On Saturday evening at 6 p.m. ET, the monolithic Arena da Amazonia roars to life for the first time, hosting Group D rivals England and Italy. Then, and only then, the World Cup comes to Manaus in earnest.
It's arguably the World Cup group stage's most epic matchup, pitting two proud World Cup-winning European sides (only eight teams, both the Three Lions and the Azzurri among them, have ever held the trophy) against each other in a an unforgiving equatorial environment
Ahead of the Group D clash between England and Italy, Laurence McKenna is joined by Sam Homewood and Alex Horlock to give their preview and predictions
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Italy had knocked out England in the quaterfinals of the Euro 2012 via a penalty shoot-out. Can England avenge the defeat and emerge victorious?
Our predictions: 1-1 draw
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