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World Cup 2018 Group B Predictions

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Teams: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran

This group holds a potentially epic battle between two football giants in Portugal and Spain. The 2010 World Cup winning Spaniards facing Europe’s reigning champions.

While Portugal and Spain will likely be the fight between who wins the group and second place, Morocco and Iran do have a few things going for them that could surprise their group opponents.

Iran has played in five world cups and heads into this year’s competition behind 18 unbeaten qualifying games over two rounds, while Morocco is experiencing a resurgence of success owing to the new talent that has joined its ranks.

After leading Portugal to Euro Cup crown and winning the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, there’s still the World Cup left for Cristiano Ronaldo. This could be his best last chance.

Portugal’s squad is practically the same one that won the Euro; it’s an experienced and balanced team with the likes of Pepe on defense, Joao Moutinho in the midfield, and Andre Silva up front with Ronaldo.

For its part, Spain has also clawed its way to former glory. The 2014 world champions and 2016 European winners have recovered from a downward spiral in the last year.

With a host of talent in its ranks that includes grizzled veterans as Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, and Andres Iniesta and new blood in the likes of Isco, Marco Asencio, and Alvaro Morata the Spaniards are as tough a squad as any of the favorites to win it all. Spain is at +600 to win the Russia 2018 and -200 to win their group.

Portugal vs Spain is a tough game to call. Portugal was solid throughout their qualifying campaign and lost just one of their ten group games. Meanwhile, Spain come into this game on the back of an 18-game unbeaten streak across all competitions, they’ve also won three of their last four games against Portugal.

Prediction: Spain is the safe bet to win the group and most likely will. However, Portugal will surprise them and hand them a 2-2 draw in their game which will keep the competitiveness going for the group winner.

 

 

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