The first round of the quarterfinals of this World Cup in Qatar is the one between Croatia and Brazil, which will be played on Friday at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan. The Croatians went into the match with great difficulty, qualifying as runners-up in their group, behind Morocco, and only overcoming Japan in the round of 16 on penalties. However, coach Zlatko Dalic’s team has players of great quality and experience, and in difficult moments, he always manages to bring out the best and solve problems. Against the Japanese, the contribution of former Inter Ivan Perisic was once again decisive, as he was the author of the equalizing goal, after which, from the penalty spot, Luka Modric and his companions proved to be colder than their opponents.
Tite’s path to Brazil was made much easier when they defeated South Korea 4-1 in the round of 16, scoring all four goals in the first 36 minutes. The Seleção has come up with another great test, especially in terms of play, and if it expresses itself this way, it will be really tough for all the rivals who aspire to the title. Richarlison remains the star, having scored the game-winning 3-0 goal at the end of a spectacular action. Whoever wins will face the winner of Holland-Argentina.
The previous match that Croatia played, which was for the WC22, ended in a 1-1 draw against Japan.
During that game, Croatia had 58% of the possession and 15 shots on goal, with 4 of them landing in the target area. Japan had 13 shots on goal, but only four of them were on target. After a thrilling round of penalty kicks, Croatia emerged victorious with a 3-1 victory.
The Croatian defense has been putting in a significant amount of effort, as is highlighted by their most recent results. The defense of Croatia has been solid, as evidenced by the fact that only three goals have been scored against them in their last six matches despite having a goalie in place.
Brazil will enter this encounter riding high off of their 4-1 World Cup victory against Korea Republic in their most recent match, which came earlier in the tournament.
During that match, Brazil held possession of the ball for 53% of the time and had 18 shots on goal, with 9 of them finding their mark. Eight of the Korea Republic’s nine shots were on target out of their total of eight attempts.
The Brazil defense has been on a roll lately, as evidenced by the fact that they have only conceded three goals in their last six matches combined. This is a testament to the team’s high level of play. During the same time period, their own offensive unit was successful in scoring 15 goals.
Croatia vs Brazil Predicted XI
Croatia Predicted XI: Livakovic, Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa, Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic, Kramaric, Petkovic, Perisic.
Brazil Predicted XI: Becker, Militao, Marquinhos, Silva, Danilo, Paqueta, Casemiro, Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius, Richarlison.
Our analysis shows that Brazil’s current team is difficult enough for Croatia to score at least one goal against them, even though one goal probably won’t be enough.
When everything is said and done, it seems likely that Brazil will emerge victorious with a score of 1-2.
The quarterfinal program of the World Cup in Qatar also sees the Netherlands and Argentina facing each other at the Iconic Stadium in Lusail. This match was the semi-final eight years ago in Brazil, and Albiceleste won on penalties. Louis Van Gaal’s Netherlands have improved game by game in this competition and put in a great performance in the round of 16 against the United States, winning 3-1. In the group stage, Cody Gakpo took care of dragging the Oranje, and in the last match, Depay also took over. The Dutch attack will certainly be what Argentina will have to worry about the most. An important fact concerns the positive streak of the Dutch, who have not lost in 19 games. The last knockout dates back to the European Championship against the Czech Republic. However, Scaloni’s formation remains the favorite due to the enormous technical rate available to the squad. The South Americans have now also found the right set-up, and in the last three games they have also done very well defensively. We must always remember that Argentina’s balance in this 2022 is impressive: the one against Saudi Arabia was the only defeat of the year for Leo Messi and his companions.
Following their victory against the United States in the World Cup 22 match by a score of 3-1, the Netherlands will be hoping for a similar outcome in this encounter.
During that game, the Netherlands held 42% of the possession and had 11 shots on goal, with 6 of them finding the back of the net. The United States had 17 shots on goal, but only 8 of them were on target while their competitors from the United States had 17.
In five of the most recent six matches that the Netherlands have been a part of, there were fewer than three goals scored on average. In terms of the goal differential resulting from this period, their competitors scored a total of two goals, while the Netherlands scored a total of 11.
Argentina will enter the match having just come off a victory in their most recent World Cup match, which they played against Australia and won 2-1.
During that game, Argentina held 61% of the possession and had 14 shots on goal, with 5 of them finding the back of the net. On the other side of the field, Australia had five shots on goal, but only one of them was successful.
Argentina has scored a total of 15 goals during the course of their previous half-dozen competitions against their rivals. Additionally, Argentina has scored in each of those instances when they have had the opportunity. Over the course of that time period, they have allowed three goals to be scored into their own net.
Netherlands vs Argentina Predicted XI
Netherlands Predicted XI: Noppert, Timber, van Dijk, Ake, Dumfries, Blind, de Roon, de Jong, Klaassen, Depay, Gakpo.
Argentina Predicted XI: Martinez, Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna, Mac Allister, Paredes, Fernandez, Messi, Di Maria, Alvarez.
We are of the opinion that Argentina’s team should have a slight advantage over the Netherlands’s team, since we believe that they will have a difficult time doing anything against them.
Because of this, we think that the match will be close and that Argentina will win by a score of 1-0.
