FIFA World Cup 2018 is just around the corner and with the group drawn and latest international matches played in March we can pretty much see where each and every 32 teams stand going into the world cup. Most of the big guns and usual suspects have made it to the world cup only big causalities have been Italy, Holland and Chile. Germany and Spain go into the world cup as favourites while dark horses like Belgium, France and Brazil are the other three nations who can reach the final. we take a look at world cup draw and predict route to the final.
FIFA World Cup Group Stage Predictions
FIFA World Cup draw is made and we know the 8 groups and since world cup follow bracket style knockouts we know for example group A winners will face group B runners-up and and group B winners take on group A runners-up and so on. Below is the graphic which shows our predictions how the group stage will finish. Its pretty straight forward to predict most of the group winners while group runners-up are pretty much straight forward as well with a few exceptions like group C, E and F.
This is how we expect groups to looks like at the end of the group stages of 2018 world cup. Most of the groups are very predictable but its gets tricky with the knockout stages. Scroll down for our knockout bracket predictions.
FIFA World Cup 2018 – Road To World Cup Final Bracket:
Now we know that group a winners take on group B runners-up, group B winners vs group A runners-up. group C winners take on group D runners up, group D winners vs group C runners-up and so on. So from the above graphic we can draw up the first knockout stage matches and so on.
Why We Will Have Argentina vs Belgium World Cup 2018 Final:
If Argentina and Belgium win their groups they won’t meet until the big final. If Argentina win their group D they are set to face who will be Peru as we expect France to win the group C. In the quarterfinals Argentina will face Spain and that will be their first big test. Although Spain defeated Argentina in the last friendly 6-1 but they were missing several key players and a certain Lionel Messi. I expected Argentina to get one over Spain when it really matters and reach Semifinal where i see repeat of World Cup 2010 final against Germany. In my opinion Germany are not as good as people make them to be and I expected Argentina to take the revenge of 2010 final and reach their second consecutive world cup final.
On the other hand, Belgium if win their group will face Poland in the first knockout stage which should be a straight forward win while in the quarterfinals they will take on Brazil. This is where things get interesting, I rate this belgium team very high although Roberto Martinez is not a coach with massive pedigree but most of Belgium first team players are at the peak of their powers going into the world cup while Brazil are fragile at the back and with Neymar’s injury i dont see them getting past Belgium. In the semifinals Belgium will face France and I just think this French side are where Belgium were four years ago. Very talented squad but young and they still don’t know their best possible lineup. I expect Belgium to see off France in the semifinal.