Simulating Russia 2018 – The Quarter Finals

Welcome back to my predicted 2018 World Cup based on a simulated draw. Catch up with my earlier predictions using the links below:

Group Stage

Last 16

Spain V Germany

A quarter final clash between arguably the two best European sides of the past decade. Spain look to keep the ball and whilst they have success with it, Germany are clinical when they have the ball and their substitutions make the difference as they progress to the Semi-Finals.

Belgium V Uruguay

A quarter final clash between a heavily favoured Belgium side and tournament dark horses Uruguay. The individual talents of Belgium bring plenty to the match, but extra time is required and Uruguay are able to win before penalties are required.

Poland V Brazil

Brazil waste little time in applying pressure to the Polish defence and keep it up throughout the game. Poland defend well, but they are unable to resist the attacking talents of Brazil.

France V Argentina

Both sides decide attack is the best form of defence and produce one of the games of the tournament. A late French strike followed by an outstanding save by Lloris moments later sees France progress by the odd goal.

Leave a comment and let me know who you think would progress from these matches.

The next post will look at the Semi-Final matches.

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Simulating Russia 2018 – The Last 16

Having simulated the draw for the 2018 World Cup and predicted who would qualify from each group, I look at predicting who would progress from the Last 16.

Spain V Colombia

Colombia will give it a good go, but Spain’s possession will see them progress to the quarter final.

Germany V Croatia

A tough test for the defending champions, but they will have enough to see off a Croatian team who push them but ultimately fall short.

Belgium V Mexico

A close game that Belgium will ultimately win via penalties.

Uruguay V Iceland

A good performance from Iceland to qualify from their group, but Uruguay will be too strong and progress to the quarter final.

Poland V Russia

Despite strong home support, Russia will bow out of the tournament to Poland.

Brazil V Denmark

Eriksen is able to pose problems for the Brazilian defence, but it will take more than one player to stop Brazil as they progress.

France V England

A strong defensive performance from England, but the never-ending French pressure pays off and they progress.

Argentina V Portugal

It’s billed as Messi V Ronaldo. Messi ultimately wins out in extra time.

Leave a comment and let me know who you think would progress from these ties.

Next time, I will look at the quarter finals.

Simulating Russia 2018 – The Group Stage

Yesterday I posted about what I thought the ‘Group of Death’ would be at the 2018 World Cup. After posting it, I ended up in a conversation on Twitter with @CautiousPaul about the World Cup. He mentioned the Ultrazone site, where the World Cup draw can be simulated I went to the site and the simulated draw was:

Based on the simulated draw, I will predict who I think would qualify from each group.

Group A

I think Spain will qualify as winners, with home advantage seeing Russia claim the second qualifying spot.

Group B

I think Poland will qualify as winners, with Colombia taking the second qualifying spot.

Group C

I think Germany will qualify as winners, with Denmark taking the second qualifying spot.

Group D

This looks like the group that would be described as the ‘Group of Death’. I think Brazil will qualify as winners, with Croatia taking the second qualifying spot.

Group E

I think Belgium will qualify as winners, with England taking the second qualifying spot.

Group F

I think France will qualify as winners, with Mexico taking the second qualifying spot.

Group G

Another group that could be described as the ‘Group of Death’. I think Uruguay will will the group, with Portugal taking the second qualifying spot thanks to Ronaldo making the difference.

Group H

I think Argentina will qualify as winners, with Iceland taking the second qualifying spot.

Leave me a comment with who you think would qualify from these groups. If you visit the site and simulate the draw, let me know what your groups look like.

I will predict what I think will happen in the Last 16 tomorrow.

World Cup Group of Death?

With the draw for the FIFA World Cup 2018 being made on 1st December, the countries that have qualified have been split into four pots. Every World Cup produces a ‘Group of Death’. I think the ‘Group of Death’ would be Brazil, Spain, Denmark and Australia. Let me know your opinion and which four countries you think would make the Group of Death by leaving a comment.