FIFA World Cup 2018: Portugal, who’s on that plane to Russia?

Portugal Squad FIFA World Cup 2018

Predict Portugal’s starting lineup for their first World Cup match in the comments below and stand a chance to win a replica of the official FIFA World Cup Ball Telstar!

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Portugal vs Spain
Kick-off Time: 11:30 pm (IST)

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The Portuguese National Team will look on to replicating their Euro Cup 2016 victory. Fernando Santos has made some big changes in his World Cup squad snubbing some experienced players and some players who play in top-class teams.

FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe), Rui Patricio (Sporting)

Defenders: Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cedric Soares (Southampton), Jose Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Mario Rui (Napoli), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Dortmund), Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City), Ruben Dias (Benfica)

Midfielders: Adrien Silva (Leicester), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting), Joao Mario (West Ham), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv), William Carvalho (Sporting),

Forwards: Andre Silva (Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gelson Martins (Sporting), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas), Goncalo Guedes (PSG)


SURPRISES

Young player of the tournament (Euro 2016) Renato Sanches, strong fan favorite Ruben Neves and Barcelona duo Andre Gomes and Nelson Semedo have been snubbed while Leicester’s new right-back Ricardo Pereira, Joao Mario, Paris Saint-Germain youngster Goncalo Guedes and Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes have all secured a spot.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Experienced mid-field duo Joao Moutinho and Adrien Silva along with William Carvalho will make sure to dictate any game. Cristiano Ronaldo is a game changer for any team in the World and Portugal are no different.

STRENGTHS

Pace, pace & more pace; this year’s Portuguese side has pacy players in almost every position and will look to outrun their opponents in any match.

WEAKNESSES

Relying too much on one player, Cristiano Ronaldo. Not pointing a finger at Portugal as wherever the superstar is, the team is bound to be built around him, now it is true that it’s not necessarily a bad thing but if he is not playing in the starting eleven, it is hard to see Portugal giving any top-class team a difficult time.

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Also, Predict the starting XI for:

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BRAZIL 🇧🇷 FRANCE🇫🇷 SPAIN 🇪🇸

Premier League Preview- Players To Watch Out For: Woverhampton

Wolverhampton FC

A young squad laden with great defensive and attacking talent, the premier league waits in anticipation for the arrival of the Wolves. Out of a league-high 82 goals, 47 were scored at home at a rate of 2.4 goals per fixture. A large chunk of their goals came from set pieces with a division-high figure of 21. Apart from their impressive attacking threat, they have an incredible defensive record as well. They conceded the least goals in the tournament (39) and their goalkeeper, John Ruddy had a division best total of 24 clean sheets. Coach Nuno Espirito Santo’s love for the 3-4-3 formation means their wing backs would be an important asset.

Player’s to watch out for:

Barry Douglas:

Playing on the left flank, Barry plays a key role in the Wolves’ attack. With a league-high 14 assists, he provides an attacking threat both from open play as well as set pieces. Scoring 5 goals, he also created the most number of chances in the team (72).
Willy Boly:

Willy Boly played a pivotal role in their push for promotion since his arrival on loan. His defensive contribution to the wolves have been second to none with a total of 279 clearances, blocks and interception (CBI) is better than any of his teammates, with a rate of 11.5 minutes per CBI and the Wolves’ fans would hope his record improves with the added pressure of the premier league, now that he’s made his loan deal a permanent one.

Ruben Neves:

Ruben Neves is probably one of the most exciting players in the championship and Premier league fans will be waiting anxiously to see whether he can light up the premier league just like he did the championship. Even though he only scored only six goals and had a single assist, he notched up a total of 93 efforts on target, out of which 90 were from outside the box and fans would be hoping to see some spectacular goals from the midfielder next season.

Diogo Jota:

The Wolves top scorer stole the limelight from the championship last season top scoring as a midfielder with 17 goals. He had a total of 120 shots in the league which was the second-best tally in the league. He played the most important role for the team, playing in the centre of the park he pulled the string along with Neves and also scored goals. He is arguably one of Wolves’ most important assets and would hope he fires on all cylinders come the new journey in the premier league.