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 may cement his place as the best participant of all time.”
Karen Carney – Brazil
“I’ve bought a tender spot for them, to be sincere – however for those who take a look at their attacking gamers, they’re only a pleasure to observe. Everybody talks about Messi’s final one, nevertheless it might be Neymar’s as properly. I believe 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 might be their time once more.”
Gary Neville – Brazil
“We all the time really feel we have now bought nice gamers on this nation and we do, however if 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. That they had extremely particular gamers. I am fairly assured they are going to 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 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 no 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 appears to be like like England are going to do what they suppose they are going to 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 believe can put a efficiency collectively and grasp in there – and so they can even win on penalties. I do suppose there’s an opportunity, however I believe France will probably 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 incorrect 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 match.
“While you take a look at the doable champions, you’ve got folks pondering France may win it, however they’ve issues in midfield. It may take a little bit of momentum for me to get excited.”
Karen Carney – Semi-finals
“I believe that is essentially the most we will hope for. With (Paul) Pogba and (N’Golo) Kante out, I really feel this is the reason we’d progress previous France. After then, it is pot luck however we would be joyful. In fact, we’d wish to get to the ultimate however realistically attending to the semi-finals could 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 could be the final time we see them in a Welsh shirt.
“I believe 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 yr a couple of occasions in England, in addition to what he is accomplished 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, and so they performed one another not so way back and beat them. If Denmark end prime 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 are going to go deep into the match nevertheless it’s probably not a shock if Spain do properly.”
Shock early exit
Karen Carney – Belgium
Jamie Carragher – Belgium
“They’ve been a terrific crew and Roberto Martinez has accomplished 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 unsure he is performed this weekend for Inter Milan both. I really feel they might 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 a variety of 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 a terrific alternative as properly if you take a look at the fixtures, beginning in opposition to Iran. Nobody has ever gained back-to-back Golden Boots so it might 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 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, will probably be participant of the match.”
Gary Neville – Neymar
Jamie Carragher – Messi
Jamie Redknapp – Neymar