JustArsenal World Cup Predictions – Gameday 2 Group Stages

JustArsenal World Cup predictions – Game 2

South Korea 1-1 Ghana

South Korea gave everything to get a point in their opening game, they were on their knees at full time.
It was apparent that every player tactically knew their job.
They gave so much that I wonder if in the space of a few days they can go again?

Portugal 1-0 Uruguay

Some have made Uruguay their dark horses, which I don’t quite understand.
For me they are in transition between phasing out players who have been brilliant for them and bringing in new faces.
For example, they were trying to press with a 35-year-old Luis Suarez up front. He was then subbed for 35-year-old Cavani
36-year-old Godin (who was amazing on Thursday) is still at the heart of defence.
Portugal have more legs .

Brazil 1-0 Switzerland

We saw for an hour Serbia frustrate Brazil.
The Swiss have enough experience to do the same.
They have played enough together to have a game plan they believe in, to where they won’t fear Brazil and will believe in their tactics.
It might take a moment of magic and patience for Brazil to win.
The earlier they break the deadlock the easier it will be.

Serbia 2-1 Cameroon

Serbia would have approached Brazil as a free swing and would be able to take positives from Thursday night.
In two tight fixtures left, Mitrovic could be the difference.
It’s just;can Serbia cope with the pressure?

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

HERE IS THE TABLES AFTER THE FIRST ROUND OF GAMES..

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      1. South Korea 1-2 Ghana
        Portugal 1-0 Uruguay
        Brazil 2-1 Switzerland
        Serbia 1-1 Cameroon
        Qatar 1-3 Senegal
        Netherlands 2-1 Ecuador
        Wales 2-1 Iran
        England 1-0 USA
        Poland 1-2 Saudi Arabia
        Argentina 2-1 Mexico
        Tunisia 2-1 Australia
        France 2-0 Denmark
        Japan 1-1 Costa Rica
        Spain 1-1 Germany
        Croatia 2-1 Canada
        Belgium 2-1 Morocco

  1. South Korea 0-1 Ghana
    Portugal 1-0 Uruguay
    Brazil 3-0 Switzerland
    Serbia 2-1 Cameroon
    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

    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
      South Korea 1-1 Ghana
      Portugal 1-2 Uruguay
      Brazil 3-0 Switzerland
      Serbia 2-1 Cameroon

  2. South Korea 1 Vs 2 Ghana
    Portugal 2 Vs 0 Uruguay
    Brazil 3 Vs 1 Switzerland
    Serbia 2 Vs 1 Cameroon
    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

    1. South Korea 1-2 Ghana
      Portugal 1-1 Uruguay
      Brazil 3-1 Switzerland
      Serbia 2-1 Cameroon
      England 1-0 USA
      Poland 1-1 Saudi Arabia
      Argentina 3-1 Mexico
      Tunisia 1-0 Australia
      France 2-1 Denmark
      Japan 2-0 Costa Rica
      Spain 2-1 Germany
      Croatia 2-1 Canada
      Belgium 2-0 Morocco

  3. South Korea 1 Vs 2 Ghana
    Portugal 1 Vs 1 Uruguay
    Brazil 3 Vs 1 Switzerland
    Serbia 2 Vs 1 Cameroon
    Qatar 1 Vs 2 Senegal
    Netherlands 2 Vs 1 Ecuador
    Wales 1 Vs 0 Iran
    England 2 Vs 0 USA
    Poland 2 Vs 0 Saudi Arabia
    Argentina 2 Vs 0 Mexico
    Tunisia 0 Vs 0 Australia
    France 2 Vs 1 Denmark
    Japan 2 Vs 0 Costa Rica
    Spain 3 Vs 1 Germany
    Croatia 1 Vs 1 Canada
    Belgium 1 Vs 1 Morocco

