As the 2022 World Cup approaches, we have ventured into the game of predictions. For each pool of the Qatari World Cup, we have established predictions of the nations that will reach the round of 16, with a few surprises in store.
For us, the Netherlands have the cards in hand to close this group stage in first place. The Oranje have only few oppositions on paper and have displayed a superb collective since Euro 2020 lack.
Senegal, the reigning African champion, appears to be the second nation most likely to finish in second position, led by the terrible Sadio Mane. The step seems too high to aim for qualification as the top seed.
Ecuador will come third, better armed than Qatar, but not enough to surpass the other two ogres in the pool. The hosts of the competition are quite difficult to judge in terms of level.
England is logically one of the favorites of the competition. The English were in the semi-finals of the last World Cup and in the final of Euro 2020. Their workforce seems to be maturing, ready to roll on the group stage. We will have to count on them for the final crowning.
The United States are making a comeback in the competition and finally have something to really exist. The nuggets are not lacking with Sergino Dest, Weston Mckennie or Christian Pulisic. This group has enough to snatch a second place.
Wales are bottoming out with an aging generation. It looks like Aaron Ramsey’s or Gareth Bale’s talent won’t be enough to get past this round.
Finally, Iran represents a tough opponent, but too inexperienced to aim higher than this fourth place, from our vision.
2 United States
Argentina don’t have a very easy group. Despite everything, the Albiceleste is logically the big favorite of this group and this competition. This group stage should go well for the South American champions of Lionel Messi.
In second position, we should find Poland in our opinion. Driven by Robert Lewandowskithe European nation is frightening in front, but sometimes overwhelmed behind.
Mexico will certainly play the qualification with the Poles. The Tri has fewer weapons than in the past, but an unwavering determination to make this generation shine.
Saudi Arabia does not have many talented players despite a large collective. The fourth position is offered to the Saudis on paper in any case.
4 Saudi Arabia
France has many forces at its disposal to aim for a second title in a row. The french team should be able to count Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe in attack to claim a new crown. In the group stage, there is no question of making mistakes.
Denmark has passed a milestone since Euro 2020. The semi-finalist of the European championship is capable of defeating big names like … the Blues in the League of Nations last June. A big duel to come for the first place, but the experience leans for the French.
In third position, Australia will be up to the task with a mature generation. The Australians have a better chance of doing well in this group than Tunisia, whose consistency is often lacking.
Germany has passed a milestone with the arrival of several young nuggets of great talent: Jamal Musiala, Florian Wirtz or Kai Havertz. This World Cup could allow them to strike a blow for the last of Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer.
Spain finished in the semi-finals of the last Euro well led by a crazy midfielder: Pedri – Gavi – Busquets. On the other hand, the animation of the corridors of this Roja worried, the only downside that could prevent them from finishing in the lead.
In third position, indestructible Japan has great promise to make. It will inevitably make doubt one of the two big ones of this hen. However, major defensive weaknesses will not allow them to see the 8th.
Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas no longer has the generation of 2014 and it does not seem operational to play the headlines during this Qatari World Cup.
4 Costa Rican
In second position, the three pursuers seem up to us, but we believe in a surprise: Canada. Around Jonathan David, Alphonso Davies or Iké Ugbo, this selection could mark its return with a qualification in 8th.
Behind, Croatia will have enough to give the last letters of nobility to Luka Modric without qualifying for the final phase for us. Just like Amine Harit’s Morocco, which is very unstable in terms of its staff and its players.
If we follow recent dynamics and logic, Brazil should crush all competition in this group. The Selection of Neymar has hellish profiles in all field positions and even in the cages. The first place seems to them promised.
In second position, we are counting on a rise in power from Serbia. The stars are not lacking in the eleven with Dusan Vlahovic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic or Dusan Tadic. The mayonnaise will finally set.
In third position, Switzerland should take precedence over Cameroon in view of the recent performances of the two nations in competition.
For the last World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo, it is impossible to consider Portugal below the first place. The group is homogeneous, but the Portuguese clearly have talent to spare.
The second qualifier would be a new surprise counting on South Korea. Heung-min Son was able to create a good formation around him and will be able to take over Uruguay from Luis Suarez or Darwin Nunez. The latter still have a lot of trouble being regular in international tournaments.
Ghana, despite their new call-ups like Inaki Williams, have little chance of making the final draw, in appearance. It’s up to them to make us lie.
2 South Korea