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The countdown is on for the 2018 World Cup and Jose Mourinho has laid his cards on the table regarding the upcoming group stages, reported Marca (Spain).
In the Daily Mirror, the Manchester United boss states that Uruguay will take Group A ahead of a tight clash between Egypt and hosts Russia that he foresees the local fans coming out on top of.
Mourinho's native Portugal are only set to come second in Group B, behind Spain, in his opinion with Group C France's without issue before Australia prevail for that runners-up spot.
An African team is set to breach the last-16 in Nigeria, according to the coach, and he foresees them following Argentina out of Group D whereas Group E will see Brazil and Switzerland qualify.
As for the holders Germany, he expects them to win Group F ahead of Mexico while Belgium is to settle for second of Group G in his predictions, behind England.
The final set of teams, Group H, has Mourinho reckoning Senegal will take a surprise win ahead of Poland, producing some last-16 heavyweight ties such as Uruguay versus Portugal and Brazil versus Mexico.
Luis Miguel Echegaray bets
There are two World Cup predictions I feel very strongly about: Radamel Falcao will score more goals than anyone in the group stage, and, for the first time since 1958, Brazil will win the World Cup on European soil, reported Sports Illustrated.
With all due respect to Serbia, Switzerland and Costa Rica, the group is Brazil's for the taking, meaning the Seleção can ease Neymar back into the lineup and get him ready for the knockout stage.
Brazil, however, is not just about the PSG star. This is a loaded team in every facet, and thanks to Roberto Firmino and preferred starter Gabriel Jesus, there is serious competition in the No. 9 role, something that has been missing for a long time.
Thanks to coach Tite, this squad is as creative as it is disciplined, and the latter will be the deciding factor in the knockout rounds. After beating Mexico in the round of 16 (sorry, El Tri fans), Belgium awaits in the quarters, and this is where I think experience overrules talent, as Brazil beats Roberto Martinez’s side. The harder test will come in the semis when France comes knocking, but this goal-fest will go in favor of the South Americans, and you know what that means? The final presents an opportunity for redemption against Germany and a chance for Brazil to heal the wounds from 2014's shocking 7-1 semifinal exit on home soil.
In the end, Brazil writes a new ending against Joachim Low’s squad and wins its sixth World Cup.
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