A psychic cat called the Achilles has predicted that Russia would win the opening game of the 2018 World Cup which begins on Thursday.
The host nation will on Thursday take on the Falcons of Saudi Arabia in the opening clash of the competition, the 21st edition.
Concise News gathered that the cat was given two bowls of food, but hesitated before choosing the one with the Russian flag, suggesting that the hosts will emerge victors.
Achilles lives in St Petersburg’s Hermitage museum but is deaf, a development which his minders argue will make him not easily swayed by onlookers while undergoing his prediction.
However, it was not clear whether the sight of the national flags could influence his choice.
Despite having home advantage, the Russians are considered one of the weakest teams in the competition and would consider it a good outing if they make it out of the group phase.