Ten current Liverpool players are on their national duty but according to football predictions site BETEGY, none of them has a decent shot at winning the World Cup. This could be a blessing in disguise for Rodgers as he’ll have fresher players at his disposal, but are England and co’s chances really that bad?
Germans since 2002 have always been ‘there and thereabouts’ when it comes to major tournaments glory, but now, according to BETEGY, is their time. They have an 18% chance of winning the World Cup. They are stronger than any team on their way to the final. 81% chance of qualifying to the knockout stages and then these opponents: Russia, France and Brazil.
That game against the hosts has a potential to be a World Cup classic. Germany will most likely win 2-1 which means this will be a close encounter. With Die Mannschaft playing seven games this summer, Liverpool fans will have enough chances to see left-back Marcel Schmelzer in action, who is linked with the club. He now plays for Borussia Dortmund.
Former Merseyside favorite Javier Mascherano also has a decent chance of lifting the World Cup trophy. Argentina has a 17% chance of winning the competition and should play in the final against Germany but lose 1-3.
Third place is the most likely for Brazil. They have a 16% chance of winning the World Cup, but as above, they’ll lose to Germans in the semis and then play in a third-place play-off against Netherlands. They should win comfortably 4-1. Maybe if they picked Coutinho instead of Bernard they might have had a bigger chance.
Group stage superpowers
The Germans look the favorites of the World Cup, but it’s Brazil that has the biggest chance of qualifying to the knockout stages (99%). The second best team, in terms of probability of advancing from the group, is Mamadou Sakho’s France (93%). Liverpool’s tough defender might not be in the starting lineup, but with Raphael Varane’s average form this season, Sakho might feature in latter stages of the World Cup. France will experience a quarter final exit due to a loss to Germany.
England will be one of the surprises in this tournament – but a negative one. The Three Lions look likely to return home after the group stage. Competing with Italy and Uruguay might be too big of a task for this team, although a one that features five Liverpool players. A World Cup experience for Raheem Sterling might be though relevant to his progress.
BETEGY also thinks that Nigeria shall not advance to the knockout stages. Victor Moses is a star in this team but is not likely to help them qualify.
But there will also be some positive surprises: Russia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, who’ll advance to the knockout stages. Keep an eye on Russia’s Alan Dzagoev, he’s a talented central midfielder now for CSKA Moscow but will be utilised as a creative winger in national team.
Messi the topscorer
After Luis Suarez’s injury and his appearances being in doubt, he’s not the favorite to be the top scorer. If he does manage to return and be in top form, he’s likely to score five goals, but now it seems that Lionel Messi emerged as a favorite. The Argentinian should also score five times. He’ll be followed by Barcelona’s Neymar (4 goals) and Cristiano Ronaldo (3).