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Big guns fancied to reach the World Cup quarter-finals

Date Added: June 06, 2018 07:26:09 PM
Author: David
Category: Competitions: Soccer World Cup
Excitement is growing across the globe as the 32 nations competing at the 2018 World Cup in Russia put the finishing touches to their preparations.

Brazil and Germany are joint favourites to win the tournament, but the likes of Spain, France and Argentina are all capable of winning football’s top prize.

Read on as we predict the possible quarter-final line-up before a ball has even been kicked in anger.

Portugal v France

Portugal have been drawn against Spain, Morocco and Iran in the opening phase, and they should progress to the last 16 with ease. Uruguay are likely to be their opponents in the first knockout round and they are fancied to edge out the South Americans.

France look likely winners of a group containing Denmark, Peru and Australia, but they face a potential tough test against Croatia in the next round. However, Didier Deschamps’ side should have enough firepower to be able to book themselves a quarter-final spot.

Brazil v England

Brazil breezed through qualifying and they will fancy their chances of seeing off Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E. Mexico possibly await in the last 16, but the Samba Kings’ star-studded squad would be big favourites to win that game.

England can be backed at around 16/1 to win the World Cup and you can use this Boylesports Signup Offer is you fancy them to lift the trophy. The Three Lions can finish ahead of Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in the group stage and a possible game against Poland in the next round looks winnable.

Spain v Argentina

Spain are unbeaten under manager Julen Lopetegui and their superb squad looks capable of going all the way this summer. They should finish above Portugal in Group B to secure an easy-looking last 16 meeting with either Russia or Egypt.

Argentina are the firm favourites to win Group D, but Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria will not be pushovers. However, this tournament is likely to be Lionel Messi’s last chance of winning the World Cup and he is expected to inspire them to the top of this group. Denmark are their likely opponents in the last 16 and that is the sort of game they should be winning.

Germany v Belgium

Holders Germany are aiming to be the first country since Brazil in 1962 to retain the trophy and they should sweep through the first stage against Sweden, Mexico and Korea. Switzerland are their probable opponents in the first knockout round and the European giants have nothing to fear from their neighbours.

Belgium are favourites to win Group G, but resurgent England can upset the odds and send Roberto Martinez’s side to a meeting with the winners of Group H in the next round. That could pit them against Colombia, but Belgium should come out on top to ease into the last eight.

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