World Cup Preview

World Cup

With Fantasy Premier League taking a break over the International Break, we’ve decided to look ahead with this World Cup Fantasy Football Preview.Starting Eleven

It’s now less than 3 months until the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia and here at Fantasy Football Community, we will be embracing all things World Cup Fantasy, including tournament and daily fantasy competitions. While there’s plenty of speculation and a long time ago, it’s never too soon to get ahead


Groups

The table below shows the current FIFA rankings (correct March 2018) and the total FIFA ranking across the various World Cup groups.

The range of talent across the groups is quite striking, with Group A looking like the most open group and a nice draw for the hosts, Russia.

Meanwhile, Group C looks like the “group of death”, with Group E not far behind them. It could be a tricky start to the tournament for some.

Hardest Groups

C – France have one of the easiest openers, against Australia but the schedule toughens.

Average Groups

B – Portugal and Spain get off to a tough start facing each other, but then their relative schedules ease with games against Iran and Morocco.

D – Argentina look the clear favourites to progress here, but Iceland and Croatia will have a close battle for the second qualification spot.

E – Brazil and Switzerland face each other in a hard opening game, but their subsequent fixtures are much more favourable.

Easiest Groups

F – Germany have the kindest opening schedule with one of the largest gaps in FIFA ranking to their next placed opponent.

G – Belgium also have a reasonable schedule against lower ranked teams, including a kind opening game against Panama.

H – Poland look favourites to progress from this one with easy fixtures sandwiched between a more difficult game against Columbia.

Unknown Quantity

A – It’s much more difficult to predict the outcomes of games against lower ranked teams. Expect Uruguay and Egpyt to come out on top, but the hosts won’t be a pushover.


Teams

Taking into account the relative World Cup groupings and standard of the opposition, it looks essential to have decent cover in fantasy squads from Germany, Belgium and Poland.

Germany Targets – Timo Werner, Leroy Sane, Mats Hummels

Belgium Targets – Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Thomas Meuinier

Poland Targets – Robert Lewondoski, Arkadiusz Milik, Łukasz Piszczek


Strategy

World Cup Fantasy games have yet to be released, but we could expect substitutions and captaincy changes throughout a match day, plus an early Double Gameweek for Russia and Egypt (look out for Mo Salah!)

There’s a lot of unpredictability at the start of a big tournament, but having a player from a big team in your squad for a relatively easy opening fixture is recommended: plus options for the captains armband on a daily basis.

Matchday 1

France v Australia – Antoinne Greizmann

Croatia v Nigeria – Mario Mandzukic

Germany v Mexico – Timo Werner

Belgium v Panama – Eden Hazard

Sweden v Japan – Marcus Berg


Form Players

When looking for the stars of this years World Cup, it’s important to look at the form players in the biggest domestic football leagues this season.

Premier League

Goals – Mohammed Salah, Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero

Assists – Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane

Clean Sheets – David De Gea, Ederson, Thibaut Courtois, Hugo Lloris

La Liga

Goals – Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez

Assists – Lionel Messi, Pione Sisto

Clean Sheets – Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Ivan Cueller

Bundesliga

Goals – Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emrick Aubameyang, Nils Petersen

Assists – Philip Max, Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Muller

Clean Sheets – Roman Burki

Serie A

Goals – Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala, Dries Mertens,

Assists – Luis Alberto

Clean Sheets – Alisson Becker

Ligue 1

Goals – Edinson Cavani, Neymar, Radamel Falcao

Assists – Neymar, Florian Thauvin, Dimitri Payet

Clean Sheets – Alphonse Areola


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