battle at Education City Stadium in the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Saturday. The Saudis will be riding on the crest of a wave after their famous victory over Argentina last time out, which was one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history. Can they cause another upset this weekend?
Saudi Arabia were the massive underdogs in their opening game with Argentina. The Argentinians were on a 36-game unbeaten run, but the Saudis came from behind to secure a stunning 2-1 victory at Lusail Iconic Stadium. Poland drew 0-0 with Mexico in their opener in a rather lucklustre performance. We fancy these two teams to play out a draw in Al Rayyan. Back the draw and both teams to score at a price of 4/1.
16:00 - France v Denmark
France and Denmark clash in 2022 FIFA World Cup action this Saturday in what could be one of the games of the tournament so far. After a convincing 4-1 win over Australia in game one, Les Bleus have one foot in the Round of 16. The Danes, who drew their opening match, will not be an easy nut to crack, but France are the clear favourites to get the win at Stadium 974 in Doha.
The French fell behind early in their game with the Aussies, but two goals from Olivier Giroud, and one apiece from Adrien Rabiot and Kylian Mbappe gave Didier Deschamps’ men a 4-1 win. The Danes kicked off their competition with a 0-0 draw with Tunisia in Al Rayyan. We are backing France to get the job done in Doha, and there is good value in the odds of 10/3 for the French victory and both teams to score in what should be an entertaining affair.
19:00 - Argentina v Mexico
Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina will be desperate to bounce back after their humiliating loss to Saudi Arabia in their 2022 FIFA World Cup opener earlier in the week. This Saturday, the Argentinians face Mexico at Lusail Iconic Stadium. The Mexicans kicked off their tournament with a solid 0-0 draw with Poland in Al Rayyan.
Argentina’s 36-game unbeaten run was ended by Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. The 2-1 loss to the Green Falcons was one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history and didn’t go down at all well among Argentina’s fans. Scaloni’s side will be hoping to strike back at the first time of asking, and we are backing Argentina to get back to winning ways here. We like the look of the odds of 13/10 for Argentina to be winning at half time and full time in this one.
10:00 - Japan v Costa Rica
Japan take on Costa Rica in Group E of the 2022 FIFA World Cup this Sunday. The Japanese made a stunning start, as Hajime Moriyasu’s boys shocked Germany at Khalifa International Stadium. In contrast, the Costa Ricans were hammered by Spain in their opening fixture. Can Japan pick up all three points at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium?
Japan are a decent enough side but even so, it is fair to say they stunned the footballing world with an incredible 2-1 win over Germany in Al Rayyan. They were a goal down with 15 minutes to play, but late efforts from Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano turned the game on its head. Costa Rica were outclassed by the Spaniards, crashing to a heavy 7-0 reverse. We fancy Samurai Blue to win -1 here at the decent price of 5/4.
13:00 - Belgium v Morocco
In 2022 FIFA World Cup Group F on Sunday, Belgium and Morocco lock horns at Al Thumama Stadium. After labouring to a 1-0 victory over a spritely Canada in game one, the Belgians will book their place in the Round of 16 with three points against the Moroccans in Qatar’s capital. As you would expect, Roberto Martinez’s Red Devils are the clear favourites.
Belgium were nowhere near their brilliant best against the Canadians on Wednesday, but they got the job done. Michy Batshuayi got the only goal of the game on the stroke of half time. Morocco managed to hold Croatia to a draw in their opener, but we can see the Belgians being too strong on Sunday. Back Belgium to win both halves at the tempting odds of 5/1.
15:15 - Newport v Derby
The second round of the FA Cup takes place this weekend, and Newport County and Derby County meet in South Wales on Sunday. The Rams are pushing for promotion back to the EFL Championship after dropping out of the second tier last term. The league is the priority, but a good cup run could aid Derby’s promotion push, not to mention their finances.
Newport have made a poor start to their EFL League Two season. Right now, the Exiles are down in 18th with just 19 points to their name. Derby currently occupy eighth position in EFL League One. The Rams needed two attempts to see of Torquay United in the previous round, but they should make light work of Newport. Take a punt on Derby to be winning at half time and full time at solid looking odds of 15/8.
