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Saudi Arabia odds to win World Cup 2022: Confirmed squad, route to the final & ranking

By Dean Smith

Saudi Arabia odds to win World Cup 2022- Confirmed squad, route to the final & ranking

Published: 12:00, 22 November 2022 | Updated: 15:25, 26 November 2022

Saudi Arabia have reached back-to-back World Cups for the first time since the 90s and early nougties, and they’ve made a sensational start to Qatar 2022 after stunning South American champions Argentina 2-1 in their opening match.

The latest Saudi Arabia odds to win the World Cup

Betting market Midnite
Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup odds 505/1
Saudi Arabia to reach semi-final 100/1
Saudi Arabia to reach quarter-final odds 33/1
Saudi Arabia odds to win Group C odds 24/1
Saleh Al-Shehri World Cup Golden Boot odds 250/1
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Saudi Arabia route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar

Group Stage Fixtures

Fixture Stadium Date
Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia Lusail Iconic Stadium 22 November 2022 (10am UK time)
Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia Education City Stadium 26 November 2022 (1pm UK time)
Saudi Arabia vs Mexico Lusail Iconic Stadium 30 November 2022 (7pm UK time)

Who could Saudi Arabia meet in the knockout rounds?

If Saudi Arabia were to win Group C — which isn’t as unrealistic as it sounds after they beat Argentina 2-1 on Tuesday — then they would face the runners-up of Group D, which consists of France, Australia, Denmark and Tunisia, in Al Rayyan on 3rd December. France are favourites to win Group D with Denmark tipped to finish second. If the Saudi’s get through that, it’s still a tough run to the World Cup final with the likes of Netherlands, England, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, Portugal and Uruguay all potentially to come.

If Saudi Arabia win Group C Potential Opponent
Round of 16 Denmark
Quarter-Final Netherlands
Semi-Final Brazil
Final France

Things will be tougher if Saudi Arabia finishes second. France would be the likely round-of-16 opponent instead of Denmark before the likes of England, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Portugal and Brazil come into the picture.

If Saudi Arabia come runners-up in Group C Potential Opponent
Round of 16 France
Quarter-Final England
Semi-Final Portugal
Final Brazil

Confirmed Saudi Arabia World Cup 2022 squad

Player Name Position Age Club
Mohammed Al Rubaie Goalkeeper 25 Al-Ahli
Mohammed Al-Owais Goalkeeper 30 Al-Hilal
Nawaf Al-Aqidi Goalkeeper 22 Al-Nassr
Sultan Al-Ghanam Defender 28 Al-Nassr
Abdullah Madu Defender 29 Al-Nassr
Abdulelah Al-Amri Defender 25 Al-Nassr
Ali Al-Bulaihi Defender 32 Al-Hilal
Mohammed Al-Breik Defender 30 Al-Hilal
Saud Abdulhamid Defender 23 Al-Hilal
Yasser Al-Shahrani Defender 30 Al-Hilal
Hassan Tambakti Defender 23 Al-Shabab
Salman Al-Faraj Midfielder 33 Al-Hilal
Salem Al-Dawsari Midfielder 31 Al-Hilal
Ali Al-Hassan Midfielder 25 Al-Nassr
Sami Al-Najei Midfielder 25 Al-Nassr
Nawaf Al-Abed Midfielder 32 Al-Shabab
Abdullah Otayf Midfielder 30 Al-Hilal
Nasser Al-Dawsari Midfielder 23 Al-Hilal
Abdulrahman Al-Aboud Midfielder 27 Al-Ittihad
Riyadh Sharahili Midfielder 29 Abha
Hattan Bahebri Midfielder 30 Al-Shabab
Mohamed Kanno Midfielder 28 Al-Hilal
Abdulellah Al-Malki Midfielder 28 Al-Hilal
Firas Al-Buraikan Forward 22 Al-Fateh
Haitham Asiri Forward 21 Al-Ahli
Saleh Al-Shehri Forward 29 Al-Hilal

Saudi Arabia players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022

Saudi Arabia top World Cup Golden Boot contender – Saleh Al-Shehri

Saleh Al-Shehri was Saudi Arabia’s top goalscorer in the AFC Third Round qualifiers and the Al-Hilal marksman is backed at 250/1 to clinch the Golden Boot. He has already opened his account after scoring against Argentina.

