World Cup Final: France vs. Croatia | Fantasy Football Team Selection Preview

10:06am Jul 13 2018

Only ONE England player makes it in to our World Cup Final Fantasy Football squad…

France snatched a 1-0 win over Belgium to progress to the World Cup Final, where they’ll be joined by a Croatia side that managed to overcome Gareth Southgate’s England, winning 2-1 after extra time.

The final round of the McDonald’s FIFA World Cup fantasy game will not only include the exciting clash between France and Croatia but there’ll also be points awarded for the 3rd place play-off match, between Belgium and England.

Once again, there are 5 free transfers at our disposal and here is the current plan on where to use them:

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Transfers

It’s difficult to predict how strong the lineups will be that England and Belgium put out; whether they’ll give minutes to some of the fringe players who haven’t played so much in the tournament or whether they’ll go full strength.

We do get to see the lineups for that match prior to the deadline, so we can react to those when finalising our transfers but for the sake of planning, these 5 transfers are assuming that England will rotate a little bit, following the extra time defeat against Croatia.

France’s set piece specialist, Antoine Griezmann (10.1) has been directly involved in 5 goals throughout the tournament so far; scoring 3 times and providing 2 assists.

It’s been frustrating to own Kylian Mbappe (9.2) ahead of him for the last couple of rounds but now is finally the time to put that right.

If Harry Kane (11.2) is rotated, selling the England forward will be an easy decision but if not, bringing Griezmann in is probably still going to be a priority.

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France have kept 4 clean sheets on the road to the World Cup Final; more than any other team in the tournament.

So, Raphael Varane (6.1) and Samuel Umtiti (5.9) are set to come into the team in place of England defenders, Kieran Trippier (5.5) and Harry Maguire (5.0).

Again, this is a decision that will be made easier if Southgate brings the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold (4.8) and Gary Cahill (4.8) into his starting XI to face Belgium.

Victor Claesson (5.7) and Fernando Muslera (5.8) were knocked out of the competition a few rounds ago and it’s finally time to move them on.

Nacer Chadli (6.9) had a key role on set pieces for Belgium against France, so he could be the man to come in if he’s named in the starting lineup once again.

With Danijel Subasic (5.5) already in our team, Croatia’s backup goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic (4.4) could come in as a cheap enabler, to essentially fund the other 4 transfers.

Let’s take a look at how the team could shape up after those expected changes:

Goalkeeper

Danijel Subasic (5.5) remains the only playing goalkeeper in the squad but the thinking here is that the 3rd place play-off between Belgium and England may be more likely to have goals in it, since there’s less at stake there.

Defenders

Thomas Meunier (6.0) returns from suspension and the rest of the back-line will be made up of France defenders.

France have kept more clean sheets (4) than any other team at the 2018 World Cup and both Belgium and Uruguay failed to score against them in the previous knockout rounds.

At this point, going all in on one of the teams seems like a valid approach to take, since there are no further rounds to come and therefore, you don’t need to think about hedging as much or being able to field a team after this round.

Midfielders

Jesse Lingard (7.5) is perhaps at risk of rotation, if Southgate decides to freshen up his team, so again, that’s a situation where we really need that early team news before finalising transfer decisions.

Elsewhere, Nacer Chadli (6.9), Marouane Fellaini (7.0) and Kevin De Bruyne (9.8) are set to complete the midfield, under the assumption that Belgium could be less inclined to rotate, given their extra time to rest ahead of the England game.

Alternatively, it might be an option to go with another budget midfielder from England instead of Chadli, perhaps Ruben Loftus-Cheek, if he comes into the starting XI.

The thinking here is that the teams playing in the 3rd place play-off are more likely to play with freedom and without pressure and that could lead to more goals being scored.

Forwards

If he’s named in Belgium’s starting lineup, Romelu Lukaku (10.0) is likely to be given the captain’s armband on Day 1 of the Final round, with Antoine Griezmann (10.1) taking over for Day 2, if needed.

The pair have each been directly involved in 5 goals in the tournament so far.

Bench

There’ll also be options to bring on from the bench for Day 2, in the form of Kylian Mbappe (9.2), Luka Modric (9.1) and Benjamin Pavard (4.6).

As you’ll know by now if you’re a regular viewer, these team selection previews aren’t locked in – there may be some changes to the final team, depending on last-minute team news or injuries, etc.

So, be sure to give us a follow on Twitter @_FPLtips, to get any potential updates to this team, prior to Tuesday’s deadline