The Netherlands face Qatar at the Al Bayt Stadium in the third round of the World Cup, group A. The Oranges are coming off a 1-1 draw against Ecuador in the last round, while Qatar lost the first two games of the group against Ecuador and Senegal (3-1), and surprisingly, the hosts are already eliminated, while the group remains fairly balanced with Netherlands and Ecuador at the top with 4 points each and Senegal with 3 points. On paper, there is no competition between the two teams, even if Qatar wants to greet the home crowd with at least one point in the standings, but Van Gaal can’t take any risks because the primacy of the group is still to be conquered on the pitch.
The decisive man at the moment is Gakpo, who scored against Senegal on his debut and also against Ecuador in the 1-1 final, but the super favorites, Netherlands, are having a tougher time than expected. Wijnaldum’s absence due to injury weighs heavily on Van Gaal’s mechanisms, while Depay has yet to turn on a player who can make the difference when it counts. De Ligt, the new Bayern Munich defender, must reclaim his starting spot. Qatar, on the other hand, is the most affordable formation in the competition and, ranked 50th in the FIFA rankings, is making its World Cup final appearance for the first time. Coach Sanchez has few ambitions, but he managed to do worse than any other host team in the history of the world championships with two defeats in the first two group games.
The Netherlands enter this match having just played Ecuador in the World Cup and coming off a 1-1 tie against the South American nation.
In that game, the Netherlands held possession for 55% of the time and had 2 shots on goal, with 1 of them finding the back of the net. On the other side of the field, Ecuador had 15 shots on goal, but only four of them were on target.
The most recent findings demonstrate that the defensive capabilities of the Netherlands deserve a great deal of respect. The Netherlands have been very defensive, which has resulted in only four goals being scored against them in their last six matches due to the opposition’s inability to find the back of the net.
Following their previous match in World Cup competition, in which they were defeated by Senegal, Qatar and their fans will be hoping for a better outcome this time around.
During that match, Qatar controlled 45 percent of the ball and had 10 shots on goal, with three of them finding the net. On the other side of the field, Senegal had 12 shots on goal, but only five of them were on target.
Qatar has seen their efforts on goal rewarded a total of 7 times over the course of their most recent six matches, earning them an average of 1.17 goals per game.
Injured and suspended
Netherlands: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Qatar: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Netherlands vs Qatar Predicted XI
Netherlands Predicted XI: Noppert, Timber, Van Dijk, Aké, Dumfries, Koopmeiners, De Jong, Blind, Gakpo, Depay, Bergwijn.
Qatar Predicted XI: Barsham, Mohammed, Miguel, Khoukhi, Hassan, Ahmed, Boudiaf, Madibo, Al-Haydos, Ali Abdulla, Afif.
We do not believe that Qatar should be able to score a goal against this Netherlands squad for the purpose of this match.
When everything is said and done, we anticipate that the Netherlands will emerge victorious with a score of 4-0.
Ecuador faces Senegal at the Khalifa International Stadium in the third round of the World Cup, group A. Everything is still at stake in one of the most even groups of the competition, with Qatar already eliminated but all the other teams potentially in the running for first place. Surprisingly, Ecuador is at the top of the group with 4 points, together with the Netherlands, making them super favorites on the eve. And Senegal is only one point behind, so the match between Ecuador and Senegal becomes crucial to guaranteeing a place in the round of 16, given that the Netherlands will most likely have no difficulty establishing themselves against Qatar in the other group match. Ecuador beat Qatar 2-0 in their opening match and then drew 1-1 against the Netherlands in the second round.
While Senegal lost 2-0 against the Netherlands in their debut, they won 3-1 against Qatar in their last match. The African champions in 2002 managed to reach the quarter-finals, while in the last edition in Russia they were eliminated by Japan in the group, thanks to two more yellow cards (same points, same goal difference). The coach Aliou Cissé, with great experience, had to do without the star Manè, initially called up but then excluded due to an injury that would not have allowed him to recover in time even for the final phase.
After playing the Netherlands to a 1-1 draw in their previous World Cup match, Ecuador is now competing in this match.
During that match, Ecuador held 45% of the possession and had 15 shots on goal, with 4 of them finding the back of the net. The Netherlands, on the other hand, had two shots at the goal, with one of them being successful.
