Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews this year’s Football World Championship Qatar’22- Round 1 with his unique and insightful commentary. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday.
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Football World Championship Qatar’22
The Premier League takes a pause, as do the other Top Flight divisions as the World Cup is here.
It’s the first time that FIFA have decided to host the coveted tournament in the middle of Winter and despite this not being ideal, it is what it is and one should definitely get behind the competition and behind their respective International teams.
John Newsome’s team is England and as with every tournament that comes along, whether it be the World Cup, European Championship or the Nations Cup, this EveryTip contributor will always be backing England.
In the final Premier League preview for Game Week-16, there was a 26-man list in the column, that was a prediction of who Gareth Southgate would take to Qatar.
Out of the 26, predicted by John, there were just 4 omissions those being, Marc Guehi, Tammy Abraham, Tyrone Mings and Reece James, with Reece falling short due to injury.
In those places are Ben White, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kalvin Phillips and Conor Gallagher.
Twenty-two of the 26 virtually picked themselves and the 4 changes to what was predicted in this column, are all subjective.
Trent wasn’t a certainty after being omitted from the September Internationals but in truth, the guy should be part of an England 26-man squad, however, if Reece James was fit, it’s unlikely the Liverpool star would be on the plane.
Tyrone Mings has been a mainstay in the recent Three Lions squads but misses out and probably has Steven Gerrard to thank for that with the ex-Aston Villa manager, giving Tyrone a crisis of confidence at the beginning of this Premier League campaign.
Ben White, who plays for Arsenal, the Premier League leaders deserves to be in the 26 and added to that can play as a Right Back or Centre Back, either in a Back Two or if Gareth chooses a Three.
Probably the only surprise in Ben’s inclusion is the lad hasn’t really played much under Mr Southgate but should see game time in the Sun, which wasn’t the case in last years Euro’s, where, although part of the Three Lions squad, the Gunner sat on the bench for the whole of the tournament.
Marc Guehi was a fringe selection from John Newsome mainly due to playing for England in September, however, it’s his mate, Conor Gallagher who comes in.
The final missing player is Tammy Abraham who again, was part of the September squad picked by Gareth Southgate, however, Kalvin Phillips comes in for Tammy.
The only reason this EveryTip column didn’t choose KP was that it was assumed the ex-Leeds lad was injured.
If fit the Man City Midfielder has to be at least part of the 26, if not the starting eleven.
That said, Mr Southgate could play Jude Bellingham at the side of Declan Rice for the opener against Iran on Monday.
The predicted England starting lineup-
Jordan Pickford, Kieran Trippier, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Luke Shaw, Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka and Harry Kane.
Personally, John Newsome wouldn’t start with Harry Maguire and would include Conor Coady at the side of John Stones, however, Gareth likes Mr Maguire and is loyal to the Manchester United Defender but this EveryTip column wants it noted that England won’t win the World Cup if Harry Maguire is playing.
England should progress out of the Group and depending on who comes up in the knockout stages, can have a good tournament to give the watching faithful, in the Cold November Rain, something to cheer, however, this is a prediction site and John Newsome predicts a win for Brazil.
That’s not exactly rocket science as the Samba Boys are the favourites but it’s worth noting that it’s been 20 years and 4 tournaments since the Yellow and Greens last got their hands on the iconic trophy.
Since the victory in Japan and South Korea in 2002, there have been 4 separate teams that have won the World Cup, Italy (2006), Spain (2010), Germany (2014) and France (2018).
All from Europe.
Taking into account the weather in Qatar, it’s quite possible that it will be a South American team that wins the tournament.
That said, if Tite (the Brazilian Manager) starts with the enigmatic Fred, then Brazil, like Manchester United, won’t win anything.
John has gone through the opening 16 set of Group fixtures and has provided the 26-man squad for each country taking part in Qatar’22 as well as a predicted score, so everyone can have a little bet on the Winter World Cup and maybe win a few quid to pay for Christmas.
As well as that, this EveryTip column has produced a definitive route to the Final on December 18th 2022, 1 week before the Big Fella comes on his Reindeer and delivers the gifts.
It would be a good game to get involved and go through the Groups and work out who one thinks will be the winner of Qatar’22.
