FIFA World Cup 2022 Group G:dates and schedule of matches, who is the Favorite?

Alisa Barladyan
06 Oct 2022
04:43

World No. 1 Brazil received a difficult draw in World Cup 2022 Group G this November, making it tougher for them to advance to the knockout stages. Although they are expected to win the group. They will face stiff competition from European teams in Serbia and Switzerland, and a Cameroon team that is always tough to play against. Classic midfield battles will be fought between Granit Xhaka, Casemiro, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa as they patrol that area of the field. At the previous FIFA World Cup in Russia 2018, Brazil, Serbia, and Switzerland also competed in the same group, so they will be familiar foes.

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FIFA WORLD CUP 2022 GROUP G

For the 12th time in their history, Switzerland will compete in the World Cup, and on 7 of the 11 occasions they have participated, they have advanced past the group stage. Since Serbia started participating in the World Cup as an independent country, they have never gone past the group stage, and they will be hoping to change the narrative this time round. Cameroon is back in the World Cup in Qatar after being eliminated from the 2018 edition. The African nation has participated in the World Cup seven times, but has only once made it past the group stage (1990).

The World Cup 2022 will be played in Qatar, and this is the first time an Arab country is hosting the FIFA World Cup. On Sunday, November 20, the tournament will begin with Qatar hosting Ecuador in the first match. There will be four games played each day until the group stage concludes on Friday, December 2. Starting on Saturday, December 3, knockout games will be played. On Sunday, December 18, the championship will take place at the 80,000-seat Lusail Iconic Stadium. The tournament will be played across 8 stadiums in Qatar in five different cities. The stadiums are:

CityStadiumCapacity
LusailLusail Iconic Stadium80,000
DohaStadium 97440,000
DohaAl Thumama Stadium40,000
Al KhorAl Bayt Stadium60,000
Al RayyanEducation City Stadium45,350
Al RayyanKhalifa International Stadium40,000
Al RayyanAhmad Bin Ali Stadium44,740
Al WakrahAl Janoub Stadium40,000
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World Cup 2022 Group G: Schedule of Matches

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Nov 24, ThursdayCameroon vs Switzerland5amAl Janoub
Nov 24, ThursdaySerbia vs Brazil2pmLusail
Nov 28, MondaySerbia vs Cameroon5amAl Janoub
Nov 28, MondayBrazil vs Switzerland11am974 Stadium
Dec 2, FridayBrazil vs Cameroon2pmLusail
Dec 2, FridaySwitzerland vs Serbia2pm974 Stadium

Brazil is the slight favorite to win the 2022 World Cup, and it is easy to understand why. Every position has elite talent, giving them all they need to win a record-tying sixth championship. Although a lot of the players have changed since the previous World Cup tournament in Russia 2018, Tite has remained Brazil's head coach.

After the Selecao defeated Peru in the 2019 Copa América final on home soil, the former Corinthians coach assisted in leading them to their first Copa América championship in more than a decade. Brazil then had a fantastic World Cup qualifying run, winning 14 of their 17 games to take first place in the CONMEBOL qualification.

Brazil

The team's many English Premier League players will be crucial if they want to win everything in Qatar. Alisson of Liverpool and Ederson of Manchester City are the two top goalkeepers in the starting lineup, so it is understandable that Tite has found it difficult to decide who should start.

Despite having excellent midfielders and defenders, Brazil's five-time world champions actually possess an embarrassment of talent at the attacking end of the field. Brazil is strengthened by Vinicius Junior, one of the top young players in international football right now, in addition to the incredibly skilled Neymar.

Brazil appears to have everything necessary to end their 20-year World Cup title drought. Expectations will be quite high in Qatar, and if everything works out as expected, Tite's team may be unbeatable.

  • Current FIFA World Ranking: Number 1 (August 2022);
  • Regional Ranking: First (CONMEBOL);
  • World Cup Titles:5;
  • World Cup Appearances: 21 (they last appeared in the Russia 2018 World Cup);
  • How they Qualified: CONMEBOL World Cup Qualification Champions;
  • Overall record (All competitions and Friendlies): 2022: 7W-0L-0D (Goals: 26 scored/3 conceded, 2021: 12W- 3D-1L (Goals: 26 scored/4 conceded;
  • Coach: Tite;
  • Star Players: Vinicius Jr. (Real Madrid/Spain), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain/France), and Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain/France);
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Serbia have high hopes of qualifying from the World Cup 2022 Group stage for the first time.

The Serbian team's route to the World Cup 2022 has been, to put it mildly, fascinating. Dragan Stojkovic's team won their World Cup qualification group, defeating Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in the process, despite not making the 2020 European Championships. In actuality, their trip to Qatar and completion of an undefeated season were secured by a 2-1 victory in Lisbon, Portugal on the penultimate match day.

Serbia

Serbia later lost to Denmark and Norway after that, although their Nations League games in June did result in victories over Slovenia, whom they defeated 4-1. Although Brazil is predicted to win World Cup 2022 Group G, Serbia will bet on their prospects of defeating Cameroon and Switzerland to finish second.

