There’s only a few months until the 2018 World Cup kicks off and the race for the final is almost upon us. In this World Cup Group Winner article, we’ll preview each team and provide a form overview as they come into the tournament. As well as their performance history at previous World Cup’s. In addition, Bettingtop10 will provide the latest World Cup odds throughout this guide.

Group A

Group A sees the host country Russia and Uruguay as the main two favourites to advance into the next round.
Russia automatically qualified for the World Cup as the host nation and this will be their 4th World Cup appearance. They went winless in 2014 so the Russians will be looking to improve in-front of their home fans.
Uruguay looked in great form during the Qualifications and they should be confident of winning this group.
There is a bit of value for Egypt at $2.60 and they’ll be looking to perform in their first World Cup since 1990.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia will likely struggle to win a match.

Group B

Group B is expected to be dominated by Spain and Portugal. The two sides play each other in the first match and it should be a close matchup.
Spain is warming up for this tournament nicely after a 6-1 thrashing of Argentina. They actually failed to qualify for the Round of 16 in 2014 so they’ll be looking to rebound in 2018.
Portugal is ranked 3rd in the World and have one of the Top Goalscorer chances in Cristiano Ronaldo in attack. Like Spain, they couldn’t get past the Group Stage in 2014 but this group looks alot easier in 2018.
Iran has only recorded one victory in their 12 World Cup matches. So they’ll likely struggle against the top sides.
Morocoo isn’t much better with 2 wins from 13 matches and this is their first World Cup appearance since 1998.

Group C

In Group C, France is expected to win the group but this could be a tough challenge. They’re coming off a Quarter Finals appearance in 2014 and will be looking for a similar or better result in 2018.
Denmark has a good record in the World Cup and should be confident of competing with the French.
Peru is also a team to watch in 2018 as they currently rank 11th in the FIFA rankings.
Australia is the outsider in this group and it’s hard to see them winning a match. They lost 4-1 in a friendly match recently against Norway and also just qualified for the Cup in the end.

Group D

Argentina is the top favourite in Group D and they should defeat Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria. They rank 3rd in the world and have Lionel Messi up forward. He’s one of the favourites for top goalscorer as well.
Croatia would be their hardest challenge as they rank 15th in the world. They have a friendly match scheduled against Brazil on June 3 in England so that could be a good form guide for the Cup.
In third is Iceland and this side could cause some upsets. They’ve never played in the World Cup and that should give their players a ton of motivation to perform well. They also won 7 of 10 matches in the World Cup Group Qualification, which included Croatia.
Last but not least is the Nigerians and they are coming off a Round of 16 appearance in 2014 World Cup. They also beat Argentina 4-2 in November, 2017. So they’re another danger team to watch.

Group E

Brazil is in Group E and that means trouble for Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica. Brazil is one of the top World Cup Winner favourites and they should easily dominate Group E.
So the race for second will likely be the most interesting storyline in this group.
Of the three teams, Switzerland would be the best bet. They’ve reached the Group of 16 in 2 of the last 3 World Cups. They also rank 8th in the FIFA rankings.
Serbia topped their Qualification Group but this is a large step up in competition.
Costa Rica were the surprise team in 2014 as they reached the Quarter Finals. However, their form coming into the 2018 Cup isn’t impressive as they’ve lost 4 of their last 5 matches.

Group F

Group F is a similar story to Group E with Germany the top favourite in this group. They’re expecting to reach the final and they should easily become the Group F World Cup Group Winner.
In the race for second, Sweden and Mexico will likely battle for the position.
Mexico would be the best chance looking at their World Cup record. They’ve reached the Round of 16 in 6 straight World Cup’s and will be confident once again in 2018.
Sweden haven’t played at the World Cup since 2006 and they’ll likely struggle to beat Mexico.
The fourth team in this group is the Korean Republic. They failed to win a match in 2014 and it’s hard to see them causing an upset in this tough group.

Group G

Belgium should be coming into this World Cup with confidence. They reached the Quarter Finals in 2014 and they’re currently ranked as the 5th best side in the World.
The big question mark on the English side is can they finally break a World Cup winning draught which spans back to 1966? They were disappointing in 2014 as they failed to win a match and didn’t reach the Round of 16. But two 0-0 draws with Germany and Brazil in November, 2017, should give them some confidence of competing in 2018.
Tunisia qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 2006. They’ve never reached the Round of 16 and have a 1-4-7 record at the World Cup. They are looking in good form leading up to the Cup so they could surprise a few teams.
This Panama side is at long odds to quality in this group. But in their first ever World Cup, they’ll be motivated to prove the doubters wrong.

Group H

Group H is arguably the most open group and any team could be a World Cup Group Winner.
Colombia is the top favourite and they’re currently ranked 13th in the World. They beat France recently and reached the Quarter Finals in 2014. So they should be confident of qualifying.
Poland dominated the Qualifications for the 2018 World Cup so they’re a team to watch in 2018. They also rank 6th in the FIFA rankings and will be confident of winning this group.
Senegal has reached just their second ever World Cup and they’ll be looking for a similar result compared to 2002. They made the Quarter Finals in 2002 and they could be an interesting team to watch in this tournament.
Japan looked dominant in the Qualifications as they won 13 of 18 matches. They’re the outsiders in this group but they could spring an upset.