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World Cup 2022: Quarter-finals Preview & Predictions

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has reached the quarter-final stage and eight teams are dreaming of lifting the prestigious trophy.

The tournament has produced plenty of shocks to date, which has made it a bit of a minefield from a betting perspective.

Germany, Spain and Belgium are amongst the fancied teams to go out, leaving many punters to scramble to pick new betting favourites in the final eight.

We take a look at each of the quarter-final match-ups and predict which teams will make it through to the last four of the tournament.

Croatia vs Brazil

Brazil were the ante-post favourites heading into the World Cup and will fancy their chances of progressing to the final after producing some impressive displays.

They finished top of Group G before running riot against South Korea in the round of 16 and look a good bet to ease past Croatia.

Five points from three games were enough to see Croatia qualify for the last 16, where they were given a fright by Japan before going through on penalties.

It would be foolish to write off Croatia’s chances of springing a surprise, but Brazil will win this game if they perform at their best.

Netherlands vs Argentina

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has been bullish about his team’s chances of winning the World Cup despite being criticised over his team’s style of play.

His methods have worked up to this point, with his side breezing through the group stage before defeating the United States in the round of 16.

Argentina will provide their toughest test to date in the quarter-finals, particularly with Lionel Messi on a mission to win the tournament for the first time.

There is likely to be little to choose between the two sides and it may need a penalty shoot-out to separate them. Argentina are fancied to progress, but only just.

Morocco vs Portugal

Morocco were the surprise winners of a group that included Croatia and Belgium, before stunning Spain in the last-16 by winning a penalty shoot-out.

They have a well-organised team with some talented attacking players and could spring another surprise if Portugal take them lightly.

Portugal finished top of Group H ahead of South Korea, before demolishing Switzerland 6-1 to book their place in the quarter-finals.

They are favourites to reach the semi-finals, but Morocco could be worth chancing to continue their remarkable journey in Qatar.

England vs France

France won their first two group games, before fielding a weakened team in a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Tunisia.

Their big-hitters were restored to the line-up against Poland in the last-16 and they had little difficulty recording a 3-1 victory.

England took seven points from their three group games before securing a stylish 3-0 victory over Senegal in the round of 16.

The Three Lions generally come up short when they face the top teams and France look a good bet to reach the last-four with a victory in this one.

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