FIFA World Cup 2018 Groups Analysis

Welcome to the FIFA World Cup 2018 Groups Analysis! All of the World Cup 2018 Groups were picked on the 1st of December. These groups were picked at random by taking 1 team out of each of the 4 pools below. These pools were made by the teams FIFA rankings & Russia being the hosts were placed in Pool 1 also. A team in Pool 1 could not be placed in a group with another pool 1 team allowing a fair distribution of all teams involved.

 

FIFA World Cup Rankings & Group pools

Europe has the most representatives in the FIFA World Cup 2018 tournament with hosts Russia and FIFA World Cup qualifiers group winners Belgium, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Serbia and Spain are joined by play-off winners Croatia, Denmark Sweden and Switzerland. Africa will be represented by Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia. And from North and Central America along with the Caribbean,there will be Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama. South America will be represented by Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay.And finally Australia, Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea will join them from Asia, the Middle East & Oceania. Below is how they rank in the current pools system which partially decides the groups they are in.

World Cup Group Pools

Pool 1

Pool 2 Pool 3 Pool 4

Russia (hosts)

Spain (8) Denmark (19) Serbia (38)

Germany (1)

Peru (10) Iceland (21) Nigeria (41)

Brazil (2)

Switzerland (11) Costa Rica (22) Australia (43)

Portugal (3)

England (12) Sweden (25)

Japan (44)

Argentina (4) Colombia (13) Tunisia (28)

Morocco (48)

Belgium (5) Mexico (16) Egypt (30)

Panama (49)

Poland (6) Uruguay (17) Senegal (32)

South Korea (62)

France (7) Croatia (18) Iran (34)

Saudi Arabia (63)

 

FIFA World Cup 2018 Groups

Unlike many years there has been has not been a “group of death”. The pool system did a very good job of this with only Spain and England having the chance of making a group into the “group of death” due to them being pool 2 teams which are potential winners of the World Cup judging by their squad qualities and diversities

World Cup Group A

Group A

Russia

Uruguay

Egypt

Saudi Arabia

Group A saw hosts Russia get placed with the lowest ranked team Saudi Arabia, but the group quickly heated up with Uruguay & Egypt being placed in it. Despite Uruguay being rank 17 overall they did come in 2nd in the South American qualifying stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup ahead of both Argentina & Colombia. This low ranking was due to their poor performance in the 2016 Copa America where they came 3rd in their group and not advancing to the knockout stages. Uruguay however do have an excelent team including players like Diego Godin from Athletico Madrid, Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain & Luis Suarez who is arguable the best pure striker in football today. It is worth noting also that Uruguay and did finish 4th in the 2010 world cup!

World Cup Group A Fixtures

Thursday 14th June
Russia Vs. Saudi Arabia
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Friday 15th June
Egypt Vs. Uruguay
Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

Tuesday 19th June
Russia Vs. Egypt
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

Wednesday 20th June
Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia
Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-don

Monday 25th June
Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt
Volgograd Arena, Volgogradi

Monday 25th June
Uruguay vs. Russia
Samara Arena, Samarai

World Cup Group B

Group B

Portugal

Spain

Iran

Morocco

Group B sees an Iberian reunion as Portugal and Spain both are drawn into the same group along with their close neighbour Morocco. They will be joined by Iran, Iran despite being much lower ranked than both Spain and Portugal they came through two different groups unbeaten which totaled 18 games and this included 12 clean sheets in a row, if they can continue this momentum they could provide an upset and knock out either Spain or Portugal!

World Cup Group B Fixtures

Friday 15th June
Morocco Vs. Iran
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

Friday 15th June
Portugal Vs. Spain
Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

Wednesday 20th June
Portugal Vs. Morocco
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Wednesday 20th June
Iran Vs. Spain
Kazan Arena, Kazan

Monday 25th June
Iran Vs. Portugal
Mordovia Arena, Saransk

Monday 25th June
Spain Vs. Morocco
Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad

World Cup Group C

Group C

France

Peru

Denmark

Australia

Group C could be seen as a dream group of France and would be a huge upset if they did not make it out of this group. Peru despite their high ranks are one of the weakest of the teams in pool 2 due to their lack of individual player quality and squad depth. Australia have reached the group from pool 4 and currently do not have a coach meaning that they are going to miss out on some of the vital preparation time for the World Cup. Due to this it is looking like France will almost guarantee a first place finish with Peru & Denmark battling it out for the final spot which could go either way!

World Cup Group C Fixtures

Saturday 16th June
France Vs. Australia
Kazan Arena, Kazan

Saturday 16th June
Peru Vs. Denmark
Mordovia Arena, Saransk

Thursday 21st June
Denmark Vs. Australia
Samara Arena, Samara

Thursday 21st June
France Vs. Peru
Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

Tuesday 26th June
Australia Vs. Peru
Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

Tuesday 26th June
Denmark Vs. France
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

World Cup Group D

Group D

Argentina

Croatia

Iceland

Nigeria

Group D is likely to be the most difficult of all 8 groups, with Argentina being clear favourites to go through but there being no clear favourite between Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria as to who will get the second spot.  Argentina’s recent performance could arguable see them as the weakest pool 1 team outside of the hosts Russia. And Iceland could be seen as the best team in pool 3 on the back of their fantastic performance at Euro 2016 and them being at the top of their qualifying group with featured fellow group D team Croatia. Nigeria are also one of the strongest teams in the 4th pool and Croatia despite their lack of recent form did perform well at Euro 2016 with a 9th place finish. Group D could easily bring the most surprises of any group as all of the 4 teams have a great chance of going through and this group could easily have a lot of upsets as even Argentina are not safe and could fall victim!

