One of these groups has been labeled with the infamous moniker of 'the group of death', but is it though? Is there a wager on which team will escape to the next round. Alex gives us his expert analysis.
If you are searching for the “Group of Death” you found it. The 4 teams in this group will be neck and neck with each side having a great chance to qualify in the knockout round. Despite a poor qualifying campaign, Argentina is expected to top the group, while Iceland's incredible run and huge success of late will end, carving a path for Nigeria or Croatia. Iceland are a tough side to play against having an amazing attacking firepower with skillful players. After making a dreamlike run in the Euro 2016 they should not be underestimated. With a clutch of talented players and a brilliant midfield (Modric – Real Madrid, Rakitic – Barcelona, Perisic – Inter Milan), Croatia should easily advance in the round of 16. The strongest African national team, Nigeria enters this tournament full of confidence, fully packed with some Premier League talents and they will definitely play their chance and try to pull-off the upset. Argentina are 5th favorites to win the World Cup trophy and their squad is pure gold. We expect them to qualify further and have a deep run in the tournament. Best pick for Group D: Argentina and Croatia to qualify at -109 with SkyBook.Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Brazil was the first team to qualify for the World Cup being joint favorites to win the trophy. They should have enough to fly through the group stage winning all their matches in the process and scoring goals for fun. Hopefully for them Neymar will be fully fit and help them win the trophy. They will be eager to revenge the humiliating 2014 defeat against Germany and have a perfect run in Russia. Switzerland has enjoyed a stunning qualifying campaign with their Premier League stars Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka performing at their best level and winning all but 1 match. They will definitely fight Serbia for a place in the knock-out stage, but it will not be an easy task. Costa Rica, led by captain and striker Bryan Ruiz, is a tricky side to play against and they will aim to transfer their CONCACAF form to a bigger stage by showing that their incredible run from 2014 was not a surprise. The Swiss would probably have the edge on Serbia and Costa Rica to make it through as runners-up. Best pick for Group E: Switzerland to finish 2nd in the group at +150 with BetOnline.Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
Reigning champs and 1st place in the FIFA Coca-Cola World Rankings, Germany was drawn in a complicated group. Their qualifying campaign was absolutely brilliant with 10 wins in as many fixtures and they are looking to win their 2nd World Cup trophy in a row. Mexico and Sweden have enough quality to compete with teams like Germany trying to pull-off un upset. Sweden came past the Netherlands in the qualifying campaign and knocked Italy out of the World Cup play-offs, so they know how it is to play against important names with or without Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Mexico is packed with talents and will never return home without putting up a great fight. They are one of the most experienced national teams in the competition qualifying for the World Cup from the 1st place being undefeated. The battle for 2nd place will be exciting, but we should follow the trend and back Mexico to join Germany in the round of 16. Best pick for Group F: Germany and Mexico to qualify at +138 with William Hill.