With just a few hours remaining until the quarter-finals of Brazil 2014 get underway, we turn our attentions to PlayON’s World Cup Game this morning. Bearing in mind that all eight group winners are still in with a chance of winning the tournament, there are plenty of in-form options for us to consider in our assessment of the PlayON Player Price List:

There’s a MASSIVE £2,500 POT on offer today just for the Quarter-Finals Gameweek. You can enter up to three different teams into the game, with the deadline for entries closing at 15.00 today. You can enter the £2,500 game here.

Goalkeeper – Jasper Cillessen
Available for £8.4m, the Holland number one is the fifth most expensive keeper remaining in the tournament ahead of a clash against Costa Rica. Granted, Louis Van Gaal’s side have managed just one clean sheet thus far but with their opponents mustering a mere two goals in their previous three fixtures, hopes of a Dutch shut-out are high heading into tomorrow’s match. With most of the eight sides looking likely to score, though, price may be the overriding factor when selecting our stoppers. In the same showdown, Keylor Navas comes in at just £7.8m and is poised to shrug off a shoulder problem to continue his heroics between the sticks for Jorge Luis Pinto’s side. Elsewhere, Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois has conceded once from open play in four games and sets you back £8.0m for a testing clash against Argentina.

Defender – Mats Hummels
Having missed the Matchday 4 win over Algeria due to illness, the Germany centre-half is fully fit for a showdown with France. Available for £8.7m, Hummels’ return at the heart of the back looks vital for Joachim Low’s side as they attempt to keep Karim Benzema and co quiet, whilst his attacking threat in the opponents’ box has already served up a goal against Portugal in the group opener. Holland’s clash with Costa Rica brings Daley Blind back onto our Fantasy radars. Setting you back £8.6m, the versatile Ajax defender has already provided a trio of assists and could be shifted into central midfield this time around if Nigel de Jong fails to recover from injury. Marcos Rojo’s one-match suspension looks set to bring Jose Maria Basanta into Argentina’s starting XI for the first time in the campaign. Coming in at £8.7m ahead of a showdown with Belgium, the left-back affords us the cheapest route into a defence that has two clean sheets in the last three.

Midfielder – James Rodriguez
We keep faith in our pick from Matchday 4 ahead of an all-South American showdown against hosts Brazil. The only player to have scored in all four rounds of fixtures so far, the £9.4m-priced Rodriguez leads the way for the Golden Boot with five strikes and a pair of assists to his name – bearing in mind that Jose Pekerman’s side have scored at least twice in every match to date, they’ll be far from intimidated against a backline that has mustered a single clean sheet in their four fixtures. Arjen Robben cannot be overlooked for Holland’s clash against Costa Rica. The priciest midfielder in the PlayON Player Price List at £9.5m, his role up top in a 3-4-1-2 has already brought three goals and an assist, with Robben also earning the penalty that led to the late winner over Mexico – if Louis Van Gaal’s side are to prevail, he’ll surely have a major say. For those eyeing up a midfield budget enabler, Costa Rica’s left winger Christian Bolanos is available for a mere £8.0m and has assisted two of his side’s five goals in the tournament to date.

Forward – Lionel Messi
One of only two forwards to produce returns in every round of the tournament so far, the Argentina striker is the priciest option around at £12.0m for a crunch encounter with Belgium. With four goals and an assist to his name, though, Messi has played a part in five of his side’s seven strikes – as his assist for Angel di Maria’s winner over Mexico showed, his contribution will be essential to the South Americans’ chances of getting the better of an obstinate Belgian rearguard. Thomas Mulller has also scored or assisted in all of his four fixtures, yet is only the fifth most expensive forward at £11.4m. With four goals and a pair of assists accrued, the Bayern man is the only Germany player to have had a hand in more than one of their nine strikes ahead of a difficult clash with France. Finally, Belgium’s Divock Origi could be one to consider. After catching the eye with a couple of impressive displays off the bench, the youngster was handed his first start of the tournament last time around and sets you back just £10.1m for the game against Argentina as Marc Wilmots’ side attempt to justify the pre-tournament hype and earn a place in the last four.

The quarter-finals deadline arrives at 15.00 today, so get picking for the £2,500 game at www.playon.co

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    1. We'll know France and Germany confirmed lineups in two hours

      1. Sound. I know them pretty much already. Any last minute rumours?

        1. Latest of note is:

          - Griezmann over Giroud puts Benzema back in the centre.
          - Sakho over Kosc
          - Lahm probably in midfield

          1. Cheers.

  1. Should I keep Lahm, with him moving position, or replace him?

    If so who could I replace him with (have spare 0.5m)

    1. i am keeping. he will still be attacking and gets lots of RBs

    2. Keep. Will still have plenty of RB points and not so penalized as a defender if Germany concede.

      1. Thanks ^^

        So here's my team atm http://i.gyazo.com/73d0b93b2daae5000c277cdf092d3701.png

        good to go?

        1. I have 11of them! Maybe downgrade a defender and mid to a 1m player and get a 3rd striker?

          1. but with 4-5-1 formation surely 3 strikers is too much (esp that the two i have cost 19m combined)

  2. anyone else bricking it cos they haven't picked any brazilians? had neymar and oscar all the way up until now but dropped them both..

    1. i had neymar and luiz but opted for just neymar as luiz is 7.5 so i was able to get two defenders instead....i would like to have 3 from brazil but just too expensive for what they offer

    2. yeah lol no brazillians... I've replaced him w/Robben (feel awful)

      1. neymar that is..

