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it nearly here. While there has long been debate about whether the 2022 World Cup will arrive in Qatar, the winter tournament will take place on the fields of the Middle East over the next five weeks.

The mid-season has provided plenty of intrigue and injury, but there are still plenty of traditional favorites as Brazil, France and England compete to be named World Cup winners.

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There are new faces such as Canada and (sort of) the US men’s national team as fellow confederates Costa Rica and Mexico joined CONCACAF neighbors.

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This should be the last World Cup for Lionel Messi and possibly Cristiano Ronaldo, although the Portuguese is making headlines for a variety of reasons heading to Qatar.

Our staff members Joe Prince-Wright, Andy Edwards and Nick Mendola have laid out their group stage, playoff and rewards predictions below, as well as some USMNT predictions ahead of the Yankees’ Group B clash with Wales, England and Iran.

Predictions for the World Cup: by groups

Group A

J.P.W.: Netherlands, Senegal, Ecuador, Qatar
Andy: Netherlands, Senegal, Qatar, Ecuador
Nick: Netherlands, Senegal, Qatar, Ecuador

Group B

J.P.W.: England, Wales, USMNT, Iran
Andy: England, Wales, Iran, USMNT
Nick: England, USMNT, Iran, Wales

Group C

J.P.W.: Argentina, Poland, Mexico, Saudi Arabia
Andy: Argentina, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Poland
Nick: Argentina, Mexico, Poland, Saudi Arabia

Group D

J.P.W.: France, Denmark, Australia, Tunisia
Andy: France, Denmark, Tunisia, Australia
Nick: France, Denmark, Tunisia, Australia

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COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – SEPTEMBER 25: Christian Eriksen of Denmark, Dayo Upamecano of France, Thomas Delaney of Denmark and Antoine Griezmann of France compete for the ball during the UEFA Nations League match between Denmark and France at Parken on September 25, 2022 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Lars Ronbaugh/FrontZoneSport via)

Group E

J.P.W.: Spain, GermanyJapan, Costa Rica
Andy: Germany, Spain, Japan, Costa Rica
Nick: Spain, Japan, Germany, Costa Rica

Group F

J.P.W.: Belgium, CroatiaCanada, Morocco
Andy: Belgium, Croatia, Morocco, Canada
Nick: Belgium, Croatia, Morocco, Canada

Group G

J.P.W.: Brazil, SerbiaSwitzerland, Cameroon
Andy: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Nick: Brazil, Switzerland, Serbia, Cameroon

Group H

J.P.W.: Portugal, Uruguay, Ghana, South Korea
Andy: Uruguay, Portugal, South Korea, Ghana
Nick: Uruguay, South KoreaPortugal

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Predictions for the World Cup: Kknockout rounds

JPW – 1/8 finals

Netherlands def. Wales
Denmark def. Argentina
France def. Poland
England def. Senegal
Croatia def. Spain
Brazil beat. Uruguay
Germany def. Belgium
Serbia def. Portugal

JPW – quarterfinals

Brazil beat. Croatia
Netherlands def. Denmark
Germany def. Serbia
England def. France

JPW – Semi-finals

Brazil beat. Netherlands
England def. Germany

JPW – Final

Brazil beat. England

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Andy – 1/8 finals

Wales def. Netherlands
Argentina won. Denmark
Germany def. Croatia
Brazil beat. Portugal
England def. Senegal
France def. Mexico
Belgium def. Spain
Uruguay Serbia

Andy – quarterfinals

Argentina won. Wales
Brazil beat. Germany
France def. England
Uruguay Belgium

Andy – semi-final

Argentina won. Brazil
France def. Uruguay

Andy – Final

Argentina won. France

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Nick – 1/8 finals

Netherlands def. USMNT
Argentina won. Denmark
Spain def. Croatia
Brazil beat. South Korea
England def. Senegal
France def. Mexico
Japan def. Belgium
Uruguay Switzerland

Nick – quarterfinals

Argentina won. USMNT
Brazil beat. Spain
France def. England
Uruguay Japan

Nick – semi-final

Brazil beat. Argentina
France def. Uruguay

Nick – Final

Brazil beat. Uruguay

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World Cup Predictions: Gold, Silver and Bronze Balls


