Big Match Predictor: Will England Continue Winning?

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On Friday, we see Group A and Group B play their second matches at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. To help you with your Big Match Predictions, you can find info on the team's opening fixture results, their key players and a form guide below!

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Group B: Wales vs Iran (25/11, 12pm)

Wales:

- The Dragons sit 19th in the FIFA World Rankings, and their recent form reads: DLLLD.

- Gareth Bale is the key man and scored a penalty in the opening match against USA.

- Wales created three "big chances" in their 1-1 draw with USA on Monday, dominating the expected goals 1.38 to 0.13 in the second half.

- This is a must-win fixture for Wales, who are 64 years without a victory in the World Cup.

Iran:

- The Persian Lions are ranked 20th in the world. LWDWL is their recent form.

- Mehdi Taremi is key up front. The Porto frontman got a brace against England in the opening match.

- Iran had just 22% possession in their 6-2 loss to England on Monday.

- After the loss to the Three Lions, Iran have just one win in their past 10 World Cup matches.

Predicted Result: Wales WIN. The Dragons need to carry their second-half form from the USA match into this one.

Recommended Scoreline Options: 2-1 or 3-1

Group A: Qatar vs Senegal (25/11, 3pm)

Qatar:

- The hosts are the third-lowest ranked team at the tournament, sitting 50th. They've lost two of their past three matches: DDLDL.

- Striker Almoez Ali is key; he had just one shot against Ecuador, though, a big chance missed.

- Qatar are the first host nation ever to lose the opening fixture. They didn’t manage a shot on target in their first fixture.

- The hosts need a win here or they will be on the verge of elimination with a match to play.

Senegal:

- Aliou Cisse's team rank 18th in the world, according to FIFA. Their most recent results are: WWWDL.

- The Lions of Teranga are feeling the loss of key man Sadio Mane, while goalkeeper Edouard Mendy continues to struggle for top form.

- Senegal arguably deserved a draw against the Netherlands on Monday as they outshot the Dutch 15-10.

- Senegal need a victory in this match to keep alive their qualification hopes as they look to reach the knockout stages.

Predicted Result: Senegal WIN. Qatar are bound to improve from their opener but Senegal should have just about enough quality to win.

Recommended Scoreline Options: 1-0 or 2-0

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Group A: Netherlands vs Ecuador (25/11, 6pm)

Netherlands:

- The Netherlands sit 8th in the FIFA World Rankings. Their recent results read: DWWWW.

- FC Barcelona man Memphis Depay should be fit to start, having had a big impact from the bench against Senegal.

- Louis Van Gaal's side lacked cutting edge in their first match as they produced just 0.67 expected goals from 10 shots.

- The Netherlands have won 12 of their last 15 World Cup matches, with no defeats in regulation time since 2006.

Ecuador:

- La Tri are placed 44th in the FIFA World Rankings. The team's recent form is: WDDDW.

- Captain Enner Valencia is key up front as he netted a brace in the opener vs Qatar.

- Ecuador have kept seven clean sheets in a row and have lost just once in 16 fixtures.

- The side is three World Cup matches unbeaten with two wins.

Predicted Result: DRAW. A tough match to call. The Netherlands looked lacklustre against Senegal and could struggle here.

Recommended Scoreline Options: 0-0 or 1-1

Group B: England vs USA (25/11, 9pm):

England:

- Gareth Southgate's team is placed 5th in the FIFA rankings. Their last five results are: DLLDW.

- England netted six goals vs Iran from just 13 shots in their opener. Harry Kane didn't score and is a slight doubt for this one.

- The Three Lions ended a six-game winless run with the 6-2 win against Iran, a match in which they had 78% possession.

- England had just one win in five World Cup matches prior to their matchday one victory. They drew 1-1 with USA at the 2010 tournament.

USA:

- The US are ranked 16th in the world. Their recent form is WDLDD.

- Timothy Weah scored from a Christian Pulisic assist against Wales as the two wingers combined.

- Gregg Berhalter's side faded in the second half against Wales, allowing the Dragons 1.38 expected goals after half-time.

- USA are winless in their last four World Cup fixtures, losing two and drawing two. They've conceded in seven fixtures in a row.

Predicted Result: England WIN. This will be a hard-fought game but England have too much.

Recommended Scoreline Options: 2-1 or 3-1

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