Pre-Match View From Hull City

“A fixture, especially in the cup, against Sheffield United always brings back good memories of that special day in April 2014. Hopefully we can proceed to the next round of the cup tomorrow, just like we did that day”

“Absolutely buzzing for Sheffield away on Tuesday. Love going Bramall Lane”

“£12 ticket and £12 coach travel as well. Ticket and travel £15 cheaper then just a match ticket to the blue side of Sheffield!”

“Such a good price for this one, love cup prices. And Utd is always the better day”

“Fair play for all those fans that  paid £39 plus cost of travel and food/drink y on Saturday. A criminal amount of money which really embarrasses Sheff Wed “

“The fact that Sheffield Wednesday fans jump to mocking rather then questioning the fact that £39 is far too much for football & excludes many people says a lot about the direction football is heading. Hull charge kids 27 i have boycotted for 3 years because of that.”

“One team we will finish above of is Sheff Wed they are a poor team definitely worse than us. We should have put them to bed in the first half. “

“Got our first point on the board, just need to keep going against Sheff Utd in the cup and Blackburn next week!”

“we played well against Villa and Sheffield Wednesday. No point moaning, that won’t help. Early days!”

“tbf last time I was at Bramall Lane we got battered 4-1”

“Just seen the QPR v Sheff Utd highlights. Needs to be hauled out again the next time Sheff U feel they have been cheated.”

“A fourth attempt at signing Norwood has failed and he’s going to Sheffield United.”

“Watch him score on Tuesday night just to rub it in that little bit more”

“And Adkins reckoned we weren’t too far apart. Must have been the ball of string and the bag of marbles we couldn’t muster up.”

“Blades showing Ehab how it’s done.
Price tag of £1.5m, offer £2m. That is how to run a business properly.”

“Ehab hasn’t ****ed it up – he couldn’t **** it up cos he had no intention of paying the Brighton asking price, we’re in full clawback mode, spending the bare minimum. Tbh, I can’t believe anyone gets there knickers in a twist over a ‘lost transfer’, Adkins will put a team out every week and people will support them, rightly so. Look on the bright side, they’ll soon be ****ing off with full pockets and their reputation stinking to high heaven.
Just roll with it, try not to give a **** for who we haven’t got, **support who we have.
** In my case, support at away fixtures.”

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Pre-Match View From QPR

“We need to go for them on Saturday they are there for the taking”

“Sheffield United got a hiding midweek by a Tony Pulis masterclass. The fact the Blades really struggled to deal with crosses into the box and any set pieces might just suit us. On paper, this should be a perfect game for Matt Smith to get off the mark”

“Be a meltdown if we lose Saturday”

“Blades have had a poor start and from the bottom of my heart, I hope their poor form will continue
Until we hopefully get some decent loans in, I am not 100 % confident with our squad”

“Scoring at least one goal would be a step in the right direction.”

“Loan window is key for us. I’m trying to be optimistic here and believe the propaganda, but can’t help feeling a bit deflated by the lack of action this window. Especially given the embargo in Jan.”

“QPR miss out seems to be the only transfer news for us this year… “

“I’m sure we’ll hear lots of stories about how hard we tried tho”

“It’s the same for our visitors this Saturday Sheffield United, albeit with a much better home ground, fewer overheads and a bigger home support. They’ve been in League One for five seasons, their parachute payments from a single Premier League season are long gone, and they must now compete with us in a league where even middle of the road clubs like Stoke City can spend £10m on a player. It’s not impossible, as we keep saying citing Preston and Huddersfield and Burnley and others, and Sheff Utd made an excellent fist of their first season back at it last season when it looked for some time like they might push the play offs.”

“Waghorn and others like him, seriously. Players like him and Jordan Rhodes and Conor Wickham just reflect that horrendous values put on them over the years for what….?”

