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World Cup 2018 – Team Analysis – Iran

Making their fifth FIFA World Cup appearance this summer, Iran face an uphill task if they are to progress beyond the group stage for the first time in their history.

Iran, who were the third team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after hosts Russia and CONMEBOL winners Brazil, kick off their Group B campaign against Morocco in Saint Petersburg on Friday June 15.

A daunting encounter with Spain in Kazan follows five days later, before Iran round off their group campaign on Monday June 25 by taking on Portugal in Saransk.

READ MORE: The FPL stars past and present who headline Spain’s World Cup Fantasy appeal

Road to Qualification

Iran breezed through the second round of AFC qualifying, remaining unbeaten in their five-team group that also included Oman, Turkmenistan, Guam and India. Carlos Queiroz’s side recorded 6-0 wins in their home and away ties with Guam, scoring a total of 26 goals in their eight group fixtures and conceding only three.

The third and final round of qualification in Asia proved just as straightforward, with Iran undefeated in their ten group matches. Injury-time goals from Reza Ghoochannejhad and Alireza Jahanbakhsh in their opening-day 2-0 win over Qatar set Iran on their way, before the challenges of China, Uzbekistan, Syria and South Korea gradually fell away.

Qualification was assured with two matches to spare, following a 2-0 home win over Uzbekistan. The 2-2 final-day draw with Syria was the only fixture in which Iran failed to keep a clean sheet.

Ten goals in as many matches represented a modest goalscoring return, with three of Iran’s fixtures ending goalless.

AFC World Cup Qualifying Third Round
Most starts: Alireza Beiranvand, Saeid Ezatolahi, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Milad Mohammadi (9), Ramin Rezaeian (8), Mehdi Taremi (7), Ehsan Hajsafi, Sardar Azmoun (6), Ashkan Dejagah (5), Pejman Montazeri, Vahid Amiri, Masoud Shojaei (4)

Most goals: Sardar Azmoun (4), Mehdi Taremi (3), Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Reza Ghoochannejhad (1)

Most assists: Masoud Shojaei (2), Ramin Rezaeian, Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard (1)

Since qualifying, Iran have won six of their nine friendlies: a draw with World Cup hosts Russia and away defeats to Tunisia and Turkey the only blemishes on a run of victories over admittedly limited opposition in Togo, Venezuela, Panama, Sierra Leone, Algeria and Uzbekistan.

READ MORE: Is Cristiano Ronaldo worth signing for your World Cup Fantasy team? Our full analysis of Portugal

The Key Targets

With 23 international goals in 31 appearances, Sardar Azmoun (£6.1m on Fantasy iTeam | £8.0m on McDonald’s FIFA) is Iran’s main threat in attack and was their top goalscorer in qualifying (11 goals across two rounds).

Dominant in the air and comfortable with the ball at his feet, the Rubin Kazan striker will be the spearhead of the Iranian attack in a 4-2-3-1 or in Queiroz’s favoured 4-3-3 formation. The fact that Azmoun has yet to hit double figures in a single league season is some cause for concern, as is Iran’s unexceptional goalscoring record in qualifying: five teams outscored Iran in the third round of AFC qualification.

With a total of eight goals in qualifying, Mehdi Taremi (£5.9m on Fantasy iTeam | £7.0m on McDonald’s FIFA) is a marginally cheaper forward option, albeit an inconsistent one. Taremi will likely play on the opposite flank to Alireza Jahanbakhsh (£6.0m on Fantasy iTeam | £7.0m on McDonald’s FIFA), the exciting AZ winger/forward who finished as top goalscorer on 21 goals in this season’s Eredivisie. Jahanbakhsh also supplied 12 assists for the Dutch club in 2017/18.

Iran’s strength in qualification was not, in fact, their attack, but rather their solid defence. Featuring in all-but-one of their third-round fixtures, Morteza Pouraliganji (£5.3m on Fantasy iTeam | £4.5m on McDonald’s FIFA) is a safe bet to start at centre-half. The tough, no-nonsense defender is also a considerable aerial threat from set-pieces, having scored an impressive ten goals in 49 appearances for Qatari club Al Sadd.

READ MORE: The World Cup Fantasy differentials on offer at hosts Russia

The Long Shots

Nottingham Forest fans may just about recognise Ashkan Dejagah (£5.5m on Fantasy iTeam | £5.5m on McDonald’s FIFA), who played all of 14 minutes for the Championship club after signing on a short-term deal in January. The main concerns around Dejagah surround his fitness, having played a grand total of 128 minutes in his last two seasons at club level.

Should he feature, the former Fulham attacking midfielder offers assist potential from set pieces and will also likely be on spot-kick duties, having scored penalties in qualifying and in Iran’s recent friendlies – including the consolation goal in the 2-1 defeat to Turkey on 28 May.