Ballon d’Or: Vinicius Jr.
Silver Ball: Harry Kane
Bronze Ball: Jamal Musiala


Ballon d’Or: Lionel Messi
Silver Ball: Kylian Mbappe
Bronze Ball: Emiliano Martinez


Ballon d’Or: Neymar
Silver Ball: Kylian Mbappe
Bronze ball: Bruno Guimarães

World Cup Predictions: Gold, Silver and Bronze Boots


Golden Boot: Harry Kane
Silver Boot: Kylian Mbappe
Bronze Boot: Neymar


Golden Boot: Kylian Mbappe
Silver Boot: Vinicius Jr.
Bronze Boot: Romelu Lukaku


Golden Boot: Neymar
Silver Boot: Luis Suarez
Bronze boat: Richarlison

World Cup predictions: who will win the Golden Glove?

JPW: Alisson
Andy: Emiliano Martinez
Nick: Alisson

world Cup predictions: who will win Young player award?

JPW: Jamal Musiala
Andy: Eduardo Camavinga
Nickname: Eduardo Camavinga

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Eduardo Camavinga of France (Photo by Michael Regan – FIFA/FIFA via)

World Cup Predictions: All-Star/Best Lineup


Trippier, Marquinhos, Van Dyck, T. Hernandez
Casemiro, Musiala, Kimmich
Neymar, Kane, Vinicius Jr.


Pavard, Varane, Jimenez, Tagliafico
Casemiro, Bentancourt
Vinicius Jr, Messi, Mbappe


Koulibaly, Kunde, Jimenez
Betancourt, Camavinga, Mitoma, De Bruyne
Mbappe, Richardson, Neymar

Predictions for the World Cup: USMNT Top Scorer

JPW: Christian Pulisic
Nickname: Christian Pulisic

Realistic Worst Result for USMNT

JPW: outside the group stage with 1 point
Andy: Exited group stage with 1 point
Nick: Eliminated from the group stage on tie-breaks

Unrealistic Worst Case Result for USMNT

JPW: outside the group stage without a win
Andy: Left the group stage with 0 points
Nick: Exited group stage goalless, one point against Wales

Realistic result at best for USMNT

JPW: Round of 16
Andy: Round of 16
Nick: 1/8 finals

Unrealistic result at best for USMNT

JPW: Quarterfinals
Andy: Quarterfinal
Nick: Semi-final

Iran scored a goal in the 98th and 100th minutes to beat 10-man Wales 2-0, securing an emotional and hugely important victory.

On the field and beyond.


After a tight and tense game, Iran was the top team in the second half and had huge chances as Sardar Azmoun hit the post twice. Wales were reduced to 10 late when Wayne Hennessy rushed from his line and defeated Mehdi Taremi.

Rozbeh Cheshmi and Ramin Rezayan then scored for Iran in the 98th and 101st minutes, the first of whom delivered a stunning shot from outside the penalty area, and the second a neat shot after a counterattack.

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The result means Iran enters their final group stage game against the US, knowing that a win could put them in the bottom 16 depending on how the US plays against England.

Wales will play England in the last group game and must win and hope for help to be in the last 16.

Wales don’t show up as Iran cuts them on the counter

Iran deserved this victory and was the best team for most of the game. Wales did not show up for this game, nor did they show up in the first 45 minutes against the USA. This Iranian side felt it and they disallowed the goal, Azmoun hit the post twice and Wayne Hennessy and his defense were too often forced into action. Wales has simply never been in control of this game and if the US watches this clash they will be extremely wary of Azmoun and Taremi who lead the group stage final. The Iranian players are fighting as one on and off the field, and this victory was a momentous moment for them.

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Wales vs. Iran
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Mahdi Taremi: Gave Iran a focus and the whole attack went through him. What a talisman for this Iranian side.

Ramin Rezayan: Furious display on the right in defense and popped out late to score a well-deserved goal.

How to watch Wales vs. Iran live stream, stream link and start time

Kick off: 5:00 AM ET, Friday, November 25th
Stadium: Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan


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