The one between the Netherlands and the United States is the first match of the round of 16 scheduled for the 2022 World Cup. The Oranje national team finished their group at the top with 7 points, ahead of Senegal, and have conceded only one goal so far. The team led by coach Louis Van Gaal is one of the underdogs for the final victory in Qatar and has yet to disappoint. Despite some initial skepticism, the Dutch have improved match by match and have discovered a new driving force in Cody Gakpo. In fact, the PSV Eindhoven striker has already scored three goals in this tournament.
On the other side, there are the United States, who managed to get through the round thanks to a narrow victory in the match from inside or outside against Iran. The Yankees are still unbeaten, precisely against the Dutch, and have shown their best things mostly on defense. Gregg Berhalter’s team actually conceded only one goal from a penalty and managed to keep a clean sheet against a battleship like England. There are four precedents between these two selections, all played in friendly matches, and the balance of victories is 3-1 for the Netherlands.
The Netherlands, who won their last game, will hope for a similar result following a 2-0 victory against Qatar in the World Cup.
During that match, the Netherlands held possession of the ball for 63% of the game and had 13 shots on goal, with 4 of those shots hitting the target.
The Netherlands have not been able to stop scoring goals, as evidenced by the fact that they have scored in each and every one of their most recent six matches.
During that span of time, they have scored 11 goals while only allowing 3 others to find the back of the net against them.
United States DLDDDW
The United States will be looking to build on their enthusiasm after claiming a 1-0 victory over Iran in their most recent match.
During that encounter, the United States had 51% possession of the ball and 12 shots on goal, with 5 of those shots hitting the target. Iran had four shots on goal, but only one of them was successful in hitting the target.
Matches between the United States and other countries have, for the most part, been relatively dull affairs, with a battle between the defenses being the norm rather than the exception rather than the rule. Over the course of their most recent half dozen head-to-head contests, both they and their opponents have combined for a minuscule gross goal return of five, which works out to an average of 0.83 goals scored per game.
Injured and suspended
Netherlands: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
United States: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Netherlands vs United States Predicted XI
Netherlands Predicted XI: Noppert, Timber, van Dijk, Ake, Dumfries, Blind, de Roon, de Jong, Klaassen, Gakpo, Depay.
United States Predicted XI: Turner, Dest, Carter-Vickers, Ream, Robinson, McKennie, Adams, Musah, Weah, Wright, Pulisic.
In this regard, we are of the opinion that the United States will need to put in a strong performance in order to break through the defense of this Netherlands team, which we believe has a good chance of scoring the decisive goal that wins the match.
Because of this, our prediction for this match is that it will be a very close game, but the Netherlands will emerge victorious with a score of 1-0 after 90 minutes.
Argentina vs Australia | World Cup (03.12.2022, 20:00)
Despite their opening defeat to Saudi Arabia, Argentina took top spot in group C by winning their other two games against Mexico and Poland and will now face Australia in the round of 16. Leo Messi and his companions immediately returned to winning and improving the impressive statistics of this 2022, which wants them to be defeated only once. The Albiceleste remains one of the main contenders for the final victory, and it also starts as the favorite in this event. Coach Lionel Scaloni has a squad full of highly valuable players at his disposal and will focus on whoever is in better shape, just like he has done up to now.
In fact, Australia would need a real miracle to get the better of an opponent of this magnitude, but as we know, everything is really possible in the World Cup. This is the second time the Socceroos have reached the last 16 of a World Cup; the first was in 2006, when the Guus Hiddink-led selection went out in the match against Italy. This time, the Australians earned second place in their group by beating Tunisia and, above all, by defeating the favorite Denmark on the last day. At this point, Graham Arnold’s men will play all their cards in an almost impossible challenge against an opponent they have never beaten in the previous four.
After their previous outcome, a WC22 victory against Poland by a score of 0-2 in Argentina’s favor, they are looking for another victory.
During that match, Argentina had 73% possession of the ball and 23 shots on goal, with 12 of them finding the target. Poland, on the other hand, had four shots on goal, but none of them were successful in hitting the target.
