977WMOI.com has prepared a different guide for internet users who follow the World Cup. We have created a ranking to indicate who are the main favorites to win the whole tournament. For this, we took into consideration three factors: roster, moment and tradition. Each one has a different weight and they will be rated from one to five stars and the total sum of all three factors will point out the favorites
Here are the factors that will point out the favorites:
We analyze how the team play as a whole, the starts of the team and the depth of the roster going into the playoffs.
We take into consideration if the team can support pressure, whether or not they are known for winning cups or if they bottle in the decisive moments.
We look into how the team is arriving for the World Cup, how they did in the preparation games and what is the ranking according to FIFA.
Besides analyzing each factor, we provide our predictions for how far the teams will go, and we also categorize them in one of the 5 levels below:
Predictions were made to go wrong, so don’t get mad if you feel we have underrated your team. Now, sit back and enjoy our analysis of the Group A: Qatar, Netherlands, Senegal and Ecuador.
Qatar is arguably the weakest team of the tournament, if they weren't the host country, they probably wouldn't have made it past the qualifiers.
Qatar has never qualified for the World Cup and it's their first time participating.
In 2019, Qatar showed competitiveness against Paraguay in Copa America in a 2-2 draw. And in 2021, they have made it to the semi-finals and lost to the US when they were invited to play the CONCACAF.
This is a young Ecuador squad, but the experience of players like Valencia will be important. At the same time, the youngsters Angel Mena, Carlos Gruezo and Robert Arboleda can make an impact in the team. Moises Caicedo who joined Brighton in 2021 is a young talent to be seen.
Last time Ecuador has been in the World Cup was in 2014. They have made it to the Round of 16 one time in 2006 and since then never made it past the group stage.
Ecuador was the 3rd place of the South American qualifiers most of the time until the last few rounds when they saw Uruguay jump to the 3rd position sending them to the 4th position.
Senegal has a decent squad with top level players such as Mane, Koulibaly and Mendy. But they still lack quality in other positions. In the context of this group, they have high chances of advancing to the round of 16.
This is the second time Senegal is participating in the World Cup. The first one was back in 2002 and, surprisingly, they were able to advance to the quarter-finals.
Senegal has won the Africa Cup of Nations having beat Egypt in penalty shootouts. Months later, they faced Egypt again and have beat them one more time in penalty shootouts.
This is one of the best teams of the tournament. They have quality, experience and a lot of young talented players. But some players lack consistency and that could hurt them playing against more competitive teams.
Netherlands have played 4 World Cup finals and have lost all of them. They have been considered the best team of the world in the 70s and still did not manage to win the tournament.
In the last 10 games, Netherlands won 7 games and have tied 3. They have managed to beat Belgium in an away game by 4-1 and Denmark by 4-2. They did really well in the Nations League as well.