2018 World Cup – Country to Qualify Predictions Preview

The 2018 Soccer World Cup is almost here and Bettingtop10 has you covered with a variety of betting guides. In this article, we’ll run through our World Cup Predictions by Group for each Country. We will look at their recent Friendly matches, history at the World Cup and players to watch. Then provide a tip on whether they can qualify.

 

Group A

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Uruguay dominated the CONMEBOL Group Qualification stage with 9 wins from 18 matches. So they’re the top favourite in Group A. Luis Suarez is a player to watch up forward and he’ll be the key if Uruguay go far in the World Cup.

 

Russia is the host nation and they’re second favourite in this group. They’ll likely use the home crowd to their advantage and they should qualify. This is their 4th World Cup and they’re yet to reach the Round of 16. So there’s some motivation for this side.

 

Egypt will be looking forward to their first World Cup appearance since 1990. They were runner-ups in the 2017 Africa Cup. So they could surprise a few teams in this group. They play the two top teams in this group straight away so they’ll need to win those to qualify.

 

Saudi Arabia has failed to win a match in their last 3 World Cup appearances. So it’s going to be a tough challenge. Their record in the Asian Cup hasn’t been great either. In the end, it’s hard to see them winning a match.

 

Group B

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Spain is expecting too easily qualify in this group with a fairly simple draw. Their clash with Portugal will be a must watch. Recently in a few friendly matches they’ve beaten Argentina 6-1 and drew 1-1 against Germany. So they should easily qualify and will be one of the favourites for the final.

 

Portugal head into their 5th straight World Cup appearance. They failed to qualify for the Round of 16 in 2014. But with Cristiano Ronaldo in the forward line, they should easily beat Morocco and Iran.

 

Morocco will enter their first World Cup since 1998. They’ve struggled in the Africa Cup of late. Therefore, it will be a tough challenge against Spain and Portugal. They do open the tournament against Iran and they’ll be confident of winning that matchup.

 

Iran is the outsider in Group B, which is mainly due to their record at the Cup. In 12 matches, they’ve lost 8 and won just 1. They can compete with Morocco but Spain and Portugal will have their measure.

 

Group C

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France is one of the top favourites for the final and they’re at short odds to win Group C. Antoine Griezmann is the player to watch in attack and is among the betting for Top Goalscorer. They made the Quarter Finals in 2014 so this French side is looking good for another deep run at the Cup.

 

Denmark has reached their 5th World Cup and they recorded 7 wins from 12 matches in qualification. With friendly matches against Sweden and Mexico in June, those matches will be good form guides for the Cup. They’ll likely finish around 2nd place in this group.

 

Peru fans will be excited after their country finally ended a 36 year World Cup drought. They only just qualified with a win over New Zealand so it’s hard to see them beating France. But they could surprise the other three teams.

 

Australia is the outsider in Group C and this will be their 4th straight World Cup. They dominated qualification with 14 wins in 22 matches. Their recent 4-1 loss against Norway was poor but they responded with a 0-0 draw against Colombia. Tim Cahill and captain Mile Jedinak are the key players to watch for the Aussies. They went winless in 2014 so they’ll likely struggle to win a match, but you never know.

 

Group D

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Argentina is expected to win Group D and their strong forward line will be the key. Lionel Messi is one of the favourites for the Top Goalscorer award and Sergio Aguero is a gun. They made the final in 2014 and just lost against Germany. So in the last 3 World Cup’s, they’ve reached the Quarter finals and more. Therefore, this is a team to watch in 2018.

 

Croatia is the second favourite in this group and a recent 1-0 win over Mexico will give them confidence. They also open the Cup with a match against Nigeria, which they should win. If they can beat Iceland in the last match, Croatia should make it through. Captian Ivan Rakitić is the player to watch as he currently plays for Barcelona.

 

Iceland fans will be excited with their side after they qualified for their first ever World Cup. In the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, they reached the Quarter Finals. So this could be a team to watch in Group D.

 

Nigeria is coming off a Round of 16 appearance in 2014 and they’ll be looking to upset a few teams in Group D. They play Argentina last so they should be confident of competing with Croatia and Iceland in the earlier matches.

 

Group E

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Brazil is the hot favourite to be the 2018 World Cup winner. With Neymar and Gabriel Jesus up forward, they’ll be hard to stop around the goals. A recent 1-0 win over Germany also says they’ll be ready to dominate in 2018. They should easily win all matches in this group.

 

Switzerland are ranked 6th in the World and they should easily finish 2nd in Group E. They made the Round of 16 in 2014. They smashed Panama 6-0 recently and Blerim Džemaili is proving hard to stop around goals.

 

Serbia is the third favourite in this group and they’ll likely compete for second place. A recent 2-0 win over Nigeria is promising. They also don’t have to play Brazil until the last match.

 

Costa Rica is the last team in this group and they were easily the most surprising team in 2014. They reached the Quarter Finals and just lost against the Netherlands in a penalty shoot-out. Friendly matches against England and Belgium before the Cup will key form guides for their performance in 2018.

 

Group F

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Germany is the top favourite both in Group F and for the World Cup final. They haven’t looked overly impressive in their last few friendly matches, such as draws against Spain, France and England. But they should easily win this group and their World Cup record is impressive. They won in 2014 and they’ve finished 3rd in 2010 and 2006.

 

Sweden is the second favourite in this group. But recent losses against Chile and Romania says they’ll need to improve in the Cup.

 

Mexico is a consistent side and they should be confident of reaching the Round of 16 once again. In their last six World Cup appearances, they have qualified for the next round. They have a strong attack and a good performance against Germany in the first match will be the key.

 

Korea is not expected to compete in this group and they went winless in 2014. Their latest losses in Friendly matches against team’s in the World Cup suggests they’ll struggle to win matches.

 

Group G

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Belgium is currently ranked 3rd in the World. With an opening match against Panama, they should be confident of winning this group. They have Romelu Lukaku from Man United and Eded Hazard is their captain from Chelsea. They also made the Quarter finals in 2014 so this side could surprise a few teams in the latter stages.

 

England’s last World Cup appearance was disappointing with zero wins from their three matches. So they’ll look to rebound in 2018. Harry Kane will be the key up forward. Recent 0-0 results against Germany and Brazil suggests they can compete with the top sides.

 

Tunisia is the third favourite in this group and they are looking good after a few Friendly matches. They beat Iran and Costa Rica. So they should be confident against Panama and they’ll likely need to beat England or Belgium to qualify.

 

The outsider in this group is Panama. This is their first World Cup appearance. A recent 6-0 loss against Switzerland probably means they’ll struggle to win a match in this group.

 

Group H

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Colombia is the top favourite in Group H. They recently beat France and they should be confident in 2018. James Rodríguez is a player to watch after he won the Golden Boot in 2014 and Colombia reached the Quarter Finals. So they should finish in the top two.

 

Poland is ranked 10th in the World and this is their first appearance at the Cup since 2006. Robert Lewandowski is their top all-time goalscorer and he’ll be the key in attack. They should beat Japan and Senegal, so their clash with Colombia will likely be the match to watch.

 

Senegal has only made the World Cup once before and they reached the Quarter Finals. Sadio Mané currently plays for Liverpool and he’ll be the key up forward. They’ll probably finish around 3rd but could surprise a few teams in this group.

 

Japan plays Colombia first and that will be tough. So they’ll likely need to beat Senegal in the 2nd match and hope for draws in the other matches to qualify. Keisuke Honda is the veteran up forward with 36 goals in 92 appearances.

 



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