In their last six matches, Argentina has scored in each and every one of those matches, meaning that they have not had any trouble finding the back of the net.
During that time period, they have scored a total of 16 goals for themselves while conceding only 2 goals during the same period.
The result of Australia’s most recent match, which they played before this one, was a victory over Denmark by a score of 1-0 in the World Cup.
During that match, Australia held 31% of the possession and had 8 shots on goal, with 4 of those shots finding their mark. On the other hand, Denmark had 13 shots on goal, with only three of them hitting the target.
Recent games involving Australia have shown a pattern in which at least one team tends to keep a scoreless draw for itself. This trend has been observable in a number of different contests. A review of their performance over the past six games reveals that it has occurred five times. During those contests, their rivals have managed to score a total of four goals, while Australia has managed to score six.
Injured and suspended
Argentina: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Australia: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Argentina vs Australia Predicted XI
Argentina Predicted XI: Martinez, Molina, Otamendi, Romero, Tagliafico, Mac Allister, Fernandez, De Paul, Messi, Di Maria, Alvarez.
Australia Predicted XI: Ryan, Karacic, Souttar, Rowles, Behich, Mooy, Leckie, Irvine, McGree, Goodwin, Duke.
We think that Argentina can and should take control of the ball and be rewarded with good chances to score as a result.
In comparison, Australia may have trouble scoring goals, despite the fact that we believe they will likely end up being threatening at times.
As a result, we are projecting that Argentina will walk away with an easy 3-1 victory after the first 90 minutes of play.
France vs Poland | World Cup (04.11.2022, 16:00)
Despite the great show of strength given in the first two games and the consequent first place in the group, France arrives in this round of 16 with some minor annoyances that perhaps a few days ago they would not have thought of having and will challenge Poland. The Poles certainly celebrate their passage to the Round of 16, but presumably they hoped to obtain it in a slightly more convincing way than they did. As far as Les Bleus are concerned, there is nothing to complain about about the first two outings: overflowing against Australia, determined against Denmark, and still winning. Deschamps chose a massive turnover against Tunisia, which he probably didn’t want any concrete feedback on but which didn’t exactly convince the French coach of the goodness of his second lines, who entered the field poorly and were forced into a second attack, yes, but with a failed result. In addition to this aspect, there is the Benzema case with doubts about a possible flash recovery and relative return, which seems to have annoyed the transalpine coach for a few days.
Small concerns, on the other hand, will be quickly dispelled if a shift passage occurs. To obtain it, it will be necessary to defeat Poland, which, based on what we have seen, could have been more frightening. Certainly this World Cup has already given and is giving surprises, but what the red and white showed in the three group matches did not live up to their possibilities: a stretched draw with Mexico, a not exactly sparkling victory against Arabia Saudi, mainly thanks to a great Szczesny, and a defeat, predictable but clear, against Argentina. The sum, however, takes second place, and therefore here is the opportunity to leave an important mark, a relevant trace, for Lewandowski and his companions. It is precisely on these two extremes (the striker and the goalkeeper) that Poland’s hopes of a pass rest: two certainties on which Poland knows it can count in trying to eliminate the world champions, who, according to the matches that really counted (the first two), were probably those who did the best overall, and therefore they can only start as the favorites.
After suffering a 1-0 defeat to Tunisia in their most recent World Cup 22 match, France will be trying to improve on their performance in this competition.
During that match, France held a 66% possession advantage and had 10 shots on goal, with 3 of them finding the back of the net. The Tunisian team had a total of 5 shots on goal, of which 3 were on target. Wahbi Khazri scored the lone goal for Tunisia in the 58th minute.
In recent years, France has only infrequently demonstrated the kind of defensive resolve that the country needs. They should be worried because France’s defense has been broken into in 5 of their last 6 games, leading to a total of 6 goals being scored against them in that time.
Poland and their fans will be hoping for a different outcome this time around following their team’s defeat in their most recent World Cup 22 competition match against Argentina.
