It's the World Cup group stages draw on Friday at 16:00 GMT when we will know a lot more about how the tournament will play out. PredictZ will bring you the latest news on the World Cup group stages draw right here!
How does it work? The World Cup group stages will be made up of 8 groups, each with 4 teams. These groups are drawn from four pots to ensure that teams from different continents, and seeded teams are evenly spread out across the groups.Pot 1 will include the 8 seeded teams. These are FIFA's top 7 seeded teams plus hosts Brazil. The top 8 teams in Pot 1 are therefore: Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Uruguay, and Switzerland.
Pots 2, 3, and 4 have also now been decided ahead of Friday's draw. These are:
Pot 2: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chile, Ecuador
Pot 3: Japan, Iran, South Korea, Australia, United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras
Pot 4: Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, England, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, France
However, no more than 2 European teams, and no more than 1 South American team can be drawn in the same group. So, 1 team from Pot 4 will move to Pot 2 during the draw. Complicated eh?!
Going into the draw Brazil are still hot favourites at 4.00 (3/1) to lift the trophy on home soil, closely followed by Germany (6.00, 5/1) and Argentina (6.50, 11/2). All could change following the draw and how the knock out stages will match up.
If you are looking for a bet on England the bookies are not expecting much! England are 3.25 (9/4) to exit the competition at the group stages!, and 3.25 (9/4) to exit at the last 16 stage. You can get odds of 7.50 (13/2) on them to get to the semi-finals.
As for the winning continent, with Spain and Germany posing such a threat to Brazil and Argentina, Europe are actually favourites to lift the trophy at 1.73 (8/11). Watch this space Friday and we will bring you all the latest news as the draw happens.