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With less than two months before everything kicks off, it’s time to update and publish the latest FIFA World Cup 2022 rankings.

[ MORE: USMNT react to Japan defeat ]

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There are some clear favorites to win in Qatar, but some of the giants have faced tougher group stage draws than others, which will obviously affect their chances of securing the famous trophy.

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With some of the favorites having also struggled in recent Nations League games and friendlies with a lot of tough losses and odd results, there is no real leader left to win the tournament. This is great news for neutrals.

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[ MORE: Full schedule for World Cup ]

Also keep an eye out for a few underdogs as there are some real opportunities that open up depending on which side of the grid you are on.

We will update this ranking before and during the Qatar tournament, which will take place from November 21 to December 18, 2022.

[ MORE: Betting odds for 2022 World Cup ]

Let us know what you think of the rating below.


Schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

When: from November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
Group stage start time: 5:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM (all ET)
Location: Qatar
TV channel in English: Fox
TV channel in Spanish: Telemundo, Universe, peacock


World Cup Ranking – September 26, 2022

32. Tunisia – Down 1
31. Qatar – down 4
30. Australia – 2 up
29. Ghana – Even
28. Cameroon – down 3


27. Saudi Arabia – first place
26. Costa Rica – 4 up
25. Wales – down 5
24. Iran – Even
23. Canada – Even


22. Morocco – Even
21. Ecuador – down 3
20. USA – down 4
19. Japan – up to 7
18. Poland – 3 up


17. Mexico – up 2
16. South Korea – down 1
15. Senegal – down 3
14. Serbia – 3 up
13. Uruguay – down 3


12. Switzerland – first place
eleven. Croatia – up 3

ten. Denmark – up 1

9. Spain – down 2

eight. England – down 2

7. Germany – down 2


6. Netherlands – up 3
5. Portugal – 3 up
four. France – Even

3. Belgium – down 1

2. Argentina – up 1
1. Brazil – Even


Fair or not, Saudi Arabia’s match against USMNT on Tuesday will be the subject of much scrutiny, like any friendly match in the recent history of the US men’s national team.

[ MORE: Projected starting XI vs Saudi Arabia ]

Gregg Berhalter’s men looked sloppy at best and out of control at worst in Friday’s 2-0 loss to Japan in Düsseldorf, and it’s incredibly unsettling for the Yankees as they head towards their return to the World Cup, a time when teams usually question fine-tuning, and not what, well, but uuuuuuuuuu a lot of.

[ MORE: What we learned from Japan vs USA | Player ratings ]

That’s why a big performance against the solid and stubborn Saudi Arabia, a team theoretically chosen for its resemblance to World Cup group stage rivals Iran, could really lift the spirits of the American football world everywhere. And although Berhalter could say that only the fans need the elevator, he would be joking with himself.

Remember: while all of American football wants the team to go deep into Qatar, this should set the stage for a real test of the trophy on home soil in 4.5 years. At the moment it sounds silly. A year and a half ago, late at night against Mexico, that didn’t happen. Fixing this would be a good first step, and the next chance is Tuesday.


How to watch Saudi Arabia vs USMNT live, updates and start times

Date: Tuesday, September 27
Start time: 2:00 pm ET.
Where: Nuevo Condomina Stadium, Murcia, Spain
How to watch: FS1, UNIMAS, STUDY


Saudi Arabia vs USMNT live analysis! — Joe Prince-Wright

A beautiful ball from above and McKenny has good control of the ball, but his shot goes straight to the goalkeeper. Still much better from USMNT.

A few decent runs ahead from USMNT. Since Pepi and McKenny both marked offside. Fast travel and move from the US the way you like it best.

KICK OFF: We’re on our way! Immediately, Saudi Arabia strikes from the edge of the box, and Turner pushes him away. A sharp start from Saudi Arabia, which is missing several key players due to injuries.

Anthems are played in a stadium in Murcia in front of a very small crowd that looks like less than 1,000 people. Can the USMNT respond to this heavy defeat against Japan? We’re going to find out.

tik tak! Kick-off is near and this is the last chance for players to impress Gregg Berhalter ahead of the World Cup. Will it be another jumpy, buggy show from Stars and Stripes? Or will the likes of Pulisic, Adams and McKenny persevere and truly lead this young team to a much-needed win and, perhaps more importantly, a positive outcome?

As we get closer to kick-off, the general reaction to the team’s news is centered on Aaron Long and Walker Zimmerman starting back together at center back. This likely shows that Eric Palmer-Brown and Mark McKenzie are far behind in this position, with the injured duo of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Chris Richards well ahead of them. Plus, watching Pulisic and Reyna on the wings can be fun, especially if they’re allowed to drift inside at will.

Team news in from sunny southern Spain, as the beautiful Estadio Nuevo Condomina hosts the USMNT final game before the start of the World Cup.

For the USMNT, Matt Turner starts again in net with Zimmerman and Long at center back. DeAndre Yedlin moves to right-back while Sergino Dest moves to left-back. Ricardo Pepi replaces Jesús Ferreira at the top, Christian Pulisic replaces Brenden Aaronsohn on the wings and Kellin Acosta replaces Luca de la Torre in midfield.

Gregg Berhalter is a lot stronger with this starting XI than we thought. Does this show that he is being pressured to get a positive result? Maybe.

Below is Saudi Arabia’s starting lineup as their entire lineup is from their domestic league and for all the USMNT fans who underestimate them, Saudi Arabia finished above Japan in World Cup qualifiers.


Saudi Arabia Head-to-head record against USMNT

It will be the seventh meeting between the Yankees and the Green Falcons, but the first since 1999 against a national team representing political issues for the United States. Saudi Arabia won two of the first four matches, but the Yankees took home wins in the 1995 friendly and the 1999 Confederations Cup. All of the above on-pitch mentions mean absolutely nothing for Tuesday, but they’re interesting to note in the pre-match preview (flip emoji emoji).


The inside story of Saudi Arabia

This is a very experienced team from Saudi Arabia who have passed 13W-4D-1L in World Cup qualification and have experience in a lot of 1-0, including Spain’s recent friendly defeats to Colombia and Venezuela. The team will also feel at home in Murcia, where they played these matches and where they had a scoreless game against Ecuador four days before this match. Ecuador outplayed the Saudis 11-5 and held 60 percent of the ball, but all of that will give you the argument you deserve better than a single point scored in a real match. If you want to see your Yankees break down a solid team, Tuesday is a good chance.


Key storylines

Let’s be very honest with Berhalter, who has a young team and has some memorable and downright amazing triumphs in…



Source: soccer.nbcsports.com

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