Five Pre-World Cup Games You Mustn’t Miss On Friday
The FIFA World Cup is less than 90 days away and international teams have started serious preparations to guarantee an exceptional performance at the grandest stage in world football. The 32 competitors will be looking forward to taking advantage of the final international break to improve team chemistry and finalize their squad selections before the June 14 kickoff.
There are a number of big-time friendlies that will be played around the world with several teams facing their potential knock-out opponents. The national bosses will also be looking forward to the chance to test the quality of their squad against the best of teams that mirror their group stage opponents.
We’ve selected five huge match-up between football juggernauts to keep up with on Friday.
1) Germany vs Spain (Friday 23rd March, 8:45pm)
The last two winners of the World Cup will go head to head a must watch match. Germany and Spain won the 2014 and 2010 World Cup respectively.
The Die Mannschaft will be looking forward to sorting out their No.9 position without many out-and-out strikers in their ranks. Leipzig’s Timo Werner will be looking to stake his claim ahead of Mario Gomez and Sandro Wagner.
Spain dropped Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata who has scored just once in 2018, they welcomed back Diego Costa who is now fully fit and back to his best. The Blues uncapped Marcos Alonso will also be looking to cement his place in La Furia Roja line up.
The two sides have met 10 times in the past with Spain picking up four victories, the most significant being their 1-0 defeat of Germany in the 2010 World Cup final.
2) Netherlands vs England (Friday 23rd March, 8:45pm)
The Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate, will be handling out debuts to English Premier League stars on Friday. The debutants include Burnley’s pair of Nick Pope and James Tarkowski, Swansea’s Alfie Mawson, and Lewis Cook of Bournemouth.
The manager will also be looking forward to starting Jamie Vardy as a No. 9 with Harry Kane down with an injury. The Leciester City star will be looking for to showing his quality vs the Netherlands who would be missing the World Cup for the first time since 2002.
3) Argentina vs Italy (Friday 23rd March, 8:45pm)
The Azzurri’s talented squad that will shockingly miss out the 2018 FIFA World Cup, after failing to qualify will face off vs a Lionel Messi led Argentina. The alluring match-up is set to be played at the Etihad, Manchester, with The Albiceleste in search of their best line up. The Argentine team was close to losing their spot in the World Cup after leaving it till the last day of the CONMEBOL qualifiers to book their place in Russia.
4) Russia vs Brazil (Friday 23rd March, 5pm
2018 World Cup host will be looking forward to testing their quality vs the five time champions Brazil. The South American will have to make duo with injured PSG star Neymar Junior. Their attacking line still boasts the likes of Paulinho (Barcelona), Coutinho (Barcelona), Anderson Talisca (Besiktas), Willian (Chelsea), Douglas Costa (Juventus), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), and Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
Both sides will be looking for the right balance and their best line up.
5) Portugal vs Egypt (Friday 23rd March, 8:45pm)
Two of the most in form players in the world will be looking forward to displaying their phenomenal quality. Mohamed Salah is the leading scorer in Europe’s top five leagues (28) and will be the one to watch for Egypt.
Four time Balon D’Or winner Ronaldo will also be looking to turn up for Portugal in a game that promises to be highly entertaining