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’d like to see Messi win the World Cup. I really feel that may cement his place as the best participant of all time.”
Karen Carney – Brazil
“I’ve acquired a comfortable spot for them, to be trustworthy – however should you have a look at their attacking gamers, they’re only a pleasure to look at. Everybody talks about Messi’s final one, but it surely could possibly be Neymar’s as effectively. I feel 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 type once more – I’ve gone with Brazil as I really feel it could possibly be their time once more.”
Gary Neville – Brazil
“We all the time really feel we’ve acquired nice gamers on this nation and we do, however once you have a look at the Brazil squad you assume, ‘Oh my God – the place have they arrive from?’ It was the identical once I was taking part in in tournaments. That they had 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 feel 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 actually skilled in order that they solely factor that considerations 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, but it surely appears 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 feel can put a efficiency collectively and hold in there – and so they may win on penalties. I do assume there’s an opportunity, however I feel France can be stronger within the quarters.”
Jamie Redknapp – Quarter-finals
“I feel England’s efficiency within the Nations League has dampened all people’s expectations. I simply hope I am mistaken 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.
“If you have a look at the potential champions, you’ve folks pondering 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 feel that is probably the most we are able to hope for. With (Paul) Pogba and (N’Golo) Kante out, I really feel for this reason we’d progress previous France. After then, it is pot luck however we would be completely happy. After all, 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 Levels
“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 may be the final time we see them in a Welsh shirt.
“I feel Bale will go down as one of many best British gamers of all time with the Champions League titles and being the participant of the 12 months just a few instances in England, in addition to what he is finished for Wales taking them into tournaments.
“I simply really feel with the power and the depth of this USA staff could also be an excessive amount of for them.”
Jamie Redknapp – Spherical of 16
Gary Neville – Group Levels
Jamie Carragher – Denmark
“Denmark are in France’s group, and so they performed one another not so way back and beat them. If Denmark end high 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 have some proficient gamers with tempo within the staff. They’re thrilling. I do not assume they may go deep into the match but it surely’s probably not a shock if Spain do effectively.”
Shock early exit
Karen Carney – Belgium
Jamie Carragher – Belgium
“They’ve been an awesome staff and Roberto Martinez has finished fantastically effectively – 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 could possibly 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 numerous targets 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 effectively once you have a look at the fixtures, beginning in opposition to Iran. Nobody has ever gained back-to-back Golden Boots so it will be nice to see him do this. Martinez will get targets 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, can be participant of the match.”
Gary Neville – Neymar
Jamie Carragher – Messi
Jamie Redknapp – Neymar