ANY GIVEN MONDAY

We're so close to the World Cup that you can almost cut the atmosphere with a knife but if there's one thing we should have learned by now it's that history will count for nothing once the opening whistle sounds.

Yes, this will be a World Cup of small margins and huge cliches.

The bromides have already been set for your team, whether they're a favourite, a dark horse or an underdog.

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Here's where they stand in the Platitude World Cup.

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