The wait is finally over!!! The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins today and you’d practically be from another planet if you had no idea of this.
For a month, 32 of the world’s best football nations will be competing for the coveted World Cup trophy.
Brazil, as well as Germany, France Spain and Argentina are among the favorites heading into the tournament. However, outsiders such as England, Belgium, Uruguay and Portugal will want to make a name for themselves in front of the tens of millions watching from around the world.
The tournament begins with host nation Russia against Saudi Arabia, two of the tournament’s weakest teams.
Our correspondents Roxroy McLean and Gavin Riley were asked to predict the outcome of the match; which kick starts the greatest show on earth.
Gavin Riley: I am going with a 2-1 victory in favour of Russia. While both teams go into the world cup with victory droughts, I believe the home advantage gives them the edge.
Nothing really separates them in the FIFA rankings. In fact, Russia is the lowest ranked of all 32 teams.
Roxroy McLean: I am going with a 1-1 draw.
The Saudi’s, despite being a beating stick at a few tournaments in the past, seem to have something going for them this time around. The pressure of performing as host country and being the lowest ranked will take its toll on the Russians.
Heading into this match, Saudi Arabia have lost three of their last five matches but two of those were 1-2 defeats to Germany and Italy. They have also defeated Greece and Algeria during that five-game stretch.
The Russians, on the other hand, have not won any of their last five games. They drew against Turkey and Spain, and lost convincingly to France and Brazil.