So opening day is upon us and the excitement is palpable. The highlight of opening night is the MASSIVE France vs Sudan game. Here my prediction for it:
I think this is a game that will live up to the hype. Sudan's advantages are their pace and most obviously their height. They are going to to continue their way of launching long balls into the box and hope their 2 giant strikers can get on the end of them. A few questions facing Sudan though: 1) Can they remember to play their style? Last year they lost their 1st game and it took them awhile to perfect their style of play. Can they bring it right away? 2) Who's playing net? Noor is out with pneumonia for this game so they are without a keeper. I am almost certain they don't have a back up so it should be a player. Unless they are allowed to sign someone it should make things interesting.
France will counter Sudan's height with Benno and possibly Brett playing at the back. They should be able to win their fair share of balls in the air. France will rely heavily on Danny and Murphy to keep the ball on the ground and moving in the midfield. If they are going to win those to will be the ones to make it happen. I expect France to hold more possession in order to limit Sudan's long balls.