World Cup Group D Betting Tips & Guide

Group Guide: Group D

Liam Bewsher

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World Cup 2022 - Group Stage - Group DWorld Cup 2022 - Group Stage - Group D
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France badgeFrance
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Australia badgeAustralia
3201-16
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Tunisia badgeTunisia
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Denmark badgeDenmark
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France

Current world champions France enters the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with a point to prove, with coach Didier Deschamps aiming to win the trophy for a third time as a player and manager.

Since hammering Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 World Cup final in Russia thanks to an own goal by Mario Mandzukic, as well as strikes from Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, Les Bleus have hit a bit of a rough patch, following a Round of 16 exit to Switzerland at Euro 2020, on top of a third-place finish in their Nations League group consisting of Croatia, Denmark and Austria.

At present, France are priced at 6/1 as the second favourites to win the competition. They have won it on two previous occasions, doing so last time out in Russia, as well as in 1998 at their home World Cup, when they famously beat Brazil 3-0 in the final in Paris.

France comfortably won their European qualifying group, earning 18 points in eight matches, winning five and drawing three against the likes of Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kazakhstan.

Atletico Madrid striker Griezmann was France’s top scorer in qualifying, having found the back of the net six times, taking the 31-year-old’s tally up to 42 in 110 caps for his country. Griezmann is priced at 33/1 to win the Golden Boot in Qatar, while his teammates Mbappe and Karim Benzema are at 8/1 and 12/1 to achieve this feat.

Australia

Next up in Group D is Australia, who perhaps qualified for the World Cup in the most dramatic fashion of any side, winning an Intercontinental play-off final on penalties at the expense of Peru.

Graham Arnold’s men are entering their fifth-successive World Cup after some goalkeeping heroics from Sydney FC shot-stopper Andrew Redmayne, whose dancing tactic in goal against Peru saw them win the play-off 5-4 on penalties after an intense 0-0 draw.

Prior to this, the Socceroos had finished as winners of Group B in Asian World Cup qualifying, accumulating 24 points from eight matches against the likes of Kuwait, Jordan, Nepal and Chinese Taipei before finishing third place in the Third Round, behind the likes of Saudi Arabia and Japan, but, crucially ahead of Oman, China and Vietnam.

In Asian World Cup qualifying, third-place sides from Group A and Group B in the third round are made to go into a play-off match against one another, meaning that Australia had to advance past the United Arab Emirates, doing so by a 2-1 scoreline thanks to goals from Jackson Irvine and Ajdin Hrustic.

Australia’s best-ever World Cup campaign saw them exit at the Round of 16 in Germany 2006, when they had talents such as Tim Cahill, Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka and Mark Schwarzer amongst their ranks. The current side are priced at 20/1 to win Group D, as well as 9/2 just to qualify for the Round of 16.

Denmark

Denmark are perhaps one of the dark horses for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, having had some impressive showings at Euro 2020 and in the Nations League.

Kasper Hjulmand’s side managed to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2020 which was a major achievement for Danish football, having been somewhat in the doldrums since their shock triumph at Euro 1992. On top of this, the Danes managed finished second in Group 1 of the Nations League, just one point behind Croatia, but, ahead of both France and Austria.

On top of this, the Danes were outstanding in European World Cup qualifying, as they comfortably won Group F, with 27 points from ten matches, finishing ahead of Scotland, Israel, Austria, the Faroe Islands and Moldova, scoring a total of 30 goals whilst conceding just three times.

Players to look out for in their squad are captain Simon Kjaer, who currently plies his trade for AC Milan, whilst Manchester United’s Christian Eriksen is pivotal to their play, having made 117 caps, just 12 fewer than former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, who holds the record of most international appearances for the Danes.

This will be the sixth time that Denmark have featured at a World Cup finals, with their best campaign being in 1998, as they exited at the quarter-finals stage to Brazil via a 3-2 scoreline as Bebeto and Rivaldo (2) both got on the scoresheet to cancel out strikes by Martin Jorgensen and Brian Laudrup.

Due to recent successes, Denmark are priced at 9/4 to win Group D, they are also priced at 4/1 to reach the semi-finals in back-to-back international tournaments.

Tunisia

The final team in Group D are Tunisia, who are ranked at 30th in the world, showing that this group could be hotly contested.

Notably, Tunisia recently won the Kirin Cup final against Japan by a 3-0 scoreline thanks to goals by Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane, Ferjani Sassi and Issam Jebali. On top of this, Tunisia also finished as runners-up in FIFA’s Arab Cup to Algeria after losing to them in extra-time in the final.

Jalel Kadri’s side do have some notable players in their squad, as ex-Sunderland and Saint-Etienne man Wahbi Khazri is Tunisia’s second-all-time top scorer with 24 goals in 71 caps. The Eagles of Carthage also have former Southampton full-back Yann Valery and Manchester United man Hannibal Mejbri who is currently on a loan spell at Championship outfit Birmingham City.

To qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Tunisia topped Group B ahead of the likes of Equatorial Guinea, Zambia and Mauritania with 13 points from six matches. This saw them advance to the Third Round of qualifying, where they then had to overcome Mali over two legs - they managed this via a 1-0 aggregate scoreline thanks to a Moussa Sissako own goal.

Tunisia have only ever qualified for five World Cups prior to this one, and are yet to make it out of the group stages at any of them. The Eagles of Carthage are priced at 4/1 to qualify from Group D, which would be an impressive achievement in itself.

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