In recent times, games featuring Ecuador have been somewhat uninteresting, and a lack of forward penetration has been a consistent feature of these games. During the course of their last six head-to-head contests, a paltry aggregate goal total of four has been recorded between both of them and their opponent, which works out to an average of 0.67 goals scored per game.
Senegal will come into this matchup riding high after claiming a victory over Qatar in their previous World Cup contest by a score of 1-3.
During that match, Senegal held possession of the ball for 55% of the game and had 12 shots on goal, with 5 of them finding the target. Qatar, their rivals, had ten shots on goal, with three of them landing in the target area.
A notably low number of goals have been scored between Senegal and their opponents in five of the previous six matches that have involved the African nation of Senegal. During that time period, the overall average number of goals scored per game came out to just 2, and the number of goals that Les Lions de la Teranga scored on average was 1.17.
Injured and suspended
Ecuador: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Senegal: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Ecuador vs Senegal Predicted XI
Ecuador Predicted XI: Galindez, Porozo, Hincapié, Torres, Preciado, Gruezo, Caicedo, Estupiñán, Plata, Ibarra, Valencia.
Senegal Predicted XI: Mendy, Sabaly, Diallo, Koulibaly, Jakobs, Sarr, Mendy, Gueye, Diatta, Dia, Diedhiou.
We believe that there is a good chance that both Ecuador and Senegal will end up scoring in a match that should be a close battle with very little to choose between the two teams.
Let’s see how this one plays out, but it appears like we might end up with a tie. As a result, we anticipate a very competitive match that will end in a 1-1 draw after the whole 90 minutes.
Wales faces England at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in the third round of the World Cup, in group B. It’s a rather delicate situation in the standings, with the English at the top (4 points) and virtually all teams still in the running for the round of 16. A draw against Wales will suffice for the English team, while Bale’s team (with only one point in the standings) will require a miracle: a win plus a favorable result in the other group match. Wales drew the first 1-1 against the USA and lost the second 2-0 against Iran, while England paced their debut against Iran 6-2 but did not go beyond a 0-0 draw against the United States. Surprisingly, the win over Iran is the only one for England in the last six games, while Page’s Wales is in a slump, having not won in seven.
A jolt is needed to hope for the second round, and with a victory, England would also be certain of first place in the standings. England remains the overwhelming favorite, despite the heavy injuries to Phillips and James, who were not called up for the tournament in Qatar, while the Welsh people are hoping for a boost of pride in the final. Controversy at home over some of Southgate’s training choices is not shared by the English majority (Foden on the bench, for example). It will be the last World Cup for Bale, who conquered Qatar by beating Ukraine in the playoffs, but at the moment he hasn’t shone as well as Ramsey.
After losing their previous World Cup match to Iran by a score of 0-2 earlier in the tournament, Wales will be hoping for a better outcome this time around.
During that match, Wales held 62 percent of the possession and had 10 shots on goal, with three of them finding the back of the net. Iran, who they were competing against, had 21 shots on goal, with 6 of them hitting the target.
In recent years, it has been far too rare for Wales to display any sort of defensive resolve. According to the data, Wales has allowed goals to be scored against them in six of their last six matches, totaling ten goals conceded along the way.
England’s final World Cup match, which was played against the United States, ended in a scoreless draw.
During that match, England held possession of the ball for 55% of the time and had 8 shots on goal, with 3 of them finding the target. On the other hand, the United States had ten shots on goal, but only one of them was successful in hitting the target.
In the six games that England has played since Gareth Southgate took over as manager, the team has had nine of its shots on goal end up in the back of the net. The sum of the goals that they have allowed their opponents to score in those same matches brings the total to ten.
Injured and suspended
Wales: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
England: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Wales vs England Predicted XI
Wales Predicted XI: Ward, Mepham, Rodon, Davies, Roberts, Ramsey, Ampadu, Williams, Bale, Wilson, Moore.
England Predicted XI: Pickford, Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Bellingham, Rice, Saka, Mount, Sterling, Kane.
Our analysis shows that Wales doesn’t have what it takes to score against this England team.
As a result, we are anticipating a competitive encounter, with England emerging victorious by a score of 0-1 once everything has been said and done.