With goalkeepers receiving a point for every two saves made on Fantasy iTeam’s World Cup competition, Alireza Beiranvand (£5.3m on Fantasy iTeam | £4.5m on McDonald’s FIFA) could quickly rack up a tidy score in Iran’s matches against Spain and Portugal. Beiranvand is also famed for his long throws and offers the unlikeliest of assist possibilities: his astonishing 70-yard throw led to a goal in Naft Tehran’s 2-1 victory over Tractor Sazi in November 2014.

READ MORE: Why Uruguay’s dark horse status could help World Cup Fantasy managers

Areas to Avoid

Nicknamed the “Persian Pogba”, 21-year-old midfielder Saeid Ezatolahi (£5.4m on Fantasy iTeam| £5.0m on McDonald’s FIFA) is tipped for great things – but also suspended for Iran’s opening group match against Morocco, which surely represents Iran’s best chance of what would only be their second victory in a World Cup fixture.

While Beiranvand has the compensatory save points to fall back on in intimidating-looking fixtures against Spain and Portugal, there is no such safety net for the defenders in front of him.

Rouzbeh Chesmi (£4.5m on McDonald’s FIFA), listed as a £5.3m midfielder on Fantasy iTeam, started Iran’s away friendly in Turkey alongside Pouraliganji and looked suspect as Cenk Tosun scored twice for the hosts. The second centre-back position appears to be a weakness, with 34-year-old Pejman Montazeri (£5.3m on Fantasy iTeam | £4.5m on McDonald’s FIFA) another unconvincing option in that role. Veteran centre-half Jalal Hosseini was surprisingly omitted from Queiroz’s preliminary 24-man squad.

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Further Analysis

Our comprehensive World Cup guide can be found here.

Group A Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay

Group BIran, Morocco, Portugal, Spain

Group CAustralia, Peru, France, Denmark

Group DArgentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria

Group EBrazil, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Serbia

Group FMexico, Germany, Sweden, South Korea

Group GBelgium, Panama, Tunisia, England

Group HSenegal, Japan, Poland, Colombia

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  1. Gravless are for Kinnear
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Are we still on this page?

    1. TorresMagic™
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      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Probably 5 hours left.

  2. Dreams
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 15 days ago

    What has happened to this place? I see new mods everywhere. What happened to jonty, Mark and others?

    1. Gnu-ardiolas of the Gnalaxy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      New knee length leather boots were delivered.
      Obviously didn;' fit.

      1. Dreams
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Finally a poster I recognize. How're you GNU?

        1. Gnu-ardiolas of the Gnalaxy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          🙂 Just dandy Dreams.
          Haven't seen you around, been busy?

          Just grumbling about moderation, nothing new.

          1. Dreams
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Oh yeah. A bit busy. I don't see the point in having so many mods. At this rate, they'll end up deleting each other's posts.

              1. Gnu-ardiolas of the Gnalaxy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                6 months, 15 days ago

                Yeah yeah yeah, and Santa is real.

              2. Dreams
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 15 days ago

                Does that mean you will also be moved on to greener pastures TM?

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                  • 9 Years
                  6 months, 15 days ago

                  Only around in the DZ now really.

            1. Gnu-ardiolas of the Gnalaxy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 15 days ago

              😆
              The CIA are seriously impressed by this new business model.

    2. Blue Lion's Biatch
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      When a ship is sinking a smart captain deputises some random passengers and gets on the first lifeboat

      1. Gnu-ardiolas of the Gnalaxy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        😆
        Lifeboats are full but Spudgun is still in the canteen, chaos ensues.

        1. Blue Lion's Biatch
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          😆

    3. The Big Cheese
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Hi Dreams how are you? Yes it their are more mods here than in quadrophenia now.

      1. Dreams
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Great mate. How are you?

        1. The Big Cheese
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Just enjoying the break from the football in preperation for the world cup? What brought you back? I haven't seen you in some time

          1. Dreams
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Some free time and boredom brought me back. And summer is the best time to post here.

            1. The Big Cheese
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 15 days ago

              So what are you doing with yourself now?

              1. Dreams
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 15 days ago

                Nothing exciting. Going to the uni and all that. Just filling up pages here.

                1. The Big Cheese
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  6 months, 15 days ago

                  Important stuff then. How far are you through your course and what is it in?

                  1. Dreams
                    • 1 Year
                    6 months, 15 days ago

                    One more year to go. It's in commerce with specialization in finance.

