2022 FIFA World Cup Predictions, Any Match Selected: Argentina Win All, USMNT Lose Group Stage

The World Cup is fast approaching and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to pencil scribble on your blackboards to predict who will make it to the finals and which big names might fall short. Here’s our second attempt at predicting how things will shake in Qatar (you can read the first one here):

Group A predictions

1

Netherlands

2

1

0

4

7

2

Senegal

2

0

1

3

6

3

Ecuador

0

2

1

-1

2

4

Qatar

0

1

2

-5

1

Tips from match day 1
Qatar 1, Ecuador 1
Senegal 1, Netherlands 2

Tips for the 2nd match day
Qatar 0, Senegal 2
Netherlands 1, Ecuador 1

Tips for the 3rd match day
Ecuador 1, Senegal 2
Netherlands 3, Qatar 0

A few months ago, Senegal’s prospects were more optimistic overall, but some of their key players, most notably Chelsea duo Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly, are struggling to match last season’s highs in the new season. Top spot in this group will be decided on Matchday 1 as the Netherlands edge past Senegal. Although the African champions are fighting for second place, an Ecuadorian side who win many admirers but few points in Qatar pose some difficulties in their last game. Sadio Mane scores from the dead to put Lions of Teranga in last 16

Group B predictions

1

England

2

1

0

6

7

2

Wales

1

2

0

1

5

3

United States of America

1

1

1

-2

4

4

Iran

0

0

3

-5

0

Tips from match day 1
England 2 Iran 0
United States 1, Wales 1

Tips for the 2nd match day
Wales 1, Iran 0
USA 0, England 4

Tips for the 3rd match day
Wales 1, England 1
USA 2, Iran 0

England may have struggled in 2022 but they are just a much better side than anyone else in their group and should show just as much in games, including a thump against USA if they finally break away in a major tournament. This will really result in a battle between Gregg Berhalter’s team and Wales; The former may have the better players in the entire squad but they don’t have consistent game changers on the international stage like Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. These two combined to score the crucial two goals in a 1-1 draw with USMNT and England, sending Rob Page’s side through to the knockout stages.

Group C predictions

1

Argentina

3

0

0

6

9

2

Poland

2

0

1

1

6

3

Mexico

0

1

2

-2

1

4

Saudi Arabia

0

1

2

-5

1

Tips from match day 1
Argentina 3, Saudi Arabia 0
Mexico 0, Poland 1

Tips for the 2nd match day
Poland 2, Saudi Arabia 0
Argentina 2, Mexico 1

Tips for the 3rd match day
Poland 0, Argentina 2
Saudi Arabia 2, Mexico 2

Isn’t that the “most Argentinian World Cup group” you can imagine? Battling in the last 16 as usual as Poland and Mexico battle for second place in Doha, Robert Lewandowski’s late goal propelled the Eagles to victory. They wrapped that up by Matchday 2, making the clash between Saudi Arabia and Mexico an exciting dead rubber in which Hirving Lozano scored a brace.

Group D predictions

1

France

2

1

0

2

7

2

Denmark

2

0

1

4

6

3

Tunisia

0

2

1

-2

2

4

Australia

0

1

2

-3

1

Tips from match day 1
Denmark 2, Tunisia 0
France 1, Australia 0

Tips for the 2nd match day
Tunisia 1, Australia 1
France 2, Denmark 1

Tips for the 3rd match day
Australia 1, Denmark 3
Tunisia 1, France 1

The defending champions tend to stagger off the blocks in Group D but they get the job done in the key game against dark horses Denmark. Kasper Hjulmand’s side look better in this game and throughout the first three, but are wiped out by Kylian Mbappe’s late goal, giving them a delicious round of 16 win against Argentina.

Group E predictions

1

Spain

2

1

0

4

7

2

Germany

2

0

1

3

6

3

Japan

1

0

2

-3

3

4

Costa Rica

0

1

2

-4

1

Tips from match day 1
Germany 2, Japan 0
Spain 0, Costa Rica 0

Tips for the 2nd match day
Japan 1 Costa Rica 0
Spain 4, Germany 2

Tips for the 3rd match day
Japan 0, Spain 2
Costa Rica 0, Germany 3

Spain start the tournament with one of those performances they self-impose every now and then, their strikers unable to bang a barn door with a banjo as Keylor Navas denies them in Doha. From there they deliver some of the dreamiest football games of the group stage, putting an otherwise very impressive Germany to the sword before edging past Japan to secure the top spot. However, Hansi Flick’s team will be the runners-up, which nobody wants to draw.

