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 match.
Jamie Carragher – Argentina
“It was both Brazil or Argentina. They’re the 2 favourites, however I might like to see Messi win the World Cup. I really feel that will cement his place as the best participant of all time.”
Karen Carney – Brazil
“I’ve obtained a smooth spot for them, to be trustworthy – however should you take a look at their attacking gamers, they’re only a pleasure to observe. Everybody talks about Messi’s final one, nevertheless it may very well be Neymar’s as nicely. I believe Argentina might meet Brazil within the semi-final so it comes all the way 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 all the time really feel we now have obtained nice gamers on this nation and we do, however once you take a look at the Brazil squad you assume, ‘Oh my God – the place have they arrive from?’ It was the identical once I was enjoying in tournaments. They’d extremely particular gamers. I am fairly assured they may win it.”
Jamie Carragher – Portugal
Karen Carney – Spain
“Within the Euros, they went out to Italy, and I believe it is their possession of the ball which is able to take them shut. They finally misplaced to Italy on penalties, and their younger gamers are phenomenal in midfield. Their supervisor Luis Enrique is basically skilled so that they solely factor that considerations me is goalscoring, however I again them to maintain the ball.
“They’ve received the World Cup beforehand with out a striker so I do not see it being any completely 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, nevertheless it seems like England are going to do what they assume they may within the group, and France do the identical, they’d meet within the quarters and I simply do not assume they’d beat France.
“However that is the one supervisor and one group of gamers who I believe can put a efficiency collectively and grasp in there – they usually can even win on penalties. I do assume there’s an opportunity, however I believe France might be stronger within the quarters.”
Jamie Redknapp – Quarter-finals
“I believe England’s efficiency within the Nations League has dampened all people’s expectations. I simply hope I am improper and we get a little bit of momentum and begin to play. I hope we are able to get that perception and actual confidence in these gamers, then something is feasible as a result of I do consider it is a wide-open match.
“While you take a look at the potential champions, you’ve individuals considering France might win it, however they’ve issues in midfield. It is going to take a little bit of momentum for me to get excited.”
Karen Carney – Semi-finals
“I believe that is essentially the most we are able to hope for. With (Paul) Pogba and (N’Golo) Kante out, I really feel this is the reason we would progress previous France. After then, it is pot luck however we would be pleased. In fact, we might need 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 assume when it comes to 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 could be the final time we see them in a Welsh shirt.
“I believe 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 yr a couple of occasions in England, in addition to what he is finished for Wales taking them into tournaments.
“I simply really feel with the vitality and the depth of this USA group 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 prime of that group, France might 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 gifted gamers with tempo within the group. They’re thrilling. I do not assume they may go deep into the match nevertheless it’s probably not a shock if Spain do nicely.”
Shock early exit
Karen Carney – Belgium
Jamie Carragher – Belgium
“They’ve been a terrific group and Roberto Martinez has finished fantastically nicely – 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 often 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 a terrific alternative as nicely once you take a look at the fixtures, beginning towards Iran. Nobody has ever received back-to-back Golden Boots so it will 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 believe Argentina and Brazil will meet within the semi-finals and so I believe it is a battle between Messi and Neymar. Whoever wins that battle, for me, might be participant of the match.”
Gary Neville – Neymar
Jamie Carragher – Messi
Jamie Redknapp – Neymar