“No new signings, no problem. No disruption to the squad that did the pre-season work together. No noses put out of joint by new arrivals. The odd loan may add a bit of depth, but, there is every reason now to make the very best of what we already have. Let’s take the shackles of Eze; get Grant Hall back on the pitch and settle on a way of making the most of Matt Smith’s aerial power. By that, I do not mean hoofing it up for him to bring it down and lay it off – he is not Bobby Zamora. We have players capable of feeding him. Let’s work on that.”

“Anyone think we are in real trouble this year? I am already hoping that there are 3 worse teams than us this year.” “Think we will have the likes of Reading, Sheff Weds, Birmingham, Rotherham, Bolton, Wigan and others in the mini league with us – usually one notable name that struggles too.”

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Pre-Match View From Boro

“I think we will win this one, but it will be a tight workmanlike win. I really think that Pulis has seen the light regarding the youngsters, and I’d imagine that at least one of the senior players will be dropped. It also create some positive atmosphere in the stands which we definately need.SHeffield will make us work hard ”

“I do like Chris Wilder, I think I would have enjoyed playing for him”

“Quite like Chris Wilder – seems an honest fella.”

“I like him. Open, honest guy with no pretense who’s done a Sterling job at Bramall Lane. Not sure he’d be a better Blade than Wesley though…”

“I’ve just watched boro highlights, ok not perfect but battling back for a point is a solid start. Then Pulis comes on and states ‘to be honest I don’t think this team can achieve promotion’
I have never seen a manager totally write off his team after one performance like this, I may be wrong but I’m genuinely shocked he said it.
Why can’t you see your team getting promotion Tony? Have you not spent a month training them, a month to buy/ loan better players or players who fit your style better. Every fan of this club could tell you where we are difficiant, it’s been plain for years. We’re weak on the left, we have no creativity in midfield and we do not play to our best strikers strengths, ffs it’s not rocket science. With that statement tonight’s you have basically said you’ve XXXXXXed off the last month and now need panic buys in the last week to have any chance. I don’t know in any other profession where an admittance like that would not lead to the sack. You’re a disgrace Tony, please leave before you do some serious damage”

“We are donkeys ran by a jackass”

“We were miles behind Millwall we got lucky”

“We got lucky because he took the donkeys off. He shouldn’t have played them in the first place though.”

“Don’t get me wrong. I’m delighted we stole a unlikely draw from the jaws of defeat but make no mistake that wasn’t good enough, the squad isn’t good enough and it needs fixing immediately.”

“Or you could say it was an amazing point with a team that will be nowhere near our best starting 11 come next Friday.”

“We are missing 3 key players from te starting 11 today and we are bound to sign 4 or 5 players this week.”

“Trying to think when we had a “manager out” chant maybe Bryan Robson “dont know what you’re doing” is the closest, but I think we might get one this season”

“I don’t really blame Pulis. This is Gibson’s doing. Still time to get a couple of players in so all is not lost. I’m just gutted we didn’t see the potential Bamford has. Kid will end up scoring goals in the top flight and we’ve sold him for the same price we paid for Braithwaite, who is nowhere near Bamford in terms of quality. Traore and Gibbo were inevitable, but allowing Bamford to leave really has left a sour taste. The boy will go on to show just how good he is, leeds have bought our best striker since Viduka and it makes me ill.”

“Taking Traore out of the picture our lleft and right sides are absolutely dire.
If waghorn is going to play the inside right role we need A far better forward thinking full back there, someone like Christie….. Ola Aina at Chelsea would be my favourite.
Lb and lw are awful however braithwaite looked like he could be the answer just not sure we can trust him to be consistent all season. But again we need the attacking full back behind.”

“I don’t think Pulis is unaware of the cracks, he didn’t sound particularly happy in the post match and was saying he was basically having to play a half strength team.
Whether that means he’ll get it to his idea of full strength or not is a different matter.”

“We need 7 players. Yep, 7!!! 2 full backs, a centre back, centre midfield, 2 widemen and a striker!”

