Soccer World Cup Groups
The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is unique, in that it will be the first tournament to involve all 209 FIFA member nations in the qualifying process.
After 3 seasons of qualifying matches, a total of 32 countries have been narrowed down to compete in the World Cup.
Those 32 teams will be split into eight World Cup groups, each consisting of 4 teams. They will play each other side in their group once.
The top 2 sides in each group’s World Cup Tables advance to the knockout stage which will battle it out to become World Champion.
2018 World Cup Groups & Ladders
2018 World Cup Group A
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A seemingly open group, with Uruguay predicted to have the top the World Cup standings in this group, however it’s no certainty which team will be the second best. Russia has home ground advantage, Saudi Arabia returns after missing the last 2 cups and cup debutants Egypt will vie for the final place.
2018 World Cup Group B
Portugal are the current UEFA Euro champions, having beaten France 1-0 in 2016 and 2010 World Champions Spain will be expected to dominate this group.
2018 World Cup Group C
UEFA Euro Runners-Up and Former World Champions (in 1998) France are tipped to lead this group. Denmark and Peru will be engaged in a captivating battle with Australia for the remaining place.
2018 World Cup Group D
This will be one of a few groups filled with four evenly matched sides. Argentina will be considered to be marginally in front of the other three, however this group could go any way.
2018 World Cup Group E
Arguably the most entertaining group. Brazil will be fancied to be the top side here, but the other three sides are very strong outfits, all of which are capable of beating every team in their group.
2018 World Cup Group F
The defending champions Germany will have to work immensely hard from the opening match if they are to advance here. This Group is very tough and if Germany don’t start strong, could well find themselves not advancing past the group stage.
2018 World Cup Group G
Another lopsided group, with perennial underachievers Belgium and England expected to stroll into the knockout stage, given their opponents lack of experience on the big stage.
2018 World Cup Group H
Japan and Colombia are expected to pip Poland and Senegal here in what poses as one of the two closest Groups at this World Cup. It will be very hard to see who will rise to the top of the World Cup ladder in this group.