World Cup Group B Preview

by - May 30, 2018

Continuing our World cup preview this is the second one in which we analyse Group B. we are now just 15 days away from the World cup kickoff in Russia. Group B contains some world class talents with Cristiano Ronaldo being best out of them. Here we will look all the strong and weak points of the teams.

 Group B:

  • Iran
  • Morocco
  • Portugal
  • Spain


Tough task for Iran 

Iran have consecutively qualified for the World cup this time something they have never managed before and it can be little harsh to point out that they are the biggest outsider of the tournament. Despite having exceptional performance over past couple of years they have seen the exit door at the end of each four World cup they have participated in and after being drawn in the group containing 2010 champions Spain and 2016 Euros winners Portugal it seems highly unlikely that this feat will end this time around. But Carlos Quierez knows how to get the job done as his team conceded 5 goals in 18 qualifying matches remaining undefeated. They contain the likes of Sardar Azmoun who have been termed as Iranian Messi as their key player for the tournament. The Rubin Kazan forward will be familiar with the playing in Russia as he has been there since 2013. His attacking prowess will be vital alongside the team's defending Iran will have to defend exceptionally well if they want any sort of chance to qualify for the next round. 


Nothing to lose for Morocco

Morocco are back in the bigger stage after topping Group C in CAF third round. They finished above Ivory Coast, Mali and Gabon remaining unbeaten throughout the qualification. They seem to have a heavy defensive workforce as there highest scorer Khalid Boutaib scored just 4 goals in the qualification reaching their fifth world cup since 1998. The North African nation could be the difference maker when it comes to Portugal and Spain battling for a first and second place. Morocco play Iran first before facing both Portugal (at the Luzhniki), and then Spain (Kaliningrad) and those two results could prove to be decisive in the final standings of Group B. Juventus's Medhi Benatia and Galatasaray's  Younes Belahanda will bring the much needed experience into the team. But Ajax Forward Hakim Ziyech manages himself as key member after involving in 26 goals in this season's Eredevisie.


Yet another title?

Portuguese national team will travel to Russia as reigning European Champions so confidence must not be any less in their feet. It has been trickier for Fernando Santos to make his qualify for next round and this time too it will be similar. Spain knocked out Portugal both in 2010 world cup and 2012 Euros and are favourite to come out on top this time too. It was final day of the qualification Portugal were able to win 2-0 over Switzerland and finished on top of the group. The Confederations Cup have given them a little experience of playing in Russia to whole team. But breaking the deep defence of Morocco and Iran may be hard to break as proven by Iceland and Austria in the Euros. Andre silva and Goncalo Guedes are making return to their form lately and seems to be fit for the squad. But the missing hands of their No. 1 Keeper Rui Patricio can cost them as Lyon's Lopes may not have the required international experience. But of course the main man will be 33 year old superstar Cristiano Ronaldo who have yet again won the champions league and good run in World cup may seem him to lift his sixth Ballon d'Or. 


Second Time?

2010 world champions will be focused well enough to take back the trophy back home for the second time. They were eliminated from the 2014 run after being drawn in tough group as lack of dynamism and ageing of there key players cost them. But the upgraded former U-21 coach Julian Lopetegui have brought quite a sparkling youth his team to make them a favourites to win the Cup. They qualified after topping Group D of Uefa qualifications. Recent friendlies of draw with World champions Germany and 6-1 beating with Argentina have shown that they are up and ready for the fight. Some stars are returning to the scene from Barcelona and Real Madrid and also from Germany making the deepest squad in the current World cup. Hence, we think they will without doubt qualify for the next round. The foot of Xavi and Xabi Alonso have been replaced by Thiago Alcantara and Isco and players like Koke, Saul and Asensio will add boost from the bench. Also the strong defensive lineup having Sergio Ramos and Gerrard Pique backed by worldie hands of David De Gea will make other teams struggle to break them down easily.  However, Key player must be the 34 yrs old feet of Andres Iniesta who will retire after the competition from international scene.

 Our Predictions:
  1. Spain
  2. Portugal
  3. Morocco
  4. Iran

Vote your predictions and comment below your thoughts for the World Cup. Group C will follow next.

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