16:00 - Croatia v Canada
Zlatko Dalic’s Croatia and John Herdman’s Canada go head-to-head at Khalifa International Stadium in 2022 FIFA World Cup group action this Sunday. Belgium lead the way in Group F after a narrow victory over the Canadians in game one. The Croatians finished runners-up in Russia four years ago, but they were poor at the last Euros and kicked off this World Cup campaign with a goalless draw with Morocco.
Croatia disappointed in their first match of the tournament, failing to breach a stubborn Moroccan defence in the 0-0 draw in Al Khor. Canada were excellent against Belgium, but one lapse in concentration allowed Michy Batshuayi to score and hand all three points to the Belgians. We fancy the Canadians to build on their opening performance by snatching a point against Croatia. Back the draw at 10/3.
19:00 - Spain v Germany
Spain and Germany do battle in a huge 2022 FIFA World Cup matchup at Al Bayt Stadium this Sunday. After their shock defeat to Japan in game one, this is a must-win match for the Germans who can be hit and miss, as they showed in that first clash. However, Spain are flying after their emphatic victory over Costa Rica on Wednesday and will be tough to beat in Al Khor.
Spain ran riot in their opening game, putting the Costa Ricans to the sword with a 7-0 victory at Thumama Stadium in Doha. With Germany and Argentina stumbling, many feel that the Spanish have a real chance of going all the way now and they, plus England and Brazil, were the teams to impress in their opening games. Germany led at half time in their eventual 2-1 loss to Japan in Al Rayyan, making their loss even stranger. The Germans are in danger of suffering another early exit from a World Cup, and we fancy Spain to move on to six points. The Spaniards are nicely priced at 11/8 to get the win.
10:00 - Cameroon v Serbia
On Monday, Cameroon and Serbia clash in group action at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Both teams kicked off with defeats, so this is a massive matchup for the pair at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah. Before the loss to Brazil, the Serbs had won five and drawn one of six. They looked compact and well organised for most of the clash with the tournament favourites. Will Dragan Stojkovic’s Eagles get back to winning ways?
Cameroon’s campaign started with a narrow loss to Switzerland in Al Wakrah on Thursday. Later in the day, Serbia were beaten 2-0 by Brazil, with Richarlison getting both goals. The Serbs are certainly a nation on the rise in football terms, and we fancy Stojkovic’s side to pick up a crucial three points on Monday. Back Serbia to win to nil at the solid price of 13/8.
13:00 - South Korea v Ghana
South Korea and Ghana meet in the 2022 FIFA World Cup this Monday. The South Koreans drew their opening match, while the Ghanaians suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Portugal in what was a strange and ultimately thrilling contest. The Portuguese are the favourites to win Group H, but the battle for second between South Korea, Uruguay and Ghana is likely to go to the wire.
Taegeuk Warriors battled hard to hold the Uruguayans to a goalless draw in Al Rayyan. The Black Stars were involved in a five-goal thriller with Portugal, falling to a narrow 3-2 loss in Doha after a dull, goalless first hour. On paper, there is not a lot to split these two nations, though South Korea are the slight favourites. Take a punt on Paulo Bento’s boys to win by one goal at 3/1
16:00 - Brazil v Switzerland
Brazil and Switzerland go head-to-head at Stadium 974 in Doha in 2022 FIFA World Cup Group G action on Monday. The Brazilians, who are the tournament favourites, got their campaign up and running with a solid 2-0 win over Serbia on Thursday. They are the red-hot favourites to put another three points on the board this Monday as they look to end their long, by their own high standards, wait for World Cup glory.
The Serbs managed to keep Little Canary quiet for over an hour, but Tottenham Hotspur striker Richarlison proved to be the hero, netting both goals in the 2-0 win. Switzerland started with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Cameroon in Al Wakrah, but this is a major step up and we fancy Brazil to be too strong in this one. Take a punt on the record World Cup winners to win -1 again at 21/20.
