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FIFA World Cup 2022 Quarter Final Betting Tips

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is now reaching the endgame with the Round of 16 fixtures now in the bag, we have once again halved the field leaving just eight teams remaining that can win the famous gold trophy.

If the Group Stage was typefied by shock results, the Round of 16 by and large went the way many people expected, with the notable exception of one match, plus we saw some teams find some great form heading into what should be an incredibly exciting series of quarterfinal ties.

In this article, we are going to take a look back at the Round of 16 games, and then look ahead to the forthcoming Quarter Final ties which take place on Friday and Saturday (9th & 10th December) and of course, we’ll give you what we feel are the best betting tips for each of those games.

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Let’s begin by taking a look at how the teams reached the quarterfinals with a review of the results and performances in the Round of 16.

FIFA World Cup 2022 – Round of 16 Results

  • Netherlands 3-1 United States (Depay 10, Blind 45+1, Dumfries 81), (Wright 76)
  • Argentina 2-1 Australia (Messi 35, Alvarez 57), (Fernandez (OG) 77)
  • France 3-1 Poland (Giroud 44, Mbappe 74,90+1), (Lewandowski 90+9(pen))
  • England 3-0 Senegal (Henderson 39, Kane 45+3, Saka 57)
  • Japan 1-1 Croatia (Maeda 43), (Perisic 55) – Croatia win 3-1 on penalties
  • Brazil 4-1 South Korea (Vini Jr 7, Neymar 13(pen), Richarlison. 29, Paqueta 36), (Park 76)
  • Morocco 0-0 Spain – Morocco win 3-0 on penalties
  • Portugal 6-1 Switzerland (Ramos 17,51,67, Pepe 33, Guerriero 55, Leao 90+2), (Akanji 58)

Morocco provided the biggest upset in the Round of 16 as they knocked out the 2010 World Cup Winners Spain on penalties after a 0-0 draw. However, in the other seven Round of 16 ties, the favourites to progress did so and some in very impressive fashion.

Portugal top scored with six goals as they thrashed Switzerland with Goncalo Ramos scoring a hat-trick. Brazil put four past South Korea inside the opening 36 minutes, while England, France and the Netherlands were also convincing winners over Senegal, Poland and the United States respectively.

Lionel Messi scored and produced an outstanding second half display against Australia, while the likes of Mbappe and Bellingham also shone for France and England respectively.

Croatia made it four World Cup wins on penalties in a row in the knockout stage, with their penalty victory over Japan.

Pre-Quarterfinal World Cup 2022 Stats

World Cup 2022 – Leading Goalscorers

  • Kylian Mbappe (France) – 5
  • Alvaro Morata (Spain), Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford (both England), Olivier Giroud (France), Cody Gakpo (Netherlands), Goncalo Ramos (Portugal), Enner Valencia (Ecuador), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Richarlison (Brazil) – all 3 goals

In terms of assists, Harry Kane (England) and Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) lead the way with three assists each. A number of players have 2 assists including Davy Klaasen & Denzel Dumfries (Netherlands), Ivan Perisic (Croatia), Phil Foden (England), Ousmane Dembele, Kylian Mbappe, Theo Hernandez (France) and Raphael Guerriero & Joao Felix (Portugal).

World Cup 2022 – Most Goals Scored By Quarterfinalist Teams

  • 12 – England & Portugal
  • 9 – France
  • 8 – Netherlands
  • 7 – Argentina, Brazil
  • 4 – Morocco & Croatia

World Cup 2022 – Fewest Goals Conceded By Quarterfinalist Teams

  • 1 – Morocco
  • 2 – Brazil, Croatia, England, Netherlands
  • 3 – Argentina
  • 4 – France
  • 5 – Portugal

FIFA World Cup Quarter Finals Preview

Friday 9th December

Croatia v Brazil (3pm at the Education City Stadium)

Croatia have never beaten Brazil before, and have lost both World Cup games that they have played against the Selecao. However, they have also won all of their last four penalty shootouts in the knockout stages of the World Cup and that is something that Brazil, who will start this game as the clear favourites, will be very wary of.

The South American’s have been in solid form in the World Cup, despite their second-string’s shock loss to Cameroon. They were patient against both Switzerland and Serbia claiming the win late on in both games but they scored four quickly against South Korea in their best display to date.

