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Race for Qatar is on, who are the favorites?

Tue 23 March 2021 | 15:10

This week marks the start of a long journey in Europe, to the 2022 World Cup which will be held in Qatar. For the next 12 months or so, 55 teams will contest for the 13 slots available – 10 through the 10 groups and three via playoffs.

While this phase of matches ushers in a fresh avenue for entertainment on the pitch, there’s also a guarantee of entertainment off it. With the qualifiers, bookmakers will have extra markets for the matches and these are coming with very interesting promotions, offers and bonuses.

Bet365 for example has a fantastic sign up offer of up to £100 in the form of bet credits while 1xbet also has a top offer, of up to $130. Betsson and 22Bet are the others offering huge promos – of up to 125 and 122 Euros respectively.

Indeed, top nations, including Belgium, France and Portugal are key favorites for WC 2022 but there’s also the big chance for Netherlands and Italy to return after missing the last one. These come with top offers at the bookies, with a

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for players looking to cash in on the WC qualifiers.

In Group A, apart from Portugal, Serbia are also top dogs and favorites to contest for a place in Qatar, be it through the group directly or through playoffs. In Group B, Spain are the favorites to bag the ticket, but they have Sweden for company and it will not be a walk in the park.

Italy are back in the picture after missing the 2018 World Cup. Their heroics in the Euro 2020 qualification make them favorites to book a World Cup ticket but will have to do with stiff competition from Switzerland in Group C. World champions France are in Group D. they stick out as favorites and are expected to stroll out of the group with a ticket in tow. However, Bosnia Herzegovina will not make it easy.

For Belgium, their array of stars need to add some silverware to the cabinet. The best ranked team in the world doesn’t have much to show in terms of trophies. They will be the headline team in Group E but will have bogey team Wales to think about.

Denmark are favorites in Group F, but with Scotland returning to a major tournament after sealing a Euro 2020 slot, they’ll be out to also make a return to the World Cup. The Scots have not graced the biggest competition in the world of football since their appearance at France 1998. They will be Denmark’s main challengers.

Just like Italy, Netherlands are back from the cold. They qualified for Euro 2020 after missing the 2016 Euro and 2018 World Cup. They’ve had a rebirth of sorts and will headline Group G, which also has Norway and Turkey for competition.

Croatia, finalists in the 2018 World Cup, will be up contesting for a place out of Group H. They had a poor run in the Nations League and will hope for a change here. Their stiffest challengers in this group will definitely be Russia.

England got to the semi finals of the 2018 edition in Russia, and will be hoping to go two steps higher in Qatar. This is where they start that journey, and they are favorites in Group I. However, they’ll have to do with competition from Poland, who are not lightweights by any means.

Germany are on course to restore lost glory. They were dismal performers at the 2018 World Cup and struggled in the Nations League editions that followed. A revamp of the team is already on and they will be hoping to clinch this ticket in Group J. Iceland will be their main challengers.


source: SportMob