World Cup Russia 2018: Group B – Preview, Odds, and Predictions
This is an interesting group. The group includes Europe’s Spain and Portugal, Africa’s Morocco, and Asia’s IR Iran. Two of Europes biggest giants or perhaps the world Spain and Portugal will be fighting for the first and second place in this group and to be part of the rounds of 16. On paper, the group should already be done and the teams from the Iberian Penisula will surpass. Don’t be fooled though, there could possibly be an upset in this group. Sure, Spain should with their immense quality win this group quite easily. If not, it will be the second time in a row the Spanish bottles it in a World Cup. In the less likely event, I’m not sure the team would dare to return home. Portugal with Cristiano Ronaldo should also easily win against lesser-known Morocco and IR Iran.
But how will Morocco and IR Iran be able to interfere with the plans of the giants? Well, are you aware of the David and Goliath story? Even though these nations are somewhat blueberry states in comparison two the two remaining teams, the collectives are strong as steel in these underdogs. Morocco won their qualifying group competing with Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, and Mali. Not an easy bunch. Moreover, the team has players like Benatia currently playing in Juventus, Southampton’s Sofiane Boufal, and lesser-known Real Madrid talent Achraf Hakimi. It should also be stated that the Moroccan team Wydad Casablanca won the CAF Champions League, the African equivalent of the European Champions League. There is a lot of talent in this North African team.
IR Iran, a diamond in the rough. You should not be fooled as the team was one of the first teams to qualify for the World Cup. The team has a strong defensive line with some interesting players upfront. Rubin Kazan’s Sardar Azmoun and former Fulham star Ashkan Dejagah could make it difficult for the opposing defenders.
The obvious bet would be on Spain winning the group and local rivals Portugal ending up second. Personally, I find Morocco extremely interesting and there could be a monumental upset here. Even if they overperform, at best they could end up second. A good bet if you feel a little adventurous.
Group B – Results
4. IR Iran
Group winner: Spain
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