Round 3: Team Selection: Keep Harry Kane vs. Belgium?

10:20am Jun 25 2018

Harry Kane to do the business against Belgium and remain top scorer?

With the World Cup Group Stage now almost complete, teams who are fortune enough to have qualified after 2 games may decide to rest their big names for the last Round of 16.

With that said, the temptation to activate the Wildcard is present. However, it’s time to ride the storm for one more Round and save the precious Wildcard chip for the later stages (in our opinion).

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Transfer Plans

After playing the wildcard ahead of Round 2, there’s just 1 free transfer at our disposal, as we set up the team for the final round of the group stage games.

There’s €1.0m in the bank, which was intended to be used on an exciting transfer such as Harry Kane (11.0) to Lionel Messi (12.0), or perhaps Edison Cavani (9.5) to Antoine Griezmann (10.0), with captain options in mind.

However, Danilo picked up a hip injury in training, shortly before the 2-0 win over Costa Rica and so, it makes sense to prioritise a replacement for the Brazil defender.

Marcelo (6.5) offers a like-for-like replacement but Ricardo Rodriguez (5.5) could also be one to watch. He’s on penalty duties for Switzerland and up against a Costa Rica side that are yet to score a goal in the tournament.

No transfer has been made as of yet, however, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for updates via Twitter. There could be some rotation in Round 3, so, if we get early team news suggesting key players could be rested, it might make sense to use the transfer elsewhere.

Goalkeeper

Egypt may be tempted to give 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam Elhadary (4.5) a game, which would unfortunately see Mohamed Elshanawy (4.5) miss out but Guillermo Ochoa (5.0) remains a strong option, ahead of Mexico’s meeting with Sweden.

Defenders

There is also talk of Guillermo Varela (4.5) missing out for Uruguay, following reports of their latest team in training, which saw them move to a system with 3 centre-backs.

The rest of the backline should be fine, with Gerard Pique (6.0) and Joshua Kimmich (6.5) lining up against Morocco and South Korea, respectively, while Manuel Akanji (4.5) provides an option from the bench, for a double up on Switzerland defence against Costa Rica.

Midfielders & Forwards

The 6 players to start in the midfield and forward positions remain unchanged for now, with Isco (8.5) and Diego Costa (9.0) lining up against Morocco and Philippe Coutinho (9.0) searching for his 3rd goal of the tournament against Serbia.

Edison Cavani (9.5) has taken 4 shots on target so far; on par with Ronaldo and Lukaku, while only Neymar has more (5) so hopefully, his efforts will be rewarded when Uruguay take on Russia in Round 3.

Bench

Harry Kane (11.0) provides a strong option to bring on from the bench once again, providing that he looks set to start against Belgium and Roberto Martinez has confirmed there will be “major changes” to his side.

He joins Guillermo Ochoa (5.0), Manuel Akanji (4.5) and Japan’s budget midfielder Takashi Inui (4.5).

Captain Options

There are only 4 match-days within Round 3, and with no players in the squad from Day 2, we’ll only have up to 3 chances at nailing the captaincy.

Diego Costa (9.0) will be first up, against Morocco, on Day 1. If the Spaniard fails to deliver, Philippe Coutinho (9.0) is likely to take the armband on Day 3, before Harry Kane (11.0) provides the last chance saloon option on the final day of Round 3, when England take on Belgium.

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