Group F predictions

1

Croatia

1

2

0

2

5

2

Morocco

1

1

1

2

4

3

Belgium

1

1

1

1

4

4

Canada

1

0

2

-3

3

Tips from match day 1
Morocco 2, Croatia 2
Belgium 0, Canada 1

Tips for the 2nd match day
Belgium 1, Morocco 0
Croatia 2, Canada 0

Tips for the 3rd match day
Croatia 1, Belgium 1
Morocco 3, Canada 1

Each tournament has a shock result that sends one of the big names to an early exit door; This time it’s Belgium whose Golden Generation misses another opportunity as Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David come together to give Canada a stunning win, the first time they have avoided defeat at the World Cup. Ultimately, Morocco will be the main beneficiaries of this result, their point against Croatia and a convincing win over Canada leaving the Atlas Lions in second place behind an impressive Croatian side.

Group G predictions

1

Brazil

3

0

0

6

9

2

Serbia

2

0

1

0

6

3

Cameroon

1

0

2

-1

3

4

Switzerland

0

0

3

-5

0

Tips from match day 1
Switzerland 1, Cameroon 2
Brazil 2, Serbia 0

Tips for the 2nd match day
Cameroon 0, Serbia 1
Brazil 3, Switzerland 0

Tips for the 3rd match day
Serbia 2, Switzerland 1
Cameroon 0, Brazil 1

As Brazil rips through this group, it’s Serbia that creates the drama. Aleksandar Mitrovic scores late to earn a win over a cautious Cameroon side before they can reverse an early deficit and defeat Switzerland, who are hoping to escape on goal difference in Group G final round games.

Group H

1

Uruguay

2

1

0

3

7

2

Portugal

1

1

1

-1

4

3

Ghana

0

3

0

0

3

4

South Korea

0

1

2

-2

1

Tips from match day 1
Uruguay 1, South Korea 0
Portugal 1 Ghana 1

Tips for the 2nd match day
South Korea 2, Ghana 2
Portugal 0 Uruguay 2

Tips for the 3rd match day
Ghana 1 Uruguay 1
South Korea 0, Portugal 1

Cristiano Ronaldo and company move forward, but boy are they not in the mood for it. They are fortunate to have drawn against an impressive Ghana side and are comfortably beaten by Uruguay. They leave late before Rafael Leao strikes to give them a win over Ghana that puts them ahead of the Black Stars, who at the same time see their hopes dashed when of all people Luis Suarez equalizes leaders Uruguay.

round of 16

Netherlands 3, Wales 1
Argentina 1, Denmark 0 (aet)
Spain 2, Morocco 0
Brazil 3, Portugal 1
England 1, Senegal 0
France 2, Poland 1
Croatia 0, Germany 0 (Germany wins on penalties)
Uruguay 2, Serbia 1

Every single one of the favorites advances as the round of 16 separates the crème de la crème of world football, although some of these teams have to work extremely hard for it. Denmark held Argentina at bay until the 112th minute when Lautaro Martinez delivered an exceptional winner while frustration reigned across England at the bad weather they made of their clash with Senegal, won by Harry Kane via penalty.

The middle class of European nations make a few bloody noses, but Uruguay do just enough to defeat Serbia in perhaps the best league. Most disappointing of all is Portugal, sent home early by Neymar and company, while Brazil are shaping up to be the team to beat in Qatar.

quarter finals

Netherlands 0, Argentina 2
Spain 3, Brazil 2 (aet)
England 3, France 1
Germany 2, Uruguay 0

The tournament comes to life with one of the greatest World Cup matches at Al Rayyan. Pedri delivers the performance of his life as Spain stun the favorites in a quality-torn game. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, England finally come up against a top nation whose full-backs are rampant in wide areas while the defending champions are eliminated. Is football really coming home for men? Meanwhile, Argentina’s victory over the Netherlands isn’t as easy to watch, but their defense looks like a tournament winner.

semifinals

Argentina 2, Spain 1
England 1, Germany 1 (Germany wins on penalties)

Spain finally manage to break through Argentina’s defence, the first team to do so in their second group stage game since Mexico, but they can only do so once and at the other end, Lionel Messi is rolling back the years with that one missing piece of history ahead of his Eyes. Argentina reach the final where they will face Germany who leveled them with England. As in the Euro 2020 final, Gareth Southgate’s side squandered an early advantage with conservative play and were nullified in the second half by Kai Havertz, one of five Germans to take their penalties as the Three Lions narrowly missed again.

Match for third place

Spain 2 England 0

final

Argentina 2, Germany 1

Messi retaliates for 2014, writing his place in Argentina’s history books alongside Diego Maradona. In truth, the veteran was more of a fading force in this final, but for once, the supporting cast carried the burden and Lautaro Martinez struck the winner to delight his nation. That was better than Germany had expected before the tournament started, but second best was a major setback for Germany The team, Even if the young team under Hansi Flick will definitely be there again in the future.

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