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World Cup 2018: Lawro

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World Cup 2018: Lawro

World Cup 2018 on the BBC
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England and hosts Russia are among the many groups already into the final 16, however who will be a part of them?

Some large names are in jeopardy, together with holders Germany, who play South Korea of their remaining group recreation, and Lionel Messi’s Argentina, who tackle Nigeria – each video games are dwell on BBC TV and BBC Radio 5 dwell.

Lawro is predicting the result of all 64 video games on the 2018 Fifa World Cup – right here he picks the scores within the matches that may determine who else goes by means of, and who’s going dwelling.

Earlier than the group stage began, Lawro picked his two groups to undergo from every group into the knockout stage. He’s backing Brazil to win the World Cup, and believes England will attain the quarter-finals.

Lawro was chatting with BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan in Moscow.

Group A

Video games Rating Lawro’s prediction
Monday, 25 June
Saudi Arabia v Egypt 2-1 1-1
Monday, 25 June
Uruguay v Russia 2-0 1-1

Saudi Arabia 2-1 Egypt

Match report

Uruguay 2-Zero Russia

Match report

Lawro’s pre-tournament picks to undergo: Uruguay (winners) and Russia (runners-up)


Video games Rating Lawro’s prediction
Monday, 25 June
Iran v Portugal x-x 0-1
Monday, 25 June
Spain v Morocco x-x 2-0

Iran v Portugal (Monday, 25 June at Mordovia Enviornment, Saransk. 19:00 BST)

Iran have performed OK thus far and, regardless of dropping narrowly to Spain, they nonetheless have an opportunity of getting out of this group.

I do not see it taking place, although, though their Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz will know all about Portugal after managing them twice.

I believed Portugal’s passing was poor of their final recreation, a win over Morocco, however they all the time appear to discover a means, helped by Cristiano Ronaldo after all.

Spain v Morocco (Monday, 25 June at Kaliningrad Stadium, Kalingrad. 19:00 BST)

Spain are one of the best group I’ve seen thus far at this World Cup. I do know they solely beat Iran 1-Zero however they have been so dominant and so they seem like a category act.

Morocco already know they’re going dwelling, however they no less than had a go towards Portugal of their final recreation.

I’m anticipating them to do the identical right here however, in that case, it’s going to most likely be a type of wonderful failure, as a result of I’d nonetheless again Spain to win.

Lawro’s pre-tournament picks to undergo: Spain (winners) and Portugal (runners-up)


Video games Rating Lawro’s prediction
Tuesday, 26 June
Australia v Peru x-x 1-1
Tuesday, 26 June
Denmark v France x-x 0-2

Australia v Peru (Tuesday, 26 June at Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi. 15:00 BST)

I’ve seen each of Australia’s video games and I simply fear that they may run of of steam, as a result of the best way they play is so demanding.

Their coach Bert van Marwijk took them to a coaching camp in Turkey for about three weeks within the run-up to the match, and he has clearly labored them solidly there.

So you possibly can perceive if they’re drained now, and I additionally assume they are going to wrestle to interchange Andrew Nabbout, who seems like he will likely be lacking with a shoulder harm.

Peru are one other group who’re out, after two defeats, however they’ve gained a whole lot of followers with their fashion of play.

Australia have to win to have any likelihood of progressing however I truly fancy Peru to get their first level of this World Cup.

Denmark v France (Tuesday, 26 June at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. 15:00 BST)

France seemed higher towards Peru with Olivier Giroud main their assault than they did towards Australia once they used a unique formation with two holding midfield gamers.

You solely want a type of when you’ve got N’Golo Kante in your group anyway.

Denmark will look to Christian Eriksen to supply their inspiration, however I feel France will make it three wins out of three.

Lawro’s pre-tournament picks to undergo: France (winners) and Denmark (runners-up)


Video games Rating Lawro’s prediction
Tuesday, 26 June
Iceland v Croatia x-x 0-0
Tuesday, 26 June
Nigeria v Argentina x-x 0-2

Iceland v Croatia (Tuesday, 26 June at Rostov Enviornment, Rostov-on-Don. 19:00 BST)

Iceland completed above Croatia in qualifying, and they should beat them right here to have an opportunity of becoming a member of them within the final 16.

Croatia are more likely to make adjustments, however I simply have a sense Iceland will miss out by some means. It is not going to be for a scarcity of effort, although.

Nigeria v Argentina (Tuesday, 26 June at Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg. 19:00 BST)

I nonetheless assume Argentina will make it out of Group D, regardless of their disastrous consequence towards Croatia.

I’m not shocked on the stories the Argentina gamers have had a gathering and known as for supervisor Jorge Sampaoli to be sacked – they have been everywhere in the present tactically in that recreation.

