World Cup Group A preview

by - May 28, 2018

We are just 16 days away from the first whistle at 2018 Russian World Cup.We will try to look at each group and teams in there with their strength and weaknesses. Today we will analyse Group A as the first one.

  Group A:

  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Egypt
  • Uruguay

The host Russia are in the Group A with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay accompanying them. The Russian national team will hope to perform and please their fans in their home soil. Stanislav Chercesov's men will try to reach the knockout phase for sure. Only once have the home nation failed to qualify for next stage in the World Cup that being South Africa in 2010 World Cup. On the marginal glance fate looks same for the Russians who have managed only one win in their last three big tournaments. But the Sbornaya will certainly fancy their chances after being drawn in somewhat weak group in comparison to others. The home support will certainly big a huge uplift in their legs. Russia have loss depth as they lose Viktor Vasin, Georgi Dzhikiya and Aleksandr Kokorin due to knee injuries. They will play the opening fixture of the tournament against Saudi Arabia followed by Egypt and Uruguay at last.

Russia need to grab their chances

Saudi Arabia
Next stop is Saudi Arabia who have qualified this tie after failing to do that twice in a row since 2010 . They will try to break their lock first as they haven't won a single game in the tournament since 1984 and if they want to do it they cannot take things as granted. It is a fighting opportunity for them as they don't have much pressure and have privilege of being underdogs. Green falcons certainly need to punch way above it's reach to create any sort of chance for qualifying for knockout phase. They have one of the oldest squad in the tournament with average age being 27. Their hopes depend on their 31 year old target man Mohammed Al Shalawi who scored 16 goals in the qualifying round who was seen to be training with English teams for better performance in the cup. With most of the players playing in the domestic leagues they certainly know each other quite well. Former Chile national team manager Juan Antonio Pizzi is their coach this time around who have taken charge since last November. And was that enough for him is to be seen.

Green falcons need to punch high and hard

Egypt national team will gather a extra fan base because of one and only Mohammed Salah. Although he suffered an injury in the Champions league Final against Real Madrid Egyptian Football  Association have confirmed that their talisman will be fit to play at the tournament. It is a massive relief for the Egyptian national team who have been able to qualify for the world cup in 28 years. Despite, having domination in African football they have not been in the big scene for quite a long time now. When superstar Salah scored a late penalty against DR Congo it was confirmed that they will compete for the World cup. They will begin their campaign facing Uruguay who are the favourites of the group. The Pharaohs must be up for the task to find the rote to the knockout stages. Argentinian coac h Hector Cuper will try his level best to encourage his side. They have got pretty interesting team selection with 45 years old shot stopper Issam al Hadary expected to become the oldest player to appear in the tournament. Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury, was also included in the preliminary squad. Elneny, along with Kuopion Palloseura's Abdallah Said, are the maestro in midfield, responsible for supporting Salah.

Big time for the Pharaohs

Uruguay will enjoy the fact that they have two of the best strikers in  the world football. Barcelona's Luis Suarez and PSG's Edison Cavani are big guns of the game who have been scoring goals for fun years and years out. backed by the safe hands of Fabian Muslera and strong feet of Diego Godin they will certainly fancy themselves to reach into the next round. Times and times we have seen Uruguay scoring through feet and head of Cavani while Suarez act as supporting role who assisted 7 in the qualifying round. On papers midfield is the only place where they lack quality so it will  be interesting to see how they cope up with this situation. But Suarez's temper must also be controlled as the striker have been known for performing vampire tasks in the tournament nut if he is ready he can rip apart any team defence. It can be a hell out of ride for them at least in our opinion who are seen as dark horses of the  competition.

Real dark horses

Who do you think will qualify from this group vote up and comment down below for any suggestions.

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