Connect with us

Sports

World Cup 2022 score predictions: Chris Sutton predicts the last-16 matches

BBC Sport’s football expert Chris Sutton gives his predictions for the final round of group games at the World Cup.

News Agencies

Published

on

Chris Sutton's predictions

Chris Sutton’s predictions

Fifa World Cup

Host nation: Qatar Dates: 20 November-18 December Coverage: Live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Sounds and the BBC Sport website and app. Day-by-day TV listingsFull coverage details

Half of the 32 teams are heading home, but which of the sides left standing will survive all the way to the World Cup final at Lusail Stadium on 18 December?

Advertisement

The hopes of eight more nations will bite the dust after the first knockout round, which includes England against Senegal and BBC football expert Chris Sutton’s adopted nation, Japan.

Sutton is probably even more popular in the Land of the Rising Sun than he is on these shores after he correctly predicted Japan would beat Germany and also knock the four-time winners out of the tournament.

He is making a prediction for every match in Qatar, and correctly guessed the outcome of 26 of the 48 group games.

Advertisement

Before the tournament, Sutton chose 12 of the 16 teams that are through to the first knockout stage, including France, his pick to win the tournament, and England, who he believes will reach the quarter-finals.

Last-16 games

Score

Advertisement

Sutton’s prediction

Saturday, 3 Dec

Netherlands v USA

Advertisement

x-x

2-1

Argentina v Australia

Advertisement

x-x

5-0

Sunday, 4 Dec

Advertisement

France v Poland

x-x

4-0

Advertisement

England v Senegal

x-x

2-1

Advertisement

Monday, 5 Dec

Japan v Croatia

x-x

Advertisement

2-1 AET*

Brazil v South Korea

x-x

Advertisement

2-0

Tuesday, 6 Dec

Morocco v Spain

Advertisement

x-x

0-1

Portugal v Switzerland

Advertisement

x-x

1-1 P**

*After extra-time

Advertisement

** Switzerland to win on penalties

Saturday, 3 December

Netherlands v USA

Netherlands v USA

Netherlands v USA (Khalifa International Stadium, 15:00 GMT)

The Netherlands sailed through their group but I don’t think they look anything special. In fact, they have been pretty underwhelming so far.

They are my left-field pick to win this World Cup but, to even get near that, they will have to improve on what they have shown us so far.

Advertisement

I am not sure that will happen, and this might be another game where the Dutch find a way to win, rather than dazzle us.

The danger for them is if they take the United States too lightly, because a lot of England fans thought we would beat them easily and the reality was very different.

Advertisement

The US are not just well organised, they are young and hungry and I like the way they play. My only worry about them is that they don’t have a goalscorer in their team.

Christian Pulisic is an injury doubt, and if he does miss out it is a big problem for them. They struggle to find the net anyway.

Sutton’s prediction: 2-1

Advertisement
Argentina v Australia

Argentina v Australia

Argentina v Australia (Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, 19:00)

Australia reaching the last 16 was one of the greatest moments in their football history – the bunting was out in Brisbane and the confetti was out in Canberra. It was great to see.

The Aussies have done brilliantly and I don’t want to patronise them, but them getting to this stage is like England winning the World Cup final.

Credit to their boss Graham Arnold for having them so well organised, but they are limited and I don’t think they have got any hope of going further at this tournament.

Advertisement

I also don’t think they will be partying much when Argentina have finished with them.

I’ve watched Argentina a couple of times now and, against Poland, it just felt like they were getting their game going. They could have scored six or seven that night.

I’ve gone big here with my predicted scoreline, but you have to remember it is all or nothing for teams now, so they can’t sit back against one of the favourites and protect their goal difference like they do in the groups.

Advertisement

Australia will have to go for it if they go behind and that will leave more space for Argentina to exploit.

