Yesterday, we analysed the teams in groups C and D. Today in our 2018 World Cup Preview, we will be focusing on teams in group E
The Selecao are the most successful team in the World Cup history, having won it on 5 occasion. They are also the only team to appear in every edition since its inception in 1930.
They were the first country to qualify for Russia. Their talisman Neymar, who has been out for three months though back injury in training will definitely be influential when they kick off their campaign. The question is, will he be fully fit? Remember Germany spanked them by Seven goals to One in the semi finals of the last World Cup when he was injured in the quarter finals.
Dani Alves will be missed after he was injured in a league match for PSG. They still have a good back up in Danilo. The surprise omission in the squad has to be David Luiz. This is not unconnected to the fact that he didn’t get enough playing minutes during the EPL season.
Managed by Tite, the Brazillian national team have really shown in a short period the reason why they are being considered favorites to win the world cup
The star studded team includes the likes of Casemiro, Gabriel Jesus, Marcelo, Paulinho etc.
They should easily top their group an even make it as far as the finals
The Los Ticos finished second to Mexico in the Concafa region to qualify for Russia.
Last time in Brazil, they surprised all odds to finish top in the group of death that had Italy, England and Uruguay and made it as far to the quarter finals.
Not much is known about the team, but they have Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas to rely on, Bryan Luiz who is on the verge of having the most caps for the National team and Joel Campbell of Arsenal who was shipped on loan to Real Betis to get the goals for them.
We don’t fancy their chances to progress pass the group stage
The Swiss set a record in Germany 2006 where they didn’t concede a goal till they were eliminated by Ukraine via penalty shoot out in the round of 16.
Their best appearance in the World Cup is reaching the quarter finals and it was last achieved in 1954.
They missed out on automatic qualification to Portugal via goal difference, they defeated Northern Ireland by a lone goal in the two legged play offs through a controversial penalty converted by Ricardo Rodriguez.
Their squad include Murphy Akanji who is a defender alongside Johan Djourou, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Granit Xhaka distributing in the middle though he had an injury scare few days ago.There is also Vahlon Behrami shielding the back four and the diminutive Shaqiri causing havoc down the wings. They will be relying heavily on Josep Drmic and Breel Embolo for goals.
They are not expected to make it pass the round of 16
The Eagles were formerly known as Yugoslavia, later changed to Serbia and Montenegro till the 2006 independent referendum that split them to two countries.
Their last appearance in the Mundial was in 2010 and couldn’t make it past the group stage.
They qualified for Russia after topping their group that had the likes of Austria, Wales and Ireland.
They have an in form Aleksander Mitrovic, Nemanja Matic, Branislav Ivanovic, Aleksander Kolarov, Dusan Tadic, Luka Milivojevic that hardly misses a penalty kick and other fine players.
The 2nd position in this group should be between them and Switzerland.
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