Best World Cup long shot bets: Don't count out Switzerland
Switzerland has made it to the elimination stage in three of its last four World Cups. Photo by Jose Breton/AP.

The World Cup is just around the corner and we've picked out several long shots to keep an eye on.

The pre-tournament narrative: Switzerland's squad is deep and we think there's an outside shot at them making it to the World Cup semifinal. The Netherlands, meanwhile, is primed to dominate the group stage and Paulo Dybala could be flying under the radar for Argentina.

Check out our best World Cup long shot bets for the upcoming tournament in Qatar.

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Best World Cup long shot betsOddsBet now
Switzerland to reach the semifinals+1,100Add to betslip
Netherlands to score the most group stage goals+800Add to betslip
Dybala to lead Argentina in goals+1,400Add to betslip

Odds as of 4:02 p.m. on 10/15/2022.

Best World Cup long shot bet

Best Bet: Switzerland to reach semifinals (+1,100):

This is a true long shot bet. Switzerland has never reached the semifinals in its World Cup history but we think that could change this year.

The Swiss are in a group with Brazil, Serbia and Cameroon.

Brazil has won its group in every tournament since 1978 and that shouldn't change now. We expect Switzerland to finish second behind the Brazilians and advance to the knockout stage for the fourth time in its last five tournaments.

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Assuming Switzerland comes second, it would play the winner of Group H which figures to be Portugal or Uruguay. Either would be a winnable game.

Then, the Swiss would likely play either Germany, Spain, Belgium or Croatia in the quarterfinals.

The Swiss picked up wins over both Portugal and Spain in the 2022 Nations League group stage but had an overall record of 3-0-3. The ability to beat top teams is certainly there but the consistency isn't quite what we want it to be.

That said, Switzerland has a perfect blend of veteran leadership and young talent.

Xherdan Shaqiri, Ricardo Rodriguez and Granit Xhaka all have over 100 international caps. Younger players like Breel Embolo and Ruben Vargas are up for the challenge.

Key stat: Switzerland has beaten Portugal, Spain and France in the last two years.

Other World Cup long shot bets

Netherlands to score most goals in group stage (+800): Only four teams have shorter odds than the Netherlands to lead the group stage portion of the tournament in goals, making this a long shot in odds only.

The Dutch are an elite offensive team and shouldn't have trouble finding the net against inferior competition.

The Netherlands breezed through the 2022 Nations League group stage, scoring 14 goals in six games. Its biggest triumph was a 4-1 victory over No. 2-ranked Belgium.

Holland has to contend with Qatar, Senegal and Ecuador in Group A. We like its chances of putting on a show.

Dybala to lead Argentina in goals (+1,400): This will be Lionel Messi's final World Cup and he's unsurprisingly the betting favourite to lead Argentina in goals (-134). That said, we think Dybala holds a lot more value at 14-to-1.

The 29-year-old forward has thrived everywhere he's played. Dybala scored 15 goals in 39 games for Juventus last season and has already found the net seven times in 12 games for Roma this year.

His national team record is less stellar but he's largely been sidelined due to injury.

Dybala was recently injured while playing in Serie A but appears to be back in good form. He made his return for Roma on November 13 and recorded three shots in 35 minutes of play.

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