France have one defeat in their last 6 matches. France come into the World Cup on the back of some inconsistent performances. The most disappointing result came in the shape of a collapse of epic proportions against Colombia in March, when they threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2.
Australia, by contrast, do not have such a rich history at the World Cup, but they have previously played at four tournaments, which is impressive given their small status as a footballing nation. They have only progressed to the knockout stages on one occasion, during the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Argentina despite boasting of an array of talented players in midfield and attack.In addition to Messi, players such as Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero are proven veterans. The man himself is looking for his first competitive win as the head-coach of Argentina’s national football team. Argentina is a heavy favorite to emerge from Group D, and most sportsbooks have the club in the top three on the betting menu to win the World Cup 2018.
Iceland, with a population of 330,000, is the smallest country to ever qualify for the World Cup. Their highlight was defeating England in the round of 16 at the Euros.
Peru and Denmark
It’s set to be a battle between two countries that feel like they have more than enough to get out of the group, and a victory for one puts that team with a foot into the knockout stage. Both teams are riding some momentum, but Peru more so. The South Americans haven’t lost a match since November of 2016.
Denmark meanwhile is healthy and ready to go, feeling good after a 2-0 win over Mexico in a friendly the other day, with the team finding its scoring touch after scoring just once in the two games before that.
Croatia vs Nigeria
Croatia and Nigeria, two teams with loads of talent and a chance to make a run at the 2018 World Cup. Croatia is really talented in the middle of the field, but can its defense deal with the speed and technical ability of the African nation? Lots of exciting individual matchups in this one, and we’ll see who can control the midfield: John Obi Mikel of Nigeria or Luka Modric of Croatia.