- Rankings. The difference in FIFA rankings will paint a picture.
- Recent friendly form. Is there a pattern? How did the team perform in friendlies against teams from their opponent's continent? Struggles? Or Easy wins?
- Team news. Any glaring absentees? Particularly goal keepers and strikers.
- Opinions from other trusted websites. As stats are largely absent, this research is more opinion based.
Pre-World Cup means only the Belarussian cup fills the coupon. I will research each World Cup match as best I can. The best website is www.soccerway.com as you can filter matches by competition. Key elements of research?