The final round of World Cup Fantasy is approaching fast. For that reason, we pick out the best captain for Matchday 7 for both matches using the underlying stats from the Fantasy Football Scout members area.
Taking a look at the best captain for Matchday 7 will be absolutely vital for World Cup Fantasy managers in preparation for the final round. Captaincy is detrimental to how any given Matchday can go so making the right decision is important.
Croatia v Morocco
Many managers could be hoping to make rank gains in this match. There are several options World Cup Fantasy managers could back. Morocco have been fantastic during their campaign so far but they are conceding some interesting stats.
Amongst all other teams Morocco have conceded the second most headed attempts (14), the most attempts from set plays (22), the third most big chances (13), the most crosses down their right flank (60) and the most chances conceded down their right flank (21). In their previous match, Morocco also conceded the joint most chances down their right flank (eight).
Croatia Ivan Perisic (£7.5m) has already proved to be a threat already. The midfielder has bagged a goal and two assists so far during his World Cup campaign. Perisic can take set pieces and could benefit from Morocco’s poor stats from set plays. The Croatian also plays on the left flank, Morocco’s right flank, where the African side have also been poor.
Furthermore, we can see from the table below, taken from Fantasy Football Scout, that Ivan Perisic also loves to shoot and ranks the joint third highest for attempts on goal with 16.
The standout captaincy option for the Saturday match between Croatia v Morocco is Ivan Perisic. If managers are looking to go elsewhere, they could also consider Croatia midfielder Luka Modric (£8.5m) or Morocco defender Achraf Hakimi (£5m).
Argentina v France
Many within the community could be debating between France striker Kylian Mbappe (£11.5m) and Lionel Messi (£10.5m). Both remain the two highest owned players in the game so picking the right option could be huge.
How do their defences compare?
Argentina better France in terms of clean sheets kept, shots conceded in the box, shots conceded outside the box, shots on target conceded, attempts from set plays conceded and big chances conceded. So the South Americans statistically have a better defence. This could be an early indicator that backing Lionel Messi over Kylian Mbappe could be the way to go.
Lionel Messi v Kylian Mbappe
In terms of distribution Messi edges Mbappe for chances created and big chances created. Messi has also created one more assist than Mbappe so far.
When comparing their goal threat, Messi beats Mbappe for attempts on goal and shots on target, however the Frenchman has bettered Messi for attempts in the box and big chances total.
The data suggests that Lionel Messi is a better captaincy option than Kylian Mbappe in Matchday 7. Although that is the case if managers are still unsure, it could be a case of backing the player of the team you think will win the match.
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