The 2018 FIFA World Cup is nearly here and everyone should be excited for it. Russia will for the first time ever host a FIFA World Cup. In Russia this summer we will see Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo possibly playing in their last World Cup, so this is a must watch for everyone. Will either of them deliver the trophy in which both of them desire to make their legacy even greater? Or will other stars like Neymar, Eden Hazard or Paul Pogba lead their teams to glory and establish themselves on the same level as Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo? Will Germany repeat as Champions? Will Brazil recover from their disappointing World Cup four years ago? Will there be any major upsets? There are a lot of headlines heading into the World Cup this summer, there is a reason why this is the biggest and most watched sporting event on the planet. Make sure to tune in so you do not miss any of the action in Russia this summer.
32 teams, divided into 8 groups of 4 look to battle for a spot in the knockout stage, starting from the round of 16. The first two teams from each group advance to the round of 16 and continue their World Cup stay, while the last two teams from each group pack their bags and head home after three games. The group stage will last from June 14-28, where 48 out of the 64 total World Cup games will be played. The opener of the group stage will be between Russia-Saudi Arabia on June 14th and the closing game is between Panama-Tunisia on June 28th. Every day during the first two rounds of the group stage there will be three games played, except on Saturday June 16th where there will be four games played. On the third and final round of games of the group stage there will be four games played each day. In this edition of the World Cup there is no clear “Group of Death” like in previous World Cup’s, making it harder to predict a possible upset for the group stage. Here I preview and make predictions for the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage.