Monday and Tuesday mark the end of the second round of games and the start of the third and final group-stage matches.
Whilst all the World Cup games up until now have been shown one at a time, from Tuesday on, the final group games will be played at the same time. We have plenty of big games to look forward to, including the USA vs. Iran and Uruguay vs. Portugal.
Here are some of our favorite picks ahead of these games.
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Brazil vs. Switzerland
Monday, November 28, 2022 – 11:00 AM EST at Stadium 974
Switzerland comes into this game as heavy underdogs at +550 odds despite their opening-day win over Cameroon, although if you are looking to bet on Brazil at -200 you must take into consideration are they worth it at that price minus Neymar Junior who will be out for this match, if not the next ⅔ games, as well.
These two teams met in the 2018 World Cup group stage drawing the game 1-1. This time around we still believe we will get some goals on the board as we are predicting a 3-1 win for the Brazilians and therefore believe taking over 2.5 goals will be the best pick here at -109 with Unibet.
Brazil has seen 3+ match goals in 6 of their previous ten games, whilst we expect Switzerland to have enough strength in attack to possibly score one goal. Either way we wouldn’t be surprised to see Brazil cover the 2.5-goal line themselves after a 2-0 win on matchday one.
They looked goal hungry at times and could carry that into this matchup.
Predicted Score: Brazil 3 – Switzerland 1
Top Pick: Over 2.5 Goals (-1) at Unibet
Portugal vs. Uruguay
Monday, November 28, 2022 – 02:00 PM EST at Lusail Iconic Stadium
Uruguay was very underwhelming in their opening game against South Korea (a match many expected them to win as they were -125 pre-game favorites). The sportsbooks have most definitely taken into consideration their poor performance and have them priced up as high as +335 at BetRivers.
Portugal didn’t look very good in their 3-2 win over Ghana yet they are heavily favored at -105 odds to pick up win. Uruguay is a dogged team and won’t lie down very easily, we don’t see any value in taking Portugal at minus money.
Both these two teams were very underwhelming during their first game, given that this is already a tight group, we expect this game will have a knockout feel to it. Uruguay will be desperate to win, but even more desperate not to lose.
Following their narrow 3-2 win over Ghana on matchday one, Portugal would happily take a tie here.
We expect both teams to be looking to set up defensively and are willing to lay -159 juice to take the under 2.5 goals in this World Cup game.
Predicted Score: Uruguay 1 – Portugal 1
Top Pick: Under 2.5 Goals (-159) at SugarHouse
Iran vs. USA
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 – 02:00 PM EST at Al Thumama Stadium
The USA is slightly favored over their Iranian counterparts at +105 odds, with the tie coming in at +240 and Iran outsiders at +275. From what we have seen so far, we believe this game could be much closer than the current odds suggest.
One of the most anticipated games of this group B will be the matchup between the USA and Iran, and this is very much a game we expect no quarter to be given. Both these teams showed us how dangerous they were going forward in their opening two World Cup games.
The previous time these teams met was in the 1998 World Cup where Iran came away as 2-1 winners on the day.
A tie at halftime seems very possible here and we are loving the +105 odds on this outcome. We wouldn’t even be surprised to see 1-1 be the halftime score, which I’m sure is an even nicer set of odds.
Predicted Score: Iran 1 – USA 1
Top Pick: HT Draw ML (+105) at Bet365
Wales vs. England
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 – 02:00 PM EST at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
The last time these two teams met competitively was back in 2016 when England came away as 2-1 winners on the day. That day England was -140 compared to Wales’ +500.
This time around Wales is much bigger as they are as high as +740 with SBK, England is juiced all the way down to -227 as they are very much expected to pick up a win here.
Wales dropped the ball against Iran suffering a 2-0 defeat with both Iran goals coming deep into stoppage time. Throughout their history they have never beaten England, losing on 11 occasions, with one tie game.
Wales are all but out of this World Cup and they will see it as a free hit to finally get one over on their unbeaten neighbors, at the very least we believe they will find the back of the net, both teams to score is a nice +100.
However, we are liking the combo of both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at +160, England has shown us their goalscoring ability in recent games and should be able to score a few goals past this weary-looking Welsh team.
Predicted Score: England 2 – Wales 1
Top Pick: Both Teams to Score + Over 2.5 (+160) at Bet365