World Cup Fantasy Picks for June 28th on Starting 11
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
12:05am Jun 28 2018
Belgium and England go head-to-head in the World Cup Group Stage finale, but who makes it in to your Starting 11?
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This Thursday’s contest (28th June) is between FOUR matches, as England meet Belgium to decide who will top Group G, while Japan, Senegal and Colombia are searching for points to secure their place in the knockout stage.
Japan vs. Poland
Senegal vs. Colombia
Panama vs. Tunisia
England vs. Belgium
Here’s how we’re lining up:
David Ospina has saved 6 of the 8 shots he’s faced in the tournament so far, while keeping a clean sheet in Colombia’s recent 3-0 win over Poland.
They face a Senegal side that have scored 4 goals in their opening two games, but from only 2 ‘big chances’ – that’s fewer than every other team in Group H.
Poland are already knocked out of the competition, having suffered defeats to Colombia and Senegal and now face a Japan side that sit in the driving seat, at the top of Group H.
Despite failing to keep a clean sheet so far, Japan have only conceded 3 ‘big chances’ – a tally that is on par with England, and fewer than that managed by Colombia (6).
With that in mind, Japan defenders, Gen Shoji and Maya Yoshida have been selected.
6 of England’s 8 goals have come from set pieces, with John Stones scoring a brace during the 6-1 win over Panama. The Man City centre-back is selected here, following reports that Roberto Martinez is set to rest a few of his big name players.
Romelu Lukaku is struggling to overcome an ankle injury, while Kevin De Bruyne is a yellow card away from suspension, so can Belgium afford to also give rest to Eden Hazard?
Having provided 2 goals and 1 assist in the tournament so far, the Chelsea midfielder will make our selection if he’s named in Roberto Martinez’s starting lineup to face England.
Takashi Inui has been one of Japan’s surprise performers, after his goal and assist against Senegal secured a 2-2 draw.
His tally of 5 efforts from inside the box, during the opening two games, is on par with Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku.
To complete the midfield, it’s Colombia midfielders Juan Quintero and James Rodriguez.
The Bayern Munich star wasn’t able to start the first game, due to a minor injury but returned to the XI to face Poland, where he provided 2 assists in the 3-0 win.
Juan Quintero has also been directly involved in 2 goals for Colombia (1 goal, 1 assist) and he’s tied with Kevin De Bruyne for the most ‘big chances’ created across the first two games (3).
There is some talk of Harry Kane potentially being rested for the meeting with Belgium but the England captain has publicly stated that he wants to play and wants to win the game.
If he is selected by Gareth Southgate, it will be an opportunity for the Spurs man to extend his lead as the current top scorer in the competition, with 5 goals to his name so far.
Senegal vs. Colombia is likely to be a much more competitive game, however, they’ll be battling it out for 2nd place in Group H if Japan take 3 points against Poland.
Sadio Mané is joint top for chances created amongst Senegal players (4) while only Baye Niang has taken more goal attempts from inside the box (5 to 2).
Robert Lewandowski completes the team, despite having failed to score in the opening two games.
Poland are just playing for pride now but the Bayern Munich forward managed an incredible tally of 16 goals in qualifying, more than any other player and he’ll be hoping to sign off with a goal.
For captaincy, Harry Kane will surely be a contender, if he maintains his starting place but in what looks likely to be a very competitive game between Senegal and Colombia, it’s James Rodriguez who takes the armband here.
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