Group Stage Predictions of World Cup 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018 is about to commence from June 14, 2018 at 17:00 (UK Time) with 32 teams qualifying to battle it out against one another. A competitive Tournament which FIFA stands for, will have a few teams ending their journey at the earlier stages while rest of them will qualify for the final match to be held at Moscow on July 15, 2018.

FIFA World Ranking Table showcases Germany and Brazil bagging the first two positions with 1544 and 1384 points respectively. It would be quite interesting to watch these two teams in the tournament finals since they only played against each other during FIFA World Cup 2002, when Brazil became the World Champions. Punters must follow the FIFA World Cup 2018 Prediction and Betting Tips before placing their stakes on different teams.

There are 8 Groups having four teams each. The main facts about each team are listed below:

World Cup Group A Predictions & Betting Odds

Group A – Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay

1. Egypt

Egypt Team reached the Semi – finals of the UEFA Champions League with the main man, Mo Salah delivering the best single – handedly for his team. Here are some key facts about this Egyptian team: 

FIFA World Ranking: 46th

Key Player: Mohamed Salah aka “Mo Salah”

Bet365 Betting Odds: 9/4

Stage of Elimination: Round of 16

Group Position: 2nd in Group A

2. Russia

Russia is hosting the FIFA World Cup 2018 and can make it to the qualifier round and even to the finals. Punters can go through the following facts about Russia Football team before placing their bets:

FIFA World Ranking: 66th

Key player: Igor Akinfeev

bet365 Betting Odds: 10/3

Stage of Elimination: Group Stage

Group Position: 3rd in Group A

3. Saudi Arabia

Another team that will compete with other teams in Group A is Saudi Arabia Football team. While betting on Saudi Arabia, there are some key points to note which are given below:  

FIFA World Ranking: 67th

Key player: Al-Nassr

bet365 Betting Odds: 1/12

Stage of Elimination: Group Stage

Group Position: 4th in Group A

4. Uruguay

The strongest contender in Group A is Uruguay team, which has strong chances to qualify for the Quarter finals round. Uruguay has won the World Cup title two times in 1930 and in 1950. Some key facts about their football association are given below:  

FIFA World Ranking: 17th

Key player: Edinson Cavani

bet365 Betting Odds: 7/2

Stage of Elimination: Quarter – Finals 

Group Position: Winner of Group A

The teams that are the Predicted Qualifiers from Group A are Uruguay and Egypt.

World Cup Group B Predictions & Betting Odds

Group B Teams – Iran, Morocco, Portugal, Spain

1. Iran

Iran Football Association is yet to win a major title in the FIFA World Cup after having played FIFA for 4 times. Here are some important facts about Iran Football team

FIFA World Ranking: 36th

Key player: Sardar Azmoun 

Bet365 Betting Odds: 1/9

Stage of Elimination: Group Stage 

Group Position: 4th in Group B

2. Morocco

Morocco Football team has appeared 4 times in the FIFA World Cup tournament, but is yet to bag any significant title in the Football World Cup Tournament.  

FIFA World Ranking: 42th

Key player: Nabil Dirar 

bet365 Betting Odds: 1/6

Stage of Elimination: Group Stage 

Group Position: 3rd in Group B

3. Portugal

FIFA Award for the Most Entertaining Team during the year 2006 was bagged by Portugal Football Team. This team has played the World Cup 6 times but is yet to win a FIFA winning title. This time Portugal has chances of bagging second position in Group B. Some key facts about Team Portugal:

FIFA World Ranking: 4th

Key player: Cristiano Ronaldo 

bet365 Betting Odds: 13/8

Stage of Elimination: Round of 16 

Group Position: 2nd in Group B

4. Spain

Spain team has played the World Cup 14 times and had won the FIFA World Cup in the year 2010. Also, the Spanish team was awarded the FIFA Fair Play award in 2006 and in 2010. Some key points to note about this team are:

FIFA World Ranking: 8th

Key player: Andres Iniesta  

bet365 Betting Odds: 11/4

Stage of Elimination: Quarter – Finals 

Group Position: Winner of Group B

The teams that are the Predicted Qualifiers from Group B are Portugal and Spain.

