Which Premier League clubs will be most affected by the 2022 World Cup?Posted on: November 17, 2022
A host of Premier League stars are set to play in the biggest Football competition of them all – the World Cup. The 2022 edition of the tournament sees 134 players from England’s top tier competing in Qatar, each hoping to help their country win the famous trophy.
Every team in the English top-flight has at least one player at the World Cup. However, some clubs have just a couple of call-ups, while others have a large bulk of their squad out in the Middle East.
So, which Premier League clubs are affected most by the 2022 World Cup? We have chosen three sides that could feel the biggest impact of the tournament.
Players at the World Cup: 16 – Julian Alvarez (Argentina), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium), Ederson (Brazil), Jack Grealish, John Stones, Kalvin Phillips, Kyle Walker, Phil Foden (England), Ilkay Gundogan (Germany), Nathan Ake (Netherlands), Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias (Portugal), Aymeric Laporte, Rodri (Spain), Manuel Akanji (Switzerland)
Manchester City are the hardest-hit Premier League club, with 17 of their players selected to play at the World Cup. Of those 17, ten are expected to be regular starters at the tournament – Phil Foden, Joao Cancelo, Rodri, Nathan Ake, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Aymeric Laporte, Manuel Akanji and Ruben Dias. And with England, Portugal, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany all likely to go deep into the tournament according to our Football Odds, many of those players could play a lot of Football in the next month.
One crumb of comfort for City is that lethal frontman Erling Haaland has not gone to Qatar. Norway did not qualify, and with the former Dortmund man currently nursing a foot injury, Pep Guardiola will be delighted that he has time to recover during the break.
Players at the World Cup: 14 – Lisandro Martinez (Argentina), Antony, Casemiro, Fred (Brazil), Christian Eriksen (Denmark), Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford (England), Raphael Varane (France), Tyrell Malacia (Netherlands), Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Dalot (Portugal), Facundo Pellestri (Uruguay)
Manchester United are also set to be heavily impacted by the World Cup. Fourteen of Erik Ten Hag’s squad have travelled to Qatar, and nine are arguably in the Dutchman’s first choice 11. Most United players at the tournament are regular starters for their nations, including Brazilian trio Antony, Casemiro and Fred, Portugal’s Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina defender Lisandro Martinez. And with those countries expected to do well, the players in question will exert plenty of energy in the coming weeks.
Players at the World Cup: 12 – Thiago Silva (Brazil), Mateo Kovacic (Croatia), Conor Gallagher, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling (England), Kai Havertz (Germany), Hakim Ziyech (Morocco), Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain), Denis Zakaria (Switzerland), Christian Pulisic (USA)
Another ‘big six’ club with a host of talent in Qatar is Chelsea. Twelve Blues players have been called up for the World Cup, including England trio Conor Gallagher, Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling, and regular starters like Mateo Kovacic, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz. There could have been more, with Reece James, Ben Chilwell and N’Golo Kante only missing out on the tournament through injury.
However, unlike the Manchester clubs, some critical Chelsea players are getting a breather this November and December. Jorginho, Armando Broja and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all have some time off as their countries did not qualify.
Premier League clubs least impacted by the World Cup
The World Cup has arguably come at a good time for some clubs. One or two have new managers looking to stamp their authority, while some have key players getting a rest as they are not heading to Qatar. Below are the three Premier League teams we think are least impacted by the 2022 World Cup.
Players at the World Cup: 7 – Alisson, Fabinho (Brazil), Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold (England), Ibrahima Konate (France), Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands), Darwin Nunez (Uruguay)
Liverpool may have seven players heading to the World Cup, but a handful of their key men are getting a breather while events in Qatar unfold. One player not involved in the tournament is Mohamed Salah after Egypt failed to qualify. Jurgen Klopp will be delighted that his star forward is getting a break, given he is an ever-present and has already featured in the Africa Cup of Nations in 2022. Roberto Firmino is also not going after missing out on a place in the Brazil squad, while Andy Robertson, Joel Matip and Luis Diaz are also staying at home.
Additionally, some of the Reds players going to the World Cup may not even see that much action. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson are unlikely to be starters for England, while Ibrahima Konate should be a backup option for France.
Players at the World Cup: 2 – Armel Bella-Kotchap (Germany), Mohammed Salisu (Ghana)
Southampton have the joint fewest number of players heading to the World Cup, with just two being selected. Armel Bella-Kotchap was called up by Germany, while fellow defender Mohammed Salisu links up with Ghana. While our World Cup Betting markets suggest Germany could go deep into the tournament, Bella-Kotchap is not expected to be a regular starter for Die Mannschaft. On the other hand, Ghana are favourites to finish bottom of their group, but Salisu could play all their matches.
New Saints boss Nathan Jones will be delighted that only two players have gone to the Middle East. James Ward-Prowse and Duje Caleta-Car were both in contention but missed out on call-ups from England and Croatia. Having only recently joined from Luton, Jones now gets a full month to work with his new squad and implement his ideas.
Players at the World Cup: 2 – Chris Mepham, Kieffer Moore (Wales)
Like their south coast neighbours, Bournemouth have just two squad members at the 2022 World Cup. The players in question are Chris Mepham and Kieffer Moore, who both are representing Wales in Qatar.
Mepham and Moore will likely be important players for Robert Page, so they could feature lots. However, the odds suggest that Wales will struggle to make it out of the group. Even if they do, a potential Round of 16 tie against one of Senegal or the Netherlands could mean the Cherries duo will return home sooner rather than later.