Group B — the Draw Analysis & Predictions

Group B — the Draw Analysis & Predictions

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

The Winner:France
Dates:14 June — 15 July 2018
Teams:32

The following teams got into Group B:

1. Portugal, Europe, the 1st place in the qualification Group B

  • The 3rd position in the FIFA ranking *
  • The FIFA World Cup — the third place (1966)
  • The UEFA European Championship — the winner (2016)

2. Spain, Europe, the 1st place in the qualification Group G

  • The 6th position in the FIFA ranking *
  • The FIFA World Cup — the winner (2010)
  • The UEFA European Championship — the winner (1964, 2008, 2012)

3. Morocco, Africa, the winner in the qualification Group C in Africa

  • The 40th position in the FIFA ranking *
  • The FIFA World Cup — round of last 16 (1986)
  • The African Cup of Nations — the winner (1976)

4. Iran, Asia, the 1st place in the qualification Group A in Asia

  • The 32nd position in the FIFA ranking *
  • The FIFA World Cup — the group stage (1978, 1998 2006, 2014)
  • The AFC Asian Cup — the winner (1968, 1972, 1976)

* position of a team in the FIFA ranking as of December, 2017.

Group B is one of the strongest groups in the FIFA ranking, and in the teams` names. And it is not a surprise — the draw brought into the same group two last Champions of Europe (Spain won the tournaments in 2008 and 2012, Portugal — in 2016), and the match between Spain and Portugal will become one of the main jewelry of the group stage. The Iran and Morocco national football teams had bad luck — such opponents will hardly give them chances to leave the group. Betting Companies assess chances of the teams to win in the group as follows:

Team Round of last 16 getting odds First place in the group odds
Spain national football team Spain 1.075 1.52
Portugal national football team Portugal 1.18 2.83
Morocco national football team Morocco 5.20 17.00
Iran national football team Iran 5.50 26.00

Group B may be the most predictable of all groups in the World Cup. It is hardly thinkable that the magnificent Spaniards or the Portuguese led by Cristiano Ronaldo give the play-offs berth to the modest Moroccans or Iranians. In our opinion, it is appropriate to bet on the Portugal team getting into round of last 16 even if their odds is so low.

Also, we will note that straggle for the first place in this group won’t be formal definitely. The matter is that in round of last 16 the Group B winner will play against the runner-up in Group A which, highly likely, can be either Russia or Egypt — the teams which could and should be outplayed. Therefore, why not to bet on the Spaniards in straggle for victory in the group.

See Also

Results

France Croatia
France 4 : 2 Croatia
Belgium England
Belgium 2 : 0 England
Croatia England
Croatia 2 : 1 England
France Belgium
France 1 : 0 Belgium
Russia Croatia
Russia 2 : 2 Croatia
(penalty 3 : 4)
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