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2022 World Cup: Round of 16 Predictions

Round 3 was an absolutely terrible one for me on Superbru but we got so much entertainment and despite so many of my predictions being wrong, it was awesome to see the likes of Australia, Japan and South Korea seal a place in the Round of 16.

I can't really afford to put a foot wrong now in the remainder of this tournament if I'm to stand any chance of some pool victories so the pressure is on!

Here are my Round of 16 picks for our World Cup Predictor. Feel free to leave your own thoughts in the comments.



Netherlands vs. USA

This is a fairly even one to begin with as though the Dutch are favourites, I think the US have shown in their last two matches how capable they are and we could well see the Netherlands forced into extra time in my opinion. Whether it goes that far or not, I think the Oranje should just about edge it as they've looked good so far but also could well improve quite considerably. Gakpo has been great but Depay could turn up with goals in this knockout stage and I've been surprised Denzel Dumfries hasn't been testing keepers like he usually does on the international stage (he's normally a great Odds-based Fantasy option!) Netherlands 2-1 USA

Argentina vs. Australia

I was disappointed with Denmark but Australia deserve so much credit for progressing from that group when no one gave them a chance (myself included). How well did Mathew Leckie take that goal in Round 3!? Argentina are obviously massive favourites here and I think they'll be fairly comfortable. Has that defeat to the Saudis ended up as a good thing as I said it might be? Maybe, but they do still look overly reliant on Messi. Argentina 2-0 Australia

France vs. Poland

We've seen plenty of added time in this tournament so far but the fourth official could have put up another 90 minutes in that Argentina game and Poland still wouldn't have scored. After such a flat display in that game it's hard to see how they can suddenly turn it on and beat France. I'm still not totally convinced by the French as that new midfield won't be properly tested until the next round assuming they don't slip up here. France 3-0 Poland

England vs. Senegal

I'm English so I am of course nervous about this fixture as Senegal are a very capable side who have played excellent tournament football under Cisse. However, no Idrissa Gueye and no Sadio Mane is good news for England and after the attacking flair shown against both Iran and Wales, I think the Three Lions will have enough to win this one. England 2-0 Senegal

Japan vs. Croatia

There really isn't much to fear here for Japan, particularly since they've deservedly beaten Germany and Spain, but Croatia will of course also fancy their chances and I think I'm leaning slightly towards the Europeans with their experience. It's tempting to pick Japan because of their energy and the magic substitutions their manager seems to be able to make but Croatia are very difficult to beat and I think their know-how from the 2018 World Cup may just give them the edge. Japan 1-2 Croatia

Brazil vs. South Korea

South Korea's qualification to this stage really was a surprise given their position on the group table ahead of Round 3, and while I'm sure they're just delighted to have reached this Round of 16 as a result, they are a bit unfortunate to now have to play Brazil. Given they rested their first XI in Round 3 and may well have Neymar back for the knockouts, I can only see a Brazil win. Brazil 2-0 South Korea

Morocco vs. Spain

Spain need to be very careful here as there's definitely potential for an upset - Morocco fully deserved to win Group F. I am going with Luis Enrique's side though as Alvaro Morata's scoring run is a very good sign for Spain and they will of course dominate possession. I'm not sure whether Morocco possess the pace in their forward line to hurt Spain on the counter? Ziyech is great at picking out a forward run rather than making one himself and while Hakimi behind him is among the quickest there is, will the full backs be brave enough to fly forward against this Spain team? Morocco 0-1 Spain

Portugal vs. Switzerland

There's perhaps even more of a chance of an underdog victory here, but after seeing Portugal defeat Uruguay fairly comfortably, I'm going with the safe choice again and backing the Portuguese. Bruno Fernandes has really impressed me in this tournament so far and I think he might well prove the difference. I'd like to see Switzerland play quite bravely as they did against Serbia rather than the kind of performance we saw from them against Brazil but I think it may be the latter. Portugal 2-1 Switzerland

Best of luck with your own Round of 16 predictions. I hope you all had a better Round 3 than I!

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No penalty shootouts? Gotta be one or two in there...
3 Dec 09:56
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Yes I thought the same, very tough to predict though. I obviously think the ones I have 1-goal margins for are most likely - perhaps Portugal v Switzerland? 3 Dec 12:29
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Thinking Japan and Portugal games 3 Dec 13:57
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1/2 not bad ;) 7 Dec 15:32
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Agertina 3-1 Austria
3 Dec 10:51
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Austria? 3 Dec 12:27
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a possible 3 upsets on the cards her,
1 - USA
2 - Japan
3 - Morrocco
3 Dec 11:44
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Poland should draw it
3 Dec 12:57
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nah 3 Dec 13:57
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Be carful .., surprise will continue…. Marocoo will beat Spain and Japan will win against Croatia …. I m sure for m’y prédiction
3 Dec 13:08
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Football to day
3 Dec 14:34
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Japan USA and Morocco will suprice many🤞
3 Dec 15:01
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all the big teams will qualify to the quarter finals. the upsets ended in the group stages. there will be no more upsets in the competition.
3 Dec 17:09
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There's always at least 1 shock.
3 Dec 18:11
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Anjsj
3 Dec 19:17
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Gsgdvrr
3 Dec 19:17
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1.0 poland
3 Dec 19:17
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Jea
3 Dec 19:17
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The shock is the spelling.
3 Dec 19:20
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Marcel are you ok?
3 Dec 22:17
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Morning All,
I know this has nothing to do with soccer, but has there been any news of Big Bash cricket on superbru.
4 Dec 04:13
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Up and running! 5 Dec 13:32
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One of the Asian countries (Japan or South Korea) will make it to the quarters.
4 Dec 18:44
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No 5 Dec 10:23
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Korea won't beat brazil
4 Dec 19:55
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Who will win the world cup???
5 Dec 12:51
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A country in South America
5 Dec 14:26
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Francia - Holanda
5 Dec 15:34
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Francia - Netherland
5 Dec 15:37
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I am backing Morocco vs Spain for the upset
5 Dec 18:18
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I got the Japan and Croatia result spot on..went for a 1-1
6 Dec 08:14
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Other results I was 1 goal off ...not bad..also France ..got that result exact ..not bad
6 Dec 08:15
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Spain will beat Morocco 2-1
6 Dec 08:16
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nope. 7 Dec 15:33
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Morocco beats Spain in penalty shootout, wow good for Morocco the played a great game.
6 Dec 18:07
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Cool
8 Dec 08:12
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Well done Morocco played very well in that game
8 Dec 08:33
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I play with my family and I got the wooden spoon this round
8 Dec 08:34
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Got 3 exacts in the round of 16
8 Dec 12:26
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Ala kaka
2 Jan 17:19