Any forecasts? I have a theory that you need to bet a donkey on a 1-1 draw each time
a Scandinavian team plays at a significant competition, so Sweden
And here's today's hilarious World Cup Fiver, composed by my buddy Rob Smyth.
It's only bloody well getting back|World Cup Fiver
< meta itemprop =name material=https://www.theguardian.com#publisher > Pre-match reading (England v Tunisia, tonight) Gareth Southgate calls on England to move energy to world stage< aside data-component=rich-link data-link-name= "rich-link-3|2"> Gareth Southgate tells his gamers to change perception of England team< aside data-component =rich-link data-link-name ="rich-link-3|3" > Dino Maamria: where Tunisia can trigger England problems< div data-sort-time=1529320682000 itemprop=liveBlogUpdate itemscope itemtype=http://schema.org/BlogPosting > Group news Victor Lindelof is ill-- no, not because sense-so Pontus Jansson enters the Sweden side. The South Korea is officially as below, though they might all be using different numbers to confuse the Swedes.Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen; Lustig, Granqvist, Jansson, Augustinsson; Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen.South Korea (4-3-3) Cho Hyun-woo; Lee Yong, Jang Hyun-soo, Kim Young-gwon, Park Joo-ho; Lee Jae-sung, Ki Sung-yueng, Koo Ja-cheol; Hwang Hee-chan, Kim Shin-wook, Kid Heung-min. Referee Joel Aguilar (El Salvador). < meta itemprop =name material =https://www.theguardian.com#publisher >< span itemprop =logo design itemscope itemtype=http://schema.org/ImageObject > Pre-match reading (Sweden v South Korea) Sweden supervisor Janne Andersson apologises for spying on South Korea< aside data-component =rich-link data-link-name= "rich-link-2|2" > Child Heung-min expecting World Cup wonder to prevent military service|John Duerden < span itemprop =logo itemscope itemtype=http://schema.org/ImageObject > Preamble Hey there and welcome to live coverage of Sweden v South Korea in Group E. These are 2 of the more likeable, inoffensive groups at any World Cup-- so obviously there's been a spying controversy in the build-up. You can check out everything about it here. Enough of that, let's continue to the football . The common attitude prior to the first game of a World Cup is to make sure you do
n't lose-- however this is probably a must-win game for both groups. Mexico's win over Germany has disrupted the natural order of the group, and Sweden and South Korea are likely to feel the force of Germany's response to that defeat. With Mexico currently on 3 points and Germany likely to complete on 6, even a draw today would leave Sweden and South Korea under a reasonable bit of
pressure.I'm getting ahead of myself, aren't I? I do not understand why, at every World Cup, we psychologically fill out the wallchart and are then surprised when each match doesn't go inning accordance with plan.Let's offer what has occurred rather than what may happen. Sweden surprised the world, but probably not themselves, by beating Italy in a play-off to reach this competition for the very first time since 2006, while South Korea slipped through ahead of Syria and Uzbekistan.South Korea have actually improved the World Cup in modern times, particularly in 1986, 1994 and 2002, however this does not appear like a classic side. Mind you, you could state the same about Sweden. For the very first time considering that 1992, they go into a competition without Henrik Larsson or Zlatan Ibrahimovic. They are a good group, but one without stars. You do not need to spy on them to understand that.
Kick off is at 1pm BST, 3pm in Nizhny Novgorod.