Is it now or never for Messi?

The weight of expectation on Messi's shoulders is enormous Argentina gets their World Cup campaign underway in Moscow when they take on Iceland. Albiceleste boss Jorge Sampaoli is aiming to guide his side to a first World Cup victory since 1986. Sampaoli has already named his starting XI, 24 hours ahead

What we learned about Portugal & Spain

Portugal and Spain shared the spoils in a brilliant six-goal thriller The Group B clash between Portugal and Spain promised to be a cracker, it didn't disappoint. A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick, a brace from Diego Costa and a fantastic strike by Nacho shaped a fantastic game of football. Spain dominated the

Portugal vs Spain: Group B blockbuster

It's Fernando versus Fernando, Portugal versus Spain The Group B opener between Portugal and Spain is an absolute blockbuster of a game. Both sides were knocked out of the 2014 World Cup at the group stages, that shouldn't be the scenario this time around. The current European Champions can emulate their

Spanish World Cup preparations rocked

There isn't a bigger fixture in the opening round The World Cup headlines have been dominated by Spain for all the wrong reasons. Spain's preparations for the World Cup looked to have been completely undone. Julen Lopetegui was sacked by the Spanish Football Federation yesterday. The announcement that he would take

Russia v Saudi Arabia Preview

The host nation must get off to a positive start Kick Off - 16:00 BST The World Cup will get underway when the host nation take on Saudi Arabia in Group A. Russia are ranked by FIFA at 70 and most bookies have priced them at 40/1 to win the competition. Russia

Why Spain can conquer once again

La Roja are in the hunt for World Cup victory If Brazil and Germany are the teams to beat at this year's World Cup then Spain might just be the team beat them. The Spanish squad is technically gifted and their ability and desire to retain the ball often leaves the

Germany are the team to beat in Russia

The World Champions are setting their targets on another masterclass Love them or loathe them, there aren't too many World Cup teams that have been as consistently good as Germany. The World Champions are fancied by the bookies as second favourites. Joachim Löw takes Die Mannschaft to his third consecutive World

World Cup: England three bold predictions

England head to Russia without the usual pre-tournament hype England are heading to Russia in really good form. Gareth Southgate's side have not been beaten since June 2016, but nobody is getting carried away. England's Group G opponents include Tunisia, Panama and a richly talented Belgium side. Three bold predictions Table Toppers England will

Harry Kane can emulate Lineker at the World Cup

Harry Kane is among the favourites to win the World Cup Golden Boot Tottenham Hotspur fans should be grinning from ear-to-ear at this moment in time. The announcement that Harry Kane signed a new deal at Spurs until 2024 not only signals the club's intent but it means that the England

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