‘Underdogs’ with the best chances of tasting World Cup success
Permutations and predictions are now the order of the day for fans, pundits and punters as they look forward to the upcoming World Cup. Most of the talk, however, is directed to how the big teams are likely to perform and who is likely to be victorious come the day of the World Cup Final. Though it’s alright to focus most of the attention to the supposedly big teams, we should also consider the underdogs as they can spring up a few surprises and win the tournament at the expense of the big teams. As such, here is a compilation of the teams that are likely to cause a few upsets and progress to the later stages of the tournament. You can also have your say by visiting netbet.co.uk and placing your bet.
It’s not often that a team like Argentina can start a World Cup tournament as an underdog but it’s definitely the case this time around. Having qualified only after Lionel Messi heroics in the last game of the qualifying round, Argentina has a lot of work to do if they are to leave an impression in Russia. Damaging heavy defeats to Nigeria and Spain did not do the team any favours but in Jorge Sampaoli, they have a manager who knows how to get the best out of his players. With Jorge Sampaoli looking to get the best out of the players and getting his tactics right before each match, Lionel Messi will need to put on the sort of performances in each game as he has in some of Barcelona’s best matches in the last decade. With everything going right for Argentina, one cannot completely rule out the chances of Argentina lifting the World Cup trophy.
Portugal is the team of Lionel Messi’s arch-rival and nemesis i.e. Cristiano Ronaldo. Both of them will be playing for teams that are considered as underdogs before the start of the World Cup. However, Cristiano Ronaldo is on record that he is the best player in the world and to many people, the best player needs to have a World Cup medal. As such, Ronaldo knows the importance of winning the World Cup in order to solidify his quest as the world’s best footballer. Portugal’s success at the last UEFA Euro tournament showed the team’s determination and if they can replicate the same sort of performances they did with Ronaldo chipping in with the crucial goals, then who knows where Portugal may end up.
This is perhaps the last major tournament that this group of Belgian players will play together. The golden generation as they are called in their native country has not won any trophy but they have the chance to correct that starting with the World Cup. The task won’t be easy though but with some of the world’s best players in Vincent Kompany, Toby Aldewereild, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin de Bruyne, RadjaNaigggolan, Axel Witsel, Marroune Fellaini, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku featuring for the team, Belgium’s golden generation do have the necessary arsenal to find World Cup success.