Winners of Group A v Runners-up of Group B
Winners of Group C v Runners-up of Group D
Winners of Group E v Runners-up of Group F
Winners of Group G v Runners-up of Group H
Winners of Group B v Runners-up of Group A
Winners of Group D v Runners-up of Group C
Winners of Group F v Runners-up of Group E
Winners of Group H v Runners-up of Group G
If the following happens then that produces an initial knockout stage of-
1- NETHERLANDS v WALES
2- ARGENTINA v DENMARK
3- SPAIN v CROATIA
4- BRAZIL v URUGUAY
5- ENGLAND v SENEGAL
6- FRANCE v MEXICO
7- BELGIUM v GERMANY
8- PORTUGAL v CAMEROON
That could potentially throw up a Quarter-Final scenario of –
A- NETHERLANDS v ARGENTINA
B- SPAIN v BRAZIL
C- ENGLAND v FRANCE
D- GERMANY v PORTUGAL
Then the tension starts to build with a possibility of the following Semi-Final lineup-
1- ARGENTINA v BRAZIL
2- ENGLAND v GERMANY
This is where the heart rules the head and John Newsome goes for the following Final lineup-
ENGLAND v BRAZIL
By this time, a week before Christmas and with the liquid festivities about to start, the winners of the 2022 Qatar World Cup are-
Bra-zil, it’s just like watching Brazil, it’s just like watching Brazil, it’s just like watching Brazil,
Well if that hasn’t whet the appetite for a few weeks of spectacular football, if not in the traditional box of a Summer month then someone needs to tell this EveryTip contributor why?
Whether June, July or November and December, this is the World Cup, the Greatest Tournament on the planet, forget the Super Bowl, the World Series or Nipsey, this is the one.
Keep checking in with EveryTip to keep updated with this brilliant footballing experience.
Sunday, November 20th
QATAR v ECUADOR
16.00 in England
Goalkeepers- Saad Al Sheeb (Al-Sadd), Meshaal Barsham (Al-Sadd), Yousuf Hassan (Al-Gharafa).
Defenders- Pedro Miguel (Al-Sadd), Musaab Khidir (Al-Sadd), Tarek Salman (Al-Sadd), Bassam Al Rawi (Al-Duhail), Boualem Khoukhi (Al-Sadd), Abdelkarim Hassan (Al-Sadd), Homam Al Amin (Al-Gharafa), Jassim Gabir (Al-Arabi).
Midfielders- Ali Asad (Al-Sadd), Assim Madibo (Al-Duhail), Mohammed Waad (Al-Sadd), Salem Al Hajri (Al-Sadd), Mustafa Meshaal (Al-Sadd), Karim Boudiaf (Al-Duhail), Abdulaziz Hatim (Al-Rayyan), Ismaeel Mohammad (Al-Duhail).
Forwards- Naif Al Hadhrami (Al-Rayyan), Ahmed Alaa (Al-Gharafa), Hassan Al Haydos (Al-Sadd), Khalid Muneer (Al-Wakrah), Akram Afif (Al-Sadd), Almoez Ali (Al-Duhail), Mohammed Muntari (Al-Duhail).
Goalkeepers- Alexander Dominguez (LDU Quito), Hernan Galindez (Aucas), Moises Ramirez (Independiente)
Defenders- Robert Arboleda (Sao Paulo) Xavier Arreaga (Seattle Sounders), Bryon Castillo (Leon), Pervis Estunpinan (Brighton), Piero Hincapie (Bayer Leverkusen), Angelo Preciado (Genk), Jackson Porozo (Troyes), Felix Torres (Santos Laguna)
Midfielders- Nilsen Angulo (Anderlecht), Moises Caicedo (Brighton), Jose Cifuentes (LAFC), Alan Franco (Talleres), Carlos Gruezo (Augsburg), Romario Ibarra (Pachuca), Angel Mena (Leon), Jhegson Mendez (LAFC) Gonzalo Plata (Valladolid), Jeremy Sarmiento (Brighton)
Forwards- Michael Estrada (Cruz Azul), Ayrton Preciado (Santos Laguna), Djorkaeff Reasco (Newell’s Old Boys), Enner Valencia (Fenerbahce)
Betfred offer Qatar at 12/5, the draw at 21/10 and 5/4 for Ecuador to come away with all 3-points.
Monday, November 21st
ENGLAND v IRAN
13.00 in England
Goalkeepers- Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Newcastle), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
Defenders- Ben White (Arsenal), Kyle Walker (Man City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), John Stones (Man City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Conor Coady (Everton), Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
Midfielders- Declan Rice (West Ham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Connor Gallagher (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Man City)
Forwards:- Harry Kane (Tottenham), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Phil Foden (Man City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Callum Wilson (Newcastle), Jack Grealish (Man City), James Maddison (Leicester)
Goalkeepers- Alireza Beyranvand (Persepolis), Amir Abedzadeh (Ponferradina), Payam Niazmand (Sepahan), Hossein Hosseini (Esteghlal)
Defenders- Majid Hosseini (Kayserispor)
Mohammad Hossein Kanaanizadegan (Al-Ahli), Shojae Khalilzadeh (Al-Ahli), Morteza Pouraliganji (Persepolis), Sadegh Moharrami (Dinamo Zagreb), Ramin Rezaeian (Sepahan), Milad Mohammadi (AEK Athens), Abolfazl Jalali (Esteghlal)
Midfielders- Saeid Ezatollahi (Vejle Boldklub), Ehsan Hajsafi (AEK Athens)
Rouzbeh Cheshmi (Esteghlal), Ahmad Nourollahi (Shabab Al-Ahli), Ali Karimi (Kayserispor), Saman Ghoddos (Brentford)
Vahid Amiri (Persepolis)
Forwards- Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Feyenoord), Ali Gholizadeh (Sporting Charleroi), Mehdi Taremi (FC Porto), Mehdi Torabi (Persepolis), Karim Ansarifard (Omonia Nicosia), Sardar Azmoun (Bayer Leverkusen)
Betfred offer England at Odds On 1/3, the draw at 18/5 and 10/1 for Iran to come away with all 3-points.
