The phenomenon doesn’t look good for Argentina and Lionel Messi before their final group match against Nigeria on Today Tuesday – the “psychic” cat is to be believed.
Achilles the cat, who has correctly predicted the score of all three World Cup matches played so far in St Petersburg, has once again cast his prediction before the match between Nigeria vs Argentina, a match that is said to differentiate between the two teams.
Nigeria has the chance to dump Messi out of the World Cup by avoiding defeat to Argentina – but that has not always been easy.
Argentina and Lionel Messi have their place at the 2018 World Cup on the line when they face familiar foes Nigeria in St Petersburg on Tuesday.
A 1 – 1 draw against Iceland after Messi was thwarted from the penalty spot, followed by a chastening 3-0 reverse to Croatia, means only a win will do for La Albiceleste and their under-fire head coach Jorge Sampaoli.
And it isn’t going to get any better according to Achilles the cat, who has been predicting winners and losers in the tournament from the comfort of the St Petersburg Hermitage museum.
The cat, who is deaf and regarded as psychic, previously predicted outcomes during the 2017 Confederations Cup. This time around it has successfully chosen Russia to beat Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Iran to beat Morocco and Brazil to emerge victorious against Costa Rica – although that final result was almost a given.
When the opportunity came to pick between Nigeria and Argentina, via two bowls of food placed in front of him with a flag above each, Achilles decided the Super Eagles would win by a nose.
If Achilles’ fourth prediction proves correct, Nigeria will qualify for the next round. A draw may also be enough for Nigeria depending on the outcome of Iceland’s match against Croatia.
Remarkably, this is the fifth time the side have been placed together at the group stage since 1994.
Although a draw can help Nigeria to the next stage, Nigeria can draw confidence from dispatching Iceland 2-0 last time out and a 4-2 friendly victory over a Messi-less Argentina last November, their World Cup History in this fixture does not make for encouraging reading.