World Cup: Group G: England vs. Belgium, Panama vs. Tunisia; 6/28/2018

Discussion in 'Soccer' started by Live in the Now, Jun 24, 2018.

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Who finishes first?

  1. Belgium

    39.1%
  2. England

    60.9%
  1. Live in the Now

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    I'm sure nobody cares about Panama/Tunisia.

    If there's a draw of any kind in Belgium/England, it will be decided on fair play points.

    Otherwise, the winner finishes first.
     
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    I expect an absolute show in the Belgium v England game.
    The winner gets an opponent that's in the same tier as any other team in group H (underdog vs either Belgium or England) and the loser gets a (for now) much better part of the bracket.
    3-3 tie with 6 own goals. Noone wants to win this.

    Though who knows at this point, if France play with the same thing in mind, they might want a spot in the "easy" half of the bracket as well - and than it's not that easy anymore.
     
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    Martinez has said he will rest most of the starting lineup so England should probably be favourites to win this.
     
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    Not really though, England will likely do the same and Belgium still have a lot more depth in their line-up.

    Pressure is on Belgium. They're a tournament favorite for a reason.
     
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    In this game? Pressure is to play a decent game and lose.

    As mentioned, 2nd place presumably will give you the bottom half of the draw which should feature Spain and Croatia... And one of BEL/ENG.
    Top half (barring surprises) should feature France, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, the other of BEL/ENG.

    That's what happens when Russia and Poland are top seeds in 2/8 groups.
     
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    Both teams are losing in the round of 16 anyway, so what does it really matter?
     
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    I fully understand the logic of why both team's fanbases want play a good game and lose.

    But no manager or player ever plays to lose. If both managers play a completely changed team its not because they want to lose.

    And yes, in this game, personally i think there is pressure on both sides, because as zee Germans like to point out, both teams have only beaten scrubs so far and this game is actually quite a good test of where both teams are at, and as Belgium are the higher ranked team by quite a stretch, have a much deeper team by quite a stretch and have much "bigger" star players that does put them as favorites and therefore a loss in this game, no matter how irrelevant, should be seen as a failure.
     
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    Goldman Sachs has picked England to go the Finals of the WC!
     
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    UK government going to bail them out?
     
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    Remember when I got beat down here when I said that Harry Kane had a better season than Messi? Seems like I need some apologies...
     
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    You deserve ridicule more like.
     
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    Do the English and Belgian players start scoring on their own net?
     
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    So will the kings of "fair play" :rolleyes: England purposely lose tomorrow? You know the nation that hates diving and cheats...
     
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    I don't think Southgate can afford to take it easy, this team needs to develop some more chemistry. All I ask for is no more Ashley Young and no more Sterling in the middle. I realize that he'll probably never start all three of Alli/Loftus-Cheek/Lingard but I'm content with that...I'm just sick of seeing Sterling constantly lose the ball to big CBs or finish poorly.

    Stick to WHL scouting.
     
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    With the way England is playing Rooneys probably wishing he played one last wc
     
  16. Live in the Now

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    Lol if he played they would have three points. Max. The guy is a totally washed up bum.
     
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    England wouldn't be scoring like they are if Rooney was playing.
     
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    Don't tell me what to do.
     
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    Is that guy not your real dad?
     
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    Tunisia btw having to start their third keeper, first two are injured, FIFA wouldn't permit adding a new one, so the back-up is a midfielder.
     
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    Martinez will be fielding more of a b-side tonight. Not the worst idea considering that they will get in a much better part of the bracket if they finished second in the group.
     
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    spintheblackcircle ...so that happened.

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    This isn't your mothers England squad. Or your older brother. Or...you 4 years ago.

    I don't think they fear any team and will play to win and they will do just that.
     
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    TBH, if any one of these sides fields anything resembling a decent team, I'll be cheering for them to win next in the round.

    And whoever comes 2nd, I hope it backfires on them and they lose to Colombia/Japan/Senegal... Somehow.
     
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    The two sqads I associate the most with. Oh well.
    Allez les Diables Rouges!
     
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