The 2018 World Cup has 32 Teams and is full of talented premier league players on display looking to make their mark.
Every team has one or two players who shine brighter than the rest and their performances help lift the team’s performance, but who are they ? Check out our list of ten players in the premier league who will do just that.
Top Premier League Players in the 2018 World Cup
Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool) – Age 25
Salah has been outstanding player in the premier league this season for Liverpool having scored 31 goals in 37 league matches in his first season since signing from Roma for £34m.
He is without doubt Egypt’s star man and they will look to him to take his chances and score. Salah helped Egypt reach the final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, and he became the top scorer during CAF qualification to help the team qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
If Egypt are going to progress from group A they have to overcome thee hosts Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia. This is no easy task and with help from his teammates Salash should get plenty of chances to score and with a bit of luck finish in the top two in the group.
Whatever the outcome Salah will be the most feared forward in Group A and will no doubt be tightly marked.
Latest Odds: Egypt to qualify from Group A – 11/8 BET HERE
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium & Man City) – Age 28
Part of the dominant Man City premier league wining team this season. De Bruyne has been in brilliant form contributing as scorer and provider has frequently ranked as amongst the best players in Europe.
Since joining Man City in 2015 he enjoyed playing in a high quality team of internationals that has allowed him to flourish and has cemented his midfield role and will be expected to take a more influential role as Ya Ya Toure moves on.
The Belgian team is full of talented premier league players including Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini to name just a few but have in past major tournaments have not delivered when expected. Will this be Belgium’s and Kevin Le Bruyne time when it all comes together and realise their potential ?
The Belgians went undefeated in topping UEFA Group H in qualifying and should qualify as top in their group with England, Tunisia and Panama in their way.
Latest Odds: Belgium are 5/6 to win Group G – BET HERE
Sadio Mané – (Senegal & Liverpool) – Age 26
Another Liverpool player who has had a hugely successful season in the premier league. He is one of the leading African players and became the most expensive African player in history when he moved to Liverpool for £34 million in 2016.
His strength, speed and skill make him a major asset to Senegal and is a prolific goalscorer and was named Liverpool Player of the Year: 2016/17.
Mané has earned over 40 caps for Senegal since his debut in 2012 and overall the players the players are spread out across Europe, the Middle East and USA and qualified for this years tournament after a gap of 16 years.
Senegal will pose a threat at set pieces capitalizing on their height and strength and have the potential to cause an upset and will find the going tough as they Poland, Colombia and Japan – it won’t be easy to predict which two teams will qualify as all those teams are capable of beating each other.
Regardless of the outcome Mané is a top player and should make things happen and will be helped by his scoring partner Kara Mbodji
Latest Odds: Senegal are 5/4 to qualify in Group H – BET HERE
Gabriel Jesus (Brazil & Man City) – Age 21
A young player beginning his international career and enjoyed playing regularly for Manchester City scoring in vital matches having scored the only goal in the last premier league match of 2017/18 to help secure 100 points in the league which is a record. At Man City there are few other players ahead of him like Sergio Agüero and Raheem Sterling, but what Jesus has shown is his ability to score when it matters.
Jesus is a top class player and given the chance in the Brazil Team he’ll be a sure resounding success and cementing his place as a starting player for club and country.
Before he joined Liverpool he played for Palmeiras and was top goalscorer during the year scored regularly for the youth and senior team and helped his side win their first national championship since 1994 scoring 12 goals in the process and was named Bola de Ouro for player of the season.
His goal scoring record is impressive having made his debut for the senior team on 1 September 2016, in a 2018 World Cup qualification game against Ecuador in Quito. He started the match and scored twice and was Brazil’s highest scorer in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers, with 7 goals in 10 matches.
Given the opportunity at Brazil he will deliver you goals that could be difference of Brazil winning this years World Cup !
Latest Odds: Brazil are hot favourites to win the Group E at 2/9 and 9/2 favourites to win the tournament – BET HERE
Paul Pogba (France & Man Utd) – Age 25
France have one of the most gifted squads going to Russia, but they were underwhelming in qualifying, losing to Sweden and drawing 0-0 at home to Luxembourg. Pogba has been among those singled out as not fulfilling their potential. Pogba’s performances at Juventus allowed him to return to Manchester United in 2016 for a then-world record transfer fee of €105 million (£89.3 million) and has had a below par performance by his own high standards during the 2017/18 campaign.
Pogba’s strength is his running at defenders from midfield using his pace and power and his recent premier league form in big matches suggests that he can turn games around after scoring two quick goals as Manchester United defeated City 3–2 preventing (delaying) them from securing the Premier League title this season.
He looks like a player that has it all and surrounded by a talented French team he should flourish as both scorer and creator of goals – Pogba can live up-to his reputation and take France a long way in the world cup. The only thing holding him back is himself and his belief.
France should have little trouble qualifying with Australia, Peru and Denmark to play against.
Latest Odds: France are 11/2 to win the World Cup and 1/5 to be top of Group C – BET HERE
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