“I get the impression that we’ll be focusing on the loan market more than anything, rather than splashing the cash but we have to be patient and wait and see what kind of squad we finish up with before writing off the season after just one game.”

“Lets leave the moaning until this time next week ,there’s going to be at least £43 million coming into the club from 3 sales ,if we dont buy good replacements and add players where needed ,THEN we all have every right to have a good old moan”

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Pre-Match View From Swansea

 


“Oh bollox, has it started again? “

“Our first Championship match for some years. The last time we played at Bramall Lane Leon played for them and we lost a very poor game 1-0. We had a good team then but now we have the dregs of our relegation team and some new young players that have to fit a jigsaw with what seems like a million small pieces in a very short space of time. Injured players are not ready to come back yet so we have to go with what we have. Perhaps GP and his cohorts can instil a winning togetherness in the players for this game or at least the strength not to capitulate which is what the TV cameras will want to see.

If and it is a big if the players can give OM some decent quality ball and the defence can be strong we can win this game perhaps by 2-0. My optimistic side is coming back after the rubbish seen towards the end of last season.”

“An unusual mix of hope, trepidation and the totally unknown are my gut feelings going into this new season but hopefully it will make for a pleasant change from the anxious, tedious borefest performances and the oh so predictable relegation battles we have become accustomed to over the past 3 years”

“As much as we can be concerned about our starting line-up what needs to be looked at is the formation of the home team.

Looking at their line-up in the second half of last season manager Chris Wilder has a preference home or away in a back three, five across midfield and either two strikers or a forward midfielder playing between a lone striker and midfield. Billy Sharp has left while the forward midfielder Dave Brooks has joined B’mth.

Going to Bramall Lane and a set up of 4-4-2, with two pacy wingers could see our central two outnumbered, whoever they are. Plenty to think about for GP.

Against Inter in midweek a similar back five with the same three midfielders from last season, Lumsden, Fleck and Lee Evans. David McGoldrick has replaced Sharp and he played up front alongside last season’s top scorer Leon Clarke.”

“my biggest concern is not the playmaker but the destroyer who makes the tackles, breaks up play and starts the ball rolling forward. Dhanda is a luxury player and effective moving forward and needs that tough guy in the middle who can read the game, break it up and then offload it to him or to our pacy wide players.”

“Don’t think we can get away with playing 2 strikers away from home from the kick off, but if we have to chase the game later it is a different story.

Of all of our problems midfield is the weakest and priority must be given to compete as best we can there. It might not be pretty but the longer the game goes and the home fans become less vocal then that will be time to bring on raw pace in the likes of Asoro.”

“We face a few strategic problems taking on a 3-5-2 formation. Playing with 4 at the back will be wasteful of our resources. Worth considering what they are trying to achieve and how they will want to do it. They are at home, first match of the season and on TV. They will want a good showing and a win.

First of all the longer we deny them, the better for us. They will want to attack using their pacy wing backs, overload us in midfield and try to contain us by getting us to attack narrowly down the centre. So we need to counter all of these and pose threats our selves. We also need to ensure the midfield is busy with players so they neutralise each other. With our midfield I believe that is the best we can aim for. It has to be very very tight in midfield.

Unless we try something radical, I believe we will struggle.”

“really struggle to pick a decent side for the game to be perfectly honest. Central midfield looks absolutely terrible”

“We are too nice as a side. We need an edge, to compliment our flair boys….

“Im presuming keeping it tight and keeping our shape will be the order of the day. Getting a point wouldnt be a bad start…..”

“we will be lucky to get a draw.”

“Never seen Sheff Utd play bu the article on Ben Woodbrun going there instead of Villa says that Klopp wants him at Sheff because they play attacking football. Sounds like we might be in for a baptism of fire but I.m holding out for a 0-1 win for us”

“I am pessimistically optimistic”

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Pre-Match View From Croatia

“They have a great team. And everyone here in Croatia have a great respect towards their players and theirr young and good manager. If he continues to do such a good job with the national team, there is no fear for their football future.
We don’t react good after set pieces.
It should be a good and interesting match, let all of us enjoy it.”