Every World Cup has its revelation, its “Cinderella,” its fairy tale, and after the round of 16, we are certain that this team will be Morocco. The North African national team not only had the merit of progressing as first in a group also made up of Croatia and Belgium but also overcame Spain in the round of 16 after penalties, becoming the only surprise among the remaining eight. After having therefore passed unscathed through three matches against three European battleships, the quarter-finals will reserve a fourth for Regragui’s boys, Portugal, which arrives at this direct clash with just as much enthusiasm and a lot of conviction. In fact, in contrast to the team’s performance, CR7’s World Cup started well and then plummeted: a penalty goal against Ghana and then fewer and fewer minutes played, no other scoring, and first bench, arriving right in the round of 16 challenge against Switzerlan.
On the other hand, the whole team is growing, which precisely against the Swiss gave a great demonstration of strength, making it clear that the defeat against Korea in the group stage was sporadic and irrelevant and that instead, when it counts, the team seems to be there all right, compact, and with a thousand resources. Since the last match, CT Santos has certainly come up with another one, namely that of Benfica striker Gonçalo Ramos, who with his hat-trick has made it clear that he can be counted on as a center-forward.
Unlike the other quarter-finals, the one at the “Al Thumama Stadium” will almost certainly be the only one that will see both teams at their best, especially mentally, and for those who pass the round, it will also be the all-time high of progress in the competition: already achieved with the landing in the quarter-finals for Morocco, which would thus improve further, “returning” instead for Portugal, which would repeat what was done by the Moroccans.
Morocco’s last World Cup 22 encounter against Spain ended in a scoreless tie.
Morocco had 23% possession and 6 shots in the game, with 2 of them being on goal. They allowed Spain to have 13 shots on goal, but only one was really successful. The Moroccans prevailed in a nail-biting penalty shootout, 3–0.
The most recent outcomes highlight the resiliency of the Moroccan defense. Only one goal has been scored against Morocco in their past six matches, demonstrating the team’s staunch defense.
In their most recent match, Portugal defeated Switzerland 6-1 in the WC22.
Portugal had 48% possession and 14 shots (14% on goal) in the game. Contrarily, Switzerland had 10 shots on goal, with 3 on target.
We’ve had 22 goals in the previous 6 games featuring Portugal, an average of 3.67 goals per game, proving their participation in high-scoring matchups. Six of these have been scored by opposing teams.
Morocco vs Portugal Predicted XI
Morocco Predicted XI: Bounou, Hakimi, El Yamiq, Saiss, Mazraoui, Ounahi, Amrabat, Amallah, Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal.
Portugal Predicted XI: Costa, Dalot, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro, Silva, Carvalho, Otavio, Fernandes, Ramos, Felix.
We believe that Morocco will have to play very well if they want to score against this Portugal team, which we believe may score and remain on top.
So, we predict a Portugal win by a score of 0-1 after the game is over.
The World Cup quarterfinals feature a super challenge between two football powers and more, who have frequently faced off in terms of history, economy, and politics: England and France. Despite the fact that these two national teams have frequently been among the main protagonists in terms of football, a memory exercise to look for a knockout match in a top event such as the World Cup or European Championship will yield nothing. It is in fact the first “inside-out” match between the two national teams in more than a hundred years of history in a context that, unlike all the other crosses between the big European teams, has seen England and France face off on the pitch not so many times. It will therefore be something new, in some ways, and both teams arrive at this fundamental match with more certainties than doubts, although none of them can be considered perfect. The main certainties derive from the two technical guides, Southgate and Deschamps, who have been coaching the two teams for six and ten years, respectively. Then, these are two teams with two truly equal attacks. The star is certainly among the French and catalyzes a good part of their offensive potential. Obviously, we are talking about Kylian Mbappé, who has already scored five goals in this Qatar 2022, but together with him, France can count on Giroud, who really seems to be experiencing a second youth. With them, Dembelé and Griezmann are always ready for important plays.
England, on the other hand, had already faced a prolific attack with Rashford, Saka, and Foden—all technical, valid, and quick players. Having said that, the offensive arsenals on both sides are impressive, as is the quality of the midfield, and the game could be decided by how well the defenses perform. The English one, numbers in hand, is doing well even if the uncertainties, especially in the central couple Maguire and Stones, have not been lacking, while the French one, on the other hand, has always been perforated. Both departments, however, will be protected by two excellent number ones, Pickford and Lloris, whose worth cannot be overstated. The amazing condition of Mbappé and the explosiveness of the transalpine offensive game seem to make France start slightly ahead, but England, rediscovered and full of stackers, can be scary: it will be a classic match, or better, an unmissable “first.”.
Fans in England will be hoping for a similar outcome to their 3-0 World Cup victory against Senegal.
England had 61% ball control and 8 shots (4 on target) in the game. Their opponent, Senegal, had 10 shots, but only 1 was really on target.
The recent history of England’s matches has been marked by high levels of excitement and a plethora of goalmouth activity. The two sides have scored a total of 21 goals in their last six meetings (or 3.5 goals per game), with 15 of those goals being awarded to England.
France will enter the encounter with confidence after beating Poland 3-1 in their last World Cup 22 meeting.
France had 55 percent of the ball control and 16 shots (8 on goal) in the encounter. Twelve of Poland’s shots were on target, for a total of three goals.
If you look at the figures, it’s clear that France has struggled recently, since they’ve allowed goals in 5 of their previous 6 matches. In defense, France hasn’t exactly been rock-solid.
England vs France Predicted XI
England Predicted XI: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Bellingham, Rice, Henderson, Saka, Kane, Foden.
France Predicted XI: Lloris, Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, Hernandez, Tchouameni, Rabiot, Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud.
With this France team, we think England will have to play well if they want to score enough goals to take the lead.
So, we think France will win by a score of 0-1 after this one.