What you need to know to bet on the first matches in Group A and Group B

The 2022 World Cup is upon us.

The tournament kicks off on Sunday with Qatar hosting Ecuador. That’s the only match of the day in three games on Monday with the opening round of Group A ending and the first two games in Group B.

The United States and England are in Group B and both are looking for three points ahead of their huge Black Friday showdown. Both teams are favored in their opening games and would be able to progress with the wins on Monday.

Here’s what you need to know to bet during the first two days of the World Cup. Everything comes from BetMGM.

Favorite to win Group A

  • Netherlands (-250)

  • Senegal (+450)

  • Ecuador (+500)

  • Qatar (+1600)

Option 2 is best in Group A completion

  • Netherlands (-1400)

  • Ecuador (-110)

  • Senegal (-105)

  • Qatar (+375)

Qatar vs Ecuador (over/under 1.5 goals)

11 a.m. ET Sunday, Fox Sports 1

  • Qatar to win (+220)

  • Ecuador to win (+140)

  • Connection (+210)

Qatar’s big moment is here. We wouldn’t be surprised if Qatar had won the adrenaline rush and won the first match of this World Cup. But we hope for too much/under. The total is extremely low for good reason. And we like it to go under at +140. Ecuador’s last three games have finished 0-0 and you have to go back seven games to find an Ecuador game with more than one goal.

Senegal vs. Netherlands (2.5)

11 am ET Monday, Fox

Senegal did not stand a chance with the news that star forward Sadio Mane is out. We would tend to advertise a lottery, however. This is the best team in Africa and Ismaila Sarr can lead the front line and Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the best defenders in the world.

Option to win Group B

  • England (-350)

  • United States of America (+550)

  • Wales (+600)

  • Iran (+1800)

Option 2 is best in Group B to complete

  • England (-2500)

  • United States of America (+100)

  • Wales (+120)

  • Iran (+275)

England vs. Iran (2.5)

8 a.m. ET Monday, Fox Sports 1

  • England to win (-275)

  • Iran to win (+950)

  • Connection (+350)

England should win this one easily, although we are interested in how this game plays out. Iran is coached by Carlos Queiroz. Your teams are known to bunker in front of the objective and prevent targets at all costs. England want to play five defenders at the back and prefer to strike on the counter. The Three Lions will dominate possession. And if there was ever a time for Gareth Southgate to play a back four with Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips and Jude Bellingham all in midfield, this is it.

United States vs Wales (2.5)

As you know, the USMNT is back at the World Cup for the first time since 2014. That drought is no match for the Welsh squad who are in the World Cup for the first time in 64 years. Gareth Bale is still the star of Wales after playing a part-time role at LAFC and Aaron Ramsey is still in the main role. The biggest question for the Brits is Joe Allen; He was injured in September and has not played since. If Allen can’t go, no one will replace him in the squad.

We will take the United States to win this one in one of the five most important games of the group stage. The loser has a huge climb to make the Round of 16.

The United States and Christian Pulisic begin their 2022 World Cup campaign on Monday against Great Britain. (Photo by Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

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