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The greatest players in the world are hitting soccer's biggest stage in Qatar, and the action has already begun. Here's all you need to know for the 2022 World Cup and some previews of today's matches 🍿 (3 min read)

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Soccer In November

Nothing goes together quite like Thanksgiving and World Cup soccer, am I right? Ok, maybe watching this year's belated tournament in November feels just a little bit off, but with one of the most exciting events in sports finally underway, you won't hear me complaining 😎

  • The World Cup group stage (full guide available here) kicked off on Sunday in Qatar, with the host nation taking on Ecuador. Prior to the match, host teams were undefeated in their opening games, but not even a questionable early VAR call could save Qatar from ending that streak by way of a 0-2 defeat

  • The USMNT made their debut yesterday, and their first World Cup match in eight years ended in a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Wales, setting the stage for a stressful Group B race 😬

  • Tim Weah kicked off the scoring with a smooth finish in the first half, but a penalty kick from former EPL superstar and current LAFC winger Gareth Bale in the 82nd minute evened the score for good

Two additional group stage matches were played yesterday, with perennial world powers England and Netherlands also joining Ecuador in the win column πŸ‘

  • The Dutch scored two goals after the 80 minute mark to avoid a disappointing opening draw against Senegal, while the English put Group B on notice with a dominant 6-2 victory over Iran

Both squads find themselves near the top of the odds board to win the whole dang thing, but with several other countries looking like legitimate contenders as well, this year's tournament promises to be a good one. Here are the teams with the best odds to bring a World Cup title back home πŸ‘‡

  • Brazil: +300 (bet $100, win $300)

  • Argentina: +500

  • England: +750

  • France: +800

  • Spain: +950

  • Germany: +1100

  • Netherlands: +1200

  • Portugal: +1500

  • Belgium: +1900

More interested in rooting for individual excellence instead of team success? Led by superstars Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar, take a look at the favorites for the World Cup Golden Boot here πŸ†

Trivia Question: Who won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup?

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Today's Action

The World Cup group stage is set to continue today, and with the matches taking place halfway across the globe, we've got some early kickoffs 😴

  • Messi, whose GOAT case is still missing an elusive World Cup title, despite gaudy international scoring numbers, and his Argentinian teammates began this year's run this morning at 5AM EST against Saudi Arabia, while Denmark and Tunisia should be starting their match right about now

But no worries if you forgot to set your alarm today - we've got you set with a quick preview for the later two matches πŸ‘‡

  • Moneyline: Mexico +155, Poland +200, Draw +200

  • Over/Under: 2.5 Total Goals

  • Time: 11AM EST

Mexico's recent World Cup history has been remarkably consistent...since 1994, they've lost in the Round of 16 in seven straight tournaments

  • With -115 odds to advance out of Group C, but with long shot +15000 odds (tied for 16th-best) to win the whole thing, oddsmakers like the chances of a similar run this year

Today's match is a great chance for Mexico to continue their Group Stage success. Poland, however, hasn't reached the Round of 16 since 1986, but has the same odds of advancing out of Group C as Mexico. If either team is able to emerge victorious, they'd have a huge leg up in the race for second behind heavily favored Argentina (-280 to win the group)

  • Moneyline: France -410, Australia +1000, Draw +500

  • Over/Under: 2.5 Total Goals

  • Time: 2PM EST

France, the 2018 World Cup champions, are primed to make a run at a repeat this year, but unfortunately injuries have started to derail the juggernaut πŸ€•

But, the reigning champs still have the fourth-best title odds, despite being without 2022 Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema, N'Golo Kante, and handful of other stars, which should tell you all you need to know about their talent level. No offense to the Aussies, but today's match should be pretty one-sided 😀

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For My Parlay Gurus

I think France quiets some concerns and cruises to an easy victory today, which certainly isn't that bold of a take, but in the second half of my parlay I'm going with Mexico and Poland to end their match in a stalemate. Check it out πŸ‘‡

  • France ML vs. Australia: -410

  • Mexico vs. Poland Draw: +200

$100 on this bet would win you $273 β€” if we hit, make sure you email [email protected] for a chance to win up to $100*. Many will enter, only some will win πŸ˜‰

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Trivia Answer: English striker Harry Kane won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, scoring six goals as England reached the quarterfinals

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