They showed the depth they have by winning the Confederations Cup last year with what I would call their B team and they have always been so consistent at major finals. Winter, Kay and McNulty all stuck with Hart following the 2014 World Cup, while Lipton opted for Jack Butland, who may have already established himself as the No. They had a similar sort of redemption when they won the 2002 World Cup after losing the 1998 final. Jordan Pickford is the winner getting 33% of the vote. They will be in Russia to seize the moment. One word to sum up England's prospects in Russia? Lionel Messi Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal , too. France v Belgium Tuesday, July 10 Both of these teams have got better as the tournament has gone on, and they have both claimed notable scalps too — France by beating Argentina in the last 16 and Belgium knocking out my tip, Brazil, in the quarter-finals.
It is a huge tournament for Harry Kane, especially because he struggled in France. Knockout stages If the group stage plays out as predicted by AccuScore simulations, most of the big favorites avoid each other in the round of 16. After all, that is the big advantage of having all your predictions centralised in one place. Dion Dublin Getty Who will win the World Cup? Can we have another Michael Owen-type goal, one that announces someone on this worldwide stage? If we can come away having given everything then I will be happy and I think the majority of fans will be too. The Gracenote Football Ranking Gracenote Sports originally developed its proprietary football ranking in 2002.
Before the tournament, Lawro correctly chose 14 of the 16 teams that reached the first knockout stage, including Brazil - his pick to win the tournament, and England - who he thought would go out in the quarter-finals. If we get to the quarter-finals, that will be a really good result. It is almost like they need to exorcise the ghost of that defeat for the entire country. Shearer Lineker Now they've put their cards on the table and revealed which teams they feel will come out victorious. Jermaine Jenas: I genuinely feel that England are a dark horse because I don't feel as if the rest of the world really respect us that much on this sort of stage.
The holders Germany are the stand-out side. Germany Final: Spain over France Golden Boot top goal-scorer : Antoine Griezmann, France Golden Ball best player : David Silva, Spain Golden Glove best goalkeeper : David de Gea, Spain Young Player Award best player born on or after Jan. Australia +1800 The depth of France's squad is almost unmatched in the competition. They will come into the tournament thinking they are going to win it, while we are doubting ourselves. Gracenote also weighs the number of points which change hands by the importance of the competition and match. Defending champions and are already out, but 27 of the 32 teams go into the final round of group games with something to play for, whether it be a place in the last 16 or top spot in their group.
But four should be a norm for a scorer like Messi. Chris Sutton: Other than England, I think Uruguay will do well after finishing second behind Brazil in the South American qualifying section. Or England, if we get very lucky. The favorites Germany and Brazil follow suit, with a bit more than a 95-percent probability to take the top-2 seeding in their group. Germany is one of the most probable teams to win its group, but second place is not nearly as certain. Who will win the World Cup? France have got the talent but I'm leaning towards Germany because of their experience.
In the quarterfinals Argentina will face Spain and that will be their first big test. Groups with likely surprises Host Russia will have its work cut out in Group A with Egypt, led by a healthy Mohamed Salah, putting on the pressure. Gabby Logan Getty Who will win the World Cup? Manchester United team-mate Chris Smalling, who has been outcast by Southgate after being deemed not good enough on the ball, was chosen by McNulty and Taylor. On paper, yes we should win it, but these games can prove tricky. The knockout stage pits winners of the groups against second-placed teams.
Croatia midfield maestro Luka Modric is Mark Lawrenson's player of the 2018 World Cup, but who does he think will win Sunday's final? Media playback is not supported on this device The making of England's Dele Alli Chris Sutton: We should be excited because England have a chance of winning the World Cup. I am excited about the team, though. One of the areas where they can improve is by creating more chances in open play. We know they are capable of doing it — it just has not happened yet. I still don't think they are brilliant defensively - but who is? Lawro has made a prediction for all of them and, overall, he has been right 52% of the time. One word to sum up England's prospects in Russia? Group odds are in brackets and are provided by. Based purely on the quality of players they were able to leave out of their 23, Les Bleus should have no problem topping Group C.
I expected Argentina to get one over Spain when it really matters and reach Semifinal where i see repeat of World Cup 2010 final against Germany. When only the top four remain, the games get tougher and tougher. Action from a match with 2018 World Cup semi-finalists, France. Outside of that, Brazil are always contenders - but I don't like the way they play at the moment, it's a bit negative. They will come into the tournament thinking they are going to win it, while we are doubting ourselves. Media playback is not supported on this device Lukaku scores for Belgium at World Cup Alex Scott: I am going for Belgium.
They have a tremendous depth to their squad and are technically brilliant as always. England fans looking to will get healthy odds on a first tournament victory since 1966. I think a quarter-final should be very doable for England. I like the look of Colombia. You can also download our Russia 2018 wallchart with fixtures and where to watch the games. Uruguay: Edinson Cavani, 7 games, 4. According to simulations, the first playoff stage won't yield any surprises.