The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is steadily approaching, so seize your calendars and be able to circle down some essential dates. As at all times, there are harder teams, simpler teams and intriguing ones, and there are additionally quite a few matches that have already got followers of the game salivating. Here are the highest 10 video games from the group stage that it is advisable to be glued in entrance of a TV or cell system to look at this summer time (ordered by dates):
1. Russia vs. Saudi Arabia, June 14 at 11 a.m. ET
It’s the opening sport on the cup, and you’ll’t miss it. The openers are at all times enjoyable as a result of the host is enjoying and it is an opportunity for them to get off to a flying begin or for the sky to start out falling.
2. Portugal vs. Spain, June 15 at 2 p.m. ET
Arguably the tastiest match of the group stage, each groups really feel that they’ll win the entire cup. You’ve acquired the 2010 World Cup champs in Spain and the reigning Euro 2016 winners with Cristiano Ronaldo. Plenty of these gamers know one another so nicely, and it is at all times enjoyable when neighboring international locations and rivals get collectively.
three. Argentina vs. Iceland, June 16 at 9 a.m. ET
This may very well be Lionel Messi’s final probability at profitable the World Cup, and Argentina opens with tiny however fierce Iceland. Argentina ought to win, however they have been additionally Zero-Zero in opposition to Iran in 2014 till Messi’s late magic. Iceland has probability to drag off a shocker, although it is not anticipated.
Four. Mexico vs. Germany, June 17 at 11 a.m. ET
Probably the second finest match-up of the group stage. If both group loses this one, strain is on huge time the remainder of the group stage. Loads at stake.
5. Belgium vs. Panama, June 18 at 11 a.m. ET
Belgium is, once more, a darkish horse, however that is additionally Panama’s first ever World Cup. It’s at all times superb to see the faces of the followers of such a small nation as they expertise this for the primary time. Panama most likely will not do a lot, however they’re simply completely happy to be there.
6. France vs. Peru, June 21 at eight a.m. ET
Peru has proven as a lot coronary heart as any group in qualifying and have tons of pace in assault. They’ve gutted out some good outcomes, like Zero-Zero at Argentina late in qualifying, and will likely be seeking to do one thing related right here.
7. Uruguay vs. Russia, June 25 at 10 a.m. ET
Uruguay appears to nearly at all times get paired with the event hosts, they usually normally do an excellent job in opposition to them (2011 Copa America in Argentina and 2010 World Cup in South Africa come to thoughts). This may very well be the match Russia must win to get via.
eight. Nigeria vs. Argentina, June 26 at 2 p.m. ET
The Super Eagles simply crushed Argentina Four-2 in a pleasant final month, however that wasn’t a sport that tells us a lot. It’s nonetheless enjoyable once they get collectively, and that is the fourth day out of the final 5 World Cups that they’ve been in the identical group.
9. Mexico vs. Sweden, June 27 at 10 a.m. ET
Assuming El Tri would not beat Germany within the first sport, this could be the one Juan Carlos Osorio’s group has to must get via. Mexico and Sweden will probably be combating for second place, with this one the decider.
10. England vs. Belgium, June 28 at 2 p.m. ET
Both groups might have their destiny sealed by this time, however they’re going to need to attempt to keep away from probably Poland or Colombia within the subsequent spherical (I would quite play Poland). These are two gifted groups that have not lived as much as expectations, so that they’ll need to enter the knockout stage with momentum.