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Serie A Players Who Could Shine at the World Cup

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By Football Italiano

Thursday 28 June 2018

For the firs time in 60 years, the famous shirts of Gli Azzurri will not be seen at the FIFA World Cup. However, the tournament will feature a huge number of players from Serie A, with some in with a very good chance of returning to their clubs a winners’ medal around their necks. In respect of that, here are five Serie A players who could grab the headlines in Russia.

Dries Mertens, Napoli and Belgium

Starting with an obvious one, Mertens has been an integral cog in the Napoli machine all season. He has stiff competition from the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard to be the standout player in this Belgian side, but, as a collective, they look a force to be reckoned with. Belgium bring one the best squads in their history to Russia, with the majority of the squad, like Mertens, at their very physical peak. 12/1 odds for Belgium to win the World Cup looks like a superb bet. Expect the Napoli man to play a big role in getting them there.

Medhi Benatia, Juventus and Morocco

Benatia has been a useful player for Juventus over the last two years. But, with all due respect to him, he is not the most vital player to The Old Lady’s success. However, the centre-back is both captain and leader to a highly underrated Morocco side that will have designs on upsetting the odds in Russia. They can be backed at 9/2 to qualify from Group B. Despite league titles in Germany and Italy, it might represent Benatia’s greatest achievement if he can lead his country to the knockout rounds.

Sergej Milinković-Savić, Lazio and Serbia

Milinković-Savić has just two caps for Serbia, but the 23-year-old looks like becoming the complete midfielder. Crucially, he has added goals to his game in the last couple of years, including nine Serie A goals so far this season. If he keeps going the way he has, coach Mladen Krstajić will have no choice but to start him in Russia. Serbia (6/5) and Switzerland (evens) will fight it out to nick second place behind Brazil in Group E, Milinković-Savić might be exactly the type of maverick Serbia need to make qualification a reality.

Andre Silva, AC Milan and Portugal

Silva has failed to shine thus far in the league for Milan, albeit he has a decent goal record in Europe. However, over the last couple of years he has been in supreme form for Portugal, scoring better than a goal every two games on average. You can get odds of 100/1 (Paddy Power) for him to be top scorer in Russia. Obviously, it’s a bit of a long shot, but perhaps worth backing with a free bet from these latest World Cup betting offers.

Pablo Dybala. Juventus and Argentina

So much has been written about Dybala over the past couple of seasons. We all know that the supreme talent is there, but is the discipline? Argentina have an abundance of options up front, with Lionel Messi arguably the only certain starter. As a unit, Argentina have been poor over the last couple of years, summed up by their 6-1 defeat to Spain recently. Their odds for the World Cup are now in the region of 10/1, despite potentially having the best attacking line-up of the Finals. Can Dybala prove his critics wrong and reach his potential at international level?

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