IT'S just four days to the start of the World Cup and I've now previewed all of the groups.
Finding value isn't easy in some of them unless you're going for surprises and for me the tournament doesn't start proper until the final round of group games.
Russia v Saudi Arabia is an opener it's hard to get excited about and best bet should be under 2.5 match goals.
Here's a summary of my A-D tips with shortened write-ups and I've done the same with Groups E-H.
So let's start with Group A and hosts Russia kick off the tournament with a game against the lowest-ranked side to make the finals in Saudi Arabia.
With Egypt and Uruguay making up the section this is a must-win game for the Russians and the pressure will be on to make a perfect start.
Russia are 1-3 at Unibet to start with three points but this is no gimme and 12-5 at William Hill not to qualify and it's a bet I'm interested in with their match against Egypt the key one. Many will see Egypt as one-man team thanks to Mo Salah but they're not although the Liverpool star will be neeed against the Saudis and Russians after maybe missing the opener against Uruguay.
Uruguay are star-studded and could go deep in the tournament if European-based Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani take their shooting boots to Russia.
Key game could be Russia v Egypyt on June 19 and the Egyptians look big at 18-5 with BetStars to win with the hosts just over evens.
- Uruguay to win Group A
- (Evens, McBookie)
Spain and Portugal have been paired with Morocco and Iran in Group B and it could be a shootout between Portugal and Morocco for second spot.
Portugal have to be given respect as European champions and will again rely on dogged defence and Cristiano Ronaldo to nick a goal when they need it.
The Spanish are blessed with likes of Cesc Fabregas, Anders Iniesta, David Silva, Alvaro Morata and Isco. Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos will form a powerful centre-back pairing and many will fancy them to go all the way.
Morocco are in their first finals since France 1998 and arrive confident having not conceded a goal in qualifying.
- Iran to finish bottom
- (19-20, 188BET)
France and Denmark landed lucky in Group C and there looks no chance of Australia progressing while Peru will need to hit top form.
The fabulous French are massive favourites at 4-9 with Black Type to top the table and the Danes, 8-11 at Sky Bet shouldn't be too far behind. A straight forecast on France and Denmark pays 7-4 at Black Type.
France open against Australia and while they can be slow starters we'll get an idea of the gulf in class between the sides. They are a best 2-9 to win and I'm happy to back France -1 at 8-11 with Coral.
Boss Didier Deschamps has so much talent at his disposal, the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante.
Denmark have one big star in Christian Eriksen but plenty of others plying their trade at the top level. They start against Peru and are 23-10 with Ladbrokes but the South Americans are now unbeaten in 14 and boosted by the availability of skipper and star man Pablo Guerrero.
Australia also needed a play-off to qualify and they struggled to see off Syria. I'll take the Aussies to finish bottom at 11-10 with BlackType.
- Australia to finish bottom
- (11-10, BlackType)
There's always a Group of Death and this year it's quite aptly Group D featuring Argentina, Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland.
Let's start with favourites Argentina and again Lionel Messi will be looking to add the greatest prize to his collection.
He's often been the bridesmaid with his country and team-mates simply can't set him up in forward areas the way his Barcelona pals do.
Argentina struggled through qualifying until Messi worked his magic against Ecuador. They say there are no easy games at the finals and there are unlikely to be here with Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland all capable.
Messi's men will hope to bank five or six points and rely on the others beating each other. Croatia are second seeds and have some brilliant performers such as Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic and should make it through.
Nigeria are a young side with some top players such as Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, John Obi Mikel and Wilfried Ndidi and won't be overshadowed
Iceland were the bottom seeds everyone wanted to avoid after their performance at Euro 2016 was followed by a first World Cup qualification.
Gylfi Sigurdsson is their star turn but they rely more on teamwork and set-pieces and often score fron long throws and corners. It's not pretty but it's pretty effective.
- Croatia to qualify
- (1-2, Ladbrokes)