Croatia are going to have to go some to match that kind of quality here in what should be an intriguing first quarter final.

Head To Head

  • Played – 4
  • Croatia Wins – 0
  • Draws – 1
  • Brazil Wins – 3
  • Most Recent – June 2018 – Friendly – Brazil 2-0 Croatia

World Cup Results

Croatia

  • Gr 1 – v Morocco – D 0-0
  • Gr 2 – v Canada – W 4-1 (Kramaric 2, Livaja, Majer)
  • Gr 3 – v Belgium – D 0-0
  • R16 – v Japan – D 1-1 (Perisic) – W 3-1 on penalties

Brazil

  • Gr 1 – v Serbia – W 2-0 (Richarlison 2)
  • Gr 2 – v Switzerland – W 1-0 (Casemiro)
  • Gr 3 – v Cameroon – L 0-1
  • R16 – v South Korea – W 4-1 (Vinicius Jr, Neymar, Richarlison, Paqueta)

Probable Teams

  • Croatia – (4-3-3) – GK – Livakovic, DR – Juranovic, DL – Barisic, DC – Lovren, DC – Gvardiol, MC – Brozovic, MC – Kovacic, MC – Modric, AMR – Kramaric, AML – Perisic, AC – Petkovic
  • Brazil – (4-2-3-1) – GK – Ederson, DR – Eder Militao, DL – Danilo, DC – Marquinhos, DC – Thiago Silva, MC – Lucas Paqueta, MC – Casemiro, AML, Raphinha, AMC – Neymar, AMR – Vinicius Jr, AC – Richarlison

Betting Tips

  • Brazil to win – 4/11
  • Correct Score – Croatia 0-2 Brazil – 6/1
  • Anytime Goalscorer – Richarlison (Brazil) – 7/4

Netherlands v Argentina (7pm at the Lusail Stadium)

These two teams have met surprisingly regularly at World Cup Finals over the years, including the 1978 Final and in thos games, it has been pretty even with two wins apiece plus a draw in the Group Stages of the tournament.

The Dutch have probably been the more consistent of the two teams, but they did struggle with Ecuador in the Group Stages and while Argentina got off to a woeful start, they have started to get better as the tournament has progressed and Lionel Messi is starting to shine.

This will be a close one as the stats below will suggest but I just think Argentina have that extra quality in depth to get the job done here.

Head To Head

  • Played – 9
  • Netherlands Wins – 4
  • Draws – 2
  • Argentina Wins – 3
  • Most Recent – July 2014 – Argentina 0-0 Netherlands (Argentina won 4-2 on penalties)

World Cup Results

Netherlands

  • Gr 1 – v Senegal – W 2-0 (Gakpo, Klaassen)
  • Gr 2 – v Ecuador – D 1-1 (Gakpo)
  • Gr 3 – v Qatar – W 2-0 (Gakpo, de Jong)
  • R16 – v United States – W 3-1 (Depay, Blind, Dumfries)

Argentina

  • Gr 1 – v Saudi Arabia – L 1-2 (Messi)
  • Gr 2 – v Mexico – W 2-0 (Messi, Fernandez)
  • Gr 3 – v Poland – W 2-0 (Mac Allister, Alvarez)
  • R16 – v Australia – W 2-1 (Messi, Alvarez)

Probable Teams

  • Netherlands – (3-4-1-2) – GK – Noppert, DMR – Dumfries, DML – Blind, DC – Timber, DC – Van Dijkl, DC – Ake, MC – De Roon, MC – De Jong, AMC – Klaasen, AC – Gakpo, AC – Depay
  • Argentina – (4-3-3) – GK – Martinez, DR – Molina, DL – Acuna, DC – Romero, DC – Otamendi, MC – Fernandez, MC – De Paul, MC, Mac Allister, AC – Alvarez, AML – Messi, AMR – Papu Gomez

Betting Tips

  • Argentina to win – 4/11
  • Correct Score – Netherlands 1-2 Argentina – 10/1
  • Anytime Goalscorer – Lionel Messi (Argentina) – 6/4

Saturday 10th December

Morocco v Portugal (3pm at the Al Thumama Stadium)

Morocco have conceded the fewest goals of any teams in the tournament (1), while after their six goal demolition of Switzerland, Portugal now have tied England with the most goals in the tournament with 12.

