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With less than one month until the start of the World Cup Russia 2018, coaches have started announcing their 23 – man squads. The final list of 23 players per national team will be submitted to FIFA by 4 June 2018, 10 days prior to the opening match of the tournament.
This is by far one of the easiest groups when compared to the remainder of the groups. The Russians have definitely got lucky in the draw. Uruguay are also amongst the favorites to go through to the next stage.
Uruguay are a star-studded team with players like Edinson Cavani and an all-time favorite Luis Suarez.
GROUP A ODDS & SQUADS
Goalkeeprs: Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Soslan Dzhanaev, Andrey Lunev
Defenders: Vladimir Granat, Ruslan Kambolov, Fedor Kudryashov, Ilya Kutepov, Roman Neustaedter, Konstantin Raush, Andrey Semenov, Igor Smolnikov, Mario Fernandes
Midfielders: Yury Gazinsky, Alexander Golovin, Alan Dzagoev, Alexander Erokhin, Yury Zhirkov, Roman Zobnin, Daler Kuzyaev, Anton Miranchuk, Alexander Samedov, Alexander Tashaev, Denis Cheryshev
Strikers: Artem Dzyuba, Alexey Miranchuk, Fedor Smolov, Fedor Chalov
Goalkeepers: Essam El Hadary, Mohamed el Shennawy, Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed Awad
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Ayman Ashraf, Mahmoud Hamdy, Mohamed Abdel Shafy, Ahmed Hegazi, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Elmohamady, Karim Hafez, Omar Gaber, Amro Tarek
Midfielders: Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Shikabala, Abdallah Said, Sam Morsy, Mohamed Elneny, Kahraba, Ramadan Sobhi, Trezeguet, Amr Warda
Strikers: Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Gomaa, Kouka y Mohamed Salah
Goalkeepers: Assaf Al-Karny, Mohamed Al-Owais, Yasser Al-Musailem, Abdullah Al-Mayuf; Defenders: Mansour Al-Harby, Yasser Al-Shahrany, Mohamed Al-Breik, Said Al-Muwalad, Motaz Hawsawi, Ossam Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Mohamed Jahfali, Ali Al-Buhaili, Abdallah Al-Khaibari, Midfielders: Abdelmarek Al-Khaibari, Abdallah Otayf, Taiseer Al-Jassem, Hussein Al-Mafhawy, Soliman Al-Faraj, Nawaf Al-Abd, Mohamed Kano, Hattan Bahbary, Mohamed Al-Kowaikaby, Salem Al-Dawsari, Strikers: Yehia Al-Shahry, Fahd Al-Muwalad, Mohamed Al-Sahlawy, Muhannad Asiri
Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana; Defenders: Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela, Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Federico Valverde, Rodrigo Bentancur; Midfielders:Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Diego Laxalt, Cristian Rodriguez, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Nicolas Lodeiro, Gaston Ramirez, Cristhian Stuani; Strikers: Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez
This group had the potential to be the group of death but then faded away during the draw. It is predicted to be the strongest in the tournament since it has 2 European Giants. The group will kick off with the game between Portugal and Spain. Both teams are favorites to move on to the Knockout stage.