“Overall looking at the two knockout games England have been more convincing, they’ll be the fresher outfit and have no injury concerns to their starters.
As to how the teams match up and the individual h2h’s I think arguments can be made for both sides. England’s pace will test Croatia and their direct style and set pieces isn’t something this Croat team has dealt with in this WC. On the other side, Croatia has a much better midfield than both Sweden and Colombia and has the ability to control that part of the pitch. They also have pace and direct goal threats out wide.
The Croats also have the edge in experience but England are young and hungry, to me they look more likely to be the team playing to win. I think that’s where their edge lies.”

“this match will be a real pleasure to watch because the both teams will attack and will play with passion.
At my eyes, yes we need to be focus on some players. Especially Trippier on the right side, his runs, his calls and his delivery are always perfect. He was unknown before his arrival in the Tottenham squad but today, he’s one of the best offensive right back.
Plus the Tottenham connection is hugely present in this team and we must to contain that, not let them to play and take confidence between them. With players like Alli, Dier, Kane, Trippier, Rose, or with Walker who was at Tottenham too.
So Southgate will maybe play with the same line-up as he did in their past matchs during this world cup, with Pickford – Maguire, Stones, Walker – Young, Henderson, Alli, Lingard, Trippier – Kane, Sterling.
With Delph, Rashford and Dier as replacement for Young, Sterling and Henderson.
But yeah, as you said their set pieces are really dangerous and they’re all coming from Trippier.
Now, this will be a real test for us because by the past, we had always some problems to play against this type of line-up (look at Mexico, who is playing the 3-5-2 too). And here the stamina aspect is at my eyes really important if we want to counter them because their players are fully fit and really fast with and without the ball. (Offensively and defensively).
The key will be to see our midfield join the attack and not let our 3 strikers alone up front. We’ll need to play as a block and counter them as an unit. The croatian legs will be really heavy but this is our only chance to take a result from this match.
Plus Harry Kane is actually my favorite player out of our NT, and we need to be really worried about him because we can’t let him 2cm front of him. This guy is clearly a lethal weapon and he is able to score with both foot, header, make the call, the right passes for his lads etc…
This will be really tough for me to see our NT playing against some players from my favorite team who is Tottenham…”

“I love England football team but I hope my dear Croatia will reach the final..and I actually think we are going to play better than England om Wednesday”

“England will only get better..they have a shit of youngsters coming through ..their day will come soon..like at Euro 2020.”

“players are very tired…defence is weak, 2 goals from Russia, 1 goal from Denmark.”

“Not sure if they will have any legs left for England as they wasted so much energy beating Denmark and Russia teams they should have beaten in 90 minutes based on the big difference in quality.”

“Players are tired physically and mentally but hopefully they will have enough strength to beat the English. Dalic had a bad plan against Russia going 4-2-4 system. As soon as Brozovic came on Modric played higher up the field giving russian defense all kinds of problems. Dalic must play a 3 man midfield against England. Let them have the ball and try to break us down. England wants to play on the counter to use there speed they don’t have any natural playmakers in midfield. We can beat England for sure just need to play smart and must be organized on set pieces.”

“I guess Corluka and Lovren will partner up and Vida will be moved to RB. The only good thing here is it gives us an additional player who can clear set pieces, which brings me to my next point. England love their set pieces. Please for the love of God defend them well. I dont care how tired you are. Put yourself in front of someone, bother them, just dont let them have a free go like the second goal we conceded vs Russia.”

