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The World Cup 2022 action will continue apace on Friday when we could see some teams eliminated and some qualify for the round of 16.
England face the USA in a crunch game in Group B, while the host nation Qatar will be looking to bounce back from their defeat by Ecuador on the opening night.
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Wales will need to make a quicker start to this game than they did against the USA on Monday. Rob Page’s side could not match their opponents’ energy and intensity in the first 45 minutes, but they battled their way back into the match and deserved the point they picked up thanks to Gareth Bale’s penalty.
Iran are under pressure following their 6-2 thumping by England last time out. Carlos Queiroz’s teams are usually renowned for their defensive organization, but Iran had their structure pulled apart by a fantastic England performance.
We are unlikely to be treated to another eight-goal thriller, but Wales will fancy their chances of exploiting Iran’s ropey backline. We fancy Page’s men to collect all three points at the Al Rayyan Stadium.
Qatar were outclassed by Ecuador in the opening game of the tournament on Sunday. The reigning Asian champions did not give a good account of themselves in front of the watching world, and they would probably have lost by a wider margin had their opponents been more ruthless in the final third.
Senegal performed well in patches against the Netherlands on Monday, albeit without creating too many clear-cut opportunities. They were ultimately undone by two late Dutch goals, which makes this a must-win game for the team that won this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Without Sadio Mane, Senegal lack a proven goalscorer at the top of the pitch. Together with Qatar’s lack of quality, that means we could be in store for a low-scoring encounter here.
The Netherlands were uninspiring for much of their opening game against Senegal, who will have felt hard done by to lose 2-0. Late goals from Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen ultimately settled the match in the Dutch’s favor - and it is no coincidence that they scored twice after star Memphis Depay entered the field.
The Barcelona man had a hand in Klaassen’s goal and he will be a thorn in Ecuador’s side on Friday when he will surely start up front alongside Steven Bergwijn.
Most of the Netherlands’ attacks go through Depay, who scored 12 times in European qualifying. Back him to be involved in a Dutch goal when they take on the South Americans at the Khalifa International Stadium.
England ran riot against Iran last time, with a thumping 6-2 victory raising expectations back home. No one should get carried away from a win against a team that usually goes home at the end of the group phase, but hopes are higher for England now than they were before kick-off on Monday.
The USA made a bright start against Wales but faded as the game wore on. A 1-1 draw in that encounter means a loss here would leave Gregg Berhalter’s boys under serious pressure ahead of their final match against Iran.
It is hard to see the Americans coping with England’s excellent attack, particularly if Gareth Southgate’s side are quick out of the traps. Back the Three Lions to hold a lead at the interval.
Dates: November 20 - December 18
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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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