World Cup Draw – Predictions, Analysis and Tips

World Cup Draw

Alex Campean

Saturday, December 2, 2017 9:01 PM GMT

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 9:01 PM GMT

The biggest competition in the World will take place in Russia from June 14 and will involve 32 national teams with 20 of them making back-to-back appearances following the last edition of the tournament in 2014. The draw was held on December 1st in Moscow and the 32 teams were drawn into 8 groups of four. Let’s analyze the groups and deliver the best pick for each group.

[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/5H_859OCoCw", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]GROUP A: Russia. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay

The host country (Russia) were lucky to avoid the big names and they will play the opening match of the World Cup against Saudi Arabia. Uruguay have the best squad in the Group A and they should easily qualify in the knock-out stages, leaving Russia and Egypt to fight for the 2nd place. Saudi Arabia are a poor side and we expect them to lose all their three group fixtures. Uruguay have a huge attacking firepower with the deadly duo (Barcelona’s Luis Suarez and PSG’s Edison Canavi) having a great season.

Best pick – Uruguay to win the group at +110 with Coral

GROUP B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran

Not a lot of words about Group B as both Portugal and Spain are expected to progress in the knock-out stages. It’s very important to finish 1st in the group so the opening match between the 2010 FIFA World Cup Champions and 2016 European Champions will offer us the final picture of Group B. Who will win that match will qualify from the 1st place. Having the best defense and being unbeaten in the qualifying stages, Spain are favorites to finish 1st as they have the necessary weapons to beat Portugal.

Best pick – Spain to beat Portugal at -111 with Unibet

GROUP C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark

France are huge favorites to finish 1st and fight for the trophy having a relatively easy group. With players like Griezmann, Mbappe, Pogba, Kante, France should comfortably win all their three matches. Denmark have a decent squad with important players coming from the top 5 European soccer leagues (Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, RB Leipzig’s Yussuf Poulsen, Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel) and are likely to qualify from the runner-up position.

Best Pick – France to beat Australia with -1.5 AH at -128 with Unibet GROUP D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria

This is the certainly a very strong group with no clear favorites, with all 4 teams having a chance to qualify further. Argentina failed to impress in the qualifying matches struggling to be amongst the 32 qualified teams, but they should top the group with Lionel Messi being their leader and key player and with Dybala and Higuain expected to perform at their highest level. But it will not be a walk in the park for them as they have to face Croatia, one of the most creative squads in the World, Nigeria, a tough African team and Iceland, a fearless side who can give headaches to their opponents.

Best pick – Argentina to beat Iceland with -1.5 AH at +120 with BetVictor GROUP E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia

Five-times champions and the only team to have qualified to every World Cup, Brazil are determined to revenge the 7-1 defeat from the 2014 World Cup semifinals against Germany and win the trophy in Russia. The only question in this group is who will finish 2nd and join Brazil in the knock-out stages.

Best pick – Serbia to beat Costa Rica at +100 with WilliamHill GROUP F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, Korea Republic

The reigning champs Germany are favorites to win the trophy being priced at +500 with PaddyPower. Sweden enter this tournament full of confidence after knocking out Italy in the playoffs and they will be fight with Mexico for a 2nd place finish. It will be interesting to see if Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will come back from retirement and help his national team reach the knock-out stages. Mexico have reached the knockout stage in each of their last six World Cup appearances.

Best Pick – Germany vs. Mexico – Over 2.5 goals at -116 with Unibet GROUP G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England

Belgium and England are both unbeaten in the qualifying campaign and are expected to qualify from this group. Having such an amazing squad with players like Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku or Kevin De Bruyne that can do the difference and solve any match on their own, Belgium should reach at least the semifinals of this tournament. This is Panama’s 1st World Cup and President Juan Carlos Varela declared Wednesday to be a national holiday.

Best Pick – Belgium to win the group at -109 with WilliamHill GROUP H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

Robert Lewandowski’s Poland, Sadio Mane’s Senegal, James Rodriguez’s Colombia and Shinji Kagawa’s Japan are all 4 fighting for the 2 qualifying spots. This is the most balanced World Cup group with all four sides fancying their chance to qualify. It’s very difficult to predict who will go further from this group but we will surely see some great matches.

Best pick – Poland vs. Senegal – Over 2.5 goals at +125 with Betway

Tournament Picks:Belgium to reach the final at +500 with BetVictorBrazil to win the trophy and Neymar to be top goalscorer at +3300 with BetVictor
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