“I say it before every game no matter whom we play against, Luka will be the best player on the field.
Him and Rakitic will control the midfield…I don’t care how much the english run around like chickens with their heads off and pressing them, these two will be our main advantage.
We need to be ready for their set pieces. I watched two of their games partially, and on both their centre backs Stones and Maquire came flying in with thundering header goals. These two are big/strong and fearless in the air and we need to be ready. Yesterday’s goal in ot, our defending was horrific, Mandzo in particular just stood there (yes I realize he was dead but he has to do better).
If there ever was a game for Perisic to stand up and deliver, its this. He has to be aggressive and a bit selfish and take his man on to open things up.
What an opportunity awaits us. 90 minutes to play the game of our lives, and we play next Sunday for a shot at the WC.”

“Croatia are the better side. I think they will control the midfield and win. Shit , I have been saying this since day one that Croatia are going to the final. on a srs note, England has a hot keeper going in and they do have Kane .Sterling does open things up with his speed…and he is due to score a goal!!”

“After 20 years of waiting this new semifinals.
They play out of spite also, because of all those affairs with tax, false testimonies, contracts, Zdravko and Zoran Mamic. So that they show, we are nice guys.
England already thinks that they are in the final.”

“Yup they are so arrogant. This will definitely motivate our players.”

“Should be a great game regardless of the result. But i do hope we beat those Brits. Their media will probably talk alot of smack against us so that will give us an extra boost. Do we go into this game as underdogs?”

“we are the underdogs, which kinda plays into our advantage if the English play that way as we are much better on the counter (see Argentina match)”

“I hope we fckn destroy the Englezi… not sure about you guys but I’m disgusted in their whining and diving etc. A real turnoff to say the least.”

“The only thing coming home is England’s team empty-handed.
Croatia will go to the finals, we were the best in our group and we play better against “big teams”.” “Sorry England, the cup wont be coming home”

“The only thing that’s coming home is England with the 4th place”

“Small country 4,5 million people, huge england 65 million people. If croatia win, you have to delete premier league”

“I hope the coach will put the second team against England to rest the first team for the final!”

“Croatia is definitely knocking England out. The english football has gotten lucky by either playing weeklings in the tournament, or having those lucky moments.”

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Pre-Match View From Sweden

““Heja Sverige!!!! We will knock out England!!! “

“Isn’t God great, they say a week in politics is a long time, 2 weeks in football is a lifetime, lol! Bring on England, we are ready for them. Come on Sweden! “

“Historically, England has always had major problems with Sweden. Hopefully even now on Saturday”

“It’s coming home, footballs coming home! To Sweden!”

“ I really wanted a Sweden v England QF. Can’t wait for Saturday”

“Oh my God, don’t let this fairy tale run out. We want more!”

“England went through by a crossbar hit and they’re talking as if they’ve won the thing” “Sweden can beat this team”

“There wasn’t much creativity from England in the last 45 against Colombia”

“It’s all about how to mentally tackle different scenarios. Against Colombia I knew an England that had a little bit of an extension. Mentally, Sweden is probably stronger if we end up in a disadvantage plus we have Robin Olsen.”

“Difference between England’s World Cup team and ours is that England can change its way of playing to change the match picture while Sweden does not want/time it, and soon the final whistle goes.”

“Sweden has the possibility with teamwork and hard work. But it’s going to be harder now to withstand individual superstars the closer we come to the finals. England has a lot of really good players who can decide on their own. Think it’s the edge game that determines.”

“Southgate is right to try to present the question, but England will still underestimate Sweden! With English eyes, a loss would be a catastrophe”

“Well England did beat France in the qualifications, eliminated the Netherlands then Italy then beat Mexico before getting rid of the reigning champions Germany, just to easily navigate past world 6th ranked Switzerland. Oh Wait, that wasn’t England, that was Sweden….And England defeated who? Scotland you say. Panama. Oh”

“The talk goes hot in England right now about how “simple” their national team will get it against a defensive Sweden.”

“A tactic used to excuse every very narrow win by England is to accuse the other team of cheating. . Tunisia also suffered the same vile accusations and let’s not pretend upper-cutting and studs down the heels England are Boy-Scouts. “

“I’ve been a big fan of Swedish football for many years since living in Stockholm & call Sverige my #1 team. Of course want England to do well as well, but everything that goes with Eng, the arrogance & lack of sportsmanship all round whenever they win is distasteful.”

