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2018 World Cup draw, odds and predictions: England grouped with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama

Monitors display Groups E-H after the 2018 World Cup draw (credit: Getty Images)

England have received a favourable draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama their opponents in Group G.

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2018 World Cup draw


Group A: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
Group C: France, Peru, Denmark, Australia
Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
Group G: Belgium, England, Tunisia, Panama
Group H: Poland, Colombia, Senegal, Japan

The Three Lions will also avoid any of the current five clear favourites in the outright betting until the quarter-finals at least, with Poland or Colombia seemingly their most likely opponent in the round of 16 if they advance from their group, the other possibilities being Senegal or Japan.

England have relatively recent World Cup history against both Belgium and Tunisia. In 1990, David Platt’s volley right at the end of extra time sent Terry Venables’ team through to the quarter-finals in Italy, while eight years later goals from Alan Shearer and Paul Scholes earned a 2-0 victory for the Glenn Hoddle-managed side in France.

As in 1998, Tunisia will be the first opponents for Gareth Southgate’s men, with that match taking place in Volgograd on Monday June 18. England then face Panama, for the first time ever, in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24 and Belgium in Kaliningrad on June 28.

The first match of the 2018 World Cup will be between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Thursday June 14, with the other teams in Group A being Uruguay and Egypt.



Holders and joint favourites Germany begin the defence of their title against Mexico on June 17 and will also meet Sweden and South Korea in Group F.

Brazil are disputing favouritism with the team that beat them 7-1 in the semi-finals on home soil in 2014 and a rematch in the last 16 is possible if either they or the Germans finish second in their group. Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia are the other countries in with Brazil.

European champions Portugal wile on their neighbours Spain, with the 2010 world champions not having been among the top seeds for this tournament. Morocco and Iran complete Group B.

France, the 1998 World Cup winners who were runners-up to Portugal when they hosted Euro 2016, will be satisfied with their draw as they are scheduled to play Peru, Denmark and Australia.

Les Bleus will meet a team from Group D if they progress to the last 16, which means either Argentina, Croatia, Iceland or Nigeria. This is the fifth time in Nigeria’s six World Cup appearances that they have been grouped with Argentina.

2018 World Cup odds

All prices with Ladbrokes:

  5/1 Brazil 
  5/1 France
  5/1 Germany
13/2 Spain
  8/1 Argentina
12/1 Belgium
16/1 England
18/1 Portugal
25/1 Uruguay
33/1 bar

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