As you may have seen, we have launched a Fantasy Football Mini League on the Goal.com App which is free to join and will keep your interest throughout all the matches. We thought we’d give you some insight into the Spreadsheet Betting XI team we’ve picked and give you some of our own World Cup Fantasy Football Tips for when you sign up for the mini league.
Points are scored as follows:
Starting Line-Up – 2 points
Sub Appearance – 1 point
Goal (GK/Defender) – 7 points
Goal (Midfielder) – 6 points
Goal (Forwards – 5 points
Assist – 3 points
Saves (x2) – 1 point
Clean Sheet (GK/Defender) – 5 points
Penalty Saved – 5 points
Penalty Missed – -3points
Goal Conceded (GK/Defender) – -1 points
Red Card – -5 points
Players to Watch – Goal Fantasy Football
The 32 year old enters the tournament with 74 caps to his name and a pedigree that makes him touted as one of the world’s best goalkeepers. He conceded just 4 goals over 10 qualifying matches whilst the German team scored an impressive 43 goals. With Germany in Group F, we expect to be a low scoring group and for Germany to be lean in defence. They are likely to progress, so he may be a shrewd purchase from the start.
With Manchester United’s Sergio Romero being ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury, it is likely that Willy Caballero, the Chelsea reserve goalkeeper, will step up for La Albiceleste as they bid to win their 3rd World Cup. Group D should see a safe passage to the next round for Argentina, so Caballero offers a reduced budget option to push your money into other areas of the team. He has played only 2 games to date for the national team, however, the penalty shot-stopper does offer a tournament mentality that could be seen as a dark horse as a key player for Argentina.
Fresh from his contentious Champions League Final (maybe one that Liverpool fans will struggle to pick in their teams), Ramos aka Cuqui will be playing for Spain in one of the strongest teams in the tournament. They conceded just 3 goals in qualifying in a group including Italy, so La Roja are expected to progress easily from Group B which includes Portugal, Morocco and Iran. Ramos also has a keen eye for goal with a record just under 1 in 10 for the national side.
The Belgian right-back, Meunier, who plays his club football in France for Paris St Germain is an outside shot for your Fantasy Football team. With just 21 appearances to his name, but 5 goals, he offers a goalscoring threat which could help rack up points, along with being part of a Belgian side who should qualify from Group G alongside England.
The dynamic Chelsea midfielder Willian, offers a tremendous threat as part of a very talented Brazilian team who you would be confident of qualifying from an easy Group E compromising of Serbia, Switzerland and Costa Rica. He has a modest goalscoring record of 8 in 58 appearances for the national side but will be part of the creative side of Brazil, so always offers value in assists.
A star from the 2014 World Cup, which subsequently led to a move to Los Blancos, Real Madrid, we see the return of James as he is more commonly known as a lynchpin within the Colombian side. They should be the main protagonists in quite an open Group H which sees them come up against Poland, Senegal and Japan. With 21 goals in 62 appearances highlighting the threat that he brings, if La Tricolor can progress, then the winner of the 2014 Golden Boot may be a worthy investment.
The diminutive French forward who currently plays his football for Europa League winners Atletico Madrid has to be one of the favourites for the 2018 Golden Boot award, having a better than 1 in 2 club goalscoring record and just shy of 1 in 2 at international level as well. The French side who come up against Australia, Denmark and Peru in Group C should progress to the next level easily. We expect the French to score heavily in their group games so Griezmann is a first name of the sheet player for us.
El Pistolero, aka Luis Suarez, one of the most controversial footballers in the world, having served a 4-month ban after being found guilty of biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup is our final pick in players to watch. Regardless of what you think of the Uruguayan, he offers a deadly threat in front of goal, with the Barcelona forward having scored 50 goals in 97 appearances. They do start in a tough group, with Group A being made up of home nation Russia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, but if they escape then they could pose a threat to other teams with their aggressive style and ability to score.