The FIFA World cup is finally upon us and all eyes turn to Russia for this prestigious event. Pre-tournament friendlies count for nothing and as well as some new faces we’re also missing some of the giants of world football. So whilst the Dutch and Italians sun themselves on the Riviera, everyone else will be glued to their TV’s and clutching on to the vague hope that their team doesn’t
meet Germany in the knockout stages.
6 games have been chosen and I’ll try to pick my way through the possible outcomes.
I’m not expecting too much from this opening game. Russia have hardly been inspiring in their friendlies leading up to this tournament and it’s unlikely they’d be playing here if they weren’t the
hosts. The same could also be said for Saudi Arabia but they did put a good show against Germany on Friday night. It will be a cagey affair and likely low scoring too.
Both teams have goals in them but Uruguay do have a slight edge over Egypt. Their build up to this tournament has been scuppered a little bit by Ramadan which could prove to be the decider here. Uruguay are unbeaten in their 3 games this year against teams of a similar level. Egypt have struggled in their 5 games of this year, not winning a single game.
Morocco are almost certainly favourites in this tie. They have experience as a team together, having played 10 games in 2018 in which they’re unbeaten. Iran won’t be pushovers and they’ll probably get themselves a goal but ultimately Morocco are much stronger.
Here are two very evenly matched teams and the bookies would have you believe that Spain are odds-on favourites for this one, but I’m more inclined to think that Portugal could edge out a very close game here. Portugal haven’t been convincing in the build-up but we know they can step it up in the big games.
A game which sees Peru as slight underdogs, though I don’t think Denmark will be taking too much for granted. This is Peru’s first appearance in these finals since 1982 and they’ve got something to prove. They’re unbeaten this year whereas Denmark haven’t had quite as much success.
Nigeria have had a lot of games together as a team in 2018, though this might not necessarily transfer into success. They put on a fairly good showing against England, proving they’re not pushovers. Croatia have had mixed results and haven’t really wowed in their victories. This will be very close and fairly low scoring.