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FRANCE Go­ing into the tour­na­ment as favourites, if foot­ball was played on pa­per, few would ar­gue with France’s cre­den­tials. Formidably strong in ev­ery area, the coun­try feels a sec­ond World Cup vic­tory is over­due. With this ex­pec­ta­tion comes a sim­i­lar pres­sure to that seen in their home Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships two years ago though, and the wounds from their fi­nal de­feat against Por­tu­gal in 2016 will need to have healed if they are to re­alise their po­ten­tial this sum­mer. PRE­DIC­TION: Quar­ter Fi­nals



DEN­MARK Qual­i­fy­ing via the play­offs, Den­mark will be com­pet­ing in the World Cup for the first time since 2010 in South Africa and will be con­fi­dent of over­com­ing Aus­tralia and Peru to claim the sec­ond knock­out round birth be­hind France. Un­der­es­ti­mat­ing ei­ther or both would be a huge mis­take though, and the lat­ter South Amer­i­cans’ hunger to stay in a tour­na­ment they’ve not qual­i­fied for since 1982 may give them the psy­cho­log­i­cal edge over the Scan­di­na­vians. PRE­DIC­TION: Group Stages

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