La Celeste are favourites to finish top of the pile that contains Egypt, Russia and Saudi Arabia. These teams are not in equal strength to the South Americans when one puts into consideration the firepower they possess upfront with Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani who have 93 international goals between them.
They will definitely be too hot to handle.
La Roja might have sacked coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the competition and replaced him with Fernando Hierro but they still boast of the strongest squad in the group with names like Diego Costa, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Ramos, David De Gea and many others. What’s more is that the Iberian nation have not lost a single game since the summer of 2016. Much of this was attributed to Lopetegui but Spain still look strong enough to finish on top.
Le Bleu come into this tournament with a very young and vibrant squad. This means there’ll be a lot of energy, passion and enthusiasm from the Europeans. They have in their ranks players Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud and Paul Pogba who are capable of delivering results for the team.
The Albiceleste have been rather unlucky over the past few years after reaching the finals of major tournaments in 2014, 2015 and 2016 but failed to win any of them. They will thus be hungrier more than ever to set the record straight this time. Led by the mercurial Lionel Messi, who will be eager to get his hands on the only trophy missing in his cabinet, Argentina have enough within their ranks to top the group ahead of Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria.
The Selecao have not tasted ultimate success at the Mundial since 2002 which was their fifth – a record. They suffered a heavy 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals of the last edition and will not want to see such humiliation again. It’s a strong squad under Tite lead by Neymar and if their strong form heading into the competition is to be considered, Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica should not prove to be a problem for the South American giants.
Die Mannschaft are the reigning world champions after seeing off Argentina in extra time in Brazil four years ago. They have four titles and will be looking to add a record equalling fifth in Russia. It’s a strong squad at Joachim Low’s disposal with the likes of Mario Gomez, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Mats Hummels and Manuel Neuer set to take part in the action.
The Red Devils have one of the strongest squads in the competition which is star-studded. From Thibaut Courtois in the goalkeeping position to Jan Vertonghen in defence to Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard in midfield to Romelu Lukakaku upfront. These names will definitely be difficult for England, Tunisia and Panama to stop.
Los Cafeteros reached the quarterfinals of the global showpiece in 2014 which not many expected. Since then they’ve become a force to reckon with thanks to a squad that has megastars like Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez. Though Poland, Japan and Senegal are set to give Jose Pekerman’s side a run for their money, they still remain the favourites to get out of Group H.