Dan’s World Cup Predictions – Group Stage Game 2

If I had waited for the results of Group G and H first matches it would not give players long to submit predictions before Matchday 2 starts.

So, we will predict groups A –  now.

On Thursday night or Friday morning then we will predict the 2 games for the last 2 groups (as well as an update on the tables)

Qatar 0-2 Senegal

The hosts played like a team (especially their keeper) where the pressure of the occasion got to them, most of them playing the biggest fixture of their lives.

In 2010 they had approx. 200 registered professional footballers. A government-initiated scheme now means they have over 6000 with those in power naturally not wanting their nation to be humiliated in front of the world.

They could have been had Ecuador not took their foot off the peddle.

They are the first hosts to lose their opening game, and need to improve dramatically to be only the second to exit at the group stage.

I can’t work out if it were just nerves or simply there is a gulf in quality?

They don’t have the 12th man of a home side like a 2002 South Korea or 2018 Russia.

The stadium was half empty in the second half.

Holland 1-1 Ecuador

I sensed Ecuador had another gear to go up to in the opening match but decided to reserve energy (possibly with Valencia carrying a niggle)?

It was sad looking at Holland’s attack the other day compared to previous Dutch side at World Cups, although Depay might be fit enough to start here.

Wales 1-0 Iran

As I predicted the conditions got to Wales and fitness seemed to an issue over the entire 90 minutes.

Iran generally can be hard to break down, even if they didn’t show it against England.

Your still facing a team though days after they conceded 6!

Conditioning is Wales biggest issue.

Might be too tired by the time they play England, but 4 points might be enough?

England 3-0 USA

England just don’t start World Cups like we did against Iran.

All 5 scorers scored their first world Cup goals, not bad for a team over reliant on Harry Kane.

With a Grealish, Foden and Rashford coming off the bench, it highlights Southgate’s squad depth.

USA are a poor team, but it would be very England like to make hard work of things.

Saying that I said that about their first fixture, didn’t I?

Poland 1-1 S Arabia

How can I predict what S Arabia show up?

Was their win on Tuesday once in a lifetime or will that confidence carry them through the weekend?

Will they gamble with the high press which got them their historic win, or do they now scrap for a point which could be enough?

I just don’t think Poland will tactically be as naïve as Argentina, but the pressure might get to them.

Plus, Saudi Arabia are Qatar’s noisy neighbours so this will be like an away game for the Poles.

Argentina 1-1 Mexico

While of course the attention and spotlight was always going to be unbearable on Messi, I truly thought Argentina had found a system where they were not over reliant on their number 10.

Yet as soon as they faced adversity on Tuesday, they panicked, players hid, Messi came too deep to get the ball and they couldn’t do the basic stuff.

So, where a defeat should be rationalised as a first defeat in 36 and therefore zero need to panic, the scrutiny in South America has been huge and based on what I saw in midweek, I’m not sure the Argentines have got the personality to handle it?

Tunisia 1-0 Australia

Tunisia are another side who had such vocal support they can make their fixtures home advantage.

Can win if they show enough ambition.

France 1-1 Denmark

The Danes are many folks dark horses (including mine) for the tournament.

Yet the doubt remains can they be prolific enough in the final third?

They were not against Tunisia and that puts them under pressure against the World Champions.

No player has now scored more goals for France then Giroud, a player who’s made a living out of proving people wrong.

I know Gooners who defend Eddie Nketiah yet mocked Giroud!

Japan 1-0 Costa Rica

Honestly Costa Rica do have a reputation for being hard to break down.

That’s in tatters and I can’t see how that can fix their confidence in the space of a few days?

This is all about how Japan handle the unfamiliar position of being favourites, and the pressure of knowing a win they are practically through.

Spain 1-0 Germany

By the time they kick off Germany might be in a must win situation.

Given how they handled the pressure 4 years ago, and you’re playing a team who just scored 7, I’ll go for Spain.

Croatia 1- 2 Canada

As I envisaged, Canada’s pace on the counterattack got to Belgium’s old legs and there were signs of age getting to Croatia as well when they faced Morocco.

That’s why I always felt this wasn’t a bad group for the Canadians because their pace is up against tired defenders.

Only thing Canada lacks is that quality in the final third.

As Mikel Arteta once said, you can play well in between both areas but it’s your quality in the boxes that matter.

Canada were outstanding up to their finishing, while conceding by a direct ball.

If they play like that again, they are due luck.

 Belgium 2-1 Morocco

Can’t be too harsh as there are worse things than winning when not playing well.

Belgium’s goal on Wednesday was the first of the tournament to be truly against the run of play.

So, if I could see that Belgium might not have the legs for this World Cup, how could Martinez not?

