Preview of A Group World Cup 2022
Preview of A Group World Cup 2022
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Group A of the 2022 World Cup finals includes: Qatar, Ecuador, the Netherlands and Senegal. According to the assessment, Senegal has a 48.97% chance of reaching the round of 16, behind the Netherlands, but only slightly higher than Ecuador (42.13%) and host Qatar (25.89%).

The Netherlands Easily Won the Top

The face of Group A - the FIFA World Cup 2022 - is expected to be the personal performance of the phone nicknamed the Orange whirlwind, when they are slightly better than the rest of the opponents. If they show their level, Louis Van Gaal's teachers and students will win the first place in the group and the remaining ticket will be a competition between 3 Qatar, Ecuador and Senegal.

But that is the story if the Netherlands shows a drop in form, because they are still one of the most unpredictable teams in the world. At the 2010 and 2014 World Cup finals, the Netherlands finished second and third, respectively, but could not win tickets to Russia 2018. Not only the fans, perhaps the Dutch national team itself does not know where their level is. .

Considering the situation of the force, the Netherlands can be worried about the health of Memphis Depay - the main striker and Frenkie de Jong - the midfielder who creates the play. They also lost Georginio Wijnaldum to a broken leg. However, the greatest strength of the Netherlands is the collective spirit, youthful squad and tactics of coach Louis Van Gaal. They have not lost in the last 15 matches and are candidates for the top of Group A.

As the 8th ranked in the world and qualified with 23 out of 30 possible points - losing only once, away from Turkey - the "Orange whirlwind" is forecasted to have a chance. progressing to the round of 16 in Qatar is 83.02% and 59.27% chance of finishing at the top of the group.

Among the remaining opponents, Senegal is also very formidable. This team caused a sensation when it defeated France at the 2002 World Cup. Senegal captain at that time, Aliou Cisse is now the head coach of the team. They also beat Egypt twice to win the CAN, as well as pass the playoffs to enter the 2022 World Cup with the number 1 star Sadio Mane, and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Currently, Mane is injured but because of the importance, he is still on the registration list. That is the strength, as well as the weakness of Senegal. Therefore, it is unlikely that they have overcome Qatar or Ecuador to win the next place in Group A.

The representative of South America, Ecuador, was in trouble when accused of using an invalid player during the qualifying round. After months of legal disputes, FIFA dropped the allegation and Ecuador won the place in a state of anxiety. And yet, this team was also affected by the match plan, when the match against the host Qatar was pushed earlier without being consulted.

Netherlands - Key Facts

Current FIFA world ranking: No. 8 (November, 2022)

Regional ranking: 6th (UEFA)

World Cup titles:

World Cup appearances (last): 10 (Brazil 2014)

How qualified: UEFA Group G winners: 7W-1L-2D

Coach: Louis van Gaal (Netherlands) since August 2021

Key players: Matthijs de Ligt (Bayern Munich / Germany), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool / England), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona / Spain)

WORLD CUP 8 GROUPS - SCHEDULE AND PREDICTION

Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D

Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

Sad for Qatar

Finally, the home team Qatar is definitely the most unpredictable name not only in Group A, but also in this congress. In terms of strength, Qatar ranks lowest in the group (50th), but has the most perfect preparation in terms of expertise.

As the host, Qatar does not take the time to participate in the qualifying round, but uses that time to play friendly games around the world from South America, North America to Europe.

In addition, Qatar is the reigning Asian champion (crowned at the Asian Cup 2019), surpassing candidates such as Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Japan. Therefore, it will be a big disappointment if Qatar stops in the group stage.

Since South Africa 2010, the last two World Cups (Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018) have seen the home team pass the group stage. Will it be Qatar's turn this time?

Qatar - Key Facts

Current FIFA world ranking: No. 50 (November, 2022)

Regional ranking: 5th (Asia)

World Cup titles:

World Cup appearances (last):

How qualified: Tournament host

Coach: Felix Sanchez (Spain) since July 2017

Key players: Akram Afif (Al-Sadd / Qatar), Almoez Ali (Al-Duhail / Qatar), Hassan Al-Haydos (Al-Sadd / Qatar)

Most Watched Star: Virgil Van Dijk

In terms of form and role, Mane is the most notable name in Group A. But as mentioned, rookie Bayern Munich is currently injured, so the attention will be on the No. 1 star of Ha Tel. Lan – Mane's former teammate, Virgil Van Dijk. Although not in high form from the beginning of the season with Liverpool, the center-back born in 1991 is still a rock and a challenge for strikers.

It can be said that the Netherlands' chances in the group stage, or beyond, in this tournament will depend a lot on Van Dijk's performance, even though they have excellent players at all levels.

Key Match: Netherlands vs Senegal

And that is why, the most interesting match in Group A will be the match between the Netherlands and Senegal. Since this match will take place in the first round (match day 2), it is highly likely that the African representative will not have the service of Sadio Mane because he has not recovered yet. That will be an opportunity for the Orange Tornado to take the upper hand.

Prediction for Table

The Netherlands leads, Ecuador is at the bottom of the table, Senegal competes for tickets to continue with the host Qatar.

Although it will make great efforts, it is difficult for Qatar to surprise. The Netherlands and Senegal are too strong for them. Even the home team will be at the bottom of the table.

Ecuador will win the opening match, but lose the next two matches against the Netherlands and Senegal. Meanwhile, the Netherlands will win all, earning 9 points, Qatar is second, with 6 points.

Group A schedule (all kick off times ET)

• November, 20: Qatar vs Ecuador – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 12pm

• November, 21: Senegal vs Netherlands – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 5am

• November, 25: Qatar vs Senegal – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 8am

• November, 25: Netherlands vs Ecuador – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 11am

• November, 29: Netherlands vs Qatar – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 10am

• November, 29: Ecuador vs Senegal – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Group A: Kick off time, dates, how to watch live

Group A World Cup 2022: Prediction and Full Schedule in Different Time Zone
Group A World Cup - Start Times in Different Time Zone

• When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022

• Group stage game kick-off times: 5am, 8am, 11am, 2pm (all ET)

• Location: Qatar

• TV channel in English: Fox

• TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock

Check our the Group A Schedule in Every Time Zone Around the World!

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