Ibrahimovic won’t be there but Lionel Messi will be. Diego Costa is set to be one of the favourites for top scorer but not in the colours of Brazil. The world’s most expensive player will watch from the comfort of his home while the world’s best player carries the hopes of a nation.
The World Cup is just 75 days away and the excitement is building. June 12th will see Brazil with all the pressure of a country that loves and loathes this version of the world cup take on Croatia. Even the mention of a shock will be frowned upon, Brazil is a country that expects.
So too does Argentina, Spain, Italy, Germany, England, France, Holland and Uruguay, even the dark horses of Belgium expects.
Back to Brazil for the moment however and with Mexico, Cameroon and the aforementioned Croatian’s, Neymar, the second favourite to be top scorer, will be confident of progressing.
Less confident will be Spain and Holland especially with a Chilean that has beaten England and narrowly lost to Germany in recent games and the never-accept-defeat Australians to contend with.
Both should get through but their hopes will depend on what order. The runner up in the group has a battle with Brazil (the assumption being they walk group A) and a potential early plane home. Will Brazil manage to get the trophy at home? Check the latest World Cup 2014 Betting Odds at oddspower , your odds calculator tool.
Group C, looked easy to call when Radamel Falcao was fit but the Monaco striker is a doubt for the World Cup and so do now are Colombia.
The absence of the free scoring forward will mean that Japan, Greece and Ivory Coast will all fancy their chances of winning the group and with a battle with either Uruguay with quite possibly the best forward line in Brazil in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, an Italian side that always does well at World Cup and an England team that doesn’t.
Costa Rica have been given the disservice of just being there to make up the numbers, but they could shock, someone.
France’s chances as outsiders has been aided by a group that includes solid Switzerland, not so exciting Ecuador and honest Honduras.
Didier Deschamp will no doubt already be planning their knock out stage clash with Nigeria assuming that Argentina do their job and win the group oh and Bosnia-Hercegovina and Iran confirm their status as minnows.
Germany, Portugal, Ghana and USA is a hard one to call, you expect the Germans, you expect the Portuguese (simply because of Ronaldo), the Ghanaian’s are a strong side and the Americans are improving, fast. This group has shocks all over it but then again maybe it doesn’t. Bundesliga live stream and other major football leagues streams can be found at SportStreaming24 , the online sports destination for legal live sport streaming calendar matches online.
Awaiting either the shockers or the not shockers, will be Belgium and Russia with Algeria and South Korea, the Costa Rica’s of group H.
And of those that won’t be there, in addition to Swedish star Ibra, Slovakian playmaker Marek Hamsik, Czech stopper Petr Cech, Austrian defender David Alaba, Polish star Robert Lewandowski and Arda Turan of Turkey will all be watching from the couch, and just like the rest of us they will glued to their screens.