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We are almost there, the Football World Cup in Russia starts soon! For more than a month, the world will live according to the ball and the exploits of the different nations around the globe. France, Germany, Spain, Brazil or Argentina, Belgium and England: apart from Italy and the Netherlands, all the biggest selections of the World will be present. As usual, we decided immersive ourselves by revealing our forecast table of the final phase. Let's go!
2018 World Cup Forecast Table: Our Predictions
The qualified summed up
First, let's go back to the qualifiers in the group phase. In group A, that of the Russian host country, our experts have no doubt about the first place of the Uruguayans, more talented and experienced than the competition. Behind, we have long hesitated between Russians and Egyptians for second place, but the shining form of Mo 'Salah combined with the enormous pressure on the Russian shoulders have pushed us to put Africans in the position of favourites for the qualification.
In addition to groups B and C, for which Spain, Portugal, France and Denmark should have no problem getting their tickets for the final 8, Group D is more difficult to judge. All very similar (Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria), it has caused us some headaches, even if Argentina seem definite to take the first place. Behind, we finally opted for a qualification of the Croatians, accustomed for the most part to international games.
Finally, if in Groups E, F and G the qualifications (in order) of Brazil, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, Belgium and England remain logical, Pool H had also hesitated us for a long time. Finally, given the quality of each, we opted for a first place of Colombians in front of the collective force of Senegal.
Our explanation of the last 16
Once the pools are over, the 16 best nations of the tournament will meet. The opportunity to see some shocks, of course, but also and especially, each nation edges closer to the grail.
Uruguay - Portugal
If our table of predictions on the World Cup are good, we will be witness in an indecisive meeting between the Uruguay with Suarez and the Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal. Even though La Celeste grinta and her talent remain certain, the experience of the current European champions added to the CR7 phenomenon should tip the scales in favour of the Portuguese. For us, Portugal will have a slight advantage here.
Second round of 16, the one highlighting Didier Deschamps' Blues against Croatia led by Zlatko Dalic. Here, although the Croats look great (Modric, Rakitic, Mandzukic and Perisic among others), the Blues should manage to make the difference, but it will require talent and effort. In any case our experts do not see Griezmann, Mbappé and company falling in the knockout stages.
Brazil - Mexico
If our forecast for the 2018 World Cup is good, a nice encounter between Brazil - Mexico could be in store for us also in the last 16. Here, again the talent of the Seleçao would take over the Mexican collective, easily, in our opinion. Neymar would need to feature obviously.
Belgium - Senegal
Then, there is a chance a game between outsiders could take place between the Red Devils and Senegal. In a meeting that one imagines rich in goals, Belgium would then prevail thanks to their terrific individualities (Hazard, De Bruyne, Mertens, Lukaku, Nainggolan). All in a prolific duel.
Spain - Egypt
On the other side, La Roja could welcome Mohamed Salah's Egypt. Unfortunately, the collective strength of the Spaniards would make the difference in a broad way, in a meeting that we imagine one sided. We envisage qualification for Spain.
Argentina - Denmark
Then, it will be the best player in the world to make an appearance: Lionel Messi. In a rather unbalanced match between the Argentinians and the Danes, the Argentinians would qualify with ease and advance to the latter stages of the competition.
Germany - Switzerland
As in the two previous meetings, Germany could meet and make mince meat of the Swiss in the last 16. More talented than their neighbours, the Germans should be used to reaching the quarter-finals and things are no different for the 2018 World Cup. This is no shock when you look at the World Cup odds before the competition.
Colombia - England
Finally, in this last matchup of the final 16, we imagine England will manage to defeat Colombia, but with some difficulty. Opposed to a duo Falcao-James Gala, the Three Lions would rely on including the Spurs duo Alli and Kane to perform. England should reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Our explanation of the quarter-finals
Well into the month of July, we will have the quarterfinals of this FIFA World Cup. A phase where only the big nations remain, and one could see revenge for the French over the Portuguese.
Portugal - France
This match would undoubtedly be one of the tastiest of the 2018 World Cup. Beaten in the final of the Euro 2016, the Blues Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba among others, meet the European champions again. Since bad luck never hits the same team twice, victory and qualification of the Blues for the semi-finale. Just like in 2006.
Brazil - Belgium
Behind the Blues, the Belgian neighbors would also face a rival: Brazil. Easy since the beginning of the competition, the Argentinians would finally have some difficulties, but eventually get the win against the Belgians. Like in 2014, the disappointment would be heavy for the Red Devils, but not illogical. A France - Brazil semi-final would be on the cards then.
Spain - Argentina
In the other part of the table, a 100% Hispanic duel would then oppose Andrés Iniesta's Spain against Leo Messi's Argentina. In one of the most beautiful duels of the competition, La Roja would then use their experience in major events to get Don Iniesta to another semi final of the World Cup.
Germany - England
Finally, the last quarter-final would pit German world champions against England. Less frisky in the collective game than Kroos and company, the English would be powerless and would finally go out without glory. As in the last four editions, Germany sees the semi-finals of the World Cup football.
Our explanation of the semi-finals
This time we approach the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, which are rich in suspense and showmanship. France, Brazil, Spain, Germany: 4 of the last 5 winners of the tournament are found for a final prestige semi-final.
France - Brazil
This first semi-final would put the French team against the Brazilian Seleçao. Given the rise of the men of Titus, their spirit of revenge from 2014 but also the recent results between the two selections (2 wins), our experts would then unfortunately see an elimination of the Blues. At the gates of the final, the Tricolores would play for the bronze medal a few days later.
Spain - Germany
One day after the elimination of the Blues, the other semi-final would pit Spain against Germany. While all the Brazilian people wait for revenge against the Germans in the final, La Roja would then cause surprise like they did in the 2014 World Cup. Thanks to a flawless collective spirit, to a magnificent Isco and David De Gea exceptional in goals, Spain would drop Germans without offensive success.
Our explanation on the final
After a match for the third place won by Germany over the Blues without force - disappointment of the youthful French- the grand finale of the World Cup 2018 would see the duel between Brazil - Spain move the world of football. The Spaniards would then manage to get back on top of the World eight years later. Viva Espana!
Of course this table of predictions on the World Cup is for the moment only fiction, but know that our experts have focused on each meeting to come to establish their forecasts. Game systems, history of confrontations, location of the match, numbers, routes: everything has been taken into account to make a forecast as realistic as possible. It's up to you to trust it or not for your bets at the bookmakers for the 2018 World Cup!
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