Top 5 underdog teams at the FIFA 2018 World Cup
South Korea does lack the privilege of a talismanic figure, but the other side of Korea does boast of a competent team and with Heung-Min Son up top, they can pull out the rabbit out of the hat. However, they face a steep task after being drawn with Germany, Mexico, and Sweden. Germany will be clear favourites to top the group, therefore South Korea will have to play out of their skin to make it to the round of 16.
Not only Son up front, they have the experience of Ki Sung-Yeung who also happens to lead the side. Koo Ja-Cheol will have Hwang Hee-Chan, an exciting prospect to bind the midfield. However, if they manage to qualify don’t be surprised as they have the appetite to bite and digest more.
When Chile bowed out of FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification many were baffled to see Peru qualify as their frugal past don’t provide them with anything substantial. However, if you closely follow Peru, they are a team full of dynamic players, experienced heads, and players like Carillo and Cueva who can wreak havoc when given the chance. After the return of their enigmatic skipper Paolo Guerrero following a doping test, Peru will eye their chances of making it to the round of 16, although they face France, Denmark, and Australia on their way.
Peru has mastered the art of attacking football, a tactics that few South American nation opt to use. The land of Incas will look to secure a draw against France, to make sure their chances of qualifying remain intact.
One of the most exciting teams to have qualified from Africa, Senegal believes in fast, direct, and lethal approach. Unsurprisingly Senegal is led by Sadio Mane, the Liverpool winger who is known for his pace and excellent technical abilities. They have Koulibaly and Sane at the back and Niang and Diouf up front. Gueye and Kouyate are also there to hold the midfield with Keita Balde ready to fire up front.
Senegal face Colombia, Japan, and Poland in their group. Senegal will fancy their chances to top the group as despite Colombia and Poland being serious contenders, Senegal’s ability to take opposition by surprise and excellent wing plays can get them past the hurdle.
Nigeria has been underdogs since 1994, with their only absent being in the 2006 World Cup. Nigeria has been a constant thorn in Argentina’s path and as fate would have it they have been drawn again together with Croatia and Iceland to complete the group. Nigeria has the likes of Iwobi, Obi Mikel, and Ahmed Musa to change the course of the game. Uzhoa has been named as their no. 1, giving the youngster his first taste in the grandest stage.
Morocco has the distinction of not conceding a single goal in the qualifying campaign on their road to Russia. Morocco’s 17 players out of their 23-man squad are not originally from Morocco and are able to play because of their descendance. Morocco has been drawn against Spain, Portugal, and Iran, potentially the group of death. Morocco will fancy their chances against Portugal and Iran and look to hold of Spain in their bid to qualify. It will be a fascinating few days as the likes of Ziyech and Hakimi does have the potential to take the centre stage.