Who will the 2022 World Cup in Qatat?
The clock is ticking in the race to reach Qatar.
The qualifying group stages wrap up over the next five days, with England, Scotland and Wales all still alive in the race to qualify for next winter’s World Cup.
First up, however, a certain frustrated Man Utd marksman will be back in his happy place.
We’re back with our preview ahead of tonight’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers…
2022 World Cup Qualifiers Betting | Road To Qatar
Thursday 11th November
Cristiano Ronaldo will be aiming to power his beloved Portugal to what could be his final major international tournament as they take on Ireland on Thursday night…
IRELAND VS PORTUGAL, 19:45
The game was up long ago for Stephen Kenny and his Ireland side, but can they sign off a frustrating qualifying period on a high by pulling off a major scalp at the Aviva Stadium?
The onus will all be on the visitors with Portugal locked in a tight battle for top spot with Serbia in Group A. Three points in Dublin could make all the difference as they play their game-in-hand on the Serbs this evening ahead of a potential winner-takes-all clash in Lisbon on Sunday.
Ireland vs Portugal Preview | Match Facts
Ireland have won just one of the last seven international meetings between the two sides.Cristiano Ronaldo has hit six goals so far in these qualifiers, including two against Ireland in the reverse meeting.Portugal have hit 14 goals in their last four matches in all competitions, conceding just once.
Ireland almost pulled off an almighty upset at the Estadio Algarve before Cristiano Ronaldo intervened to seal his place in the history books.
Stephen Kenny was minutes away from one of the most eye-catching wins in Ireland’s history before Portugal’s talisman turned the tables with two late goals – with his strikes in that 2-1 win sealing his place as the greatest men’s international goalscorer of all time.
It’s been a case of ‘what might have been’ for The Boys In Green in this qualifying cycle, with Kenny’s reign finally building up a head of steam with some improved performances since that defeat in the Algarve.
That run looks likely to end here, however, with Portugal’s needs much the greater at the Aviva.
Fernando Santos will have to make do without Bernardo Silva tonight after the Man City ace suffered ‘muscle complaints’ but is hopeful he will be fit for the crucial Serbia clash that follows.
Prediction: IRELAND 0-3 PORTUGAL
Match Tips | Ireland vs Portugal Betting
AUSTRIA VS ISRAEL, 19:45
Scotland fans might just be watching this one from behind the sofa.
Can hosts Austria do the Tartan Army a favour as Israel look to leave them sweating on second spot?
The Israelis lie four points behind Scotland with two games to play but have a far kinder final-day fixture at home to the Faroes.
Should Israel win here, and the Scots slip up on Friday against Moldova, that would leave the Tartan Army with work to do against a rampant Denmark at Hampden Park.
Austria vs Israel Preview | Match Facts
Both teams have scored in all five of the last competitive meetings between the nations.Austria have won just one of their three home qualifiers in Group F.Israel have conceded eight goals in their last two away World Cup qualifiers.
If Scotland are going to enjoy a hassle-free finale in their quest to land a play-off berth, they’ll need the Austrians to remain alert at the back, a trait notably absent in the reverse fixture.
Israel scored five goals in the same match for the first time since a 7-0 friendly rout of lowly Guatemala in November 2018 as they ran out 5-2 winners in Netanya.
Their 33-goal record international scorer Eran Zahavi bagged a brace in that match, and his influence here could be key to keeping Israel’s hopes of reaching a first major international tournament since 1970 in play heading into the final round of group games.
Prediction: AUSTRIA 1-1 ISRAEL
Match Tips | Austria vs Israel Betting
GREECE VS SPAIN, 19:45
Finally, could a Greek tragedy be awaiting Spain?
Luis Enrique’s side are by no means assured of an automatic spot at the 2022 World Cup with the impressively resilient Sweden still setting the pace in Group B.
The Swedes hold a precious two-point lead heading into the penultimate round of fixtures, and Spain can ill-afford to lose any further ground ahead of what looks set to be a gilt-edged group decider on Sunday.
Greece vs Spain Preview | Match Facts
The two sides played out a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture.Spain have won just two of the last five meetings between the nations.Greece are currently unbeaten since June 2019 on home soil.
The hosts here still have the faintest of chances of keeping themselves in the hunt for a top-two finish but need maximum points from both of their remaining games to achieve that objective.
That means John van ‘t Schip’s side will more likely assume the role of possible kingmakers here, and they proved to be a thorn in the side of the group favourites back in March.
The Greeks played spoilers in Granada as a second-half equaliser from the penalty spot saw them deny the hosts all three points despite registering just 20% possession in that opening group-game tussle.
Prediction: GREECE 0-2 SPAIN
Match Tips | Greece vs Spain Betting
2022 World Cup Outrights
By the time this tournament kicks off it’ll be over 20 years since Brazil have won a World Cup.
The Seleção have become more renowned for humiliating exists from this tournament in recent decades, but some long overdue success when lifting the 2019 Copa América suggests they could be ready to stay the distance in Qatar.
The Brazilians start out as 29/5 favourites with Marathonbet to lift the 2022 World Cup.
Reigning champions France are expected to be strong again and start out as 33/5 second-favourites, albeit the French have shown a tendency in past generations to hit the self-destruct button earlier than expected.
England fans might be quietly confident that their talented young generation of stars can come of age after falling agonisingly short at the Euros.
The Three Lions are 42/5 to finally end more than 50 years of hurt, while European champions Italy are a 45/4 chance.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
2022 World Cup FAQ
When does the 2022 World Cup start?
It all gets underway on Monday 21st November 2022, with hosts Qatar in action in Group A at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.
What time will games be on at the 2022 World Cup?
With only a three-hour time difference between the UK and Qatar, it’s relatively good news for fans watching from the sofa back home.
Four matches will be played each day during the group stages of the tournament, in slots of 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm GMT.
When is the 2022 World Cup Final?
The 2022 World Cup final is on Sunday 18th December at the 80,000-capacity Lusail Iconic Stadium. The game is due to take place at 3pm GMT for British viewers.
What are the dates for the 2022 World Cup?
With many world leagues forced into a mid-season break by this winter tournament, this will be the shortest ever World Cup, being played over 28 days. The competition will begin on 21st November and end just under four weeks later on 18th December.