This year’s World Cup is bound to present some exciting moments of football history. This has been evident since the very beginning of the playoffs and has definitely confirmed itself by a significant rise in traffic at the live betting odds bookmakers’ section. With everyone and everything in a frenzy before the international event kick off, fans are eagerly waiting to see the role Aston Villa players are going to have in this week’s games.
Although no Villa players currently play for Northern Ireland, I feel they deserve a special mention being a home nation and former Villan Steve Davis is their captain. They played Switzerland last night and lost 1-0 in the opening tie after what can only be described as an embarrassing referee decision that leads to the winning penalty. They will be opening to turn the tie on its head in the second leg.
Denmark and Republic of Ireland also meet, among which Aston Villa supporters are bound to recognize midfielders Conor Hourihane and Glenn Whelan, as well as the former Brentford forward Scott Hogan.
Sports experts and commentators have loudly proclaimed this lack of balance in the teams’ potential to win, although there are some who have faith in the Denmark’s football prodigy Christian Eriksen and rising star Kasper Dolberg. Whatever the outcome this Saturday and next Tuesday.
Fingers will be crossed when Mile Jedinak represents Australia in their playoff against Honduras. Fitness has been an issue for the Aussie international and Steve Bruce will not want his midfielder returning with any problems.
That takes me onto Jonathan Kodjia, another with fitness issues at the minute. Ivory Coast takes on Morocco in their final group game. One bonus is, should he play and come through unscathed, he should be available for the weekend against QPR.
Both Iceland and Egypt have already qualified for the world cup so it means friendly games for Birkir Bjarnason and Ahmed Almohamady. Iceland has friendlies against the Czech Republic and Quater while Egypt will play their final group game against Ghana.
That takes us onto the under age groups of the Internationals. The England u-20 squad includes defender Easah Suliman. Both Keinan Davis and Callum O’Hare are on standby should the be needed but Bruce would prefer both were given the rest period.
Mitch Clark and Josh Williams are will the Welsh U-19’s and Jozef Pastorek could represent the Slovakian U-21s.
We wish all our internationals the very best of luck but pray that they all return fit and healthy.