World Cup Fantasy Picks for June 16th on Starting 11

10:13pm Jun 15 2018

Griezmann, Messi, Aguero and Modric are all available for selection on Starting 11

The 2018 World Cup is now underway and the Starting 11 app offers daily, free-to-enter contests throughout.

There are no budget restrictions – simply select the 11 players that you think will score the most points during a single match-day. It’s that simple!

This Saturday’s contest (16th June) is between FOUR matches, where France and Argentina stand out as clear favourites, to win their respective games against Australia and Iceland, while Peru vs Denmark looks like it could be more of an even battle.

Fixtures

France vs. Australia
Argentina vs. Iceland
Peru vs. Denmark
Croatia vs. Nigeria

Here’s how we’re lining up:


Goalkeeper

From the 32 teams to qualify for the World Cup, none of them scored fewer goals than Iceland (16), so Argentina’s Willy Caballero gets the nod between the sticks, ahead of their match up.

Defenders

Nicolas Otamendi enjoyed a successful, title-winning campaign with Man City in the Premier League and he provides a double up on Argentina’s defence, to take advantage of Iceland’s poor attacking record in qualifying.

Barring an upset, France appear as clear favourites to beat Australia in their opener, so centre-back Raphael Varane is selected and with Djibril Sidibé reportedly set to miss out, alternative right-back option Benjamin Pavard completes the defence.

The 22-year-old defender registered an assist in France’s most recent friendly game, against USA, setting up Kylian Mbappé to help earn his side a draw.

Midfielders

Denmark take on Peru in what may turn out to be the decider for 2nd place in Group C and if there’s one player who’ll get the Danes over the line it’s their talisman, Christian Eriksen, who plays in an attacking no.10 role and is responsible for the majority of set pieces, including penalties.

Only Lewandowski (16) and Ronaldo (15) netted more goals than the Spurs man in qualifying (11), while only Neymar (23) and Ronaldo (31) took more than his 22 efforts on target.

Likewise, if Peru are able to get a result from the game, you’d expect their star man, Christian Cueva, to have something to do with it.

The attacking midfielder is also on penalty duties and was directly involved in 7 goals during qualifiers (4 goals, 3 assists) – matched by only Paolo Guerrero (5 goals, 2 assists) amongst his teammates.

Croatia’s Ivan Perisic took more shots from inside the box (23) and had more penalty area touches (61) than any of his teammates during the qualifiers and he’ll face a Nigeria side that lost both of their warm-up matches and are winless in 4 games.

Paul Pogba completes the midfield as France are reportedly set to name a midfield 3 to face Australia. The Manchester United man featured in 7 of 10 games in qualifying and his tally of 10 efforts on target was 2nd only to Griezmann (17) amongst teammates.

Forwards

Speaking of Antoine Griezmann, the France forward makes our front 3, having registered 4 goals and 4 assists in 10 games during the qualifiers.

Across the last 6 matches in qualifying, Griezmann’s tally of 12 shots on target was equal to Eriksen, Lewandowski and Neymar; only Lukaku (17) and Ronaldo (19) fired more.

The FPL legend that is Sergio Aguero also makes the cut up front, appearing likely get the nod over Higuain, after scoring in Argentina’s most recent friendly; a 4-0 win over Haiti.

Starting 11 offers the ability to make changes to your lineup right up until kick off, with further substitutions available in-play, which eliminates any risk when selecting a player who may or may not start.

Finally, with an unlimited budget available, it has to be Lionel Messi to complete the lineup. The Barcelona man was involved in a whopping 46 La Liga goals last season, scoring 34 times and providing 12 assists.

Unsurprisingly, he was Argentina’s top scorer in qualifying, netting 7 times and collecting 2 assists, before his recent hat-trick in their final warm-up game.

Captaincy Selection

As with traditional fantasy games, Starting 11 allows you to select a captain, who’s points tally will be doubled.

Eriksen and Griezmann provide strong options and can definitely be considered in the ‘big hitter’ bracket but in a game with no budget restrictions, it’s very hard to overlook Lionel Messi – the Argentina forward takes the armband against Iceland.

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