YEN.com is building anticipation towards the World Cup. In this article, we are analysing the so-called small teams that can pull a surprise. Readers can take advantage of the underestimation from betting companies to give big odds to these teams.
As follows, are the teams.
Denmark do not have a big history in the World Cup but things could change in Russia. Having beaten Ireland 5-1 on aggregate to come through the play-offs, the Danes have shown they can hurt teams.
Denmark will go far because apart from France, no other team in Group C are strong enough. Australia and Peru with all due respect, are not good enough to challenge Denmark.
Players to watch: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur, Pione Sisto of Celta Vigo, Andreas Christiansen of Chelsea and Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City.
In 2002, Senegal went all the way to the quarter finals of the World Cup. It was only their first time and Russia 2018 will be their second.
Many feel that the current generation in the Senegal team include some of the best African players in Europe. And in their group at this year's World Cup, they face teams that are not as talented as people believe. Poland, Japan and Colombia are really not stronger than Senegal.
Players to watch: Sadio Mane of Liverpool, Idrissa Gueye of Everton, Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham and Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli.
Sweden went past Netherlands and Italy to get to Russia 2018. They are also consistent participants in the World Cup. But they are overlooked a little too much.
In Group F, Sweden will face Germany, South Korea and Mexico. With the exception of defending world champions, Sweden possesses a superior team to the other two. And that is what matters.
Players to watch: Emil Forsberg of RB Leipzig, John Guidetti of Celta Vigo, Victor Lindelof of Man United and Martin Olsson of Swansea City.
After topping a qualification group that included Ireland, Wales and Austria, Serbia go to Russia as one Europe's best teams. It is a team that quite complete because it has good men for all positions.
Their group in the World Cup includes Brazil, Switzerland and Costa Rica. In all fariness, Brazil might be too much for them but Switzerland and Costa Rica will struggle against Serbia.
Players to watch: Nemanja Matic of Man United, Dusan Tadic of Southampton, Aleksandr Kolarov of Roma and Milinkovic-Savic of Lazio.
Croatia is perhaps, the most powerful team on this list in terms of players. They qualified from Europe in a group where they were second to Iceland.
But the Croats are team with world class stars. But they have been written off because of poor performances in previous tournaments. But they should fancy their chances against a weakening Argentina, an inexperienced Iceland and an on-and-off Nigeria.
Players to watch: Luka Modric of Real Madrid, Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona, Mario Mandzukic of Juventus and Ivan Perisic of Inter.
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