Iran faces the USA at the Al-Thumama Stadium in the third round of the World Cup, group B. It’s a difficult classification, and all teams are still in the running for the round of 16, with England leading the way with four points, Iran with three, the United States with two, and Wales with one. A draw against Wales will be enough to get the English into the round of 16, while a win would give them sole first place. Iran starts from a point of advantage over the USA, which they must win at any cost to continue their World Cup. Iran lost the opener 6-2 to England but made up for it by beating Wales 2-0 in the second round, while the United States only managed two draws, against Wales and England.
Iran found itself at the center of tensions due to the authoritarian regime at home, and the players protested their debut by not singing the national anthem. Queiroz’s team tried to isolate itself from external political events and proved to be the second strength of the group after winning the qualifying round of the Asian grouping. He can count on players who have gained international experience in Europe, such as Taremi or Azmoun. While the United States started with the handbrake on and are playing everything against Iran after two consecutive draws. Berhalter has a young squad, with champions like McKennie and Pulisic, and the son of Lille’s art Weah has already taken the stage, ready to become one of the US attack’s strengths in the run-up to the 2026 World Cup in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
After their previous outcome, a victory against Wales by a score of 0-2 at the World Cup, Iran are aiming for another triumph.
During that game, Iran held 38% of the possession and had 21 shots on goal, with 6 of them finding the net. Wales had ten shots on goal, but only three of them were on target.
Iran have not seen any difficulties when it comes to scoring, as they have scored at least one goal in each of their most recent six encounters.
During that entire period, they have scored a total of eight goals while allowing nine goals against them.
United States LWDLDD
In their last World Cup game, the U.S. tied England 0-0.
During that match, the United States only managed to hit the target once out of their 10 shots on goal and had 45% of the possession. The English team had a total of eight shots on goal, only three of which were successful.
In recent times, it has been rather common for games featuring the United States to include a trend in which at least one of the competing teams fails to score. A quick review of their activities over the past six weeks reveals that it has happened five times throughout that time. The United States has only managed to score four goals in these matches, while their rivals have managed to score five.
Injured and suspended
Iran: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
United States: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Iran vs United States Predicted XI
Iran Predicted XI: Hosseini, Rezaeian, Hosseini, Pouraliganji, Mohammadi, Safi, Nourollahi, Gholizadeh, Ezatolahi, Azmoun, Taremi.
United States Predicted XI: Turner, Dest, Zimmerman, Ream, Robinson, Adams, McKennie, Musah, Weah, Wright, Pulisic.
According to our assessment, Iran lacks the capabilities required to breach the defense set by the US lineup.
Our prediction for this match is that it will be a close contest that will end with the United States holding a slim lead of 0-1 when the final whistle blows.
On Wednesday, Australia will face Denmark on the lawn of Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah regarding the 3rd and last round of Group D of the 2022 World Cup, where the “kangaroos” have two more points than the Europeans at this point.
The Australian National Team has been doing well in this group stage. With three points, they are in second place, two points ahead of Denmark and Tunisia, and three points behind France. They have a good chance of qualifying if they score in this match, but only if they win. In its debut, Australia was thrashed by France (1-4), but reacted well the next match, beating Tunisia 1-0 with a safe defensive performance.
Denmark, on the other hand, has fallen short of expectations and will be forced to win in order to qualify, as it occupies the 3rd spot in the league table with the same point as Tunisia, two behind Australia. After the tasteless equality in the debut against the Tunisians (0-0), Kasper Hjulmand’s team lost against France, 1-2, in a duel where they fought well but ended up failing in the finalization and losing in the end.
After beating Tunisia by a score of 1-0 in the World Cup, Australia will be looking for more of the same in their next match in the hopes of extending their winning streak.
During that game, Australia held a 42% possession advantage and had 9 shots on goal, with only two of them finding the back of the net. Tunisia, the team that they were playing against, had 13 shots on goal, with only four of them hitting the target.
In their last six matches, Australia has scored seven goals, bringing their total for goals scored in those matches to seven. On the other hand, the total number of goals that they have allowed to be scored against them in those same games is 5.
Denmark will be trying to turn things around today after suffering a loss in their previous World Cup match against France, which took place earlier this tournament.
During that encounter, Denmark held 51% of the possession and had 10 shots on goal, with only 2 of them finding the back of the net. France had 21 shots on goal, but only 7 of them were on target.
Over the course of their last six matches, Kasper Hjulmand’s Denmark has seen six of their attempts on goal result in a goal. During that same time frame, they have been penalized for a total of 5 goals due to their defensive mistakes.
