ZAGREB, CROATIA - NOVEMBER 09: Luka Modric (L) of Croatia in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: First Leg between Croatia and Greece at Stadion Maksimir on November 9, 2017 in Zagreb, Croatia (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/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 F. 

Belgium

Key player/s: Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne is undoubtedly the best midfielder in the world and the key player for Belgium. His passing ability is unrivalled and his shooting is also sublime. De Bruyne is a leader and a player of his calibre is able to carry this Belgium team deep into the tournament. The definition of a champagne footballer.

Player to watch: Arthur Theate

The 22-year-old centre-back has been an absolute revelation for Stade Rennes in Ligue 1 this season and has quickly announced himself as one of the world's top prospects. Theate has played every single minute of football for Rennes this season as they sit third in the league, having only lost twice.

If he was to be picked to start by Roberto Martinez, I'm sure he would show the world how good he really is.

Prediction: 1st in Group

Belgium have been handed a relatively easy group by their standards, and shouldn't have any trouble getting out of it. Croatia is a difficult game, however Canada and Morocco won't give them much double. Expect Kevin De Bruyne to be assisting Romelu Lukaku often which should result in Belgium topping their group.

Canada

Key player/s: Alphonso Davies

Already one of the best young talents to ever come out of Canada, full-back Alphonso Davies is the key player for Canada at this World Cup. He has the ability to either play as a full-back or left winger, which makes him a tremendous threat to any side both offensively and defensively. He has rapid pace that is almost unmatched and could lead Canada to a decent World Cup campaign.

Player to watch: Jonathan David

22-year-old Jonathan David has been in tremendous form for Lille in Ligue 1 this season and is looking to really announce himself to the world in Qatar. The striker has nine goals from 15 appearances in the French league this season and has been nothing short of lethal in front of goals. He is a real X-factor player for Canada at this World Cup.

Prediction: 4th in Group

Unfortunately, I can't see Canada making it out of this group. It's possible they could get some points against either Morocco or maybe even Croatia but it's hard to see them actually winning any matches. Apart from Davies and David, their squad is quite weak and has very little depth, it will be difficult for them to avoid finishing bottom of the group.

Morocco

Key player/s: Achraf Hakimi, Yassine Bounou

Achraf Hakimi is your typical modern-day full back that loves to get forward and be involved in the attack, and lucky for Morocco he is one of the best in the world at doing it. His defending is amongst the best around and his dangerous dribbling and crossing makes him a real threat for all of the other teams in this group.

Goalkeeper Yassine Bounou has come onto the scene quite late but has been extremely impressive over the last two seasons. The 31-year-old finished ninth in this year's Yashin Trophy which is awarded to the best goalkeeper over the 2021/22 season, and he has been in fine form for Sevilla again this season. His shot-stopping ability will be crucial to Morocco's chances of getting out of Group F.

Player to watch: Zakaria Aboukhlal

22-year-old winger Zakaria Aboukhlal will be an exciting player to keep an eye on in Qatar after his fine form for the newly promoted Toulouse in the French first division this year. Aboukhlal has three goals and three assists in the league this season, made to happen by his incredible pace and skill down the right-hand side. He is a big talent and is destined for big things in Qatar.

Prediction: 3rd in Group

Whilst there are a lot of exciting players in this year's Morocco side, the quality and experience of both Belgium and Croatia will likely be too much for the African side and I don't think they will make it out of their group. An exciting pool of players but not quite good enough yet.

Croatia

Key player/s: Marcelo Brozovic, Luka Modric

Both Brozovic and Modric are key to this Croatian midfield and have a truckload of experience playing at the top level. Both are two of the most important leaders in the squad, and both technically are the best players in the squad. Without these two, Croatia don't make it past the group stages.

Player to watch: Josko Gvardiol

Josko Gvardiol is touted as one of the most exciting upcoming centre-backs in world football and has a massive market value of 60 million Euros. The 20-year-old is extremely quick, composed, and defensively brilliant, and a decent World Cup display could see him on his way to very interested Manchester City as soon as January.

Prediction: 2nd in Group 

The 2018 World Cup runners up look set for another competitive tournament and it will be interesting to see how far they can go after their incredible run last time out. They should have enough strength and depth to get out of their group and possibly further.

Match Day Picks

MD1:

Morocco 1-1 Croatia

Belgium 3-0 Canada

MD2:

Belgium 3-1 Morocco

Croatia 2-0 Canada

MD3:

Croatia 1-1 Belgium

Canada 2-2 Morocco

TABLE

                        W         D         L          P

  • Belgium       2           1         0          7
  • Croatia         1           2         0          5
  • Morocco      0           2         1          2
  • Canada        0           1         2          1