  4. South Korea 1-1 Ghana
    Portugal 2-0 Uruguay
    Brazil 2-1 Switzerland
    Serbia 2-0 Cameroon
    Qatar 0-2 Senegal
    Netherlands 2-1 Ecuador
    England 3-0 USA
    Poland 1-2 Saudi Arabia
    Argentina 2-1 Mexico
    Tunisia 1-0 Australia
    France 1-2 Denmark
    Japan 2-0 Costa Rica
    Spain 2-1 Germany
    Croatia 2-1 Canada
    Belgium 2-1 Morocco

  5. Qatar 0-2 Senegal
    Netherland 2-1 Ecuador
    England 2-1 USA
    Tunisia 1-1 Australia
    Poland 0-2 Soudi Arabia
    Argentina 2-1 Mexico
    Japan 2-0 Costa Rica
    Belgium 2-0 Morocco
    Croatia 1-1 Canada
    Spain 1-2 Germany
    Serbia 2-1 Cameroon
    South Korea 1-2 Ghana
    Brazil 2-1 Switzerland
    Portugal 1-0 Uruguay

    1. Qatar 0-3 Senegal
      Netherland 2-2 Ecuador
      England 3-1 USA
      Tunisia 2-0 Australia
      Poland 2-1 SAudi Arabia
      Argentina 1-1 Mexico
      Japan 4-0 Costa Rica
      Belgium 2-0 Morocco
      Croatia 2-0 Canada
      Spain 3-O Germany
      Serbia 1-2 Cameroon
      South Korea 2-2 Ghana
      Brazil 4-0 Switzerland
      Portugal 1-2 Uruguay

  6. Holland 2-1 Equador
    England 3-1 USA
    Poland 1-1 Saudi
    Argentina 2-1 Mexico
    Tunisia 1-2 Australia
    France 3-1 Denmark
    Japan 2-1 Costa Rica
    Spain 2-2 Germany
    Croatia 1-2 Canada
    Belgium 4-1 Morocco
    South Korea 1-2 Ghana
    Portugal 2-1 Uruguay
    Brazil 2-2 Switzerland
    Serbia 1-2 Cameroon

  7. South Korea 2-1 Ghana
    Portugal 0-0 Uruguay
    Brazil 1-0 Switzerland
    Serbia 0-1 Cameroon
    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

  8. South Korea 1-1 Ghana
    Portugal 1-0 Uruguay
    Brazil 2-1 Switzerland
    Serbia 2-1 Cameroon
    Netherlands 2-0 Ecuador
    England 2-1 USA
    Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia
    Argentina 2-1 Mexico
    Tunisia 2-1 Australia
    France 3-0 Denmark
    Japan 1-1 Costa Rica
    Spain 2-1 Germany
    Croatia 1-0 Canada
    Belgium 2-1 Morocco

  9. South Korea 1-1 Ghana
    Portugal 2-0 Uruguay
    Brazil 3-1 Switzerland
    Serbia 2-1 Cameroon
    Qatar 0-1 Senegal
    Netherlands 2-0 Ecuador
    Wales 1-0 Iran
    England 3-1 USA
    Poland 2-1 Saudi Arabia
    Argentina 4-2 Mexico
    Tunisia 2-2 Australia
    France 3-0 Denmark
    Japan 1-0 Costa Rica
    Spain 2-2 Germany
    Croatia 1-1 Canada
    Belgium 2-1 Morocco

  10. For some reason I thought I did these already lol. Guess I didn’t. I’ve taken out the matches that finished

    South Korea 1-1 Ghana
    Portugal 1-0 Uruguay
    Brazil 2-1 Switzerland
    Serbia 2-1 Cameroon

    England 2-1 USA
    Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia
    Argentina 2-1 Mexico
    Tunisia 2-1 Australia
    France 3-0 Denmark
    Japan 1-1 Costa Rica
    Spain 2-1 Germany
    Croatia 1-0 Canada
    Belgium 2-1 Morocco

