ST. PETERSBURG, July 14 (Sputnik) - Achilles the cat, who lives at St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum and serves as the animal oracle for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, will predict the winner of the third place play-off between England and Belgium later on Saturday.
The oracle cat will make the prediction at the Hermitage, the second-largest museum in the world, by selecting from two bowl of food marked with either Belgian or English national flag.
Belgium will face England at the Saint Petersburg Stadium at 17:00 local time (14:00 GMT) on Saturday.
Achilles, a congenitally deaf snow-white cat, who also predicted the match winners during the 2017 Confederations Cup, has been predicting 2018 World Cup matches taking place in St. Petersburg. He has made three predictions of the outcomes of the group-stage matches that proved to be true: Russia's victory over Saudi Arabia, Iran's victory over Morocco and Russia's victory over Egypt.
Earlier it was reported that Achilles had been chosen the World Cup animal oracle for being the most stress-resistant and human-oriented of about 50 cats living at the Hermitage. Achilles has been given the Russia football kit in the form of white and red overalls. His number is nine, which refers to the number of a cat's lives.
Achilles' responsibilities are not limited to the prediction of the football matches. Since 2017 Confederation Cup he has also been engaged in social work in hospices and homes for elderly people.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will come to a close on Sunday, with France facing Croatia in the final, which will be played at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.