Sutton’s prediction: 5-0

Sunday, 4 December

France v Poland

France v Poland

France v Poland (Al Thumama Stadium, 15:00 GMT)

Based on what I’ve seen of them so far, if Poland get in the France half, they will be lucky. They just don’t seem able to get the ball up the pitch to Robert Lewandowski, who is so isolated.

Advertisement

The Poles are big and slow and I think they were lucky to get out of Group C.

France can chuck in a poor performance every so often and I know this has been a World Cup of shocks so I am asking to get egg on my face… but I only see this going one way.

Sutton’s prediction: 4-0

Advertisement
England v Senegal

England v Senegal

England v Senegal (Al Bayt Stadium, 19:00 GMT)

I went to watch England train on Thursday and, just from the warm-up, I can smell that they are going a long way in this competition.

Seriously, though, I am confident about their chances, although I don’t think Senegal will let them have this all their own way.

The African champions were pretty disappointing when they played the Dutch but, when it really mattered, they turned up against Ecuador.

Advertisement

England’s starting XI will be interesting, and there is always a great debate about that, but I think the strength on the bench will make the difference for Gareth Southgate, whoever begins the game.

Sutton’s prediction: 2-1

Monday, 5 December

Japan v Croatia

Japan v Croatia

Japan v Croatia (Al Janoub Stadium, 15:00 GMT)

No-one predicted Japan would get out of their group or that Germany would be knocked out – well, no-one apart from me.

Advertisement

I don’t think the Blue Samurai are done at this tournament yet, although I can see this tie going the distance and all the way into extra-time before they win it.

I am maybe being a little romantic here, I know, because Croatia have some canny operators and fantastic players.

Japan are probably a better team than they think they are, with the technical players they have got. At the moment they play in patches but that might still be enough.

Advertisement

Sutton’s prediction: 1-1 after 90 minutes. Japan to win 2-1 after extra-time.

Brazil v South Korea

Brazil v South Korea

Brazil v South Korea (Stadium 974, 19:00 GMT)

South Korea left it very late to get here, but the dramatic way they qualified from Group H means their World Cup has been memorable no matter what happens next.

They will give this a good go, and they showed against Portugal how well organised they are at the back, but I don’t think they have got enough at the other end to bother Brazil.

Advertisement

How close this is might depend on whether Neymar is back from injury, and the noises coming out of the Brazil camp are not especially promising there, but I still think Brazil will win even if they have to do it without him.

Sutton’s prediction: 2-0

Tuesday, 6 December

Morocco v Spain

Morocco v Spain

Morocco v Spain (Education City, 15:00 GMT)

Spain are the best footballing team in this tournament.

Advertisement

I really like their style and their pretty passing patterns but they always try to play through people and if teams are sitting deep they can find it difficult.

I watched them against Japan on Thursday and they had all of the ball but they didn’t look like scoring even when they got desperate – maybe Guillem Balague was right about their lack of goals after all.

So, this one is going to be close. Morocco are probably stronger, physically, but I don’t think they will chase the ball high up the pitch – instead they will probably sit back and pick their moments, a bit like Japan did against Spain.

Advertisement

Sutton’s prediction: 0-1

Portugal v Serbia

Portugal v Serbia

Portugal v Switzerland (Lusail Stadium, 19:00 GMT)

Switzerland were really passive against Brazil and didn’t manage a shot on target but their other games in Qatar give us a better idea of what to expect from them here.

Portugal have some excellent players but the Swiss will be full of confidence here after the way they overcame Serbia to get to the last 16, and they also beat Portugal when they played them in the Nations League in June.

Advertisement

This will be close and I have a feeling Cristiano Ronaldo will have a big say in the outcome – although not necessarily in a positive way.

It is a risk versus reward scenario for Portugal if they pick Ronaldo, because his influence on the team is massive but they might have a better starter who should be in the side.

If this tie goes the distance, how long should he stay on the pitch?

