England plays Senegal on ITV on Sunday at 7pm as fans fears ITV curse striking again for World Cup 2022

England have had three 0-0 draws in group stages against African sides at World Cups, against Morocco in 1986, Nigeria in 2002 and Algeria in 2010. With a place in the last eight on the line this time, what can England expect from Cissé and co on Sunday?

Senegal booked a clash with England in the last-16 with a 2-1 victory over Ecuador on Tuesday, but prior to that game they broke a World Cup rules.

England fans are growing concerned about the ‘ITV curse’ as they brace themselves for the match against Senegal in the World Cup 2022.

Like all other major tournaments, the broadcasting honours of the Qatar-based event are split between the BBC and the ITV.

But eagle-eyed sporting fans have noticed that England, for unexplained reasons, is far more likely to win if the match airs on the Line of Duty broadcaster.

Football lovers are now fearing the worst for the game against Senegal, which will air on Sunday on ITV, with one writing on Twitter: ‘ITV curse. England hardly ever win when on this channel.’

Since 1998, Gareth Southgate’s team has won 12 out of 16 games, or a 75% success rate, on the Beeb while over on the Downton Abbey broadcaster it has only taken home 2 wins out of 15.

In the past 24 years, this means on ITV England has on won 13% of matches on ITV

The trend seemed to continue on Tuesday’s game versus Wales, which aired on the BBC, with England winning a resounding victory after scoring 3-0.

After the game aired, even pundit Gary Lineker appeared to allude to the ‘ITV curse’ on Tuesday night.

The former Everton player said: ‘England finished top and will take on Senegal at 7pm on Sunday. And that’s on live on, well – uh – ITV. Oh well.’

On social media, World Cup viewers continued to speculate whether the ‘curse’ would affect England’s chances.

One remarked: ‘Curse of ITV at the big competitions strikes again. If ITV loved football they wouldn’t show it.’

Another penned: ‘It’s the ITV curse, they shouldn’t be allowed to show England games.’

A fan added: ‘When will we acknowledge the ITV curse? All games on BBC or we have no chance.’

‘Is this a good time to mention the ITV Football Curse? (“No!”) Since 1998 (90 minutes play), England tournament wins shown live on BBC Sport are four times greater percentage wise than ITV Sport,’ a viewer commented.

England plays Senegal on ITV on Sunday at 7pm.

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