Russia (the hosts) will open the World Cup with a match up against Asian contenders Saudi Arabia. The hosts are the worst ranked team in the competition but the "home advantage" can definitely play a decisive role in order for them to earn a spot into the next round. Uruguay would consider themselves extremely lucky to have grouped along with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Finishing second to Brazil in the confederation qualification, Uruguay have shown impressive performances and would look to progress into the next round.
Egypt finally managed to qualify after a drought of 28 years as they overcame Ghana and Uganda. Egypt were also the runners up in the recently concluded Africans Nations Cup. Uruguay should comfortably take the group, with the second spot very much for grabs between Egypt and Russia.
Key Fixture: Egypt V Russia (winner takes second spot) - 19 Jun 2018
Prediction: Uruguay, Russia
Odds: Uruguay 10/11, Russian 15/8, Egypt 4/1, Saudi Arabia 40/1
All odds correct at time of writing 17/05/2018 16:38pm