Predictions for World Cup 2022

The 2022 World Cup will take place in North America after FIFA confirmed that the US, Canada and Mexico will host the tournament six years earlier than initially planned. Although it is too early to start thinking about what might happen at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, it seems like a good time to look ahead and make some predictions about what the competition might look like in eight years' time. Here 8Xbet describe five bold predictions for the 2022 World Cup...

Group Stage
The world cup will be played in four groups of four teams, each group containing one of Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. The teams will play each other once with top two advancing to round of 16. This means there will be six games per team in group stage before moving on to knockout stages. The first game is on September 20th and final match on June 18th. Each team will have three rest days between their matches and travel time is limited by charter flights between cities. The group draw was conducted on December 1st at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

Round of 16
The round of 16 will be held on 23 and 24 November, with all four games taking place at once in each time zone. The four winners will progress to a quarter-final meeting with their respective group runners-up (A1 v D2, B1 v C2, C1 v A2 and D1 v B2). The semi-finals take place on 28 and 30 November (again in each time zone), with two matches in each game getting played simultaneously. This means that there will be four games going on at once. The final takes place on 18 December, which is Qatar National Day – perhaps fittingly given that it was also Qatar’s bid that won them hosting rights back in 2010.

Quarter Finals
1. England vs 9. Belgium, 2. Brazil vs 7. Switzerland, 3. Mexico vs 6. Sweden, 4. Colombia vs 5 Japan (Winner: Brazil) Semi Finals: (1st) France vs Winner of Quarter Final 1 and Quarter Final 2; (2nd) Uruguay vs Winner of Quarter Final 3 and Quarter Final 4 (Winner: France) Finals: Winner of Semi-Final 1 Vs Winner of Semi-Final 2

Semi Finals
France vs. Argentina and Brazil vs. Germany (July 11) At France’s Parc des Princes, Paris, 6 p.m. on TF1/beIN Sports (and July 12 in South America). These four teams were seeded first, second, third and fourth respectively in FIFA’s latest world rankings — and it makes sense that they are expected to make up one half of the semi-finals at Qatar 2022.
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