Croatia set to repeat the heroics of 1998

Both Croatia and Russia will fight for a place in history books when they take on each other in the FIFA World Cup quarterfinal at Fisht Olympic Stadium on Saturday. Croatia surprised everyone in the footballing world in 1998 when they clinched the third place in the World Cup. Davor Suker was the hero of that Croatian side as he claimed the Golden Boot award with six goals in seven games. A lot was expected of the tiny nation following their heroics in France, but it took them another 20…

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World Cup 2018 Group A – Betting Tips, Predictions & Preview

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Group A in the FIFA World Cup 2018 consists of South American giants Uruguay, hosts Russia, African hopefuls Egypt and Asian minnows Saudi Arabia. Uruguay are the obvious favourites to top the group, but we expect an interesting battle between Russia and Egypt for the second qualifying spot. Here’s our little preview of four teams from Group A. Egypt Egypt are making their third appearance at the FIFA event and their first since the 1990 World Cup.  The Pharaohs, who are ranked 46th in FIFA rankings, have never managed to…

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Confederations Cup – Russia vs New Zealand betting odds

The Confederations Cup will kick-off in Russia this Saturday as the hosts take on Oceania champions New Zealand at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. The eight-nation FIFA tournament, which consists of the champions from six continents, World Cup winner Germany, and the hosts, is supposed to work as a dress-rehearsal for next year’s World Cup in Russia. Both teams from the opening game are underdogs in Group A, which also contains Portugal and Mexico; however, the hosts will be huge favourites to claim three points in the tournament opener.…

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Ignominious Euro 2016 exit for Russia

After being soundly beaten 3-0 by Wales, a dishevelled Russia became the third team to be eliminated from Euro 2016, joining their eastern neighbours Ukraine and Romania in exiting the competition at the group stage. Devoid of desire, determination and passion, Russia were completely outclassed and out fought by a hugely impressive Welsh side, who deservedly qualified for the last 16. Whilst Wales immediately settled into the game by playing with composure, control and poise, Russia were lethargic and seemingly overawed by the intensity of the occasion. To compound the…

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Euro 2016 Group B – England in pole position to finish top

Whatever happened, there was always going to be a hefty list of talking points following the game between England and Wales. It did not disappoint, as Roy Hodgson’s bold decision to bring on two strikers from the bench at half-time paid off as Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge both scored to turn around a worrying deficit brought about by goalkeeper Joe Hart’s inability to field a long range free-kick from Gareth Bale. The last-gasp nature of Sturridge’s dramatic winner could be the catalyst for England to go a reasonable distance…

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Euro 2016 Group B – Pressure on England for battle of Lens

It is a great shame that events on the field during the opening round of Group B matches were overshadowed by the behaviour of so-called supporters of England and Russia both in the port of Marseille and in the stadium itself, after the two sides had drawn one apiece. It was so severe to the extent that Russia have been given a suspended disqualification from UEFA, and the manager and captain of England have had to record messages urging fans to stay out of trouble. There were no such problems…

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Euro 2016 Group B – The Wait is Over for Wales

The biggest headline when the draw was made for Euro 2016 in December was that England had been drawn in the same group as Wales in the latter’s first appearance at a major tournament since all the way back in 1958. There is pressure on both sides as they take to the field for their opening matches on Saturday, with England especially under the spotlight in their bid to make a long-awaited impression on the big stage. As soon as they qualified amid joyous scenes by beating Andorra eight months…

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