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World Cup: Two potential last 16 matches that will set the pulse racing 

November 22 – Six months later than scheduled, the 2022 World Cup is finally here. Controversy has dominated the media, but it’s now time for football to do the talking.

France enter the showdown in the desert as the reigning champions after sweeping all before them in Russia four years ago. It is Brazil however, who Oddschecker, which compares World Cup odds and offers, have put forward as the tournament favourites.

And it’s easy to see why the Selecao have been given that honour ahead of Les Bleus. Didier Deschamps’ side head to Qatar without two key players from the team that led them to glory in 2018. Central midfield pair Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante are both missing the tournament because of injury. And now Karim Benzema has been ruled out.

If that wasn’t bad enough, France share a group with Denmark, who just beat them home and away during the recent UEFA Nations League campaign. And then there’s the small matter of the champion’s curse which they must conquer.

Those are just a few of the reasons which lead us to believe that France won’t top their group. Despite opening with a draw, that honour could go to the Danes. And that will set up some mouth watering second-round ties…

Argentina vs France (Winners Group C vs Runners Up Group D) 

If our predictions are correct and Denmark top Group D ahead of France, then that could spell trouble for Les Bleus. Chances are they will meet Argentina in the last 16 in a repeat of the second-round tie from Russia 2018. That time around, the Albicelestes were in disarray. It took a late Marcos Rojo winner against Nigeria to send them to the knockout stages and, despite giving it their best shot, Argentina fell to Didier Deschamps’ men in a 4-3 epic.

This time around, however, Argentina are a different side entirely, despite the shock loss to Saudi Arabia. In the four years since the last World Cup, they have rebuilt themselves back into the powerhouse they were. Their journey to redemption…


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Author : Paul Nicholson

Publish date : 2022-11-22 06:34:10

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