There is a small sensation in St. Petersburg where a deaf cat named Achilles was twice right in his attempts to prognosticate the outcomes of two games of the World Cup 2018. Due to his good record as a prophet gained during the tournament and the last year’s FIFA Confederations Cups, his predictions are definitely something to pay attention to when betting.
Cat Achilles works at the Hermitage museum. Yes, he namely works there as part of the museum’s cat teams whose duty is to guard the venue’s storage facilities from rats. He was born there by a local cat and raised. Achilles is deaf what gives him the ability to behave calmly in front of a crowd and myriad of photo flashes.
In 2017, Achilles was chosen to predict results of the games of the FIFA Confederations Cup held in St. Petersburg. The election procedure looked and still looks like this: the cat chooses between two bowls with food, each containing a flag of a competing country. He was right in three of four cases last year, though, it’s disputable as one match ended in a draw. There is no such an option for Achilles as to elect a draw, so it’s difficult to say if he really made a mistake. Whatever, a 75% successful rate is anyway high.
During the WC 2018, Achilles is again charged with predicting results for the games played at the St. Petersburg Krestovsky island stadium and the opening match between teams Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Achilles successfully bet first on Russia’s victory and then on Iran, which beat Morocco 1-0.
The next game to be played in St. Petersburg is between Russia and Egypt, especially important for the latter due to their defeat in the first match against Uruguay 0-1.
The cat is to predict on Tuesday, June 19, just before the game. Follow our social media accounts and the Telegram channel @guidetopetersburg to get an instant update on the prediction by a cat who has not still made a mistake.
UPDATE: Achilles predicted Russia will win in a game against Egypt on June 19. And he proved to be right again.
UPDATE: Achilles predicted Brazil will win in a Latin American derby against Costa Rica. And he is right again! It’s fantastic!
UPDATE: Achilles predicted Nigeria will win…. It seems the cat is going to be wrong for the first time? UPDATE-2: yes, Achilles was wrong. The cat is just a cat, he can do nothing when he plays against The Lion.
UPDATE: Achilles «said» Switzerland is going to win. Well, Swedes, you have your bit of hope as the cat was mistaken previous time.