Group Winner World Cup Predictions
With Russia 2018 just two months away, who do you think the group winners will be? The FIFA World Cup teams have been chosen and we know who will play in each of the eight groups. This is where the real fun begins, dissecting each group and figuring out who will advance to the round of 16. Who will make it through from each group? Who is set for a deep run, and which teams will surprise for better or for worse? Keep reading to get our BettingTop10 Ireland group winner predictions.
BettingTop10 Group Winner Predictions Russia 2018
Two-time world champions Uruguay are tipped to be the winner of Group A. They finished second behind Brazil in qualifying group. Luis Suarez will be returning after his controversy in the 2014 and 2010 World Cups and all eyes will be watching him. This country has a number of quality players and it is easy to see why they are coming out on top.
Russia are the favourites to take second place and make it through to the round of 16. They are the host country and they may just impress everyone.
Egypt and Saudi Arabia are likely to end their run here but all eyes will be on Egypt’s Mohamed Salah who could make a difference. We expect some great games and there could be a battle for second place if Egypt play well.
Spain are the favourites to win group B but their match with Portugal on the 15th of June will be one everyone will be watching. Spain beat Portugal 1-0 in South Africa 8 years ago and knocked them out of the competition at Euro 2012.
Portugal are the favourites to take second place and with Cristiano Ronaldo on their team they should provide us with some great football. Russia 2018 will probably be Ronaldo’s last World Cup and he will want to go out in style. Will he lead Portugal to victory and win the golden boot?
These two European sides are joined in Group B by Morocco and Iran. Both are not predicted to pass the group stages but in World Cup football you never know and there are always some surprises.
Group C has France as the favourite to win and advance to the round of 16, followed by Denmark in second place. This will be a very interesting Group to watch and the French team has a lot of talent. Didier Deschamps will be looking to make up for his sides loss in the Euro 2016 final against Portugal.
Denmark at favourites to take second place and advance to the next stage. They secured their place after beating the Republic of Ireland in the play-offs. Christian Eriksen is their key player and he scored 8 goals in the qualifiers.
Australia are tipped to take bottom place in the group and along with Peru at set to leave the competition at this stage
The battle for second place in this group could be close if Peru play well but right now the group predictions are for France and Denmark to make it through.
Argentina are the firm favourites to win Group D followed by Croatia, Iceland, and then Nigeria. This is the Group of Death for this year’s world cup and it is going to be one of the most entertaining to watch. Some of the best players in the world will be taking to the field.
Lionel Messi will be helping Argentina take the lead and they’ll face off against Iceland on the 16th of June. Argentina have had it tough in recent years but bookmakers are predicting great things for them at Russia 2018.
Croatia are tipped to take the second place in this group and advance. Midfielders Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic will be the ones to watch. Iceland are a great team to watch play and they have been placed third in the group but will prove strong competition for Croatia so we could see a battle for second place.
Nigeria are the underdogs and they have never made it past the round of 16.
Brazil as you can see from our table above are the outright favourites for this group and they don’t seem to have much competition at all. They have always been one of the best countries at every single World Cup and they have won the trophy five times. They hosted the World Cup in 2017 but were embarrassed when they lost 7-1 to Germany in the semi-final. They are joined in Group E by Switzerland, Costa Rica, and Serbia. Will anyone be able to stop Brazil?
Switzerland qualified after finishing second in their group behind Portugal. Granit Xhaka is the key player for this team. Serbian and Costa Rica are the other two teams who will battle it out for second place.
Brazil should have no trouble winning Group E and the rest will be a battle to see who will take second place. Switzerland have a slight advantage but it really is anyone’s for the taking.
Current champions, Germany, are set to take first place in Group. They are the clear favourite to win and also tipped to win the World Cup. They are hoping to be the first country since Brazil in 1962 to retain the World Cup trophy but could the champions curse strike? World Cup champions often don’t do well in follow up competitions, but Germany look set to make it to the round of 16 anyway.
It looks like it will be a battle for second place between Sweden and Mexico who could be this year’s dark horse. Sweden are making a return after a 12 year absence. It’s going to be a close call between these two teams but at the moment Sweden look to have a tiny advantage.
Korea Republic have little to no chance of making it past the group stages and are returning for their 9th World Cup.
Belgium are the favourite to win Group G followed closely by England. Tunisia and Panama are the bottom two and they don’t look like having much hope of qualifying for the round of 16.
Belgium are one of the best sides with Roberto Martinez in charge. They are the firm favourite and they are also in the top five to win the World Cup trophy. They have an exceptional team no matter where on the pitch and they qualified after winning 9 out of their 10 matches. They had a 1-1 draw to Greece. They scored 43 goals in the qualifications and 11 of these were scored by Romelu Lukaku.
England who have only ever won one World Cup all the way back in 1966 will be hoping to take second place in Group G. They have Harry Kane who is also in the running for top goalscorer.
Tunisia and Panama are definitely the weaker teams but they could create a surprise or two.
Columbia are the favourites to win Group H followed very closely by Poland. The bottom two teams and those expected to leave the competition are Senegal and Japan.
Columbia are a great side and very entertaining. They have James Rodriguez who scored some great goals in 2014 and their attacking play is brilliant. They also have some great young defenders including Davinson Sanchez and Yerry Mina. Columbia held both Brazil and Uruguay to a draw in the qualifiers proving that they have what it takes to play against the bigger sides in this competition.
Poland return after a 12-year absence. They have finished third on two occasions but haven’t progressed past the group stages since 1986. They were impressive Euro 2016 but can them impress again?
Senegal shocked the world sixteen years ago when they beat champions France in the inaugural match before reaching the quarter finals. Can they do it again?
Japan are not expected to do very well and will find themselves bottom of the group.