A tough draw, but dont get me wrong – Germany is certainly moving on. Facing Mexico, Sweden and South Korea will be nice tests to prep this team for another run.
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The Danish are up a spot with a great draw against Peru and Australia. France will be tough, but this team has enough quality in the middle to win.
Brazil is still at the top of the list, while a new team is second
France goes up a spot with a simple group in Denmark, Peru and Australia. You can book their spot in the next round now.
The biggest fall of all after getting Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria. Each team is more talented and should be favored to win, but dont underestimate the heart of this team, as we saw at Euro 2016 and in qualifying.
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Same as Iran. Tunisia has some talent and will be thrilled to be back at the World Cup, but they are almost certainly headed home after the third game.
The2018 World Cup drawbrings some changes to our power rankings, as we look at the strongest contenders to the least likely to succeed. There werent a lot of big movers but there were some shifts towards the top.
Heres a look at our latest rankings, the first sinceour initial ones, along with how many spots the teams moved.
World Cup Power Rankings: How draw results affected each teams chances
Up two spots because getting Russia and Egypt gives this team a chance. Where as a pot four team like Panama got Belgium and England, the Saudis have to love their draw.
Avoided a big dog from Pot 2 to settle in a tough, but not overly challenging group. Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria will all be tests, but ones this team will be prepared for.
They go down a couple after getting into a toughie with Spain, because if they lose that one, this team is more likely than Spain to slip up and crash out against the others.