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There are four more World Cup 2022 games taking place on Wednesday, as Groups C and D come to an end.
France are safely through but Argentina still have work to do if they are to secure a place in the round of 16.
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Australia have scored in both of their games so far. They started brightly against France and found the net inside the first 10 minutes, as Craig Goodwin took full advantage of some slack defending from Benjamin Pavard. They also scored in the first half against Tunisia, with Mitchell Duke deftly guiding a header home to bring the Socceroos all three points.
However, this is not a team packed full of attacking talent and they could come up short against Denmark. For one, Australia are unlikely to commit too many resources to forward areas, since a draw would be enough for them to progress. And even if they do, Denmark have the means to keep them out.
In our opinion, a low-scoring Denmark win is the most likely outcome here. The best choice for a parlay, though, is a clean sheet for the European nation.
Whatever happens on Wednesday, France will be one of the 16 teams taking part in the knockout phase of the competition in Qatar. Victories over Australia (4-1) and Denmark (2-1) have taken the reigning champions through with a game to spare, allowing Didier Deschamps the chance to rest some of his star men against Tunisia.
Still, even a reserve France XI should have the quality to get past the Eagles of Carthage. Tunisia will not be short of motivation: a victory here could send them through to the knockout phase, although the chances of them advancing are slim.
Tunisia were disappointing in a 1-0 loss to Australia on matchday two and they will struggle to get the better of Deschamps’ charges. Despite the likelihood of changes to the starting line-up, les Bleus should get the job done with a degree of comfort.
Before the tournament began, the expectation was that Saudi Arabia would sit deep and play with a cautious mindset in Group C. Instead, they stunned Argentina with a high defensive line and heavy pressing high up the pitch, before delivering a fine performance against Poland which yielded no points in an unfortunate 2-0 loss.
Mexico, conversely, have been pretty underwhelming. They have had more of the ball on average than the Saudis but created fewer clear-cut chances. This is not a vintage Mexican generation and they will probably exit the tournament on Wednesday.
Nevertheless, Mexico could have some joy against the high line of Saudi Arabia. Equally, though, we fancy the Green Falcons to find the back of the net at the other end.
Argentina have scored three goals at this World Cup and Lionel Messi has had a hand in all of them. He converted a penalty against Saudi Arabia, rifled home a shot against Mexico, and then set up Enzo Fernandez’s goal in the victory over El Tri.
Messi is a world-class creator and converter of chances, even at the age of 35. In possession he has a free role for Argentina, drifting across the pitch in search of pockets of space. He threads through-balls between opposition defenders and regularly gets into excellent scoring opportunities.
We fancy Messi to either find the net or provide an assist against Poland, as Argentina seek the win that would send them through to the knockout stage.
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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