GROUP B ODDS & SQUADS
Goalkeepers: Alireza Beiranvand, Mohammad Rashid Mazaheri, Hossein Hosseini, Amir Abedzadeh
Defenders: Jalal Hosseini, Steven Beitashour, Ramin Rezaeian, Voria Ghafouri,Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Mohammad Ansari, Milad Mohammadi, Pejman Montazeri, Saeid Aghaei, Omid Noorafkan, Morteza Pouraliganji, Majid Hosseini, Rouzbeh Cheshmi
Midfielders: Masoud Shojaei,Saeid Ezatolahi,Saman Ghoddos, Ashkan Dejagah, Ahmad Abdollahzadeh, Omid Ebrahimi, Mehdi Torabi, Soroush Rafiei, Ehsan Hajsafi, Ali Karimi, Ali Gholizadeh, Vahid Amiri
Strikers: Karim Ansarifard, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Mehdi Taremi, Kaveh Rezaei
Goalkeepers :Munir El Mohammadi, Yassine Bounou, Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti; Defenders: Medhi Benatia, Romain Ghannam Saiss, Manuel Da Costa, Badr Banoun, Nabil Dirar, Hamza Mendyl, Achraf Hakimi, Karim El Ahmadi; Midfielders:Moubarak Boussoufa, Youness Belhanda, Hakim Ziyech, Sofyan Amrabat, Amine Harit; Strikers: Youssef Ait Bennasser, Faycal Fajr, Mehdi Carcela-Gonzales, Nordin Amrabat, Khalid Boutaib, Aziz Bouhaddouz, Ayoub El Kaabi
Standby: Youssef En-Nesyri, Noussair Mazraoui, Oualid El Hajjam
Goalkeepers : Rui Patrício, Beto, Anthony Lopes
Defenders: Bruno Alves, Pepe, José Fonte, Cédric Soares,Raphaël Guerreiro, Rolando, Luís Neto, Vitorino Antunes,Nélson Semedo, João Cancelo, Ricardo Pereira, Mário Rui, Rúben Dias
Midfielders: João Moutinho, William Carvalho, João Mário, André Gomes,Bernardo Silva, Adrien Silva, Manuel Fernandes, Rúben Neves, Bruno Fernandes, Sérgio Oliveira
Strikers: Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Ricardo Quaresma, Eder, Andre Silva, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Rony Lopes, Paulinho
Julen Lopetegui’s final 23-man Spain squad will be revealed on Monday, May 21 at 11 am.
If you are really willing to put take a risk, a stake on the Danes at odds of 5.3 definitely wouldn’t go amiss. France is a young and incredibly talented, fast team but Danes have shown us that they have some decent quality during the qualifying stages.
But, France is one of the favorites for a reason. They have been producing talent for years and have recently provided us with players like Antoine Grizmann, Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial. Put these 4 together in a single team and France are more likely to bag loads of goals throughout the entire World Cup.
GROUP C ODDS & SQUADS
Goalkeepers : Mathew Ryan, Mitchell Langerak, Brad Jones, Danny Vukovic
Defenders :Trent Sainsbury, Bailey Wright, Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Josh Risdon, Alex Gersbach, Matthew Jurman, James Meredith, Aleksandar Susnjar, Fran Karačić
Midfielders : Mile Jedinak, Mark Milligan, James Troisi, Tom Rogic, Massimo Luongo, Aaron Mooy, Jackson Irvine, Joshua Brillante, Dimitri Petratos, Daniel Arzani
Strikers : Tim Cahill, Robbie Kruse, Mathew Leckie, Tomi Juric, Nikita Rukavytsya, Jamie Maclaren, Apostolos Giannou, Andrew Nabbout
Goalkeepers : Kasper Schmeichel,Frederik Rønnow, Jonas Lössl, Jesper Hansen
Defenders : Simon Kjær, Riza Durmisi, Peter Ankersen, Nicolai Boilesen, Mathias Jørgensen, Jens Stryger Larsen, Jonas Knudsen, Andreas Bjelland, Andreas Christensen, Jannik Vestergaard
Midfielders : William Kvist, Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schöne, Thomas Delaney, Pione Sisto, Mike Jensen, Lukas Lerager, Michael Krohn-Dehli, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Daniel Wass, Mathias Jensen, Robert Skov
Strikers: Nicklas Bendtner, Nicolai Jørgensen, Yussuf Poulsen, Andreas Cornelius, Martin Braithwaite, Viktor Fischer, Kasper Dolberg, Kenneth Zohore
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (OM), Alphonse Areola (PSG)
Defenders: Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Adil Rami (OM), Benjamin Mendy (Man. City), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid)
Miedfielders: Paul Pogba (Man. United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munchen), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Ngolo Kante (Chelsea), Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla)
Strikers: Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Florian Thauvin (OM), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Thomas Lemar (Monaco)
Goalkeepers:Carlos Caceda, Jose Carvallo, Pedro Gallese; Defenders: Luis Abram, Luis Advincula, Pedro Aquino, Miguel Araujo, Andre Carrillo, Wilder Cartagena, Aldo Corzo, Christian Cueva; Miedfielders: Jefferson Farfan, Edison Flores, Paolo Hurtado, Nilson Loyola, Sergio Pena, Andy Polo, Christian Ramos, Alberto Rodriguez, Raul Ruidiaz; Strikers: Anderson Santamaria, Renato Tapia, Miguel Trauco, Yoshimar Yotun
The clear favourite in this group is going to have to be Argentina but everyone is also going to have their eyes on the Iceland team who famously knocked England out of the European Championship in 2016. We are just going to have to wait and see if they are ready to shock the world again. Croatia are the 2nd favourites to make it through the group stages. Betzest predict that Argentina and Croatia are the favourites to go through.
