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Our World Cup 2018 predictions

29th May 2018

Last week we sat down and looked in great detail at the forthcoming World Cup Finals in Russia. We’re not all huge football fans but we do know enough about football to offer something like constructive suggestions for who may emerge victorious in Moscow in July.

Take a look at our predictions and see if you agree.
There’s certainly a strong showing of Premier League talent with one team in particular offering some star players for the tournament.

Malcolm Johnson (Germany)

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Key player: Leroy Sane
Team to watch: Belgium

Germany just get things right when the pressure is high. Their squad may look a little different but look at who they have at the back in Manuel Neuer and the always impressive Mats Hummels. Coupled with the industry and flair of Gundogan, Sane and Muller going forward I can see Germany having a great tournament.
But what about Belgium? Their individual talents (Benteke, DeBruyne, Hazard, Vertongen….) are superb, but are they a team?

Guy Goldsmith (France)

Key player: N’golo Kanté
Team to watch: England

I just can’t see anybody touching the talents that France have on offer. Mbappé, Griezmann, Kanté, Matuidi, Giroud, Pogba, Mendy.. Just a fantastic side. I expect France to sail into the Quarters.
But what about England? We have a youthful side with great energy. This could well be the Sterling show.

Thomas Finn (Argentina)

Key player: Lionel Messi
Team to watch: Belgium

I’m not sure if it’s just me willing Messi to finally have the tournament that his gift deserves, or whether I genuinely believe that this Argentina squad is finally back to its best. In Messi, Aguero, Dybala and Higuain there’s enough going forward to score a hatful.
As our own gaffer has put it [‘Benteke, DeBruyne, Hazard, Vertongen are superb], but are they a team?’ On paper they should do very, very well.

Carl Wilson (England)

Key player: Raheem Sterling
Team to watch: France

Of course I’m going to say England. Our squad is a strong squad. If I have any reservations it’s the goalkeeping situation but I’d like to think we have learned a great deal and have enough pace (finally) going forward to hurt the opposition. That said, Belgium will be a tough team to top in our group.
The France side frightens me. If England are to do anything in this campaign we have to avoid them. N’Golo Kanté in form is a terrifying player to face.

Glyn Williams (Brazil)

Key player: Gabriel Jesus
Team to watch: Argentina

OK, so I grew up with the Romarios and Ronaldos at their peak and boy did I love them. In their post Zico and Socrates era they re-emerged as such a strong side with tremendous trademark flair. This has to be their tournament and bring an end to the European domination. Jesus, Neymar, Fernandinho, Firmino, Wilian and the incredible Marcelo will surely set the world alight this year. Such a powerful and gifted side.
But what about their closest rivals, Argentina? We’re not really seeing anything new in their squad but maybe they have just enough experience and talent to spoil the Rio party.

Paddy Jones (Spain)

Key player: David Silva
Team to watch: England

They all laughed when I mentioned Spain. I kid you not! But I remember this team when it just pulled teams to pieces and the core of the side, the remarkable Iniesta, is still available to them. When he plays time stands still. He has so much composure and vision. Talking of which, David Silva, the magician, can do just about anything he wants in possession. With Costa to aim for up front I expect Spain to work their way through each phase. Oh and DeGea as keeper with Ramos in front of him is a frightening prospect for most attackers.
But… I’m English, and I love our current squad. A bit wet behind the ears in places but what an exciting prospect we have in young Sterling’s pace and Kane’s finishing ability. You just never know…

And there you have it. Our World Cup 2018 predictions.

Do you agree with any one of us?
None of us are Manchester City fans but we all had to respect their talent and consequently their players are well represented throughout.

Whoever you follow through the tournament we wish you all a happy and successful World Cup 2018.

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