2022 World Cup Odds and Picks for Matchdays 7 and 8

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France’s forward #10 Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring his team’s third goal against Australia. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP).

Join us for our helping of 2022 World Cup betting picks as our experts have crafted the best analysis to assist you with Saturday and Sunday’s Qatar 2022 group stage games.

France vs. Denmark

Saturday, November 26, 2022 – 11:00 AM EST at Stadium 974

The Revenge Spot for France Cannot Be Ignored

Despite their growing injury concerns and recent form, the World Cup defending champions entered Qatar this week with an emphatic display of football to hand Australia a 4-1 defeat. However, collecting an early three points could prove vital for Didier Deschamps French side, as they’ll now be faced with a familiar foe that defeated them on 2 occasions this past summer.

Denmark faltered during their opening game, and although a loss wasn’t on the cards, taking a draw and just one point from Tunisia will be viewed as a missed opportunity. With that said, as most teams would view France as the fiercest competition, Denmark’s back-to-back successes over Les Bleus will give them hope to emerge as Group D dark horses and repeat their summertime success.

While Denmark is unbeaten against France from their previous 3 meetings and has defeated them twice in the last 6 months, the World Cup competition is an entirely different beast. We know the passionate French side will want to avenge their losses.

Denmark can be notably stubborn in defense but Keeping Kylian Mbappe, and Olivier Giroud from displaying elite football in the final third may prove difficult.

France vs. Denmark: Betting Pick

Due to the nature of recent results, bookmakers are providing a moneyline price on France that we simply can’t ignore.

We’ll side with squad quality over history here; take France to win.

World Cup Pick: France ML (-130) at BetMGM

Argentina vs. Mexico

Saturday, November 26, 2022 – 02:00 PM EST at Lusail Iconic Stadium

Argentina Has Been the Talk of the Town

Lionel Scaloni and his Argentinian squad were hoping that Germany’s loss to Japan would remove some of the backlashes; however, Argentina’s loss to Saudi Arabia continues to overcloud the Qatar 2022 tournament as the Green Falcons cashed as one of the biggest underdogs in World Cup history with a moneyline price of +1800.

La Albiceleste entered Qatar as a significant outright winner betting favorite, but suffering a 2-1 loss to the Saudis instantly impacted this potential outcome. A lethargic and lackadaisical approach will need to be fixed on Saturday, as Scaloni and co. will meet a familiar side in Mexico.

Mexico has won just 2 of their last 7 games in all competitions, and their head-to-head record with Argentina isn’t pretty. From their previous 7 meetings with La Albiceleste, El Tri has suffered 6 defeats with an aggregate score of 20-4.

These statistics don’t bode well for Mexico, as they’ll be facing an Argentinian squad, the only team without points in Group E.

Argentina vs. Mexico: Betting Pick

Due to their shocking defeat at the hands of Saudi Arabia, the moneyline odds on Argentina to defeat Mexico are showing great value at -180.

It’s a no-brainer betting pick to side with Argentina, considering their desperation and historical edge over El Tri.

World Cup Pick: Argentina ML (-180) at Bet365

Japan vs. Costa Rica

Sunday, November 27, 2022 – 05:00 AM EST at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

The Biggest Winner Versus the Biggest Loser

Japan sent shockwaves through Group E when overcoming a European powerhouse like Germany this past week. Now they’ll face a Costa Rican squad with a lot of confidence, as Los Ticos suffered a 7-0 dismantling at the hands of Spain.

As Group E is now wide open for the taking, Japan can potentially seal their position in the round of 16, but I wouldn’t be too quick to underestimate the passion that Costa Rica could enter this game.

With that said, the Ticos look like a shadow of the squad that escaped “The Group of Death” as victors and reached the tournaments quarter-finals at the 2014 Brazil World Cup, and goalkeeper Keylor Navas isn’t the same man that allowed just 4 goals during this quarter-final run 8 years ago.

Japan vs. Costa Rica: Betting Pick

The Japanese moneyline feels like a no-brainer betting pick, but with a price of -220, no thank-you.

Japan performed well against Germany, but repeating success isn’t always that simple on the big stage.

For this reason, and because both teams witnessed at least Over 2.5 goals in their previous games, a free-roaming attack from each squad will likely result in a goal-fest.

World Cup Pick: Over 2.5 Goals (+100) at FanDuel

Croatia vs. Canada

Sunday, November 27, 2022 – 11:00 AM EST at Khalifa International Stadium

The 2018 Croatian Form Hasn’t Turned Up

The 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia didn’t return to the competition with the form they left with, allowing Morocco to take one point in a bore draw this past week.

They’ll now face a youthful and hungry Canadian squad who were very unfortunate to suffer defeat against the group favorites Belgium.

Despite losing 1-0 to Belgium, Canada proved why they were tipped as one of the tournament’s dark horses after succeeding with 22 shots up against Belgium’s 9.

Jonathan David was on fire for that 90-minute encounter, and as Zlatko Dalic’s Croatians struggled to keep pace with Morocco, this aging squad could find it challenging to match Canada’s pace on Sunday.

Croatia vs. Canada: Betting Pick

The Great White North carved through Belgium’s defense, and it won’t be surprising to see a similar outcome versus Croatia; with the upsets, we’ve already witnessed, expecting Canada to win this game is very appealing from a betting perspective.

Priced at +160, we’re taking on a shot on Canada with the insurance of draw no bet that will return our stake should we witness a stalemate.

World Cup Pick: Canada Draw No Bet (+160) at Bet365