TWSN 2022 FIFA World Cup Predictions Article

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The most popular sporting event in the world is less than 24 hours away from beginning. Soccer is on the biggest stage throughout the World Cup, and that will be no different in Qatar. TWSN analysts Christian De Block and Shaun Chornobroff analyze and predict each of the eight groups and who they have going through.

Group A: Christian De Block

Qatar -The hosts of the tournament are in a position where many don’t know what to expect from the team. Qatar performed quite well in qualifying, but will they be able to put together three good performances against tougher competition? Manager Félix Sánchez will look for 

Akram Afif to contribute in the final third, scoring four goals in qualifying. It may be a long shot for Qatar to get to the knockout stages, but you can’t count out the hosts. 

Ecuador –  This is one of the younger squads in the competition, which makes them even more dangerous in a group with some question marks. Ecuador finished fourth in South American qualification, with Michael Estrada scoring a team-high six goals. Brighton midfielder Moisés Caicedo will look to shine on the biggest stage after a strong start to the season in the Premier League. Ecuador may not have as many known quantities as other teams in this group, but that should not discount their chances of advancing. 

Senegal – The reigning African Cup of Nations champions come into this tournament in great form. Senegal will have to move forward without star forward Sadio Mané, who will miss the entire World Cup through injury. That is a major blow, but the squad consists of many players performing at club level. Édouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly will look to bring a certain level of dominance from the back to give this group a much needed lift.

Netherlands – Louis van Gaal’s men are the clear favorites to win this group. The Netherlands have talent all across the pitch, with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Frenkie de Jong, etc… Memphis Depay may not be playing a lot at club level (a total of 114 league minutes for FC Barcelona), but his influence on this team is evident. The Netherlands will need their striker to get up to speed if they want to make a deep run in this tournament. 

Group Prediction:

Shaun Chornobroff:

  • Netherlands
  • Ecuador 
  • Senegal
  • Qatar

Christian De Block:

  • Netherlands
  • Senegal
  • Qatar
  • Ecuador

 

Group B: Shaun Chornobroff

England – The clear winners to win Group B, there are aspirations in some areas for the Three Lions to shock some and host their first World Cup since the days of Sir Bobby Charlton. Led by Harry Kane, one of the world’s most clinical finishers and a crop of talented attacking playmakers entering their prime.

Iran –  Iran is a country currently corrupted in political turmoil, but one that should not be underrated by anybody. Managed by Carlos Quieroz, someone who has studied under the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson and led Iran to success in the past, this side is dangerous in Qatar. Currently ranked 20th in the Fifa World Rankings, they seem to be an afterthought to the American audience, but with a dangerous attack and a seasoned manager, they have the potential to be the surprise of Group B. 

United States – The youngest side in the World Cup, the United States is in the midst of a rebuild. There’s some in-form talent, such as the Leeds duo of Tyler Adams and Brendan Aaronson. However, this squad will be reliant on stability from the back and the ability to put in goals. Manager Gregg Berhalter went gutsy with his squad selection, but if the United States does not advance, it’s going to fall on their manager. 

Wales – This isn’t the Wales squad of past years, especially when looking at their generational star Gareth Bale. Well past his prime, even fresh off an MLS Cup with LAFC, Bale isn’t the record-setting transfer star we knew during his prime with Real Madrid. But if this seasoned Wales squad is going to move on it’ll be reliant on two things: grit and 

Bale scoring goals in some of the moments it matters most. 

Group Prediction:

Shaun Chornobroff:

  • England
  • Iran
  • United States
  • Wales

Christian De Block:

  • England
  • United States
  • Wales
  • Iran

 

Group C: Christian De Block

Argentina – This will more than likely be the final chance to see Lionel Messi play on the biggest stage. Luckily for him, Argentina has a squad full of talent that is certainly ready to make a deep run. Lautaro Martínez is in great form for both club and country, Leandro Paredes and Rodrigo De Paul are strong in the midfield and Emiliano Martínez has shined on the international level. Can Messi and Argentina make up for their loss in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final? The team will cruise through this group, with the real tests coming in the knockout stages. 

Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia is back at the World Cup for the second consecutive competition. The team has only made it to the knockout stages once (1994), so they will need to find a way to pick up more points this time around. Salem Al-Dawsari will be big in that quest, who scored a team-high seven goals in qualification. It will be hard to see Saudi Arabia taking points off of Argentina in their opening game, so the games against Mexico and Poland will be crucial.  

Mexico – Gerardo Martino, better known as Tata Martino, comes into this tournament with a lot of pressure on his shoulders. The manager received a lot of criticism throughout CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, with his job security coming into question on numerous occasions. Mexico sends an older group to Qatar, one that has answered the bell, time and time again. The team would love to get striker Raúl Jiménez back, who has been out with a groin injury since the end of August. 

Poland – Led by star striker Robert Lewandowski, Poland are looking to advance to the knockout stages at the World Cup for the first time since 1986. The team knows what they are going to get from their number nine, but how the rest of the team performs will determine how far they go. Midfielder Piotr Zieliński and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny need contribute in a big way as well. The margin between second and third in this group is going to be slim, so Poland needs to be on top of their game to control their own destiny.

Group Prediction: 

Shaun Chornobroff:

  • Argentina
  • Mexico
  • Poland
  • Saudi Arabia

Christian De Block: 

  • Argentina
  • Poland
  • Mexico
  • Saudi Arabia

 

Group D: Shaun Chornobroff

France –  The defending world champions, France are the obvious favorites in this group. With a usual mix of depth and talent, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see the French star again on the world stage. After a disappointing showing at the 2020 Euros, a renaissance on the world stage should be in order, especially considering they were lucky enough to draw into one of the weaker groups this World Cup offers.  

Australia – This isn’t an Australia side that is filled with top-end talent, if it’s going to advance even past the group stage it’s going to be reliant on goalkeeper Matt Ryan to stop an immense amount of shots between the pipes. The Socceroos only have two players in Europe’s top-five leagues and in a group with France and Denmark, that may really show. 

Denmark – In the last World Cup Denmark made it to the round of 16 and I’d expect a similar result in Qatar. With Christian Eriksen and Pierre-Emile Hojberg in midfield, Denmark has easily its two best players. This is one of the weaker groups the Qatari World Cup has to offer and that fits right into Denmark’s hands.

Tunisia – This is a Tunisia side that lacks true standout talent. If it’s going to advance Tunisia is going to need to perform as a succinct attacking unit and Wahbi Khazri, although he’s barely appeared for Montepeillor this year, 

Group Prediction:

Shaun Chornobroff:

  • France
  • Denmark
  • Australia
  • Tunisia

Christian De Block:

  • France
  • Denmark
  • Tunisia
  • Australia

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