19:00 - Portugal v Uruguay
Portugal and Uruguay meet in a tasty Group H fixture at the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Monday. The Portuguese lead the way in the group after a win over Ghana in their opening fixture. They will book their place in the last 16 with three points. However, the Uruguayans, who drew their opening game, will be no pushovers at Lusail Iconic Stadium.
Portugal recorded a 3-2 victory over the Ghanaians in their opening game, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Felix and Rafael Leao getting the goals in Doha. As for Uruguay, they were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by South Korea in Al Rayyan. Portugal are the favourites in this one, but we can see the Sky Blue holding them to a draw. Put some money on the draw and both teams to score at 15/4.
15:00 - Ecuador v Senegal
In 2022 FIFA World Cup Group A on Tuesday, Ecuador and Senegal go head-to-head in a vital fixture at Khalifa International Stadium. Netherlands and Ecuador are on four points each, while Senegal have three points to their name. Tournament hosts Qatar are out after two losses from two. Who will come out on top in this one in Al Rayyan?
The Ecuadorians have started their World Cup campaign well. After a solid 2-0 win over the host nation, they held the Netherlands to a 1-1 draw in game two. The Senegalese bounced back from a loss to the Dutch with a 3-1 win over Qatar. Ecuador are in fine fettle right now, and they should get the win and secure their place in the last 16. As such, we’ll be backing Gustavo Alfaro’s men to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 4/1.
15:00 - Netherlands v Qatar
Netherlands and Qatar meet in Group A of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday. The hosts are already eliminated, while the Dutch need just a point to make sure of a place in the Round of 16. As you would expect, Louis van Gaal’s Holland are the overwhelming favourites to pick up all three points at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. But can Qatar at least salvage from pride after their two defeats?
Netherlands kicked off their World Cup with an impressive 2-0 win over Senegal in Doha. They were looking for another three points against Ecuador in game two but were held to a 1-1 draw. Qatar are out after losses to Ecuador and Senegal. The Dutch should be way too strong here, and we like the look of 5/4 for Holland to win both halves of what should be a rather one-side match.
19:00 - Wales v England
Rob Page’s Wales and Gareth Southgate’s England and go head-to-head in 2022 FIFA World Cup Group B action at Al Bayt Stadium on Monday. The Three Lions are pretty much through to the last 16, but the Dragons have a lot of work to do. Wales must beat England and hope for a draw between Iran and United States to edge their way through, which doesn’t seem too probable on the face of it.
The English disappointed against the States, drawing 0-0 in Al Khor, in what was quite a tepid and lacklustre affair. The Welsh failed to build on the point they’d earned against USA as they were deservedly beaten by the Iranians in Al Rayyan last time out. The Three Lions edged it when these two Home Nations locked horns at UEFA Euro 2016, and we can see a similar outcome here. You can get odds of 5/2 for the England win and both teams to score, which looks good to us.
19:00 - Iran v United States
Iran and United States do battle in a crucial 2022 FIFA World Cup group match in Doha on Tuesday. The Iranians have given themselves a great chance to reach the last 16 after their excellent win over Wales last time out. USA can also book a spot in the knockouts on the final day. This Group B fixture at Al Thumama Stadium promises to be a thriller.
Iran were poor against England in their opening game in Qatar, but they more than made up for it in match two against the Welsh. Two late goals gave Carlos Queiroz’s boys a deserved 2-0 victory in Al Rayyan. United States have drawn with Wales and England so far. America were the better team against the English, and we fancy the Stars and Stripes to nick this one at odds of 19/20.
15:00 - Australia v Denmark
In Group D at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Australia and Denmark lock horns in a vital game at Al Janoub Stadium. With France already through, only one place in the Round of 16 is up for grabs in Group D. The Aussies are in pole position after their hard-fought win over Tunisia last time out. Three points will be enough for the Socceroos and would constitute a sizeable upset.
