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We have four World Cup 2022 matches to look forward to on Tuesday, as France, Argentina and Denmark begin their campaigns.
We have created our very own parlay for the first round of fixtures in Groups C and D - play along and hopefully, we will all be celebrating a win at the end of the day.
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Argentina have got a good thing going under Lionel Scaloni, who led the Albiceleste to Copa America glory last year. Initially appointed as a caretaker, Scaloni performed so impressively that he was handed the job on a full-time basis, despite a lack of frontline managerial experience.
With Lionel Messi regularly dropping deep to combine with a fluid, technical midfield trio of Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes and Papu Gomez, Argentina should have no trouble dominating possession and creating chances.
Saudi Arabia will likely sit deep and attempt to break up Argentina’s rhythm, but there is more than enough quality within the South Americans’ squad for them to prise open the opposition’s backline. Goals in both halves could be an astute choice for this match at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, which will host the final on December 18.
Tunisia’s tactics for this match are easy to predict. The North African nation usually plays cautious soccer in major tournaments and World Cup 2022 will be no different. A nominal 4-3-3 formation will actually be more like a 4-5-1, with Seifeddine Jaziri likely to be isolated up front.
Tunisia’s aim in Group D will be to beat Australia and nick a draw against either France or Denmark, then hope that four points is enough to advance to the knockout stage. We do not think they will be able to avoid defeat on Tuesday, but they may succeed in keeping the score down.
Most national teams have had little time to prepare for this tournament, so Denmark might not be at their fluent, cohesive best at the Education City Stadium. The result will be king for Kasper Hjulmand, and one goal would be all that is needed to pick up maximum points if the Danes keep a clean sheet.
We do not envisage this encounter being particularly high-scoring, so go for under 2.5 goals in your parlay.
This could be the most interesting game taking place on Tuesday. Since Argentina will probably finish first in Group C and Saudi Arabia will struggle to avoid last place, Mexico and Poland are the likeliest candidates for second.
The best online sportsbooks marginally favor El Tri to win this game, but we see it slightly differently. Tata Martino has never really convinced since taking over the national team and this Mexican side lacks a ruthless streak. They tend to play well only in patches and may struggle to contain Robert Lewandowski, still one of the best center-forwards on the planet aged 34.
Poland are by no means a perfect team either. They only qualified through the European play-offs and there are defensive concerns with Kamil Glik past his best. But with the firepower they possess, Czeslaw Michniewicz’s men should be able to win at least one half at Stadium 974.
France are looking to become only the third team in World Cup history to win back-to-back editions of the tournament, after Italy (1930 and 1938) and Brazil (1958 and 1962). They do not arrive in Qatar in the best of form, but an opening game against Australia represents a relatively gentle start.
Having used a back three for much of 2022, Didier Deschamps has confirmed that France will line up with a four-man defense this winter. They will dominate possession and defend with a high line on Tuesday, and Australia may struggle to create chances against the defending champions.
This is not a vintage Australia team. The Socceroos finished a distant third in their qualification group in Asia, before knocking out Peru on penalties in the inter-confederation play-offs. A clean sheet beckons for les Bleus at the Al Janoub Stadium.
Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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