2018 Fifa world cup predictions and analysis
Almost every football fan is counting the day for the beginning of main occasion of Russia World Cup 2018.We got 32 selected teams for the event. We saw some of the great battles in the qualifying round where some of them finished the race with qualification when some become disqualified.
The process began in 12 March 2015 which ended in 15 November 2017. Total 872 matches have been played and 2,454 goals were scored. From this equation, we can see how exciting the qualifying round was.
In this article, we will discuss about the 2018 fifa world cup predictions and analysis of the possible 2018 Champion by their history, team combination, qualifying round performances and their possible group result of Final world cup group. Let’s jump into the main article.
From Europe, Germany:
Germany is one of the most successful national teams in the international football competitions. They have already won 4 World cup in 1954, 1974, 1990, and 2014. They won three European Championships (1972, 1980, and 1996) and one Confederations Cup. They become runners-up 4 times in the World Cup, 3 times in the European Championships, and a further four third-place finishes at World Cups. They earned the highest elo ranking ever for any national football team too.
The qualifying stage performance was satisfactorily of the current top-ranked team in the world with ten convincing victories in as many fixtures proving the supremacy of the mighty Germans. They were in group C along with Northern Ireland, Czech Republic, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino. They scored 43 goals against the opponents in the stage competition and qualified for the main round.
Key Performer: From the goal post, Marc-Andre ter Stegen will be a greater challenge for any of the opposite team to score as we all the football lovers know how he is passing his great times of career in Barcelona. Toni Kroos, is an experienced Real Madrid midfielder who can lead the whole key of the match from the midfield. He has already won two Fifa Club World Cup titles, two Champions League titles and one La Liga title.
Moreover, they have experienced player like Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Mario Götze the only goal scorer in the 2014 World Cup Final match, Julian Draxler, Sami Khedira specially the new player Leon Goretzka showing his class in the qualifying stage of World Cup 2018. They have the capability to change the game and their performance can greatly effect on the score line as well as in world cup 2018 qualification and you need to be an expert fifa predictor to say that, if any of them perform on the field, then that day will be definitely theirs.
In a words, when you are talking about 2018 fifa world cup predictions and analysis, You have keep your attention on Germany strongly there.
Portugal is the defending European champion, who had beaten France 1-0 in the final of Euro 2016. Their best performance on the World Cup tournament is in 1966 when they finished third in the competition. They have been qualified 7 times for the world cup. They reached semi finals in 2000, 2012, final in 2004 of Euro and semifinals in 2006. Winning the Euro 2016 is their first ever major trophy defeating host France by 1-0. Currently they are holding number 3 position in Fifa Ranking.
Portugal was in group B from Europe. They had Switzerland, Hungary, Faroe Island, Latvia, and Andorra with them in the qualifying round. They won 9 games out of 10 and placed first in the group followed by Switzerland. Though having same game points, Portugal was aggregated by goal difference point. They got Spain, Iran and Morocco in the Group C of main round.
Cristiano Ronaldo the star player of Real Madrid, all most everyone who loves football, related to football knows this guy. Recently he has achieved the Ballon d’Or for the fifth times. He is the strongest trump card for any fifa predictor as well as Portugal National Team. He is the most capped player for Portugal also the record goal scorer in national jersey. He scored 15 goals in the world cup 2018 qualification round. Moreover they have, Adrien Silva, Bernardo Silva, Cedric Soares, Renato Sanches, Andre Gomes, Jose Fonte, Bruno Alves, and Nelson Oliveira. All of them are having great season in different national football league.
The recent Portugal national team has developed a lot within time and this team is stronger than before. Your prediction on world cup 2018 predictions game would not be in vain as far we can guess.
The team, which can impact on 2018 fifa world cup predictions and analysis, is France. If we look at the history of France football team in world cup, then we will find an enriched and healthy result. They have attended the main event of world cup 15 times. The satisfying result is, they become third in 1958, 1986, fourth in 1982, become champion in 1998 and runners up in 2006 by losing 5-3 penalty to Italy. Moreover, they also won UEFA European Football Championships, an Olympic tournament, and two FIFA Confederations Cups.
