Monthly Archives: June 2018

World Cup Day 5

England’s big day is finally here as we open our campaign against Tunisia tonight.

One of the biggest days for England fans in the football calender as we look to start our Russian adventure with victory.

Weekend recap

It has certainly been a fantastic weekend in Russia which just about had everything. Ronaldo stole the show in one of the greatest World Cup matches ever seen as Spain were held to a 3-3 draw by Portugal.

Messi couldn’t drag Argentina past Iceland, while Brazil also had a stuttering start.

However, Mexico stole the show yesterday as they beat reigning champions Germany with a fantastic counter attacking display.

Sweden v South Korea

The other match in Germany’s group is today’s early kick off and after the result yesterday it is wide open.

The Swedes knocked out Italy in the playoffs to reach the finals so have shown they can beat some of the biggest nations and will start favourites today.

South Korea don’t come into the tournament in great form but it is another one of those games when both sides will feel they need to win to progress.

Belgium v Panama

Belgium are favourites to win our group and should get off to a winning start against new boys Panama.

They are making their first appearance at the finals and if they pick up any points in the group they will have done well.

Belgium should be too strong though and have a genuine chance of going far in the tournament.

England v Tunisia

We finally kick off with expectations lower than normal. However, they are still expectations for tonight, a winning start.

We have a young attacking side who could threaten anyone we face going forward.

Tunisia won’t roll over, a lot of the smaller sides have so far put up solid displays so far.

However, we should be able to replicate 20 years ago when we overcame them 2-0 in our opening game in France.

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World Cup 2018 Day 2

We are well and truly underway after the opening ceremony and match yesterday, but today the action gets better as three games take place.

Day 1 What we learned

While Russia were expected to win yesterday the manner of their victory over Saudi Arabia which was suprising. It was clearly a mixture of Saudi having an absolute shocker and good Russian play, but they took their goals very well. The last two in particular are genuine world class strikes. It puts them in good stead to qualify with the two harder games coming up. As for Saudi one day in, it is hard to see any way they can come back from this.

Day 2

Uruguay v Egypt

A really interesting contest, but where the build up has all been about one player. Following the Champions League final all of Egypt has been sweating if Mo Salah will be fit, it sounds like he won’t be fit to start but they need him in what will be the toughest game of the group.

In Cavani and Suarez alone the South Americans are very dangerous and they were fantastic in qualifying.

Uruguay have the potential to have another great run again and the draw has been very kind to them, I expect them to win the group.

Morocco v Iran

Group B kicks off with the two smaller teams of the four facing off in a game both simply have to win to have a chance of getting through. Both sides were impressive in qualifying with fantastic defensive records. It could well be a game of few goals but one both have to go for in the later stages.

Spain v Portugal

The pick of the group games is set to be a Friday night treat for all. Spain’s well documented build up may have an effect on the squad but it doesn’t stop them from having a world class line-up and they still remain rightfully one of the favourites for the event.

European champions Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo are hoping for back-to-back major honours. Alongside their neighbours they should have too much for the others in the group whatever the result tonight.

However it is set to be a fantastic game for all football lovers across the globe.

The World Cup is now truly here.

World Cup day 1 preview

It is finally here World Cup 2018! Over the next four weeks we are set for a feast of football and I will be looking towards the action as everything plays out.

There is only the opening match on Day 1 as Russia get ready to stage the World Cup for the first time and while it may not be that exciting a game on paper it means the tournament is finally here!

Russia v Saudi Arabia

The two lowest ranked teams in the tournament meet in the opening game which it is hard to argue isn’t the worst opening game in the history of the tournament.

Neither team come into the tournament in any sort of form but it is crucial for either team if they have hopes of progression.

Uruguay are the favourites in one of the weakest groups in the tournament with Egypt and Mo Salah also set to provide a test for the hosts.

With Russia not having to qualify for the event they have had to make do with friendlies as a warm up for the event but have struggled albeit against some of the better teams in the world.

Since qualifying Saudi Arabia have also struggled results wise but have shown enough that they may not be rolled over as much as some may think.

Russia are heavy favourites for the match with home advantage, but the odds for them to win aren’t worth it considering they have struggled to score many let alone win.

Either way the world will be watching and even if tonight’s match might not be a classic it means the start of a fantastic few weeks for football.