During that match, Poland only had 27% possession of the ball and four shots on goal, none of which were on target. Argentina, the team they were playing against, had 23 shots on goal, with 12 of them hitting the target. Alexis Mac Allister scored for Argentina in the 46th minute, and Julián Alvarez scored in the 67th minute.
There has been an unusually low number of goals scored between Poland and their opponents in each of the last six matches that Poland has participated in. The overall average number of goals scored per game during that time period is a pitiful 1.33, with each team scoring an average of 0.67 goals per game.
Injured and suspended
France: (Lucas Hernandez)
Poland: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
France vs Poland Predicted XI
France Predicted XI: Lloris, Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, Hernandez, Tchouameni, Rabiot, Dembélé, Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud.
Poland Predicted XI: Szczesny, Cash, Glik, Kiwior, Bereszynski, Zielinski, Bielik, Krychowiak, Frankowski, Swiderski, Lewandowski.
When France plays Poland, a team that may have difficulty scoring, we believe that France will most likely generate opportunities to score multiple goals throughout this matchup. Poland is the team that France will be facing.
As a result, we anticipate that France will hold a lead of two goals after the first 90 minutes of play.
England vs Senegal | World Cup (04.12.2022, 20:00)
It will be the first meeting ever between England and Senegal, who arrive in the Round of 16 in very different ways. Soft and practically sure of the passage, even before the third match of the group, the British national team beat Wales without problems on the last day. On the other hand, Senegal qualified with a decisive goal twenty minutes from the end, which was found by their captain, Kalidou Koulibaly, just after cashing in Caicedo’s equalizer, which would have meant elimination from the world championship review. England’s path was about what could be expected: not amazing, but good and solid. Senegal’s path, on the other hand, probably surprised people not so much because it passed the round, but because it did so against a team, Ecuador, that started off well but then gave up right at the end of the direct match, when it seemed like it would have won.
A quick team check-up shows that the Three Lions national team arrives at the game with a certain defensive solidity (the only two goals conceded were those against Iran in a match already largely won) and a good offensive variety, and perhaps this is the aspect that can leave Southgate the most optimistic, given that he has already seen several of his players score. Paradoxically, Harry Kane is still goalless, but for now, in fact, his absence from the scoresheet has not been felt. Even Senegal is not doing badly in terms of scorers (already five finished on the scoresheet), but what positively impressed was the team’s compactness, shown right in the most difficult moment, and this recalled the temper of the Teranga Lions in many games key to this glorious year. For example, those against Egypt in the African Cup of Nations final and in the play-offs. Therefore, if Senegal is really at ease in the most difficult moments, England, even though they start as favorites, will certainly have to pay more attention than was required during the easy qualifying round.
After defeating Wales by a score of 0-3 in the WC22 match, England is looking to win once more.
During that game, England held a 64% possession advantage and had 18 shots on goal, with 7 of them finding the back of the net. Their competitors from Wales had seven shots on goal, but only one of them was successful in hitting the target.
In recent times, matches that feature England have typically been high-energy affairs, with a great deal of goalmouth action being a defining characteristic of these contests. Both teams have scored a combined total of 22 goals over the course of their most recent six games (which works out to an average of 3.67 goals scored per game), with England being responsible for 12 of those goals.
Senegal will enter this match having just won their previous World Cup match, which they played against Ecuador and won 1-2.
During that match, Senegal held 39% of the possession and had 14 shots on goal, with only 3 of them finding the back of the net. Nine shots were taken by Ecuador, and four of those were on target.
During their most recent set of six matches, Senegal has scored nine goals by successfully putting the ball in the back of the net. The total number of goals that they have let in during those same matches adds up to 5.
Injured and suspended
England: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Senegal: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
England vs Senegal Predicted XI
England Predicted XI: Pickford, Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Henderson, Rice, Saka, Foden, Sterling, Kane.
Senegal Predicted XI: Mendy, Sabaly, Koulibaly, Diallo, Jakobs, Gueye, Mendy, Ciss, Ndiaye, Dia, Sarr.
When they play Senegal, England should have little problem scoring multiple goals, as Senegal may have trouble finding the back of the net.
Because of this, we think England will win with a score of 2-0 after the full 90 minutes.