France qualified them from Group A of Europe region. They had Sweden, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Luxembourg and Belarus with them. They placed first in the group having 7 win, 2 draw and single lose to Sweden. They qualified directly when Sweden had to continue the journey with one more step of playoff closing the chance of Italy playing in world cup 2018.
I already told that France can impact on World Cup 2018 footballs predictions because the team is much matured and the perfect blend of young and experienced players of the team can make any bigger changes in the scoreboard. Antoine Griezmann, the Atlético Madrid striker scored top six goals as France reached to 2016 Euro final. They will have a blasting attack of Kylian Mbappé of Paris St-Germain, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembélé who recently joined Barcelona with third highest transfer value in the world.
Moreover, they have Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba performing excellently from Manchester United, Raphael Varane of Real Madrid in central back, Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud from Arsenal, Tiemoue Bakayoko and N’Golo Kante from Chelsea, Lucas Digne, Samuel Umtiti both strong candidate from Barcelona on the defense.
Most the players of France are on their best form in different English and Spanish league. Their level of performances and experiences,2018 Fifa world cup predictions and analysis keep the ability to beat any of the world best team in theirs day.
If you want to know the biggest success of England national team that was in 1966 when they become champion. They have reached the semi-finals only once in 1990, when they finished their world cup journey placing fourth. Any England fans will not try to remember their last World cup performance where they have been knocked out from the group stage. This never happened after 1958.However, they have joined 15 tournaments of world cup.
England was in Group F Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Malta and Lithuania. England qualified as Group winner conceding no lose in the qualifying round. Among 10 matches, they won 8 matches and drew rest of the two matches. England is in the group G of main event with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama.
Many football scholars treat England as an average European side but could be quite unpredictable due to Harry Kane, one of the world’s most in-form strikers. He scored 27goals in 2017 which was just only 9 behind the Lionel Messi. Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford and several young talents in their squad are doing well in English premier league. The weakest point is goalkeepers and as usual too high expectations of the public.
The performance of the England team in earlier world cup 2018 qualification stage was not that much bad. They have the ability to create chances and perform timely. Let’s wait for the rest actually what happens to the final round.
2010 FIFA World Cup champion Spain is one of the most dominating and strong team when you are talking about the Russia 2018 fifa world cup predictions and analysis. Though La Roja’s recent performance wasn’t that much good enough as they crashed out at the group stage in Brazil 2014 World Cup and disappointment of France 2016 were not at all cathartic in the end.2018 Fifa world cup predictions and analysis
But 2008 to 2012 was Spain’s era in the Football. They were the first European team ever to win the World cup title outside Europe as well as having won back-to-back European titles in Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, defeating Germany and Italy in the respective finals. They are about to attend their 15th World Cup competition in Russia.
Spain was the Winners of European Group G ahead of Italy. They had Albania, Israel, Fyr Macedonia, and Liechtenstein along with the Italy in the group. Among 10 matches, they won all the 9 games and made a single draw with Italy. Spain scored 36goals in 10 matches and was ahead of 5 points from Italy who positioned second and unluckily could not qualify for the world cup main event after 58 years. Spain is in Group B in the main Tournament with one another European giant Portugal, Iran and Morocco.
Maybe Spain is the only team in the Russia World Cup 2018, where you will get 11 star players out of 11 players and most them are in one of their best form. If I start telling from the goal post, David De Gea will be the most powerful barrier to cross the goal line as he is passing great time in Manchester united for last few seasons.
In the Defend, You will find Jordi Alba, Barcelona’s left-back, who is hardworking, fast, aggressive and always looking to get forward on the overlap, The Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal, who is less explosive and plays the same role as Alba of delivering quality in the final third, get forward to support and get aggressive in the defense, Sergio Ramos, one of the best center back in the world and also the most experienced player in the squad, Gerard Pique, the Barcelona Defender who might play the same role as Ramos, Nacho, the Real Madrid defender, playing a more key role now than ever at club level. He can be a smart choice if either of the first-choice defenders is missing.
