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2022 World Cup: December 1st schedule, best bets, odds, how to watch

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Spain players celebrate after Alvaro Morata scored the opening goal during the World Cup group E soccer match between Spain and Germany, at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor , Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

World Cup action continues on Thursday with four games from groups E and F to decide who will advance to the knockout stages of the tournament. We have the full schedule for the day, as well as breakdowns and our best bet for each match. 

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Canada vs Morocco

  • Date: Thursday, December 1st
  • Time: 10 a.m. ET
  • Channel: FS1

Match Details

Canada   Morocco
41st  FIFA Ranking 22nd
Finished 1st in CONCACAF Qualification Beat Congo in CAF 3rd round
1 Previous World Cup Appearances 5
Group Stage Best Finish Round of 16 (1986)
Eliminated Odds to make knockout stage -1000

Betting Info 

Courtesy of Draftkings Sportsbook (see latest odds here)

  • SPREAD: Morocco -0.5 (+110), Canada +0.5 (-135)
  • OVER/UNDER: 2.5 goals (over +110 or under -140)
  • MONEY LINE: Canada (+260), Morocco (-190) Draw (+235)

Best Bet: 

Morocco only needs a tie against Canada, who have already been eliminated, and they will equal their best performance ever in the World Cup. Even though Canada has nothing to play for, you know they will put up a fight. They should have beaten Belgium, but they missed a penalty and weren’t able to find the back of the net in a match they dominated. As a result, I like both teams to score (-120) in this match.  

Croatia vs Belgium

  • Date: Thursday, December 1st
  • Time: 10 a.m. ET
  • Channel: FOX

Match Details

Croatia   Belgium
12th  FIFA Ranking 2nd
Group H winner in UEFA Qualification Group E winner in UEFA
5 Previous World Cup Appearances 13
2nd place (1998) Best Finish 3rd place (2018)
-400 Odds to make knockout stage +140

Betting Info 

Courtesy of Draftkings Sportsbook (see latest odds here)

  • SPREAD: Croatia -0.5 (+160), Belgium -0.5 (+165)
  • OVER/UNDER: 2.5 goals (+100 over or -125 under)
  • MONEY LINE: Croatia (+170), Belgium (+170) Draw (+230)

Best Bet: 

Most people thought Belgium would win this group, but now they need a win just to qualify for the knockout round. Similarly, Croatia needs at least a tie to advance after falling to Morocco. Belgium hasn’t looked great with Kevin de Bryne not playing and Romelu Lukaku not fully healthy. Since Croatia just needs a tie to advance, I expect them to play a pretty defensive strategy, which means even if Belgium wins, I don’t expect a high-scoring affair and like under 2.5 goals (-125).

 

Costa Rica vs Germany

  • Date: Thursday, December 1st
  • Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • Channel: FS1

Match Details

Costa Rica   Germany
34th  FIFA Ranking 11th
Beat New Zealand in play-in Qualification Group J winner in UEFA
5 Previous World Cup Appearances 19
Quarterfinals (2014) Best Finish Champions (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)
+700 Odds to make knockout stage -400

Betting Info 

Courtesy of Draftkings Sportsbook (see latest odds here)

  • SPREAD: Germany -2.5 (-120), Costa Rica +2.5 (-105)
  • OVER/UNDER: 3.5 goals (-125 over or +100 under)
  • MONEY LINE: Germany (-10000), Costa Rica (+2000) Draw (+1000)

Best Bet:

Shockingly, Germany needs to win this game or they will be eliminated after they lost to Japan and tied Spain. After getting beaten badly by Spain, Costa Rica pulled off a shocker against Japan despite only having one shot on goal. I expect Germany to try to put a hurting on Costa Rica and leave no doubt as they move onto the next round. Considering what Spain did to Costa Rica, I expect Germany to dominate this game, so I’ll take Costa Rica under 0.5 goals (-150). 

 

Japan vs Spain

  • Date: Thursday, December 1st
  • Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • Channel: FOX

Match Details

Japan   Spain
24th  FIFA Ranking 7th
2nd in Group B in AFC Qualification Group B winners in UEFA
6 Previous World Cup Appearances 15
Round of 16 (2002, 2010, 2018) Best Finish Champions (2010)
+550 Odds to make knockout stage Already qualified

Betting Info 

Courtesy of Draftkings Sportsbook (see latest odds here)

  • SPREAD: Spain -1.5 (+110), Japan +1.5 (-135)
  • OVER/UNDER: 2.5 goals (-130 over or +105 under)
  • MONEY LINE: Spain (-250), Japan (+750) Draw (+380)

Best Bet:

Spain has already qualified but they can’t cruise because all three of the other teams still have a chance to jump them in the standings. Japan also has a good chance to advance, but they will need at least a tie. If Spain wins and Germany beats Costa Rica then Japan would be eliminated, so you know Japan will be pushing for a win here. I think Spain will surely score, which means Japan will then sell out to tie the game, so I like both teams to score (+105). 

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FILE – Croatia’s Luka Modric is in action during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Croatia and Austria at the Gradski Vrt stadium in Osijek, Croatia, Friday, June 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)