World Cup Group C Predictions & Betting Odds

Group C Teams – Australia, Denmark, France, Peru

1. Australia

Australia team appeared for 4 times in the FIFA Tournament but is yet to win a title. Some key facts about Australian Football Team are:  

FIFA World Ranking: 40th

Key player:  Mile Jedinak

bet365 Betting Odds: 9/2

Stage of Elimination: Round of 16

Group Position: 3rd in Group C

2. Denmark

Denmark team appeared 4 times in the FIFA World Cup and reached the Quarter – finals stage in 1998. Some facts to note about this Football Team are as follows:

FIFA World Ranking: 12th

Key player: Christian Eriksen  

bet365 Betting Odds: 23/20

Stage of Elimination: Group Stage 

Group Position: 2nd in Group C

3. France

France team was the outright winner of 1998 Football World Cup and also won the Fair Play award for the same year. Some important facts about this team are as follows:

FIFA World Ranking: 7th

Key player: Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) 

bet365 Betting Odds: 7/2

Stage of Elimination: Semi – Final 

Group Position: Winner of Group C

4. Peru

FIFA Fair Play award for Football World Cup 1970 was awarded to Peru Football Team and they also reached the Quarter – finals round in 1970. Some key facts about this team are: 

FIFA World Ranking: 11th

Key player: Paolo Guerrero 

bet365 Betting Odds: 4/11

Stage of Elimination: Group Stage 

Group Position: 4th in Group C

The teams that are the Predicted Qualifiers from Group C are France and Denmark.

World Cup Group D Predictions & Betting Odds

Group D Teams  – Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria

1. Argentina

Team Argentina has made 16 appearances in the FIFA Tournaments and has 2 victories and a FIFA Fair Play award for 1978 World Cup recorded to its credit. Some key facts about this team are as follows: 

FIFA World Ranking: 5th

Key player: Lionel Messi (Barcelona FC) 

Bet365 Betting Odds: 9/2

Stage of Elimination: Semi – Final 

Group Position: Winner of Group D

2. Croatia

Croatia Football Team appeared for 4 times in the FIFA tournaments. The team which stands at 18th position in the FIFA Team Ranking table has the following key facts: 

FIFA World Ranking: 18th

Key player: Luka Modric (Real Madrid) 

bet365 Betting Odds: 6/4

Stage of Elimination: Group Stage

Group Position: 2nd in Group D

3. Iceland

Iceland Football Team has lesser possibility of entering the last 16 teams during FIFA 2018 and here are some important facts about this team:

FIFA World Ranking: 22nd

Key player: Aron Gunnarsson (Premier League Club, Cardiff City)

bet365 Betting Odds: 15/4

Stage of Elimination: Round of 16 

Group Position: 3rd in Group D

4. Nigeria

Nigeria Football Team has made 5 appearances during the Football World Cup and also played FIFA Confederations Cup. So, here are some key facts about the football team from Nigeria.

FIFA World Ranking: 47th

Key player: John Obi Mikel (Tianjin Teda FC, China) 

bet365 Betting Odds: 1/3

Stage of Elimination: Group Stage 

Group Position: 4th in Group D

The teams that are the Predicted Qualifiers from Group D are Argentina and Croatia.

World Cup Group E Predictions & Betting Odds

Group E Teams  – Brazil, Costa Rica, Serbia, Switzerland

1. Brazil

Brazil football team emerged victorious for 5 times in the history of FIFA World Cup Tournament. Its players have also been awarded with the Golden Ball and Golden Boot award. During the last World Cup held in 2014, they were the Runners – up. Here are some key points to note about Team Brazil:

FIFA World Ranking: 2nd

Key player: Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain French FC) 

Bet365 Betting Odds: 6/1

Stage of Elimination: Runners – up 

Group Position: Winner of Group E

2. Costa Rica

Costa Rica Football Team appeared in the FIFA World Cup for 4 times and had reached the Quarter – finals stage during 2014 World Cup. Given below are some key facts about Costa Rica:

FIFA World Ranking: 25th

Key player: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid)

bet365 Betting Odds: 1/5

Stage of Elimination: Group Stage 

Group Position: 4th in Group E

3. Serbia

Team Serbia has appeared for 11 times in FIFA World Cup, and for three times reached the Quarter – finals stage. Some key facts about this team are:

FIFA World Ranking: 35th

Key player: Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St Petersburg Russian FC) 

bet365 Betting Odds: 4/6

Stage of Elimination: Group Stage 

Group Position: 3rd in Group E

4. Switzerland

Switzerland team had played FIFA World Cup matches for 10 times and had made it to the Quarter – finals round 3 times. Some key facts about this team are:

FIFA World Ranking: 6th

Key player: Valon Behrami (Udinese FC)

bet365 Betting Odds: 2/1

Stage of Elimination: Round of 16

Group Position: 2nd in Group E

The teams that are the Predicted Qualifiers from Group E are Brazil and Switzerland.

