London, June 15: This year's World Cup kicked off in Russia on Thursday 14 June, and some familiar countries are among the teams most fancied to lift the trophy in Moscow.
Five-time world champions Brazil are marginal favorites ahead of Germany and Spain, with France, Argentina and Belgium completing the front-runners.
England fans looking to back Gareth Southgate's men will get healthy odds on a first tournament victory since 1966.
Achilles is just the latest in a succession of mystic animals used to predict the outcomes of the World Cup.
During the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, an octopus named Paul was shown on national German television predicting the results of matches. The last World Cup in Brazil was blessed by several "psychic" animals, including kangaroos, guinea pigs and camels.
Meet the psychic pig who has a history of sniffing out a winner - and is hoping to continue his unbroken record for this summer's World Cup.
Mystic Marcus, a pig, has a 100 percent track record of predicting sports results according to his owner Juliette Stevens.
Juliette Stevens said that Marcus correctly predicted the winner of the 2014 World Cup, the Wimbledon tennis finals, Brexit, and Donald Trump's election.
However, it's bad news for England fans. Through the medium of apples, Marcus has chosen Belgium, Argentina, Nigeria and Uruguay to make it through.
Farmer and micro pig breeder Juliette from Heage, Derbyshire, said: 'Marcus is the seventh child of a seventh child and apparently they're gifted with special powers so maybe that's where it comes from.
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