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post May 29 2018, 07:26 PM
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Thursday 14 June

Russia vs Saudi Arabia - Moscow (Luzhniki) - 4pm - ITV


Friday 15 June

Egypt vs Uruguay (Group A) - Ekaterinburg - 1pm - BBC


Tuesday 19 June
Russia vs Egypt (Group A) - St Petersburg - 7pm - BBC


Wednesday 20 June
Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia (Group A) - Rostov-on-Don - 4pm - BBC


Monday 25 June

Uruguay vs Russia (Group A) - Samara - 3pm - ITV
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt (Group A) - Volgograd - 3pm - ITV



Odds to win Group A: (Coral)


Uruguay 4-5f
Russia 8-5
Egypt 11-2
Saudi Arabia 33-1


Who do you think will go through in Group A?

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post May 29 2018, 10:07 PM
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Russia v Saudi Arabia must be the least attractive opening fixture of a World Cup for a long time. Of course, we could all be wrong and it might be a nine-goal thriller.
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post May 29 2018, 10:27 PM
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Russia vs Saudi Arabia has 1-1 draw written all over it.
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post May 30 2018, 02:31 PM
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Russia were frustrating to watch in Euro 2016, they played fast attacking football but couldn't score sad.gif
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QUOTE(The Snake 🐍 @ May 30 2018, 03:31 PM) *
Russia were frustrating to watch in Euro 2016, they played fast attacking football but couldn't score sad.gif


Were you watching the same tournament as the rest of us? They were just about the worst team in a needlessly enlarged competition, even England should have thrashed them but somehow conspired not to. I miss the Russian team of Euro 2008 and the dark horses of Euro 2012.

On another note, Uruguay for a surprise semi final place? Previews suggest they have a new generation of technically sound and exciting midfielders to compliment their normal solid defence and two of the best strikers in European football.
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Simulated Results

RUS 3:0 KSA
EGY 1:1 URU
RUS 0:2 EGY
URU 4:0 KSA
KSA 0:1 EGY
RUS 1:2 URU


Uruguay [2-0-1] [7pts.] [7-2]
Egypt [2-0-1] [7pts.] [4-1]
Russia [1-2-0] [3pts.] [4-4]
Saudi Arabia [0-3-0] [0pts.] [0-8]
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post May 31 2018, 08:17 PM
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QUOTE(ML Hammer95 @ May 30 2018, 04:38 PM) *
Were you watching the same tournament as the rest of us? They were just about the worst team in a needlessly enlarged competition, even England should have thrashed them but somehow conspired not to. I miss the Russian team of Euro 2008 and the dark horses of Euro 2012.


Yeah, Russia were really slow and terrible at Euro 16. Hopefully they've improved since then. I don't agree about the needlessly enlarged part though, I really enjoyed seeing some new teams like Iceland and Albania and only Russia and Ukraine played poor enough to suggest the tournament could have done without them.


As long as Salah's fit I think Egypt will dominate this group. Uruguay to finish 2nd and reach the last 16 but I can't see them progressing any further after that.
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The problem with Euro 2016 was the format of the competition, 3rd place in most of the groups would have got a team through to the knockout stage and that's even how the eventual winners Portugal qualified. 3 and 4 points were enough for the 3rd placed teams to make it through to the next round so a lot of teams played for draws instead of trying to win so that made matches less entertaining to watch.


I will not be surprised if Russia fail to win a match at this World Cup, they could end up being the worst performing host team in history.
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post Jun 3 2018, 03:15 PM
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Yes Russia v Saudi Arabia could be the worst opening game of a World Cup. Previous opening games have been good.

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post Jun 14 2018, 02:32 PM
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Can see it being a score draw between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
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post Jun 14 2018, 02:55 PM
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I don't think so, I can see it getting a bit dirty and with a fair few goals scored. From the Russian side, the cynic in me is thinking the Saudis will have been instructed to be on their best behaviour in order to not give the referee any excuses.
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Of course I hope to be proved wrong.
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I think VAR will be used in this match.
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post Jun 14 2018, 03:14 PM
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What a moment to score your first international goal for Gazinsky.
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Russia are all over Saudi Arabia at the moment! It's looking like it could be a thrashing at this rate.
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post Jun 14 2018, 03:23 PM
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The first few minutes Saudi seemed in control. This may knock their confidence but I can see a way back for them if they don't get too rattled.
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Saudi just starting to get their confidence back.
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Aaand another one for Russia. Good goal to be fair, although I'm behind Saudi.
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QUOTE(Mack. @ Jun 14 2018, 04:33 PM) *
Saudi just starting to get their confidence back.

Having said that Russia have scored again.

Saudis defence very poor for the second goal. Look weak when other team on the counter attack.
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I think Russia will get at least another goal in this match, Saudi Arabia have been so poor for the large majority of this match so far.


Saudi Arabia will most likely end up without a point if they don't get anything in this match because Egypt and Uruguay will surely beat them.


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