GROUP D ODDS & SQUADS
Goalkeepers: Franco Armani, Nahuel Guzmán, Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero
Defenders: Gabriel Mercado, Eduardo Salvio, Javier Mascherano, Nicolás Otamendi, Germán Pezzella, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Ramiro Funes Mori, Nicolás Tagliafico, Marcos Acuña, Cristian Ansaldi
Midfielders : Manuel Lanzini, Ricardo Centurión, Maximiliano Meza, Lucas Biglia, Guido Pizarro, Enzo Pérez, Éver Banega, Giovani Lo Celso, Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo Battaglia, Ángel Di María, Cristian Pavón, Pablo Pérez
Strikers: Paulo Dybala, Diego Perotti, Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero, Gonzalo Higuaín, Lautaro Martínez, Mauro Icardi
Goalkeepers: Danijel Subašić, Lovre Kalinić, Dominik Livaković, Karlo Letica
Defenders: Vedran Ćorluka, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinić, Dejan Lovren, Šime Vrsaljko, Josip Pivarić, Tin Jedvaj, Matej Mitrović, Borna Barišić, Zoran Nižić,Duje Ćaleta-Car, Borna Sosa
Midfielders : Luka Modrić, Ivan Rakitić, Mateo Kovačić, Milan Badelj, Marcelo Brozović, Marko Rog, Mario Pašalić, Filip Bradarić
Strikers: Mario Mandžukić, Ivan Perišić, Nikola Kalinić,Andrej Kramarić, Marko Pjaca, Ante Rebić, Duje Čop, Ivan Santini
Goalkeepers: Hannes Þór Halldórsson, Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson, Frederik Schram
Defenders: Birkir Már Sævarsson, Ragnar Sigurðsson, Kári Árnason, Ari Freyr Skúlason, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hörður Björgvin Magnússon, Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson, Samúel Friðjónsson
Midfielders : Aron Gunnarsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, Emil Hallfreðsson,Gylfi Sigurðsson, Rúrik Gíslason, Ólafur Ingi Skúlason, Arnór Ingvi Traustason
Strikers: Alfreð Finnbogason, Jón Daði Böðvarsson, Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson, Albert Guðmundsson
Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi, Francis Uzoho; Defenders:Dele Ajiboye; William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Olaoluwa Aina, Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu; Midfielders: Elderson Echiejile, Tyronne Ebuehi, Stephen Eze, John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi, Uche Agbo, Oghenekaro Etebo, Joel Obi, Mikel Agu, Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses; Strikers: Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Junior Lokosa, Simeon Nwankwo
Brazil are the favourites to finish off this group as outright winners. This is completely justified due to the start studded team they have with the likes of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Philippe Coutinho and so on. Brazil will also be out to avenge their loss to Germany in 2014 and were made the laughing stock of the world.
Serbia have also played some impressive football during the qualifying stages where they recorded 1 defeat in the 10 qualifying matches. This team features the likes of Manchester United star Nemanja Matic and the star that can really make a difference, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic who plays for Lazio.
