With the World Cup finally upon us, kicking off this afternoon with hosts Russia playing Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, it’s time for us here at La Liga News UK to bring you our writers’ predictions for the tournament.
We have predicted our winner’s of the showpiece event, given who we think will be the tournament’s dark horse and biggest underachievers as well as which players we see winning the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards come the end of the competition.
So let’s get to it, below you can find our predictions. Let us know if you agree or if you think some things could be different by getting in touch via Twitter or Facebook.
Adam Storer – Brazil
Alex Hammond – France
Ben MacDonald – Spain Despite the madness of the last few days, I still feel Spain have the strongest squad and play well together
Campbell Finlayson – Spain
Daryl Finch – Germany
Jamie Donnelly – Spain
Sam Leveridge – Brazil
Tom Cross – Brazil There’s a nice balance to the team and I feel they have something to prove after 2014
As you can see, Spain feature prominently in our prediction for tournament winners despite Julen Lopetegui’s late departure with three of our writer’s going with La Roja. Brazil are also among the favourites and again, three of our writer’s plumped for the South Americans.
Adam Storer – Neymar (Brazil)
Alex Hammond – Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Ben MacDonald – Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Campbell Finlayson – Antoine Griezmann (France)
Daryl Finch – Gabriel Jesus (Brazil)
Jamie Donnelly – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Sam Leveridge – Neymar (Brazil)
Tom Cross – Neymar (Brazil) He’s looked pretty sharp in the friendlies and I think he could easily finish top scorer
Despite three of our writers choosing Spain as their winners, not one Spanish player is picked as top scorer. Instead the South Americans take our fancy with Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Brazil’s Neymar getting two votes each. A second Selecao player, Gabriel Jesus, also gets a vote.
Adam Storer – England
Alex Hammond – Denmark
Ben MacDonald – Poland
Campbell Finlayson – Nigeria The Super Eagles may have a tough group but get through it and I see them reaching the quarter finals
Daryl Finch – Uruguay
Jamie Donnelly – Uruguay
Sam Leveridge – Uruguay They have a strong squad all over the pitch and could surprise some people
Tom Cross – Uruguay
Uruguay are fancied by many to go further than some others may expect and four of our writer’s agree once more. The rest of us picked four different teams with the World Cup set to be unpredictable and many teams capable of springing a surprise.
Adam Storer – Belgium
Alex Hammond – Portugal
Ben MacDonald – England
Campbell Finlayson – Croatia The Croatians have some world class players but may well struggle in a tough group
Daryl Finch – France
Jamie Donnelly – Argentina
Sam Leveridge – Germany Manuel Neuer in goal is a weakness and they have no clear Plan B
Tom Cross – Portugal/Spain
As much as there is the chance of many teams going far in the tournament, there is also a great chance of many teams struggling in the tournament as shown with our predictions with everyone going for a different team. Big hitters such as France, Spain and England are all mentioned.
Adam Storer – Neymar
Alex Hammond – Lionel Messi
Ben MacDonald – Ousmane Dembele There’s always one young player that lights up the World Cup and I believe that Ousmane will show his worth for France
Campbell Finlayson – Andres Iniesta
Daryl Finch – Isco
Jamie Donnelly – Neymar
Sam Leveridge – Neymar
Tom Cross – Neymar
With Brazil the favourites of many of our writers, their talisman Neymar is expected to take centre stage according to four of our writers; Adam, Jamie, Sam and Tom. Two Spaniards and one player apiece from France and Argentina also feature.