The Group of Death is…

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Simulating Russia 2018 – The Final

How has the World Cup Final been reached? See my previous predictions based on a simulated draw.

Group Stage

Last 16

Quarter-Finals

Semi-Finals

Third Placed Playoff

Germany V Brazil

A clash of footballing superpowers as the two best teams in the world meet in the World Cup Final. Brazil have a score to settle following their Semi-Final clash in the 2014 World Cup, that saw Germany triumph 7-1 over the hosts. Brazil are determined that Germany will not do the same again and set up deeper than they have in previous matches. They succeed in frustrating German attacks, whilst posing a danger of their own when attacking. It’s an interesting match and with 10 minutes to go, the scores are level. The final German substitution proves to be the pivotal moment of the game as with 5 minutes to go, the fresh pair of legs is able to put away a chance and win the World Cup for Germany. Their strength in depth has been key throughout the tournament and they are worthy winners.

Let me know how you think this World Cup Final would play out by leaving a comment.

Simulating Russia 2018 – Third Placed Playoff

Catch up on my earlier predictions following a simulated World Cup draw.

Group Stage

Last 16

Quarter-Finals

Semi-Finals

Uruguay V France

Traditionally, the third placed playoff tends to be an open game as neither team really wants to be there. This one proves no exception as both sides launch attack after attack. Uruguay pip a heavily rotated French side by the odd goal.

Let me know who you think would win by leaving a comment.

The next post will be the World Cup Final.

Simulating Russia 2018 – The Semi-Finals

Catch up on my previous predictions based on the simulated draw.

Group Stage

Last 16

Quarter-Finals

Germany V Uruguay

It’s been a good run for Uruguay, but Germany are ultimately too strong for them and win comfortably by a couple of goals. It’s back-to-back finals for Germany.

Brazil V France

An open game is expected, but with the final only a game away, it’s quite a cautious match with neither team wanting to make a mistake. There is plenty of possession in midfield, but surprisingly few chances. It goes all the way to the lottery of penalties, which Brazil triumph in.

Let me know who you think would qualify for the World Cup Final from these matches by leaving a comment.

The next post will look at the Third Place Playoff.

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.

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.