EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 26: Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina looks on against Chile during the Copa America Centenario Championship match at MetLife Stadium on June 26, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 in penalty kicks. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is just around the corner and football fans across the world could not be more excited.

Although it's a bit different with the tournament being held in the middle of a season, the stakes are as high as ever as 32 countries battle it out to be world champions.

With the tournament getting so close now - here are the predictions for Group C. 

Argentina

Key player/s: Lionel Messi

One of the GOATs of football and it looks like it will be his last World Cup. Lionel Messi has been in tremendous form in his second season for PSG and could not be more ready for his quest to win a World Cup. 

Not much else needs to be said, he is vital to Argentina's chances and they wouldn't get anywhere near winning it without him.

Player/s to watch: Enzo Fernandez, Julian Alvarez

Two stars for the future will be getting their first opportunity on the world stage this year, and both Enzo Fernandez and Julian Alvarez are likely to flourish at this year's World Cup.

Fernandez is a central midfielder playing for Benfica who is technically magical. He is calm and composed on the ball and his range of passing is brilliant. His dribbling is also fantastic and he is only 21 years old. Benfica rate him so highly that he has a 120 million Euro release clause. 

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Alvarez has quietly sat on the bench at Man City this season as cover for the freak that is Erling Haaland, but when he has had his opportunity he's been brilliant. He has scored six times and mostly only comes off the bench, and with no Aguero or Dybala he will get his opportunity up top this World Cup.

Prediction: Group Winners

There are some tough games in this group for Argentina but it's doubtful that they will drop any points. Their defence is arguably the most stable it has been for years and they have quality flowing throughout their midfield and attack.

None of the teams in this group are good enough to take points off Argentina.

Saudi Arabia

Key player/s: Salem Al-Dawsari

Whilst Saudi legend Salem Al-Dawsari is into his 30s and on the decline, it's no doubt he is still the most important player in this squad. 

He has had an interrupted start to his season, having to undergo stomach surgery in late September and has not played a game since. 

But he will be fit for the World Cup, and his pace and trickery on the left wing for Saudi Arabia will be ever so vital in their attempt to get to the knockout stages.

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Player to watch: Firas Al-Buraikan

22-year-old Al-Buraikan has been the main Striker of the National team for some time now, having scored four times in 20 appearances.

However, his form in the Saudi Pro League shows that he is ready to shine at the World Cup. He has netted four times and assisted once in eight games this season, and with the tournament around the corner, he could not be in better form.

Scouts will be eagerly keeping an eye on the young striker and a few goals at the World Cup could see him seal a dream European move.

Prediction: Last in Group

Whilst they do have a few promising players in attack, Herve Renard's side lack depth in all areas of the pitch and it may all come unstuck if they aren't careful. 

They definitely have the ability to get some goals on the board, especially against both Mexico and Poland, but I doubt they would be doing any major damage to those sides at the tournament.

Will be hard for Saudi Arabia to avoid finishing bottom of the group.

Mexico

Key player/s: Hirving Lozano, Edson Alvarez

Lozano has been one of Mexico's most important players for many years now, and that does not change here. Whilst he has not been getting as much game time as he'd hoped at Napoli due to the form of Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, he is a nailed-on starter in this Mexico team and the winger's pace and trickery will be difficult for defenders to deal with.

The 24-year-old defensive midfielder in Alvarez somehow hasn't been picked up by a *top 5 league* club despite his incredible performances with Ajax for the last few seasons. He is defensively brilliant and has the versatility to also play as a centre-back if need be. An anchor in this Mexico side.

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Player to watch: Santiago Gimenez

21-year-old Gimenez will be closely watched by many clubs if he can perform for Mexico in this World Cup. The young striker has shown he has class all round, netting four times for dutch side Feyenoord in the Europa League this season whilst also contributing 4 G/A in the Eredivisie.

The wunderkind will have every opportunity to showcase how good he can be in this World Cup/.

Prediction: 3rd in Group

Mexico has one of their strongest squads at this World Cup and it will be very tight for who goes through out of this group, but I think they just miss out. There is no doubt it will be between themselves and Poland for the spot in the knockout stages, but there is just a little bit of extra class about this year's Polish side and they will just edge out Mexico.

Regardless, there is plenty of talent in this Mexico side and anything can happen.

Poland

Key player/s: Robert Lewandowski

Arguably the best Polish player of all time, this will likely be Lewandowski's final World Cup and he will be wanting to go out in style. He has a brilliant record of 76 goals in 134 appearances for Poland and it's almost a guarantee he will be adding to that tally in Qatar. Undoubtedly the most important player in this squad.

Player to watch: Sebastian Szymanski

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder is in the best form of his career and a couple of group stage starts for him are likely. Szymanski has 7 G/A in 12 goals for Feyenoord this season and has scored a couple of rockets from outside the box. 

He could be one of the main players to provide for Lewandowski, and with the form he is in, it could be a great connection for Poland.

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Prediction: 2nd in Group

It will be very close between Poland and Mexico, but I think this Polish side will be the one to progress. They have brilliant attacking quality, as well as a solid midfield and defence with quality players such as Piotr Zielinski and Wojciech Szczesny in the squad.

A solid World Cup campaign beckons for Poland.

Matchday Picks

MD1:

Argentina 3-0 Saudi Arabia

Mexico 1-1 Poland

MD2:

Poland 3-1 Saudi Arabia

Argentina 2-0 Mexico

MD3:

Poland 1-2 Argentina

Saudi Arabia 1-3 Mexico

TABLE

                              W       D       L        P

  • Argentina          3        0        0        9
  • Poland               1        1       1        4
  • Mexico               1        1       1        4
  • Saudi Arabia     0        0        3       0

*Poland advance on Goal Difference