World Cup Group D Fixtures

Saturday 16th June
Argentina Vs. Iceland
Otkrytie Arena, Moscow

Saturday 16th June
Croatia Vs. Nigeria
Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad

Thursday 21st June
Argentina Vs. Croatia
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

Friday 22nd June
Nigeria Vs. Iceland
Volgograd Arena, Volgograd

Tuesday 26th June
Iceland Vs. Croatia
Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-don

Tuesday 26th June
Nigeria Vs. Argentina
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

World Cup Group E

Group E

Brazil

Switzerland

Costa Rica

Serbia

Group E has been very friendly to Brazil and much like France they are heavy favourites to win the group, but with both Brazil and Costa Rica’s recent poor showing at the 2016 Copa America which ended in neither team qualifying for the round of 16 the group could easily go either way. The battle will likely to be the most fierce for second with both Switzerland and Costa Rica being very even in terms of team quality & depth with Switzerland being the slight favourites but if any of either sides key players are not performing or end up getting injured it could prove to be a disaster for their hopes of qualifying.

World Cup Group E Fixtures

Sunday 17th June
Costa Rica Vs. Serbia
Samara Arena, Samara

Sunday 17th June
Brazil Vs. Switzerland
Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-don

Friday 22nd June
Brazil Vs. Costa Rica
Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

Friday 22nd June
Serbia Vs. Switzerland
Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad

Wednesday 27th June
Serbia Vs. Brazil
Otkrytie Arena, Moscow

Wednesday 27th June
Switzerland Vs. Costa Rica
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

World Cup Group F

Group F

Germany

Mexico

Sweden

South Korea

Group F could end up to be a very heated group however Germany has not lost a World Cup Finals or World Cup Qualifying game since the 2010 semi final vs Spain. They have emerged from the World Cup Qualifiers with 10 wins out of 10 and scoring 43 times and conceded goals on just 4 occasions meaning that they are heavy favourites to go through and even win the whole thing along with Brazil! The rest of the teams however are very evenly matched with Sweden knocking Italy out at the qualifying stage and out-qualifying the Netherlands meaning they have essentially eliminated two of the best national teams in the world. When you combine this with Mexico’s ease of qualifying and the potential re-emergence of South Korea football team as a creditable threat could see the second spot in the group go to either of the three teams.

World Cup Group F Fixtures

Sunday 17th June
Germany Vs. Mexico
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Monday 18th June
Sweden Vs. South Korea
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

Saturday 23rd June
South Korea Vs. Mexico
Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-don

Saturday 23rd June
Germany Vs. Sweden
Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

Wednesday 27th June
South Korea Vs. Germany
Kazan Arena, Kazan

Wednesday 27th June
Mexico Vs. Sweden
Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

World Cup Group G

Group G

Belgium

England

Tunisia

Panama

Group 6 looks to be a two horse race and it would be very surprising if this isn’t the case. The Belgium and England teams are far above Panama and Tunisia in terms of player quality and squad depth meaning that they could handle some of their star players not performing and still comfortably make it through the groups however just which of the two teams will end up first will be a hotly contested battle that both of the teams will want to win. Both the England national team and the Belgium national team feature prominently in the English Premier League so a lot of the players will be familiar with playing both with and against each other. Even more exciting is that the final game of the group will be England verses Belgium meaning that the group will likely to be decided on this final match… something that football fans all around the world would love to see!

World Cup Group G Fixtures

Monday 18th June
Belgium Vs. Panama
Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

Monday 18th June
Tunisia Vs. England
Volgograd Arena, Volgograd

Saturday 23rd June
Belgium Vs. Tunisia
Otkrytie Arena, Moscow

Sunday 24th June
England Vs. Panama
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

Thursday 28th June
England Vs. Belgium
Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad

Thursday 28th June
Panama Vs. Tunisia
Mordovia Arena, Saransk

World Cup Group H

Group H

Poland

Columbia

Senegal

Japan

Group H is going to be hard to predict who is going through, there is a lovely continental spread with a team from Europe, South America, Africa & Asia. Because of this the players are unlikely to have played against each other before and there will be a contrast in styles from both the players and their managers leading to very interesting games. Poland are the pool 1 team but are one of the weakest top seeds meanwhile Columbia has been rising up the ranks as of late and had a very good display in 2014. Both of these teams are the favourites to go through but there could easily be a surprise win by either Senegal or Japan who are not far behind Columbia & Poland in terms of player quality and team depth… a few star players not performing could lead to huge upsets in this group.

World Cup Group H Fixtures

TUESDAY 19TH JUNE
Colombia vs. Japan
Mordovia Arena, Saransk

TUESDAY 19TH JUNE
Poland vs. Senegal
Otkrytie Arena, Moscow

SUNDAY 24TH JUNE
Japan vs. Senegal
Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

SUNDAY 24TH JUNE
Poland vs. Colombia
Kazan Arena, Kazan

THURSDAY 28TH JUNE
Japan vs. Poland
Volgograd Arena, Volgograd

THURSDAY 28TH JUNE
Senegal vs. Colombia
Samara Arena, Samara

 

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