SENEGAL v NETHERLANDS
16.00 in England
Goalkeepers- Edouard Mendy (Chelsea), Alfred Gomis (Rennes), Seny Dieng (Queens Park Rangers).
Defenders- Kalidou Koulibaly, (Chelsea), Abdou Diallo (RB Leipzig), Youssouf Sabaly (Real Betis), Fode Ballo Toure (Milan), Pape Abou Cisse (Olympiacos), Ismail Jakobs (Monaco), Formose Mendy (Amiens).
Midfielders- Pathe Ciss (Rayo Vallecano), Krepin Diatta (Monaco), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton), Pape Gueye (Marseille), Cheikhou Kouyate (Nottingham Forest), Mamadou Loum Ndiaye (Reading), Nampalys Mendy (Leicester), Moustapha Name (Pafos), Pape Matar Sarr (Spurs).
Forwards- Boulaye Dia (Salernitana), Famara Diedhiou (Alanyaspor), Bamba Dieng (Marseille), Nicolas Jackson (Villarreal), Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich), Iliman Ndiaye (Sheff Utd), Ismaila Sarr (Watford).
Goalkeepers- Justin Bijlow (Feyenoord), Remko Pasveer (Ajax), Andries Noppert (sc Heerenveen).
Defenders- Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Nathan Ake (Man City), Daley Blind (Ajax), Jurrien Timber (Ajax), Denzel Dumfries (Inter Milan), Stefan de Vrij (Inter), Mathijs de Ligt (Bayern Munich), Tyrell Malacia (Manchester Utd), Jeremie Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen).
Midfielders- Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Steven Berghuis (Ajax), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Teun Koopmeiners (Atalanta), Cody Gakpo (PSV), Marten de Roon (Atalanta), Kenneth Taylor (Ajax), Xavi Simons (PSV).
Forwards- Memphis Depay (Barcelona), Steven Bergwijn (Ajax), Vincent Janssen (Royal Antwerp), Luuk de Jong (PSV), Noa Lang (Club Brugge), Wout Weghorst (Besiktas).
Betfred offer Senegal at 9/2, the draw at 11/4 and Odds On 8/13 for the Netherlands to come away with all 3-points.
USA v WALES
19.00 in England
Goalkeepers- Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Sean Johnson (New York City FC), Matt Turner (Arsenal)
Defenders- Shaq Moore (Nashville SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami CF), Joe Scally (Borussia Monchengladbach), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic) Tim Ream (Fulham), Antonee Robinson (Fulham)
Midfielders- Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United), Kellyn Acosta (LAFC), Tyler Adams (Leeds United), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo), Weston McKennie (Juventus), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders)
Forwards- Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Josh Sargent (Norwich), Tim Weah (Lille), Haji Wright (Antalyaspor)
Goalkeepers- Wayne Hennessey (Nottingham Forest), Danny Ward (Leicester), Adam Davies (Sheffield United)
Defenders- Ben Davies (Tottenham), Ben Cabango (Swansea), Tom Lockyer (Luton Town), Joe Rodon (Tottenham), Chris Mephan (Bournemouth), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Chris Gunter (Wimbledon), Neco Williams (Nottingham Forest), Connor Roberts (Burnley)
Midfielders- Sorba Thomas (Huddersfield), Joe Allen (Swansea), Matthew Smith (Milton Keynes Dons), Dylan Levitt (Dundee United), Harry Wilson (Fulham), Joe Morrell (Portsmouth), Jonny Williams (Swindon), Aaron Ramsey (Nice), Rubin Colwill (Cardiff)
Forwards- Gareth Bale (Los Angeles FC), Kieffer Moore (Bournemouth), Mark Harris (Cardiff) Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest), Dan James (Leeds United)
Betfred offer USA at 8/5, the draw at 2/1 and 19/10 for Wales to come away with all 3-points.
Tuesday, November 22nd
ARGENTINA v SAUDI ARABIA
10.00 in England
Goalkeepers- Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), Franco Armani (River Plate), Geronimo Rulli (Villarreal).
Defenders- Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica), Marcos Acuña (Sevilla), Nicolas Tagliafico (Lyon), German Pezzella (Real Betis), Nahuel Molina (Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla), Juan Foyth (Villarreal), Cristian Romero (Tottenham), Lisandro Martinez (Manchester United).
Midfielders- Leandro Paredes (Juventus), Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid), Guido Rodriguez (Real Betis), Exequiel Palacis (Bayer Leverkusen), Alejandro Gomez (Sevilla), Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton), Enzo Fernandez (Benfica).
