The 2018 World Cup will soon be upon us and here at Colossus we have big plans! We will be running over £50 million worth of jackpots during the tournament, including a big jackpot pool kicking off each day of the group stages!
Here are our thoughts on each of the groups:
This is a pretty tight group with no huge international juggernaut to fear. The host country typically performs strongly during World Cup finals so Russia will feel like they have a strong chance of qualification from this group. Egypt will be hoping Mohamed Salah will continue his hot form this season and lead them into a strong finish. Whilst, Suarez & Cavani will be looking to fire Uruguay into the last 16 for a third consecutive World Cup. It’s difficult to see a case for Saudi Arabia, but every time we see one team perform above and beyond expectations. Could this be their turn?
A quick look at group B and most would be fairly confident in predicting Portugal and Spain to qualify from this group. Undoubtedly the tie of the first round of fixtures, these two neighbours should be locked in a shoot out for claiming top spot in group B.
Another group where the top seeded team should have no problem in qualifying from. France are the runaway favourites to emerge the winners of group C and it’s not difficult to see why! With a star studded cohort of elite players to choose from, they have one of the strongest squads in international football. Denmark and Peru will both have their eyes on landing that runner up spot, with their meeting on Sat 16th June likely to determine who will have the advantage.
Each year I look at Argentina’s starting XI and wonder how an attack that good has not won the World Cup. It is the only trophy to have eluded Lionel Messi and 2018 will be one of his final shots at getting his hands on the famous trophy. They should be too strong for the teams in this group, but it’s second place which will be interesting. On paper, Croatia should be claiming the runner up spot in group D with stars like Rakitic and Modric at the heart of their side. But Nigeria are many people’s dark horses to be that time who perform above and beyond. Whilst, England fans will remember all to clearly, the dangers that Iceland pose. This looks like a real group to watch!
After a brief scare during March of this year, it looks like Brazil will have their talisman fit for the World Cup. With Neymar in their side, Brazil are considered one of the favourites for the tournament and should have no problems getting through this group. Many have second spot being a shootout between Switzerland and Serbia with Costa Rica in fourth spot.
Germany always qualify from the group stages at a World Cup don’t they? They have never failed to progress past the group stages and I can’t see 2018 being any different. Even with Manuel Neuer a doubt for the tournament, Joachim Low’s side look too strong for most sides! Again, it would be second place which looks the more competitive spot in this group. Mexico and Sweden are seperated by only 8 places in the FIFA World Rankings. The ever enigmatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been vocal about his desire to join Sweden at the World Cup this summer. Could Zlatan lead Sweden past the group stages?
Group G should be a shootout for first and second between Belgium and England. Whilst many fans believe Belgium’s far superior team on paper should see them clear of England and it is actually Tunisia who England should be considered with ensuring they finish above to secure second place. Many England fans are looking for Harry Kane to rediscover this form and show why he’s considered one of the best strikers in the world. Whilst the pessimists are looking to improve on the points tally from the 2014 World Cup of 1 point…
This is the ‘group of death’ for the 2018 World Cup. All 4 teams are relatively well matched and will all fancy their chances at qualifying from the group stages. Poland and Senegal will be hoping their superstars will fire them to the top of this group. But the top scorer of 2014’s World Cup, James Rodriguez, will surely have a say in who wins this group. If the same player who turned up at the last World Cup turns up here, then I find it difficult to see Colombia not topping this group.