It’s the fifth day of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the primary alternative for Brazil and Portugal to point out what they’ll do.
Every workforce may have performed their first group recreation by the tip of Thursday’s motion, with Uruguay, South Korea, Serbia, Ghana, Switzerland and Cameroon the opposite nations in motion.
Argentina and Germany have already slumped to shock losses in opposition to Saudi Arabia and Japan respectively, whereas Spain recorded their biggest-ever World Cup win – a 7-0 thrashing of Costa Rica.
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Switzerland and Cameroon kick off the motion in Group G of the World Cup after they meet in Thursday’s opener in Al Wakrah.
The two sides alongside Serbia are the underdogs of the group, with Brazil anticipated to qualify for the knockout phases as group winners. The Swiss certified robotically from UEFA qualifying however have traditionally struggled at World Cups.
Their opponents are Cameroon, who got here via a two-legged play-off with Algeria to qualify on away objectives after a 2-2 combination draw.
Prediction: Switzerland 2-1 Cameroon
Two-time World Cup winners Uruguay tackle 2002 semi-finalists South Korea within the opening match of Group H this Thursday, with either side eager to get off to the very best begin.
Group H is arguably the hardest group within the competitors this yr, with Portugal and Ghana making up the opposite groups.
Uruguay reached the quarter-finals in 2018, however might be assured of enhancing on that efficiency this time round as lots of their rising abilities start to achieve maturity. South Korea, in the meantime, might be trying to escape from their group for the primary time since 2010.
Prediction: Uruguay 3-1 South Korea
Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal will kick off their 2022 World Cup marketing campaign in opposition to a younger and thrilling Ghana facet.
Most of the speak surrounding Portugal forward of the event has been about Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosive interview and whether or not, with two different Manchester United gamers within the squad, it will create a divide within the camp.
They’ll be eager to show that hasn’t been the case by getting off to a successful begin in opposition to Ghana, however having simply overwhelmed Switzerland 2-0, the Black Stars will fancy their probabilities of getting one thing from the sport.
Prediction: Portugal 1-1 Ghana
The World Cup favourites and one of the vital extremely fancied darkish horses go face to face of their opening match in Qatar with Brazil taking up Serbia.
As is usually the case, Brazil head into the event because the bookies’ prime picks, being in glorious type and boasting an especially robust squad that’s anticipated to breeze via Group G.
Their first match will not be a simple one, although, with Serbia’s class of 2022 being their finest in a very long time in regard to expertise.
Prediction: Brazil 1-0 Serbia