2018 World Cup Prediction – England
England to be knocked out in the Quarter-Finals at 9/4
England are without a doubt the most perennially over rated and over hyped team when the World Cup comes around, and it seems like Russia 2018 is no different. The Three Lions enter the race as 5th favourites to lift the trophy, ahead of Euro 2016 winners Portugal and almost half the price of a Uruguay side boasting Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez.
Gareth Southgate’s team, once again, strolled through qualifying with eight wins from ten. However, they haven’t made it past the quarter finals of a major international tournament since Euro 1996. In fact, they have been eliminated at the quarter final stage in four of their nine showings since that semi-final appearance in their host tournament. We think exactly the same could happen in Russia.
England have been drawn in a group alongside Panama, Tunisia, and most importantly the talented Belgium. Given their propensity for failing to deliver at major tournaments it’s not a huge leap of faith to say that Belgium are likely to finish top of that group, which leaves England to face the winners of Group H. This is likely to be either Poland or Colombia, both of whom are difficult sides but definitely beatable. After that comes a likely clash with Germany in the quarter finals, and just like the Round of 16 in South Africa in 2010 that is where the story is likely to end for The Three Lions.
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