The traditional 4-4-2 formation is a dying art in football as managers seek a number of different tactics to try and gain an advantage over their opponent. It’s believed now that leaving two men upfront leaves them exposed in midfield which is why a central midfield trio with two wide attacking players is being adopted by many. Alternatively if it’s not a 4-3-3 formation, a lot of managers are deploying a 4-2-3-1 with two holding midfielders and three advanced midfielders in front of them playing off the front man. But once fact still remains; goals win matches. And with that in mind here is our list of the 5 best strike forces at the World Cup in Brazil:
England – Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge
Despite England becoming increasingly distant from the latter stages of these major competitions, you can never underestimate the talent they have at their disposal. Wayne Rooney is their star man and if he performs then you have a real chance of winning. The Manchester United no.10 has struggled to find a consistent partner for England but the form of Daniel Sturridge at Liverpool has been particularly pleasing for Roy Hodgson who will be hoping the partnership can flourish at Brazil ’14.
Colombia – James Rodriguez and Jackson Martinez
For their respective clubs they are the main goal threat but have yet to really excel as a partnership for their country. Both are extremely clinical and are very powerful in the air. Falcao has scored 20 goals in 51 games for his country whilst Martinez has 8 goals in 27 appearances. If these two players can gel as a pair at the World Cup then Colombia can be one of the potential underdogs to cause an upset.
Brazil – Neymar, Fred and Hulk
Phil Scolari allows these three players simply to strut their stuff in the final third of the pitch and focus primarily on providing the goals for their country. Fred is the main no.9 who will play naturally in the box whilst Neymar will be given the freedom to roam on the left hand side. Hulk is well known for his powerful left foot shot and he will be looking to cut in from the right and unleash long range attempts on goal. With the expectant home crowd firmly behind them, a lot of the countries hopes will be resting on their attacking line up.
Uruguay – Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani
Both players are in sensational form for their respective European based clubs. Cavani has banged in 20 goals in all competitions for PSG already whilst Luis Suarez has notched 23 goals in 22 Premier League matches for Liverpool. Oscar Tabarez must be licking his lips at the sight of his front two scoring for fun and will be hoping the pair can emulate their form for Uruguay into the summer. They share 59 international goals between them and will be hoping to add to that in Brazil.
Argentina – Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero
The sheer quality in depth Argentina possesses upfront is frightening. So we have Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero as the main men but waiting in the wings are Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain and Ezequiel Lavezzi. You have to feel sorry for these three who would walk into literally any other forward line at Brazil ’14. In many eyes they have the world’s best ever footballer in Messi and in Sergio Aguero they have one of the most gifted goal scorers. Messi has been under scrutiny for his performances on the biggest stages and will be hoping to add to his haul of just one goal at World Cup level.
So which strikeforce will lead their team to glory in Brazil?
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