World Cup 2022 rating predictions: Chris Sutton predicts the second spherical of group video games in Qatar

Chris Sutton's predictions

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You will have been shocked by a few of the early outcomes at this World Cup, however BBC Sport soccer knowledgeable Chris Sutton noticed not less than certainly one of them coming.

He was spot on along with his prediction of Japan’s 2-1 win over Germany, and even acquired the proper scoreline too.

That was certainly one of 12 outcomes he known as proper from the primary set of 16 fixtures, with a complete of three precise scores, however how will he fare within the second spherical of group video games?

Sutton is predicting the result of all 64 matches in Qatar and, earlier than the event, he picked his two groups to undergo from every group and attain the knockout stage.

He’s backing France to win the World Cup (having been the one BBC pundit to say they’d be world champions in 2018), believes England will attain the quarter-finals and thinks Wales will not get out of their group.


Friday, 25 November
Qatar v Senegal x-x 0-1
Friday, 21 November
Netherlands v Ecuador x-x 2-1

Sutton’s pre-tournament picks: Netherlands (winners) and Senegal (runners-up). Ecuador to complete third, and Qatar fourth.

Qatar v Senegal

Qatar v Senegal (Al Thumama Stadium, 25 November, 13:00 GMT)

Let’s face it, Qatar had been poor in opposition to Ecuador. I used to be actually dissatisfied by the hosts, and the 2-0 scoreline flattered them – it may have been worse.

They might enhance, however I do not see it. Senegal have gotten points in assault, however they may have an excessive amount of high quality for them.

Sutton’s prediction: 0-1

Netherlands v Ecuador

Netherlands v Ecuador (Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, 25 November, 16:00)

It is onerous to know what to make of Ecuador as a result of they’ve solely confronted Qatar up to now, however they had been the one South American nation to win their opening sport other than Brazil.

I assumed the Dutch had been fairly sloppy in opposition to Senegal however they acquired the job accomplished in the long run. This sport is likely to be a bit extra of a check of the place they’re at, however I believe they may come by it.

Sutton’s prediction: 2-1


Friday, 25 November
Wales v Iran x-x 1-1
Friday, 25 November
England v USA x-x 2-1

Sutton’s pre-tournament picks: England (winners) and United States (runners-up). Iran to complete third, and Wales fourth.

Wales v Iran

Wales v Iran (Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, 25 November, 10:00)

I hold listening to about how Iran had been ineffective however I assumed England performed very nicely to beat them, and the standard of all six of their targets was excellent.

From the Wales followers I’ve met in Doha, or listened to on 5 Stay, there’s some Welsh vanity on the market – they’re dismissing Iran already.

That may be a harmful sport, they usually may simply remorse it.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-1

England v USA

England v USA (Al Bayt Stadium, 25 November, 19:00)

America are a high-intensity, high-pressing workforce and actually aggressive with that… however, as we noticed in opposition to Wales, they fade late on.

England can have an excessive amount of for them – they know loads of their gamers they usually know they’re higher than them. There are some fascinating head-to-heads, like Bukayo Saka going up in opposition to Antonee Robinson, who he gave an actual going over when Arsenal performed Fulham earlier within the season.

I do not see the US inflicting England many issues in any respect to be sincere however l additionally do not assume Gareth Southgate’s males will put a number of targets previous them simply because they did that in opposition to Iran.

By the way in which, there is no such thing as a manner England ought to relaxation Harry Kane after his damage scare. We’re not ready to take another nations flippantly, particularly within the second sport of a event after we have not acquired out of the group. Kane has to play.

Sutton’s prediction: 2-1


Saturday, 26 November
Poland v Saudi Arabia x-x 1-1
Saturday, 26 November
Argentina v Mexico x-x 2-1

Sutton’s pre-tournament picks to undergo: Argentina (winners) and Mexico (runners-up). Poland to complete third, and Saudi Arabia fourth.

Poland v Saudi Arabia

Poland v Saudi Arabia (Training Metropolis Stadium, 26 November, 13:00)

Wow, what a shock it was to see Saudi Arabia beat Argentina.

Was it the sport of their lives for them to come back again and win 2-1? We would discover out right here, however they are going to be stuffed with confidence now.

Poland, in the meantime, had been significantly poor in opposition to Mexico they usually did not have any fluency to their play.

I used to be anticipating much more from them. I believe they most likely must win this sport to have an opportunity of reaching the final 16, however they could should accept a degree.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-1

Argentina v Mexico

Argentina v Mexico (Lusail Iconic Stadium, 26 November, 19:00)

I’m co-commentating on this sport and it’s form of unthinkable for Lionel Messi, in probably his final World Cup, to be going out within the group stage after two video games.

It may occur, however I do not assume it can. Mexico didn’t provide a lot in opposition to a poor Poland facet and I really feel like sheer desperation will drag Argentina to the win they want.

Sutton’s prediction: 2-1


Saturday, 26 November
Tunisia v Australia x-x 1-0
Saturday, 26 November
France v Denmark x-x 1-0

Sutton’s pre-tournament picks to undergo: France (winners) and Denmark (runners-up). Australia third and Tunisia fourth.

Tunisia v Australia

Tunisia v Australia (Al Janoub Stadium, 26 November, 10:00)

Australia are extraordinarily hard-working however they’re wanting high quality to go together with their effort.

Tunisia confirmed in opposition to Denmark that they’re a very well-organised workforce, and I can see them utilizing their nous to edge this.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-0

France v Denmark

France v Denmark (Stadium 974, 26 November, 16:00)

France are my choose to win it however they performed like they had been entitled to simply flip up and take the factors within the first quarter-hour of their sport in opposition to Australia. It was as in the event that they thought the win would simply occur for them.

