World Cup 2018 punditry teams compared as BBC and ITV battle it out
The 2018 World Cup is almost upon us.
The kits have been revealed, the squads will soon be announced and now BBC and ITV have unveiled their all-star line-ups.
While the usual suspects will once again be present, both channels have swooped for some impressive additions.
Sky Sports’ Gary Neville will join ITV for the tournament in Russia while former Chelsea stars Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba are part of the BBC team.
Here at Mirror Football we have broken down and compared both squads to decide who will be leading the way this summer.
GARY LINEKER vs MARK POUGATCH
The Match of the Day host will again lead the BBC’s coverage in Russia this summer.
He remains the best in the business and has arguably improved his live skills since fronting BT Sports’ Champions League action.
Mark Pougatch is excellent on ITV and has covered England throughout their qualifying campaign but still has some way to go to beat Lineker.
VERDICT: Gary Lineker
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DIDER DROGBA vs GARY NEVILLE
ITV stole a march on their rivals by swooping for Sky supremo Neville.
He has completely changed the landscape of punditry and analysis, particularly on Monday Night Football, and will be a real asset.
It remains to be seen how Drogba adapts to the studio but if his playing days are anything to go by, he will be one to watch.
VERDICT: Gary Neville
The main men
ALAN SHEARER vs ROY KEANE
The two talismanic figures, who had many clashes on the pitch down the years, will be key men again this summer.
Shearer is arguably the BBC’s finest pundit and has certainly improved on Match of the Day in the past couple of years.
His assessment of the Euro 2016 humiliation to Iceland was passionate and brutal – and exactly what you want from a former England skipper.
Keane meanwhile continues to be box office and makes watching ITV’s Champions League highlights a necessity.
His absence at the last Euros was felt and he will not want former United teammate Neville taking all the limelight.
VERDICT: Roy Keane
The United legends
RIO FERDINAND vs RYAN GIGGS
Two players who won it all during their incredible careers.
Wales boss Giggs will be with ITV this summer, as he was at the previous Euros.
The move to the studio took some getting used to for the Manchester United legend but he improved as the tournament went on.
Former teammate Ferdinand’s transition was much smoother and he has developed into an excellent pundit on BT Sport, alongside Lineker.
He has been part of the BBC team at recent tournaments, too – and that will only be a good thing.
VERDICT: Rio Ferdinand
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JURGEN KLINSMANN vs MARTIN O’NEILL
BBC have swooped for former Germany and USA boss Klinsmann ahead of this tournament.
A serial winner during his playing days, Klinsmann should prove to be a decent recruit.
O’Neill meanwhile will team up with his assistant Keane on ITV.
He has previously worked on the BBC at other tournaments and his analysis is usually in-depth and cutting.
VERDICT: Martin O’Neill
PABLO ZABALETA vs PATRICE EVRA
Two former Manchester-based full-backs, who have ended the season at West Ham.
Zabaleta is a bit of an unknown quantity in the studio but could prove to be an unsung hero for the BBC.
Evra meanwhile should be top drawer if his Instagram videos are anything to go by.
VERDICT: Patrice Evra
Gary Lineker, Dan Walker, Gabby Logan, Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Didier Drogba, Pablo Zabaleta, Jurgen Klinsmann, Phil Neville, Jermaine Jenas, Danny Murphy, Martin Keown, Alex Scott,
Kevin Kilbane, Mark Lawrenson, Steve Wilson, Jonathan Pearce, Steve Bower, Simon Brotherton, Vicki Sparks
Mark Chapman, Kelly Cates, Robbie Savage, Chris Waddle, Terry Butcher, Dion Dublin, Chris Sutton, Pat Nevin
Mark Pougatch, Jacqui Oatley, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, Ian Wright, Lee Dixon, Patrice Evra, Eniola Aluko, Henrik Larsson, Martin O’Neill, Slaven Bilic, Mark Clattenburg, Gabriel Clarke, Seema Jaswal
Clive Tyldesley, Sam Matterface, Jon Champion, Joe Speight, Glenn Hoddle, Ally McCoist, Iain Dowie
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