FIFA Mobile 18 Matchups Predictions: World Cup Group Stage P3 Part 2, 27 June-28 June

We have reached the last set of games in the group stages, after a thrilling couple of weeks that saw many an upset and entertaining games.

South Korea v Germany

Group E is one of the most open ones so far, with all four teams in with a chance of qualifying. South Korea sit in last place and will be desperate to pick up a big three points after two relatively disappointing performances.

Germany have also been playing fairly poorly, having to rely on a very late Kroos strike to keep themselves in the tournament in their win over Sweden. They know that a win this game will guarantee their progress due to the tiebreak system in place. Defensively they will be without the suspended Boateng, while Hummels may be fit again in time to play.

Going forward Germany looked a lot more positive against Sweden, and they will be hoping to take advantage of a South Korean defence that will be low on confidence after two poor results. I feel like the reigning champions will come through this one with a positive result and make it into the next stage.

My Prediction: Germany win

Match played: Wednesday 27th, 3:00 p.m. (BST) / 10:00 a.m. (EST)

Mexico v Sweden

Mexico’s pace and directness on the counter has been excellent so far, and they know that a point will be enough for them to top the group that many people expected them to be eliminated from. Lozano showed the Eredivisie just how good he is this season, and he has carried his impressive form on to the international stage,

Sweden will be hoping to be able to do what Germany and South Korea weren’t and stop Mexico from winning. A win and scoring twice will see them through automatically, no matter what the result of Germany’s tie against South Korea. They can take a lot of positives defensively from the Germany loss, where Olsen was particularly impressive, and they will no doubt be up for the fight.

Mexico are the obvious choice for the win here, with their pace and trickery up front being too much for Sweden to handle.

My Prediction: Mexico win

Match played: Friday 22nd, 3:00 p.m. (BST) / 10:00 a.m. (EST)

Switzerland v Costa Rica

Switzerland may find themselves without their two goalscorers from their 2-1 comeback win over Serbia, with FIFA having opened disciplinary procedures against Xhaka and Shaqiri for their goal celebrations. Depending on Serbia’s result against Brazil, they may be able to get through without winning, but a win by a two goals more than Brazil win by will see them top the group.

Costa Rica haven’t managed to repeat their incredible run at the last World Cup, which saw them top a group containing Italy, England and Uruguay. Two losses in a row sees them eliminated from another tough group without even scoring a goal. They face a tough test to get a goal or a point against a Switzerland side who held Brazil to a draw.

Switzerland should win this one fairly comfortably, but whether they are able to top the group or not is a different matter.

My Prediction: Switzerland win

Match played: Friday 22nd, 7:00 p.m. (BST) / 2:00 p.m. (EST)

Serbia v Brazil

Serbia’s narrow defeat to Switzerland puts them in the back seat in terms of hopes of progression. They need to defeat the five time world champions to ensure their place in the next round, or hope that Switzerland lose to Costa Rica by at least two goals.

Brazil know that a draw is enough to see them progress, but I can’t see them playing it safe and not going for a big win. With Neymar getting his goal, I can see him now taking full advantage and getting several more - both in this game and in future rounds.

Brazil are expected to win this one and, although Serbia have shown they are a tough side to beat, I can’t see them getting the better of a Brazil side who are high on confidence.

My Prediction: Brazil win

Match played: Wednesday 27th, 7:00 p.m. (BST) / 2:00 p.m. (EST)

Senegal v Colombia

These two teams were probably the favourites to advance from the group, but it turns out that they seem set to be playing to see who can qualify alongside Japan.

Senegal have been solid so far, scoring twice in each of their first two games. They haven’t been able to keep a clean sheet, which will be concerning as they face the toughest opponent of the group and need to pick up points to guarantee their progression. With the likes of Mane and Koulibaly among their ranks, they are not to be written off though.

Colombia suffered a big setback with the sending off of Sanchez in the first few minutes against Japan, which really put them on the backfoot from the off. They turned things around in the second game and cruised to a 3-0 win over Poland, with their front four of James, Quintero, Cuadrado and Falcao looking excellent together.

Colombia are my pick for this one, with their front four going to cause too many problems for Senegal, and a defensive pairing of Mina and Sanchez shoring up anything the African giants have to offer.

My Prediction: Colombia win

Match played: Thursday 28th, 3:00 p.m. (BST) / 10:00 a.m. (EST)

Japan v Poland

Japan seem to have had luck in abundance after picking up a surprise win over 10-man Colombia and then coming from behind twice to draw with Senegal. With the talents of Kagawa, Inui and Honda among their ranks, they haven’t really set the tournament alight, but know that a point is enough to see them progress at the expense of Senegal or Colombia.

Poland are yet to pick up a point and have a goal difference only better than Panama, which gives a bit of a hint as to how shocking they have been. With Glik only being limited to a brief substitute appearance and Lewandowski having made almost no impact at all, they need something special to make sure this tournament isn’t put down as a complete embarrassment.

Japan are clear favourites for this game, and will be aiming to seal top spot in the group with a win. I feel like Poland could cause them some problems if they play like they did in qualifying, but their performances so far make me feel like that won’t happen.

My Prediction: Japan win

Match played: Thursday 28th, 3:00 p.m. (BST) / 10:00 a.m. (EST)

England v Belgium

Both teams have suggested that they may field a weakened side for this game, resting players ahead of the knockout stage. Both teams know that finishing second would put them in the ‘easier’ half of the draw, with the current predicted tables putting the likes of Germany, Brazil, Argentina and Spain in the half of the draw that the winner of this group would also enter.

The England hype train has well and truly left the station, with their 6-1 win over Panama seeming to convince many that it’s coming home’. With Kane the current top scorer in the tournament, and their team finally starting to click, I can’t see him being rested for the full game, while some others like Sterling may be given a break and the opportunity passed to the likes of Vardy or Rashford.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Lukaku and Eden Hazard are both major injury doubts for this game, which would suggest that they won’t play the full game. And with Batshuayi and Thorgan Hazard both sitting on the bench for the majority of the first two games, the former Everton manager may choose to give some of his main players a rest ahead of a tough game in the next round against Japan, Senegal or Colombia.

I would recommend waiting to see how the two squads lineups and start playing before predicting this one. With Belgium’s injury concerns, I can see them thinking ahead and resting a lot of players. If they are able to win, they will have a fresh squad with everyone high on confidence after a big win, but if they lose then their main players are ready to fight through a potentially easier route to the final. England will want to win to carry on the hype, so I’m going with them for the win.

My Prediction: England win

Match played: Thursday 28th, 7:00 p.m. (BST) / 2:00 p.m. (EST)

Panama v Tunisia

Panama may have been thrashed by England, but they did manage to score their first ever goal at the World Cup. They will be aiming to get their first ever points in this game, against their easiest opponent in the group. With two of their Starting XI suspended for this game, they may give some of their reserve players the opportunity to play on the biggest stage in the world and change up their team completely.

Tunisia have pushed both Belgium and England very close in their two games, and were unlucky not to get anything out of those games. Sunderland player Khazri will be looking to add to his goal from their loss to Belgium, as they aim to pick up just their second ever win at the World Cup finals.

Tunisia are big favourites for this game, but Panama won’t let them have it all their own way. I think the African side will triumph in this game, with their better players like Khazri making a big difference.

My Prediction: Tunisia win

Match played: Thursday 28th, 7:00 p.m. (BST) / 2:00 p.m. (EST)

48 action packed games later, we reach the end of the group stages. Now we move on to the excitement of the knockout stages, where we can only hope for as many upsets and goals galore.

As always, good luck and happy predicting!

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