Dan’s World Cup Predictions Round of Last 16 – Can England impress?

Holland 1-1 USA

The Dutch are being criticized back home for being perceived as negative, not attacking enough.

Retiring after the tournament, Van Gaal is long enough in the tooth to handle it.

To be fair they were in a group where they had zero need to assert themselves.

I think they will be conservative on Saturday which will allow the Americans to stay in the tie.

Glorious failure as I will pick Holland on penalties.

Argentina 3-0 Australia

Given they lost their opener to Saudi Arabia things could have turned out a lot worse for Argentina then Australia in the knockout stages.

To be fair they handled the intense pressure well without relying just on Messi.

Credit to their fans for sticking with the team and creating an atmosphere like they are the home team.

Only Morocco can compete with the noise the Argentines have made.

England 1-0 Senegal

The problem with Southgate making changes for the Welsh game is the fickle fanbase he represents.

Rashford scored twice and Foden was on the scoresheet so he will be critiqued if he drops either.

Yet the same supporters will complain is Saka is on the bench.

In knockout football the manager’s natural incline is to be conservative, he’s more inclined to play a Henderson and Rice then fit in another attacking midfielder.

I expect the Three Lions to advance but with question marks over the display.

France 2-0 Poland

Hard to know how the Poles will approach this.

Against Argentina their ambition consisted of not being beaten heavily and hoping Mexico didn’t score enough in their fixture (that nearly backfired).

Are they content to get this far so treat this as a free swing?

Or do they park the bus and play for penalties?

Japan 2-1 Croatia

The hardest tie to forecast how both teams will approach.

Croatia like to be organised while Japan like to counterattack.

They beat Germany and Spain but lost to Costa Rica due to being uncomfortable with having the ball and expected to take the initiative.

Might go into extra time.

Brazil 2-1 S Korea

There’s an increasing feeling that Neymar won’t be fit enough to return to the World Cup and that Brazil don’t want to confirm it due to the risk of upsetting the spirit in the squad.

It would be a shock if he started on Monday.

Neymar is the one player who can produce a moment of magic out of the hat, with Tite choosing his team to be more conservative than previous Brazilian teams.

With nothing to lose and a decent support following them, South Korea can scare Brazil.

Morocco 2-1 Spain

There were so many upsets in the group stage that it’s natural we will have one in the last 8.

Morocco have conceded once since their manager took over (an own goal).

Spain struggle with to break down teams at times.

They will dominate possession but don’t kill off their opponents.

Morocco’s fan will make this an away game for the Spanish, and it will be a test of the character of some of their youngsters.

Portugal 1-1 Switzerland

Two teams with such experience they used their Streetwise skills to manoeuvre through their groups.

Both can set up hard to beat and it might be a game of chess

Swiss on pens?

Dan Smith

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31 Comments

  1. Holland 2 Vs 0 USA
    Argentina 2 Vs 0 Australia
    England 2 Vs 1 Senegal
    France 2 Vs 0 Poland
    Japan 1 Vs 2 Croatia
    Brazil 2 Vs 0 south Korea
    Morrocco I Vs 2 Spain
    Portugal 2 Vs 1 Switzerland

    1. Holland 2 Vs 1 USA
      Argentina 2 Vs 1 Australia
      England 1 Vs 0 Senegal
      France 2 Vs 1 Poland
      Japan 2 Vs 1 Croatia
      Brazil 3 Vs 0 south Korea
      Morrocco 0 Vs 2 Spain
      Portugal 1 Vs 1 Switzerland

  2. Netherland 2 Vs 1 USA
    Argentina 2 Vs 0 Australia
    England 2 Vs 0 Senegal
    France 2 Vs 0 Poland
    Japan 1 Vs 2 Croatia
    Brazil 2 Vs 0 South Korea
    Morroco I Vs 2 Spain
    Portugal 2 Vs 1 Switzerland

  3. Holland 1 Vs 1 USA
    Argentina 3 Vs 1 Australia
    England 3 Vs 0 Senegal
    France 2 Vs 0 Poland
    Japan 1 Vs 1 Croatia
    Brazil 3 Vs 1 south Korea
    Morrocco 0 Vs 1 Spain
    Portugal 2 Vs 2 Switzerland

  4. Holland 1 Vs 0USA
    Argentina 3 Vs 1 Australia
    England 3 Vs 0 Senegal
    France 2 Vs 0 Poland
    Japan 0 Vs 1 Croatia
    Brazil 3 Vs 0 South Korea
    Morrocco 0 Vs 1 Spain
    Portugal 2 Vs 1 Switzerland

  5. Hollay1_2 USA
    England 1_2 senagal
    France 2_1 Poland
    Morocco 1_ 0 spain
    Brazil 3_1 Korea
    Portugal 3_1 Switzerland
    Argentina 2_0 Australia
    Japan 1_1 Croatia