Forwards- Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain), Angel Di Maria (Juventus), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Paulo Dybala (Roma), Nicolas Gonzalez (Fiorentina), Joaquin Correa (Inter Milan), Julian Alvarez (Man City).
SAUDI ARABIA SQUAD
Goalkeepers- Mohamed Al-Owais (Al-Hilal), Nawaf Al-Aqidi (Al-Nassr), Mohamed Al-Yami (Al-Ahly).
Defenders- Yasser Al-Shahrani (Al-Hilal), Ali Al-Bulaihi (Al-Hilal), Abdulelah Al-Amri (Al-Nassr), Abdullah Madu (Al-Nassr), Hassan Tambakti (Al-Shabab), Sultan Al-Ghanam (Al-Nassr), Mohammed Al-Breik (Al-Hilal), Saud Abdulhamid (Al-Hilal).
Midfielders- Salman Al-Faraj (Al-Hilal), Riyadh Sharahili (Abha), Ali Al-Hassan (Al-Nassr), Mohamed Kanno (Al-Hilal), Abdulelah Al-Malki (Al-Hilal), Sami Al-Najei (Al-Nassr), Abdullah Otayf (Al-Hilal), Nasser Al-Dawsari (Al-Hilal), Abdulrahman Al-Aboud (Ittihad), Salem Al-Dawsari (Al-Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al-Shabab).
Forwards- Nawaf Al-Abed (Al-Shabab), Haitham Asiri (Al-Ahly), Saleh Al-Shehri (Al-Hilal) Firas Al-Buraikan (Al-Fateh).
Betfred offer Argentina at Odds On 1/6, the draw at 11/2 and 16/1 for Saudi Arabia to come away with all 3-points.
DENMARK v TUNISIA
13.00 in England
Goalkeepers- Kasper Schmeichel (Nice), Oliver Christensen (Hertha Berlin), Frederick Ronnow (Union Berlin)
Defenders- Simon Kjaer (AC Milan), Joachim Andersen (Crystal Palace), Joakim Maehle (Atalanta), Andreas Christensen (Barcelona), Rasmus Kristensen (Leeds United), Jens Stryger Larsen (Trabzonspor), Victor Nelsson (Galatasaray), Daniel Wass (Brondby), Alexander Bah (Benfica)
Midfielders- Thomas Delaney (Sevilla), Mathias Jensen (Brentford), Christian Eriksen (Manchester United), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham), Christian Norgaard (Brentford)
Forwards- Andreas Skov Olsen (Club Bruges), Jesper Lindstrom (Eintracht Frankfurt), Andreas Cornelius (FC Copenhagen), Martin Braithwaite (Espanyol), Kasper Dolberg (Sevilla), Mikkel Damsgaard (Brentford), Jonas Wind (VfL Wolfsburg), Robert Skov (Hoffenheim), Yussuf Yurary Poulsen (Leipzig)
Goalkeepers- Aymen Dahmen (CS Sfaxien), Bechir Ben Said (US Monastir), Mouez Hassen (Club Africain), Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile Sahel).
Defenders- Ali Abdi (Caen), Dylan Bronn (Salernitana), Mohamed Drager (FC Luzern), Nader Ghandri (Club Africain), Bilel Ifa (Kuwait SC), Wajdi Kechrida (Atromitos), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly), Yassine Meriah (Esperance), Montassar Talbi (Lorient).
Midfielders- Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane (Esperance), Ghaylane Chaalali (Esperance), Aissa Laidouni (Ferencvaros), Hannibal Mejbri (Birmingham City), Ferjani Sassi (Al Duhail), Elyas Skhiri (FC Cologne).
Forwards- Anis Ben Slimane (Brondby), Seifeddine Jaziri (Zamalek), Issam Jebali (Odense), Wahbi Khazri (Montpellier), Taha Yassine Khenissi (Kuwait SC), Youssef Msakni (Al Arabi), Naim Sliti (Al Ittifaq).
Betfred offer Denmark at Odds On 9/20, the draw at 16/5 and 13/2 for Tunisia to come away with all 3-points.
MEXICO v POLAND
16.00 in England
Goalkeepers- Guillermo Ochoa (America), Alfredo Talavera (Juarez), Rodolfo Cota (Leon).
Defenders- Jorge Sanchez (Ajax), Kevin Alvarez (Pachuca), Nestor Araujo (America), Johan Vasquez (Cremonese), Hector Moreno (Monterrey), Cesar Montes (Monterrey), Gerardo Arteaga (Genk), Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey).
Midfielders- Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Hector Herrera (Houston Dynamo), Charly Rodriguez (Cruz Azul), Erick Gutierrez (PSV), Luis Chavez (Pachuca), Edson Alvarez (Ajax), Orbelin Pineda (AEK Athens), Luis Romo (Monterrey).
