Will Canada advance to the round of 16? Can Mexico be eliminated in the group stage for the first time since 1978?
With the 2022 FIFA World Cup kicking off in Qatar, we asked our football writers – John Molinaro, Devang Desai, Peter Galindo and Tristan Diamores – to give their boldest predictions for the group stage.
Memphis Depay will go without scoring a goal in the opening round, but the Netherlands will still top Group A. – John Molinaro
Tyler Adams and Kristian Plessic put the United States on top of Group B as England held off pressure from Wales to qualify for the round of 16. – Devong Desai
Mexico will be eliminated from the group stage for the first time since 1978, while Argentina and Poland will advance to the round of 16. – Peter Galindo
Denmark will warm the hearts of everyone in the football world by winning Group D. The pressure is on. Good luck. – Tristan Demoers
Germany and Spain reached the round of 16, but Japan made it especially scary for La Roja in the final group game. – Devong Desai
Canada will beat Croatia for second place in Group B to secure a spot in the round of 16. – John Molinaro
Switzerland will advance as Group G winners against Brazil, who will finish second ahead of Serbia. – Peter Galindo
in a the last dance A moment for their best stars, Uruguay will win the group. Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal will finish second despite the drama. – Tristan Demoers