The World Cup is now only hours away and the group stages look interesting and wide open this year. The opening game is between Russia & Saudi Arabia on Friday (or super late Thursday) here in Korea. With 3 more games taking place Friday evening and early Saturday morning. Here are my predictions for the opening 2 days (4 games) of action.

Before we start, here is our Wallchart for all of the group stage games with Korea Standard Kick Off Times (KST) CLICK HERE

Predictions World Cup 2018 Group Stage Games (June 15th-17th)

Russia 2 – 1 Saudi Arabia

Group A – Friday 12am / Midnight (Korea Time)

The hosts will be favorites to start their world cup campaign off with a victory in front of their own fans. However I see Saudi Arabia at least making it interesting and scoring.

 

Egypt 0 – 2 Uruguay

Group A – Friday 9pm (Korea Time)

On paper at least the South Americans should have the edge in this one. The big question is whether or not a certain Liverpool player will play for the North Africans Egypt.

 

Morocco 1 – 1 Iran

Group B – Saturday 12am / Midnight (Korea Time)

A big game for both sides when you look at the two European giants also in this group. My head says Iran, but my heart says Morocco…so a draw overall.

 

Portugal 2 – 3 Spain

Group B – Saturday 3am (Korea Time)

Spain come into this world cup as one of the front runners, but a local derby against Portugal is a tough opener. I see this being a goal fest, with Spain nicking the win at the death. Ronaldo could be key for Portugal in this one.

 

Finally

Any thoughts, comments or questions. Feel free to comment below or message me via Twitter.

Tim
tim@modernseoul.org
@tpbarnes86

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