Can England go one step further? Lawro's World Cup predictions

Jul 07, 2018, 04:03
Can England go one step further? Lawro's World Cup predictions

All England Club chiefs have adhered to a strict policy of not showing any World Cup matches during the fortnight - and they will not budge even if Gareth Southgate's side win their next two matches.

Uruguay have struck me as being extremely hard to beat and, whether or not it is backed up statistically, I think they have got the best defence in the competition. That's Sweden, which will face England on Saturday.

Lawro picked the victor in six of the eight last-16 ties, and correctly predicted the outcome of 22 of the 48 group games. An unstoppable force will collide with an immovable object when the free-flowing attack of France meets the unwavering defence of Uruguay in an enthralling contest.

"(Coach) Stanislav Salamovich (Cherchesov) will tell us closer to the game how we are going to play.

I think this will be tight but I fancy Didier Deschamps' side, who are starting to look like a really good team rather than a collection of very talented individuals.

"Luka is our captain and leading player and one of the world's best players".

Brazil v Belgium - Saturday July 7, 3am.

England will play against Sweden while hosts Russian Federation square off against Croatia on July 7 at 7pm and 11pm respectively.

He recovered and was available for the 2-0 win against Mexico in the round of 16, but coach Tite kept his replacement, Fagner, in the starting lineup.

Chester chairman David Harrington-Wright was quoted by the Chester Chronicle as saying: "When the fixture was first discussed there was a possible clash with an England quarter-final in the World Cup". And perhaps they are getting Belgium at the flawless time after their exhausting desperation match with Japan.

However, while Croatia needed penalties to beat Denmark in the last round, they have come to Sochi full of confidence.

You couple that with the fact that the Swedish defense leads the World Cup in blocked shots-and it makes this match appear a lot more interesting than the line bets are letting on.

"This is the game we can judge Belgium on", said TSN soccer analyst Kristian Jack. Now we are down to last 8 in the Quarter-Final round. Get past France, and they could be unbeatable.

"Why not?", he said of his team's chances against favourites Croatia, perceived to be a dark horse in this tournament. Germany being undone by Mexico, Egypt and worldwide sensation Mohammed Salah having their first run out in 28 years but winning nothing, Argentina surviving a scare early on, Icelandic hearts with hope and even Iranian players giving European giants Spain and Portugal a run for their money.