Five Bold Predictions for the Qatar World Cup 2022
We do not know about you, but we cannot wait for the FIFA World Cup to begin in Qatar in November. As avid football fans, there is nothing better than watching some of the best teams fight it out for that famous golden trophy. Although the first match is still some time away, it does not mean that we cannot start thinking about predictions. Of course, you are welcome to make some simple FIFA World Cup predictions, but there is no fun in that. Thus, today, we wanted to share with you our bold World Cup predictions.
Belgium Get Eliminated in the Group Stage
The first of our WC 2022 Predictions is the Roberto Martinez's Belgium will not get out of the group, although they are expected by many to go deep into the tournament. Despite this, anyone who has been following international football for a while now will know that Belgium often fall short at big tournaments, although they have a plethora of world class players.
Belgium are favourites to win Group F in Qatar, having been drawn in a group with Croatia, Morocco, and Canada. Martinez and his men are expected to progress without many issues, but we can actually see them finishing third in the group. Croatia are a quality side that reached the final in Russia four years ago, while Morocco and Canada have the skills to frustrate the best teams in the world on their day.
The United States Could Shock a Few
The US qualified for seven World Cups in a row from 1990 until 2014, and during this period they failed to qualify from the group on three occasions, with their best performance being a Quarter-Final spot. They failed to make it to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but Gregg Berhalter has changed the fortunes of his team.
The Americans finished second at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2019, and they went one step further and won it in 2021. To add to this, the Yanks also beat Mexico in the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League final. There used to be a time when the US could boast of just a couple of household names, but that is not the case now. Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson recently joined Leeds in the EPL, while Christian Pulisic plays for Chelsea. Gio Reyna, Yunus Musah, and Weston McKennie also play for top clubs in Europe.
Their World Cup fixtures this time around include Wales, England, and Iran, and while England will be tough for them, they will have no doubt that they can finish above Wales and Iran. If they make it past the groups, then who knows what they might achieve.
Lionel Messi and Cristian Ronaldo Will Not Score
Giving the quality of both of these players, we know that this is a really bold prediction. Ronaldo has scored 117 goals for his country, making him the leading scorer in international football history, while Messi has 86 goals for his nation. They are two quality players, but all good things have to end at some stage.
Portugal will come up against Uruguay, Ghana, and South Korea, while Argentina will face Poland, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia. We really do not think that it is inconceivable that both Ronaldo and Messi will fail to score a goal at the World Cup, and it is something that you would get pretty good odds for.
Even if this is something that does happen, it will definitely not put a blight on their fantastic footballing careers, and they will still go down as two of the best footballers to grace the game.
Denmark to Make the Last Eight
Denmark's last international tournament, despite making it to the semi-finals of the Euro 2022, was an unpleasant one due to Christian Eriken suffering a heart attack on the field. Thankfully, he survived and is now back in action in the EPL for Manchester United.
If he stays fit, then he will be playing at the World Cup in November and December. Since Euro 2020, the Danes have played 13 matches and have picked up 10 wins, which includes seven clean sheets. They won all but one of their ten World Cup qualifiers, only conceding three goals while doing so.
Denmark are now a force on the world stage and will feel that they have the quality to beat anyone that they come across. The Danes are in a group with France, which will be a tough game, but they then have matches against Tunisia and Australia. They should definitely qualify for the Round of 16, and we can see them reaching at least the Quarter-Finals.
The Best Young Player Award Goes to Bellingham
Jude Bellingham seems like he has been around for ages, but he is still just 19 years of age. He made a bit of a name for himself when playing for Birmingham City, and was signed by Dortmund when he was only 17. Since then, he has played 91 times in the Bundesliga, picking up 18 assists and 11 goals. In addition to this, he has played for England on 15 occasions, and is definitely in Southgate's plans for the Qatar World Cup.
We are expecting him to light up the world stage in November and December and to be in with a chance of landing the Best Young Player award that is given to the best player who is 21 or younger. Although he will have tough competition with the likes of Vinicius Junior for Brazil and Pedri or Spain, we think Bellingham will claim it.
Some Other Predictions to Think about
We really hope that you liked our bold predictions for the upcoming World Cup and that they help bring you money if you decide to bet on any of them. Of course, do not expect all of our predictions to land, but we can definitely see some of them coming true. If you want even more predictions, then you are in luck since below you can find a list of some other predictions of ours:
- Harry Kane will win the Golden Boot
- Allison will pick up the Golden Glove
- Canada will finish second in their group
- England will win the World Cup
- Qatar will not get one point