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Group B Odds, Schedule & Predictions for 2022 World Cup (Can USMNT Reach the Knockouts?)

Jason Schandl
World Cup Group B odds, standings and predictions for England, USA, Wales and Iran.
World Cup Group B odds, standings and predictions for England, USA, Wales and Iran. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The 2022 World Cup is here, and that means soccer fans' attention will be turned to Qatar for the next two months.

First up on the menu is group stage action — with eight groups of four teams each playing a round-robin to determine which two teams will advance to the knockout stage.

American fans will, of course, be focusing most closely on Group B action, which features the following four teams. We've also gone ahead and ranked them by FanDuel Sportsbook's World Cup odds for each team to win the group.

World Cup Group B Teams and Odds

  1. England (-250)
  2. Wales (+550)
  3. United States (+550)
  4. Iran (+1900)

These odds paint a pretty interesting picture for the group. While it really does appear to be England's to lose, that second spot in the knockout stage is firmly up for grabs, as both the USA and Wales share the same odds to win the group.

World Cup Group B Schedule

Click on any of the linked matches below to see The Duel's predictions, odds and best bets.

Monday, Nov. 21

Thursday, Nov. 25

  • Wales vs. Iran (5:00 a.m. ET)
  • England vs. United States (2:00 p.m. ET)

Tuesday, Nov. 29

  • Iran vs. United States (2:00 p.m. ET)
  • Wales vs England (2:00 p.m. ET)

World Cup Group B Prediction

US Men's National Team fans were largely disappointed with the announcemet of the World Cup roster, and I'm afraid that disappointment could become a common theme through the tournament.

England is no stranger to disappointing on the international stage, but it's hard not to like them to come out as the winner of Group B, possibly even with an undefeated record. This is an exciting young team, with Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka all promising to play huge roles at 23-years-old or younger. The experienced Harry Kane should provide the veteran leadership that this young group needs to gel.

That leaves who will come out as the No. 2 team in Group B. We can pretty safely remove Iran from the conversation, as they are -430 favorites to make a Group Stage exit.

This situation adds a massive amount of intrigue to the USA's first match of the tournament, as they'll kick things off against Wales on Monday. There's room for the loser of this game to still climb back into the top two, but there's a very good chance that this game ends up deciding who joins England in the knockout stage.

Even at 34 years old, Gareth Bale will give Christian Pulisic a run for his money as the best player on the pitch in that matchup. Unfortunately it takes more than one player, and the depth of the United States' 'golden generation' should carry them to an appearance in the knockout stage.

Group B Standings Prediction:

  1. England (3-0)
  2. United States (2-1)
  3. Wales (1-2)
  4. Iran (0-3)

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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