Forwards- Alexis Vega (Guadalajara), Hirving Lozano (Napoli), Raul Jimenez (Wolves), Roberto Alvarado (Guadalajara), Uriel Antuna (Cruz Azul), Henry Martin (America), Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey).
Goalkeepers- Bartlomiej Dragowski (Spezia), Lukasz Skorupski (Bologna), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus).
Defenders- Jan Bednarek (Aston Villa), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Matty Cash (Aston Villa), Kamil Glik (Benevento), Robert Gumny (Augsburg), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw), Jakub Kawior (Spezia), Mateusz Wieteska (Clermont Foot).
Midfielders- Nicola Zalewski (Roma), Krystian Bielik (Derby), Przemysław Frankowski (Lens), Kamil Grosicki (Pogon Szczecin), Jakub Kaminski (Wolfsburg), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Al-Shabab), Michal Skoras (Lech Poznan), Damian Szymanski (AEK Athens), Sebastian Szymanski (Feyenoord), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli), Szymon Zurowski (Fiorentina).
Forwards- Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona), Arkadiusz Milik (Juventus), Krzysztof Piatek (Salernitana), Karol Swiderski (Charlotte).
Betfred offer Mexico at 17/10, the draw at 2/1 and 7/4 for Poland to come away with all 3-points.
FRANCE v AUSTRALIA
19.00 in England
Goalkeepers- Alphonse Areola (West Ham), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Rennes)
Defenders- Axel Disasi (Monaco), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool), Jules Kounde (Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), William Saliba (Arsenal), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich), Raphael Varane (Manchester United)
Midfielders- Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco), Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurelien Tchouameni (Real Madrid), Jordan Veretout (Marseille), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco)
Forwards- Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (Paris St-Germain), Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig). Marcus Thuram (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Goalkeepers- Mathew Ryan (FC Copenhagen), Andrew Redmayne (Sydney FC), Danny Vukovic (Central Coast Mariners)
Defenders- Aziz Behich (Dundee United), Milos Degenek (Columbus Crew), Thomas Deng (Aibirex Niigata), Joel King (Odense Boldklub), Nathaniel Atkinson (Hearts), Fran Karacic (Brescia), Harry Souttar (Stoke City), Kye Rowles (Hearts), Craig Goodwin (Adelaide United)
Midfielders- Aaron Mooy (Celtic), Jackson Irvine (St Pauli), Ajdin Hrustic (Hellas Verona), Bailey Wright (Sunderland), Cameron Devlin (Hearts), Riley McGree (Middlesbrough), Keanu Baccus (St Mirren)
Forwards- Awer Mabil (Cadiz), Mathew Leckie (Melbourne City), Martin Boyle (Hibernian), James Maclaren (Melbourne City), Jason Cummings (Central Coast Mariners), Mitchell Duke (Fagiano Okayama), Garang Kuol (Central Coast Mariners)
Betfred offer France at Odds On 2/9, the draw at 5/1 and 11/1 for Australia to come away with all 3-points.
Wednesday, November 23rd
MOROCCO v CROATIA
10.00 in England
Goalkeepers- Yassine Bono (Sevilla), Munir Mohand Mohamedi (Al Wehda), Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti (Wydad).
Defenders- Achraf Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain), Noussair Mazraoui (Bayern Munich), Roman Saiss (Besiktas), Nayef Aguerd (West Ham United), Achraf Dari (Brest), Jawad El Yamiq (Valladolid), Yahia Attiat-Allal (Wydad), Badr Benoun (Qatar SC)
Midfield- Sofyan Ambrabat (Fiorentina), Selim Amallah (Standard Liege), Abdelhamid Sabiri (Sampdoria), Azzedine Ounahi (Angers), Bilel El Khanouss (Genk), Yahya Jabrane (Wydad)
Forwards- Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea), Youssed En-Nesyri (Sevilla), Sofiane Boufal (Angers), Zakaria Aboukhlal (Toulouse), Ez Abde (Osasuna), Amine Harit (Marseille), Illas Chair (Queens Park Rangers), Abderrazak Hamdallah (Al-Ittihad), Walid Cheddira (Bari)
Goalkeepers- Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivica Ivusic (Osijek), Ivo Grbic (Atletico Madrid)
Defenders- Domagoj Vida (AEK Athens), Dejan Lovren (Zenit St Petersburg), Borna Barisic (Rangers), Josip Juranovic (Celtic), Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig), Borna Sosa (Stuttgart), Josip Stanisic (Bayern Munich), Martin Erlic (Sassuolo), Josip Sutalo (Dinamo Zagreb)
Midfielders- Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Mario Pasalaic (Atalanta), Nikola Vlasic (Torino), Lovro Majer (Rennes), Kristijan Jakic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Luka Sucic (RB Salzburg)
Forwards- Ivan Perisic (Tottenham), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Bruno Petkovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Mislav Orsic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ante Budimir (Osasuna), Marko Livaja (Hajduk Split)
Betfred offer Morocco at 10/3, the draw at 9/4 and slight Odds On 10/11 for Croatia to come away with all 3-points.
