Forward of the opening World Cup fixture between hosts Qatar and Ecuador on Sunday, the Sky Sports activities pundits have made their predictions on what’s going to occur on the distinctive event.
Jamie Carragher – Argentina
“It was both Brazil or Argentina. They’re the 2 favourites, however I’d like to see Messi win the World Cup. I really feel that might cement his place as the best participant of all time.”
Karen Carney – Brazil
“I’ve acquired a smooth spot for them, to be trustworthy – however when you take a look at their attacking gamers, they’re only a pleasure to observe. Everybody talks about Messi’s final one, however it may very well be Neymar’s as properly. I feel Argentina may meet Brazil within the semi-final so it comes right down to whoever wins that.”
Jamie Redknapp – Brazil
“Neymar’s in nice kind once more – I’ve gone with Brazil as I really feel it may very well be their time once more.”
Gary Neville – Brazil
“We at all times really feel now we have acquired nice gamers on this nation and we do, however whenever you take a look at the Brazil squad you suppose, ‘Oh my God – the place have they arrive from?’ It was the identical once I was taking part in in tournaments. They’d extremely particular gamers. I am fairly assured they’ll win it.”
Jamie Carragher – Portugal
Karen Carney – Spain
“Within the Euros, they went out to Italy, and I feel it is their possession of the ball which can take them shut. They ultimately misplaced to Italy on penalties, and their younger gamers are phenomenal in midfield. Their supervisor Luis Enrique is de facto skilled so that they solely factor that issues me is goalscoring, however I again them to maintain the ball.
“They’ve gained the World Cup beforehand with out a striker so I do not see it being any totally different.”
Gary Neville – France
Jamie Redknapp – Spain
Jamie Carragher – Quarter-finals
Gary Neville – Quarter-finals
“It is harmful to foretell the place the pathways of groups are going to go, however it seems to be like England are going to do what they suppose they’ll within the group, and France do the identical, they’d meet within the quarters and I simply do not suppose they’d beat France.
“However that is the one supervisor and one group of gamers who I feel can put a efficiency collectively and dangle in there – they usually may win on penalties. I do suppose there’s an opportunity, however I feel France shall be stronger within the quarters.”
Jamie Redknapp – Quarter-finals
“I feel England’s efficiency within the Nations League has dampened everyone’s expectations. I simply hope I am mistaken and we get a little bit of momentum and begin to play. I hope we will get that perception and actual confidence in these gamers, then something is feasible as a result of I do imagine it is a wide-open event.
“Whenever you take a look at the potential champions, you’ve gotten individuals considering France may win it, however they’ve issues in midfield. It should take a little bit of momentum for me to get excited.”
Karen Carney – Semi-finals
“I feel that is essentially the most we will hope for. With (Paul) Pogba and (N’Golo) Kante out, I really feel because of this we’d progress previous France. After then, it is pot luck however we would be completely satisfied. In fact, we’d wish to get to the ultimate however realistically attending to the semi-finals can be good.”
Karen Carney – Spherical of 16
Jamie Carragher – Group Phases
“I simply suppose by way of the 2 particular gamers they’ve had within the final couple of tournaments in Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, they’re getting a bit older and it is perhaps the final time we see them in a Welsh shirt.
“I feel Bale will go down as one of many biggest British gamers of all time with the Champions League titles and being the participant of the 12 months a number of occasions in England, in addition to what he is performed for Wales taking them into tournaments.
“I simply really feel with the vitality and the depth of this USA crew could also be an excessive amount of for them.”
Jamie Redknapp – Spherical of 16
Gary Neville – Group Phases
Jamie Carragher – Denmark
“Denmark are in France’s group, they usually performed one another not so way back and beat them. If Denmark end high of that group, France may then play Argentina within the first knockout stage.”
Karen Carney – Spain
Jamie Redknapp – Senegal
Gary Neville – Denmark
Jamie Redknapp – Senegal
“I like them and I really feel they’ve some proficient gamers with tempo within the crew. They’re thrilling. I do not suppose they’ll go deep into the event however it’s not likely a shock if Spain do properly.”
Shock early exit
Karen Carney – Belgium
Jamie Carragher – Belgium
“They’ve been an awesome crew and Roberto Martinez has performed fantastically properly – they completed third within the final World Cup however I simply really feel it is a step too far. Romelu Lukaku hasn’t performed for weeks, even months. I am undecided he is performed this weekend for Inter Milan both. I really feel they may very well be the shock bundle to exit.”
Jamie Redknapp – Belgium
Gary Neville – Uruguay
Karen Carney – Lionel Messi
Jamie Redknapp – Lautaro Martinez
“Whoever wins the Golden Boot normally scores quite a lot of objectives of their group video games. Argentina have gotten Saudi Arabia of their group in order that’s why I’ve gone for them.
“Harry Kane has an awesome alternative as properly whenever you take a look at the fixtures, beginning towards Iran. Nobody has ever gained back-to-back Golden Boots so it could be nice to see him try this. Martinez will get objectives for Argentina.”
Gary Neville – Kylian Mbappe
Jamie Carragher – Lautaro Martinez
Participant of the Event
Karen Carney – Neymar
“I feel Argentina and Brazil will meet within the semi-finals and so I feel it is a battle between Messi and Neymar. Whoever wins that battle, for me, shall be participant of the event.”
Gary Neville – Neymar
Jamie Carragher – Messi
Jamie Redknapp – Neymar