                    1. The Big Cheese
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      6 months, 15 days ago

                      Do you find it interesting? After 4 years of studying Economics I really could not face doing it again after I had finished

                      1. Dreams
                        • 1 Year
                        6 months, 15 days ago

                        It is occasionally interesting. I wish they gave us more practical things to do. But that's too much to ask being in India. But I get through somehow.

                      2. The Big Cheese
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        6 months, 15 days ago

                        Well absolutely best of luck to you. Keep clear of FPL until it is over and concentrate on what is important

                      3. Dreams
                        • 1 Year
                        6 months, 15 days ago

                        Thank you.

    4. The Big Cheese
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      I heard Jonty had been retired and been replaced by a new and improved Robo Joe.

      1. Gnu-ardiolas of the Gnalaxy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        How do automate an automaton?

        1. Gnu-ardiolas of the Gnalaxy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Bow tie, maybe?

          1. The Big Cheese
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Give it wheels?

            1. Gnu-ardiolas of the Gnalaxy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 15 days ago

              Ooh, a company car?

    5. Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      • 6 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      If you've been away, of course things aren't the same as before 😀

      We've had some new mods on board recently to have them through the summer so they can be ready for the new season. We were down to 3 committed mods so it was time to replace those who have had life get in the way

  3. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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    • 9 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    In which round do you expect England to get knocked out of the World Cup?

    1. Blue Lion's Biatch
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      They are a pretty standard round of 16 maybe quarter final team

    2. The Big Cheese
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Same as usual

    3. Gnu-ardiolas of the Gnalaxy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      My answer was moderated so it was obviously correct

      1. Blue Lion's Biatch
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Bf reports all factually accurate statements

    4. Dreams
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      I feel that they'll go all the way and win the tournament this time.

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        😯

        1. The Big Cheese
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          To be fair England are not the only team who look pretty awful going into the tournament. They could do OK

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Yeah, a bit of form and anyone can win.

    5. the snazzy viking
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      I'll be ambitious this year and I'll say the semis

      1. The Big Cheese
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Be careful with semi. If it goes all the way to full on you coud be in trouble

        1. the snazzy viking
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          😉

    6. noquarternt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      2nd in the group and should do Colombia/Poland then go out to a big fry after that.

  4. The Big Cheese
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Boo. It was a useful piece of research so we know what not to say in the future

    1. Dreams
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Damn. Bollocks

      1. Blue Lion's Biatch
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        I'm dictating some dicktasting

    2. Gnu-ardiolas of the Gnalaxy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Eh, so just lol. omg and other pish then?

      1. Blue Lion's Biatch
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Mate there could be kids watching and if they get too offended how are we gonna get them addicted to gambling?

        1. Dreams
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Get some new mods.

  5. Blue Lion's Biatch
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Can't believe they even took sh1t away from us

    1. Arctic monkeys
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      They did ? oh, crap.

    2. Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      • 6 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      It's been gone for ages! I'm impressed it took you this long to find out

      See you've been testing out some others too 😉

  6. Blue Lion's Biatch
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Basterd is now spelt with an e btw

    1. Gnu-ardiolas of the Gnalaxy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      The under 6's are truly fooked then.

    2. The Big Cheese
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      And Conte probabaly needs to be spelled like this

  7. Blue Lion's Biatch
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Wonder how long until penguin is banned

    1. Gnu-ardiolas of the Gnalaxy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Long overdue.

    2. Dreams
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      I wonder how long before ban is banned.

      1. Gnu-ardiolas of the Gnalaxy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Down with this sort of thing.

        1. Diva
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Careful now.

    3. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      How long do you have to be blue lions biatch for Champ? It seems an eternity.. surely you can stop being his biatch by now?

      1. The Big Cheese
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Death.

        1. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          😆 never make a deal with the devil eh

  8. Bad Kompany
    6 months, 15 days ago

    In case anyone is actually here. Thoughts on Ronaldo and Messi in the Telegraph wc game? To me they seem expensive and Messi’s group is pretty tough while Portugal isn’t the highest scoring team ever. However, we all know that they could easily score a hat trick at any given time.

    1. The Big Cheese
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      I wouldn't be starting with messi as he doesn't play until midway through wed. Although would may well transfer him in before then.

      I think Spain v Portugal will be a low scoring affair. There is no real urgency to own Ronaldo at the start. Maybe for the second round of fixtures.

