World Cup Fantasy Picks for June 18th on Starting 11

8:28am Jun 18 2018

Kane, Lukaku, Alli and de Bruyne are all available for selection in tonight’s World Cup Fantasy contests at Starting 11

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

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

This Monday’s contest (18th June) is between THREE matches, as England and Belgium kick off their tournaments with what are expected to be very winnable games against Tunisia and Panama.

Fixtures

Sweden vs. South Korea

Belgium vs. Panama

Tunisia vs. England

Here’s how we’re lining up:


Goalkeeper

Panama’s World Cup preparation hasn’t been the best, with only 1 win in their last 5 games. They’ve scored just 1 goal over that period, so it could be a relatively straight-forward day at the office for Thibaut Courtois, between the sticks for Belgium.

Defenders

With 5 goals and 7 assists in qualifying, no defender was directly involved in more goals than Belgium’s Thomas Meunier and with his advanced position as a right-wing-back, he offers potential for points at both ends of the field.

England conceded just 3 times in qualifying; the joint best record, along with Spain, so Kieran Trippier has also been selected.

Also operating in a right-wing-back role, the Spurs defender has taken over a share of set piece duties, since winning a place in the side.

The final place in defence is filled by centre-back, Andreas Granqvist, ahead of Sweden’s opener against South Korea.

Sweden have conceded just 3 times across their last 6 matches, keeping clean sheets in 4 and the 33-year-old defender is also responsible for penalty duties.

Midfielders

South Korea have won only 1 of their last 6 games, losing 2-0 to Senegal in their most recent warm-up match. Sweden’s Emil Forsberg provided 4 goals and 1 assist from 12 starts in qualifying and his tally of 18 efforts on target was more than any of his teammates managed.

After backing Belgium in defence, we’ve gone with both Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne in midfield, to capitalise on their fixture against Panama.

The Man City man plays in a deeper, central midfield role for his country but still registered 3 assists from 6 starts during qualifying.

Eden Hazard meanwhile, was directly involved in 11 goals (6 goals, 5 assists) in 7 starts during qualifying; only Lukaku (11) scored more than his 6 goals.

Dele Alli completes the midfield, ahead of England’s opener against Tunisia. The Spurs man made 7 starts in qualifying, only returning 1 goal and 1 assist but his tally of 8 shots on target was behind only Harry Kane amongst teammates, who took 10.

Forwards

The England and Spurs forward of course makes our front 3, for a double up on England’s attack.

With 5 goals in only 6 starts, Harry Kane was England’s top goal scorer in qualifying, also taking more efforts on target than any of his teammates (10).

He’s joined by fellow Premier League striker, Romelu Lukaku. Only Ronaldo (15) and Lewandowski (16) scored more than the Manchester United forward’s 11 goals in qualifying and his involvement in 11 ‘big chances’, during the last 6 qualifying games, was more than any other player.

To complete the team, we’ve gone for Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son. The South Korea forward has 21 international goals to his name, since making his debut back in 2010 and enjoyed a successful campaign in the Premier League, scoring 12 goals and providing 6 assists for Spurs.

Captaincy Selection

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

Harry Kane provides a tempting option, being England’s primary source of goals in qualifying but against a Panama side that are heavily tipped to finish bottom of the group, the armband has to go on Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku.

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