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World Cup Topic 2018

Discussion in 'Anything Goes' started by Will, Jun 14, 2018 at 2:46 PM.

  1. Will

    Will Well-Known Member

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    Since we're probably going to end up with one of these at some point, no time like the present.

    Post your predictions, post-match analysis, complaints about the terrible TV pundits and excuses when England fail to make it past the last-16 here :)
     
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    Russia v Saudi Arabia proved a better game than I expected. A fairly hopeless and out of depth Saudi team portrayed Russia as a decent side. Despite the convincing win I felt Russia were quite sloppy with both their passing and in the final third.

    Since it was on ITV, I muted the TV and went with Five Live commentary. I'm quite frankly sick of Glen Hoddle talking about what he would do, rather than giving us viewers a decent insight.
     
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    I forgot just how awful ITV are at football coverage. The presenters, pundits, commentators, even the studio are all terrible compared to BBC.

    Saudi Arabia played exactly like you'd expect a Muslim football team to play during Ramadan in fairness.

    Has anyone put any bets on? I've got a few ridiculous 50/1 + shots on :)
     
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    I don't do football really. But I can get excited for the World Cup. I didn't watch today's match so I'm sure my insight will be really appreciated.

    A BBC pundit (the name escapes me, it might have been Alan Shearer) said 'Saudi Arabia have played the worst game of World Cup Finals football I've ever seen'. High praise indeed.
    I assume Egypt don't stand much of a chance against Uruguay?
     
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    Egypt v Uruguay will be an interesting match. Both teams have one big star player in Salah and Saurez. However I believe that Uruguay have more quality and with Cavani and Godin they should be looking to win this match and the group.
     
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    ITV's coverage has been more woeful than usual, as Eni Aluko has forced herself upon us, in addition to Glenn Hoddle's dirge-like commentary. The BBC aren't immune from criticism, as Mark Lawrenson nearly put me back to sleep this morning.

    I keep getting distracted, so I've not watched as much of the tournament as I'd expected so far, though did catch all of Spain v Portugal - I can't :emoji_zipper_mouth:ing stand Ronaldo, but also can't deny he made that match the spectacle it was. My immediate reaction was that I wouldn't be surprised to see that game replayed as the final, but then we've not seen Brazil or Germany yet, nor have France or Argentina shown us their best, perhaps most anticipating the fights Australia and Iceland would put up. I was also disappointed for Egypt, but if you're going to leave Salah on the bench and bring on bloody Ramadan, then what do you expect?

    The rest of today's games don't exactly have me drooling in anticipation, but there should be a couple of good ones tomorrow.
     
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    Croatia seem to have the exact problem England had when it's golden generation came into peak. Cramming all your best players on the pitch and subsequently playing them all out of position will never work, shame really as I'd like to see them do well this tournament.
     
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    Really enjoyed this afternoon's game - despite being English, I do enjoy watching the Germans, but at the same time, it was nice to see their new generation taste opening game defeat. Their endless attempts to get back into it, combined with resilient Mexican defending was what made it though.

    Equally, there may be another shock in progress at the moment, but I still wouldn't be about to bet against the Brazilians.
     

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