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Which Country will win the World Cup 2018?

Belgium - 7/1
Brazil - 14/5
Croatia - 13/2
England - 9/2
France - 4/1
Russia - 20/1
Sweden - 25/1
Uruguay - 16/1

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Offline mank baggie

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Re: World Cup 2018
« Reply #25 on: June 14, 2018, 08:30:21 AM »
I think that is really poor, a massive region like the Midlands and not one player playing for England in the world cup
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Re: World Cup 2018
« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2018, 08:54:59 AM »
No mate born in the Midlands

Ah I see, apologies.

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Re: World Cup 2018
« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2018, 05:59:56 PM »
1st game finishes 5-0 to the hosts.
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« Reply #28 on: June 14, 2018, 06:39:02 PM »
Saudi Arabia were awful, god knows what cavani and Suarez will do against them next week!
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« Reply #29 on: June 14, 2018, 08:44:33 PM »
I thought at times Saudi played some nice football, but their overall quality was lacking. On one hand I feel that 5-0 flattered Russia, because Saudi weren't that bad, but on the other hand they created very little in the final third. I don't really rate Russia. A better team would have been in double figures.

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« Reply #30 on: June 14, 2018, 09:26:13 PM »
I thought at times Saudi played some nice football, but their overall quality was lacking. On one hand I feel that 5-0 flattered Russia, because Saudi weren't that bad, but on the other hand they created very little in the final third. I don't really rate Russia. A better team would have been in double figures.

Agreed, they showed flashes but then ruined it with poor passing. They looked jittery if I'm being honest, messing up simple passes. You just can't be that aggressively forward with your approach if you're going to make poor passes so often. Russia killed them on the counter. Saudi didn't show enough individual talent to overcome the mistakes they made as a team.

Russia were carefully patient and effective when they got their chances. Props to them. The +5 will allow them to be conservative vs the best two teams in the group and try their chances on the counter again. If they manage two draws they're into the next round. 

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« Reply #31 on: June 14, 2018, 09:35:51 PM »
I think the pundits made a good point that most of the Saudi team come from the top two teams in their league, so they're not used to defending much. Probably explained why they were left so open at the back so often

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« Reply #32 on: June 14, 2018, 11:00:51 PM »
I think the pundits made a good point that most of the Saudi team come from the top two teams in their league, so they're not used to defending much. Probably explained why they were left so open at the back so often

I think they are still fasting until tomorrow so that probably didn't help
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« Reply #33 on: June 15, 2018, 05:27:46 AM »
Saudi were poor, but there were some great strikes by the Russians.

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« Reply #34 on: June 15, 2018, 12:54:12 PM »
Biggest advert Hegazi will have this summer today. Can't see anything than a vibrant Urugayan win but big performances from the big man and his value will just go further north!

Looking forward to watching Bentacur. Class act.

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« Reply #35 on: June 15, 2018, 01:03:37 PM »
I’ve heard some decent things about the Egyptian Trezeguet. Not linked to us but scored a fair few in Turkey last season for Kasimpasa.

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« Reply #36 on: June 15, 2018, 01:07:05 PM »
Will be interesting to see how Gabr plays as well
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« Reply #37 on: June 15, 2018, 01:52:01 PM »
Incredibly underwhelming first half so far.

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« Reply #38 on: June 15, 2018, 02:11:23 PM »
No mate born in the Midlands

Sam Morsy for Egypt... there you go. Born in Wolverhampton  ;D

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« Reply #39 on: June 15, 2018, 02:37:37 PM »
Hegazi playing well.

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« Reply #40 on: June 15, 2018, 02:48:02 PM »
Hegazi playing well.

Still at work, how is the former Albion player Gabr doing?
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« Reply #41 on: June 15, 2018, 02:53:23 PM »
Still at work, how is the former Albion player Gabr doing?
Was doing ok to be fair.
Uruguay just scored off a corner though, beat them both to the ball lol.

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« Reply #42 on: June 15, 2018, 03:41:57 PM »
Poor game that Egypt - Uruguay one was

Hegazi did ok though

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« Reply #43 on: June 15, 2018, 04:01:47 PM »
Really enlightening pre-match build up for the Morocco v Iran game here from ITV.........not.

An interview with Gary Neville about England being pathetic in past tournaments and a discussion about if Harry Kane is world class or not. Pretty sure we're not playing today.

I know they're not glamour teams here but they could have had a look at players to look out for and a bit more about each team. Do they not have research teams or could they just not be bothered?

Anyway, Uruguay looked very mediocre apart from the fact that they have 2 strikers who can possibly score at any moment given a decent chance. Can't see them doing much at this tournament. Egypt much the same, but without even a decent striker on the pitch today. Russia were good last night but the opposition were poor, which flattered them slightly.

Morocco should win this next one.    (Edit : Maybe not as it turned out)
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« Reply #44 on: June 15, 2018, 05:42:02 PM »
Thought Hegazhi had a decent game, commanding in his box, until him and a colleague were beaten in the air for the winning goal.
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« Reply #45 on: June 15, 2018, 05:46:03 PM »
Another dull game. Thank god they're adding another 16 teams  ???

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« Reply #46 on: June 15, 2018, 06:14:14 PM »
Should be a sixteen team tournament with a round robin first round to get to the last eight, then two leg knockouts, then final.

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« Reply #47 on: June 15, 2018, 06:23:30 PM »
Should be a sixteen team tournament with a round robin first round to get to the last eight, then two leg knockouts, then final.

That would negatively impact grassroots levels of football around the globe.

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« Reply #48 on: June 15, 2018, 06:49:11 PM »
The whole pointed of two legged cup ties is so both teams get to play at home, utterly pointless in an international tournament...
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« Reply #49 on: June 15, 2018, 07:18:32 PM »
NOW it feels like the World Cup has started. Good old Ronnie!  :-X