Sport Ten players to look out for in Group A

15:01  11 june  2018
15:01  11 june  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Boyata's World Cup inclusion gives Rodgers Champions League worries

  Boyata's World Cup inclusion gives Rodgers Champions League worries Dedryck Boyata’s inclusion in Belgium’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup this summer could give Brendan Rodgers a selection headache, ahead of Celtic’s Champions League qualification attempts. The Daily Record have reported that with the Hoops facing an eight-game qualifying process to make the group stages, Rodgers could be without some key players for the opening ties due to the World Cup in Russia. Boyata’s defensive partner Mikael Lustig will also be absent, representing Sweden, with playmaker Tom Rogic also featuring for Australia. Christian Gamboa also will be there after making the Costa Rica squad. Celtic’s first qualifier will be on the same night as one of the World Cup semi-finals, and with Belgium tipped to do well, this could affirm Boyata’s unavailability. Even if all four players exit the tournament before the group stages, they will have only a week’s rest before the qualifiers for Celtic, so will be unlikely to feature regardless.

He's played senior level football already in Adelaide, and gets the most out of himself. Clubs are looking here, there and everywhere for tall defenders. A number went for mature-age players in the national draft, preferring players a bit more ready to slot straight in if needed.

These 10 players will make a world of difference to their respective teams, and could even go on to lift the World Cup next year in Russia. 5 special group -stage matches at Russia 2018 well worth RELATED STORY.

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The World Cup is the pinnacle for any professional footballer, with billions watching what they can do on the biggest stage.

In Group A, I’ve picked out our ten players to watch out for – three from Russia, two Saudi Arabians, two Egyptians and a few from Uruguay.

Included in he list we have; clinical-finishers, quick-dribblers, ball-winners and all-rounders. Some may not even be a key player but it’s about how they can make the difference for their respective teams in advancing to the knockout round.

Russia v Uruguay: Match Preview .
The World Cup hosts, Russia, and Uruguay come face-to-face in the final match in Group A with top place in the group still at stake. The two sides have both won their opening two games, but a draw would be enough for the tournament hosts to top the group thanks to their far superior goal difference. Both teams come into the match in contrasting form despite both having won their two opening matches. The South American’s have edged through in both of their matches by 1-0 and have looked extremely conservative and negative throughout this spell. As for Russia, they have been one of the surprises of the competition coming into this match having won 5-0 and 3-1 in their previous games to give them great belief that they can top this group. If the Uruguayans are to pick up any sort of positive result this afternoon then they are going to need to have strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani on form which is something which hasn’t happened to date in the competition with both misfiring in front of goal. Regardless of where both teams finish in this group they will face a tough assignment in the next stage with Group A’s qualifiers coming up against the same from Group B which includes 2010 winners, Spain and European Champions, Portugal. Backed by their home support, the Russian’s will be confident that they can get the job done against what has been a largely poor Uruguay team throughout.

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