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World Cup Draw: Russia 2018 teams learn their fate for next summer

The ESPN FC panel give their thoughts on the 2018 World Cup draw.

The World Cup draw is set, and all 32 teams now know who they will face in Russia next summer. 

Click on the groups below to get the full lowdown ahead of the big kickoff. Each group has the top line view, predicted finish, must see match and a chance to pick your winner.

Group A

ESPN FC's Craig Burley does not feel Russia will emerge from Group A that also contains Saudi Arabia, Egypt or Uruguay.

Hosts Russia face Mohamed Salah's Egypt and Luis Suarez's Uruguay, kicking off the tournament with a clash against Saudi Arabia on June 14. The FC team debate whether the hosts will be happy with their draw.

Group B

The ESPN FC panel break down Group B where they feel Portugal and Spain are favourites over Morocco and Iran.

Iran and Morocco are two teams that could make Group B a tricky proposition, but it will be the Iberian derby between Spain and Portugal that will supply the group's contestants in the knockout round.

Group C

ESPN's Julien Laurens believes France will be very happy after drawing Australia, Peru and Denmark.

In all honesty, you would probably fancy a France B-team to do pretty well in this group. Julien Laurens reckons Les Bleus can expect to advance without too many problems.

Group D

The ESPN FC crew feel Group D which contains Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria could prove to be the most exciting group of them all.

This genuinely could be the most intriguing group of the first round. You can never rely too much on Argentina at a major tournament, but they should still win this group -- although Lionel Messi may need some help.

Group E

The ESPN FC crew break down Brazil's Group E which contains Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.

Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia will make for a wide-open race to second place in Group E, but make no mistake: this is Brazil's group to lose.

Group F

The ESPN FC panel discuss Group F, which contains Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.

Defending champions Germany shouldn't fear anyone. Qualifying was a cakewalk with 10 straight wins and after lifting the Confederations Cup, they won't be fazed by what lies ahead.

Group G

Stewart Robson feels England lucked out and got a fairly easy group that contains Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.

Of the groups with two European sides, this one is only upstaged by Group B with Portugal and Spain, with England facing Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and a dangerous Belgium side. But ESPN FC's Stewart Robson reckons the Three Lions have it easy.

Group H

The ESPN FC crew feel Group H is the most unpredictable with Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan making up the group.

Containing some of world football's most enticing middleweights, Group H is for the hipsters, who will delight in watching Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan fight for their knockout lives.

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