Prediction of the winner of the Netherlands-Argentina match

Al Jazeera’s AI robot Kashef has crunched the numbers and has some predictions for today’s game.

Kashef, Al Jazeera’s resident AI predictor, is riding high on confidence after an impressive 87.5 percent accuracy level during the round of 16.

This follows Kashef’s data-driven logic that hampered his performances in the topsy-turvy group stages, which produced thrilling upsets. He is hoping for another successful quarter-final.

Two evenly matched teams

Kahsef compared more than 200 metrics including wins, goals, FIFA rankings, and more from matches played in the past century to determine the differences between the two teams. So this looks like it could be a  close match.

Kashef is marginally backing Lionel Messi’s Argentina – ranked third in the world – against an industrious Netherlands side.

Argentina were famously beaten 2-1 by Saudi Arabia in the group stage – a result Kashef failed to foresee – but have since beaten Poland, Mexico and Australia.


The Netherlands has not lost at this point World Cup. Louis van Gaal has taught them a pragmatic style. They will be looking to frustrate an Argentina team and hope to get a goal (or two!) from Cody Gakpo.

In terms of their head-to-head record, the Dutch have an advantage over Argentina. This fixture is third most frequently played at The. World Cup, so Kashef had plenty of data to analyze. They last met in 2014 World Cup, where Argentina won with penalties

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Who will win the contest? World Cup?

After 56 matches World Cup, Kashef is accurate at 68 percent. After Kashef repeats the model for each match to predict what will happen in the next one, all the way to the final.

Predicting match results is no easy task – external factors like team morale or player fitness make a big difference in how the game goes.

See if you can outsmart Kashef and predict today’s winners by playing our AI game here.


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