  11. South Korea 2_1 Ghana
    Portugal 1_1 Uruguay
    Brazil 1_0 Switzerland
    Serbia 2_1 Cameroon
    England 2_1 USA
    Poland 1_1 Saudi Arabia
    Argentina 3_1 mexico
    Tunisia 2_2 Australia
    France 1_2 Denmark
    Japan 2_1 Costa Rica
    Spain 2_2 German
    Croatia 1_1 Canada
    Belgium 1_2 Morocco

  12. Hi Dan and AdPat
    Like Stephanie and Savage I’m sure I sent in my scores too.

    However, they are not there so here goes with the reminder:-

    Poland 2-1 Saudi Arabia
    Argentina 2-1 Mexico
    Tunisia 2-0 Australia
    France 2-1 Denmark
    Japan 2-0 Costa Rica
    Spain 2-1 Germany
    Croatia 1-2 Canada
    Belgium 1-0 Morocco
    South Korea 1-1 Ghana
    Portugal 2-2 Uruguay
    Brazil 2-0 Switzerland
    Serbia 1-1 Cameroon

  13. Poland 2-2 Saudi Arabia
    Argentina 1-1 Mexico
    Tunisia 2-0 Australia
    France 3-1 Denmark
    Japan 2-0 Costa Rica
    Spain 2-3 Germany
    Croatia 2-1 Canada
    Belgium 2-0 Morocco
    South Korea 0-2 Ghana
    Portugal 3-2 Uruguay
    Brazil 3-0 Switzerland
    Serbia 1-2 Cameroon

  14. Qatar 1-3 Senegal
    Holland 2-1 Ecuador
    Wales 2-1 Iran
    England 1-1 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
    S/Korea 2-2 Ghana
    Portugal 2-2 Uruguay
    Brazil 3-1 Switzerland
    Serbia 2-1 cameroun
    God please help Prince 🙏🙏.
    Please admin this was how i predicted it yesterday before the matches started….. please add my points.

  15. Poland 1-1 Saudi Arabia
    Argentina 2-1 Mexico
    Tunisia 0-0 Australia
    France 2-1 Denmark
    Japan 2-0 Costa Rica
    Spain 2-2 Germany
    Croatia 2-1 Canada
    Belgium 1-1 Morocco
    South Korea 1-2 Ghana
    Portugal 3-1 Uruguay
    Brazil 3-1 Switzerland
    Serbia 1-1 Cameroon

  16. South korea 2-1 Ghana Portugal 2-0 Uruguay Brazil 2-0 Switzerland Serbia 2-1 Cameroon…. Please check my earlier prediction for other games of match day 2.

  17. South Korea 1-1 Ghana
    Portugal 2-1 Uruguay
    Brazil 2-0 Switzerland
    Serbia 2-1 Cameroon

    Please add to my previous prediction. And please can we be predicting this games all at once. Breaking the prediction half by half causes a lot of confusion as you can clearly see here.
    Let the last group match be predicted all at once please. Thank you.

    1. No mate it would be too quick a turn around
      If we had waited till after Brazil match it would have given players only Friday morning to submit predictions for Friday fixtures
      By doing this we have them whole of Thursday

  18. Final 4 group C matches for round 2
    South 2 – 1 Korea Ghana
    Portugal 1 – 0 Uruguay
    Brazil 2 – 0 Switzerland
    Serbia 0 – 2 Cameroon

  19. S,korea 2-1 Ghana. Argentina 2-1 mexico. France 3-1 denmark. Japan 2-0 c,rica. Spain 2-1 germany. Croatia 1-1 Canada. Belgium 2-0 morocco. Serbia 2-0 cameroon. Brazil 2-0 Swiss. Portugal 2-2 uruguay.

  20. I don’t know what is going on. But here are the rest of my predictions.

    South Korea 1-1 Ghana
    Portugal 1-0 Uruguay
    Brazil 2-1 Switzerland
    Serbia 2-0 Cameroon

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