    3. I only brick it in the last 10 mins of an AI Final. Am quite experienced by now :-(

      1. You've gone through it then the last 2 years, unlucky last year to lose by a point, do you think 3rd time lucky this year

        1. No I don't.

          I've been at 6 of the 7 All Ireland's since 89 and watched the 97 final from Kavanaghs in D'Irset Street. We've never had a team with the self belief to close the deal.

    4. I am in the same situation but I wouldn't say I am bricking it ;) I have confidence in my replacements!

  3. a) varane + hummells + wijnaldum
    or
    b) fernadez + boateng + KDB

  4. What do you think about this team?

    Lloris - Cillessen

    Merte - Van Buyten - De vrij - Zapato - G. Gonzalez - Garay
    Agular - Jrod - Valbuena - Mascherano - Tejeda
    Neymar- Mueller- Robben.

    I am aware that there is no Messi :-)

  5. Do transfers carry over in Fox? I assume not

  6. Muller or Robben?

    1. Robben

  7. a) varane or
    b) sakho

  8. madness to take neymar out for hulk? dunno if can risk leaving neymar in

    1. If you do want to get rid of Neymar I'd get a striker from a different team, with some exceptions Hulk has been mostly atrocious.

      1. i have robben and messi,but most arnt appealing to me...hulk has been poor i agree but did c alot of ball vs chile..wanna stick with brazil,but dunno what to do with neymar...gahhh :(

        1. I'd probably keep him,
          I guess Hulk could be viewed as a punt. I would be only worried with him being poor, but there were already glimpses of something better in the Chile game, so maybe with a bit of luck it could work.

          1. I've got Hulk in my team right now, maybe a ball will bounce off his gigantic ass into the net or something I don't know.

            1. lol, yeah stranger things have happened

  9. OK guys, some comment for my Mcdonalds team please. i think it's ready. A lot of semi-expensive playing guys to trade away for many shots to get high points.

    Cillesen (xxx -xxx)
    Mertesacker - Varane - Armero - Garay (Van Buyten - De Vrij - xxx)
    Kroos - Valbuena - Aguilar - Mascherano (Gago - De Bruyne - Wijnaldum - xxx)
    Schuerrle - Griezmann (RVP - xxx- xxx)

    This IF Schuerrle and Griezmann strt. I need to make up some ground, that's the reason I have some probably a bit unconventional choices.

    maybe Wijnaldum to 1 point dude to get someone more expensive in defence or midfield?

    1. Someone mentioned that Gago might not play. If you can switch Winjaldum and upgrade, then he might be the guy to upgrade.

    2. Too many potential non-starters.

  10. Is Blind gonna start in midfield?

  11. Sif
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    Varane or Lahm? (6-5-3 / 5-6-3)

    1. Lahm

  12. Pick two from Di Maria,Lahm and Mascherano. For McD.

    1. Same issue I'm having, I think I'm going to go for Lahm and Di Maria, for the flair you know

    2. Lahm Mascherano. Di Maria has not been good at all. One goal but that's not gonna happen again.

      1. He has been very threatening.

      2. The final group game he could easily had two goals. Don't right him off over one really poor match.

  13. A) Fernandinho and Mascherano
    B) Luiz Gustavo and Di Maria

    1. A - All the way!

      Isn't Gustavo out?

    2. Fernandinho was my worst pick of the tournament so far and I picked Coentrao in the group phase (who at least would have been a great pick had he not gotten injured).

    3. Gustavo isn't playing

  14. Di Maria or Mascherano?

      1. Lol woops

    1. Just realised this question has been asked about a million times already

  15. Thoughts for McD game:

    1) Thinking of both Robben and RVP: Yes/No?
    2) Pick one between wijnaldum/tejeda/bolanos

    1. I considered 1 but with it being the final game it is too risky.

      1. Yeah, plus that pretty much forces you to go 3-4-3 or 4-3-3 assuming Messi scores fairly well. Really want to pick RVP, but the Robben bandwagon is freaking me out.

  16. tw
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    McD's game

    got 1.5 in the bank

    navas
    boateng fernandez van buyten zapata de vrij
    jrod lahm mascherano cuadrado valbuena
    messi neymar robben

    do I use the extra to upgrade players? or do I try to downgrade to free up funds for 1 more player?

  17. What u think for C today 1st game in MCD ( ozil / kroos / miller or valbuena/benzema )

    1. Muller

  18. 2 questions please. Gotta finalize now, can't wait for lineups.

    % wise how likely that :

    Blind fills in for De Jong in the Dutch midfield.

    Cabaye starts for France?

    Mucho gracias :-)

  19. I guess this is my final team

    Gk: Navas, 1M, 1M

    Def: De Vrij, Varane, Fernandez, Zapata, Van Butyen, 1M, 1M

    Mid: Lahm, Valbuena, Mascherano, KDB, JRod, Tejeda, 1M, 1M

    For: Benzema, Robben, Messi, 1M, 1M.

    Any suggestions are most appreciated…

    1. no Brazilian?

  20. guys quick on this
    Lahm or Kroos ???

    1. Lahm

  21. pax

    guys please quick suggestion i have 3 strikers robben messi and neymar i played neymar and messi was in my lineup . robben on the bench , i thought i would remove neymar and replace him with robben but neymar gave me 11 pts.. should i play robben instead of messi or should i sacrifice the 11 pts and replace neymar with robben ?? please help

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