2018 FIFA World Cup Group B Preview

by | Feb 5, 2018 | Other Sports

Matchup at a Glance

Where: Russia
Date & Time: June 14 – July 15, 2018
Quick Picks: France at 6/1, Germany at 9/2, Brazil at 5/1, Spain at 7/1, Croatia at 40/1, Iceland at 200/1

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is just a few months away and in this article, we will take a look at and preview the teams competing from Group B.  Group B teams will consist of Iran, Morocco, Portugal and Spain.  Each of these teams will play in Group play from June 15 thru June 25.  The Winners of Group B will face the Runners-Up of Group A.  The Runners-Up in Group B will advance and take on the Winners of Group A.

Iran

Iran was the first Asian team to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. They have appeared in 4 FIFA World Cup’s but have never won the big game. They first appeared in the FIFA World Cup in 1978.  They are coached by Carlos Queiroz, who is appearing in his third FIFA World Cup., including his first where he coached his home country of Portugal.

Morocco

The Atlas Lions qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup by winning Group C in the African Zone.  This is the first time in 20 years that the team from Morocco will appear in the FIFA World Cup.  They have appeared in 4 prior FIFA World Cups and their best showing was in 1986 when they made it to the Round of 16.  Morocco is coached by Herve Renard, who is the first head coach to win the CAF Africa Cup of Nations with multiple countries. He took over this team in 2016 and will have this team ready to perform in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Portugal

Portugal secured their bid to the 2018 FIFA World Cup by winning the UEFA Euro in 2016, which led to a seed in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, where they defeated Mexico for third place.  Portugal has appeared in 6 FIFA World Cup’s and have made it to the semifinals on 2 different occasions.  Their best finish was in 1966, when they finished in 3rd place in the FIFA World Cup. Portugal is coached by Fernando Santos, who led them to their first major tournament win and will now look to advance in the FIFA World Cup.

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Spain

Spain qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup by winning in 2010. They have appeared in 14 FIFA World Cup’s and made the semifinals on 2 occasions.  They are coached by Julen Lopetegui, who will be coaching in his first ever FIFA World Cup match.  There have been recent talks of Spain being banned from the 2018 FIFA World Cup due to government interference but experts are now saying there is no chance that the incident will affect this year’s FIFA World Cup   

Group Matches

June 15 Morocco vs. Iran Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia

June 15 Portugal vs. Spain Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia

June 20 Portugal vs. Morocco Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia

June 20 Iran vs. Spain Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia

June 25 Iran vs. Portugal Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia

June 25 Spain vs. Morocco Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, Russia

 

Spooky Express Winning Picks for World Cup Group B

One of the most interesting battles in the tournament will have fans licking their lips in anticipation, as Portugal takes on Spain on June 15. This is the closest thing the 2018 World Cup has to a Group of Death.  Cristiano Ronaldo leads the European champions into battle against the 2010 World Cup winner Spain, whose team include too many star players to even count.

Spain will edge out Portugal in a thriller, with most of the pressure on Ronaldo as he tries to make up for some of his teammates’ lack of talent. Spain will take first place in the group, with Portugal close behind. Then Morocco will beat out Iran for third place in a closely fought battle.  It would be a huge shock if either of those two heavyweights, Spain and Portugal, failed to make it through to the knockout stage.

1. Spain

2. Portugal

3. Morocco

4. Iran

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