However, defensively, Portugal have shipped five which tends to suggest that they give you a chance, and it will be a chance that Morocco will have to take if they are to win this game.

Morocco have been superb defensively in this tournament and they have enough quality to take this game into extra time and it could well be anyones game from that point. If it were to go to penalties, I’d fancy Morocco here, but I have a sneaky feeling the Portuguese may land the win in extra time.

Head To Head

  • Played – 2
  • Morocco Wins – 1
  • Draws – 0
  • Portugal Wins – 1
  • Most Recent – June 2018 – FIFA World Cup Group Stage – Portugal 1-0 Morocco

World Cup Results

Morocco

  • Gr 1 – v Croatia – D 0-0
  • Gr 2 – v Belgium – W 2-0 (Saiss, Aboukhlal)
  • Gr 3 – v Canada – W 2-1 (Ziyech, En-Nesyri)
  • R16 – v Spain – D 0-0 (W 3-0 on penalties)

Portugal

  • Gr 1 – v Ghana – W 3-2 (Ronaldo, Felix, Leao)
  • Gr 2 – v Uruguay – W 2-0 (Fernandes 2)
  • Gr 3 – v South Korea – L 1-2 (Horta)
  • R16 – v Switzerland – W 6-1 (Ramos 3, Pepe, Guerriero, Leao)

Probable Teams

  • Morocco – (4-3-3) – GK – Bono, DR – Hakimi, DL – Mazraoui DC – Saiss, DC – Aguerd MC – Amrabat, MC – Ounahi, MC – Amallah, AMR – Boufal, AML – Ziyech, AC – En-Nesyri
  • Portugal – (4-3-3) – GK – Costa, DR – Dalot, DL – Guerriero, DC – Ruben Dias, DC – Pepe, MC – Otavio, MC – William Carvalho, MC, Bernardo Silva, AML – Joao Felix, AMR – Bruno Fernandes AC – Goncalo Ramos

Betting Tips

  • Draw at 90 Mins – 4/11
  • Correct Score – Morocco 0-0 Portugal – 15/2
  • Anytime Goalscorer – None – 15/2

England v France (7pm at the Al Bayt Stadium)

England’s recent record against France is dismal, but on the positive side for England, they have met twice at World Cup Finals and England have won them both by two goals. I can’t quite see it being that easy for England here against the team many now see as World Cup favourites though.

Mbappe against Kyle Walker promises to be an intriguing battle but I think this is a game that is going to be won and lost in midfield. If England’s trio can get the better of their counter parts in their, then England may have a chance, albeit it may take to extra time to separate the teams.

I can see both teams scoring here but I feel a 1-1 draw is most likely with the game going into extra time. At this point, anyone could win it but after their experiences in Russia and in the European Championships, I think England could snatch the win in extra time.

Head To Head

  • Played – 31
  • England Wins – 17
  • Draws – 5
  • France Wins – 9
  • Most Recent – June 2017 – Friendly – France 3-2 England

World Cup Results

England

  • Gr 1 – v Iran – W 6-2 (Bellingham, Saka 2, Sterling, Rashford, Grealish)
  • Gr 2 – v USA – D 0-0
  • Gr 3 – v Wales – W 3-0 (Rashford 2, Foden)
  • R16 – v Senegal – W 3-0 (Henderson, Kane, Saka)

France

  • Gr 1 – v Australia – W 4-1 (Rabiot, Giroud 2, Mbappe)
  • Gr 2 – v Denmark – W 2-1 (Mbappe 2)
  • Gr 3 – v Tunisia – L 0-1
  • R16 – v Poland – W 3-1 (Giroud, Mbappe 2)

Probable Teams

  • England – (4-3-3) – GK – Pickford, DR – Walker, DL – Shaw, DC – Maguire, DC – Stones, MC – Rice, MC – Henderson, MC – Bellingham, AMR – Saka, AML – Foden, AC – Kane
  • France – (4-2-3-1) – GK – Lloris, DR – Kounde, DL – Hernandez.T, DC – Varane, DC – Upamecano, MC – Rabiot, MC – Tchouameni, AML – Mbappe, AMC – Griezmann, AMR – Dembele, AC – Giroud

Betting Tips

  • Draw at 90 minutes – 9/4
  • Correct Score – England 1-1 France – 11/2
  • Anytime Goalscorer – Harry Kane (England) – 2/1

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