Updated: Nov 14, 2022
Over the last three decades, Saudi Arabia has established itself as World Cup regular and will be looking to leave a mark in Qatar by reaching the knockout rounds.
That is, however, something that they have only done once in their history when reaching the last 16 in 1994.
But having featured in five tournaments in total since their first in 1994, while missing out on just two in that time, they are most certainly at home on this stage and have good reason to back themselves.
A hugely impressive World Cup qualification campaign will give them plenty of confidence heading into Qatar.
Saudi Arabia racked up 13 wins along the way while losing just once.
The likes of Salem Al-Dawsari and Yasser Al-Shahrani, also have capable players in attack and defence that will be looking to impress.
The only issue is they have been drawn into a tough group, which may prove too much of a challenge to get out of.
Saudi Arabia Team Odds To Win World Cup
Saudi Arabia was drawn into what looks to be a punishing Group C of the 2022 World Cup, alongside Argentina, Poland, and Mexico.
With the other three nations possessing strong international pedigrees, Saudi Arabia looks to be the massive underdogs in the group, which is confirmed by their outside odds of 6/1 (+600) to qualify for the knockout stages.
Their wait to reach the last 16 for the second time in their history may have to go on.
Even more unlikely would be Saudi Arabia topping Group C, which is priced at an unlikely 25/1 (+2500).
It’s 33/1 (+3330) for the nation to go further than they have done in their entire World Cup history and reach the last eight of the competition, while they are priced at 150/1 (+15000) and 250/1 (+25000) respectively to reach the semi-finals and final.
A World Cup triumph is an incredibly unlikely 500/1 (+50000) – the joint-longest odds in the competition.
How To Bet On Saudi Team In Qatar
If you think Saudi Arabia has what it takes to spring a surprise in Group C, you may want to place one or two bets on the nation.
It’s worth noting, though, that football boasts an array of betting markets to get your head around so it’s not always the easiest task selecting the right bet.
It’s, therefore, important to pick the right bets at the right moments during Saudi Arabia’s matches
Here’s a list of popular types of bets to bear in mind when betting on Saudi Arabia at the World Cup to give yourself the best possible chance of a successful wager.
Player Prop Bets
Firstly, there are player prop bets. As the name suggests, these are based on a player’s performance during a game.
For example, Salem Al-Dawsari has a good record for Saudi Arabia, so you may want to back him to open the scoring against Mexico.
Team Prop Bets
Next, there are team prop bets. Again, as the name suggests, these are based on a team’s performance during a game.
During a Saudi Arabia game, you could bet on them to score the first goal against Mexico.
Asian handicap bets bring the odds closer together by providing a handicap to one team.
The other side is given a virtual head start, meaning they are effectively already winning by a certain amount of goals before the action has even started.
When Saudi Arabia takes on Argentina, they will be massive underdogs, so the handicap might be four and a half goals, with Argentina on -4.5 goals and Saudi Arabia on +4.5 goals.
You can then either bet on Argentina to win with a -4.5 goal handicap or Saudi Arabia to win with a +4.5 goal handicap.
So, for example, if Argentina beat Saudi Arabia 4-0 and you bet on them to win with the handicap, you would still lose the bet.
Using Saudi Arabia v Argentina as another example, with a goal lines bet you are able to bet on the total number of goals that will be scored in the match.
You might expect Saudi Arabia to be on the wrong end of a heavy defeat, so you could bet on over 5.5 goals to be scored in total.
Again using Saudi Arabia v Argentina as the example, with a totals bets you are able to bet over or under on the total number of goals that will be scored in this clash.
A sportsbook may assume there will be a total of six goals scored during the game.
Depending on how you think the match will go, you can then bet on whether you think there will be more or fewer goals scored than six.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On Saudi Arabia
We’ve pulled together some simple steps to follow when you’re looking to place a bet on Saudi Arabia for the World Cup.
While you can still walk into bookmakers to place your bet on Saudi Arabia, it can be easier to wager online instead.
This is because, as well as it being quicker, you can keep up to date with price shifts and may also find an offer or promotion which appeals to you.
Take a look around to see which online bookmakers are offering the best sign-up offers as there will be a huge amount out there during the World Cup.
Once you have chosen the most appealing bookmaker, simply sign up and open an account with them.
Next, choose the market you are looking to bet on, such as Salem Al-Dawsari to score first for Saudi Arabia against Mexico, add the bet to your online betting slip and then place it.
We’ve broken the process down into the five below steps:
- Select your favoured odds and ‘add’ to your betting slip, which will appear on your screen.
- Decide on the total amount of money you want to spend on the bet and then fill out the figure in the relevant area.
- You may need to add money to your account, in which case you must deposit the relevant amount before completing the bet.
- You are now ready to select the ‘place bet’ button and complete your bet. You should then receive confirmation of your bet.
- You may want to keep tabs on your betting slip due to the fact that you might also be offered ‘cash out’ options before the end of the match.
