Unlimited Transfers: Who should you bring in?
16:00 CET on Saturday.
If you haven’t yet registered, you can still play McDonald’s FIFA World Cup™ Fantasy and create private leagues to compete against your friends. Don’t miss out!
- You can keep changing your entire squad up until Saturday’s deadline.
- You can now pick 4 players from each country instead of 3.
- You now have €105 million to spend instead of €100 million.
Harry Kane (26 points), Andreas Granqvist (25), Yerry Mina (24), Cristiano Ronaldo (23), Philippe Coutinho (20), Wahbi Khazri (20), Fernando Muslera (20), Thiago Silva (20), Ludwig Augustinsson (19), Denis Cheryshev (19), Romelu Lukaku (19), Luka Modric (19), Martin Caceres (18), Diego Costa (18), Jose Gimenez (18), Diego Godin (18), Juan Quintero (18), Kasper Schmeichel (18), Ali Beiranvand (17), Eden Hazard (17), John Stones (17), Artem Dzyuba (16), Christian Eriksen (16).
Players to bring in
Cristiano Ronaldo faces the only team yet to concede a goal at Russia 2018 in the Round of 16. Lionel Messi managed only seven points in the group stage, and must now battle a feared France side. Neymar has often struggled against Mexico, including in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament final in 2012 and at the last FIFA World Cup™.
Don’t worry, though: our McDonald’s FIFA World Cup™ Fantasy scouts have picked out two other forwards they feel will thrive in Round 4, along with two defenders and two midfielders.
Dani Carvajal (€5.5m)
Spain face a Russian hurdle in the Round of 16 and, if they clear it, Croatia or Denmark in the quarter-finals, which is a comparatively favourable route. Carvajal is not only the cheapest Spanish defender who starts, but he’s also their highest scoring, despite missing their opener against Portugal through injury. Spain, who play without wingers, encourage their fullbacks to attack, and the 26-year-old Real Madrid man assisted Iago Aspas’s late leveller against Morocco.
Dejan Lovren (€5.1m)
Clean sheets are expected to be rare in the Round of 16, but Croatia are arguably the team with the best chance of keeping one. They boasted an excellent defensive record in qualifying and recorded shutouts against Nigeria and Argentina in Russia, before fielding a reserve backline in a 2-1 win over Iceland. Furthermore, of all the teams still in the competition, Croatia’s opponents Denmark scored the fewest goals in the group stage. Lovren is also a threat from set-pieces.
Juan Quintero (€5.6m)
Can you afford not to buy one of the most easily-affordable midfielders still in the competition? The 25-year-old scored a crafty free-kick against Japan, brilliantly assisted Falcao’s goal against Poland, and set up Yerry Mina’s header against Senegal. Quintero, who idolised Rivaldo growing up, has 18 points overall, which makes him the fourth-highest-scoring midfielder behind Denis Cheryshev, Luka Modric (both 19) and Philippe Coutinho (20). If James Rodriguez doesn’t play against England, Quintero should find himself shouldering greater responsibility for creating and taking more set-pieces.
Kevin De Bruyne (€10m)
Coaches who paid big bucks for the highest-priced midfielder will have been disappointed with KDB’s meagre seven-point return from the group stage. Round of 16 opponents Japan are, however, ready-made for the 27-year-old. The Asians are likely to congest their own penalty area, leaving a lot of chances for Belgium to shoot from distance. Is there anybody better at doing that than De Bruyne? Moreover, Les Diables Rouges should win a lot of set-pieces, which the Manchester City man takes.
Diego Costa (€9.1m)
Uruguay put three goals past Russia on Monday. The hosts will fear another South American force doing the same on Sunday. The Brazil-born forward, benefitting from the adventurous style Fernando Hierro is advocating, hit three goals in Group B. Spain are expected to sink Russia and the winners of Croatia-Denmark, and many expect Costa to provide the goals that can help them do just that.
Harry Kane (€11.1m)
The 24-year-old exploded onto Russia 2018 with four goals in his two appearances. He was then afforded a rejuvenating rest for England’s final Group G outing against Belgium. Kane goes up against Colombia in Moscow and, if Gareth Southgate’s men advance, Sweden or Switzerland in the quarter-finals – a route he will have been licking his lips at. Furthermore, the Tottenham Hotspur man has never hidden his immense thirst for individual scoring awards, and they don’t come any more prestigious than the adidas Golden Ball.
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