Once again, this competition would not be different from the previous ones. There's no way all the ''favourites'' to qualify from the group stages to the next round and certainly we will see other teams surprising us.
What To Look For ? Teams which defend effectively, have great chances of making it to the next round. Tactics matter during the group stages and is proven in the past over and over again.
What To Avoid or Bet Against ? Teams which are considered clear favourites but their recent form shows they have been struggling to win or/and conceding many goals recently.
Russia - Saudi Arabia. It's tradition for the hosts of the competition to do the ''grand opening''. The Bookmakers could not undervalue the Saudi Arabians more. The Russians are not the great team used to be once upon a time and Arabians coped well recently against strong teams such as Italy and Germany. My estimate is 2-3 goals in this game and scores 2-1 and 1-1 for inplay trading. (Lost)
Egypt - Uruguay. ''Important competitions are for important players''. My mention is for no other than Salah, that Egyptian great player which all fans look forward to seeing him playing if manages to recover in-time for the opening game. Egypt as a team though it's an enigma. Their performance has many ups and downs and morale is easily shaken in absence of key players. At the other side of the pitch, Uruguay's stars need no introductions and is the clear favourite in this game. Having said that, defence has been always their struggle but lately they defend brilliantly without losing their effectiveness in attack. Could that means the return of Uruguay to the top spots of the competition of they will flap again? If Salah plays that would be a concern for the Latins and I expect a tough game. My prediction is Under 2.5 goals and scores 0-1 & 1-1. (Won)
Morocco - Iran. Game is on! The Moroccans are in a fab form even without their star player Nabil Dinar who is suffering from an injury and is a race now to be fit for the opening game. The Iranians on the other had received ''devastating news'' from Nike that is a business decision with immediate effect to discontinue supplying them with shoes. The Iran's team coach stated this is a very serious problem as the players ''have used to'' their equipment. (Really? lol) The players of Iran though don't look very concerned. They arrived in style in Moscow. Wearing their Dolce & Cabana ''playboy'' style suits are having fun and focusing on perfect selfies photos. This game gathers a big chance for for draw although I give the edge to Morocco. I will be surprised to see early or many goals in this game and subsequently I go for Under 2.5 goals and scores 1-0 & 1-1. (Half Won)
Spain v Portugal. What a game! A classic derby between two arrivals with great football history and achievements. I agree with Bookies that Spain has an edge as they look more composed and complete as a team. The European Champions of 2016 are a question mark for me in this competition. They don't play great football but they manage to get the results by having Lady Luck on their side many times. Will this continue in this competition? 1-0 & 1-1 scores in this game. I wouldn't bother investing on Under 2.5 goals as an early goal could dynamite this game. (Half won - Lay Under 2.5 goals or avoid)
France - Australia. Are the French serious this time? I hope so because they got the most awesome squad in their last 10 years! The Ausies on the other hand rely a lot in teamwork and it works! My prediction is that Ausies could go through to the next stage with 4 points second after France. I have changed my mind since the last time I tipped this game. Could be a humiliating defeat for the Aussies? Could the history repeat itself? Am not sure about this to be honest but if you want invest small bets on Over 2.5 goals as main tip, 0-0 and 2-1 scores for inplay/trading the return could be Gold! (Won)
Argentina - Iceland. I respect the Vikings from the North and they are such a joyful team with awesome fans but I fear they are no match for Argentina. One way or another the Argentinians can win this game. Handicap -2 for Argentina and scores 3-1 & 4-2. (Lost)
Peru - Denmark. I am not sure why the odds are favouring Denmark and Peru is considered the ''outsider''. The Peruvians are more consistent and with Guerrero back to their ranks, are a strong side. The Danish are a good team but they lack of quality and ''star players''. I think Danes will be lucky to escape with a Draw in this game and I split the bets between draw and scores 1-1 & 1-0 for inplay cashout/trading. (Lost)
Croatia - Nigeria. Super Eagles are underestimated but this what they want. These words come from the Nigerian players who look ready for the upcoming game. The Croatians do not impress me a lot although they have a few very good players. Against the odds I like the Under 2.5 goals in this game and scores 0-1 & 2-0 for inplay/cashout. (Won)