World Cup 2022: Odds, TV Guide for Semifinals and Upcoming Matches

Maurice Bobb@@ReeseReportFeatured Columnist IDecember 13, 2022

World Cup 2022: Odds, TV Guide for Semifinals and Upcoming Matches

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    LUSAIL, QATAR - DECEMBER 9: Angel Di María of Argentina in action during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 quarter final match between Netherlands and Argentina on December 09, 2022, at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Pximages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
    Florencia Tan Jun/Pximages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Soccer fans around the world aren't likely surprised that Argentina and reigning World Cup champion France have advanced to the semifinal round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Meanwhile, Croatia's presence wasn't exactly expected, but it was in the final of the previous tournament, so this isn't exactly unchartered territory for the Vatreni.

    But then there's Morocco, a country that has never made it this far in any World Cup.

    That's the kind of underdog breakthrough that can inspire fans everywhere. This proverbial Cinderella story is an international phenomenon.

    But soccer's biggest stars will draw in the masses, too.

    Left to display their talent on the pitch in Qatar are Luka Modrić, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Achraf Hakimi, four footballers who are widely popular and, of course, extremely gifted players.

    In a World Cup that has already had a few eye-popping upsets, it's anyone's guess who'll be left standing after the semis.

    But one thing's for sure: It will be something fans won't want to miss.

    Here's a look at how and when to watch, as well as a few predictions.

World Cup TV Schedule

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    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 12: The adidas 'Al Hilm' Official Finals Match Ball is seen ahead of the Argentina Press Conference at  on December 12, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
    Mark Metcalfe - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

    Tuesday, December 13

    Semifinal No. 1: Argentina vs. Croatia (2 pm ET, Fox)

    Wednesday, December 14

    Semifinal No. 2: France vs. Morocco (2 pm ET, Fox)

    Saturday, December 17

    Third-place match (10 am ET, Fox)

    Sunday, December 18

    World Cup Final (10 am ET, Fox)

Argentina vs. Croatia

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    Croatia's Luka Modric reacts at the end of the World Cup group F soccer match between Croatia and Belgium at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
    AP Photo/Luca Bruno

    90-Minute Money Line

    Argentina (-115; bet $115 to win $100)

    Croatia (+360; bet $100 to win $360)

    Draw (+245)

    To Advance to Next Round

    Argentina (-245)

    Croatia (+195)

    According to Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni, luck was on the Albiceleste's side in its win against the Netherlands this past Saturday.

    That's not far-fetched considering that it came down to a dramatic 4-3 penalty shootout victory that was marred by 18 yellow cards and one red.

    "Sometimes luck can be on your side, like in the last match," Scaloni said, per The Athletic. "But if we have a good approach we can reach our objectives. It will be a crucial match, especially for our people.

    "But at the same time, this is football, this is sport, and sometimes the best team doesn't win."

    Based on what players are available, Scaloni has had to mix in quite a few different strategies to get to this point.

    Whether in a 3-5-2 or a 4-3-3 formation, he'll have to game-plan for Croatia, who can be methodical on the pitch.

    Luka Modrić, Mateo Kovačić and Marcelo Brozović will be tough to contend with, but Argentina has Lionel Messi on their side.

    Both teams have a lot on the line.

    For Argentina, going to its sixth World Cup final will be the prize, while this would be Croatia's second final in a row.

    Both teams have been among the best in the sport, and now, they've got to figure out how to beat the other to keep their title chase alive.

    Prediction: Argentina 2, Croatia 1

    Odds via DraftKings Sportsbook

France vs. Morocco

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    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 10: Azzedine Ounahi of Morocco controls the Ball during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 quarter final match between Morocco and Portugal at Al Thumama Stadium on December 10, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
    Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

    90-Minute Money Line

    France -185

    Morocco +600

    Draw +295

    To Advance to Next Round

    France -425

    Morocco +320

    France is the reigning champ, Morocco is the fairytale team looking to topple a giant.

    In a sport where the little guy rarely reaches the mountaintop, there are likely scores of soccer fans not living in or from France rooting for Morocco—or, rather, against France.

    The Atlas Lions have already beaten Belgium, Spain and Portugal in this World Cup, so there's plenty to celebrate, but they want more.

    They want the full storybook ending, and the footballing powerhouse that is France is standing in the way on Wednesday.

    As much as the story would make for great headlines, the oddsmakers have spoken, and Morocco won't like what's been said.

    Kylian Mbappé, who many believe is the best player in the world, has the most goals in this World Cup with five, and the odds have him on top of the leaderboard to finish with the Golden Boot.

    He'll likely carve up Morocco's impressive defense, as will the rest of France's dominant offensive.

    Brazil was the last defending champ to make it to the final in 1998, and it looks like France will be the next.

    Prediction: France 3, Morocco 1