They also has Marc Bartra from Borussia Dortmund, who is improving immeasurably and similar to Pique in certain aspects, Hector Bellerin. In Central midfield, They got Sergio Busquets who is still the world’s best defensive midfielder. His passing between the lines is pivotal to Spain’s play, then Andres Iniesta the guy who still has the capacity to unlock any defense. They also have Koke from Atletico Madrid, Sergio Roberto from Barcelona, Cesc Fabregas, Saul Niguez, Thiago Alcantara, Isco Real Madrid’s current golden boy scoring six goals and an assist in Spain’s past seven matches.
On the attacking midfield they got, David Silva who has over a century of caps and is now one of the more experienced players in this team. He plays both in false nine and the sides of the attack. The plus point is, he is in his best form which is a key for Spain to win the World Cup. Moreover, they have Mark Asensio the Real Madrid’s current icon for the future, Pedro, Suso, Juan Mata, Lucas Vazquez, Nolito, Gerard Deulofeu, and Jonathan Viera.
In striking, they got Alvaro Morata, remarkably complete forward and running performer from Chelsea, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Paco Alcacer, Rodrigo, Aritz Aduriz and David Villa. I must say that manager Julen Lopetegui will be in a mental war for whom to choose for squad and whom to give place in bench.
After Germany, I will personally place Spain predicting the 32 world cup teams 2018, who has the possibility to win this World Cup 2018 with Brazil and France. Only a complete team combination and flow of performance is just needed for that.
From South America, Brazil:
Brazil is the most successful national football team in the FIFA World Cup tournaments. Brazil has won the world cup in record 5 times in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. Brazil is the only national team to participate in all World Cup editions without any absence or need for playoffs.
This 2018 World Cup will be their 21th World Cup participation. They won FIFA Confederations Cup for 4 times and won Copa America for 5 times. The Selecao is a strong name for the possible 2018 World cup football predictions but the gloom that engulfed Brazil after the 7-1 debacle against Germany in the 2014 World Cup has lifted.
Brazil was the first nation to qualify for the showpiece in Russia world cup main event. South American zone was risky for all the teams as they all are so much competitive and strong. Brazil confirmed their qualifying round positioning 1st from the group. They had a clean difference of 10points with the second position holder Uruguay. Out of 18 matches, they won 12 matches; drawn 5 games and a single lose to Chile who already closed their world cup journey. Key Performer:
Neymar the guy is called the best player of the era right after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He is scoring averagely a goal and an assist per game since his world-record most expensive deal of 222$ Million in the world move to Paris St-Germain. They had premier league player like Ederson, Danilo, Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus who are regular performer of Manchester City, Philippe Coutinho the second most expensive player who recently joined Barcelona from Liverpool, Roberto Firmino from Liverpool, Willian from Chelsea.
World class defender Marquinhos, experienced player like Thiago Silva, Daniel Alves from Paris Saint-Germain, Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid, Marcelo from Real Madrid. Casemiro from Real Madrid, Paulinho from Barcelona all are the experienced players who can lead a great play from the midfield with others.
Whatever your 2018 fifa world cup predictions and analysis is, logically I will love to see Germany or and Brazil in Russia 2018 World Cup Final. Because Spain and France may collapse due to the presence of more monks. Moreover, Brazil is a common name for any fifa predictor that has the chance and possibility to win 2018 world cup.
The 2014 World Cup runners up Argentina national football team known as the Albicelestes has participated 17 times including 2018 Russia World Cup. They have appeared in five World Cup finals while they become champion in two tournaments. Argentina is very successful in the Copa América, winning it 14 times.