Australia bounced back from their heavy defeat to the French, edging past the Tunisians in Al Wakrah. Mitchell Duke netted the only goal to give Graham Arnold’s Aussies a huge three points. The Danes drew with Tunisia before losing to France and they need the win here. Our money, however, is going on Australia in this one. Take a punt on the Socceroos to win and both teams to score at the big odds of 12/1.
15:00 - Tunisia v France
France will play their final group game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday when Didier Deschamps’ Bleus face Jalel Kadri’s Tunisia at Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan. The world champions are already through to the Round of 16 after two wins from two games. Will the French move on to nine points on Wednesday?
The French thumped Australia in their opening game in Qatar, coming from behind to win 4-1 in Al Wakrah. They then edged past Denmark in Doha on matchday two, with the exceptional Kylian Mbappe netting both goals in a 2-1 victory. Tunisia are desperate for the points after one draw and one defeat, but France should be too strong in Al Rayyan. Take a punt on the world champions to win -1 at 6/4.
19:00 - Poland v Argentina
The current top two in 2022 FIFA World Cup Group C go head-to-head on Wednesday, as Poland play Argentina at Stadium 974 in Doha. After their shock defeat to the Saudis, the Argentinians bounced back with a much-needed three points against Mexico in game two. The Poles have started well, taking four points from their two group matches in Qatar to put themselves in pole position going into the final clash.
Both nations took a giant leap towards the knockout stage with wins last time out. The Poles beat the Saudis 2-0, while Argentina won 2-0 against the Mexicans. The winners of this one will guarantee their spot in the Round of 16, though Poland will also advance with a draw. Argentina laboured to victory over Mexico but got the job done in the end. Back Lionel Scaloni’s side to do the same in this one – the Argentinian win is available at 9/20 and that seems solid.
19:00 - Saudi Arabia v Mexico
Saudi Arabia and Mexico square off in a vital 2022 FIFA World Cup group game on Wednesday. The Saudis failed to build on their famous win against Argentina, losing to Poland last time out. However, victory over the Mexicans at Lusail Iconic Stadium on Wednesday will guarantee their spot in the last 16. Can the Green Falcons defy the odds and get the job done in Lusail?
Saudi Arabia struggled to replicate their immense success over the Argentinians, as they were beaten 2-0 by Poland in Al Rayyan in game two. Mexico have fared even worse and have taken just one point from their opening two group games, drawing with Poland, and losing to Argentina. They have to win here and hope the other result helps them out but we fancy these two to play out a draw (16/5). That will see Mexico sent home but it might still be enough for Herve Renard’s Saudi Arabia.
15:00 - Croatia v Belgium
Croatia and Belgium clash in a huge 2022 FIFA World Cup group match in Al Rayyan on Thursday. The Croatians were runners-up in Russia four years back, while Belgium finished third, but one of these nations are likely to miss out on the last 16. Croatia are top on four points, with the Belgians in third on three.
Croatia bounced back from their disappointing draw with Morocco with a convincing 4-1 victory over Canada in game two. Belgium have been poor so far. They edged past the Canadians before suffering a shock 2-0 loss to the Moroccans. The winners of this will go through, but we can see the pair cancelling each other out at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium. Back the draw and both teams to score at odds of 7/2.
15:00 - Canada v Morocco
In 2022 FIFA World Cup Group F on Thursday, Canada and Morocco square off at Thumama Stadium in Doha. Despite some memorable moments, the Canadians are already eliminated from the competition after two losses. The Moroccans have been the surprise package in the group so far having won one and drawn one so far.
Morocco would book their place in the knockouts with just a point on Thursday. They held Croatia, who finished runners-up in 2018, to a goalless draw in game one. They then put in a stunning performance to see off Belgium in Doha, with Romain Saiss and Zakaria Aboukhlal netting in the 2-0 victory. We are backing Walid Regragui’s Atlas Lions to win to nil again at the top odds of 5/2.
19:00 - Costa Rica v Germany
Germany are back in 2022 FIFA World Cup action this Thursday, as they take on Costa Rica in a vital Group E match at Al Bayt Stadium. The Germans are bottom of Group E with just one point to their name, while the Costa Ricans have picked up three points. This is a must-win game for Hansi Flick’s side and they are the strong favourites to prevail.