Saudi Arabia Team Overview For Qatar
Saudi Arabia heads into their sixth World Cup this winter with the aim of looking to reach the last 16 for just the second time in their history.
Sharing a group with Argentina, Poland, and Mexico, however, means the odds are firmly stacked against them.
The Green Falcons, though, will head to Qatar with the hope of causing a shock following an impressive World Cup qualifying campaign and with the likes of Salem Al-Dawsari and Yasser Al-Shahrani eager to impress on the greatest stage of them all.
Key Football Players
Saudi Arabia will be looking to the aforementioned Salem Al-Dawsari to inspire them in Qatar this winter.
Al-Dawsari is a tricky winger who can cause opposition defenders problems, while goals are also a part of his game.
He’s netted 17 times for his country, including the winning goal in the victory over Egypt at the 2018 World Cup.
Al-Dawsari has a wealth of experience at the club level too, having won a bucketload of trophies with Al-Hilal, including two AFC Champions Leagues, while he’s also played in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Saudi Arabia will be hoping that experience with Al-Hilal puts Al-Dawsari in good stead in Qatar, while the same goes for much of the Green Falcons’ squad.
Saudi Arabian league champions Al-Hilal provide a number of players to the international squad, meaning the national team knows each other very well.
Yasser Al-Shahrani is another of those players – a key full-back for Saudi Arabia, his experience is also vital, having won 70 caps for his country.
The same can be said of captain and midfield lynchpin Salman Al-Faraj, who has 69 caps, while goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais is their man between the sticks.
Saudi Arabia has a relatively clean bill of health as the World Cup approaches.
That said, midfielder Abdulellah Al Malki suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in February during a World Cup qualifier against Japan and looks set to be battling to return in time for the competition.
Saudi Arabia will be sweating on his fitness ahead of then and also hoping that nobody else picks up a similar injury before November.
Coaching & Technical Staff
In Hervé Renard, Saudi Arabia has a manager that has a wealth of international experience.
The Frenchman managed Zambia, Angola, Ivory Coast, and Morocco before taking charge of Saudi Arabia in 2019.
What’s more, he has a hugely successful CV too, having won the Africa Cup of Nations with both Zambia and Ivory Coast – becoming the first coach to do so with two different countries.
Saudi Arabia will be hoping some of that success can rub off on them in Qatar.
Renard will be able to count on the advice of assistant coach Laurent Bonadéi during the World Cup this winter.
Fellow Frenchman Bonadéi was previously the coach of Paris Saint-Germain under-19s as well as Nice II, while he also coached Saudi Arabia at the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
Saudi Arabia Team Road To Qatar
Hervé Renard’s Saudi Arabia side enjoyed a hugely successful Asian World Cup qualifying campaign.
The Green Falcons lost just once and won 13 times across 18 matches while netting 34 goals in the process.
Salem Al-Dawsari and Saleh Al-Shehri were the nation’s key men during the campaign, scoring 14 goals each across qualifying.
Enjoying a bye to the second round of qualifying, Saudi Arabia finished top of Group D ahead of Uzbekistan, Palestine, Singapore, and Yemen.
They netted 22 goals in just eight games, including five in a 5-0 win over Palestine. Saudi Arabia racked up six wins and 20 points in total to book their place in the third round of qualifying.
The Green Falcons next found themselves in Group B of the third round, alongside Japan, Australia, Oman, China, and Vietnam.
Once more it was Saudi Arabia that dominated the group as they finished top, one point ahead of runners-up Japan, to book their ticket to the World Cup.
Renard’s men picked up seven wins from 10 games, with their only loss coming at the hands of Japan, as they sealed their place in Qatar in a comprehensive fashion.
Saudi Arabia’s World Cup History
Saudi Arabia’s greatest World Cup campaign was its debut tournament in 1994.
That year they surprisingly defeated Belgium and Morocco to reach the last 16 of the competition where they lost to Sweden.
Since then, the Green Falcons have featured in another four tournaments, while missing out on just two.
However, in that time they have picked up just one more win – a victory over Egypt last time out at the 2018 World Cup.
Outside of the World Cup, Saudi Arabia has enjoyed far more success, winning the AFC Asian Cup three times in 1984, 1988, and 1996.
They were also runners-up at the FIFA Confederations Cup in 1992 and were silver medallists at the 1986 Asian Games.
Saudi Arabia has enjoyed more regional success too, lifting the Arabian Gulf Cup three times and the Arab Cup twice.
Football is the most popular sport in Saudi Arabia and as a result, the fans are a passionate set when following their national team.
Saudi Arabia has a major rivalry with Iran. Though hugely unlikely, if the duo were to meet in the World Cup knockout stages, it would be a heated affair between the two sets of supporters.
Whoever Saudi Arabia faces this winter, expect to see plenty of national flags as well as green and white wigs among their fans.