Only 4 national teams that have won the three most important men’s titles recognized by FIFA are the World Cup, the Confederations Cup, and the Olympic tournament. Argentina is one of them with Germany, Brazil and France.
The qualifying round of Argentina was not too good at all. The Albicelestes had to wait for the last match and also in some complicated equation that can allow them to reach Russia main tournament. All the football predictions was going wrong and situation become tougher than before when Lionel Messi made his magical blow to defeat Ecuador by 3-1 and positioned 3rd from the group.
This was going for the very first time after 1970 that the world cup would begin without Argentina. But a team featuring Lionel Messi can never be ignored. Out of 18 matches, they won 7 games, drew 7 games and lost 4 games. The Colombia and Peru were right behind them where Brazil and Uruguay was in first and second place on the table.
Lionel Messi the Barcelona superstar is leading from the front from Argentina. We might have World Cup without Argentina of 2018. His hat-trick in the last round of South American Qualifying match against Ecuador takes Argentina to the finals. He has been awarded the best player of the world for 5 times and just because of him, Argentina won in Ecuador home ground after 17 years.
Every argentine fifa predictor will be looking at him for some more magic which can lead them to end of the World cup winning. Moreover, they have Sergio Aguero running performing striker of Manchester City, Paulo Dybala youngster from Juventus, Mauro Icardi and Benedetto in the attacking with Lionel Messi.
In the mid field, they got Ever Banega from Sevilla, Lucas Biglia from AC Milan, Angel Di Maria from Paris Saint-Germain, Marcos Acuna from Sporting Lisbon with Eduardo Salvio and others. In defend, they have experienced player like Javier Mascherano, Federico Fazio, Nicolas Otamendi, Gabriel Mercado where the Goal keeper will be same, Sergio Romero who performed remarkably in the 2014 World Cup.
In order to get better result in world cup 2018 qualification, there are no more strong option than scoring by Lionel Messi for Argentina. Everyone will be looking at him once again he can sail the main ship to the perfect ending. Also team effort and performances from the other player is mandatory to support him or take advantages from him.
After Brazil, the most solid and ideal performances are shown by Uruguay in South American qualifying stage. Uruguay has won the World Cup title for two times and they are the highest record 15 times champion in Copa America. This world cup will be their 13th participation in World cup event. Uruguay has a unique achievement; that is it´s the only national team in world football to organize multiple major international tournaments in own country and win them all.
Uruguay was the second team in the table who confirmed their journey to Russia World Cup main event from South America qualifying zone. They played 18 games. They won 9, drew 4 and lost 4 games. They have host Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt with them in group A. The South American zone was dead pool for all the teams. You will be astonished listening the news if you didn’t watch the qualifying round that they had to wait till the last qualifying match with a lot of equations to fix who is going on and who is going to be eliminated.
Key Performer: Uruguay will start their World Cup event with a strong forward. Edinson Cavani playing in Paris Saint-Germain having a great season on there is also top goal scorer of the South American qualifiers with 10 goals in 18 matches. They have Luis Suarez who is in top form in Barcelona is the country’s record goal scorer and scored twice in their last qualifier against Bolivia. Some new player has emerged in Team. In the midfield, Federico Valverd, Matías Vecino, Nahitan Nández, Rodrigo Bentancur has shown their class to control mid field. They need to focus now on attack from mid field and serve the ball to strikers. They also have experienced defender like Diego Godin on their side.2018 Fifa world cup predictions and analysis
Oscar Tabarez is holding the position of manager of Uruguay for long time since 2006. Uruguay won 2011 Copa America title in his guidance. Let’s see if his experience can make the way of gaining any more achievement for Uruguay.
These are all the big names which will come first when doing 2018 fifa world cup predictions and analysis. Let’s see the group stage analysis to get far idea about the football predictions.
Group Analysis: (Group A)
Team: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia
The host Russia will start world cup event playing a match against Asian contenders Saudi Arabia. Russia has the lowest world ranking among them but home venue can give advantages. All the Russian fans will definitely wish for moving forward from group stage of world cup 2018 qualification. Their attack is impressive. Saudi Arabia is also lower ranked team.
