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World Cup Group B Preview and Predictions - Essential guide to Group B

Andrew Hendrie 5 Jun 2018
  • Spain and Portugal headline Group B
  • The European pair are heavy favourites to progress to the knockout stages
  • They are joined by Morocco and Iran
Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Reigning European champions Portugal and 2010 World Cup champions Spain headline Group B at the 2018 World Cup, joined by African neighbours Morocco and Asian powerhouse Iran.

Bitter rivals Portugal and Spain are seemingly battling for top spot in an intriguing Group B in Russia for the upcoming 2018 World Cup, while the likes of Morocco and Iran will be attempting to overthrow one of the European juggernauts and sneak into a top two qualifying spot.

With Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks and on the back of defeating France to secure the Euro 2016 silverware, Portugal will fancy their chances of going all the way in Russia, but Spain have a point to prove after exiting meekly from the group stages at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil four years ago.

Iran created a new record for most consecutive games keeping a clean sheet (12) as they became the first team from Asia to qualify, while Morocco are returning to the world stage for the first time since 1998.

Bookmakers have Portugal and Spain as the overwhelming favourites to emerge out of Group B, with Morocco and Iran given next to no hope of upsetting the two European giants.

Group B Odds


Winner: Spain $1.50, Portugal $3.00, Morocco $17, Iran $21
To qualify: Spain $1.07, Portugal $1.17, Morocco $4.50, Iran $7.00

Prediction

Group B Fixtures


Group B Squads

Spain World Cup Squad

PositionNameClub
GoalkeepersPepe ReinaNapoli
David de GeaManchester United
Kepa ArrizabalagaAthletic Bilbao
DefendersNacho FernandezReal Madrid
Sergio RamosReal Madrid
Dani CarvajalReal Madrid
Gerard PiqueBarcelona
Jordi AlbaBarcelona
Alvaro OdriozolaReal Sociedad
Nacho MonrealArsenal
Cesar AzpilicuetaChelsea
MidfieldersAndres IniestaBarcelona
Sergio BusquetsBarcelona
Saul NiguezAtletico Madrid
KokeAtletico Madrid
IscoReal Madrid
Marco AsensioReal Madrid
Thiago AlcantaraBayern Munich
David SilvaManchester City
ForwardsIago AspasCelta Vigo
RodrigoValencia
Diego CostaAtletico Madrid
Lucas VazquezReal Madrid

Portugal World Cup Squad

PositionNameClub
GoalkeepersAnthony LopesLyon
BetoGoztepe
Rui PatricioSporting Lisbon
DefendersBruno AlvesRangers
Cedric SoaresSouthampton
Jose FonteDalian Yifang
Mario RuiNapoli
PepeBesiktas
Raphael GuerreiroBorussia Dortmund
Ricardo PereiraPorto
Ruben DiasBenfica
MidfieldersAdrien SilvaLeicester City
Bruno FernandesSporting Lisbon
Joao MarioWest Ham United
Joao MoutinhoMonaco
Manuel FernandesLokomotiv Moscow
William CarvalhoSporting
ForwardsAndre SilvaAC Milan
Bernardo SilvaManchester City
Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid
Gelson MartinsSporting Lisbon
Goncalo GuedesValencia
Ricardo QuaresmaBesiktas

Morocco World Cup Squad

PositionNameClub
GoalkeepersMounir El KajouiNumancia
Yassine BounouGirona
Ahmad Reda TagnaoutiIttihad Tanger
DefendersMehdi BenatiaJuventus
Romain SaissWolverhampton Wanderers
Manuel Da CostaBasaksehir
Badr BenounRaja Casablanca
Nabil DirarFenerbahce
Achraf HakimiReal Madrid
Hamza MendylLOSC
MidfieldersM'barek BoussoufaAl Jazira
Karim El AhmadiFeyenoord
Youssef Ait BennasserCaen
Sofyan AmrabatFeyenoord
Younes BelhandaGalatasaray
Faycal FajrGetafe
Amine HaritSchalke 04
ForwardsKhalid BoutaibMalatyaspor
Aziz BouhaddouzSaint Pauli
Ayoub El KaabiRenaissance Berkane
Nordin AmrabatLeganes
Mehdi CarcelaStandard Liege
Hakim ZiyechAjax

Iran World Cup Squad

PositionNameClub
GoalkeepersAlireza BeiranvandPersepolis
Rashid MazaheriZob Ahan
Amir AbedzadehMaritimo
DefendersRamin RezaeianOstende
Mohammad Reza KhanzadehPadideh
Morteza PouraliganjiAlsaad
Pejman MontazeriEsteghlal
Milad MohammadiAkhmat Grozny
Roozbeh CheshmiEsteghlal
Majid HosseiniEsteghlal
MidfieldersSaeid EzatolahiAmkar Perm
Masoud ShojaeiAEK Athens
Mehdi TorabiSaipa
Omid EbrahimiEsteghlal
Ehsan Haji SafiOlympiakos
Karim AnsarifardOlympiakos
Vahid AmiriPersepolis
ForwardsAlireza JahanbakhshAZ Alkmaar
Mahdi TaremiAl Gharafa
Sardar AzmounRubin Kazan
Reza GhoochannejhadHeerenveen
Saman GhoddosOstersunds
Ashkan DejagahNottingham Forest

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