The FFPundits' McDonald's World Cup Fantasy Football Team - Round of 16

7:21pm Jun 29 2018

It’s time to unleash our first World Cup Fantasy Football chip – the Bench Boost is active!

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It’s been a slow and steady start, but as you can see from the screenshot further downi n the article, our Pundits staff team draft for Round 4 is complete and available for your viewing pleasure.

Other than some minor tweaks, we’ve let our staff team tick over during the Group Stages – but now it’s time to go on the offensive and make use of our chips.

First up, it’s the Bench Boost – activated for Round 4 so we can take advantage of unlimited transfers, as well as the extra £5K transfer budget. Hey big spender!

We see this round as a ‘Free Hit’ as we plan to Wildcard for Round 5, but until then, we hope you enjoy reading about our thinking and method behind the madness of our moves ahead of Round 4.

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Forwards

We are going big up top , opting for the three strikers who are each in form and battling for the prestigious Golden Boot award.

After a hat-trick against Spain in Round 1, Christiano Ronaldo (12.1m) announced his arrival in style.

Many of us avoided the Real Madrid forward in our Round 1 teams due to an opening fixture against Spain, but now’s the time to pull the trigger on the £12.1m Portugal forward.

Belgium were impressive in their first two fixtures, with Lukaku (10.1m) bagging a brace in each game – congratulations to those who captained him!

Lukaku was then rested along with most of the regular starting 11 during Round 3 against England, keeping them fresh-legged for their Round of 16 battle against Japan.(

Like Lukaku, England also rested some key players including the current leading goal scorer, Harry Kane (11.1m)

Colombia have looked unconvincing at times and England are likely, in my opinion, to progress at their expense.


Midfielders

Next we have three key players from three key nations – midfielders from Spain, Croatia and Brazil make it in to our starting 11.

First up is Coutinho (9.1m) who has been influential in Brazil’s qualification for the knock out stages and with two goals and an assist to his name already, means he makes our lineup over Neymar.

Spain have unconvinced so far this campaign, however, up against the hosts Russia on Sunday, we expect them to be too powerful – the man pulling the strings has been Isco (8.5m) who managed to find the back of the net himself during Round 3.

He may be a deep-lying play-maker for Real Madrid, but Modric’s advanced position for Croatia makes him a player we were keen to include.

Although Denmark have looked solid so far, we feel Croatia will edge this and set-piece duty is also a bonus to his selection.

Completing the midfield are Claesson (5.5m) of Sweden, who has three assists already – followed by Inui (4.6m) of Japan who not only has a goal and assist to his name, but he’s also very cheap!


Defenders

As you can imagine, those attacking players have taken their toll on our budget, especially when we are looking at a strong 15 man squad to utilise our Bench Boost.

Granqvist (5.1m) was an easy choice and holds onto his place from our first Round 1 squad. Two clean-sheets as well as scoring two penalties – he is going nowhere!

Alongside him is Pavard (4.5m) who was rested during France’s Round 3 game – however, he is expected to return to the starting 11, Frances opponents Argentina have looked poor and scraped through their group – costing on £4.5m is he a bargain that can’t be ignored.

Next we have (cheap) access to the defence of both Brazil and Belgium, but at a reduced price.

Both Fagner and Boyata are priced at only 5m a piece and have two clean-sheets each – with favourable fixtures during the last 16, these two save us some crucial funds which have helped bolster our attack.

Finally, our 5th defender is Denmark’s Dalsgaard, who, at only 4.5m, has kept two clean-sheets and conceded one 1 – how can we argue at that price?


Goalkeepers

After cruising through their group with two clean-sheets from their first two games, Croatia’s Subasic (5.6m) has 13 points, despite being rested for Round 3 – we are expecting this fresh Croatia side to progress at the expense of Denmark.

After keeping those 7 clean-sheets from 12 games in qualifying, then going on to keep two clean-sheets from the opening three games of this World Cup, we’ve decided to double up at the back for Sweden with Olsen (5.0m) joining Granqvist.

We may make changes to the team ahead of Saturday’s 3pm BST deadline, so be sure to follow @FFPundits and @FFPundits_Drew on Twitter for any additional changes and updates.

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