Wed, Dec 6, 10:25am by Head Editor
The second half of the 2018 FIFA World Cup draw has thrown up just as many tantalisingly good matches as the first.
Group E – Brazil ($5.50), Switzerland ($61), Costa Rica ($376), Serbia ($101)
After the heart break of failure and perhaps humiliation at their own World Cup in 2014, Brazil will be out to right some wrongs in Russia. That failure on home soil certainly hurt Brazil and they bounced back in qualification to top the group with an impressive set of performances. They will be favourites to top this group and avoid a potential last 16 clash against rivals Germany. Although Switzerland will also have an eye on 1st place if they can manage to grab something from their match with Brazil. Both sides should have too much quality for Costa Rica and Serbia, although the Costa Ricans did impress in 2014 and could be a threat.
Group F – Germany ($5.50), Mexico ($101), Sweden ($76), South Korea ($501)
Current World Champions Germany head into the 2018 tournament as joint favourites to lift the trophy alongside Brazil. They will be going in search of a fifth title and should go through Group F with relative ease. Mexico and Sweden could provide a stern test if underestimated but Germany possess a far superior calibre of player. Meaning that the match between Mexico and Sweden will likely decide who follows Germany through in second place. Neither side will have any real hope of lifting the trophy, but both are capable of a potential shock along the way. South Korea will undoubtedly want to have their own say on the group and they could be potential road block to their rivals hopes.
Group G – Belgium ($10), Panama ($501), Tunisia ($501), England ($15)
England and Belgium will both be expected to progress from Group G. Although both sides have a tendency to not match expectations when viewing the quality of their squads. England in particular are perennial under achievers at the World Cup but have a young squad full of EPL talent who should be capable of producing the goods on the highest stage. Likewise, Belgium have a squad with world class talent who will need to shine if they are to have any chance of winning the World Cup. Tunisia and Panama will be out to upset the two top sides in this group and make a name for themselves in the group stages.
Group H – Poland ($46), Senegal ($101), Colombia ($26), Japan ($226)
This is arguably the most open group of the entire World Cup. With all four sides realistically capable of beating the other on their day. Having negotiated the extremely tough South American qualifying group, Colombia appear this groups best hope of lifting the trophy. With Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez they hold plenty of firepower. Whilst Poland will be looking to star striker Robert Lewandoski to lead them from the front in the tough matches in this group. Japan appear to have no hope of winning the World Cup, but they did top their Asian qualifying group. Senegal will be hoping to repeat their heroics of 2002 when they reached the Quarter Finals.
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