Germany kept their World Cup alive with a late equaliser against Spain in their last one. They had kicked off their competition with a 2-1 reverse to Japan. Costa Rica edged past the Japanese in game two after being hammered by Spain. Germany have been poor so far, but we fancy them to pick up all three points from this one. Take a punt on the German win and both teams to score at odds of 13/8.
19:00 - Japan v Spain
Japan and Spain meet in 2022 FIFA World Cup action at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan on Thursday. The winners of this one will guarantee their place in the last 16. The Spaniards lead the way in Group E with four points to their name, while Japan and Costa Rica each have three. Surprisingly, Germany are bottom having earned just one point.
Japan failed to build on their stunning win over Germany, as Samurai Blue were disappointingly beaten by Costa Rica in game two. Spain won 7-0 in their opener but were held to a 1-1 draw by the Germans last time out. Overall we think Spain’s class should be too hot to handle for Japan in this one. We like the look of 11/10 for La Roja to win with a -1 goal handicap.
15:00 - Ghana v Uruguay
Ghana and Uruguay meet in the FIFA World Cup once again. These two played out a memorable game at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with the Uruguayans edging their quarter-final encounter on penalties. Can the Ghanaians get revenge in this 2022 group meeting at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah? Uruguay are the odds-on favourites with the bookies, but Ghana will be bang up for this one.
Uruguay find themselves bottom of the group after drawing with South Korea and losing to Portugal. There is only one qualification place up for grabs after Portugal’s last-16 place was confirmed. Ghana currently sit in second place on three points and could go through with a draw, but we fancy Uruguay to get the win in Al Wakrah. Our money is going on the Uruguayans to win and both teams to score at odds of 3/1.
15:00 - South Korea v Portugal
In 2022 FIFA World Cup Group H on Friday, South Korea and Portugal go head-to-head at Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan. Fernando Santos’ side are preparing for the knockout stage after booking their place in the Round of 16. The South Koreans could join them if they beat Portugal and Ghana and Uruguay draw in their game.
South Korea held Uruguay to a goalless draw in game one. They were then involved in a five-goal thriller with Ghana in Al Rayyan, losing 3-2 in one of the best games of the tournament so far. Portugal beat Ghana 3-2 before seeing off Uruguay (2-0) last time out. The Navigators do not need to win this one, but we believe they will be too strong for the Tigers of Asia. Take a punt on Portugal to be winning at half time and full time at odds of 6/4.
19:00 - Cameroon v Brazil
Brazil are back in 2022 FIFA World Cup action this Friday when they take on Cameroon at Lusail Iconic Stadium. The Brazilians are already through to the Round of 16 after kicking off their World Cup with two wins from two. Can they finish off Group G with another victory? Tite’s men are the big favourites in this one although Cameroon still have a chance of progressing if they find a way to win the match.
Brazil have picked up two victories without conceding at this World Cup. In game one, Tottenham Hotspur striker Richarlison netted both goals in a 2-0 win over Serbia. On matchday two, Manchester United ace Casemiro scored late to give Brazil a 1-0 success in Doha. We fancy Tite’s troops to keep another clean sheet here and we’ll be backing Brazil to win to nil at odds of evens.
19:00 - Serbia v Switzerland
Serbia and Switzerland meet at Stadium 974 this Friday in Group G of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Brazil are already through, leaving just one qualification place up for grabs. The Swiss are in pole position to take second place, but Serbia and Cameroon can still make it through on the final day. Who will come out on top in Doha?
Switzerland were narrowly beaten by Brazil last time out, but their 1-0 victory over Cameroon in their first game has put them in a great position to qualify. Serbia were involved in a six-goal thriller with the Cameroonians in their last game, drawing 3-3 in Al Wakrah. We fancy these two evenly matched nations to cancel each other out. Take a punt on the draw and both teams to score at a price of 10/3.