He’s never been a manager who can fix a failing defence but his reliance on experience might cost him.

They have enough know how to go back to basics and get out of this group but in terms of being contenders, it’s a tournament too far for too many Belgians

It’s a manager’s job to identify that…

Dan Smith

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  1. Qatar 1-3 Senegal
    Holland 2-1 Ecuador
    Wales 2-1 Iran
    England 3-1 USA
    Poland 2-1 S/Arabia
    Argentina 3-1 Mexico
    Tunisia 0-0 Australia
    France 4-2 Denmark
    Japan 2-0 Costa Rica
    Spain 2-2 Germany
    Croatia 0-0 Canada
    Belgium 2-1 Morocco
    God please help Prince 🙏🙏.

    1. Qatar 0-2 Senegal
      Holland 2-1 Ecuador
      Wales 2-1 Iran
      England 3-1 USA
      Poland 1-1 S/Arabia
      Argentina 2-1 Mexico
      Tunisia 1-0 Australia
      France 2-1 Denmark
      Japan 1-0 Costa Rica
      Spain 2-1 Germany
      Croatia 0-0 Canada
      Belgium 3-1 Morocco

    2. Admin please this was my predictions which i didn’t see in the other place…. check the date,i predicted it before the matches yesterday….i hope you get my points?

  2. Qatar 1-1 Senegal
    Holland 2-0 Equador
    Wales 1-2 Iran
    England 2-0 USA
    Poland 1-2 Saudi
    Argentina 2-0 Mexico
    Tunisia 1-0 Australia
    France 3-1 Denmark
    Japan 3-0 Costa Rica
    Spain 2-1 Germany
    Croatia 0-1 Canada
    Belgium 2-0 Morocco

    1. Qatar 0-2 Senegal
      Holland 2-0 Equador
      Wales 3-1 Iran
      England 2-0 USA
      Poland 1-1 Saudi
      Argentina 2-1 Mexico
      Tunisia 1-1 Australia
      France 3-1 Denmark
      Japan 2-1 Costa Rica
      Spain 2-3 Germany
      Croatia 1-1 Canada
      Belgium 4-0 Morocco

  3. Qatar 0-2 senegal. Holland 2-0 ecuador. Wales 1-1 iran. England 3-0 usa. Poland 2-1 s, arabia. Argentina 3-1 mexico. Tunisia 1-1 australia. France 2-1 denmark. Japan 2-0 costa-rica. Spain 1-2 germany. Croatia 1-1 Canada. Belgium 2-2 morocco

  4. Qatar 1-2 Senegal
    Holland 2-0 Equador
    Wales 2-1 Iran
    England 2-0 USA
    Poland 1-1 Saudi
    Argentina 2-0 Mexico
    Tunisia 1-0 Australia
    France 3-1 Denmark
    Japan 2-0 Costa Rica
    Spain 3-2 Germany
    Croatia 1-1 Canada
    Belgium 2-0 Morocco

  5. Qatar 0-2 Senegal
    Holland 1-1 Ecuador
    Wales 2-0 Iran
    England 2-1 USA
    Poland 1-1 S/Arabia
    Argentina 2-1 Mexico
    Tunisia 1-0 Australia
    France 2-0 Denmark
    Japan 2-0 Costa Rica
    Spain 2-1 Germany
    Croatia 0-0 Canada
    Belgium 1-0 Morocco

  6. Headed to my worst prediction start!!
    Qatar 1-2 Senegal
    Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador
    Wales 0-0 Iran
    England 0-0 USA
    Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia
    Argentina 2-0 mexico
    Tunisia 1-2 Australia
    France 1-1 Denmark
    Japan 0-1 Costa Rica
    Spain 1-2 German
    Croatia 1-2 Canada
    Belgium 3-1 Morocco

  7. Hype 045
    Qatar 0- 2 Senegal
    Netherlands 1-2 Ecuador
    Wales 0-1Iran
    England 2-0 USA
    Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia
    Argentina 2-0 mexico
    Tunisia 1-2 Australia
    France 2-1 Denmark
    Japan 2- 0 Costa Rica
    Spain 2-1 German
    Croatia 1-2 Canada
    Belgium 3-1 Morocco

  8. Qatar 0-2 Senegal
    Netherlands 2-0 Ecuador
    Wales 2-1 Iran
    England 3-1 USA
    Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia
    Argentina 2-1 Mexico
    Tunisia 2-1 Australia
    France 3-0 Denmark
    Japan 1-1 Costa Rica
    Spain 2-2 Germany
    Croatia 1-1 Canada
    Belgium 2-1 Morocco

    I suggest we put all prediction articles in the Latest Opinion Pieces section, so everybody can see it. Sometimes we don’t have time to scroll down and check the Match Reports & Previews section