GERMANY v JAPAN
13.00 in England
Goalkeepers- Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Defenders- Armel Bella Kotchap (Southampton), Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg), Christian Gunter (SC Freiburg), Thilo Kehrer (West Ham), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), David Raum (RB Leipzig), Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid), Nico Schlotterbeck (Borussia Dortmund), Niklas Sule (Borussia Dortmund)
Midfielders- Karim Adeyemi (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund), Niclas Fullkrug (Werder Bremen), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Mario Gotze (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City),
Forwards- Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Jonas Hofman (Borussia Monchengladbach), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Youssoufa Moukoko (Borussia Dortmund), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich)
Goalkeepers- Eiji Kawashima (Strasbourg), Daniel Schmidt (Sint Truiden), Shuichi Gonda (Shimizu S-Pulse)
Defenders- Hiroki Sakai (Urawa Red Diamonds), Miki Yamane (Kawasaki Frontale), Ko Itakura (Borussia Monchengladbach), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal), Maya Yoshida (Schalke 04), Shogo Taniguchi (Kawasaki Frontale), Hiroki Ito (VfB Stuttgart), Yuto Nagatomo (FC Tokyo)
Midfielders- Junya Ito (Stade De Reims), Ritsu Doan (SC Freiburg), Wataru Endo (VfB Stuttgart), Hidemasa Morita (Sporting Lisbon), Ao Tanaka (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt), Takefusa Kubo (Real Sociedad), Takumi Minamino (Monaco), Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton), Gaku Shibasaki (Leganes), Yuki Soma (Nagoya Grampus)
Forwards- Takuma Asano (Vfl Bochum), Daizen Maeda (Celtic), Ayase Ueda (Cercle Brugge), Shuto Machino (Shonan Bellmare)
Betfred offer Germany at Odds On 9/20, the draw at 10/3 and 11/2 for Japan to come away with all 3-points.
SPAIN v COSTA RICA
16.00 in England
Goalkeepers- Unai Simon (Athletic Club), Robert Sanchez (Brighton), David Raya (Brentford).
Defenders- Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Eric Garcia (Barcelona), Hugo Guillamon (Valencia), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Aymeric Laporte (Man City), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Jose Gaya (Valencia).
Midfielders- Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri (Man City), Gavi (Barcelona), Carlos Soler (Valencia), Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid), Pedri (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid).
Forwards- Ferran Torres (Barcelona), Nico Williams (Athletic Club), Yeremy Pino (Villarreal), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Pablo Sarabia (PSG), Dani Olmo (Leipzig), Ansu Fati (Barcelona).
COSTA RICA SQUAD
Goalkeepers- Keylor Navas (PSG), Esteban Alvarado (Herediano), Patrick Sequeira (CD Lugo)
Defenders- Francisco Calvo (Konyaspor), Juan Pablo Vargas(Millonarios FC), Kendall Waston (Saprissa), Oscar Duarte (Al-Wehda), Daniel Chacon (Colorado Rapids), Keysher Fuller (Herediano), Carlos Martinez (San Carlos), Bryan Oviedo (Real Salt Lake), Ronald Matarrita (Cincinnati)
Midfielders- Yeltsin Tejeda (Herediano), Celso Borges (Alajuelense), Youstin Salas (Saprissa), Roan Wilson (Grecia), Gerson Torres (Herediano), Douglas Lopez (Herediano) Jewisson Bennette (Sunderland), Alvaro Zamora (Saprissa), Anthony Hernandez (Puntarenas FC), Brandon Aguilera (Nottingham Forest), Bryan Ruiz (Alajuelense)
Forwards- Joel Campbell (Leon), Anthony Contreras (Herediano) Johan Venegas (Alajuelense)
Betfred offer Spain at Odds On 1/7, the draw at 6/1 and 18/1 for Costa Rica to come away with all 3-points.
BELGIUM v CANADA
19.00 in England
Goalkeepers- Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge)
Defenders- Toby Alderweireld (Royal Antwerp), Zeno Debast (Anderlecht), Wout Faes (Leicester City), Arthur Theate (Rennes), Jan Vertonghen (Anderlecht), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Timothy Castagne Leicester City), Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund)
Midfielders- Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Leander Dendoncker (Aston Villa), Amadou Onana (Everton), Youri Tielemans (Leicester City), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund)
Forwards- Charles De Ketelaere (AC Milan), Jeremy Doku (Rennes), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Dries Mertens (Galatasaray), Leandro Trossard (Brighton), Michy Batshuayi (Fenerbahce), Lois Openda (Lens), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan)
Standby list: Bryan Heynen, Alexis Saelemaekers, Dodi Lukebakio and Jason Denayer
Goalkeepers- Milan Borjan (Red Star Belgrade), Dayne St Clair (Minnesota United), James Pantemis (CF Montreal).
