Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Arsene Wenger reveals his three favourites to win World Cup 2018

Arsene Wenger reveals his three favourites to win World Cup 2018

Neymar's theatrics on the pitch have been a talking point of the 2018 FIFA World Cup so far, some might say even more than his two goals.

France and Brazil have already booked their spot in the quarter-finals after coming out winners in their respective second round games against Argentina and Mexico. The two games will be played on July 6 at 7pm and 11pm respectively.

Croatia face hosts Russian Federation in the quarter-finals at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on Saturday evening with the victor playing either England or Sweden in the last four.

The Frenchmen booked their ticket to the quarterfinals with a very convincing 4-2 performance against Argentina which I believed at this stage has propelled them to favourites based on current form.

Others said Neymar wasn't the only one, citing players from the English and Spanish teams for being as guilty as the Brazilian of diving.

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Mexico had a scare against Sweden in the final game of the group stage and were lucky that Germany stuttered or they would have been out of the competition.

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Bild headlines from Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil in 2014 and its 2-0 loss to South Korea in 2018. Meanwhile, France and Argentina play each other next, so only one will make the quarter-finals.

Belgium were on the brink of another major tournament failure when trailing 2-0 with 21 minutes to play against, only for a magnificent breakaway goal by Nacer Chadli in the fourth minute of injury-time to cap a stunning fightback. Sweden is without a game-changing big name, but England is not.

The three lions created history early this week when Eric Dier scored the winning penalty in the first shootout England has won at the World Cup. His total time wasted on the pitch adds up to 13 minutes and 50 seconds in the entire tournament.

I already ran through his unbelievable global goalscoring record the last time we took the piss out of him, and he added another last night as Brazil overcame Mexico 2-0 on their way to the quarters. The difference between these two teams could be the presence of a star.

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There have also been news going round that the 31-year-old could announce his retirement from worldwide football.

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