This Russia 2018 world cup is their fifth World Cup. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi the star player played incredibly in the qualifying round scoring 16 goals. Saudi Arabia squad has some talent but they have lack of international experience. Egypt is currently holding 30th position in Fifa’s world rankings.2018 Fifa world cup predictions and analysis
They are participating world cup events after 28 years and their qualification process was so much exciting specially the last match where they confirmed the world cup 2018 scoring penalty in injury time.Their Mohamed Salah key player, the most effective signing of this summer by Liverpool is in great formHe has scored 32 goals in 56 international appearances. Uruguay is extremely lucky enough to have grouped along with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt until they start any miracle in the world soccer prediction. As a fifa predictor, we can say that Group is balanced, and two bad teams.
Key match: Russia vs. Egypt Date: 15 Jun 2018
Prediction: Uruguay, Egypt
Team: Spain, Portugal, Iran, Morocco.
Iran and Morocco is not a great match for two of Europe’s best football sides Spain and Portugal. Both of them will expect to make it through to the next round. Cristiano Ronaldo will meet half of their Real Madrid teammates while facing Spain. In fact, Spain is in top form as they won 9 of their 10 game in the qualifying. Euro Champion Portugal has to struggle beating Spain. But both of the Europe giant has shown a solid qualification round. Morocco is not to be underestimated.
They passed Ivory Coast and fixed their spot in the world cup. The Atlas Lions are back in world cup event after 20 years. Iran also qualified quite easily from Asian campaign ahead of South Korea and Syria. This is the fifth time they have qualified for a World Cup. Iranian Striker Sardar Azmoun is arguably Asia’s best striker.
They have many Europe-based players this season. But still, Iran and Morocco have to do something special and show some magical skills to beat La Roja (Spain) and Seleção (Portugal), though the possibility of this happening is difficult and bleak. So we can say that Group B is combined of two giants and two normal teams.
Key match: Spain vs. Portugal Date: 15 Jun 2018
Prediction: Spain, Portugal
Team: France, Peru, Denmark, Australia
Group C would have been an ideal scenario for France that they have imagined for. Hopefully they won’t face that much difficulties to overcome the group stage round. The earlier performances of Denmark were not too much good but they came back strongly defeating Poland and Montenegro.They seal their spot in the World Cup 2018 beating Ireland by 5-1 in play off as they positioned second in the table. This is their fifth world cup participation. They have a number of premier league players in the squad specially the star player Christian Eriksen from Tottenham Hotspur
scored 11 goals in 12 matches in qualifying round. I will prefer them right after France from the group C in 2018 fifa world cup predictions and analysis as they are one of the fast improving team in Europe.
Next is Peru who reached the World Cup little bit late and in the last. Chile, Ecuador and even Paraguay were considered as favorites in South American qualifying zone but finally Peru made it. They are joining world cup event after long 36 years. This is their fifth world cup and their best result came in 1970 World Cup, when they finished seventh.
The young team placed fifth in the table and faced the Kiwis in play off and they surely didn’t disappoint their fans. Australia has little hope in this group to being qualified as all the other teams France, Denmark and Peru is stronger both technically and analytically. This is their fourth consecutive World Cup appearance and fifth in total.
Tim Cahill is a experienced player who scored 11times in the qualifying round. They also have some talented players continuing in different football league. But over all, it is a dream group for France to move ahead and battlefield for Denmark and Peru to secure the second place.2018 Fifa world cup predictions and analysis
Key match: Denmark v Peru Date: 16 Jun 2018
Prediction:(Group D) France, Denmark
Team: Argentina, Nigeria, Iceland, Croatia
I have seen some of the Football scholars are calling group D as “Group of Death” and they are logical to their point I guess. You cannot keep any of them apart too special or give advantages to being selected for next 16 as they all have the capabilities and possibilities to dominate on opposite sides.
