Best World Cup long bets: Don’t count out Switzerland

The World Cup is right around the corner and we’ve selected several long shots to watch.

The pre-tournament story: The Swiss team is deep and we believe there is a chance for them to qualify for the semi-finals of the World Cup. The Netherlands, meanwhile, are set to dominate the group stage and Paulo Dybala could fly under Argentina’s radar.

Check out our top World Cup long bets for the upcoming tournament in Qatar.

Odds at 4:02 p.m. on 10/15/2022.

Best World Cup long bet

Best bet: Switzerland reach the semi-finals (+1,100):

It’s a real long-term bet. Switzerland have never reached the semi-finals in their history in the World Cup, but we think that could change this year.

The Swiss are in a group with Brazil, Serbia and Cameroon.

Brazil have won their group in every tournament since 1978 and that shouldn’t change now. We expect Switzerland to finish second behind the Brazilians and qualify for the knockout stage for the fourth time in their last five tournaments.

Assuming Switzerland come second, they would face the winner of Group H which would be Portugal or Uruguay. Either would be a winnable game.

Then the Swiss would likely face Germany, Spain, Belgium or Croatia in the quarter-finals.

The Swiss picked up wins over Portugal and Spain in the 2022 Nations League group stage but were 3-0-3 overall. The ability to beat the top teams is definitely there, but the consistency isn’t quite what we want it to be.

That said, Switzerland has a perfect mix of veteran leadership and young talent.

Xherdan Shaqiri, Ricardo Rodriguez and Granit Xhaka all have over 100 international caps. Younger players like Breel Embolo and Ruben Vargas are up for the challenge.

Key stat: Switzerland have beaten Portugal, Spain and France in the past two years.

Other distant bets on the World Cup

The Netherlands have scored the most goals in the group stage (+800): Only four teams have odds shorter than the Netherlands to lead the group stage of the tournament in terms of goals, making it a long shot in odds alone.

The Dutch are an elite attacking team and should have no trouble finding the net against inferior competition.

The Netherlands have come through the group stage of the 2022 Nations League, scoring 14 goals in six games. His biggest triumph was a 4-1 win over No. 2-ranked Belgium.

Holland have to face Qatar, Senegal and Ecuador in Group A. We like their chances of putting on a show.

Dybala leads Argentina in goals (+1,400): This will be Lionel Messi’s last World Cup and he is unsurprisingly the betting favorite to lead Argentina in goals (-134). That said, we think Dybala is much more valuable at 14-1.

The 29-year-old striker has thrived wherever he has played. Dybala scored 15 goals in 39 games for Juventus last season and has already found the net seven times in 12 games for Roma this year.

His national team record is less stellar, but it has been largely ruled out due to injury.

Dybala was recently injured while playing in Serie A but appears to be back in good form. He returned for Roma on November 13 and registered three shots in 35 minutes.

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Avery Perri writes about sports betting for NorthStar Bets. NorthStar Bets is owned by NordStar Capital, which also owns Torstar, Star’s parent company. Follow him on Twitter: @AveryPerri

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