World Cup Group C Draw, Fixtures & Predictions

In a couple of months, football fans across the world will focus on only one thing – World Cup 2022. Hosted in Qatar for the first time in history, we will be getting the first-ever winter tournament of this calibre. On November 20, the hosts will open the competition. Here's a recap of the different World Cup 2022 groups

In this edition, it will be Qatar against Ecuador as the first match from Group A. On the other hand, teams from world cup Group C will start their adventure two days later. Below, we will share a few sentences about the draw, schedule, and Group C predictions.

FIFA World Cup Group C Predictions

These are the most interesting predictions for the games in Group C. Always check your odds before placing a bet!

Poland vs Argentina – Over 2.5 goals @ 49/50 (1.98)

The Poland vs Argentina clash on the 30th of November isn’t going to be your average run-of-the-mill Mundial game. It will answer many questions and will decide who’s going to be the lucky one to play in the round of 16.

The tension is going to be immense and this undoubtedly would be an incubator for mistakes. And there are some world-class scorers among the two teams that are quite sufficient in exploiting mistakes. In the Saudi Arabia game a few days ago, it was Robert Lewandowski who benefited from a defender’s mistake. He grabbed the ball from the poor first touch, pounced forward, and slot it past the goalkeeper to give Poland the lead.

On the other hand, we have Lionel Messi leading Argentina’s attack. La Albiceleste were certainly the unlucky side in their opening World Cup game as three goals were disallowed due to offsides. Argentina continued hammering away but the result after 90 minutes of play was 1:2 in favor of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia vs Mexico – Mexico to win @ 13/20 (1.65)

We have to give credit where credit is due. Mexico did their best against Argentina on the 26th of November. The match ended with a 2:0 victory for Argentina but La Albiceleste sure took their sweet time scoring the first goal. It was a rather late 64th-minute Lionel Messi stunner that left the Mexican players shell-shocked.

Up until that moment, Mexico were standing very well on the pitch and had their fair share of chances in front of the Argentine goal. There was just so much that Guillermo Ochoa could do. Both Lionel Messi’s goal and that 87th-minute Enzo Fernandez strike were top-notch and despite Guillermo Ochoa’s catlike reflexes, the ball found its way into the net.

Nevertheless, Mexico’s chances against Saudi Arabia certainly look potent. Saudi Arabia were perhaps slightly better than Poland in the last Group C clash but they just couldn’t find the solution to Wojciech Szczesny’s problem. They even missed a penalty which shouldn’t have been given in the first place. Still, it gave us one of the box-office moments of the Mundial as the Polish goalkeeper saved the penalty and then the rebound.

If Mexico play with the same energy and desire to win, than the three points should find their way next to Mexico’s name in the ranking.

Team Matches Played Points

1. Argentina

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2. Poland

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3. Mexico

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4. Saudi Arabia

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World cup Group C predictions

Even though Argentina are the group's favourites, Poland and Mexico will try their best to surprise them. Additionally, it's anyone's guess who will finish 2nd in the group. Here are the most popular betting predictions for Group C.

Group betting

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The odds for Argentina finishing 1st are currently 9/20 (1.45). Poland is behind them with 9/5 (2.80) odds while Mexico lost their chance to wint he group. Conversely, Saudi Arabia is the outsider in this group. The odds for them finishing 1st are 19/1 (20.0).

Group qualification

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When it comes to qualifying from the group, the story is very similar. Argentina is at 3/20 (1.15) odds to qualify for the Round of 16. Poland's chances look quite good as well at 7/20 (1.35) while Mexico are at 3/1 (4.00) Lastly, since Saudi Arabia is the outsider in the world cup Group C, the odds of them reaching the Round of 16 are 27/10 (3.70).

World cup Group C draw

The world cup draw happened back in April and it made for some interesting groups. It pitted two of the best players over the last decade against each other in the world cup Group C. Lionel Messi will feature against Robert Lewandowski as both Argentina and Poland were drawn into the group. This might be Messi's last world cup appearance as he once again tries to covet the only trophy his impressive trophy cabinet is missing. On the other hand, Lewandowski will try to push Poland further than they have ever gotten in this tournament. Both sides will look to progress to the Round of 16 but the other nations in world cup Group C won't make it easy.

The draw put Mexico there as well and they are always a tough nut to crack. As a nation, they rank higher than Poland on the FIFA rankings so the North American side might end up progressing further than expected. Last but not least, world cup Group C hosts Saudi Arabia. They are among the lowest-ranked sides in the whole tournament. However, Saudi Arabia upset stronger sides during qualifying and they hope to continue in the same direction. Two nations progress from the world cup Group C and they will match against teams that advance from Group D in the Round of 16.

Group C schedule

Date
Match
Time (BST)

Tuesday, November 22

Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia

10:00

Tuesday, November 22

Mexico vs. Poland

16:00

Saturday, November 26

Poland vs. South Arabia

15:00

Saturday, November 26

Argentina vs. Mexico

19:00

Wednesday, November 30

Poland vs. Argentina

19:00

Wednesday, November 30

Saudi Arabia vs. Mexico

19:00

All nations in the world cup Group C play a round-robin format. This means that each side plays against the other three teams and the top two nations progress to the Round of 16. Teams are ranked based on points but if two or more sides are equal on points, tiebreakers come into play. The first tiebreaker is goal difference and if that's equal as well, the next tiebreaker is goals scored.

