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Who Will Win The 2018 FIFA World Cup?
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Evil Houdini
post May 10 2018, 04:39 PM
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With only one month to go until the world cup starts who do you think will win the tournament? defending champions Germany are currently the favourites to win the tournament and it's easy to understand why when you look at the depth of talent in their squad. France, Spain & Brazil are also amongst the favourites to lift the famous gold trophy in Russia. Belgium, Colombia & Uruguay could be considered dark horses as well. Portugal will look towards Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina will look towards Lionel Messi for inspiration this summer.
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post May 10 2018, 04:48 PM
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It could be anyone really, some of the favourites to win will almost certainly be kicked out at the group stage (I mean, Italy didn't even qualify) but I guess Germany is a good shout. I've gone for Uruguay but there's no real reasoning behind that - another incident with Suarez could get them a little further tongue.gif It'll be interesting to see whether Iceland get through the groups as well!
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post May 10 2018, 06:19 PM
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My first group by group analysis, leading up to the tournament:


Group A

Russia // Saudi Arabia // Egypt // Uruguay


Russia

Analysis: Their last two tournaments (EURO 2016 and 2017 Confederations Cup) were both disasters and recent friendlies have not been encouraging either. The strong EURO 2008 squad has aged into the their mid-30s and most of that squad has been replaced by young players that are not proven as of yet.

Key Player: Aleksandr Kokorin (Zenit St. Petersburg) - Having a career year for his club and is third leading scoring in the Europa League.

Outlook: 3rd place in group stage


Saudi Arabia

Analysis: Returning to the World Cup for the first time since 2006, after defeating Japan 1-0 on the last day of Asian Qualifying. Their coach, who led them through the qualifying campaign, left the team shortly after due to a contract dispute. They've gone through a couple of coaches since and have settled on former Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi (who led Chile to the 2016 Copa Centenario win). Does he have enough time to become acquainted with his new team?

Key Player: Mohammed Al-Sahlawi (Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia) - The 30 year-old was joint top scorer in Asian Qualification and has a flare for dramatic late-goals for his country.

Outlook: 4th place in group stage


Egypt

Analysis: The current Egyptian squad is mostly an unknown to the international stage. The last few World Cup qualifying campaigns have ended in heartbreak, usually at the hands of Ghana. Seemingly, as if the CAF leaders were having a joke on Egypt's account, they were thrust into the same qualifying group as their nemesis...and they destroyed everyone including Ghana. This is a fast-paced young squad that is very fun to watch play; being a new generation that have all developed together. They made to the 2017 African Cup of Nations final and it'll be enjoyable to see if they're ready for the big stage.

Key Player: Mo Salah (Liverpool) - Unless you've been living under a rock, you know what Salah has been doing for Liverpool in both the Premier League and Champions League. Some have even said he may be the next Messi/Ronaldo. He can take a major step towards those lofty goals with a breakout tournament here.

Outlook: Win the group, lose in Round of 16.


Uruguay

Analysis: In recent years Uruguay have been a tough team to judge. They finished second to Brazil in South American World Cup Qualifying, but also were dreadful in the last couple Copa America tournaments. They can be a quick-trigger team capable of magnificent goals and attacking football but can also be a slow-footed, bogged-down team that struggles to get results. They are veteran squad that could go on a long run or be ousted in the group stage. wejustdontknow.gif

Key Player: Luis Suarez (Barcelona) - Far from a one-man army (Edinson Cavani also leads a potent attack) Suarez is as polarizing a figure in international football as he is skilled. We all remember his biting incidents but he also single-handedly spurred on Uruguay's qualifying campaign. Despite finishing second, knowing what teams would qualify from this region was always in the balance, thank to string of results that can only be described as chaos. Suarez had many big moments to lead Uruguay to Russia.

Outlook: Second in the group, lose in Round of 16.


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post May 10 2018, 06:51 PM
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Gone for Brazil, but I think a lot depends on whether Neymar makes it. Otherwise you can't see much past Germany, they're like a machine.
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post May 10 2018, 07:57 PM
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Went for Germany - can't believe someone has gone for England.
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post May 10 2018, 09:09 PM
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Messi to lead Argentina to WC glory at the last attempt.
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post May 10 2018, 09:16 PM
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Brazil for me!
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post May 11 2018, 03:07 PM
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I think Brazil has a lot to prove as far putting that 7-1 loss to Germany behind them, they'll get it done.
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post May 11 2018, 05:58 PM
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Germany or France
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post May 11 2018, 10:26 PM
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Between Brazil, Germany and France I reckon.

Portugal maybe each-way at 25/1.
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