Advertisement

Sutton’s prediction: 1-1 – Switzerland to win on penalties after extra-time – Ronaldo to miss the decisive spot-kick

Get the latest results and goal notifications for any team at the Fifa World Cup by downloading the BBC Sport app: AppleAndroidAmazon

Advertisement
Continue Reading
Advertisement

Advertisement

Breaking News

Editor Pick’s

Latest Entertainment

Entertainment3 hours ago

Christina Ricci says it’s ‘elitist and exclusive’ to review Andrea Riseborough’s Oscar nomination: ‘Very backward to me’

Christina Ricci lashed out at the Academy in an Instagram post. (Photo: Michael Tullberg/FilmMagic) Christina Ricci isn’t pleased that the...

Entertainment3 hours ago

Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes Seen Embracing in Los Angeles Hours After ABC Exit

01/27/2023 PREMIUM EXCLUSIVE: TJ Holmes and Amy Robach are spotted kissing and embracing on the evening that news reports that...

Entertainment4 hours ago

The Mysterious Benedict Society canceled at Disney+ after 2 seasons

Looks like the world will have to remain in peril as The Mysterious Benedict Society is being broken up by...

Entertainment5 hours ago

Gary Sinise opens up about being a conservative in Hollywood

Actor Gary Sinise discussed his conservative political beliefs and gun control. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Capital Concerts) Gary Sinise...

Entertainment5 hours ago

Michelle Williams recalls the paparazzi attention she and daughter Matilda received after Heath Ledger’s death: ‘It cuts you off from living your life’

Michelle Williams opens up about being pursued by the paparazzi following Heath Ledger’s death. (Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic) Michelle Williams was 25...

Entertainment7 hours ago

Bruce Willis and wife Emma Heming Willis hold hands in touching new video

Actor Bruce Willis and his wife Emma Heming Willis shared an affectionate moment. (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images) Bruce Willis and...

Entertainment7 hours ago

Top Gun: Maverick, one of the most “for grownups” movies ever, won AARP’s Movies For Grownups Award

Top Gun: Maverick For two decades, AARP has made a point to cut through all of the silliness that floods...

Entertainment8 hours ago

Jamie Lee Curtis gets career achievement honor at AARP Awards: ‘I really like being a grown-up’

If there’s anyone that can work a red carpet, it’s Jamie Lee Curtis. The first-time Oscar nominee for her role...

Advertisement

Latest Sports

Technology Hot News

Technology2 weeks ago

Led by "Amazon" and "Microsoft" .. the technology giants are planning to lay off 64,000 employees

After 10 years of driving the stock market bull run, big tech companies are racing to downsize staff to adapt...

Technology2 weeks ago

Apple introduces MacBooks with new M2 processors

Yesterday, Tuesday, Apple unveiled MacBooks powered by the new, faster “M2 Pro” and “M2 Max” processor chips, in a surprise...

Technology2 weeks ago

All you need to know about the upcoming Galaxy S23 phones from Samsung

Samsung has officially announced that the (Galaxy Unpacked 2023) event will be held this year on Wednesday, February 1, which...

Technology2 weeks ago

FTX Exchange Announces Hacking and Stolen $415 Million in Cryptocurrency

Bankrupt American cryptocurrency firm FTX announced today, Wednesday, that $415 million in cryptocurrency has been hacked and stolen from the...

Technology2 weeks ago

Because of a "fraudulent tweet"… Elon Musk's trial begins

Elon Musk's trial began Tuesday in San Francisco with the selection of jury members who will have to decide whether...

Technology2 weeks ago

An electric spoon replaces salt and spices, but with conditions

Experts have developed an electric spoon that is able to replace spices and flavors and affect the taste buds in...

Technology2 weeks ago

The biggest dangers of using tracking devices.. so you can escape?

If you spot an unknown Bluetooth tagging device, there are ways to disable the device so it can't track your...

Technology2 weeks ago

New Twitter.. For You tab to web version

The Twitter platform announced that it will bring the new tab (For You), which launched last Tuesday for iPhones and...

Advertisement