Serbia can bank on the immense firepower of their all-time leading scorer Aleksander Mitrovic and Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic, who have been in top form this season, in addition to a star-studded squad in every position. They will hope to avenge a loss to the Swiss in 2018 which prevented them from proceeding to the round of 16.

  • Current FIFA World Ranking: Number 25(2022 August);
  • Regional Ranking: 14 (UEFA);
  • World Cup Titles: 0;
  • World Cup Appearances: 12. They last appeared at the Russia World Cup 2018;
  • How they qualified:UEFA Group A Champions (6W-0L-2D);
  • Overall Record (All competitions and Friendlies: 2022: 5W-1D-2L (Goals:14 scored/8 conceded, 2021:8W-5D-2L (Goals:27 scored/10 conceded;
  • Coach: Dragan Stojkovic;
  • Star Players:Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham, England, Luka Jovic who plays for Fiorentina, Italy, Dušan Tadić of Ajax, Netherlands and Dusan Vlahovic of Juventus, Italy;
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Cameroon will enter the World Cup with renewed vigor after missing the 2018 competition, hoping to get to the knockout rounds for the first time since 1990.

Despite the fact that Rigobert Song's team lacks true star power, they have often demonstrated during the World Cup qualifiers that they can pull off a surprise. In fact, Cameroon qualified for Qatar by shocking Algeria in a play-off. Karl Toko Ekambi scored the game-winning goal in the waning moments of extra time.

Cameroon

Given their qualification and last year's respectable performance at the Africa Cup of Nations, an outcome of that scale could instill the Indomitable Lions with a great deal of confidence going into the competition this winter. They have an impressive team with Internazionale's Andre Onana between the sticks, Napoli's Andre Anguissa the midfield general and an attacking threat led by the captain Vincent Aboubakar and Bayern Munich's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Song has led Cameroon to become a team that is difficult to beat tactical wise, depending heavily on defensive rigidity. Song was a former player for West Ham United and Liverpool. They will need to execute these strategies flawlessly if they want to advance from Group G and follow in the footsteps of the legends of 1990. It's a big task, yet this team consistently performs well under pressure.

  • Current FIFA World Ranking: Number 38 (2022 August);
  • Regional Ranking: No. 5 (CAF);
  • World Cup Titles:0;
  • World Cup Appearances:7. They last appeared at the World Cup 2014 in Brazil;
  • How they qualified: CAF Third Round winners: (agg 2-2 vs. Algeria, Cameroon won on away goals rule);
  • Overall Record (All competitions and Friendlies: 2022:7W-3D-4L (Goals: 18 scored/12 conceded, 2021:8W-4D-4L (Goals:18 scored/14 conceded;
  • Coach: Rigobert Song (Cameroon);
  • Star Players:Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon, France), Andre Onana (Internazionale, Italy), and Vincent Aboubakar (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia);
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Switzerland

The Qatar World Cup 2022 will provide Switzerland one more chance to prove their doubters wrong. The Rossocrociati shocked France in the Round of 16 of the European Championships last summer, but that wasn't their only memorable win over the preceding 18 months. They edged out heavyweights Italy in their World Cup qualifying group by drawing twice against them and emerging group winners. It showed that Euro 2020 wasn't just about luck. Switzerland undoubtedly has better quality throughout the roster, even though they don't exactly have similar star strength compared to Serbia. In major competitions, experience can be crucial, something players like Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Ricardo Rodriguez have in abundance.

Switzerland is capable of defeating almost any team in the world of football on their best day. They have numerous match-winners who can make the difference in matches at the attacking end, and a rock-solid defense to rely on.

Shaqiri, who was frequently the game-changer in previous years, is somewhat of a fading force, raising concerns about the squad's aging composition. However, everything is now conceivable for the enduring overachievers thanks to new stars like Djibril Sow and Embolo who have recently emerged.

  • Current FIFA World Ranking: Number 16 (2022 August);
  • Regional Ranking: 11 (UEFA);
  • World Cup Titles: 0;
  • World Cup Appearances: 11. They last appeared in Russia, 2018 World Cup;
  • How they qualified: UEFA Group C Leaders (5W-0L-3D);
  • Overall Record (All competitions and friendlies: 2022: 3W-1D-4L (Goals: 8 scored/11 conceded, 2021:10W-6D-1L (Goals: 37 scored/15 conceded;
  • Coach:Yakin Murat (Switzerland);
  • Star Players: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal, Xherdan Shaqiri of the Chicago Fire, and Manuel Akanji of Manchester City are among the main players in the team;

In terms of performance quality, Brazil clearly beats the other three teams. The Selecao are expected to qualify from the group as group G winners and are also heavy favorites to win the competition. Switzerland are fancied to qualify from the group as the first runners-up given their consistent performances, and they already qualified from the group stage in Russia 2018 when they defeated Serbia in their group stage match. The Swiss squad has more experienced footballers and performs solidly as a group. You cannot ignore Serbia this time round given their array of attacking talent and individual performers, so I think it will be a close call between Switzerland and Serbia for the second position.

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