World Cup 2018 Fantasy Football - Group F Preview & Tips
Posted by FFPundits
11:37am Jun 11 2018
World Cup favourites Germany look set to dominate Group F, but which fantasy assets will you opt for?
It’s no wonder that Germany are the favourites to lift the World Cup, they’ve probably got the easiest group of all the main contenders.
Expect qualifying for the knockout stages to be a formality for the current World Champions and Confederation Cup holders. It could be a close battle between Mexico and Sweden to take second place, their final group game will be pivotal.
There’s no shortage of talent in the squad, so much so that Leroy Sane has been left at home, despite a fantastic season helping Manchester City win the Premier League title.
If the German’s wrap the group up early, key players may be rested for their final group game against Korea.
Key Players: Werner and Ozil
Differential Pick: Muller
Set Piece Taker: Ozil
Nailed Starters: Kroos, Hummels and Ozil
The big excitement pre-tournament is around Timo Werner, the new young German striker. Aged just 22, he’s proven his pedigree in qualifying, getting 3 goals.
He was part of the young squad sent to the Confederation’s Cup in 2017, who won the tournament in style: 3 goals and 2 assists in that tournament demonstrated that he can do the business on the big stage.
He’s had an excellent domestic season for Leipzig, with 21 goals and 10 assists. A possible World Cup Golden Boot contender?
Werner may be turning many heads, but Muller is still a big goal scoring threat in the German set up and should see plenty of action from the right-wing.
He’s guaranteed to start and has had another excellent season for Bayern Munich, on the way to another Bundesliga title: 15 goals and 18 assists demonstrates a well-rounded player.
Mesut Ozil is a very important player for this German side and, despite another average season at Arsenal, he does decide to turn up for the national team and give his all in every game!
He will be taking most of the set pieces for Germany and he is their first choice penalty taker, so expect plenty of assists – having managed 14 for Arsenal this season with little effort.
Elsewhere, Kroos and Hummels are the most nailed starters in the squad. Kroos is arguably their biggest player and could do well in fantasy games which are weighted towards defensive midfielders who get big pass numbers.
He’s more than capable of chipping in with attacking returns too, he’s achieved 5 goals and 10 assists for Real Madrid this season.
Hummels provides a presence from set pieces and is the key to the German back line, six clean sheets in qualifying demonstrates a solid defensive set up.
Their opener against Germany will be tough, so maybe wait for that match to be out of the way before getting players in your fantasy team. They’ll be going all out to win against South Korea and then Sweden.
Key Player: Chicarito
Set Piece Taker: Guardado
Nailed Starter: Lozano
Chicarito is the big name in this Mexican side, he consistently returns in the World Cup and has the weight of a nation on his shoulders.
2 goals and an assist in qualifying show that he’s still as important as ever, despite having a steady season at West Ham: 8 goals from limited minutes won’t boost his confidence.
Guardado is the captain and has spot kick responsibility. He’s had a sound domestic season, with 2 goals and 8 assists.
Lozano is an exciting prospect for Mexico – the young striker has been a consistent starter within the last year, contributing 4 goals during qualifying.
He’s had a solid season at PSV too, with 19 goals and 11 assists. Keep an eye on him for that game against South Korea!
Overlooked, despite returning from injury to hit form for LA Galaxy, this more balanced Sweden side will be looking to put in some solid team performances.
It’s an easy opener for them against South Korea which will catch fantasy managers’ eye.
Key Player: Berg
Set Piece Taker: Fosberg
Nailed Starter: Granqvist
Berg will be looking to get a couple of goals to his name in the opener, he scored 8 goals in qualifying, including hitting 4 past Luxembourg in an 8-0 thrashing.
He’s currently earning his bread in the UAE: 32 goals and 11 assists looks good on paper, but the opposition will be far tougher in this tournament.
Fosberg provides the creative force in this Sweden team and he’s a much more rounded player this time around. He’s on set pieces and put in a decent shift during qualifying, with 4 goals and 2 assists.
He’s had a quiet domestic season for Leipzig and has missed a lot of games due to injury, hopefully this won’t hinder his output.
Centre-back and captain, Granqvist, could be an intriguing differential. He has plenty of experience in leading the defence, plus he got three goals in qualifying: he’s also their penalty taker!
He may be a great punt for their first game against South Korea and certainly one to keep an eye on.
South Korea (61)
There are some familiar faces in their squad for those who follow the Premier League.
Key Player: Son
Set Piece Taker: Ki
Nailed Starter: Hwang
Spurs star, Heung-Min Son is the leading light in this Korean team.
He’s missed large parts of their qualifying campaign due to injuries and his talent will be much-needed for them to achieve anything at this World Cup.
He’s got 18 goals and 11 assists for Spurs this season: whether he can reproduce this form without the presence of Kane, Alli and Eriksen remains to be seen.
Elsewhere, Ki will be contributing to set pieces for the Korean side. He was a regular starter in qualifying, getting 2 goals and an assist.
His domestic season was poor, with Swansea relegated from the Premier League, which could affect his confidence.
Hwang is an exciting young striker, who’s started their last three friendlies, contributing a goal and two assists over those games.
It’s been a fruitful domestic season for him, with 15 goals and 4 assists for Salzburg. A cheap striker for the opener?
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