  9. Qatar 0 – 2 Senegal
    Holland 2 – 1 Equador
    Wales 2 – 1 Iran
    England 3 – 1 USA
    Poland 2 – 2 Saudi
    Argentina 2 – 0 Mexico
    Tunisia 1 – 1 Australia
    France 3 – 0 Denmark
    Japan 2 – 0 Costa Rica
    Spain 2 – 2 Germany
    Croatia 1 – 0 Canada
    Belgium 2 – 0 Morocco

  10. Qatar 1-2 Senegal
    Holland 2-1 Ecuador
    Wakes 2-1 Iran
    England 3-0 USA
    Poland 3-1 Saudi Arabia
    Argentina 3-2 Mexico
    Tunisia 1-1 Australia
    France 3-1 Denmark
    Belgium 2-1 Morocco
    Spain 2-2 Germany
    Croatia 1-0 Canada
    Japan 2-1 Costa Rica
    Belgium 2-0 Morocco

  11. Qatar 0-2 Senegal
    Holland 1- 0 Ecuador
    Wales 2 – 1 Iran
    England 2-0 USA
    Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia
    Argentina 3-1 Mexico
    Tunisia 1- 2 Australia
    France 1-1 Denmark
    Belgium 2-0 Morocco
    Spain 2-2 Germany
    Croatia 1-1 Canada
    Japan 2-1 Costa Rica
    Belgium 2-0 Morocco

  12. Qatar 1-2 Senegal
    Netherlands 2-0 Ecuador
    Wales 2-1 Iran
    England 3-1 USA
    Poland 1-0 Saudi Arabia
    Argentina 2-1 Mexico
    Tunisia 2-1 Australia
    France 3-1 Denmark
    Japan 1-0 Costa Rica
    Spain 2-2 Germany
    Croatia 1-1 Canada
    Belgium 2-0 Morocco

  13. Qatar 0 -2 Senegal
    Holland 2-1 Ecuador
    Wales 2-0 Iran
    England 3-0 USA
    Poland 2-1 Saudi Arabia
    Argentina 2-1 Mexico
    Tunisia 1-1 Australia
    France 3-1 Denmark
    Belgium 2-0 Morocco
    Spain 1-2 Germany
    Croatia 1-2 Canada
    Japan 2-1 Costa Rica
    Belgium 2-0 Morocco

  14. Qatar 1-2 Senegal
    Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador
    Wales 1-0 Iran
    England 0-1 USA
    Poland 1-0 Saudi Arabia
    Argentina 2-0 mexico
    Tunisia 1-2 Australia
    France 3-1 Denmark
    Japan 1-1 Costa Rica
    Spain 1-2 German
    Croatia 2-1 Canada
    Belgium 2-1 Morocco

  15. Qatar 1 – 1 Senegal
    Netherlands 2 – 1 Ecuador
    Wales 2 – 1 Iran
    England 2 – 1 USA
    Poland 1 – 0 Saudi Arabia
    Argentina 2 – 0 Mexico
    Tunisia 1 – 1 Australia
    France 2 – 0 Denmark
    Japan 2 – 0 Costa Rica
    Spain 2 – 2 Germany
    Croatia 1 – 1 Canada
    Belgium 2 – 0 Morocco

  16. Qatar 0 Vs 2 Senegal
    Netherlands 2 Vs 1 Ecuador
    Wales 2 Vs 0 Iran
    England 2 Vs 0 USA
    Poland 2 Vs 0 Saudi Arabia
    Argentina 2 Vs 0 Mexico
    Tunisia 1 Vs 0 Australia
    France 2 Vs 1 Denmark
    Japan 2 Vs 0 Costa Rica
    Spain 2 Vs 1 Germany
    Croatia 1 Vs 2 Canada
    Belgium 2 Vs 0 Morocco

  17. Qatar 0-3 Senegal Holland 2-1 Ecuador England 3-1 United states Wales 1-2 Iran Argentina 2-0 Mexico Poland 1-0 Saudi arabia Tunisia 0-1 Australia France 2-1 Denmark Japan 3-1 Costa rica Spain 3-2 Germany Belgium 2-1 Morocco Croatia 2-1 Canada

  18. Qatar 1-1 Senegal
    Holland 1-2 Ecuador
    Wales 2-1 Iran
    England 3-0 USA
    Poland 2-1 S/Arabia
    Argentina 2-1 Mexico
    Tunisia 1-0 Australia
    France 3-1 Denmark
    Japan 2-0 Costa Rica
    Spain 3-1 Germany
    Croatia 1-1 Canada
    Belgium 1- 1 Morocco

  19. Admin please this was my predictions which i didn’t see in the other place…. check the date,i predicted it before the matches yesterday….i hope you get my points?

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