The World Cup for many fans is a footballing dream come true – the chance to watch the world’s best players compete for the ultimate prize in international football. Even without top sides such as Italy, Chile and the Netherlands in this year’s competition there should still be enough stellar talent to satisfy every football lovers’ viewing pleasure.
Here are a few of the best players in the Bundesliga whom will be on view during the final tournament that starts on June 14th.
James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich & Colombia)
James is currently on loan at Bayern Munich for two years from Real Madrid, although as part of the deal he will become a permanent member of Bayern’s squad in 2019 if the Munich side choose so, and for the relatively bargain fee of €42 million. The winger has been a key member of Bayern Munich’s march to the 2017-18 title, scoring six goals and creating ten assists.
He will of course be key to Colombia’s hope of progressing in the 2018 World Cup Finals, although the bookies are not confident of any kind of Colombian success at the tournament, with the side being quoted at around 40/1 to win. Beyond James and Monaco’s Radamel Falcao Colombia are a little bereft of true world-class talent, and although qualification out of their group is a given, it’s thought unlikely the side will progress further than the round of sixteen.
Timo Werner (RB Leipzig & Germany)
At most online sports books, Germany are thought to be neck and neck with Brazil when considering which team is the most likely to triumph. The Germans have – as usual – a largely rock-solid defence, but having lost Miroslav Klose to retirement, the scoring of goals is something of an issue.
Most hope for finding the net will be placed on youngster Timo Werner, whom seems to have been around in the Bundesliga for years but is still only twenty-two years of age. The star for Germany at the 2017 Confederations Cup, Timo has seven goals in a dozen caps for his country. He’s been in decent form for Leipzig this term with eleven goals and six assists, but some critics doubt whether Timo can take the same form to the international stage.
This great betting guide for Russia would encourage you to back Werner to finish as top goal scorer, with the odds of him doing so as tight as 15/1 at some sports books.
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich & Poland)
This will be – at the age of twenty-nine – the first time Lewandowski has taken part in the World Cup Finals, but that’s only because it is the first time that Poland have qualified for a finals tournament since 2006, and at that time Lewandowski was a seventeen-year-old youngster playing for Znicz Pruszkow in the third division of the Polish League.
The goals have always flowed for Lewandowski no matter for whom he has played and in what competition. This season has been no different, as the Pole has netted almost forty times for Bayern in all competitions.
He’s also now Poland’s leading all-time goalscorer, surpassing Wlodzimierz Lubanski’s total of forty-five in 2017, and is a shoo-in to score in Russia. He’s only around 33-1 to finish as the tournament’s top scorer, though, mainly as Poland are not thought likely to enjoy any fixtures beyond the opening three group games.
Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen & England)
The selection of Leon Bailey for the England World Cup squad would be a shock to many, but not a surprise to a knowledgeable few, and indeed some bookies are only offering 13/4 that the Leverkusen youngster will be in receipt of a call up. The Jamaican citizen has never suited up for his native country, claiming that English ancestry makes his eligible for the European nation. Bailey has repeatedly turned down call up offers from Jamaica, which is the country of his birth although he left the island when he was thirteen. Bailey is also eligible for England via his grandparents, Belgium via residency and Malta for reasons that are not quite clear. So there’s still uncertainty surrounding the 20 year old’s international plans.
Bailey has hinted that he would choose England, but there are question marks over that possibility, as although two of his grandparents hold English passports, it’s unclear if they were born in England, as FIFA rules dictate they would need to have been.
Russia 2018 would be a fine place for Bailey to continue his development no matter whom he plays for. 2017-18 has been an amazing season for him, with nine goals and six assists in twenty-seven Bundesliga games.