The World Cup comes to life on Day Two, with Spain clashing with Portugal on Friday evening
There was a bombshell on Wednesday morning after it emerged that Julen Lopetegui would not be manager of the Spain team at the 2018 World Cup, with the FA taking exception to the leak that he would take charge of Real Madrid after the tournament.
Hardly the best timing and perhaps Spain are worth opposing in Friday’s Group B clash against their Iberian cousins, with Portugal aiming for a point from this encounter before further matches against Morocco and Iran.
Cristiano Ronaldo is always capable of magic and we shouldn’t forget that Fernando Santos’ side were able to win Euro 2016 with a fairly modest squad of players.
The first match of the day takes place between Uruguay and Egypt, with Mohamed Salah declaring himself fit for the opener, although La Celeste could prove too strong.
Suarez and Cavani will be hungry for goals, while Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez are the first-choice central defensive pairing for Atletico Madrid and should prove to be a brick wall against the Africans.
We’ve got two bets for the middle match on Day Two, with Morocco fancied to get the better of a defensive Iran side, with Herve Renard’s side boasting an enviable qualification record which saw them keep six successive clean sheets.
However, the African side are much more than a brick wall and we’re expecting them to be fast and attacking from the wing-backs which could see them enjoy a victory without conceding.
All odds were correct at time of posting.