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The Surprise Players to Watch in the 2018 World Cup

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The world's biggest football extravaganza, the World Cup is set to kick off on 14th June with 32 teams competing for the title in a month-long show. This will be a good chance for you to test out your betting skills and strategies, as well as showcase your knowledge of world football.

Which teams and players will you be betting on and what are your reasons for placing your stake on them? What are the world's cup forecasts for these players. Germany, who won their fourth title four years ago in Brazil, will be the team to beat, and with fellow heavyweights Brazil, Argentina and Spain, they will make for an exciting run of programmes. But more than the team action that will be on display in Russia, the participating players will be out to prove individual prowess, in the full knowledge that millions of eyes will watching the show. It will be a great opportunity for some young players to test their mettle against the world's best, and in this article, we give you a professional summary of the young players who are expected to carry the day in the tournament.

Gelson Martins (Sporting Portugal), 23 years, Portugal

gelson martins

Born on 11th May 1995, Gelson  Dany Batalha Martins is a is a Portuguese professional soccer player,  who currently tourns out for Sporting Portugal and the country's national as a winger. The Cape Verde-born player is at home in the right-wing, but can also, when called upon, assume a position in the midfield or as a secondary striker. The 23-year-old player has made 30 appearances in the Primeira Liga, where he has scored a total of eight goals and made eight assists so far. He has also played in six Champions League and five Europa League matches, scoring one goal each.  Martins featured in the Portuguese squad for the 2014 European Under-19 Championship in Hungary, where he played in all of the tournament's matches. He also turned out for the country in the the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where he scored two goals before the team was eliminated in the quarterfinals. He finally impressed enough to get his maiden call up to the senior team in September 2016, during World Cup qualifiers against Andora, where he came in as a substitute for Pepe in the 72nd minute. He has since then made a total of 17 appearances for the senior national team.

Maxi Gomez (Celta Vigo), 22 years, Uruguay

Maxi Gomez Uruguay

Maximiliano "Maxi" Gómez González is a Uruguayan footballer who is currently signed to  as Spanish la Liga side Celta de Vigo. The 22-year-old player is a natural striker, who has in the past turned out for Uruguay side Defensor, before making the switch to the la Liga. Gomez started his professional carreer with the youth team of Defensor Sporting in 2013, and made his first team entry in 2015.  He later moved to Primera Division on October 4, 2015, where he has made 24 appearances and scored 13 goals to date. His international career started late 2017, featuring as a substitute in their match against Poland.

Albert Gudmundsson (PSV Eindhoven), 20 years, Iceland

Albert Gudmundsson Wolrd Cup

Born on 15th June 1997, Albert Gudmundsson  is an Icelandic footballer, who is currently signed to PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie. The winger is the great grandson of Iceland's first professional player, Albert Gudmundsson, who featured for Arsenal and Milan striker. His mother, Kristbjörg Ingadóttir, was a star player, who was born to former international striker Ingi Björn Albertsson, the record holder for most goals in the Icelandic top tier between 1987 and 2012. Gudmundsson made his debut for Eerste Divisie side Jong PSV in 2015. He later moved to PSV the next season.  After impressing for the country's various junior teams, Gudmundsson made his debut for the senior national team in 2017 and has since played a total of four matches for the side, scoring three goals.

The three countries, Uruguay, Iceland and Portugal are highly-touted by pundits to do well in this year's tournament, and it is recommended that as you plan your betting scheme for the tournament, it is advisable for you to consider placing random bets on the three sides.

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