As the 2018 World Cup approaches closer we will preview group G. Looking at England, Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, analysing their star player, one to watch, chances of winning and previous record(s) within International Football.
Today we will look at group G. Starting with Belgium, one of the favourites to win the World Cup but they have a tough challenge ahead.
Road to the World Cup: Belgium qualified for the World Cup by finish top of group H with 28 points strolling through the qualifiers to gain their spot in the World Cup. Automatically qualifying by beating Greece 2-1.
World Cup History: Belgium have never won the World Cup, with their highest position being fourth in 1986.
Star Player: Kevin De Bruyne
One of the best players in the Premier League, the Belgian international will be hoping his year can get even better after winning the BPL with Manchester City for the 2017/18 season. With a good chance of winning the competition, De Bruyne and his Belgian team mates will want to secure the biggest football competition in the world. The 26-year-old midfielder has played 59 games for the Belgium squad with 14 goals since 2010 when he made is first international appearance for the Belgian senior squad.
One to watch: Michy Batshuayi
With a successful season on loan at Borussia Dortmund, Michy will want to prove his previous team and the world his footballing skills. Batshuayi was sent on loan by Chelsea to Borussia Dortmund in 2018 where he made his first appearance for Dortmund in February scoring two goals in his first game and went on to score five more goals before getting injured and being ruled out for the rest of the season.
Chances of winning:
The chances of Belgium winning the World Cup are high, with many ‘super star’ players in the squad with a lot to prove Belgium have a good chance of winning the World Cup for the first time ever.
Panama qualified through the skin of their teeth. On the final day of CONCACAF’s needing to beat Cost Rica to qualify and USA to lose then going down 1-0, they managed to beat Costa Rica and with USA losing their game, Panama managed to qualify.
World Cup history: Panama has failed to qualify for the World Cup for 10 years running and didn’t enter for the first 10 years. This year will be the first ever year Panama have qualified for the World Cup
Star Player: Blas Perez
With much experience in the Panama squad, Blas offers the side much needed experience. Appearing in four different World cup qualifying campaigns and scoring 11 goals within that period.
One to watch: Román Torres
108 appearances with Panama and 41 appearances at his current club Seattle Sounders, Torres is a one to watch. The Seattle defender scored the winning goal in a penalty shoot-out to win the MSL cup the first for Seattle Sounders.
Chances of winning:
The chances of Panama winning the World Cup is very unlikely with a squad most people have never heard of, qualifying by the skin of their teeth and entering their first ever World Cup, it is unlikely that Panama will get out of the group stages.
Tunisia qualified for the World Cup by topping Africa Group A. After a four year absence, Tunisia finally return to the World Cup.
World Cup History: Tunisia have never won the World Cup only ever making it to the group stages.
Star Player: Wahbi Khazri
Playing in the French Ligue 1 for Rennes, Khazri had his best seasons yet. The attacking midfielder has 36 international appearances with 12 goals for the squad.
One to watch: Ahmed Akaïchi
With 37 appearances and 18 goals since 2016, Ahmed is the one to watch. The Tunisia striker has had an impressive two years at Al-Ittihad Club.
Chances of winning: The chances of Tunisia winning the World Cup are also highly unlikely, without a good quality of players it is very unlikely that they will make it out of the group stages.
England won their group F in the UEFA World Cup qualifiers with 26 points to gain automatic qualification into the 2018 World Cup at Russia.
World Cup History: England won the World Cup in 1966, other than winning in 1966 the highest position they’ve finished is fourth place in 1990.
Star Player: Harry Kane
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has consecutively performed in the Premier League. Scoring 108 goals in 150 appearances for Spurs, being named in the PFA Team of the Year for the fourth season in a row. Harry Kane is one of the best players in the Premier League and one of the most recognised strikers in the world right now because of his performances for Tottenham, Kane has a lot of pressure to perform in the 2018 World Cup being the highest rated striker in the squad with England needing a good World Cup run.
One to watch: Dele Alli
England’s young players are performing throughout the Premier League and Dele Alli is no exception, having an fantastic season with Tottenham yet again Dele Alli is the England player to keep an eye on.
Chances of winning: With not a great record in the World Cup it is unlikely England will excel this year. However, having the star players, fans and team sprit it could be a good year for England.
Anything can happen in the World Cup, here is my predictions for the group G World Cup standing: