17 October, 2017
This is straight from FIFA.com website: The eight teams will be divided into two pots, with the four best-ranked teams in one of the pots.
The Indian football team on Monday received a boost in FIFA rankings, a week after qualifying for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup by moving up two places to be at the 105th spot. The return leg takes place between November 12 and 14. Therefore, the Russian national team is playing friendly football matches in the run-up to the much anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Germany remain top, followed by Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France, Spain, Chile and Peru.
No disrespect to Russian Federation or Poland, but there's a clear desired destination for teams in Pots 2-4: Whichever group is headed by Russian Federation or Poland.
After a busy qualifying program last week, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium and Poland are also top-seeded for the December 1 draw in Moscow.
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Denmark will instead be seeded, along with Switzerland, Italy and Croatia, after rising seven places in the rankings. Should Peru, Switzerland and Italy win their respective playoffs, then the pot would remain as is.
Regardless, Spain, England, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay will be in this pot, and when you start to combine them with the teams in the seeded pot, thing start to get a bit death-y. Likewise they can not play Sweden or Greece.
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