“”Dear Sweden, have we told you how much we love you lately? Knock out England and we will love you forever. Greetings Scotland “. We Love you too Scottland, you are not actors on the pitch.”

“totally stunned by the amazing World Cup support from people outside Sweden. Thank you so much, it means the world to us! Hope you’ll all be behind us against England on Saturday! “

“Classic from the media to believe that Sweden is “popular” with neutrals. Wales and Scotland have hated England since Jesus walked in short trousers.”

“It is well crass so that Scots, people from Wales and Ireland hold on to all the opponents of England more than they like Sweden”

“I met a very nice group from Manchester in a bar in Nice. I told them that I wanted Iceland to smash them. They laughed & said they understood my rationale, given the behaviour of so many England fans. I feel for the decent, friendly saes fans who get tarred with the same brush.”

“We must end the trend of mentioning matches between countries/clubs with no spaces before and after the hyphen. It’s Sweden-England, not Sweden-England. They haven’t teamed up.”

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Pre-Match View From Colombia

  “5 days is plenty of recovery time for James. He will be fine and we will win.”

“My only concern is James over working himself. He needs to be as well rested as possible even though Quintero can play his role easily. Its frustrating that we only got to really experience both of them against poland.
England’s style of play does open up more, perhaps more than what Poland was but they’re likely not going to defend as they won’t see us as a threat and have no worries playing regularly.”

“For sure this will also be the toughest test for Quintero. I hope they show him films of Iniesta playing against English clubs over years. needs to protect his body and think fast. They are gonna kick the living crap out of his shins all game.”

“I think Davinson is going to shine against England. He’s comfortable facing EPL players and knows every player very well. This will be a great opportunity for him to showcase leadership of the back line.
I just hope that we make it out of the first half without having to use up a sub!! “

“I believe I saw this correctly, that England is at the bottom with tackles made.
If so, they won’t be as physical with us(not they don’t need to, plenty of talent to win out) so perhaps this is a chance we can use against them.
Got to get them confuse and hopefully score early. I don’t think the handle pressure very well at this moment.”

“Battle tested before the knockout isn’t easy to gain. But Colombia is much more tested, physically, mentally…. We essential had two knockout games already….
The fact(atm) that England isn’t a true physical threat, they are more finese with speed n power, so our guys are actually more of physical influence if they chose too.
We got to weather the storm early on, hopefully strike first and change the momentum to our favor.”

“We have to be careful with England’s speed. They are similar to Japan in that aspect. But they are weak at the back and a naive team of young players who have never played in an international tournament.
We should have an advantage over them from that alone. “

“Is crazy to think that our squad have more experience than the English squad since we reached qf last wc and they went out in group stage” “England is not going to play defensively and we all know that is good for Colombia since we tend to struggle with teams that bunker” “at this moment, i’m thinking or feeling that a little street ball play by our big 3 in the offensive end can really cause trouble for the English…”

“Our record against Europe since we got Pekerman has been promising; undefeated so far.
Belgium – Colombia 0 – 2 – 2013
Netherlands – Colombia 0 – 0 – 2014
Colombia – Greece 3 – 0 – 2014
Spain – Colombia 2 – 2 – 2017
France – Colombia 2 – 3 – 2018
Poland – Colombia 0 – 3 – 2018”

“The two things that give me the most confidence going into this game are:
1) This is the youngest English team since 1962 They have not been battle tested. They have not gone through the trials and tribulations. They do not have the chemistry and cohesion of our team. When the going gets tough in a pressure situation we do not know how this young team will respond and who will lead them out of the bad situations.
2) Pekerman >Southgate. He knows the pulse of his team like a doctor and has “been there done that” when it comes to the World Cup knockouts.
Southgate is still learning on the job how to be a Senior National team manager and may not know what to do in pressure situations. This kind of match will come down to tactical adjustments especially after the halftime break. Pekerman has the obvious advantage in this chess match.”