Injured and suspended
Australia: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Denmark: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Australia vs Denmark Predicted XI
Australia Predicted XI: Ryan, Karacic, Rowles, Souttar, Behich, Leckie, Irvine, Mooy, Goodwin, Duke, McGree.
Denmark Predicted XI: Schmeichel, Andersen, Christensen, Kjær, Kristensen, Eriksen, Højbjerg, Maehle, Lindstrøm, Damsgaard, Cornelius.
When they go up against Australia, who might have a hard time putting the ball in the back of the net, we have the impression that Denmark should be able to generate enough scoring opportunities to find the back of the net without giving up any goals.
As a result, we should not be surprised to see Denmark win by the standard margin of 0-1 when the game is over.
The national teams of Tunisia and France have a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, on the pitch of the Education City Stadium, in the city of Al Rayyan, in a match related to the 3rd and final round of Group D of the 2022 World Cup.
Despite adding just one point and remaining in fourth and last place in the league table, alongside Denmark, two points behind Australia, and five points behind France, the Tunisian national team enters this final round with only a remote chance of qualifying. Last Saturday, Jalel Kadri’s group failed to impose itself or balance the scales against Australia (0-1), falling short of expectations after a good draw with Denmark (0-0).
In turn, France is already qualified for the round of 16, as a result of the six points already collected in Group D, which allow Deschamps’ group to lead by three ahead of Australia and five above the last two classified. After the 4-1 thrashing of the Australians in the debut, “Les Bleus” beat Denmark by a score of 2-1 in the second round, with Kylian Mbappé in the spotlight when he scored the two winning goals.
After losing to Australia 1-0 in their last World Cup match, Tunisia will want to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
During that match, Tunisia held possession of the ball for 58% of the time and had 13 shots on goal, with 4 of those shots hitting the target. Their competitors in the game, Australia, had 9 shots on goal, but they only managed to score twice.
In Tunisia’s games over the past few years, it has become interesting to see a zero in the scoreline. If we look at their previous six matches before this one, a bet placed on both teams scoring would have resulted in a loss in five of those matches.
France’s most recent World Cup game was a win over Denmark by a score of 2-1, and they will bring that momentum into this match.
During that match, France held 49% of the possession and had 21 shots on goal, with 7 of them landing in the intended scoring area. The Danes had ten shots on goal, but only two of them were on target.
France and their opponents have scored a comparatively low number of goals in five of the most recent six games that France has played in. The overall average number of goals scored per game during that stretch was a meager 2.33, and the number of goals scored by Les Bleus stood at 1.33 on average over that time period.
Injured and suspended
Tunisia: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
France: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Tunisia vs France Predicted XI
Tunisia Predicted XI: Dahmen; Bronn, Talbi, Meriah; Kechrida, Skhiri, Laidouni, Abdi; Msakni, Sliti; Khazri.
France Predicted XI: Areola; Pavard, Konate, Saliba, Camavinga; Guendouzi, Veretout, Fofana; Coman, Thuram, Mbappe.
When France plays Tunisia, a team that may have trouble scoring goals, we believe France will have a good chance to produce enough scoring opportunities for themselves to win by more than one goal.
Because of this, we can expect France to have a safe 2-0 lead after 90 minutes.
Next Wednesday afternoon, Poland will face Argentina on the lawn of the 974 Stadium in Doha for the 3rd and final round of Group C of the 2022 World Cup. The Polish national team goes to the round of decisions in 1st place in the league table with four points, one above Argentina and Saudi Arabia and two above Mexico. In their debut in Qatar, the Poles did not go beyond a goalless draw against Mexico in a duel marked by the wastefulness of Robert Lewandowski, who redeemed himself last Saturday by scoring one of the goals in Poland’s 2-0 victory against Saudi Arabia.
Argentina, on the other hand, is under pressure and in need of winning, as it is ranked 2nd with the same three points as the Saudis, two above Mexico, and one behind Poland. After a debut to forget in the defeat against Saudi Arabia (1-2), the team coached by Lionel Scaloni pulled the strings in the difficult game against Mexico and won, 2-0, with a strong contribution from the genius of Lionel Messi and Enzo Fernandez.
After their most recent victory, a 2-0 triumph over Saudi Arabia in the World Cup, Poland is looking to add another victory to their resume.