So, one thing may very well be brewing there, and it’d simply carry one of the best out of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.

I feel Argentina will win, however whether or not that will likely be sufficient for them is out of their fingers.

Nigeria’s destiny is beneath their very own management, and so they might really feel they solely want a degree to progress.

I’m not positive that may assist them right here. They’re at their finest in the event that they go on the assault, however they appear unwilling to take action.

Lawro’s pre-tournament picks to undergo: Argentina (winners) and Croatia (runners-up)


Video games Rating Lawro’s prediction
Wednesday, 27 June
Serbia v Brazil x-x 0-2
Wednesday, 27 June
Switzerland v Costa Rica x-x 1-0

Serbia v Brazil (Wednesday, 27 June at Otkrytie Enviornment, Moscow. 19:00 BST)

Brazil left it late to make the breakthrough towards Costa Rica, however they’d performed very well within the second half of that recreation – and the targets have been positively coming.

They need to discover it simpler going ahead on this recreation, as a result of Serbia have to win or they’re out. That’s precisely the type of situation that Brazil need.

Switzerland v Costa Rica (Wednesday, 27 June at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod. 19:00 BST)

Switzerland have impressed me thus far, with the best way they saved Brazil quiet after which fought again to beat Serbia, however I’m not shocked that they’re doing effectively.

They’re a group that’s larger than the sum of its components, they’re extraordinarily well-coached and so they all the time have an actual go too. They are going to be too sturdy for Costa Rica.

Lawro’s pre-tournament picks to undergo: Brazil (winners) and Switzerland (runners-up)


Video games Rating Lawro’s prediction
Wednesday, 27 June
South Korea v Germany x-x 0-2
Wednesday, 27 June
Mexico v Sweden x-x 1-0

South Korea v Germany (Wednesday, 27 June at Kazan Enviornment, Kazan. 15:00 BST)

I couldn’t consider how unhealthy Germany have been towards Mexico however they confirmed why they’re world champions with the best way they rescued themselves so late with their win over Sweden.

They certainly will not have any extra slip-ups this time, towards a South Korea facet who’ve been crushed in each their video games thus far.

Mexico v Sweden (Wednesday, 27 June at Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg. 15:00 BST)

Sweden are most likely nonetheless questioning how they misplaced to Germany – a draw would have been sufficient for them right here if they’d held on for a couple of seconds longer.

Now they should beat a Mexico facet who look deadly on the break. I’m positive Sweden is not going to simply go gung-ho from the beginning, as a result of they’re much more measured than that, however this can be a tough process for them.

Lawro’s pre-tournament picks to undergo: Germany (winners) and Mexico (runners-up)


Video games Rating Lawro’s prediction
Thursday, 28 June
England v Belgium x-x 1-0
Thursday, 28 June
Panama v Tunisia x-x 0-1

England v Belgium (Thursday, 28 June at Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad. 19:00 BST)

I believed England would beat Panama, however they did it in some fashion. It was a really spectacular efficiency.

Belgium additionally scored some targets as they put Tunisia away, however they nonetheless look a bit disjointed to me, particularly in comparison with how England are taking part in collectively, and one of the best 11 gamers don’t all the time make one of the best group.

I feel England have gotten extra stability to their strongest line-up, and I additionally assume they are going to win – though an enormous issue will likely be what number of adjustments each managers make.

Panama v Tunisia (Thursday, 28 June at Mordovia Enviornment, Saransk. 19:00 BST)

It is a useless rubber, and a remaining likelihood for each groups to get off the mark. Tunisia have supplied way over Panama going ahead, however that’s not precisely tough.

Lawro’s pre-tournament picks to undergo: Belgium (winners) and England (runners-up)


Video games Rating Lawro’s prediction
Thursday, 28 June
Japan v Poland x-x 0-2
Thursday, 28 June
Senegal v Colombia x-x 1-1

Japan v Poland (Thursday, 28 June at Volgograd Enviornment, Volgograd. 15:00 BST)

This group has proved essentially the most tough to name thus far, and Japan have shocked me essentially the most.

They solely want a degree to make sure of going by means of – but when Poland play the best way they will, then they need to win.

Senegal v Colombia (Thursday, 28 June at Samara Enviornment, Samara. 19:00 BST)

Senegal additionally solely want a degree to undergo and, though Japan precipitated them extra issues than I anticipated of their draw on Sunday, I feel they are going to get it.

What I’d say it that, whoever England find yourself taking part in within the final 16, I’d be assured they are going to win.

Lawro’s pre-tournament picks to undergo: Colombia (winners) and Poland (runners-up)

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