The final eight teams have been confirmed, and already this has been the most unpredictable FIFA World Cup in history. Top-tier teams are unable to showcase their dominance against the so-called mediocre teams.
Already Germany, Spain, Argentina and Portugal have been eliminated from the tournament. The last eight comprises of those few teams who have the grit and the will to push through.
But, a question has come up. Which of these teams have the easiest path to the finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia?
So here we have a list of three teams that have a rather easier route to the final of the tournament.
With the entire English social media rocking the #ItsComingHome, it is becoming harder and harder to dispel their belief.
They were the last team to get into the last-eight, but they just might be the team to have the most favourable path to the finals.
In the Quarter-Finals, the team will be taking on the Scandinavian side of Sweden. Even though the record books have seen them being on the losing end more often, it shouldn’t be forgotten that the last time the two teams met in an international competition it was in UEFA Euro Cup 2012.
The Three Lions came back from being down 2-1 to win the game 3-2.
If they do get past Sweden, they will face the winner of Croatia vs Russia in the Semi-Final. Both sides have caused upsets along their way, and just like England are underdogs.
It is a long shot, but the English fans have come together for the first time in a while to believe in their team, and push for the dream to become a reality.
The European side has been arguably one of the best teams in the tournament. They haven’t lost a single game, and have scored eight goals in four games.
With the midfield of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic, the team has a scary potential to go all the way.
The luck is also on their side, as they too have been given favourable matchups in their route for a first FIFA World Cup Final appearance.
In the Quarter-Final they will be taking on Russia, who is coming off a spectacular win over Spain. The host nation is buoyant and will want to keep on going. Croatia has the skills to stop them in their tracks and continue their own quest for glory.
If they deal with Russia they will face the winner of England vs Sweden. This particular matchup can go either way, and it will be a competitive tie regardless.
This tournament seems to favour the European teams, as France has also broken off the shackles they were stuck in with at the group stage. They showed their attacking prowess against Argentina and finally came good in the Round of 16.
With the likes of Kylian Mbappe who has now scored thrice in his debut FIFA World Cup appearance, the team has a young star who is fearless.
The team will be taking on Uruguay in the Quarter-Final. Being responsible for breaking the hearts of all the Messi supporters, they now have take on another South American side. Uruguay is a tough competitor though, as both their strikers are gelling well.
If they do get past them, they will be taking on the winner of Brazil vs Belgium. Both teams who have superstars all round, comparable to France.
The last final the Les Bleus entered was in the 2006 edition where they lost to Italy on penalties. They would want to redeem themselves this time out.