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Prediction: Russia v Egypt 0

Posted on June 18, 2018 by David Nugent

Verdict: Russia win

Best Odds: 11/10

Bookmakers: Bet365

On Tuesday night, World Cup hosts Russia face Egypt in the Krestovsky Stadium. This clash could be pivotal in who qualifies for the knockout stages of the competition from Group D. A defeat for Egypt is likely to lead to the Pharaoh’s exit from World Cup 2018.

Russia

Russia made a dream start to World Cup 2018 on home soil by recording a sensational 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in their opening game. The win was much needed as it ended a seven-game run without a victory for Stanislav Cherchesov’s team.

Prediction: Colombia vs Japan 0

Posted on June 18, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Prediction: Colombia win

Best Odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: bet365

The majority of the nations in the 2018 FIFA World Cup have now competed in their first group stage game, but there are still a handful of sides waiting to make an impact. Two such examples are Colombia and Japan, and while they may be polar opposite countries, they both have a mutual goal – defy expectations and qualify for the knockout stages. In many ways, they’re both considered to be underdogs in their group, but as we’ve seen in the past, that’ll suit these two just fine.

Lichtsteiner receives criticism 0

Posted on June 18, 2018 by Harry Kettle

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is in full swing, and we’ve already seen plenty of surprising results. Argentina were held to a draw by Iceland, reigning champions Germany were defeated by Mexico, and last night, Switzerland managed to grab a point from their opener against favourites Brazil. Despite that, however, new Arsenal signing Stephan Lichtsteiner’s performance wasn’t received particularly well by pundits and fans alike.

Many thought that he was slow to read the ball, didn’t deal with pressure all that well and looked out of place. Gunners legend Ian Wright has defended the 34-year-old in the wake of the criticism, stating that he was facing an uphill battle when going head to head with Brazil’s fantastic attacking options.

Prediction: Tunisia v England 0

Posted on June 16, 2018 by David Nugent

Verdict: England

Best Odds: 4/9

Bookmaker: Coral

Tunisia and England go head-to-head in Group G of the World Cup, as both teams look to get their campaign off to a winning start. However, this clash will be regarded as the classic World Cup David v Goliath encounter.

Tunisia

Tunisia are back at the World Cup after a 12-year absence. Russia 2018 will be their fifth World Cup appearance, but the North African side have yet to progress past the group stages of the competition.

Xhaka signs new deal 0

Posted on June 16, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Granit Xhaka has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, the club have confirmed on their official website.

The future of the midfielder was somewhat uncertain after the departure of Arsene Wenger, but the man who has replaced the Frenchman has assured the Swiss international that he will remain an important player for the team.

Xhaka joined Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016, and so far he has made 94 appearances and scored seven goals for the Gunners from his role in central midfield. A relentless player, packing a powerful shot and boasting great passing range and vision, and his new deal is nothing but excellent news for Arsenal as they strive to overcome the difficulties that come with being in transition.

Prediction: Brazil vs Switzerland 0

Posted on June 16, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Prediction: Brazil win

Best Odds: 2/5

Bookmaker: bet365

The 2018 FIFA World Cup has already thrown up a series of shocking moments and great goals, and we’re only just getting started. Over the next few days or so every single team in the tournament will play their first game in Russia, with one of the more notable encounters being Brazil vs Switzerland. The five-time world champions are expected to ease their way through this group and into the knockout stages, whereas the Swiss are being tipped to follow the South Americans through to the Round of 16.

Prediction: Croatia vs Nigeria 1

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Prediction: Croatia win

Best odds: 3/4

Bookmaker: Coral

Croatia and Nigeria open their World Cup campaigns against each other. The game should be an interesting clash of European and African football, though a lot of Nigerians also play in Europe. The two teams play in group D of the tournament, which also contains one of the title favourites Argentina and Iceland, one of the nicest surprises of Euro 2016.

The strength of the group’s remaining two teams will certainly represent strong motivation for both sides, and the fact that both Croatia and Nigeria like to play attacking football is also promising.

Prediction: Argentina vs Iceland 0

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Prediction: Argentina win

Best Odds: 1/3

Bookmaker: bet365

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is here, and we’ve already had plenty of goals and drama to last us for a few days – but that isn’t how this tournament works. The games are coming thick and fast, and within 24 hours, the supposed group of death aka Group D will be underway. All four teams in the group will harbour realistic ambitions of reaching the knockout stages, and two of them, Argentina and Iceland, will square off in the opening round of fixtures in one of the biggest David vs Goliath encounters of the entire tournament.

Prediction: Germany v Mexico 0

Posted on June 15, 2018 by David Nugent

Verdict: Germany win

Best Odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: Bet365

On Sunday afternoon, world champions Germany will start the defence of their title as they face Mexico in Group F of the World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium.

Germany

Germany cruised through qualifying with a perfect record. No team scored more than Die Mannschaft’s goal tally of 43 in European qualifying. At the other end of the pitch, they conceded just four times.

The team ranked first team in the world will be looking to become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to retain the World Cup.

Prediction: Egypt vs Uruguay 0

Posted on June 14, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Prediction: Both teams to score

Best odds: 5/4

Bookmakers: Paddy Power and Ladbrokes

It’s a tough start for Egypt as they face Uruguay in their first game of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but it shouldn’t be too easy for the South-Americans either. It should be an interesting goalscorer contest between two players that earned high praise in a Liverpool shirt – Mohamed Salah and Luis Suarez. Of course, Suarez has been playing for Barcelona since his move to Catalonia in 2014.

Egypt

The Pharaohs didn’t show particularly great levels of form recently, winning none and losing three of their last five games.



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