During that match, Poland held 36% of the possession and had 9 shots on goal, with 3 of them finding the target. The Saudi team had a total of 16 shots on goal, only 5 of which were on target.
Their most recent results highlight the fact that quality has been present in Poland’s defense throughout this entire tournament. Poland has done a good job of keeping things tight, as evidenced by the fact that the total number of goals that have been scored against them over the course of their most recent six matches stands at 3.
Argentina enters this match having already competed in the World Cup and winning their previous match against Mexico by a score of 2-0.
During that game, Argentina held possession for 59% of the time and had 5 shots on goal, with 2 of them finding the target. On the other end of the field, Mexico had four shots on goal, with only one of them being successful.
The Argentina defense has put together a string of strong showings, which has contributed to the reduction in the number of goals conceded by their team in their most recent six matches overall. During the same time frame, their strikers have accounted for 16 of their team’s total goals.
Injured and suspended
Poland: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Argentina: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Poland vs Argentina Predicted XI
Poland Predicted XI: Szczesny, Cash, Kiwior, Glik, Bereszynski, Zielinski, Krychowiak, Bielik, Frankowski, Milik, Lewandowski.
Argentina Predicted XI: Martinez, Montiel, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña, Rodriguez, De Paul, Di Maria, Messi, Mac Allister, L. Martinez.
We are inclined to believe that Poland ought to really get among the goals when they play Argentina, who will find it easy to get a goal of their own.
When everything is said and done, we anticipate that Argentina will emerge victorious with a score of 1-2.
Saudi Arabia-Mexico are also on the schedule for the last day of Group C, the two teams that need to win to qualify for the round of 16 of this World Cup in Qatar. The Arab selection made its debut with a bang by beating Messi’s Argentina in a comeback against all odds, but then failed to confirm itself in the second match against Poland. Hervé Renard’s team lost, and now to be sure of going through, they must win at all costs, because with a draw, they will hardly be able to return to the top two, given that another knockout from Argentina would be needed.
Mexico, on the other hand, would not be certain of advancing in the competition even if they won, because they currently have only one point in the standings, and with only four points, their chances of qualifying remain slim due to goal difference. The Central Americans paid for their lack of incisiveness in front of goal in the first two matches, in which they never managed to inflate the opposing net. At this point, it will be difficult to impose even on the Asians, given that in the last five games, only one victory has come for the Tricolor. In the previous three, all in the Confederations Cup, Mexico has always achieved success between the two selections.
Saudi Arabia DWDLWL
After suffering a World Cup defeat to Poland by a score of 2-0 in their most recent match, Saudi Arabia will be looking to get back on the winning track today.
During that game, Saudi Arabia had 64 percent of the possession and 16 shots on goal, with five of them finding the target. Their competitors from Poland managed to get 9 shots on goal, but only 3 of them were on target.
In recent years, it has been challenging for Saudi Arabia to break through opposing defenses. Over the course of their last six matches, they have only managed to score four goals against other teams. Saudi Arabia has conceded 5 goals in those matches, bringing the total number of goals scored against them to 5.
Mexico will be looking to redeem themselves after suffering a defeat in their most recent World Cup match, which was played against Argentina. They will be hoping to do so here.
During that match, Mexico held 41% of the possession and had 4 shots on goal, with only 1 of them finding the back of the net. With 5 shots on goal, Argentina only managed to get 2 of them on target.
Mexico’s offense has been on fire as of late, scoring eight goals across their last six matches. There have been a total of six goals scored against them during that time span, bringing the total number of goals scored against them to six.
Injured and suspended
Saudi Arabia: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Mexico: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Saudi Arabia vs Mexico Predicted XI
Saudi Arabia Predicted XI: Al-Owais, Abdulhamid, Al-Bulayhi, Al-Amri, Al-Burayk, Al-Abed, Al-Buraikan, Al-Najei, Kanno, Al-Dawsari, Al-Shehri.
Mexico Predicted XI: Ochoa, Montes, Araujo, Moreno, Alvarez, Guardado, Chávez, Herrera, Gallardo, Lozano, Vega.
We have a hunch that Saudi Arabia will have to put in a lot of effort in order to overcome Mexico’s defense, and if they do so, Mexico should come out on top.
So, the game is very interesting, with Mexico winning 0-3 after 90 minutes.