The battle of Portugal and Spain, horror of Panama, "group of death" and "group of boredom"

8 December 2017

At last the draw procedure of the World Cup has taken place, and now all teams will be preparing for definite rivals. The Gambling&Sports portal will summarize the draw results.

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Group A: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia

If to speak in general, Uruguay seems to be the favorite on paper. Top stars such as Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani have to solve a problem of getting into the playoffs with the help of their partners. We will be honest, most likely, even from the first place. On paper Saudi Arabia seems to be an outsider and it really is taking very low position according to FIFA ranking. It is difficult to define the favorite in this pair.

Group B: Portugal, Spain, Iran, Morocco

This quartet has only one intrigue – what team will win the first place. Portugal and Spain have to win over Iran and Morocco without visible problems. Gary Lineker after the draw procedure, of course, has expressed opinion that fight will be serious, but hardly Asians and Africans will dictate their rules. Portugal and Spain will meet with each other during the first round and this match will probably define the winner of the quartet.

Group C: France, Peru, Denmark, Australia

This quartet has only one obvious favorite. French national team is considered to be the challenger for a victory in the World Cup and that is why the team of Didier Deschamps has to be ahead of the rivals. At the same time the group is difficult for France. The national teams of Peru, Denmark and Australia don't demonstrate beautiful game but can be proud of fighting spirit. Perhaps, Scandinavians have slightly more chances if Christian Eriksen will be in good physical fit.

Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria

What will we do without a "group of death"? Though there are some problems. If for half a year Argentina manages to add in order to open its, then it has to reach the World Cup playoffs. If Albicelestes perfoms as it did during the last few years, then the fact that it will leave the group stage won't become a surprise. Croatia is always strong, Iceland has proved everything to all and Nigeria can't be ignored. Actually, now it is impossible to name even one participant of the playoffs from this quartet.

Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia

The favorite is obvious. Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Coutinho and the company have to become the first in the quartet. For the second berth the fight will be terrible. Costa Rica during the last World Cup has proved to all that it shouldn’t be neglected. Serbians have demonstrated good football during qualification stage for the World Cup, and strong Swisses never give up. Perhaps, three teams have approximately equal chances.

Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea

The situation is approximately the same as in the quartet E. The obvious favorite is the defending champion of the world Germany. Germans are too strong to make any mistakes at a group stage. Other three will fight for leaving the group. However, on paper these quartet F teams seem to be stronger than from the previous quartet. Both Mexico, Sweden, and South Korea have bright stars in their squads and all hope to shine at the tournament. It is possible, the representatives of CONCACAF and UEFA have more chances but Asians change the situation.

Group G: Belgium, England, Panama, Tunisia

Panama as a debutant of the World Cup has to feel the level of tournament. Belgium is one of the hidden favorites of the FIFA World Cup, England in its good day is capable of scoring a lot of goals. At the same time the British in their bad day can make some mistakes so the national team of Tunisia, for example, shouldn't give up to early. England as any other team is able to surprise with a minus so it can go home after a group stage.

Group N: Poland, Colombia, Senegal, Japan

The most boring group is the last one. Roberta Lewandowski and Radamel Falcao aren't enough to make the matches of this quartet be waited for by the whole world. Probably, Europeans with South Americans seem to be favorites but not everything is so unambiguous. Japanese are the challengers for the World Cup playoffs for a long time and Senegalese are quite unpredictable. And still an inability of Poland and Colombia to leave the group will become a surprise.

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