World Cup Predictions
As the Confederations World Cup Predictions concludes, the football world’s focus shifts away from Brazil and toward the Under-20 World Cup. An exciting and engrossing tournament is brewing in Turkey. The Group Stage has concluded, and the field of 23 has been reduced to 16 for the knockout rounds at the World Cup Predictions.
Despite the elimination of teams such as England, Egypt, and the United States, the competition retains plenty of star power, and the eight second-round matches provide plenty of intrigue.
Bleacher Report makes predictions for the eight last-16 matches in this article. Continue reading and leave your predictions in the comments section below.
Turkey vs. France
France were unlucky to be drawn in the same pool as the dominant Spanish U-20 team, but they still qualified despite losing to La Rojita and conceding a late equalizer to the disappointing US team at the World Cup Predictions. Their opening 3-1 victory over Ghana’s Black Starlets demonstrated what this young French team is capable of.
Their match against the hosts will undoubtedly be one of the round’s ties. Turkey impressed against El Salvador in their first game, but were defeated by Colombia before narrowly defeating Australia. Home support may well motivate them—the Turkish team has naturally drawn larger crowds than the other competitors—but France may have too much quality at the World Cup Predictions.
France is the winner.
Uzbekistan vs. Greece
Uzbekistan advanced as the second-best third-placed team after a rout of New Zealand. That 3-0 victory was impressive, but it has yet to be replicated. The team did well to draw with Croatia in Bursa before being completely destroyed by Uruguay in Antalya. The 4-0 defeat may have harmed morale in the squad, and it will be difficult for Uzbekistan to rally in time to face Greece at World Cup Predictions.
The National Team of Hopes demonstrated tenacity by scoring a late winner against Mexico in their first match, but they have struggled for goals since. They advanced after a 0-0 tie with Mali and a 1-1 tie with Paraguay. Greece’s tenacity should carry them past their Central Asian opponents.
Greece is the winner.
Ghana vs. Portugal
When it comes to the U-20 World Cup, there aren’t many countries that can match Ghana’s pedigree. They finished fourth in 1997 and were runners-up twice (in 1993 and 2001) before winning the tournament on penalties in 2009 at the World Cup Predictions. There is constant encouragement and motivation for the Black Starlets to make the most of under-age tournaments in an international setup that isn’t afraid to look to its youth teams to supply the senior squad.
Due to a first-round draw that included France and Spain, Ghana was fortunate to qualify as one of the best four third-placed teams. They were unlucky in the draw yet again, and Portugal represents a massive challenge to overcome. Portugal has been in fine goal-scoring form this season, scoring three against Nigeria in a thriller in Kayseri, two against South Korea, and 5-0 against Cuba last Thursday.
Bruma and Aladje, both of Guinea-Bissau origin, are two of the competition’s most lethal forwards. So far, the former has been one of the tournament’s most exciting prospects. Whoever qualifies from this competition will undoubtedly be one of the favorites to win the title. Portugal’s draw with South Korea was concerningly flat, while Ghana may have learned from their defeats to Spain and France at the World Cup Predictions.
Don’t count on the Black Starlets to put up a fight against Portugal’s menacing front line.
Ghana is the winner.
Chile vs. Croatia
Croatia qualified unbeaten after victories over Uruguay and New Zealand, as well as a draw with Uzbekistan—a significant improvement over their previous appearance in the competition, when they lost all three group games in Colombia in 2011. Chile will undoubtedly be a more difficult opponent, and the Mali vatreni may need to improve their success in front of goal in order to advance at World Cup Predictions.
South Americans are another national group that places a high value on the development and advancement of their youth sides. Despite losing to group winners Iraq in Antalya, they qualified from Group E and will rely on a squad that includes players who are still learning their trade in their home country. It could go either way, but I believe La Rojita will triumph over their Eastern European opponents.
Chile is the winner.