World Cup Tips – Friday 25th November
Looking back on our first set of tips for the games in Groups A and B we landed wins in two of them and a total return of £95! Which is not a bad start to the World Cup and of course I’d like that to continue, just as I’d like England to continue banging in six goals against opposition.
Well what a tournament it has been so far. The home team were awful and lost deservedly to Ecuador. England thrashed Iran, Wales and the United States grabbed a point and my favourite result of all saw Argentina beaten by Saudi Arabia and that was on just the first three days of action.
Now we turn our focus onto the second set of games in the Group stages for the teams in Groups A and B, which of course includes Wales (who face Iran in the first game on Friday morning) and England (who take on the USA in the late game).
Meanwhile Qatar and Senegal will battle it out for a chance to remain in the tournament, while the winner of Ecuador v Netherlands will qualify for the knockout phase after just two games. So there’s plenty at stake in all games today.
Let’s check out the kick off times for all four games followed by our tip for each.
Today’s Games & Group Standings & Results
*Venue and Kick Off Time shown in brackets GMT.
- Group B – Wales V Iran (10am, Al Rayyan Stadium)
- Group A – Qatar V Senegal (1pm, Al Thumama Stadium)
- Group A – Netherlands V Ecuador (4pm, Khalifa International Stadium)
- Group B – England v United States (7pm, Al Bayt Stadium)
- Netherlands – 3pts (+2)
- Ecuador – 3pts (+2)
- Senegal – 0pts (-2)
- Qatar – 0pts (-2)
- Qatar 0-2 Ecuador
- Netherlands 2-0 Senegal
- England – 3pts (+4)
- Wales – 1pt (0)
- United States – 1pt (0)
- Iran – 0pts (-4)
- England 6-2 Iran
- Wales 1-1 United States
World Cup 2022 Tips – Friday 25th November
Wales started slowly against the United States but improved in the second half when Kieffer Moore came on and provided a focal point for their attack. They levelled through a penalty against the United States and over the course of 90 minutes, a draw was a fair result. They should also have Joe Allen back for this game which is a big positive for them.
Iran struggled against England and the loss of their goalkeeper Beirenvand after a horrible clash of heads with an Iranian defender, clearly unsettled the team and while it didn’t really contribute to their defeat as such, it did rattle them, which England took advantage of.
Wales have met Iran just once, back in 1978 when they won 1-0 in Iran and the Red Dragons should be confident of adding a second win here given how they fell apart defensively when England made a breakthrough.
Defensively though, Wales do concede a fair few goals, so the Welsh may need to score a couple of goals to win this game. However, with Bale off the mark in the World Cup from the penalty spot, I feel they can do that here and claim the win that they feel they’ll need heading into Game 3 in the group.
There’s no qualms about what is at stake for Qatar and Senegal in this game, a win would keep that team in contention to qualify from the Group Stage, but a draw or defeat for either team could well make that very difficult with the remaining games they have in the group.
I do worry where the goals will come from for both these teams. Qatar have home advantage but they were well beaten by Ecuador in their opener and n ever really looked like troubling the South American side.
I feel Senegal are a better side defensively than Ecuador, but they are sorely missing the presence and leadership of Sadio Mane in attack and without him, they do look a little blunt at the sharp end as they showed when matching the Dutch for large parts of that game, only to go down to a 2-0 defeat.
With so much at stake for both teams, I think we will see a very cagey game. A draw would not eliminate either team and both managers will feel that is a bare minimum they need from this game but I think in the end Senegal’s extra quality may just pay off for them late on in the game.
Prior to the World Cup, both these teams would have hoped to come into this game having secured three points from their opener and that is indeed what they achieved and now the winner of this game will know that they will secure their place in the knockout phase.
Similarly, both will know that a draw will keep their future in the tournament in their own hands, so I am expecting a relatively cagey game between the two, which may well play into the hands of the quality defences that both teams possess.
In fact, unless the Dutch can get Memphis Depay back and in the team, I do struggle to see where the goals will come from in this team, especially with Gini Wijnaldum out injured and a lack of quality beyond Depay in attack.
However, the Dutch have so much quality that I think they may just about claim the win here and if a player is going to score for them, and Depay is not able to play, then Bergwijn is likely their best bet to grab a goal which I feel will ultimately lead them to win the game.
England made an excellent start to the World Cup with a 6-2 thrashing of Iran and they now face a team that they have beaten on almost every occasion they have met, apart from at World Cup Finals, where the USA have managed a win and a draw in the two games they have had against England in the finals.
That will give Gregg Berhalter’s team confidence of another upset result here and in the first half against Wales, the United States team looked excellent, but they did struggle when Wales made some tactical changes in the second half and in the end they probably feel that a point from that game was a fair reflection.
There’s no doubt that this is a step up in class for England from the Iran game, but similarly it is also a step up for the United States team and the amount of players England have, if the United States can stymie one set of attackers, Gareth Southgate can call on another.
Iran showed that England are not the best defensively and the United States will, I feel, score a goal, but I think ultimately this England team will banish their World Cup hoodoo against the United States here by landing a relatively comfortable win to qualify for the knockout phase.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.