Yes it’s still way too early but the FIFA world cup 2018 which will be held in Russia had begun it’s preparations way back in 2015. The biggest sport competition of the world may be at least another year away but here are the complete schedule, groups fixtures and stadiums, so read on.
Starting from the schedules, to which team will find it easy and qualify to the knockout stages and which teams will have make the most of their chances. Let us start with schedule guide released by FIFA. The kickoff time will be updated shortly.
2018 FIFA World Cup – Schedule, Groups & Teams:
|Round of 16|
|30/06/2018||15:00||Winner Group C||–||Second Group D||-:-|
|19:00||Winner Group A||–||Second Group B||-:-|
|01/07/2018||15:00||Winner Group B||–||Second Group A||-:-|
|19:00||Winner Group D||–||Second Group C||-:-|
|02/07/2018||15:00||Winner Group E||–||Second Group F||-:-|
|19:00||Winner Group G||–||Second Group H||-:-|
|03/07/2018||15:00||Winner Group F||–||Second Group E||-:-|
|19:00||Winner Group H||–||Second Group G||-:-|
|06/07/2018||15:00||Winner AF 1||–||Winner AF 2||-:-|
|19:00||Winner AF 6||–||Winner AF 5||-:-|
|07/07/2018||15:00||Winner AF 8||–||Winner AF 7||-:-|
|19:00||Winner AF 3||–||Winner AF 4||-:-|
|10/07/2018||19:00||Winner VF 2||–||Winner VF 1||-:-|
|11/07/2018||19:00||Winner VF 4||–||Winner VF 3||-:-|
|14/07/2018||15:00||Loser HF 1||–||Loser HF 2||-:-|
|15/07/2018||16:00||Winner HF 1||–||Winner HF 2|
Chances of Qualifying to Knockout Stages:
Germany, France, Brazil, Portugal, Poland, and Spain should progress through to the next round. The aforementioned teams have been drawn in relatively easier groups and can top the group as well. Ghana and Belgium should qualify given the prowess in the qualifiers.
Teams that will face an uphill task:
Despite such a star studded team, Argentina’s dependence on their little magician Messi, might prove costly. Italy will feel lucky to have been drawn in an easy group but their recent showings have lacked conviction. Host Russia could find them out of the tournament as they are having a lean patch of form since the Euro Qualifiers.
Current champion Germany, France, and Brazil are hot favorites and are playing beautifully as a team. Belgium could once again be considered as the dark horse with Spain regaining their dominance after a fruitful showing in the Qualifiers.
Senegal and Ghana could pull off major surprises if they qualify to the last 8 stage. However, Chile and Portugal will also be desperate to prove their critics wrong.