FIFA World Cup 2018 is getting hotter every day. Russia will take on Egypt in their second Group game tonight after opening the tournament with a 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia on 14th June. The showdown has delivered crazy and unexpected results like Argentina drawing 1-1 against Iceland; Brazil getting only a point against Switzerland and Germany losing 1-0 to Mexico. Today, Columbia, Senegal, and Poland will entertain us in round one final fixtures. The hosts will then play the Pharaohs in a bid to secure a place in the last 16. Let us give you a detailed analysis of second-round Group stage matches coming up. We will then predict Game Two most likely winners from Groups A to H. Who will come out on top? Take a look at the following tips and predictions; we hope this information helps you make an informed decision courtesy of Bet9ja
Group A- Game 2
Russia Vs. Egypt
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 19, 2018
Russia opened their World Cup campaign with a massive 5-0 against Saudi Arabia. This result was unexpected after a poor run of results ahead of the clash on the 14th of June. However, the hosts silenced the critics with a wonderful performance. The next match will be against Egypt who lost 1-0 to Uruguay in their opening match. Mohamed Salah is expected to start after watching from the bench last week. The North Africans will try not to lose this match if they can’t win it. The home side will want a victory to avoid a tense final group match against Uruguay. Therefore, the odds are against the Africans.
We Predict Russia Win.
Uruguay Vs. Saudi Arabia
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) June 18, 2018
Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez goal secured three points for Uruguay in their first match against Egypt. The South Americans know the final Group clash against Russia will be tough because of the massive home support. For this reason, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will do all they can to terrorize Saudi Arabia and book their place in the knock out stages. The Middle East side will hope to deliver a better performance in their second match. However, their leaky defense will struggle to keep out Suarez and his teammates.
We Predict Uruguay Win
Group B- Game 2
Portugal Vs. Morocco
Cristiano Ronaldo joined Portugal's training session ahead of World Cup game against Morocco which is on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/rooXHNFuqp
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@TeamCRonaldo) June 18, 2018
African sides will blame Morocco for starting off their campaign in Russia with bad luck against Iran. It was a bad omen for the continent because none of the other three teams managed to win their opening matches. Harve Renard will hope his side can stop Cristiano Ronaldo in their second Group match on Wednesday. It will be a tough task especially after watching him score three times against Spain. All in all, a draw is possible against a leaky and ageing Portuguese defense.
We predict a draw
Spain Vs. Iran
Spain could’ve beaten Portugal in their opening match but Cristiano Ronaldo single-handedly earned his side a valuable point. 2010 World Champions will not want the 2014 shame when they were knocked out in the Group stages. They will want to dismantle the tight Iran defense early enough to register their three points and top spot ahead of their final match against Morocco. Carlos Quiroz can’t believe his side is top of a Group. He knows 2 draws in the final two games will be enough to book a place in the last 16. However, defending for 90 minutes is tough against a very tricky Spanish side.
We Predict Spain Win
Group C- Game 2
France Vs. Peru
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) June 19, 2018
1998 FIFA World Cup winners will want to send a clear message when they face Peru in their second Group match. They won 2-1 against Australia in their opening match but the performance was below par. Didier Deschamps will want a convincing win on Thursday evening and a good show, especially from his forward players. The South Americans know a point against the French will set them up for a perfect finale against Australia. They will want to entertain thousands of fans who have travelled many miles to watch them in Russia. However, if the European side unleashes their top class firepower, it will be hard to stop them.
We Predict France Win
Denmark Vs Australia
Denmark warming up in Anapa for final training before heading off to play Australia pic.twitter.com/UhUD85xoOs
— Michael McGuire (@mcguiremi) June 19, 2018
Denmark managed to steal all three points against Peru in their opening match. The Scandinavians know all is possible against Australia in their second clash. However, the Socceroos will fight tooth and nail to get something out this match. They troubled the French for ninety minutes. They will feel they can get all three points in this match. For this reason, this might be an entertaining match but a draw is highly likely.
We Predict a Draw
Group D- Game 2
Argentina Vs. Croatia
Apparently, these are two line-ups which Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has in mind to play versus Croatia. One or the other. pic.twitter.com/lhNYf9cMAr
— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) June 18, 2018
Argentina risk getting eliminated in the Group stages after a disappointing 1-1 draw against Iceland in their opening match. Croatia will be a tougher opponent and everything is possible in this match. Lionel Messi missed a penalty in the first match. He will want to make amends against the European side. Luka Modric and his teammates will try and frustrate the star-studded South Americans. It is a clash that is likely to be fiery.
We predict a draw
Nigeria Vs. Iceland
Nigeria Vs Iceland match on 22nd June 2018
Predict your score! pic.twitter.com/K9ka3hSHql
— Hyundai Nigeria (@HyundaiNigeria) June 18, 2018
African giants Nigeria did not perform according to expectations of many in their opening match against Croatia. It was a must-win clash because they play Argentina in their final Group game. Iceland, fought hard to silence Lionel Messi and his teammates because, on paper, they believe they can beat Nigeria and Croatia to reach the last 16. The Super Eagles will know their fate lies in this game. They must win it to reignite their campaign or risk early elimination. For this reason, this clash is likely to end in a 0-0 draw.