MATCH chats with the awesome freestylers to go through what they reckon will happen at the massive 2018 tournament!
HOW FAR WILL ENGLAND GO?
BILLY says: “I think we’ll get to the quarter-finals. I’d be over the moon with the semis, but I think the quarters.”
JEZ SAYS: “And then a close loss where we’re a bit unlucky – that’s usually how it goes! We don’t get battered, we just fall short slightly. But on paper, I don’t see why we can’t get to the semis!”
WHO'LL MAKe THE FINAL?
BILLY says: “I think it’s going to be Argentina and Belgium.”
JEZ SAYS: “Brazil and Argentina. I think Messi’s gonna get it! This might be his last World Cup where he’s close to his prime, so he’ll be aware of that – he’s going to be more motivated than ever!”
BILLY SAYS: “Yeah, I’ll second that! I actually predicted the World Cup winners last time from day one!”
WHO’LL WIN THE GOLDEN BOOT?
BILLY says: “I think Harry Kane or Leo Messi!”
JEZ SAYS: “I think Ronaldo. Off the back of the Champions League he’s probably slightly ahead of Messi in the race for the Ballon d’Or, so as long as Messi doesn’t outperform him at the World Cup, he’ll probably win another one. There’s a massive secret competition between those two!”
WHO'LL BE THE DARK HORSES?
BILLY says: “I‘ll go with Croatia – I think they’ll do well. They’re really hard to play against and never give you an easy game. They’re also
a really technical and hard-working bunch!”
JEZ SAYS: “I’ll say South Korea or Uruguay. I’m gonna go with Uruguay because they’ve won it before – and they’ve got Luis Suarez!”
PREM STAR TO TOTALLY BOSS IT?
BILLY says: “Mohamed Salah. He’s just unplayable! I can’t remember many games where he hasn’t produced moments of magic!”
JEZ SAYS: “I can’t see Harry Kane having a bad tournament. He’s improved since Euro 2016 and established as one of the top strikers in the world. I think he’s gonna score goals – and then Madrid are gonna hopefully buy him!”
MUST-WATCH GROUP STAGE GAME?
JEZ says: “Argentina v Nigeria. Nigeria turned them over 4-2 last year – Iwobi played well and people were saying he should be compared to Messi! I think Argentina will win but both teams will play with freedom, which should lead to a few goals!”
BILLY SAYS: “I’m gonna go Portugal v Spain! Ronaldo playing against all of his La Liga mates! Imagine Ramos against Ronaldo during a corner – there’s gonna be a lot of tension there!”
BIG NATION TO FLOP?
JEZ says: “I think Belgium. They’ve always got good players, but they
just seem to flop quite regularly!“
BILLY SAYS: “I don’t think so this time – all of their players are in form, like De Bruyne and Mousa Dembele. There’s a little something there for me with France – I think they’re gonna flop!”
The F2 were speaking at the launch of their new book – F2 WORLD CLASS, Blink Publishing.