Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Russian Federation 2018 expert picks and knockout stage upsets by CBS Sports experts

Russian Federation 2018 expert picks and knockout stage upsets by CBS Sports experts

So which team has the highest probability to win the World Cup, and which teams shock the football world?

Three wins from three matches at the World Cup in Russian Federation has helped Croatia jump 17 places on the latest real-time FIFA rankings.

There had been some worrying signs, though, in the buildup to the tournament as Germany failed to keep clean sheets in their last five friendly games before the tournament, even losing to Austria 2-1 in early June. In the starting match the Germans lost 0:1 to the Mexicans, but thanks to the strong-willed victory over the Swedes (2: 1) they had a chance to enter the playoffs. Gareth Southgate rested eight players - including captain and star man Harry Kane - for the Group G closer against Belgium, with the Three Lions' momentum potentially hurt by a 1-0 loss to Belgium.

However, there is still time to look back before the action resumes.

There were no surprises in Group B's finishing positions as Spain and Portugal progressed to the knockout stages, but their opponents didn't make it easy for them.

"From now on the games are life or death, you can't play for a draw, you either win or you go home", he said.

"Our team in this match was missing the ease of play and the classiness we normally display". We got what we deserved.

"I like the concept of VAR, the concept that if something wrong happens, if a big mistake happens, the VAR is there to bring the truth to the game".

He is now managing the team as well as scoring goals like that and while I'd prefer to see a good coach in charge, I think Argentina fans must be a lot happier now than when Sampaoli was calling the shots.

After 48 games, 122 goals and boat-loads of drama, we've made it to the 2018 World Cup knockout stage. "I think these games are going to be different and we will recover our best form". I will speak with confidants, and with Jogi Loew. Maybe we invited the wrong players.

"They have changed their game a little bit", he said. In any case, with a new generation of talented players at his disposal, he has what he needs to start rebuilding.

So after the drama of the last fortnight, who is best set to go far in the knockout rounds?

"All the Korean players and the head coach here, we were playing for the Korean people".

While some like Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are already representing one of the biggest clubs in the world of football, Real Madrid, there are unknown faces that may trigger an interest and help them seal a big move to a respectable football club. Brandt was picked the World Cup ahead of Leroy Sane, the forward who had 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 Premier League appearances with Manchester City this season.

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