In the 1/8 round at the 2022 World Cup, the reigning French champions are favored to win. Let’s take a look at the next exciting matches of the day!
France – Poland: The King’s prestige?
Both lost World Cup groups. Didier Deschamps used several substitutes to progress France to the next round. The 54-year-old coach must protect Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, and Olivier Giroud.
France’s tournament injuries are terrible. In the opener against Australia, right-back Lucas Hernandez hurt his knee after Karim Benzema.
Deschamps was disappointed with Theo Hernandez’s ankle injury. France lacks left-backs. Like with Tunisia, they may use forward Edouardo Camavinga as a substitute.
France should dominate. France scored 74.8%, “The Eagles” 8.1%. In the group stage, Wojciech Szczesny reluctantly saved two penalties. To create the next Qatar miracle, manager Czeslaw Michniewicz’s defense requires improvement.
This is France and Poland’s second World Cup encounter. France lost the 1982 third-place match 2-3. France has won three and drawn four of their last seven matches.
Griezmann assists Mbappe. The “number 7” player has created the most scoring opportunities in France with 11 assists. Griezmann is the only French player to have scored at least 10 satellites in both World Cups.
Coach Deschamps advised his players to stay focused despite outscoring weaker opponents. “Poland has a world-class striker and numerous experienced players,” he said. We can’t overlook this structured, tough squad.
Lewandowski and his teammates must combat Raphael Varane and Dayot Upamecano in the French defense. “The Eagles” can’t defeat the champion without satellite help from the Polish captain.
England – Senegal: Who will strike first?
Three unbeaten group stage matches give England the strongest defense. Harry Maguire, who was ridiculed before the competition, is playing a crucial part in Gareth Southgate’s system, establishing assurance in front of the “Three Lions” goal alongside John Stones. England dominates.
Southgate’s 2022 squad scored eight. Before the Senegal match, the 52-year-old coach has a fun personnel issue. Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, and Bukayo Saka compete for two winger slots with captain Harry Kane.
Unless Ben White returns home for personal reasons, he will field his strongest squad.
The “Three Lions” were suspicious of Africa’s “Teranga Lion” despite the supercomputer’s 63.5% win rate. Declan Rice: “Senegal has good players. First meeting. Winning first is hard”.
Qatar loves Rice’s midfield mate Jude Bellingham. Southgate relies on the second-youngest player (19 years old) to play 20 England matches. After three group stage games, Bellingham has seven ball wins, matching Stones and leading England, and a 90% pass rate.
Africa never beat England. They won four and drew three of their last seven African encounters.
Senegal lost eight European World Cup elimination matches. Yellow cards and ankle problems will sideline Idrissa Gueye and Cheikh Kouyate.
Kalidou Koulibaly and Edouard Mendy guarded England’s strikers. Chelsea’s midfielder’s goal helped Senegal beat Ecuador 3-2 in the last round. “Teranga Lion” surrendered five goals in three group matches.
Premier League players battled England-Senegal. Understanding playstyles tighten the game. England is regarded for squad depth and spirit. Southgate: “I’m uncertain about the 2018 World Cup. Experience changes athletes’ ambitions and mindsets.
England plays France or Poland in the semifinals if they win. All football fans are looking forward to the next phase of the competition. Wintop covers for you all the latest news and updates. Follow our daily posts to keep up to date with the World Cup 2022!