“Im afraid of lingaard, welbbeck, loftus check, rashford, arnold……….nah isnt true”

“if we can shut down sterling and Kane, we will do fine. From the opening whistle we have to bring it England and take them out of their game and make it our game to play.
If that means playing rough on those two I’m all for it. Barrios, Mojica and James are our only yellow cards so they need to be mindful – which is why I see Roca starting instead of Barrios.
Sterling is dangerous with his pace and Kane inside the 18 worries me too bc he has 3 goals from non-penalties and is in good form – the quality of opposition gives me some relief though. Shut down those two and control the pace of the game from the opening whistle and we’ll do fine. “

“I would love for us to knock england out. I can’t stand them”

“I just want to beat those cocky mofos lol. You always know if there’s an Englishman in the room, he’s either very loud, very drunk, or both. “

“funny enough most Englishman I’ve ever met have been extremely soft spoken”

“I know plenty of lovely Brits. Truth is that our players have yet to shine there as they have in other major leagues so less informed fans probably don’t realize the threat we possess. Davinson is just starting to make an impact there.
The key to this match for them will be psychological. If you think we had a complex for years imagine being those guys – having the world’s most expensive and watched league in the world and yet having whole teams fielded without your players and struggling to have a major impact in international tournaments. They’ve struggled for years under the burden of that pressure and their media is awful to them.
This is a VERY talented young English team and their youth and inexperience seems to have shielded them from the gloom that marked recent sides – but they are still kids and they play very aggressively. So far they’ve played two of the weakest teams in the tournament and then sat their stars when they had to play a real threat in Belgium. They are getting attacked by their own press as cowards – who knows how that effects them.
The first 15 Ms of the game will be vital. If we could get an early goal we can get in their heads, but even moreso if we can hit them on counter well and get in their heads we’ve got a fine chance. We’ve already been through a crucible at the tournament and came through it – we have to make this game theirs and hope they can’t. I think Davinson will have great insight into marking Kane. I worry about Mojica with their wingers though… “

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Pre-Match View From Belgium

 

“Let’s hope we’ll have a fair game without any injuries. No matter who wins, both teams are having a great start. Thursday will be out first big test”

“I find all the most important countries still playing moderately. Belgium and England are the exceptions.”

“Only Belgium and England have convinced so far”

“I expect Belgium-England to be the best match so far from the World Cup”

“I would like to see Belgium take England on Thursday, so that I am super proud and can walk round many areas through London”

“Aiming for the runners-up spot in our group might be a good idea.
Group winner’s path … Colombia (R16) => Brazil/Germany (QF) => France? (SF) => Spain? (final)
Runners-up ……………. Japan (R16) => Mexico/Switzerland (QF) => Spain? (SF) => France? (final)
Ahead of the World Cup I was betting on a Spain v. France final but so far they have yet to impress … Belgium going all the way would be simply lovely though … let’s see what happens. “

“Want to finish second so we get on the easier bracket as Germany may finish second place lol”

“Better to come in second, easier opposition”

“ To be fair. I really wan’t to avoid Colombia but what if England also want to avoid Colombia? – Here, you score. – No, you score! – No, no I insist. Score !!” “So Belgium – England promising to become an ’own goal and trying to get the opponent booked’ fest.”

“Soon Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, France, Brazil and Germany will be on one side of the schedule. And then Belgium or England.”

“Lots of changes expected
Lukaku (ankle injury)
Hazard (calf injury)
Mertens (knock ankle)
Friendly game?”

”Belgium had both the lowest sprint distance and the least distance covered (of all teams). Not much effort, comfortable wins in the end.”

