July 17, 2018

World Cup 2018 – Day Five at a glance (IrishTimes)

World Cup 2018 – Day Five at a glance (IrishTimes)

THE MATCHES

GROUP F Sweden v South Korea, (Nizhny Novgorod, 1pm, RTE/ITV) Betting: Sweden 10/11, South Korea 10/3, Draw 11/5

GROUP G Belgium v Panama, (Sochi, 4pm, RTE/BBC) Betting: Belgium 1/7, Panama 20/1, Draw 7/1

GROUP G Tunisia v England, (Volgograd, 7pm, RTE/BBC) Betting: Tunisia 8/1, England 2/5, Draw 3/1

ONE TO WATCH

Coursed mercilessly by the red tops in England, Raheem Sterling seemingly can’t do right for doing wrong off the pitch. But the fact remains that on it Gareth Southgate needs his winger firing on all cylinders if England are to live up to their, admittedly meagre, expectations in these finals. At his best Sterling is almost unplayable but can be maddeningly inconsistent with his final ball and has a tendency to go missing when it matters most. But with his searing pace and ability to get in behind defences can the Manchester City man deliver on the biggest stage of all?

YOUNG GUNS

Jose Luis Rodriguez could spend the final day of his teenage years playing in Panama’s historic first World Cup game against one of the tournament favourites Belgium in Sochi. Read more

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