Who will triumph in Russia? Who will reach the next stage at the competition? Who can give you money all the way to the finals? Magazine Reel brings you an exclusive coverage of the 2018 World Cup set to take place as from today 14th June 2018 in Russia.
A total of 32 teams from 32 countries in the world will square it out in the field to see who comes out as the top football country in the Universe. The Bookies will also try to grab you by the neck and squeeze all cash from your wallet if you are not careful. Below is how you can smash them hard and win a fortune at the end of it all.
You can either choose to go with single bets each day or you can opt for a multibet for a single day or a running bet that cuts across all games of the 2018 World Cup. We will only provide predictions for singular matches. We might not be accurate but our analysis is based on the team form, players, the manager’s tactics, the national team rank and recent performance.
RUSSIA VS SAUDI ARABIA
Russia take on Saudi Arabia at Stadion Luzhniki in the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Russians have been struggling to find their best form in 2018, but today’s football match against the Saudis could be the turning point for the tournament hosts. Stanislav Cherchesov’s men are likely to leave their hearts on the field, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for them.
Saudi Arabia have been struggling in warm-up games as well and it is no surprise they are considered underdogs in the World Cup opener against Russia.
The lack of experience could prove to be a big problem for Saudi Arabia in the Stadion Luzhniki clash, which is the main reason why home win should be considered. A man to watch in Stanislav Cherchesov’s team will be CSKA attacker Alan Dzagoev.
Correct Score Prediction: 3-0
This match will be played on 14/06/2018 at 18:00
EGYPT VS URUGUAY
Egypt will be aiming to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat to Belgium in their last warm-up game when they take on Uruguay at Ekaterinburg Arena in their 2018 FIFA World Cup opener.
The Pharaohs are on a six-game winless run ahead of Friday’s football match, but it has to be noted that key player Mohamed Salah should recover in time to face La Celeste.
The Uruguayans, on the other hand, are seen as favourites to finish the process in top position in Group A, but they will have to prove their worth on the field.
As always, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will be the men to watch in Oscar Tabarez’s team and the opposition defenders should have the duo at bay. Uruguay are more of a team in our opinion, which is the main reason why we predict the South Americans will pick up all three points from the opener.
Correct Score Prediction: 1-3
This match will be played on 15/06/2018 at 15:00
MOROCCO VS IRAN
Morocco have been in a thrilling form in 2018 and they will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Iran in the opening match of their World Cup campaign.
French tactician Herve Renard is doing a great job with the African side and it has to be noted that his men defeated Slovakia in their penultimate warm-up game.
A man to watch in Herve Renard’s team will be Ajax star Ziyech, who could prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Iran, on the other hand, were impressive at the back in the qualifiers and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Friday’s football match.
A low-scoring affair is on the cards, but given Morocco’s thrilling form, we are tempted to put our money on the Atlas Lions. The two teams meet for the first time ever at the showpiece tournament.
CORRECT SCORE PREDICTION: 2-0
This match will be played on 15/06/2018 at 18:00
PORTUGAL VS SPAIN
All eyes will be on Olimpiyskiy Stadion when Portugal and Spain take on each other in the Group B derby. Portugal did well to win Euro 2016 title and they are now on a quest to prove their worth at the showpiece tournament in Russia.
As always, a man to watch in Fernando Santos’s team will be Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the Champions League trophy with Real Madrid and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Spain, on the other hand, are considered one of main favourites to win the World Cup, but they will have to take each and every game at the tournament very seriously if they are to meet the goal.
Diego Costa is likely to lead the line for La Roja against Portugal, but David Silva, Andres Iniesta and Isco will pose a big threat for the opposition back-line as well. Anyhow, seeing that Portugal look sharp at the back, we predict the two teams will share the spoils in Friday’s football match. Over 2.5 goals will be scored.
CORRECT SCORE PREDICTION: 2-2
This match will be played on 15/06/2018 at 21:00
FRANCE VS AUSTRALIA
Despite being regarded as hot favourites to win EURO 2016, France eventually suffered a loss to Portugal in the final of the tournament in their homeland.
Didier Deschamps, though, remained in charge of the French national team and the experienced tactician and his men certainly want to go all the way at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.
France kick off their World Cup campaign with a match against Australia and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s football game against the Socceroos.
The Australians will, as always, rely on veteran Tim Cahill against France, but seeing that the Socceroos failed to impress in the qualifiers, we predict les Tricolores will emerge triumphant in their World Cup opener.
A man to watch in Didier Deschamps’ team will be Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann, who helped los Rojiblancos beat Olympique Marseille in the Europa League final.
CORRECT SCORE PREDICTION: 2-1
This match will be played on 16/06/2018 at 13:00