Anticipation is bubbling among football fans in all corners of the globe as the big World Cup kick-off approaches. The qualification campaign ended in November, the draw has been made and now it is nearly time for us to fasten our seat belts and enjoy what promises to be a marvellous World Cup ride!
The 21st World Cup will get under way in June and Russia will be the World Cup 2018 location. The first game takes place in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium, as hosts Russia play Saudi Arabia. This is the first game of a pretty big schedule with 32 teams in total competing for that beautiful, historic golden trophy.
We thought now would be a great time to have a look at the World Cup 2018 schedule, including the World Cup 2018 fixtures dates, to see what is in store for us, and to tickle everyone’s excitement! There really is no competition quite like the World Cup.
When Does The World Cup Start 2018?
The World Cup 2018 start date is the 14th June. Be prepared for the usual pomp of the opening ceremony before that all-exciting first game begins.
World Cup 2018 Schedule Dates
So, let’s have a quick run-down of all the World Cup 2018 dates to be aware of. Pens/mobiles at the ready.
- 14th June – 28th June: The group stage
- 30th June – 3rd July: Round of 16
- 6th – 7th July: Quarter-finals
- 10th – 11th July: Semi-finals
- 14th July: Third place play-off
- 15th July: World Cup final/World Cup 2018 final date
FIFA World Cup 2018 Schedule
Now it’s time to make things a bit more interesting and go into greater detail with the FIFA World Cup 2018 fixtures we know about in the group stages, and our predictions of what will happen in the groups.
World Cup 2018 Groups
- 14th June: Russia v Saudi Arabia
- 15th Egypt v Uruguay
- 19th June: Russia v Egypt
- 20th June: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia
- 25th June: Uruguay v Russia and Saudi Arabia v Egypt
Uruguay have to be the favourites here after a very strong qualification campaign where they finished second, above the likes of Colombia and Argentina. The second qualifying spot is likely to be hotly contested between Russia and Egypt. Considering they are hosts, we give the nod to Russia.
Group B Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
- 15th June: Morocco v Iran and Portugal v Spain
- 20th June: Portugal v Morocco and Iran v Spain
- 25th June: Iran v Portugal and Spain v Morocco
It would be a huge upset if Spain or Portugal didn’t qualify. Morocco and Iran will probably have a tough time of it against these two European giants. Spain to top the group, with Portugal close behind in second.
- 16th June: France v Australia and Peru v Denmark
- 21st June: Denmark v Australia and France v Peru
- 26th June: Denmark v France and Australia v Peru
France should comfortably win the group. Australian fans will no doubt bring a carnival atmosphere to Russia, but we feel they are going to struggle on the pitch. We pick Denmark to just pip Peru to second spot.
- 16th June: Argentina v Iceland and Croatia v Nigeria
- 21st June: Argentina v Croatia
- 22nd June: Nigeria v Iceland
- 26th June: Nigeria v Argentina and Iceland v Croatia
Argentina to qualify as group winners. Truthfully, the second spot could go to any of the remaining countries, with the three of them being very well matched. Croatia’s experience may just be the deciding factor, so we pick them for second.
Group E Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
- 17th June: Costa Rica v Serbia and Brazil v Switzerland
- 22nd June: Brazil v Costa Rica and Serbia v Switzerland
- 27th June: Serbia v Brazil and Switzerland v Costa Rica
Brazil, many people’s favourites, are expected to top this group. The team to finish second is far less clear. All three countries are good sides and any one of them could qualify. We feel Serbia will just about edge it into second.
Group F Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
- 17th June: Germany v Mexico
- 18th June: Sweden v South Korea
- 23rd June: South Korea v Mexico and Germany v Sweden
- 27th June: South Korea v Germany and Mexico v Sweden
Germany are clear favourites for the top spot. The battle for second spot could be a hard-fought one. We pick Mexico to go through with Germany.
- 18 th June: Belgium v Panama and Tunisia v England
- 23rd June: Belgium v Tunisia
- 24th June: England v Panama
- 28th June: England v Belgium and Panama v Tunisia
Belgium and England should qualify from this group without any real trouble. Belgium to top the group.
- 19th June: Colombia v Japan and Poland v Senegal
- 24th June: Japan v Senegal and Poland v Colombia
- 28th June: Japan v Poland and Senegal v Colombia
Colombia had a very strong showing in the 2014 World Cup, and we believe they will top this group. Poland to finish strongly in second.
Of course, the World Cup 2018 fixtures in the knockout stages are far more difficult to predict considering we don’t know how the groups will pan out, but you can be assured of enthralling drama, no doubt!
World Cup 2018 England Fixtures
England’s group is certainly not the strongest out there and they should qualify comfortably. Tunisia and Panama should not pose England many problems, and we predict England will win both games. Belgium are an altogether different animal and we think they will beat England and finish first in Group G.
Looking further ahead to the knockout stages, if England finish second they are likely to face Poland or Colombia, depending on who finishes top in Group H. This is a winnable fixture for England, without question.
This could feasibly set up a quarter-final against Germany, and we all know what happens when England face Germany in tournament football.
So, that concludes our World Cup 2018 schedule article. Hopefully this has got you energised and ready for this summer’s tournament!
Full Match Overview:
argentina vs croatia
argentina vs iceland
australia vs peru
belgium vs panama
brazil vs costa rica
brazil vs switzerland
panama vs tunisia
japan vs poland
senegal vs colombia
serbia vs brazil
switzerland vs costa rica
south korea vs germany
mexico vs sweden
iceland vs croatia
nigeria vs argentina
denmark vs france
iran vs portugal
morocco vs iran
croatia vs nigeria
portugal vs morocco
russia vs saudi arabia
egypt vs uruguay
portugal vs spain
france vs australia
peru vs denmark
costa rica vs
germany vs mexico
sweden vs south korea
tunisia vs england
colombia vs japan
poland vs senegal
russia vs egypt
uruguay vs saudi arabia
iran vs spain
denmark vs australia
france vs peru
nigeria vs iceland
serbia vs switzerland
south korea vs mexico
germany vs sweden
england vs panama
japan vs senegal
poland vs colombia
uruguay vs russia
saudi arabia vs egypt
spain vs morocco
uruguay vs portugal
spain vs russia
sweden vs switzerland
croatia vs denmark
france vs argentina
brazil vs mexico
belgium vs japan
england vs colombia
croatia vs russia
uruguay vs france
sweden vs england
france vs brazil
england vs russia
england vs belgium
belgium vs tunisia
brazil vs belgium