World Cup 2018 – Group G preview
A very manageable group means they should get through. But this tournament won’t feel like a success unless they make it to the semifinals.
This is probably the most talented Belgian side in history, and the pressure is on to perform. An ageing defence is concerning, but the veteran ability at the back may be enough as long as the attack produces consistently and isn’t wasteful.
Key Man – Kevin De Bruyne
The midfield maestro of Man City is the heart and soul of this team’s attack. De Bruyne can score, but he is also so creative.
Coach – Roberto Martinez
Martinez was a surprise pick for Belgium when they ditched Marc Wilmots after a disappointing Euro 2016.
It’s a monumental occasion that will captivate the entire country. But when it comes to actually getting out of the group, it’s very unlikely. With England and Belgium in their group, two teams that have tons more talent and experience at the highest of levels, it’s just to difficult to see how they can get through. If they can somehow upset one of them, they’ll have a shot, but even just a point against one them won’t likely be enough, combined with a win over Tunisia.
Key Man – Luis Tejada
The veteran striker has scored 43 goals for Panama through his international career.
Is it too late for him to shine.
Coach – Hernan Dario Gomez
He got Colombia into the 1998 World Cup, and then did the same for Ecuador in 2002. Now it is Panama’s turn.
No team has a more brutal start than Tunisia and Panama. Facing England and Belgium in the first two matches means they have to probably get two points or maybe three from those two games.
They’ll have to be near perfect and anything is possible, but it’s no doubt that England and Belgium are the heavy favourites to cruise on into the round of 16.
Key Man – Wahbi Khazri
He’s a talented attacking midfielder who’ll be tasked with creating most of the chances in the final third.
Coach – Nabil Maaloul
A former assistant under Roger Lemerre when Tunisia won the African Cup of Nations in 2002, he took over from Henri Kasperczak.
If they have to face Belgium in the last game needing points, things could get tricky. This team is a near lock for the knockout stage, and there this team can make a bit of a run.
But it is probably capped with the quarter-finals, depending on the matchups. The concern is at the back, so the midfield will need to dominate the ball and be patient, allowing this attack to find Kane in the box and let him do his magic.
Key Man – Harry Kane
Emerged as one of the tops strikers in the world this year. Has 12 goals in 23 games for England.
Coach – Gareth Southgate
Sceptics are starting to come round to Southgate, despite little top-level coaching experience he isn’t afraid to make bold decisions.