The National's John McAuley flies to Russia to cover World Cup 2018 this weekend, but not before joining Jon Turner and Steve Luckings in our Abu Dhabi studio to preview what to expect from football's biggest international tournament.
With the host nation playing Saudi Arabia in the opener, Argentina perhaps featuring Lionel Messi for the final time and Egypt hoping to have a fully fit Mohamed Salah, there are plenty of storylines to keep up with.
We look at these talking points, give predictions and more in this episode of Extra Time.
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