• World Cup 2018: Group H Analysis

    World Cup 2018: Group H Analysis0

    Teams: Poland, Colombia, Senegal, Japan A pleasing continental spread with a team from Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. That should ensure a real contrast in styles and some absorbing matches. Poland are the top ranked team in the FIFA rankings at seventh in the world but were the weakest top seeds other than Russia

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  • World Cup 2018: Group G Analysis

    World Cup 2018: Group G Analysis0

    Teams: Belgium, England, Tunisia, Panama Aside from the group with host nation Russia, this is the group which has the lowest cumulative FIFA world ranking, with an average of almost 26. Panama are the potential whipping boys and World Cup debutants, while Tunisia are no great shakes either. Really, this looks like coming down to a

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  • World Cup 2018: Group F Analysis

    World Cup 2018: Group F Analysis0

    Teams: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea Reigning champions and the current top-ranked team in the world, Germany will view this as a favourable draw, although they will be very wary of slipping up given Brazil could await in the last-16. Germany will face a test in the first two matches, against Mexico and Sweden, before aiming

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  • World Cup 2018: Group E Analysis

    World Cup 2018: Group E Analysis0

    Teams: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia Brazil is seeking redemption for the humiliation it suffered at home in 2014, a 7-1 semifinal loss to Germany. Five-time winners Brazil have little to fear in this draw. The Brazilians roared through qualifying with one defeat in 18 matches and a plus-30 goal differential. They’ve got to finish first

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  • World Cup 2018: Group C Analysis

    World Cup 2018: Group C Analysis0

    Teams: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark A dream draw for France. They should canter through to the knockout stage and might even be able to rotate their deeply talented squad for the final group match against Denmark – who had a patchy qualifying campaign before they hammered the Republic of Ireland in the play-offs. In fact, they are a

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  • ًWorld Cup 2018: Group B Analysis

    ًWorld Cup 2018: Group B Analysis0

    Teams: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran Serious spice in this group, with Spain taking on Portugal, the 2010 winners against the reigning European champions, Cristiano Ronaldo against half of his Real Madrid team-mates. Undoubtedly, this is the clash of the group, but Morocco might just have a say if Spain win the grudge game, and Portugal are nervous and lose heart.

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