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2022 World Cup Group C Odds, Betting Analysis: Lionel Messi, Argentina Favored to Advance After Draw

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Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images. Pictured: Argentina star Lionel Messi, left, and teammates Rodrigo De Paul and Leandro Paredes.

Casual observers will like the looks of Group C, mainly because there’s a high chance we’ll see goals.

Argentina, the reigning Copa America champion, headlines Group C and is the favorite to win the group. Meanwhile, the battle to advance will likely come down to Mexico and Poland. The former squad has advanced to the knockout round in seven consecutive World Cup events, while Poland hasn’t emerged from the group since 1986.

Saudi Arabia rounds out the group and should provide some good punching fodder for the remaining three teams. With that said, let’s dive into the group and share early analysis.

Group C Odds/World Rankings

*Odds via FanDuel

ODDS TO WIN GROUP ACTION NETWORK | FIFA
Argentina -195 10th | 4th
Saudi Arabia +3800 68th | 49th
Mexico +440 16th | 9th
Poland +410 22nd | 26th

The Favorite: Argentina

While the competition certainly isn’t as tough as Europe, it has been a long time since Argentina dropped all three points. That will propel Lionel Messi and company into Qatar, where they face a (relatively) easy group. That said, this isn’t a bettable number.

The Dark Horse: Mexico

Set aside the group-winner odds for a second and I’m surprised Mexico is an underdog to advance. Combine its aforementioned record in terms of getting out of the group with the fact Poland is reliant on one player and it could surprise Argentina under the right circumstances.

Potential Shock Elimination: Poland

Poland goes as Robert Lewandowski does, which is a strategy that rarely works in the World Cup. While the Poles have some nice pieces in support of the Bayern Munich striker, I have trust issues with its defense. While not “shocking” per se, I’m surprised how high books are on Poland.

2022 FIFA World Cup Odds

*Odds via BetMGM

TEAM ODDS
France +550
Brazil +550
England +700
Spain +750
Germany +900
Argentina +1000
Belgium +1100
Portugal +1200
Netherlands +1600
Denmark +2800
Uruguay +4000
Croatia +5000
Serbia +6600
Qatar +6600
USA +8000
Mexico +8000
Switzerland +8000
Poland +8000
Senegal +8000
Iran +10000
Ecuador +12500
Wales +15000
Ukraine +15000
Japan +15000
Peru +15000
Morocco +15000
Ghana +15000
Cameroon +15000
South Korea +15000
Saudi Arabia +15000
Canada +15000
Australia +25000
Scotland +25000
Costa Rica +25000
Tunisia +25000
United Arab Emirates +25000
New Zealand +50000

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