2018 World Cup Draw - Who Will Lift the Trophy in Russia?

Updated Tuesday 26th February 2019, 08:46 AM

The draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia has been made and it already promises to be a veritable footballing feast as some of the greatest players on earth compete for the sport’s ultimate prize. The group stages will see reigning champions Germany face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, while England must overcome the likes of Belgium, Tunisia and debutants Panama if they are to repeat the heroics of 1966. Will 51 years of hurt be brought to a shuddering halt with Gareth Southgate’s men lifting the trophy aloft at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium? Sports.net takes a look at the groups and the post-draw odds. 

How the Bookies See it

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Previous World Cup Winners

  • 1930 - Uruguay
  • 1934 - Italy
  • 1938 - Italy
  • 1950 - Uruguay
  • 1954 - Germany
  • 1958 - Brazil
  • 1962 - Brazil
  • 1966 - England
  • 1970 - Brazil
  • 1974 - Germany
  • 1978 - Argentina
  • 1982 - Italy
  • 1986 - Argentina
  • 1990 - Germany
  • 1994 - Brazil
  • 1998 - France
  • 2002 - Brazil
  • 2006 - Italy
  • 2010 - Spain
  • 2014 - Germany

2018 World Cup Groups

Group A

  • Russia
  • Uruguay
  • Egypt
  • Saudi Arabia

Group B

  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Iran
  • Morocco

Group C

  • France
  • Peru
  • Denmark
  • Australia

Group D

  • Argentina
  • Croatia
  • Iceland
  • Nigeria

Group E

  • Brazil
  • Switzerland
  • Costa Rica
  • Serbia

Group F

  • Germany
  • Mexico
  • Sweden
  • South Korea

Group G

  • Belgium
  • England
  • Tunisia
  • Panama

Group H

  • Poland
  • Colombia
  • Senegal
  • Japan

Sports.net’s View

England have been handed an easy looking group, with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama standing in their way. The 1966 winners will certainly fancy their chances of progressing to the knockout stages and could make it even further, given they'll come up against one of the survivors from Group H. The Three Lions are 16/1 with Coral to win the title and have been helped out with a simple group on paper, but only time will tell if there will be wild street parties come July or whether Gareth Southgate’s men will follow suit and disappoint like so many England sides have done over the past 20 years?

Brazil were one of the favourites to lift the trophy on July 15th and remain so after being placed in one of the more favourable groups alongside Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia. Neymar and company are 5/1 with Ladbrokes to clinch their sixth World Cup win and could be a decent shout to make the semi-finals at least.  

Meanwhile, Spain will be cursing their luck after the draw left them staring down the barrel of a loaded gun in the customary group of death. The 2010 winners would have been hoping for an easier ride, but could face the prospect of early elimination, especially with Portugal and Morocco posing genuine threats.

If you are looking for an outside bet for the title, Belgium look well placed to make it out of their group and progress through the knockout stages will relative ease. With Benteke and Lukaku supplying the goals and a solid midfield that is able to boast Kevin De Bruyne, the Red Devils could be worth a flutter.

However, it is difficult to see past Germany, with Joachim Low’s men seemingly unstoppable at the moment. The reigning champions swept the board in 2017, picking up the UEFA Euro-Under 21 title and the Confederations Cup over the summer, meaning Die Mannschaft have plenty of strength in depth. This factor, coupled with a dogged determinism throughout the squad, could see Germany achieve a feat that has only been witnessed twice in history - a successful defense of a World Cup title.

Sports.net’s Top Tip

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*Please note, odds may fluctuate.

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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 February 2019 08:46:14+00:00
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