Defenders- Steven Vitoria (Chaves), Alistair Johnston (CF Montreal), Richie Laryea (Nottingham Forest/Toronto FC on loan), Kamal Miller (CF Montreal), Sam Adekugbe (Hatayspor), Joel Waterman (CF Montreal), Derek Cornelius (Panetolikos).
Midfielders- Atiba Hutchinson (Besiktas), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC), Stephen Eustaquio (FC Porto), Liam Fraser (Deinze), Samuel Piette (CF Montreal), Mark-Anthony Kaye (Toronto FC), Ismael Kone (CF Montreal), David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone FC).
Forwards- Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Jonathan David (Lille), Cyle Larin (Club Brugge), Ike Ugbo (Troyes), Lucas Cavallini (Vancouver Whitecaps), Tajon Buchanan (Club Brugge), Junior Hoilett (Reading), Liam Millar (Basel).
Betfred offer Belgium at Odds On 4/9, the draw at 10/3 and 6/1 for Canada to come away with all 3-points.
SWITZERLAND v CAMEROON
10.00 in England
Goalkeepers- Gregor Kobel (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Kohn (RB Salzburg), Jonas Omlin (Montpellier), Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Defenders- Manuel Akanji (Man City), Eray Comert (Valencia), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach), Ricardo Rodriguez (Torino), Fabian Schar (Newcastle), Silvan Widmer (Mainz)
Midfielders- Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Edimilson Fernandes (Mainz), Fabian Frei (FC Basel), Remo Freuler (Nottingham Forest), Ardon Jashari (FC Luzern), Fabian Rieder (Young Boys), Xherdan Shaqiri (Chicago Fire), Djibril Sow (Eintracht Frankfurt), Renato Steffen (FC Lugano), Denis Zakaria (Chelsea), Michel Aebischer (Bologna)
Forwards- Breel Embolo (Monaco), Christian Fassnacht (Young Boys), Noah Okafor (RB Salzburg), Haris Seferovic (Galatasaray), Ruben Vargas (Augsburg
Goalkeepers- Devis Epassy (Abha Club), Simon Ngapandouetnbu (Marseille), Andre Onana (Inter Milan)
Defenders- Jean-Charles Castelletto (Nantes), Enzo Ebosse (Udinese), Collins Fai (Al Tai), Olivier Mbaizo (Philadelphia Union), Nicolas Nkoulou (Aris Salonika), Tolo Nouhou (Seattle Sounders), Christopher Wooh (Stade Rennes)
Midfielders- Martin Hongla (Verona), Pierre Kunde (Olympiakos), Olivier Ntcham (Swansea City), Gael Ondoua (Hannover 96), Samuel Oum Gouet (Mechelen), Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Napoli)
Forwards- Vincent Aboubakar (Al Nassr), Christian Bassogog (Shanghai Shenhua), Eric-Maxime Choupo Moting (Bayern Munich), Souaibou Marou (Coton Sport), Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford), Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu (Young Boys Berne), Jerome Ngom (Colombe Dja), Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Besiktas), Jean-Pierre Nsame (Young Boys Berne), Karl Toko Ekambi (Olympique Lyonnais)
Betfred offer Switzerland at Odds On 8/11, the draw at 12/5 and 4/1 for Cameroon to come away with all 3-points.
URUGUAY v SOUTH KOREA
13.00 in England
Goalkeepers- Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Sergio Rochet (Nacional), Sebastian Sosa (Independiente).
Defenders- Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Coates (Sporting), Diego Godin (Velez Sarsfield), Martin Caceres (LA Galaxy), Ronald Araujo (Barcelona), Guillermo Varela (Flamengo), Jose Luis Rodriguez (Nacional), Mathias Olivera (Napoli), Matias Vina (Roma).
Midfielders- Lucas Torreira (Galatasaray), Manuel Ugarte (Sporting), Matias Vecino (Lazio), Rodrigo Bentancur (Tottenham), Federico Valverde (Real Madrid), Facundo Pellistri (Man Utd), Nicolas De La Cruz (River Plate).
Forwards- Agustin Canobbio (Athletico Paranaense), Facundo Torres (Orlando City), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Flamengo), Maxi Gomez (Trabzonspor), Luis Suarez (Nacional), Edinson Cavani (Valencia), Darwin Nunez (Liverpool).
SOUTH KOREA SQUAD
Goalkeepers- Kim Seung-gyu (Al Shabab), Jo Hyeon-woo (Ulsan Hyundai), Song Bum-keun (Jeonbuk Motors).
Defenders- Kim Min-jae (Napoli), Kim Jin-su (Jeonbuk Motors), Hong Chul (Daegu), Kim Moon-hwan (Jeonbuk Motors), Yoon Jong-gyu (Seoul), Kim Young-gwon (Ulsan Hyundai), Kim Tae-hwan (Ulsan Hyundai), Kwon Kyung-won (Gamba Osaka), Cho Yu-min (Daejon Citizen).