World Cup Group F Predictions & Betting Odds

Group F Teams – Germany, Mexico, South Korea, Sweden

1. Germany

Germany has won the FIFA World Cup title 4 times i.e. in 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014. FIFA Fair Play award was also awarded to Germany in 1974 FIFA World Cup. They are the defending champions this year. Some key facts about this team are given in the following points:

FIFA World Ranking: 1st

Key player: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

Bet365 Betting Odds: 9/2

Stage of Elimination: Predicted Winners of FIFA 2018

Group Position: Winner of Group F

2. Mexico

Mexico has participated in FIFA World Cup for 15 times and reached the Quarter finals stage two times in 1970 and in 1986. Here are some key facts about Mexico:

FIFA World Ranking: 15th

Key player: Javier Hernandez (West Ham United FC) 

bet365 Betting Odds: 2/1

Stage of Elimination: Round of 16

Group Position: 2nd in Group F

3. South Korea

FIFA Award for the Most Entertaining Team during FIFA World Cup 2002 was given to South Korea national football team. This team has appeared in FIFA tournaments 9 times and has some key facts which are given below: 

FIFA World Ranking: 61st

Key player: Son Heung-min (Tottenham FC)

bet365 Betting Odds: 2/7

Stage of Elimination: Group Stage 

Group Position: 4th in Group F

4. Sweden

Sweden football team has played FIFA World Cup matches for 11 times and in 1958 became the Runners – up in this Tournament. So, here are few facts that hold importance for Team Sweden in

FIFA World Ranking: 23rd

Key player: Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig FC)

bet365 Betting Odds: 8/13

Stage of Elimination: Group Stage 

Group Position: 3rd in Group F

The teams that are the Predicted Qualifiers from Group F are Mexico and Germany.

World Cup Group G Predictions & Betting Odds

Group G Teams – Belgium, England, Panama, Tunisia

1. Belgium

Belgium team has played the FIFA World Cup for 12 times and had won FIFA Fair Play award for 2002 FIFA World Cup. Some key points about this team are given below:

FIFA World Ranking: 3rd

Key player: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Bet365 Betting Odds: 9/4

Stage of Elimination: Quarter – Finals 

Group Position: Winner of Group G

2. England

England had won FIFA World Cup 1966 and had also won FIFA Fair Play award two times, first during FIFA World Cup 1990 and second in 1998. The team which has played the most World Cup matches has some key points which are given below:

FIFA World Ranking: 13th

Key player: Harry Kane (Tottenham FC)

bet365 Betting Odds: 11/5

Stage of Elimination: Quarter – Finals 

Group Position: 2nd in Group G

3. Panama

Panama Football Association is yet to win an award in FIFA Tournaments. Some key facts about Team Panama are given below: 

FIFA World Ranking: 55th
Key player: Luis Tejada (Universitario)
bet365 Betting Odds: 1/16
Stage of Elimination: Group Stage 
Group Position: 4th in Group G

4. Tunisia

Tunisia Team has appeared in FIFA World Cup 4 times but it yet to win a major title/honor. Some Key Points about this team are given below: 

FIFA World Ranking: 14th

Key player: Youssef Msakni (Qatar Stars League club Al Duhail)

bet365 Betting Odds: 1/6

Stage of Elimination: Group Stage 

Group Position: 3rd in Group G

The teams that are the Predicted Qualifiers from Group G are Belgium and England.

World Cup Group H Predictions & Betting Odds

Group H Teams – Colombia, Japan, Poland, Senegal

1. Colombia

Colombia team was awarded with FIFA Fair Play award during the World Cup 2014 and has a higher probability of making it to the last 16 qualifying teams. The key facts about this team are given below:

FIFA World Ranking: 16th

Key player: James Rodriguez (FC Bayern Munich)

bet365 Betting Odds: 7/5

Stage of Elimination: Round of 16 

Group Position: Winner of Group H

2. Japan

Japan Football team is a part of Group H and here are some very important facts punters must know before they place their bets on Team Japan. 

FIFA World Ranking: 60th

Key player: Shinji Kagawa (German FC Borussia Dortmund) 

bet365 Betting Odds: 5/2

Stage of Elimination: Round of 16

Group Position: 4th in Group H

3. Poland

Poland team returned to FIFA World Cup after a 12 year gap, it is the team which has appeared 7 times in the first stage matches of the FIFA tournament. Some important facts about this team are given below: 

FIFA World Ranking: 10th

Key player: Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern Munich)

bet365 Betting Odds: 13/8

Stage of Elimination: Round of 16

Group Position: 2nd in Group H

4. Senegal

Senegal team has played the World Cup in 2002 only, and managed to reach Quarter finals. So, here are some key facts about this team:

FIFA World Ranking: 28th

Key player: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

bet365 Betting Odds: 4/7

Stage of Elimination: Group Stage 

Group Position: 3rd in Group H

The teams that are the Predicted Qualifiers from Group H are Colombia and Poland.

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