As the opening game of the world’s most watched tournament comes ever closer, we’ve taken a look at the four teams in Group B, and predicted the outcome of every game that will be played between them.
The four teams are Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Iran. A pretty favourable draw for some.
At first ,you would expect Spain and Portugal to qualify with no problems, with the big decider being who claims top spot.
However, this is football and anything can happen at a major tournament. Both Iran and Morocco have made statements saying they will “fight for their lives” so it would be foolish to rule them out, plus, Spain sacking their manager just a day before the tournament has thrown a huge spanner in the works.
Here’s how we see the group shaping up.
Morocco Vs Iran
Both managers have described this game as “their World cup final” that’s how big this game is to the people of both countries. With not a lot going forward for either team, both sides will have to be tight defensively. Iran have kept 12 clean sheets in qualifying, however, defender Jalal Hosseini has had a fallout with the manager. Both teams are expecting to get three points going into games against Portugal and Spain and would both be jubilant with a third-place finish. My prediction: Morocco 0-0 Iran.
Spain v Portugal
The two big favourites in the group meet in one of the biggest games of the group stages. Both teams will believe whoever wins this game will go on to finish in top spot in the group. The fixtures have planned out perfectly for both teams with the crunch match coming first followed by very winnable games against Iran and Morocco. Spain will play there usual keep the ball style of football and believe that will get them through, however, this will be difficult against a low block Portugal side who look to pick sides off on the counter-attack with a very fast attack. I can see this game having goals in it. I think Portugal can suffocate Spain and hit them hard with the deadly Cristiano Ronaldo and Andre Silva. My prediction: Portugal 2-2 Spain.
Portugal vs Morocco
With Portugal being huge favourites for the three points you would expect nothing less than a win. With lots of experience amongst their side, I expect them to be too strong to Morocco. This is a game that Portugal must win if they’re to claim top spot ahead of Spain. My prediction: Portugal 3-0 Morocco.
Iran vs Spain
Anything can happen in a game of football. However, if Iran beat Spain I think it will be a national crisis for the Spaniards. Unfortunately, I think it will be comfortable for Spain and Iran will endure a long afternoon without the ball. My prediction: Iran 0-4 Spain.
Iran vs Portugal
A game of little significance other than Portugal claiming top spot. I think that Iran will already be out by the time the two sides meet, however, I don’t think they will lie down easily and will give Portugal a shock. They will want to secure third place ahead of Morocco and I think that will be decided on the final day of Group B. I think Iran can surprise a few people and leave Russia with their heads held high. My Prediction: Portugal 1-1 Iran.
Morocco vs Spain
Spain are not the type of team to take any prisoners. In past World Cups, they have been known for finishing group stages strongly. I can see Spain securing top spot without any problems/ For Morocco, I can see a disappointing end to the tournament as they crash out in last place My prediction: Spain 2-0 Morocco.
1st Spain – 7 Points
2nd Portugal – 5 points
3rd Iran – 2 Points
4th Morocco – 1 point
Player of the group = David Silva
Group top goal scorer = Cristiano Ronaldo