England’s Route to 2018 World Cup Final
After we took a closer look into England’s group stage opponents at the World Cup 2018, we will now be looking at the possible route the Three Lions will have to take to get the World Cup Final. Follow all our World Cup Betting Tips here.
England should be able to qualify further in the competition from this group G, as we can’t seen Tunisia or Panama causing an upset here. England’s final group fixture against Belgium is crucial as it would probably decide the group winner, and whoever tops the group will avoid Germany in the quarter-finals. There is a fair amount of guesswork made here, but we know for sure that they play a team from Group H in the round of 16. The problem is that group H it’s pretty balanced as is composed of teams with similar quality in the shape of Colombia, Japan, Poland and Senegal. However, Colombia and Poland look to have the better squads. There are two possible scenarios:
If England will win Group H
If the Three Lions will top their group, will face the runners-up from Group H. It will be a tight battle between Colombia and Poland, but we think that the Europeans will top that group, which means that England will face James Rodriguez’s Colombia in the round of 16.
Round of 16 - July 2 - Rostov Arena - England v Colombia
The next team that England should face in the quarter-finals if they will beat Colombia in the round of 16, would probably be Brazil. They are the main favourites to top Group E which includes Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia, and they are also favourites to beat Mexico in the round of 16. Mexico will probably finish as runners-up to Germany in their group.
Quarter-finals - July 6 - Kazan Arena - England v Brazil
There are a lot of assumptions made here, but let’s continue with this scenario. France will probably be England’s opponent in the Semi-finals, as they should have no problems in winning their group. They will face Croatia in the round of 16, and Portugal or Uruguay in the quarter-finals, but looking at their squad, they should be able to reach the Semi-finals.
Semi-final - July 10th - Krestovsky Stadium - England v France
There are a lot of guesses when it comes to the final round, as England can face Argentina, Germany or Spain. England will definitely be looking to avoid Germany, and Spain, which means that Argentina will be the most accessible opponent.
Final - July 15th - Luzhniki Stadium - Argentina, Germany, Spain
If England finish as runners-up in Group G
If England fails to beat Belgium during the group stage, then they will have a more challenging run to the final. This means that they will be facing the winner of the Group G, which will be Poland.
Round of 16 - July 3 - Otkritie Stadium - England v Poland
As for the quarter-finals, they will avoid Brazil, but they will face the reigning champions - Germany. The Germans are expected to win their group and then beat Serbia, Switzerland or Costa Rica in the round of 16.
Quarter-finals - July 7 - Samara Arena - England v Germany
If England somehow do the impossible and beat Germany, then they will face another giant in the shape of Spain or Argentina in the Semi-finals. Both these teams are expected to win their groups and both will have accessible fixtures against Denmark and Egypt in the round of 16.
Semi-finals - 11 July - Luzhniki Stadium - England vs Argentina or Spain
Finally, if England will manage somehow to reach the final round, then they will face Brazil or France. Both sides look scary on paper, but both have a couple of issues regarding their defences.
Final - July 15 - Luzhniki Stadium - Brazil or France