A: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia
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.
B: Portugal, Spain, Iran, Morocco
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.
C: France, Peru, Denmark, Australia
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.
D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria
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.
E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
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.
F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
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.
G: Belgium, England, Panama, Tunisia
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.
N: Poland, Colombia, Senegal, Japan
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.