Group D — the Draw Analysis & Predictions

Group D — 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 D:

1. Argentina, South America, the 3rd place in the qualifying tournament

  • The 4th position in the FIFA ranking *
  • The FIFA World Cup — the winner (1978, 1986)
  • The Copa America — the winner (1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993)
  • The FIFA Confederations Cup — the winner (1992)

2. Croatia, Europe, the 1st place in Group B

  • The 17th position in the FIFA ranking *
  • The FIFA World Cup — the 3rd place (1998)
  • The UEFA European Championship — quarterfinal (1996, 2008)

3. Nigeria, Africa, the 5th place in the qualifying tournament

  • The 51st position in the FIFA ranking *
  • The FIFA World Cup — round of last 16 (1994, 1998, 2014)
  • The African Cup of Nations — the winner (1980, 1994, 2013)

4. Iceland, Europe, the 1st place in Group I

  • The 22nd position in the FIFA ranking *
  • The FIFA World Cup — round of last 16 (2006)
  • The FIFA World Cup — the debutant
  • The UEFA European Championship — quarterfinal (2016)

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

Group D turned out one of the most interesting and intriguing. First, two teams, Croatia and Iceland, playing together in the same qualifier`s group, go to the same group again. Then teams exchanged home victories, and the Icelanders appeared higher in group. Secondly, it will be interesting to watch the Argentina national football team. One of the strongest teams in names of the attacking line (Messi, Dybala, Aguero, Higuain, Di Maria, Banega, Pastore and others) with great difficulty was qualified for the FIFA World Cup. Besides, the South Americans have obvious problems with scored goals, despite the strongest in names attacking line. In November, 2017, the Argentineans were broken in a friendly match… by the Nigeria national football team which also got into Group D.

Team Round of last 16 getting odds First place in the group odds
Argentina national football team Argentina 1.18 1.75
Croatia national football team Croatia 1.47 2.95
Nigeria national football team Nigeria 2.90 9.00
Iceland national football team Iceland 3.60 11.00

Betting Companies bet on the Iceland national football team as an obvious outsider of the group. In our opinion, it is a blunder. The Northerners carried out three in a row successful qualifying cycles where they outqualified the national football teams of the Netherlands, Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey. At least, Iceland has more chances to leave the group than Nigeria. Anyway, matches of Group D will be very engrossing and unpredictable.

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)
2018 FIFA World Cup