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World Cup quarterfinal predictions: Who will win semifinal berths in knockout round at Qatar 2022

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The Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup eventually gives way to the quarterfinals, where teams truly start dreaming about reaching the final.

Just eight teams will remain, and all will have visions of grandeur and glory at the world’s biggest football event.

There are four teams through so far, and byy the end of play on Tuesday, all eight teams will be decided.

Here’s a look ahead to the quarterfinals at the 2022 World Cup, where some dreams of World Cup fame will survive while others will be dashed.

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Odds via BetMGM (USA), Sports Interaction (Canada), SkyBet (UK), and Ladbrokes (Australia).

A reminder: All moneyline bets in soccer are for regulation only, regardless of competition. If the match requires a winner and goes to extra-time or penalties, a moneyline bet of a regulation draw is successful and the rest of play does not factor in.

Netherlands vs. Argentina prediction, odds

The first quarterfinal match pits two teams with World Cup pedigree against one another as Lionel Messi and Argentina face Virgil van Dijk and the Netherlands face off. The game is a rematch of their 2014 semifinal which finished scoreless and saw the South American side advance to the final on penalties.

Still, the Dutch have not lost to non-European opponents at a World Cup since defeat to Brazil back in 1994, a run of 19 straight matches unbeaten. Even more, the Netherlands are currently on a 19-match unbeaten run across all competitions dating back to their defeat to Czech Republic in the Euro 2020 Round of 16.

Netherlands vs. Argentina odds

  BetMGM Sports
Interaction
SkyBet Ladbrokes
Netherlands win +250 3.40 5/2 5/2
Draw +220 3.10 11/5 21/10
Argentina win +115 2.16 23/20 6/5
Both teams
to score Y / N
+100 / -145 1.95 / 1.67 1/1, 8/11 1/1, 3/4
Over / Under
2.5 goals
+130 / -185 2.31 / 1.55 11/8, 8/15 27/20, 8/15
Argentina -0.5 -150 2.13
Netherlands +0.5 +105 1.66
Argentina advance -175 1.58 8/15 4/7
Netherlands advance +130 2.25 11/8 5/4

Netherlands vs. Argentina prediction

  • Prediction: Netherlands 1-1 Argentina (Argentina advance via penalties)

This is a terrible matchup for Argentina, who are a team that do not overwhelm in attack and can be thwarted by a team that takes its chances.

That’s exactly what Netherlands do: excel at snatching their opportunities. The Netherlands have scored eight goals this World Cup on just 4.05 xG, punishing the United States in their Round of 16 match for three goals on just 1.56 xG.

Argentina were stunned in the group stage by Saudi Arabia, who bagged two goals on just three total shots worth a measly 0.15 xG. Here again, against a team that’s vicious in front of net, this could be a trap for Argentina, who could require penalties to advance.

England vs. France prediction, odds

A heavyweight quarterfinal matchup pits the 2018 World Cup title holders against the 2020 Euro runners-up as England meet France in Qatar.

The Three Lions have visions of the World Cup trophy “coming home” but they’ll have to get by the defending champions, having not beaten France in a competitive match since the 1982 World Cup, with two draws and a loss since. These two sides haven’t met in any setting since a 2017 friendly when Raphael Varane was sent off just after halftime but France still managed a 3-2 win.

England may have to proceed without Raheem Sterling who returned home to tend to a personal matter.

England vs. France odds

  BetMGM Sports
Interaction
SkyBet Ladbrokes
England win +210 3.04 2/1 19/10
Draw +230 3.17 11/5 19/10
France win +138 2.32 7/5 13/10
Both teams
to score Y / N
-110 / -130 1.83 / 1.77 10/11, 4/5 20/23, 5/6
Over / Under
2.5 goals
+115 / -160 2.15 / 1.63 6/5, 8/13 6/5, 3/5
France -0.5 +125 2.29
England +0.5 -175 1.58
France advance -145 1.68 8/11 7/10
England advance +110 2.07 1/1 21/20

England vs. France prediction

  • Prediction: England 1-3 France

It’s been a long time since England have won a signature game at the FIFA World Cup.

It will be difficult here as well. They’re not exactly firing on all cylinders, especially striker Harry Kane who got his first goal of the tournament against Senegal but missed a few other chances and generally failed to be involved at a high level.

France, meanwhile, are flying high, putting to rest talk of injuries holding them back. Les Bleus have compiled the most expected goals of any team left in the World Cup, plus the most dribbles completed and the most shots on target. While the Three Lions haven’t conceded a single goal this tournament other than a pair of garbage time strikes by Iran in the group stage opener, this France attack will be on a new level.

Kyle Walker will have his hands full with Kylian Mbappe on the England right side, and it will take a team effort to keep the Bleus star under wraps. They’ll also have to deal with Antoine Griezmann, who’s in stellar creative form for the national team. Jude Bellingham will be their best hope, but after being shut down by the U.S. and Tyler Adams, it will take another gear to boss the midfield with Aurelien Tchouameni on the other side. 

This France side is just too dangerous, and it’s hard to see England having the pieces to take them down. The England squad will be coming home, but the trophy won’t be with them.


Credit: sportingnews.com

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