Have The Simpsons ‘predicted’ this year’s World Cup final?

If so, it'll continue the show's hot streak of premonitions about actual historical events

Football fans have looked to an old Simpsons episode for an early prediction of which two sides will contest this year’s World Cup Final.

The ongoing tournament in Russia looks to be wide open at present, with some of the early favourites to win the trophy – including Brazil, Spain and France – having produced a set of unconvincing performances in their respective group games.

The current trajectory of the tournament has led some fans to consult an old episode of The Simpsons from November 1997 for some guidance on who might reach the final.

The season nine episode, The Cartridge Family, saw Mexico and Portugal contest a match which would “determine once and for all which nation is the greatest on Earth” – check out the clip below.

The moment has been pulled up by fans following The Simpsons‘ recent strong track record with predicting real-life events, including Disney’s takeover of 20th Century Fox and the election of Donald Trump as US President.

The lay-out of this year’s tournament also means that Mexico and Portugal – who have both qualified for the knock-out stages – can only meet in the final, which will be held in Moscow on July 15.

NME have rounded up the best memes, mistakes and mad moments from the 2018 World Cup so far – check that out here.