World Cup 2018 Fantasy Football - Group C Preview & Tips
Posted by FFPundits
7:37pm Jun 8 2018
France and Denmark look set to dominate World Cup Group C, with Griezmann and Eriksen the popular fantasy picks
Group C looks like a tough one on paper, with three of the four teams having a top 12 FIFA ranking.
However, experience is set to prevail, with Denmark predicted to go forward alongside France, ahead of an inexperienced Peru side.
Each of these teams will be looking to overcome Australia, but they will be no push overs.
France are among the favourites to lift the trophy and look set to top this group in style.
It remains to be seen exactly how they will line up and whether they can establish the important link-ups to be successful.
With an easy opener (on paper)against Australia, followed by Peru, their players will be popular World Cup Fantasy picks in the group stages
Key Player: Griezmann
Differential Pick: Mbappe
Set Piece Taker: Pogba
Nailed Starters: Lloris, Umtiti, Varane and Pogba
This France side are blessed with a number of talented attacking players and Griezmann looks set for starting every game in their front line. He is also on penalties and will be a popular pick in daily and tournament long fantasy games.
He will likely cause Australia and Peru plenty of problems and will hope to replicate his domestic form from this season, here he bagged 29 goals and 15 assists in 49 appearances.
Alongside Griezmann, Mbappe is a young and exciting player who has recently broken into this talented squad.
If he can link up with Griezmann, he’s likely to be involved in the goals and should be a relative differential – particularly during the group stages.
His numbers are equally impressive for this season, with 21 goals and 16 assists from 46 games respectively.
In the midfield, Pogba is another household name who will be a popular World Cup Fantasy pick – he too will have a share of set-pieces for this France side and his starting 11 place looks secure.
He’s had a stop-start season for Manchester United, with 6 goals and 12 assists in 37 appearances: it remains to be seen if he can step up on to the big stage, but, I wouldn’t bet against him this summer.
Further back, it’s the defence that we have to look to for regular starters – centre backs Umtiti and Varane will make a strong pairing and both have a goal threat, so expect them to be popular, yet expensive choices.
Lloris may be a budget alternative and with clean sheets in half of their recent friendlies, he could provide important cover in a stable defence.
They shouldn’t be overlooked completely and may be looking to capitalise on other teams underestimating their abilities.
Key Player: Leckie
Set Piece Taker: Jedinak
Nailed Starter: Ryan
Leckie is the star attacker in this Australian side, and was a consistent presence in qualifying, with 5 goals and 4 assists. The captain, Jedinak, is on penalties and scored plenty of goals in qualifying. This under the radar pick could be an unlikely fantasy star.
Australia managed 7 clean sheets in qualifying, but with the talent in this group, defensive returns are unlikely. Goalkeeper Ryan is the most well-known of the defence and had an impressive season for Brighton, he should be able to rack up plenty of saves in this group.
The home of Paddington Bear, Peru are one of the highest ranked South American teams qualified for the World Cup, however they don’t have the pedigree in tournament football or headline players to boost their chances.
Their opening game against Denmark is going to pivotal to their chances of progressing to the knockout rounds.
Key Player: Farfan
Set Piece Taker: Cueva
Nailed Starter: Trauco
It’s been a tumultuous time for the Peru attack, but Farfan seems to have nailed down his place now and got four goals in qualifying. He’s on penalties too and his domestic record demonstrates his talent, getting 14 goals and 7 assists this season.
In support of him, Cueva is pretty handy at set pieces and during the qualification he scored 4 goals, as well as assisting 5. He’s not played much at a domestic level this season though which does cause some concern. Trauco looks to be a nailed starter in the defence and has plenty of assist potential, although a shut out looks unlikely.
Peru is a must win game for the Danes and Australia will need to be toppled too, if they are to finish in the top two alongside France.
They’ve got plenty of reliable players, with one man capable of making all the difference.
Key Player: Eriksen
Set Piece Taker: Eriksen
Nailed Starter: Schmeichel and Eriksen
Christian Eriksen is the star in this Danish team and was crucial for them in qualification, scoring 11 goals and assisting four. He seems to get more goals for the national team than he does for Spurs, his statistics are very impressive.
Expect him to be involved in most of the goals scored by Denmark during the World Cup. He’s very talented at set pieces and also takes penalties too, an important player.
Eriksen is capable of getting goals and assists, he will be pivotal in their quest to get out of the group.
Denmark struggled to keep clean sheets in qualifying, with just three in total, but they do have stars Schmeichel and Christensen in defence. Schmeichel is a reliable shot stopper and should be able to amass a fair few saves under French fire for their final group game!
Clean sheets against Australia or Peru could boost his pedigree as the tournament progresses.
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