As the final round of the qualifying matches for the World Cup is almost over, we can finally start to depict a picture of what we can expect at Russia 2018. While many teams have already secured their places for the biggest football event, others still have their place for the playoffs, and some will just not get their chance to participate. Below are few things we can expect to see at the tournaments, along few things we surely won’t see.
David v Goliath
By beating Kosovo -0, Iceland is the smallest nation in terms of population, to have reached the finals. Given that China has failed to get into the finals of Russia 2018, there are many possible match-ups which would see David and Goliath comparisons flow. If Iceland faces Russia, it will be competing against the world’s largest nation by area. Now, it they are against Brazil, they will be against the world’s largest country by population after India, USA and China, which all failed to qualify. Their opponents should not take them lightly as they easily knocked down England in the Euro 2016 Quarter Finals. And, it was just their first appearance at a European Championship.
Few of the teams have already been qualified for Russia 2018. And, seven of them have previously won the cup- England, Uruguay, Argentina, France, Brazil, Spain and Germany. There’s a great possibility that any of these team could win the World Cup. But, if you want to see your preferred team win the cup, you could try playing Football Champions Cup online slots at Booty Bingo. This 20 paylines slot game lets you select your own team before you hit some winning goals. You can start this game with a minimum stake of £0.20 at Booty Bingo.
Ronaldo’s World Cup Swansong
Euro 2016 saw Ronaldo add the European Championship winner to his list of achievements. For now, he just needs a World Cup winner medal to complete the list of honours. There’s a great possibility that Russia 2018 will be Ronaldo’s last world Cup as he’ll reach 33 at the time of the tournament. But, we can expect the best performance from him as his ultimate prize is at stake.
An African Team as Winner
The first two African to have been qualified for the World Cup 2018 are Egypt and Nigeria. While these teams can be expected to provide tough competition to their opponents. There are only three African teams which have reached the last eight at the World Cup tournament, and these were Cameron (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010). Senegal, Ivory Coast and Tunisia are still aiming at grabbing the World Cup, but that doesn’t seem too close right now.
The sales of tickets for the Finals have already started, but if you are trying to get tickets outside of Russia, it might get difficult. It will be much better if you apply for the tickets through FIFA’s official website- it is the easiest way. Then what follows is a draw for successful applicants, with four sales phases, different categories of tickets and various prices.