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Day 1: Opening Ceremony and Russia vs Saudi Arabia (Kick-off: 16h00 BST)

Discussion in 'World Cup 2018 Forum' started by K2K, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. Jun 14, 2018
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    K2K Full Member

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    Opening game at 16:00 BST
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    BoomerangKuwanger New Member

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    Predictions? I think the hosts will edge this one out in a scrappy 2-1 victory.
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    Midfield Red

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    Any chance for the Saudis? At least for a draw :D
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    P-Nut0712 fan of well-known French footballer Fabinho

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    Times like this it's good to work nights. Go home soon and go sleep. Wake up and it's time for some world cup action.
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    Scarlet_Emperor New Member

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    Even though the Saudis don't inspire much confidence, the Russians aren't much better. It's actually possible that this match will end up in a draw (1-1 or 2-2).
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    soccerMad New Member

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    Don't they usually draw on the opening game? I am putting my bet down at 2-2.

    Let the game begin.
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    Foxtrot New Member

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    If the Russians can't even win this, they can forget about making it out of the group. They have been handed the kindest and best possible draw with their opening game against the worst team in the World Cup. I am going for a Russia win 1-0 or 2-0.
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    Abizzz Full Member

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    Unless i've missed some spectacular developments in Saudi Arabian football (which tbh is more than possible) Russia should win this comfortably.

    2:0 sounds good.
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    Sky1981 Fending off the urge

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    Ye. Can't see this any other than Russian win. It'll be a small margin I'd think 2-0 max.
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    Jonno Full Member

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    You'd fancy Russia, but could the occasion get to them and the Saudi's scrap out a 0-0 or a 0-1? Quite possibly!

    More importantly, will they have snipers on the roof for Robbie's performance?
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    haram Full Member

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    How good is Smolov exactly? Does anyone know?
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    Santi_Mesut_Alexis_87 New Member

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    Fantastic game to start with :lol:
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    GloryHunter07 Full Member

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    One of the Russian journos was saying on the Totally Football Podcast how completely shite Russia's team is this year. Could be a poor match.
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    Two shit teams sometimes results in lots of errors. I hope so. 2-2 with a couple of penalties.
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    ThierryHenry wishes he could watch Arsenal games with KM

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    Can’t wait. Any recommendations on where to get a wall chart today?
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    prateik Full Member

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    Who has more money to bribe the referees?
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    alsabi Full Member

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    Lowest-ranked team vs second-lowest!
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    Maxin I come to your team n I feck things up, I'm Moyes

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    Panama?
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    alsabi Full Member

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    Maxin I come to your team n I feck things up, I'm Moyes

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    RobinLFC Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    Finally :drool:

    What a difference with 4 years ago when Brazil - Croatia was the opener. Still, will watch it anyway and I fancy the Saudis to get something from this game.
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    crossy1686 Full Member

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    This game has 0-0 written all over it.
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    Bocca9978 New Member

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    1-0 Russia for me.
    Close scrappy game, not going to be the best but the host will just get it.

    Looking forward to it all getting started :D
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    KM I’m afraid I just blue myself Staff

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    Any ideas on the probable starting lineups?
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    Annihilate Now! ...or later, I'm not fussy Scout

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    3-2 Russia.
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    Maxin I come to your team n I feck things up, I'm Moyes

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    2-0 Russia. Golovin x2
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    FireballXL5 New Member

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    Russia playing in Russia in the opening game of the World Cup? 5-0
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    VorZakone What would Kenny G do?

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    Such an uninspiring opener. :lol:
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    Foxtrot New Member

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    A lot of punters are going hard on Saudi Arabia and the betting lines have moved up significantly for Russia and dropped massively for Saudi Arabia. This usually means there could be an upset and the Saudis could get a result. But still think the Russians would win it. It would be disastrous if they don't. Can't see them not winning.
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    Ben Lister New Member

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    I'm actually kinda even looking forward to this match tbh, World Cup fever has well and truly taken me over. Going for a 1-1 draw.
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    DRM New Member

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    Yea I think I'll give this one a miss :lol:
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    Rado_N Yaaas Broncos!

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    Radio Times has one but it's a bit busy, with TV schedules on there. We've got one in the office that a colleague got from Match of the Day magazine which is much better imo but I'm not sure if that's still available.
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    Loublaze ATLien

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    1-1. Its the world cup who cares who's playing :lol:
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    Battle of the bribes :drool: Will end 1-0 I think. Can't wait for some World Cup action.
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    crossy1686 Full Member

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    You know you won't!
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    OnlyTwoDaSilvas Gullible

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    This. One of the best bits is watching countries you rarely see play. I can't remember seeing Saudi Arabia in a tournament since Japan/Korea 2002? (Unless they were at 06 and I've forgotten about them?)

    Hoping that the opening ceremony is as bonkers as possible too.
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    K2K Full Member

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    They were in Gemany 2006, but I cant remember them either.
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    izec Full Member

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    I will watch it even if i dont care about these two teams. Hope Russia dont lose, just for the atmosphere to not drop massively
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    Peyroteo Professional Ronaldo PR Guy

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    Finally :drool:

    Hoping for a crazy opening ceremony and a Russia win, it's their easiest game and as hosts it would be important to at least start on a good note
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    Parma Dewol Full Member

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    Can't wait. :)