Two times world champion and one of the favorites of the Russia World Cup, Argentina was not in good form. They almost missed the event when their captain Lionel Messi scored a hat trick in qualifying match for the 2014 World Cup runners-up and confirmed their spot. Although Iceland has taken place in the World Cup for the first time, there is no lesser part in the trial of energy.
They showed their capability in 2016 Euro Championship being the country of one of Europe’s smallest population. That time they knocked out England from the tournament. Iceland is the name of Russia’s first ticket holder to be selected from the European region in the qualifying.2018 Fifa world cup predictions and analysis
The rest of Group ‘D’ of Croatia and Nigeria are kept in the list of dangerous teams. Croatia showed their class and skill level in 1998 when they made space for the first time to play in the World Cup and played the semifinals of that occasion.
There are players like Luka Modrić the heart of Real Madrid mid field, Ivan Rakitic another star midfielder from Barcelona, Mario Mandžukić in the team. Over all, the team has the capability to ruin any the plan of game day of opposite team. and finally Nigerians are known as African eagles. You cannot prepare world soccer prediction perfectly without them. The team crashed Argentina 4-2 few days ago. Africa’s team is too good at hitting on the weak spot of the opposition.
After predicting the 32 world cup teams 2018, you may not interested to signify group D as group of death but this is the most interesting group, for sure. It is hard to predict which team of this group will qualify to next round and who will be knocked out.
Key match: Almost Every match is special of this group. Still Croatia V Nigeria Date: 16 Jun 2018, Argentina V Croatia Date: 21 Jun 2018, Nigeria v Argentina Date: 26 Jun 2018 will be at the focus point of every fifa predictor.
Prediction: Argentina will go through with Croatia distributing first and second place where Croatia will defeat Nigeria with their experienced star players.
Group E, Team: Brazil, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Serbia
As I mentioned earlier that Brazil is hot favorite in 2018 fifa world cup predictions and analysis with Germany, Spain and France. Five-time winners will not face that much difficulty from the group to reach in top 16 as far we can see their previous performances in qualifying round. The group ‘E’ of Brazil is not called a group of death in a sense but it is not that easy also to say.2018 Fifa world cup predictions and analysis
Although Costa Rica has indicated in the quarterfinals of the last World Cup, they have Keylor Navas at the Goal post who is successfully and strongly protecting Real Madrid’s post for several years. Although the Switzerland team is not like the last World Cup, but still quite strong. Serbia is a fairly strong team. But both theoretically and practically, none of them are strong enough to stop Tite’s Neymar-Gabriel Jesús-Coutinho based Brazil.
Brazil may become happy like France because they don’t have to face so much pressure like Argentina or Germany in the group stage. But it is sure that there will a fight for the second position between Costa Rica and Switzerland.
Key match: Switzerland V Costa Rica Date 27 Jun 2018
Prediction: Brazil, Switzerland
Team: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
Let’s come to the 2018 fifa world cup predictions and analysis of group ‘F’. Analysts say in Russia World cup the group of death is ‘F’ which is combined of Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. Definitely the current champion Germany is hot favorite in the current year as well as in the tournament Joachim Low has already sent a message about their skill level by winning the Confederations Cup with the second-row team.
Still there is no reason to be relieved for four times world champions. Because the group has some big names like Sweden, South Korea and Mexico with them. Though Sweden returned to the stage of the World Cup after 12 years, they are recognized European team in the trial of power. The four-time World Cup winner like Italy could not make it to the World Cup because of the Swedish.2018 Fifa world cup predictions and analysis
It’s been 12 times Sweden appeared to the world cup main event including world cup 2018 qualification. Their Marcus Berg scored 8 goals in 10 qualifying matches. You cannot keep Henrik Larsson- Zlatan Ibrahimović’s team aside from these football predictions. Then Mexico, the last sixteenth team in the last six occasion of the world Cup. Joachim Low must focus on them because they have a lot of experience will can make any possible changes in game.
