The second round in WC 2022 group stages starts on Friday morning with a clash between Wales and Iran. The Asian side conceded six goals in their duel versus the Three Lions, while Wales didn’t offer much offensively against the USA except Gareth Bale’s penalty.
Our Anytime Scorer Acca is not going to feature any player from this encounter, as the other three have more lucrative and safer options. These are our selections and reasoning:
- Ismaila Sarr – Qatar vs SENEGAL
- Memphis Depay – NETHERLANDS vs Ecuador
- Harry Kane – ENGLAND vs United States of America
Ismaila Sarr – Qatar vs SENEGAL
Senegal is the reigning champions of Africa, and their first appearance in the World Cup 2022 wasn’t bad as the 0-2 result versus Netherlands might suggest. The Lions of Teranga were not outplayed by the Dutch side until the very late stage of the match, conceding two late goals. The absence of Sadio Mane was surely a bit hit for the squad, both mentally and physically on the pitch.
There is no doubt that Senegal has the quality to compete for the 2nd position in Group A. Friday’s clash against the hosts shouldn’t be problematic considering how badly Qatar looked against Ecuador. Ismaila Sarr is going to be our scorer pick at an amazing 11/5 price. This player has been the key to Watford’s victories in the Championship, scoring a total of six goals. He was very active against Netherlands on Monday, and we expect him to find the net against the poor Qatari defense.
Memphis Depay – NETHERLANDS vs Ecuador
As mentioned above, it took a lot of time and effort for the Netherlands to break Senegal in the group opening match. Game number two against Ecuador in Al Rayyan might bring another low-scoring affair.
The South American side is known for rock-solid defending, as they kept seven clean sheets in the last eight duels played across competitions. Memphis Depay wasn’t in the starting lineup versus Senegal due to a minor injury, but spent more than 30 minutes on the pitch after replacing Janssen in the 61st minute. At that moment, team started playing much better and became more creative in the offense.
Eventually, Gakpo and Klaassen scored goals and secured three huge points for the Dutch. We expect to see Memphis on the pitch from start. His contribution to the national team is enormous, finding the net seven times in the last ten appearances.
Harry Kane – ENGLAND vs United States of America
Even though his name didn’t appear on the score sheet against Iran, Harry Kane’s presence on the pitch was very impactful. Tottenham’s striker provided two assists for Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford before the 76th minute when he was replaced by Callum Wilson.
USA’s defense looked disciplined against Wales, making just one costly mistake. Overall, they rarely keep a clean sheet (just one in the last four games), so we wouldn’t be surprised if England scores three goals plus on Friday.
Harry Kane is having a great time in the current Premier League campaign, scoring 12 times in 15 appearances already. He is the obvious selection for this clash, always being hungry for goals, currently at 1/1 to score at any time.