* WC Group B thread (England, Iran, USA, Wales) *

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Group Stage Matches:

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Mon, Nov. 21 England vs. Iran 8 a.m. Khalifa Int'l
Mon, Nov. 21 USA vs. Wales 2 p.m. Ahmad Bin Ali
Fri, Nov. 25 Wales vs. Iran 5 a.m. Ahmad Bin Ali
Fri, Nov. 25 England vs. USA 2 p.m. Al Bayt
Tues, Nov. 29 Wales vs. England 2 p.m. Ahmad Bin Ali
Tues, Nov. 29 Iran vs. USA 2 p.m. Al Thumama
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Prediction: USA and England
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England and USA
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cake-walk group selection for England. Toss-up if Wales or USA advances. Wales will play more connected and tactically sound & aware. USA has some athletes more of their best 11 play at higher level clubs.
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Still mad that FIFA didn't delay the draw till after the UEFA playoff.

Wales is a very good Pot 3 team slotted in Pot 4 slot. We got hosed.
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While I ultimately think England wins this group, I don't think it's the cakewalk every thinks it will be for them. Their Nations League performance was shocking. This group is ultimately decided on goal difference with a heavy emphasis on the Wales vs United States game coming up on Monday
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England
USA
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Whales
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Wails
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GrapevineAg
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so basically, our first game will probably decide whether we advance.
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yes
PatAg
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On paper, yes
In reality, crazy things happen in group stage
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GrapevineAg said:

so basically, our first game will probably decide whether we advance.
Losing the first game of the world cup is the kiss of death no matter who you are.

72 teams in this format have lost their first game. Only 8 of those have advanced (2002 Turkey, 2006 Ghana, 2006 Ukraine, 2010 Spain, 2014 Greece, 2014 Uruguay, 2014 Algeria, and 2018 Colombia).

Of the 72 winners, only 11 failed to qualify, so winning is not quite as important as not losing. 48 teams have drawn their first game, and they are more likely to advance than go out (27 advanced, 21 went out)
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PatAg
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Grealish joining in at the end was funny
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England, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
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USA, England
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I'm more excited about tomorrow than I am for Thursday.
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KCup17 said:

I'm more excited about tomorrow than I am for Thursday.

What's Thursday ?
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Thanksgiving
Very satisfying stuffing a bird
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When does the lineup drop?
moneyag7
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Should be released an hour before gametime so 12pm cst tomorrow
Gordo14
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Let's ****ing go
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Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving meal
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Damn that looked nasty holy crap
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You can't tell me professional concussion protocols are real. He was down for 6 minutes and they administered old school smelling salts.
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Keeper sub seems less than ideal for Iran
Chuck Cunningham
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Mathguy64 said:

You can't tell me professional concussion protocols are real. He was down for 6 minutes and they administered old school smelling salts.
ding ding ding.

They're real, just not used in Iran.

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Leaving him in was a really bad look.
Out in Left Field
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SpongeBob title card: 10 minutes later…
 
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