Dan’s World Cup Predictions Quarter Finals – Can England be positive and beat the French?

Croatia 1-3 Brazil

I never feel safe writing off Croatia.

They have the experience to stay in a tie and won’t fear anyone.

Brazil though can roll up their sleeves and fight as well, if that’s what required.

I’m just not sure Croatia have the legs to do what they would have to do to win.

Argentina 1-0 Holland 

Most neutrals want Argentina to win the World Cup just for the perfect moving ending of Messi lifting the holy grail.

It was an honour to watch how he came deep last weekend and acted like the composer, calmly directing the tempo.

Appreciate him, because there won’t be too many moments left to do so.

He doesn’t play for the best team, but Argentina have made every match in Qatar feel like an away match for the opposition.

That could be the difference again on Friday.

Morocco 1-1 Portugal (Morocco on pens)

That was a massive decision on Tuesday not to play Ronaldo.

Understandably he’s adored in his own country.

Yet with his replacement scoring a hat trick, he might have to accept making an impact off the bench (something he can do).

Morocco like Argentina have had such support, every game has been like a home fixture, and it will be the same here.

Under this manager the only goal they have conceded is an own goal!

If they can beat Spain, they can beat Portugal!

Africa’s first ever World Cup semi-Finalists?

Would be huge….

England 2-1 France 

Thinking with my heart?

Just remember outside of their attack this is a young French midfield and defence and if we are positive, we can get at France.

A big if of course.

Comes down to how positive Southgate is.

Tactically prepare for Mbappe, but don’t show too much respect.

Sitting back would play into France’s hands.

Dan Smith


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24 Comments

  1. If England start against France in the same way as against Senegal they will be overrun in the first 30 minutes.
    Even with my extremely limited tactical nous, I can see that the ball has to be moved forwards at speed and not passed around at the back before being lobbed up to short wide players.

  2. Croatia 1 -3 Brazil
    Netherlands 1- 2 Argentina
    Morocco 1-2 Portugal
    England 2-2 France.
    God help Prince 🙏🙏.

  3. Simple if England are bold enough to attack the left side of France, they have a chance with theo hernandez forays forward and mbappe non existing workrate especially defending. Mbappe will either win the world cup for France or lose it for them.

    Knowing southgate they will sit back and get their ass handed to them. Watch it bench foden and twitter go 💥.

  4. Croatia 0-2 Brazil
    Netherlands 1-1 Argentina (Netherlands to go through 2-1 on extra time)
    Morocco 1-0 Portugal
    England 1-2 France

    1. Croatia 0-2 Brazil
      Holland 2-1 Argentina
      Morocco 1-1 Portugal (Portugal win on Penalties)
      England 1-2 France

  5. Brazil,Holland,Portugal and England.While France have quality in abundance I do believe they lack the grit and determination needed when the going gets tough as it will in this match.From an England point of view, Stones and Maguire need to be at their very best and avoid taking unnecessary risks as they both lack real pace in recovery.Despite the attacking prowess shown by Brazil and Portugal, I expect France or England to win the Tournament.

  6. England have a chance if they play on the front foot France can be got at and there keeper is always reliable in the mistakes department if we sit back and play negative football they will destroy us hopefully Southgate takes the handbrake off and goes for it!

  7. Just for fun. All the best to the ones who qualifed.
    Croatia 0-2 Brazil
    England 1-3 France
    Argentina 0-0 Netherlands ( Argentina win on penalties)
    Morocco 1-0 Portugal

  8. Guys just to remind you that if game goes to pen it will count as a draw , not who wins on pens
    I will base scores on 120 mins
    Eg If you said 2-1 in extra time and it finished 2-1 after 90 , you get the points

  9. Croatia 1-2 Brazil
    England 1-3 France
    Argentina 1-1 Netherlands (Arg win penalties)
    Morocco 1-2 Portugal

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