Football fans will have plenty to look forward to in next year’s Fifa World Cup, with Friday night’s draw lining up a series of clashes between top teams, even at the group stage.
British media dubbed Group D the “Group of Death”, with England set to fight for the two qualifying spots against Italy and Uruguay. Group G is another tricky group, with Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal set to face off against tournament favourites Germany and African dark horse Ghana.
Straits Times sports editor Marc Lim and communities and analytics editor Ernest Luis give their predictions on how the finals may play out. Both covered the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Click on the graphic below to see their take.