    1. Going by some reports Jesus could be out for five weeks. But then it’s not official. He didn’t look his usual nippy self against Cameroon. Need another striker

  6. Holland 2 Vs 0 USA
    Argentina 2 Vs 0 Australia
    England 1 Vs 1 Senegal
    France 2 Vs 1 Poland
    Japan 1 Vs 2 Croatia
    Brazil 2 Vs 0 south Korea
    Morrocco I Vs 2 Spain
    Portugal 2 Vs 1 Switzerland

  7. Netherlands 2 – 0 USA
    Argentina 2 – 0 Australia
    France 3 – 0 Poland
    England 2 – 2 Senegal
    Japan 2 – 1 Croatia
    Brazil 3 – 2 S/Korea
    Morocco 1 – 2 Spain
    Portugal 2 – 1 Switzerland

      1. Cheers Rob49
        Same to you

        The Netherlands/USA game has already started and no score at 15.05

        I’d have gone for 2-1 to Netherlands
        Argentina 2-0 Australia
        France 2-1 Poland
        England 3-1 Senegal
        Japan 1-1 Croatia
        Brazil 3-1 South Korea
        Morocco 1-3 Spain
        Portugal 2-1 Switzerland

        1. Thank you Sue, shame you missed the start, I’m easy, you only missed by a few minutes, if it’s 2-1 to Netherlands and Dan wants to give you 3 points that’s fine by me. Win or lose I’m enjoying taking part’

  8. Netherlands 0–0 USA
    Argentina 2–0 Australia
    France 3–0 Poland
    England 2–1 Senegal
    Japan 2–1 Croatia
    Brazil 3–1 S/Korea
    Morocco 0–2 Spain
    Portugal 1–1 Switzerland

  9. Holland 1 Vs 0 USA
    Argentina 2 Vs 0 Australia
    England 2 Vs 1 Senegal
    France 2 Vs 0 Poland
    Japan 1 Vs 1 Croatia
    Brazil 2 Vs 0 south Korea
    Morrocco I Vs 1 Spain
    Portugal 2 Vs 1 Switzerland

  10. Netherlands 2-1 USA
    Argentina 2-0 Australia
    France 3-1 Poland
    England 2-1 Senegal
    Japan 2-2 Croatia
    Brazil 3-0 S/Korea
    Morocco 1-3 Spain
    Portugal 2-2 Switzerland.
    God help Prince 🙏🙏.

    1. Argentina 3-1Australia
      France 2-1 Poland
      England 0-0 Senegal
      Japan 0-1 Croatia
      Brazil 3-0 s/Korea
      Morocco 1-0 Spain
      Portugal 1-1 Switzerland

      1. Argentina 2-1 Australia
        France 2-1 Poland
        England 2-1 Senegal
        Japan 1-2 Croatia
        Brazil 3-1 Korea
        Morocco 2-2 Spain
        Portugal 2-1 Switzerland

        1. Congratulations on your excellent prediction Argentina 2 – Australia 1!
          I am a very proud of the performance of the Australian team today against the #3 ranked team in the world.-

  11. Argentina 2-0 Australia
    France 2-1 Poland
    England 2-0 Senegal
    Japan 1-1 Croatia
    Brazil 2-0 s/Korea
    Morocco 1-2 Spain
    Portugal 1-2 Switzerland

    1. HH you missed the first game! I barely missed as well. If it’s ok with Dan to ignore my prediction on the first game am ok with it. All the best HH. If you go through I’ll be rooting for you.

      1. I had time to make the predictions but I delayed. Totally my fault. Our predictions are different so we both have a chance.

        Thank you so much for being considerate brother. I appreciate it a lot. If you go through I will root for you too.

  12. Argentina 3 Vs 0 Australia
    England 2 Vs 1 Senegal
    France 3 Vs 0 Poland
    Japan 2 Vs 1 Croatia
    Brazil 3 Vs 0 South Korea
    Morrocco 0 Vs 2 Spain
    Portugal 2 Vs 1 Switzerland

  13. England 4 Vs 1 Senegal
    France 3 Vs 1 Poland
    Japan 1 Vs 0 Croatia
    Brazil 4 Vs 2 South Korea
    Morrocco 0 Vs 2 Spain
    Portugal 2 Vs 1 Switzerland

    Shame I missed the first two matches. Best of luck Kobin👍👍

  14. England have a dream inside run and will only have themselves to blame if they don’t make the final. The big test of course is, how will the likes of McGuire, Stones and Shaw respond when they finally come across good attackers???

  15. Sorry I’m late to the comments ,just arrived in Antigua for holiday ,well done to my group winners and GL .

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