GROUP E ODDS & SQUADS
Goalkeepers: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Defenders: Marcelo, Danilo, Filipe Luis, Fagner, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Pedro Geromel; Midfielders: Willian, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho, Renato Augusto, Fred; Strikers: Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino, Douglas Costa, Taison
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira; Defenders: Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez; Midfielders: Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta, David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Randall Azofeifa; Strikers: Rodney Wallace, Bryan Ruiz, Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Marco Urena
Mladen Krstaljic’s final 23-man Serbia squad will be released on Sunday, May 20
No announcement has been made regarding Vladimir Petkovic’s Switzerland World Cup squad yet.
Has turned out to be the Group of Death with the Germans on the lucky side of the draw. The defending champs should breeze through the group stages and qualify for the knockout stage. They picked up 30 points from 10 matches in the qualifying stages and everyone expects them to get another 9 points from the 3 games in this group stage.
Mexico are predicted to finish 2nd in this group but Sweden are going to be up for the challenge after they knocked the Italians out of the world cup during the play off stage.
GROUP F ODDS & SQUADS
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Defenders: Kevin Trapp, Jerome Boateng, Matthias Ginter, Jonas Hector, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Marvin Plattenhardt, Antonio Rudiger, Midfielders: Niklas Sule, Jonathan Tah, Julian Brandt, Julian Draxler, Mario Gomez, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Strikers: Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Nils Petersen, Marco Reus, Sebastian Rudy, Leroy Sane, Timo Werner
Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa, Alfredo Talavera, Jesus Corona
Defenders: Carlos Salcedo, Nestor Araujo, Diego Reyes, Hector Moreno, Hugo Ayala, Oswaldo Alanis, Edson Alvarez, Jesus Gallardo, Miguel Layun
Midfielders: Jesus Molina, Rafael Marquez , Hector Herrera, Jonathan dos Santos, Andres Guardado, Erick Gutierrez, Marco Fabian, Giovani dos Santos
Strikers: Javier Hernandez, Raul Jiménez, Oribe Peralta, Jesus Manuel Corona, Carlos Vela, Javier Aquino, Hirving Lozano, Jürgen Damm
Goalkeepers: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt; Defenders: Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson; Midfielders: Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson , Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz; Strikers:Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin
Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu, Kim Jin-hyeon, Cho Hyun-woo
Fundași: Kim young-gwon, Jang Hyun-soo, Jung Seung-hyun, Yun Yong-sun, Kwon Kyung-won, Oh Ban-suk, Kim Jin-su, Kim Min-woo, Park Joo-ho, Hong Chul, Lee Yong, Go Yo-han
Defenders: Ki Sung-yueng , Jung Woo-young, Kwon Chang-hoon, Ju Se-jong, Koo Ja-cheol, Lee Jae-sung, Lee Seung-woo, Lee Chung-yong, Moon Seon-min
Strikers: Kim Shin-wook, Son Heung-min, Lee Keun-ho, Hwang Hee-chan Rezerve: Gu Sungyun, Choi Chulsoon, Son Junho, Lee Myungjoo, Lee Changmin, Ji Dongwon, Suk Hyunjun
The two European giants England and Belgium are set to battle it out for the top seat in this group. They are both extremely pleased with how the draw turned out. They both have the best chances of making it through to the knock out stage. Tunisia and Panama don’t really stand a chance against these two European giants unless luck is in their corner.
GROUP G ODDS & SQUADS
Roberto Martinez will announce Belgium’s 23-man squad on Monday, May 21.
