The Surprise XI at this Year’s World Cup

The prestigious World Cup tournament has finally arrived and it has already gotten off to a great start. We may have already seen a few games already, but this summer’s tournament is definitely living up to the hype and there have been some exciting moments and shocks already. The biggest shock of the tournament so far has been Germany’s 1-0 defeat to North American nation Mexico. In the build up to the tournament, the World Cup odds suggested that the current world champions would be favourites to lift the trophy for the second consecutive tournament. However, their poor performance in their defeat to Mexico might have a got a few people worried. However, there is still two group games to go for Germany which means it is still likely that they will progress to the knockout stage of the World Cup should they manage to record victories against South Korea and Sweden. Meanwhile, former world champions France are also amongst the favourites to win the trophy, and there are plenty of sites available which offer France odds World Cup bets.

Understandably, the majority of the coverage of the tournament has been focused on the larger teams as they feature some of the best players in world football, and they are also the most likely to make it to the later stages of the tournament. However, there has already been some impressive performances by some of the lower rated teams in the tournament. For example, Serbia managed to record an impressive 1-0 against Costa Rica in the first game of Group E. Although the nation aren’t the greatest compared to the other teams in the tournament, they still have some players which can cause some real issues to other teams. Aleksandar Mitrović is one of those players. The striker wasn’t as effective as he could be in the opening group game, but his form for Fulham in the second half of the 2017/18 season showed how lethal he can be in front of goal. If Mitrović can replicate this form this tournament, Serbia could be a very dangerous team to play against.

Almost every World Cup tournament has a couple of players which end up performing above their usual ability and attracts the attention of fans. This World Cup should be no different as there are a number of players which have had a good season and will be hoping to bring their performances into the World Cup. In this infographic, players such as Hirving Lozano and Fernando Muslera are featured as they have the potential to shock a few people with their performances. Check it out!