“Lukaku and Ronaldo is deserving of the Golden Boot.If kane wins it will be the most undeserving!! “

“Lukaku scored all 4 from open play” “I would mark Kane’s goals as 2 penalties and 2 goals. England players were offsides before that soft penalty call on Lingard “

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Pre-Match View From Panama

“24. 4 million Panamanians praying for a great game and a miracle. Anything can happen.”

“If Mexico can beat Germany, Panama can beat Belgium and England. Who said fear?”

“England can not bring their money onto the pitch”

“Panama must go out to score before England, trusting in God can be achieved.”

“Today’s dream was the best, I dreamt that Panama was putting some goals to England in the last few minutes.”

“if Panama beats England I’m going to tattoo the map with the flag.“

“If Panama wins England I make the marginal hairline in the eyebrow”

“The icing on Maradona’s cake would be for Panama to beat England.”

“Panama proved to be a worthy team against Belgium and the defeat was a beautiful victory. I’m proud”

“Panama’s debut was dignified. The differences are very large (in every sense) and that is why it happened what was likely to happen. Not to forget the 1st half where Belgium was not as comfortable as I thought it would be. Now to prepare for England”

“if Panama plays as he played against Belgium, it will be a lot of work for England!” “A World Cup debut is a lot of pressure. We did very well, with dignity. I think we will play the next two matches better.”

“We have already fulfilled a dream”

“Panama is a baby if compared to England that is an adult. Do not require him to run, to stop crawling and a few steps is enough. Then who stops that little boy. Up Panama.”

“I have faith in Panama. England I saw it very loose against Tunisia”

“England are solid”

“Panama and Honduras are at its lowest level. A shame, otherwise Honduras was in the World Cup or Panama would be giving more battle”

“Crisis in England HQ as the media of the country released a photo of the sheet with the escalation and tactical planning pro game against Panama.”

“England team technician Gareth Southgate says Dele Ali will be unlikely to play”

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Pre-Match View From Tunisia

“The presence of Belgium and England as two powerful traditional teams in the history of the World Cup in this group makes the entry of the playoffs not easy for us”

“We have to learn the lesson from Egypt, Morocco and Saudi Arabia who played against moderate teams and lost. England is stronger be awarrre !!! The game is 90’min + .. never give up !! Allez tunisie !!”

“Egypt lost, Morocco, lost Saudi Arabia. lost Tunisia win? But England is strong.”

“England is strong but hopefully Tunisia win”

“ I promise you the players will believe against England and when you believe it is 50% of the job”

“I know that Tunisia is worth a surprise and whipping England. We are the best Arabic team”

“Tunisia will beat Belgium and England you can screenshot this”

“We will take a 5-0”

“Admit defeat England”

“I expect the Tunisian team to qualify in this group. England,  Panama tie and win Belgium probably”

“It will be England and Tunisia that will pass through to the 2nd round”

“Tunisia will fulfill the surprise of England if Allah wills”

“Wahbi Khazri 7th best Ligue 1 player according to French Football magazine and Tunisia 14th world team according to the FIFA World Cup rankings. The lights are green for the match against England”

“Harry Kane is more expensive than the whole team of Tunisia”

“Tunisia should rejoice, England has summoned Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck”

“The key to victory is no space + possession + bcp easy goal.”

“This will be the most bouncing game of the 1st round”

“We have shown that we are capable of doing beautiful things. We have a good team, a good generation and a quality coach. I hope we will be able to go as far as possible and it goes through a good performance against England.”

“ I hope the players will be paid tribute before the duel against England! They qualified us after 12 years of absence, we will offer you the second round”

“Unlike the Arab teams, Iceland has held the blow physically and that is the difference. I hope that Tusnisa are successful to stand out on this plan Monday against England”

“I hope Tunisia saw this game of Iceland PCK Monday against England, will have to fight like this as a team on all the balloons*

“Tunisia will automatically lose from England and Belgium, both of which are potentially catastrophic.”

“Morocco are better than us in terms of performance, tactics and artistic value and this group is very difficult with the presence of England and Belgium”

*That’s what it translated to anyway


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