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Trent Alexander; Defenders: Arnold, Gary Cahill, Fabian Delph, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young; Midfielders: Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek; Strikers: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck
Standby: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana
Goalkeepers: José Calderón, Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Alex Rodríguez; Defenders: Azmahar Ariano (Patriotas FC), Felipe Baloy, Harold Cummings, Eric Davis, Fidel Escobar, Adolfo Machado, Michael Murillo, Luis Ovalle, Francisco Palacios, Richard Peralta, Román Torres; Midfielders: Ricardo Ávila, Edgar Barcenas, Ricardo Buitrago, Miguel Camargo, Adalberto Carrasquilla, Armando Cooper, Aníbal Godoy, Gabriel Gómez, José González, Cristian Martínez, Valentín Pimentel, Alberto Quintero; Strikers: José Luis Rodríguez, Abdiel Arroyo, Rolando Blackburn, Ismael Díaz, José Fajardo, Roberto Nurse, Blas Pérez, Luis Tejada, Gabriel Torres
Goalkeepers: Aymen Mathlouthi, Moez Ben Cherifia, Moez Hassen, Farouk Ben Mustapha
Defenders: Hamdi Nagguez, Dylan Bron, Rami Bedoui, Yohan Ben Alouane, Syam Ben Youssef, Yassine Meriah, Bilel Mohsni, Khalil Chammam, Oussama Haddadi, Ali Maâloul
Defenders: Elyes Skhiri, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Ghaylane Chaâlali, Karim Laârib, Ferjani Sassi, Ahmed Khalil, Seifeddine El Khaoui, Mohamed Wael Laârbi
Strikers: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Anis Badri, Bassem Srarfi, Ahmed Akaichi, Naim Sliti, Saber Khelifa, Wahbi Khazri
The World Cup 2018 has been quite kind to Poland throughout the draw. They have been put up against the likes of Senegal, Colombia who have failed to impress through the qualifying stages and Japan. Unfortunately, this group has 3 teams with a high probability of making it to the knock out stages. Poland and Colombia will still remain as the favourites to make it through this stage.
GROUP H ODDS & SQUADS
Goalkeepers: Bartosz Bialkowski, Lukasz Fabianski, Lukasz Skorupski, Wojciech Szczesny
Defenders: Jan Bednarek, Bartosz Bereszynski, Thiago Cionek, Kamil Glik, Marcin Kaminski, Tomasz Kedziora, Lukasz Piszczek, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Michal Pazdan
Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski, Pawel Dawidowicz , Przemyslaw Frankowski, Jacek Góralski, Kamil Grosicki, Damian Kadzior, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Rafal Kurzawa, Karol Linetty, Maciej Makuszewski, Krzysztof Zurkowski, Slawomir Peszko, Maciej Rybus, Sebastian Szymanski, Piotr Zielinski, Szymon Zurkowski
Strikers: Dawid Kownacki, Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Krzysztof Piatek, Lukasz Teodorczyk, Kamil Wilczek
Goalkeepers: Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis; Defenders: Kalidou Koulibaly, Lamine Gassama, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Cheikh Tidiane Ndoye, Cheikhou Kouyate, Idrissa Gana Gueye; Midfielders: Keita Balde Diao, Ismaila Sarr, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Moussa Wague, Salif Sane, Alfred Ndiaye, Sadio Mane, Diafra Sakho, Kara Mbodji; Strikers: Mbaye Niang, Youssouf Sabaly, Mame Biram Diouf, Saliou Ciss
Goalkeepers: David Ospina, Camilo Vargas, Ivan Arboleda, Jose Fernando Cuadrado
Defenders: Santiago Arias, Farid Diaz, Bernardo Espinosa, Yerry Mina, Oscar Murillo, Davinson Sánchez , William Tesillo, Cristian Zapata, Johan Mojica, Stefan Medina y Frank Fabra
Midfielders: Wilmar Barrios, Edwin Cardona, Yimmi Chará, José Izquierdo, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Giovanni Moreno, Gustavo Cuellar, Jefferson Lerma, Sebastián Pérez, Juan Fernando Quintero, James Rodríguez, Carlos Sánchez, Mateus Uribe, Abel Aguilar
Strikers: Carlos Bacca, Miguel Borja, Radamel Falcao, Teófilo Gutíerrez, Luis Fernando Muriel, Duván Zapata
No announcement has been made regarding Vahid Halihodzic’s Japan World Cup squad yet.