Going a purpose down form of kickstarted them, after which we noticed Kylian Mbappe get up. When he isolates defenders and runs at them, he’s simply scary to observe.

I do not see the holders – who I backed 4 years in the past by the way in which – making a equally gradual begin this time. Denmark have crushed France twice within the Nations League this yr, however France will deliver out their strut and swagger now, when it actually issues.

One purpose is likely to be sufficient too. Former Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel stated on our 5 Stay World Cup preview present that the Danes are wanting a striker, and I do not see them scoring on this sport both.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-0


Sunday, 27 November
Japan v Costa Rica x-x 2-0
Sunday, 27 November
Spain v Germany x-x 1-1

Sutton’s pre-tournament picks to undergo: Spain (winners) and Japan (runners-up). Germany third and Costa Rica fourth.

Japan v Costa Rica

Japan v Costa Rica (Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, 27 November, 10:00)

I’m eating out on my prediction that Japan would beat Germany of their first match – I really appeared on Japanese TV to speak about it.

I didn’t see it as an enormous shock to be sincere, as a result of they’ve some glorious technical gamers, however their comeback was a shock.

Japan had barely laid a glove on Germany within the first half, however then they modified their system they usually had been braver on the ball. That was the distinction.

As for Costa Rica, nicely they appeared significantly poor in opposition to Spain, however Spain can try this in opposition to groups with their possession and make you look foolish. We would see a really completely different show in the event that they get on the ball right here.

I’d nonetheless again Japan, although. Win and they’re most likely by to the final 16, in order that they have that prize to play for.

Sutton’s prediction: 2-0

Spain v Germany

Spain v Germany (Al Bayt, 27 November, 19:00)

This can be a onerous one to name. Germany are inconsistent however you possibly can see the way in which Hansi Flick needs to play.

They are going to attempt to take the sport to Spain however that may be very harmful.

Spanish soccer knowledgeable Guillem Balague was one other to seem on our 5 dwell World Cup preview present and he stated Spain may battle to attain targets, however they haven’t made a foul begin with seven of their first match.

I can see this ending a draw, which might not knock Germany out however would go away them getting ready to a group-stage exit for the second successive World Cup.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-1


Sunday, 27 November
Belgium v Morocco x-x 2-0
Sunday, 27 November
Croatia v Canada x-x 0-1

Sutton’s pre-tournament picks to undergo: Belgium (winners) and Croatia (runners-up). Morocco to complete third and Canada fourth.

Belgium v Morocco

Belgium v Morocco (Al Thumama Stadium, 27 November, 13:00)

Belgium acquired a little bit of a scare from Canada however I’m anticipating them to be a lot better this time.

Morocco weren’t unhealthy of their draw with Croatia, however we all know the standard that Belgium have gotten.

Sutton’s prediction: 2-0

Croatia v Canada

Croatia v Canada (Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, 27 November, 16:00)

Canada are a bit just like the US in that they play front-foot soccer and are thrilling to observe, however can discover themselves being picked off by groups who’re prepared to attend for them to explode.

They could get some pleasure right here although. Croatia usually are not precisely free-scoring and usually are not the workforce they had been after they reached the ultimate 4 years in the past.

Sutton’s prediction: 0-1


Monday, 28 November
Cameroon v Serbia x-x 1-1
Monday, 28 November
Brazil v Switzerland x-x 2-1

Sutton’s pre-tournament picks to undergo: Brazil (winners) and Serbia (runners-up). Switzerland to complete third and Cameroon fourth.

Cameroon v Serbia

Cameroon v Serbia (Al Janoub, 28 November, 10:00)

After watching Serbia in opposition to Brazil I’m not very impressed by Statman Dave’s leftfield choose for Serbia to win the World Cup.

If that occurs, I’ll run up and down Cromer Pier bare, within the peak of summer time. In actual fact, I am going to do it even when they attain the semi-finals.

I do not assume they may beat a reasonably common Cameroon facet both, however I’ll hold my garments on if that occurs.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-1

Brazil v Switzerland

Brazil v Switzerland (Stadium 974, 28 November, 16:00)

Switzerland can be delighted with their win over Cameroon, however they’re fairly a median facet.

I believe their tempo up entrance means they may trigger Brazil extra issues than Serbia did, they usually may get a purpose right here.

Brazil took a little bit of time to get going in opposition to Serbia however they confirmed a few of their attacking energy in the long run, and will probably be an identical story right here.

Sutton’s prediction: 2-1


Monday, 28 November
South Korea v Ghana x-x 1-0
Monday, 28 November
Portugal v Uruguay x-x 0-0

Sutton’s pre-tournament picks to undergo: Portugal (winners) and South Korea (runners-up). Uruguay third and Ghana fourth.

South Korea v Ghana

South Korea v Ghana (Training Metropolis Stadium, 28 November, 13:00)

South Korea’s draw with Uruguay was goalless, but it surely wasn’t boring. That they had some probabilities, it is simply they did not take any of them.

They are going to most likely really feel they should beat Ghana to present themselves an opportunity of getting out of a really open group, however it’ll be shut.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-0

Portugal v Uruguay

Portugal v Uruguay (Lusail Iconic Stadium, 28 November, 19:00)

I do not go for a lot of nil-nil attracts, however I simply have a sense about this one.

If Cristiano Ronaldo retains on chucking himself to the ground and the referees hold shopping for it then they might find yourself profitable this sport by a penalty – however I actually hope not.

Sutton’s prediction: 0-0

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