The World Cup 2018 Draw – Who’s Qualified

17th November 2017 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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The long World Cup qualification process has been settled. There have been heartbreak and joys and just about everything in between along the way. In midweek, Peru won the second leg of their inter-confederation play off tie against New Zealand to become the last nation to take their place at the World Cup and they actually come in seeded higher than England. December 1st, 2017 is when the World Cup 2018 draw will be held and all of the seedlings have been laid out by Fifa. Now it is just a wait to see who will be lining up against who in the group stage.

Which Teams Will Be at Russia 2018?

There will be two new faces making their way to the World Cup for the first time ever. Panama managed to battle and scrap their way through the CONMEBOL zone, netting a traumatic injury time goal in their final qualification match to deny the USA a place at the Finals. Joining them in their World Cup debut will be Iceland who followed up brilliant on their famous Euro 2016 exploits to win their qualification group ahead of Serbia to become the smallest nation ever to qualify for a World cup final. No-one will be taking them lightly.

But of course, not everyone can get there. There was a major inquest across the pond as the USA failed to get their place, and setting on the sidelines this time around with them are African champions Cameroon, Chile and the two big European absentees, the Netherlands and Italy. The Netherlands missed out in their qualification group to group winners France and runners up Sweden. Italy’s demise also was because of Sweden as they failed to get through their World Cup play off tie against the Swedes, just the second time ever they have failed to make the Finals.
England are the only home nation to make it, with Scotland and Wales failing to get out of their respective qualification groups, while booth Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland fell at the play off stage.

Hosts – Russia
Africa – Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia
Asia – Australia, Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea
Europe – Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
North, Central America and Caribbean – Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama
South America – Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay

When is the World Cup 2018 Draw?

Again, lock this in. On Friday, December 1st from Moscow the draw will happen and it will be at 3pm GMT.

World Cup 2018 Seeding

All of the 32 teams have been organised by their World Rankings. The top eight seeds from that go into Pot 1, the next highest eight go to Pot 2 and so on. One team only from each of the four Pots will be going into one of the eight groups (groups A – H) at the World Cup. Russia, as hosts, will automatically get the A1 slot in the draw. The usual format of the World Cup will be played out, with the top two teams from each of the eight groups getting through to the knockout stage.

Pot one: Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France
Pot two: Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia
Pot three: Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran
Pot four: Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, South Korea, Saudi Arabia

For the World Cup draw, no two teams from the same Confederation can be drawn into the same group. That is, except for UEFA nations where there can be a maximum of two teams per group. That’s because Europe contributes the most nations to the World Cup. From the seedings, the big fall out really is for Spain and England, as neither of them got top seeding which means that they will be both facing a tough opponent from Pot A. It could be a European nation like Germany or France, or someone from further corners of the earth like Argentina or Brazil.

World Cup 2018 Kick Off

The opening game of the 2018 World Cup is on Thursday, June 14th, 2018 and that fixture, of course, will feature hosts Russia in action at the remodelled Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, one of two stadiums in the capital which are being used for the tournament. The 2018 World Cup Final will be on July 15th. The World Cup will be played across four time zones so there’s a lot of planning going down for kick off times.

Games at the tournament will be kicking off at 11:00 BST, 1300 BST, 1400 BST, 1500 BST, 19:00 BST and 20:00 BST. Twenty five of the 64 games will be the popular 7 pm kick off time. The final will be a 16:00 BST kick off time.

World Cup Betting Odds

Reigning world champions Germany are the 5/1 favourites to retain the title and they really haven’t moved from the head of the market at Bet365. Brazil and France are at 11/2 just behind them. Spain and Argentina are the only other two nations in single figures while England are priced up as big 20/1 underdogs.

Germany 5/1, Brazil 11/2, France 11/2, Spain 15/2, Argentina 7/1 Belgium 14/1, England 20/1, Portugal 25/1, Croatia 28/1, Russia 40/1, Uruguay 40/1, Colombia 40/1, Poland 40/1, bar 66/1
Who can England get?

The only thing certain is that England won’t get Spain who are in Pot 2 with them. A tough draw for England would be landing Brazil, Egypt from Pot 3 and Serbia from Pot 4. That would be a stinker of a draw. It may be better actually for them to draw a top European side from Pot 1 like France, Belgium or Germany because that would leave the options from the Pot 3 and Pot 4 a little easier for them, an example could be Germany, Senegal from Pot 3 and Panama from Pot 4 or something like that. Whoever they get paired up with, they are going to have a tough battle on their hands to qualify, because they will be facing a tough opponent from Pot A.

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