Watch: England vs. France Preview With Brad Friedel

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Watch: England vs. France Preview With Brad Friedel

Now that we’re over two-and-a-half weeks into the 2022 World Cup, it’s getting down to the business end of the tournament. Many of the pre-tournament favorites in the World Cup winner betting market are still going strong, but there could still be some dark horses. 

Tom Lee is joined once again by former USNMT and Premier League goalkeeper Brad Friedel to discuss everything that’s going on in the World Cup, quarter-final predictions, how to save a penalty and more. 

Underdogs England Picked to Make Semis

A fascinating quarter-final game sees France as favorites to beat England at World Cup betting sites. France have impressed, but England may have the physical capabilities to zero in on France’s key players to nullify their impact.

Full-back Kyle Walker will be tasked with stopping French superstar Kylian Mbappe. Mbappe is currently odds on in the World Cup Top Goalscorer betting, but Walker might be able to match his pace and will play a huge role in shutting him down. 

At the other end of the pitch, France’s defense may struggle to contain England’s attack, and the same could be said for England's defense. Even with main man Harry Kane finding the net just once in the tournament so far, England top the 2022 World Cup goalscoring charts with 12. 

As ever, England’s lineup will be a major talking point ahead of kick-off. Bukayo Saka, who has three goals in Qatar, has been huge for England, as has midfield dynamo, Phil Foden. They’re sure to be in the starting lineup, alongside Jude Bellingham, who has really emerged in Qatar and established himself as one of the game’s very best. 

At just 19 years old, Bellingham can be summed up as an astonishing talent. Demonstrating maturity beyond his years, his superb performances are sure to have the biggest clubs in the world taking notice, and rightly so.  

Soccer fans are lucky to see a final-worthy game so early in the competition. England are Brad's pick to just about edge what, on paper, will be an excellent game, and one which is sure to be popular on soccer betting apps

Emerging Nations Will Continue to Progress

The 2022 World Cup has seen a number of teams overperform. Australia caused a surprise by qualifying from Group D. Japan topped Group E which included Spain and Germany. And of course, Saudi Arabia’s shock for the ages, beating Argentina 2-1 in their opening game of the tournament. 

As time goes by, nations like these should continue to progress. Their young players should continue to improve, which will have a knock-on effect on the standard of clubs there. Come the next World Cup in 2026, we could be in for a changing of the guard in world soccer.

Saving a Penalty 101

Despite common belief, Brad Friedel felt no pressure went facing up to a penalty kick. It’s one of the few occasions where a goalkeeper isn’t expected to make the save, which takes a lot of weight off their shoulders. 

Re-visiting a penalty save from his career, Brad recalls seeing all opposition players lined up on the same side of the 18-yard box, in anticipation of the rebound. That was the tell he needed to dive the right way and make the save. Top World Cup keepers like Allison Becker, Andries Noppert and Hugo Lloris could learn a lot!

USMNT Out, But Mission Accomplished

Louis van Gaal and the Netherlands got their tactics right in their last-16 game with the USA, and it paid dividends with a 3-1 victory to send the US out. The USMNT may have been eliminated, but they emerge from the World Cup with a great deal of credit. 

In a tricky group with England, Wales and Iran, second place was the best they could realistically hope for. They achieved that, which set up the knockout tie with the Dutch. Far from being outplayed throughout, Team USA fought right to the end and can hold their heads high as a result of their performances in the tournament.

Messi’s Class to See Argentina Through

That win for the Netherlands sets up a quarter-final clash with Brad’s predicted World Cup winners, Argentina. In what should be a very tight game based on the odds at CobraBet, Argentina are likely to lean on the quality of a couple of players, none more so than Lionel Messi, and goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. They should just about give them the edge and see them through.

Dean is respected tipster, journalist and broadcaster on sports - mainly horse racing. Having featured across radio, TV and podcasts, his betting knowledge is developed over decades in the gambling industry across a number of different publications and platforms. You will usually find him on social media discussing Tottenham Hotspur or the Cheltenham Festival.

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