World Cup Fantasy Picks for June 24th on Starting 11

9:27pm Jun 22 2018

Will England’s Harry Kane deliver against Panama?

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

As always, there are no budget restrictions – simply select the 11 players that you think will score the most points during a single matchday.

This Sunday’s contest (24th June) is between THREE matches, as England face Panama, Japan take on Senegal and Poland are up against Colombia, with both teams yet to pick up a point.

Fixtures:

England vs. Panama
Japan vs. Senegal
Poland vs. Colombia

Here’s how we’re lining up:


Goalkeeper

Jordan Pickford was not tested by a single effort on target, from open play, against Tunisia and confidence in the England defence is further boosted by their strong record in qualifying, which saw Gareth Southgate’s side concede just 3 times in 10 matches.

Defenders

Spurs defender, Kieran Trippier, created 6 chances from his right-wing-back position, which is more than any other defender has managed at the World Cup so far.

England’s opponents are Panama, who suffered a 3-0 defeat to Belgium in their opening game, mustering up just 2 efforts on target; only Tunisia (1) and South Korea (0) have produced fewer so far. With that in mind, Kyle Walker has also been selected from the England back line.

Following their win over Poland, Senegal have now lost only 1 of their last 11 matches, ahead of their Round 2 fixture against Japan.

They conceded just 1 ‘big chance’ in Round 1; on par with England and only Mexico (0) could better that, so Senegal right-back Moussa Wagué and centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly have both been selected.

Midfielders

Shinji Kagawa converted an early penalty during Japan’s win over 10-men Colombia, and only Yuya Osako was involved in as many ‘big chances’ (2) amongst his teammates.

James Rodriguez was only fit enough for a cameo against Japan but is likely to return to the starting lineup against Poland. With 6 goals and 4 assists in qualifying, the Bayern Munich star scored and created more goals than any of his teammates.

To complete the midfield, we’ve gone for England’s Jesse Lingard, who took 4 efforts from inside the box against Tunisia, missing 2 ‘big chances’. If he gets into those same positions against Panama, he has to take them.

Forwards

Radamel Falcao had 2 efforts at goal in Round 1, both of which were on target and both of which were deemed to be ‘big chances’, so can he take advantage of a Poland side that conceded twice in their opener against Senegal?

Despite having a quiet first game, Robert Lewandowski scored 16 times in qualifying, which was more than any other player. If Poland are to have any luck against Colombia, you’d expect the Bayern Munich forward to be involved.

Finally, with 2 important goals to lead his side to victory against Tunisia, it’s England captain Harry Kane who completes the team.

He was directly involved in 6 goals (5 goals and 1 assist) from 6 starts in qualifying; more than any of his teammates and the Spurs forward will be hoping to extend his tally against Panama.

Captaincy Selection

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

There’s one stand-out choice here and it is of course, Harry Kane.

Panama conceded 3 goals and 6 efforts on target against Belgium, so they’ll need to significantly improve against England to have any hope of keeping out a striker who scored 30 Premier League goals last season.

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