Saudi Arabia player to watch – Salem Al-Dawsari

Salem Al-Dawsari is among the most capped international players under Herve Renard’s watch having featured across 72 matches to date in which he’s registered 18 goals, one of which came against Argentina. Al-Dawsari also scored the winning goal in stoppage time of the 2-1 win against Egypt in the Saudi Arabia’s final group stage match of the 2018 World Cup.

Saudi Arabia emerging player to look out for – Firas Al-Buraikan

At the moment 22-year-old forward Firas Al-Buraikan is of their main attacking threats, even if some observers feel he is more effective coming off the bench. Al-Buraikan, to date, has managed six international goals with two of them coming on Qatari soil.

Saudi Arabia tactical analysis for the 2022 World Cup

A two-time Africa Cup of Nations winning manager, Herve Renard is coaching at his second World Cup finals, having guided Morocco four years ago. The 54-year-old Frenchman knows the stage well, and his big-tournament experience certainly showed in Saudi Arabia’s opening World Cup match against Argentina.

Expected to sit deep and congest the space against Lionel Messi and Co, Saudi Arabia went against the grain and took the audacious decision to deploy a high line. It looked as though The Green were in for a long match after Lionel Scaloni’s men breached them on several occasions, breaking the deadlock after only 10 minutes. But, their high line proved effective as Lautaro Martinez twice had a goal ruled out for offside, as well as Messi.

Dissecting the daring tactical approach at half-time, Roy Keane told ITV: “It’s a dangerous game to play, they got lucky once or twice.” Joe Cole echoed the sentiment, saying:Saudi Arabia are taking a huge gamble.” Graeme Souness meanwhile explained: “You have to give credit to Saudi Arabia.”

Opting for a 4-3-3 to match Argentina, Renard got his tactics spot on. The high line meant Argentina registered 10 offsides, which is double the number of any nation in a single match during the previous World Cup, while they also pressed with relentless vigour and energy.

Following Messi’s deadlock-breaker, the Saudi Arabians came out of the blocks in the second half with a quick-fire gusto to change the complexion of the contest. Well-taken goals from Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari confirmed a famous win for Renard’s men as they showed guts and glory at both ends of the field. However, they couldn’t follow that up with a 2-0 defeat to Poland which leaves their last 16 hopes hanging in the balance.

Saudi Arabia FAQs

Where are Saudi Arabia in the FIFA world rankings?

Saudi Arabia are currently 51st in the FIFA world rankings with Qatar ahead and Greece behind them.

Who is the Saudi Arabia manager?

Herve Renard was named Saudi Arabia manager in 2019 replacing Youssef Anbar.

Who is the current Saudi Arabia captain?

Salman Al-Faraj is the Saudi Arabia captain, the midfielder debuted in 2012 and has since made 70 national team appearances.

How many times have Saudi Arabia won the World Cup?

Saudi Arabia’s best World Cup finish remains a Round of 16 berth in 1994.

How many times have Saudi Arabia competed in the World Cup?

Making their first appearance in 1994, Saudi Arabia have been involved in six World Cups including the 2022 edition in Qatar.

Who has scored Saudi Arabia most goals in World Cup tournaments?

Sami Al-Jaber is the Saudi Arabia’s’ top scorer at World Cup tournaments, netting three goals across 1994, 1998 and 2006

Which player from Saudi Arabia has the most World Cup appearances?

Mohamed Al-Deayea has played in 10 World Cup games for Saudi Arabia, more than any other player.