2022 World Cup: Group D Odds & Predictions

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Denmark's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the World Cup qualifying play off second leg soccer match between Ireland and Denmark at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.
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Laura Paterson @ Nov 15, 2022, 3:40 AM
  • France, Denmark, Australia, and Tunisia are in Group D.
  • France is the top seed, but Denmark could win the group.
  • France and Denmark will likely advance to the next round.

Group D in the 2022 FIFA World Cup is made up of France, Denmark, Australia, and Tunisia. France and Denmark are ranked much higher than the other two countries in the FIFA World Rankings. Because of this, they’re expected to advance.

Here are the Group D World Cup betting odds, schedule, and more.

World Cup Group D Odds & Predictions

Odds to Win Group D

France: -275

Denmark: +275

Australia: +1400 

Tunisia: +1800

Odds to Advance from Group D

France: -2000

Denmark: -275

Australia: +350

Tunisia: +350

Group D World Cup Schedule

Denmark vs. TunisiaNovember 22
France vs. AustraliaNovember 22
Tunisia vs. AustraliaNovember 26
France vs. DenmarkNovember 26
Tunisia vs. FranceNovember 30
Australia vs. DenmarkNovember 30

Christian Eriksen-Inspired Denmark Can Beat France

Christian Eriksen is playing well for Manchester United, and it’s hard to believe just a little over a year ago he collapsed and received CPR on the pitch in the Euros. 

Eriksen’s comeback has been a testament to his mindset and determination, giving his team an extra bit of passion and drive going into the World Cup.

France undoubtedly has the more talented team on paper, with players like Kylian Mbappé, Karim Benzema, and Antoine Griezmann. However, World Cup games don’t take place on paper, and Denmark could surprise Les Blues.

Kasper Hjulmand’s team has won five of their last seven international matches, and they’ve been particularly impressive against France in recent meetings. The Danes were in the same group as Les Blues in the UEFA Nations League this summer, and they beat the current world champions twice.

Denmark is not the favorite to win Group D, but I think they are worth backing for the top spot. Eriksen has made a remarkable recovery, and I see this team doing everything they can to make him proud.

A Curse has Plagued Previous World Cup Winners in Group Stages

Call it a curse, bad luck, or overconfidence; whatever name you give it, there’s no denying the pattern that has taken place over the last few FIFA World Cups.

The defending World Cup champions get knocked out during the group stages often.

Italy did not make it out of their group in 2010. Spain didn’t make it out of their group in 2014, and Germany got knocked out in the group stage in 2018.

Les Blues had a summer to forget, as they lost three, drew two, and only won a single match in the UEFA Nations League tournament. Their midfield has also been hit hard, with injuries to Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante likely to keep them out of the tournament.

This team is nowhere near as strong as they were when they clinched the title in 2018, and I don’t see them winning the group.

Australia Faces Denmark and France Again

The Socceroos are a team that know how to put up a fight, but they don’t seem to have a lot of luck when it comes to the group stages.

This is the second time in a row Australia has found itself in the same group as France and Denmark. In 2018, they managed a 1-1 draw to Denmark and France needed a last-minute own goal to beat Australia 2-1, but the Aussies still finished the group in last place.

I certainly see Australia beating Tunisia, but advancing to the next round might be a little bit of a stretch unless France really stumbles out of the gates.

Tunisia Has Never Made it Out of a Group Stage

This will be Tunisia’s sixth World Cup appearance, and they’ve yet to make it out of the group stage.

Tunisia gave England a scare in 2018 when Harry Kane rescued the Three Lions with an injury-time winner. They also won against Panama in that tournament, so they should be confident enough to perform well on the big stage.

That being said, I don’t think they will get a win against Denmark or France and will drop out at the group stage once again.

Group D Prediction

I’m going to go against the odds and give Denmark the top spot in Group D, with France advancing second. 

I don’t think that Tunisia will be able to beat any of these teams, so Australia will end up in third, with Tunisia at the bottom.

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Laura is a dedicated in-house writer for The Media Image. An avid sports fan and field hockey player, she gets her fix through writing on a variety of sports for BetMGM.