Fifa World Cup schedule 2018 and 3 group stage matches to keep an eye on

With 17 days to go for the world’s most watched tournament to begin, we bring to you the schedule of the Fifa World Cup Schedule 2018.

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GROUP STAGE      
Date Match Venue Kick-off (BST)
Thursday June 14  Russia v Saudi Arabia (A)  Moscow (Luzhniki)  4pm
Friday June 15  Egypt v Uruguay (A)  Ekaterinburg  1pm
Friday June 15  Morocco v Iran (B)  St Petersburg  4pm
Friday June 15  Portugal v Spain (B)  Sochi  7pm
Saturday June 16  France v Australia (C)  Kazan  11am
Saturday June 16  Argentina v Iceland (D)  Moscow (Spartak)  2pm
Saturday June 16  Peru v Denmark (C)  Saransk  5pm
Saturday June 16  Croatia v Nigeria (D)  Kaliningrad  8pm
Sunday June 17  Costa Rica v Serbia (E)  Samara  1pm
Sunday June 17  Germany v Mexico (F)  Moscow (Luzhniki)  4pm
Sunday June 17  Brazil v Switzerland (E)  Rostov-on-Don  7pm
Monday June 18  Sweden v South Korea (F)  Nizhny Novgorod  1pm
Monday June 18  Belgium v Panama (G)  Sochi  4pm
Monday June 18  Tunisia v England (G)  Volgograd  7pm
Tuesday June 19  Poland v Senegal (H)  Moscow (Spartak)  1pm
Tuesday June 19  Colombia v Japan (H)  Saransk  4pm
Tuesday June 19  Russia v Egypt (A)  St Petersburg  7pm
Wednesday June 20  Portugal v Morocco (B)  Moscow (Luzhniki)  1pm
Wednesday June 20  Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (A)  Rostov-on-Don  4pm
Wednesday June 20  Iran v Spain (B)  Kazan  7pm
Thursday June 21  France v Peru (C)  Ekaterinburg  1pm
Thursday June 21  Denmark v Australia (C)  Samara  4pm
Thursday June 21  Argentina v Croatia (D)  Nizhny Novgorod  7pm
Friday June 22  Brazil v Costa Rica (E)  St Petersburg  1pm
Friday June 22  Nigeria v Iceland (D)  Volgograd  4pm
Friday June 22  Serbia v Switzerland (E)  Kaliningrad  7pm
Saturday June 23  Belgium v Tunisia (G)  Moscow (Spartak)  1pm
Saturday June 23  Germany v Sweden (F)  Sochi  4pm
Saturday June 23  South Korea v Mexico (F)  Rostov-on-Don  7pm
Sunday June 24  England v Panama (G)  Nizhny Novgorod  1pm
Sunday June 24  Japan v Senegal (H)  Ekaterinburg  4pm
Sunday June 24  Poland v Colombia (H)  Kazan  7pm
Monday June 25  Uruguay v Russia (A)  Samara  3pm
Monday June 25  Saudi Arabia v Egypt (A)  Volgograd  3pm
Monday June 25  Spain v Morocco (B)  Kaliningrad  7pm
Monday June 25  Iran v Portugal (B)  Saransk  7pm
Tuesday June 26  Denmark v France (C)  Moscow (Luzhniki)  3pm
Tuesday June 26  Australia v Peru (C)  Sochi  3pm
Tuesday June 26  Nigeria v Argentina (D)  St Petersburg  7pm
Tuesday June 26  Iceland v Croatia (D)  Rostov-on-Don  7pm
Wednesday June 27  South Korea v Germany (F)  Kazan  3pm
Wednesday June 27  Mexico v Sweden (F)  Ekaterinburg  3pm
Wednesday June 27  Serbia v Brazil (E)  Moscow (Spartak)  7pm
Wednesday June 27  Switzerland v Costa Rica (E)  Nizhny Novgorod  7pm
Thursday June 28  Japan v Poland (H)  Volgograd  3pm
Thursday June 28  Senegal v Colombia (H)  Samara  3pm
Thursday June 28  England v Belgium (G)  Kaliningrad  7pm
Thursday June 28  Panama v Tunisia (G)  Saransk  7pm
       
LAST 16      
Saturday June 30  1C v 2D (Match 50) Kazan  3pm 
Saturday June 30  1A v 2B (Match 49) Sochi  7pm 
Sunday July 1  1B v 2A (Match 51) Moscow  3pm 
Sunday July 1  1D v 2C (Match 52) Nizhny Novgorod  7pm 
Monday July 2  1E v 2F (Match 53) Samara  3pm 
Monday July 2  1G v 2H (Match 54) Rostov-on-Don  7pm
Tuesday July 3  1F v 2E (Match 55) St Petersburg  3pm
Tuesday July 3  1H v 2G (Match 56) Moscow (Spartak)  7pm 
       
QUARTER-FINALS      
Friday July 6  Winner 49 v winner 50 (57)  Nizhny Novgorod  3pm
Friday July 6  Winner 53 v winner 54 (58)  Kazan  7pm 
Saturday July 7  Winner 55 v winner 56 (60)  Samara  3pm 
Saturday July 7  Winner 51 v winner 52 (59)  Sochi  7pm 
       
SEMI-FINALS      
Tuesday July 10  Winner 57 v winner 58  St Petersburg  7pm
Wednesday July 11  Winner 59 v winner 60  Moscow (Luzhniki)  7pm
       
THIRD-PLACE PLAY-OFF      
Saturday July 14 Losers of two semi-finals  St Petersburg  3pm
       
FINAL      
Sunday July 15 Winners of two semi-finals  Moscow (Luzhniki)  4pm
1. Portugal vs Spain: The game which could determine the tournament’s future, Portugal take on Spain, in a thrilling contest. Cristiano Ronaldo would be hoping to win his first ever World Cup whereas Spain would like to emulate their success from 2010.  This could be the game with the most interesting tussle as Ronaldo would be up against present teammate Ramos and ex-teammate Piqué. Ronaldo needs to break his duck against Spain having failed to score against them across 340 minutes. Spain are the favourites for this match and have never lost against Portugal in the world cup before.
2. Argentina vs Croatia: Should it rather be Messi vs Croatia? With due respect to Argentinian players, it might well be Messi vs Croatia. Why? Because he is the only Argentinian player playing in this WC to have scored against Croatia. Also, of the 19 goals scored by Argentina in the Conmebol, 7 were scored by Messi, 1 was an own goal and 4 goals were scored by players not playing the WC. So, barring Messi, only 7 goals were scored by players playing this World Cup. This shows their over reliance on Messi but they should still win that game.
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3. Belgium vs England: Though both teams should qualify through, topping the group and hence winning this game would be a key as that would give them confidence and might avoid Germany in the quarters. A game with a huge PL connection, the players would be aware of their oppositions strengths and weaknesses. The only time these teams have met in this century was in 2012 where Welbeck was the only goal-scorer. History of this fixture points towards England but I feel Belgium might emerge victors at the end of this match.