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One of the most popular bets ahead of the tournament getting underway on June 14this predicting which teams will qualify for the knock-out round of the competition. Two sides will progress from each section and we have a look at each of the eight groups in more detail.

Group A

Uruguay have the best chance of qualifying from Group A. The South American side have the most talented squad in this section and they possess firepower in the shape of Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani. They looked a decent side when beating Wales 1-0 in the China Cup at the end of March and after finishing second in the South American qualifying group, they will fancy their chances of reaching the knock-out round without too many problems. They have been priced up as the favourites in Group A.

Russia are second favourites and are expected to follow Uruguay through to the round of 16. They have already lost a couple of players to injury but have a number of squad players who play across top leagues in Europe and look a much better all-round unit under the management of Stanislav Cherchesov.

Egypt have been given a small chance of progression and they appear to be the value in Group A. They have Mo Salah, who has netted over 30 goals in the Premier League this season and he could be a potent weapon for the Pharaohs.

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Group B

Spain and Portugal are the two sides who are expected to dominate in Group B. Spain have been installed to qualify for the knock-out round and expected to be involved in the final four. They have an incredibly strong line-up with Isco, David Silva, Alvaro Morata and Gerard Pique all expected to feature. They have an incredibly strong defence and they are unlikely to concede many in this section.

Portugal have been rated as second favourites to qualify from Group B. The Euro 2016 winners are strong and have the talismanic Cristiano Ronaldo who will be heavily relied upon during this tournament. They face Spain in the opening fixture and that will be a crucial fixture in Group B.

Morocco and Iran are not expected to trouble the European duo in the group although the North African side have been given the best chance of the two.

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Group C

France are one of the favourites in the World Cup betting odds and Didier Deschamps’ side are expected to progress easily from Group C. Les Bleus reached the final of Euro 2016 and it’s 20 years since they were World Cup winners. They have a talented roster which includes Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.

Denmark are rated as the next best side in Group C and are the team who are favoured to follow France through to the knock-out round. They have the hugely talented Christian Eriksen pulling the strings in the centre of the park and they should be too strong for both Peru and Australia. Denmark is to secure their progress whilst Australia is considered as outsiders.

Peru are an interesting side who might just fall short but expect them to play some exciting, attacking football in Group C.

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Group D

Group D looks set to be dominated by Argentina. They may have struggled to qualify but they always play well at major tournaments and reached the final in 2014. Lionel Messi scored four times in 2014 and he is expected to continue his excellent form which has seen him help Barcelona to the La Liga title this season.

According to our predictions here at Bettingtop10 India, Croatia look set to be the team who follow Argentina into the knock-out rounds of the competition. They have struggled for consistency in recent years but they rarely fail to progress and with the likes of Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic in their side, they should make it to the round of 16.

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Group E

Once again, there is one team who are the clear favourites in Group E. Five-time World Cup winners Brazil are heavily fancied to book their place in the round of 16. Tite’s side were incredibly dominant throughout their qualifying campaign and booked their place in Russia with a couple of games to spare. They have been handed a relatively straightforward looking group and should be able to progress easily.

Switzerland are the side who are fancied to join Brazil in the next round of the competition. They have a number of creative players such as Vladimir Petkovic, who are more than capable of winning matches at major tournaments and they’re also incredibly tough to break down.

Serbia are a decent side who could cause some problems in Group E but according to our predictions they will just fall short.

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Group F

Germany should dominate Group F with Joachim Low’s side expected to prevail easily. The holders sailed through the group stage four years and have also wrapped up the Confederations Cup in the intervening period. They are rated as almost certainties to progress.

Sweden surprised the footballing world by knocking out Italy during the qualifying process. They have been deemed as having the second best chance of progression and should be able to book their place In the next round of the competition. Mexico could run them close, they qualified easily but they can be quite unpredictable and Sweden look slightly stronger.

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Group G

Belgium and England look set for a fascinating tussle at the top of Group G and it’s the Red Devils who are predicted to qualify top of the group. Gareth Southgate’s side should follow them through to the next stage of the competition and they have a good young squad who could be lively going forward.

Tunisia are solid and tough to break down but they’ve been handed a tremendously tough group and could struggle to keep up.

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Group H

Group H looks nip and tuck and there are a number of teams who could qualify for the next round of the tournament. Colombia have been given the narrow advantage by our predictions with Jose Pekerman’s side looking lively in the final third. They have the likes of Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez in their side and should edge out Poland.

Poland have Robert Lewandowski, who remains one of the best goalscorers in Europe and he gives them a decent chance of qualifying for the round of 16. They are expected to follow Colombia through to the next stage.

Senegal are also in contention and provide the value in this group. They have previously enjoyed this competition and have a decent attacking side which could spring a few surprises along the way.

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