World cup Group C review

Argentina

After a successful Copa America campaign, Argentina is now one of the favourites to lift the world cup trophy. The 2022 Qatar tournament will be the last hurrah for arguably the greatest football player to grace the fields – Lionel Messi. After the heartbreak back in 2014 when Argentina lost in the finals, Messi will do everything in his power to lead his nation to glory. Coach Lionel Scaloni really turned things around for the South American side since he took over in 2018 after a disappointing world cup campaign.

World cup Group C

Since then, Argentina is yet to lose a single game. Their record in 2021 and 2022 is 13 wins and 7 draws and this includes a Copa America final win over Brazil. Based on that, it's normal that Argentina is a world cup Group C favourite. With talents like Messi, Di Maria, Lautaro Martinez, and Cristian Romero, the nation has a real shot at the title. Bookmakers have them as one of the TOP 5 favourites as they have recently beaten the number 1 side of Brazil. However, first things first, finishing top of the group won't be easy with sides like Mexico and Poland there.

  • FIFA rankings: Number 3
  • Titles: 2
  • Appearances (last): 17 (Russia 2018)
  • Qualification record: Runners-up (11 wins; 6 draws; 0 losses)
  • Coach: Lionel Scaloni
  • Star players: Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Lautaro Martinez, Cristian Romero

Mexico

CONCACAF qualification was much easier until a decade ago and sides like Mexico always qualified with ease. However, the competition is increasing with every passing year as the USA, Costa Rica, and Canada are now serious competing nations as well. Nevertheless, El Tri managed to extend their streak of appearing at every world cup tournament since 1994. They were runners-up in qualification edged out by Canada in the last round, due to goal difference.

World cup Group C

Led by former Barcelona coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino, Mexico is a very interesting side with a compact approach. They don't score a lot but concede even less. Their defensive approach will surely frustrate Argentina and Poland as they aim to reach the Round of 16. Individual brilliance is what world cup Group C is all about and Mexico has players that thrive on individualism. Raul Jimenez from Wolverhampton and Atletico Madrid's Hector Herrera will be expected to work their magic and propel El Tri as far as possible.

  • FIFA rankings: Number 12
  • Titles: /
  • Appearances (last): 16 (Russia 2018)
  • Qualification record: Runners-up (7 wins; 4 draws; 2 losses)
  • Coach: Gerardo Martino
  • Star players: Raul Jimenez, Hector Herrera, Jesus Corona

Poland

If we look at rankings, Mexico is higher than Poland but that doesn't matter when you have Lewandowski in your squad. Poland took the playoff route to get to the world cup because they failed shortly through regular qualification. Nevertheless, Lewandowski won the battle against Ibrahimovic as Poland won 2:0 against Sweden in the playoffs. It's important to note that the Eastern Europeans went straight to the playoff finals because their first-round opponents Russia were banned by FIFA.

World cup Group C

Over the summer, Robert Lewandowski moved to Barcelona and will feature in the tournament as a Blaugrana player. Nevertheless, he is not the only star in the national squad. Poland has a full roster of experienced players that have featured in major tournaments several times in their careers. Matty Cash and Piotr Zielinski are just some of the names that can help Poland reach the Round of 16. With new coach Czeslaw Michniewicz leading the charge, Polish fans will expect the world cup Group C team to go as far as possible.

  • FIFA rankings: Number 26
  • Titles: /
  • Appearances (last): 8 (Russia 2018)
  • Qualification record: Playoff winners (2:0 vs. Sweden)
  • Coach: Czeslaw Michniewicz
  • Star players: Robert Lewandowski, Piotr Zielinski, Matty Cash

Saudi Arabia

Last but not least, we have the lowest-ranked team in world cup Group C. Saudi Arabia has now connected two consecutive world cup appearances. In Russia 2018 they crashed out of the tournament in the group stage. The same happened the last four times they reached this stage of the tournament.

World cup Group C

However, Saudi Arabia has set their eyes on something more this time around. Coach Herve Renard deserves a lot of credit for qualifying above Australia, a nation that has a better squad. With that being said, coach Renard will hope his star striker Saleh Al Shehri comes to the tournament in the form of his life.

  • FIFA rankings: Number 53
  • Titles: /
  • Appearances (last): 6 (Russia 2018)
  • Qualification record: Runners-up (7 wins; 2 draws; 1 loss)
  • Coach: Herve Renard
  • Star players: Saleh Al Shehri, Salem Al Dawsari, Salman Al Faraj

FAQ

Which nations are part of the world cup Group C?

Argentina, Poland, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia are the four teams drawn into Group C.

Who are the favourites in Group C?

La Albicileste are the favourites to win the group and are among the top sides expected to win the tournament. Poland and Mexico are on equal turf when it comes to who reaches the Round of 16 together with Argentina.

Which nations are world cup favourites?

Argentina is among the TOP 5 nations expected to reach the final of the world cup. Brazil and France are currently the favourites to lift the trophy but nations like England and Spain are also expected to reach the final stages of the tournament.