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

Heather Diaz
July 7, 2018

Here's the thing about this World Cup, though: it's been chalked full of upsets and shocking finishes-and what sports fan doesn't appreciate that?!

At a news conference Thursday, Lukaku said Belgium's disappointing experience at the 2016 European Championship showed nothing should be taken for granted in football and that Brazil will provide a "benchmark" for his team.

Europe and South America will do battle again for football supremacy in the World Cup quarterfinals, but with numerous usual combatants having already exited, there is a fresh feel to a line-up that promises a new or long-absent finalist. Twenty years have passed and no one has managed to do anything in this regard.

Hosts Russia play Croatia in a World Cup quarter-final match at the Fisht Stadium on Saturday.

While Brazil have not lost in their last 16 matches, Belgium are equally unbeaten in 22 matches.

Or take the case of Russian Federation, they came into the World Cup as the lowest-ranked team, but now they're in the quarter finals.

For all the drama around England, the victor of the tournament is more likely to come from the top half of the draw, where the teams can boast a combined eight tournament wins.

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Viewers can watch the World Cup final live on either BBC One or ITV.

With Cavani's fitness in doubt, Uruguay will be increasingly reliant upon Suarez to take advantage of any gaps in the France defence and snap up every opportunity for a shot at goal.

Tite confirmed that his preferred left back Marcelo would return to the starting side in place of Filipe Luis after the Real Madrid defender missed the 2-0 win over Mexico through injury. "They have so many young players like Mbappé who are promising and are in good form now". Their defensive record proves that they can suffocate an opponent, as they have conceded just once all tournament.

Sweden have scored twice from set plays, while England have scored three, the most at the tournament.

Now their golden generation will have the chance to prove they've truly arrived in a marquee quarter-final match against Brazil.

England's victory against Colombia on Tuesday takes Gareth Southgate's team into what looks like a winnable match against the Swedes, who edged out Switzerland 1-0 in the last 16.

Much of England's best play in their last-16 penalty shoot-out win over Colombia came down the right wing and if Werder Bremen full-back Augustinsson fails to track Trippier's runs, Kane will receive the service he thrives upon. There's also the weakness of one side of the bracket that could conceivably see the likes of Croatia, Sweden or England reach the final, none of which came into this tournament as likely candidates for the title.

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