They have star players like Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano in the team. Considering the power of these three teams, South Korea may be slightly behind and they would probably face the heat against three heavy weights in the group. But do not forget, South Korea is the best team in Asia.2018 Fifa world cup predictions and analysis
The team is playing the World Cup from the ’86 event. The Asian Giants took the last four out of the house of the giant teams after leaving the team behind in 2002 World Cup. They have Son Heung-min who is currently plating at Tottenham. He is the top-scoring Asian player in Premier League history. But it is fact that no one of them has the quality to derail the reigning champion Germany.2018 Fifa world cup predictions and analysis
Key match: Sweden V Mexico Date: 23 Jun 2018
Prediction: Germany, Mexico
Team: Belgium, England, Tunisia, Panama.
Group G is combined with two big teams and literally two small teams. Tunisia and Panama may be unsatisfied to their fate because both England and Belgium are stronger enough than them. The main shootout of Group G will happen between England and Belgium who can gain the top spot and second place in the group table between them.
Belgium has some exceptional talent in the team. If you have Romelu Lukaku up front who is serving Manchester United effectively, Kevin De Bruyne attacking mid fielder fromManchester City Eden Hazard
as a creative genius talented player from Chelsea and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for a final lock on goal, the ingredients for success are there.
Panama coach Hernán Darío Gómez said that they are coming in the world cup Russia 2018 to fight and compete. Tunisia is back to the world cup after 12 years. Though the chance is very little, a surprise win for either Tunisia or Panama can definitely bring more colors to the qualification of Group G.
You don’t need to become an expert fifa predictor to tell that, both the two favorite Belgium and England will safely reach to the next round without any problem unless any miracle happens.
Key match: England vs. Belgium Date: 28 June 2018
Prediction: England, Belgium
Team: Poland, Colombia, Senegal, Japan
Possibly the most evenly distributed and balanced group is Group ‘H’. Every team of this group is capable and has the skill to move to the last 16. Poland never won the World Cup but this is one of the country’s strongest squad. Though Poland returned to the biggest stage after a 12-year absence, they can make it through to next round.
Their captain Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich forward has scored record-breaking 16 goals in nine qualifying matches for Poland and he is holding the top scorer position for Poland all time scorers. Colombia fixed their spot in the event by positioning 4th from the South America qualifying zone.
They will definitely try to repeat their performance as they done in Brazil 2014 World Cup where they reached to quarter final. They have James Rodríguez, Radamel Falqao, David Ospina like key players in the team. This the second time for Senegal to attend in the world cup event after 2002 and also in their history. They reached the quarter finals on that occasion and beaten by turkey by 1-0. Sadio Mane is the most experienced player with 48 caps and 14 goals of Senegal.
He is also the most expensive African player in history at the time, for a fee of £34m of Liverpool. West African supporters will definitely look at him to get something classy. Japan finished first in Group B from Asia qualifying zone staying in front of Saudi Arabia and Australia. They have Shinji Kagawa the experienced star midfield on their side. Like all the other team, Japan doesn’t have so many star players but they had a lot of players who has European football experience.
In words, you will get all the football flavor of Europe, South America, Africa and Asia from this group. Japan and Senegal is slightly weaker than the European favorite Poland and South American Colombia but they have capabilities.
Key match: Every match in this group is crucial for every team specially the Poland vs. Colombia Date: 24 Jun 2018; Senegal v Colombia Date: Jun 28 2018 will be very interesting.
Prediction: Colombia and Poland will fight for first and second place.
This 2018 fifa world cup predictions and analysis has been done according to the performances of the recent times in qualifying round, specific data with their football team history. But these football predictions aren’t all about predicting the 32 world cup teams 2018. Because miracle has no data and history has its own natural flow to be written. We have seen a number of glimpses in the qualifying round and lot more to come. So keep predicting and watching the games and celebrate every special moment of your favorite player and teams.