Quarter Final Bet Tips & Previews
World Cup quarter-finals: Previews and Betting Tips
Thirty-two teams started out the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and after the group matches and the round of 16 we are down to 8 teams left in the competition.
Of these eight teams, Morocco make history by qualifying for the quarter-finals for the first time and are the only African team remaining at the World Cup. There are also four past winners -Brazil, France, Argentina and England- of the trophy alongside four teams that have never won the title – Morocco, Portugal, Netherlands and Croatia.
Croatia vs Brazil
Two teams who made it to the quarter-finals in contrasting manners meet in the first quarter-final fixture of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Croatia needed extra time and penalties to see off Japan, while Brazil blew Korea Republic away by four goals to one to reach the round of 8.
Brazil have won three of their four matches in the World cup so far, with a 7-2 aggregate scoreline. Their only loss was to Cameroon, in a game that was of no consequence for them. Croatia on the other hand, have hardly looked convincing but got through a tricky group stage to edge Japan in the round of 16.
Brazil’s 1-0 group-stage loss to Cameroon in the group stage was the Selecao’s only defeat in their last 19 international matches.
However, since they were 2-0 winners over Germany at the 2002 World Cup final, they have lost each of their last five knockout matches against European nations. However, they have had the edge against Croatia, unbeaten in all four previous against their quarter-final opponents.
By beating Japan, Croatia are in the quarter-finals for the second successive World Cup, making it the third time they have gone this far in the team’s history.
Interestingly, Croatia have gone to extra time in four of their last five knockout matches at the World Cup, and they have won three of those matches.
Croatia are unbeaten in their last 10 international matches and have lost only one of their last 20 competitive matches.
Gabriel Jesus is ruled out of the World Cup after having surgery for a knee injury, Alex Telles is also unavailable for the rest of the tournament with the same injury.
Alex Sandro is a doubt as he is dealing with a hip issue, therefore, Danilo should start at left-back in his place.
Eder Militao, Fred and Bruno Guimaraes are all one yellow card away from a next game suspension, however, Fred and Guimaraes are not expected to be in the starting XI, with Casemiro and Paqueta favoured to start.
Potential Brazil starting XI: Alisson; Militao, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Danilo; Casemiro, Paqueta; Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Jr; Richarlison
Croatia will be sweating over the fitness of Borna Sosa and Josip Stanisic. Both Sosa and Stanic missed the round of 16 clash against Japan, but Sosa should be available to return at left-back for the Croats.
Potential Croatia starting XI: Livakovic; Stanisic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Vlasic, Kramaric, Perisic
Brazil are one of the favourites to win the World Cup for good reason and have persevered despite injuries to some key players. They are boosted by the return of Neymar who struggled in the group stage with an injury problem. They will have a bigger challenge than what Korea posed when they play Croatia but have enough attacking options to prevent the game from going into extra time.
Croatia will look to contain and frustrate Brazil throughout 90 minutes, however, we have seen Brazil win ugly when the occasion demands. The Selacoa should edge this game.
- Brazil to win @ 1.40
- Over 2.5 goals @ 1.83
- Brazil to win either halves @ 1.22
Netherlands vs Argentina
The Netherlands take on Argentina at the Lusail Iconic Stadium on Friday for a place in the Semifinals.
Louis van Gaal’s team are unbeaten at the World Cup and booked their place in the quarter-finals by beating USA 3-1.
Argentina got off to a shock start at the World Cup, losing their first match of the tournament to Saudi Arabia, but have won three successive matches to reach the quarter-finals, the last, a 2-1 win over Australia in which talisman Lionel Messi scored his first knockout goal at the World Cup in his 1000th match.
The Netherlands are playing in their fourth quarter-final in their last five World Cup appearances.
Their last loss before the quarter-finals was in 2006 when they exited the tournament in the round of 16. They reached the semi-finals in their last two appearances, getting that far in 2010 and 2014 but failed to qualify for the last edition. They are currently on a 19-match unbeaten streak, and have failed to win only once in this tournament.
Before progressing past the quarter-finals in 2014, Argentina had lost their last three quarter-finals in 1998, 2006 and 2010, ominously, all those losses were to European teams.
They have also not scored in their last three meetings with the Netherlands, playing out two 0-0 draws and only winning the 2014 semi-final via penalties. This matchup is unlikely to be scoreless with both teams replete with attacking talent and wary of the lottery that a penalty shootout presents.
Stefan de Vrij and Jeremie Frimpong both overcame injuries to join the squad. But are both unlikely to be in the starting XI, with Louis Van Gaal preferring a backline of Jurrien Timber, Virgil van Dijk and Nathan Ake.
Memphis Depay and Cody Gakpo should lead the two-man attack in an unchanged side from the team that beat the USA.
Potential Netherlands starting XI: Noppert; Timber, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, De Jong, De Roon, Blind; Klaassen; Gakpo, Depay
Argentina midfielder Rodrigo de Paul will undergo tests to determine his availability for the quarter-final clash against the Netherlands. Other than the injury to the Atlético Madrid midfielder, the team should be the same as the one that played Australia.
Angel Di Maria and Enzo Fernandez are expected to retain their starting spots, with the Mercurial Lionel Messi leading the line for the Albiceleste.
Potential Argentina starting XI: Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; Fernandez, De Paul, Mac Allister; Di Maria, Messi, Alvarez
With the pace in the Dutch side and their knack for lightning-quick counterattacks, we should be treated to an entertaining affair throughout. However, the last three games between these teams ended in a draw and could be the case if the match wears on with both teams tied.
Every team coming up against Lionel Messi will have a special game plan for him, however, the supporting cast of Julian Alvarez and Enzo Fernandez have been outstanding and could be the deciding factor if the Netherlands focus too much attention on Messi.
This will be a tight affair likely decided by a moment of magic from one player, both teams have players capable of doing so but one man more so above the rest – Lionel Messi.
- Argentina to win @ 2.32
- Netherlands to win @ 3.55
- Over 1.5 goals @ 1.46
- Both teams to score @ 2.02
/ 10 months ago
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