Midfielders- Jung Woo-young (Al Sadd), Na Sang-ho (Seoul), Paik Seung-ho (Jeonbuk Motors), Son Jun-ho (Shandong Taishan), Song Min-kyu (Jeonbuk Motors), Kwon Chang-hoon (Gimcheon Sangmu), Lee Jae-sung (Mainz), Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolves), Hwang In-beom (Olympiacos), Jeong Woo-yeong (Freiburg), Lee Kang-in (Real Mallorca).
Forwards- Hwang Ui-jo (Olympiacos), Cho Gue-sung (Jeonbuk Motors).
Betfred offer Uruguay at slight Odds On 3/4, the draw at 12/5 and 4/1 for South Korea to come away with all 3-points.
PORTUGAL v GHANA
16.00 in England
Goalkeepers- Diogo Costa (FC Porto), Jose Sa (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Rui Patricio (AS Roma)
Defenders- Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Joao Cancelo (Manchester City), Danilo Pereira (PSG), Pepe (FC Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Antonio Silva (SL Benfica), Nuno Mendes (PSG), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)
Midfielders- Joao Palhinha (Fulham FC), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Joao Mario (SL Benfica), Matheus Nunes (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Otavio Monteiro (FC Porto), Vitinha (PSG), William Carvalho (Real Betis)
Forwards- Andre Silva (RB Leipzig), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Goncalo Ramos (SL Benfica), Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid), Rafael Leao (AC Milan), Ricardo Horta (SC Braga).
Goalkeepers- Manaf Nurudeen (Eupen), Danlad Ibrahim (Asante Kotoko) Lawrence Ati Zigi (St Gallen).
Defenders- Denis Odoi (Fulham), Tariq Lamptey (Brighton), Alidu Seidu (Clermont), Daniel Amartey (Leicester), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg), Mohammed Salisu (Southampton) Abdul-Rahman Baba (Reading) Gideon Mensah (Auxerre).
Midfielders- Andre Ayew (Al-Sadd) Thomas Partey (Arsenal) Elisha Owusu (Gent), Salis Abdul Samed (Lens), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax), Daniel Kofi Kyereh (Freiburg).
Forwards- Daniel Barnieh Afriyie (Hearts of Oak), Kamal Sowah (Club Brugge), Issahaku Abdul Fatawu (Sporting Lisbon), Osman Bukari (Red Star Belgrade), Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) Kamaldeen Sulemana (Rennes).
Betfred offer Portugal at Odds On 2/5, the draw at 16/5 and 15/2 for Ghana to come away with all 3-points.
BRAZIL v SERBIA
19.00 in England
Goalkeepers- Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Man City), Weverton (Palmeiras)
Defenders: Dani Alves (Pumas), Danilo (Juventus), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Alex Telles (Seville), Bremer (Juventus), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
Midfielders: Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle), Casemiro (Manchester United), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fred (Manchester United), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham)
Forwards: Antony (Manchester United), Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Neymar (PSG), Pedro (Flamengo), Raphinha (Barcelona), Richarlison (Tottenham), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid)
Goalkeepers- Marko Dmitrovic (Sevilla), Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (Torino), Predrag Rajkovic (Mallorca).
Defenders- Stefan Mitrovic (Getafe), Filip Mladenovic (Legia Warsaw), Strahinja Pavlovic (Salzburg), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Strahinja Erakovic (Red Star), Srdan Babic (Almeria), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina).
Midfielders- Nemanja Gudelj (Sevilla), Filip Kostic (Juventus), Nemanja Maksimovic (Getafe), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Sasa Lukic (Torino), Andrija Zivkovic (PAOK), Uros Racic (Braga), Ivan Ilic and Darko Lazovic (both Verona), Marko Grujic (Porto).
Forwards- Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham), Luka Jovic (Fiorentina), Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus), Nemanja Radonjic (Torino), Filip Duricic (Sampdoria), Dusan Tadic (Ajax).
Betfred offer Brazil at Odds On 2/5, the draw at 7/2 and 13/2 for Serbia to come away with all 3-points.
Ricky Hatton finally emptied the tank last weekend, featuring in an exhibition fight at the Manchester Arena against the legendary Mexican Champion, Marco Antonio Barrera.
There were no losers just a couple of guys wanting to put on a show for the fans in attendance and the watching Millions at home (or in the pub.)
Ricky had lost a lot of weight to get in great shape for the contest and promotes the Mental Well Being of an individual who may be struggling at times to deal with life situations.
The Manc Lad has always been a popular fighter and continues to serve as a role model to youngsters out there who want to train even just to lose a few pounds, as whatever activity one does, whether Boxing training, Spinning classes, Running or just going out for a long walk, is not only good for the body but also good for the mind.
All the best Mr Hatton and Mr Barrera, both are a credit to their respective families.
Marco by the way, is the only man to beat the brilliant little Sheffield lad, Prince Naseem Hamed.