      1. Bad Kompany
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Cheers. Won’t start with either of them but am just trying to at least get a rough idea about what to do with my transfers. Right now I’m thinking that if I get them it would probably only be for their last game although I’m not sure if it would be better to have them for their other easier games

        1. Bad Kompany
          6 months, 15 days ago

          It would be harder to get them in if I’m not planning on it since they cost a good bit more than everyone else

          1. The Big Cheese
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Maybe. The way I see it the squad is going to be pretty fluid with all the transfers you have at your disposal. If you aren't going to have them pretty close to the start I wouldn't worry about it right now. Inevitibly plans will change

            1. Bad Kompany
              6 months, 15 days ago

              Cheers. Yeah I’ll just wait and see. Just checked and there seems to be plenty of good midfielders who I could transfer in to get enough money for either of them

              1. The Big Cheese
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 15 days ago

                Hopefully we will get a bit more of a clue regarding starting lineups before long. It is all such a grey area right now. There is also an argument for taking on more than the minimum defenders

                In the Euros the defenders did the best in the group stage IIRC

    2. noquarternt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Not mad for Messi, their group is pretty defensive and potentially good. But if Spain beat Portugal, then Ronaldo looks good v Morocco and Iran. Will wait with both.

    3. FFFrøg⭐️
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Messi probably the better option of the two, but with the very high prices we normally see in these McDonalds games, I expect them to both be worth about 12m. So if I could get Lukaku and Cavani for 10m each instead of Messi and an 8m forward, that's probably what I'll do.

      1. FFFrøg⭐️
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        I think Morocco and Iran will both heavily park the bus and I question whether this Portugal side is strong enough to get more than 1/2 goals past them, whereas I think Lukaku for example could get 2/3 goals in either of his easier games

        1. noquarternt
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Its a different format for the Telegraph game. With so many transfers you can pick and choose. Portugal will need to win both games if they lost to Spain to go through. Heavy defending from semi-timers v a fired up Ronaldo is like running a tank over those buses.

  9. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Haven’t really been on here for reasons that I don’t really like the place anymore, however does the rule still stand that we can have fun as long as it’s pre-approved by a mod?

    1. The Big Cheese
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Exactly how much fun are we talking about?

      Different levels of fun need to go to the different levels of mod. Too much fun has to go to Mark himself for approval

      1. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Just a patter of happy feet fun

        1. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Are the new Mods aware that fun can be had if another Mod approves it?

  10. Klostermann
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    About 4 hours ago I registered for McDonalds FIFA World Cup 2018 fantasy and created a auto-fill team but noticed there were loads of bugs - team selected was for Matchday 2 (not Matchday 1) and couldn't make transfers. They now seem to have taken it down and replaced with a 'Coming Soon' message.

    Anyone else find the same?

    http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/fan-zone/

    1. The Big Cheese
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Mine worked just fine.

      1. The Big Cheese
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Apart from my team does seem to consist of a Big Mac, Chicken McNuugget and Bacon Double Cheeseburger.

        So maybe something is awry.

        1. Diva
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Yep. The Bacon Double is more closely associated with Burger King so it's likely to underperform in the McDonalds game. You could try a McFlurry if you want a punt.

          1. The Big Cheese
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            It just doesn't have any consistency.

            1. Diva
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 15 days ago

              It's a flair pick. Particularly if playing up top with creme egg.

              1. The Big Cheese
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 15 days ago

                I would never play a Creme Egg up top for fear of Mr Cadbury's Parrott

                1. Diva
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 15 days ago

                  Parrot could keep him in his pocket, but it's a sweet choice for other occasions.

                  1. Tacalabala
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    6 months, 15 days ago

                    Do you think the new Chicago Stack is a potentiality great differential?

                    1. Niɇmi
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      6 months, 15 days ago

                      Let's see how it settles first. I'd go Chicken McNuggets for value.

    2. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      The fixtures and players currently on the site are from last years Confederations Cup, it hasn't been updated to the 2018 WC version yet.

      1. Klostermann
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        That makes sense. There only seemed to be about four teams on there. Hopefully it will be up and running soon. Also, the rules were more similar to FPL rules than previous world cups where you got points for tackles, blocks etc

    3. Eden Wizard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Good shout, hadn't noticed that link - we were all obsessing with the pre.fifa link

    4. Eden Wizard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Wish I hadn't seen your link, got itchy trigger finger!

  11. Red Dagger ✪
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Hello? Hello? Hello?
    Is there anybody in there?
    Just nod if you can hear me............

    1. Arctic monkeys
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Is there anyone at home ?

    2. Bragazeti - Finding Nuno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Louder please. Can't hear you from down here

    3. Midlands Saint73
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      There is no pain you are receding,
      The distant ship smoke on the horizon

  12. Midlands Saint73
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 15 days ago

    After loitering on here for about 4 years and posting for 18 months I may finally become a member this season.
    Bets on % improvement to OR?

    1. Blue Lion's Biatch
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      -18%

    2. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      The games luck.

      Well worth memebership but no guarantees

  13. Eden Wizard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Fekir - Keita - Fabinho...not a patch on Milner - Hendo - Wijnaldum 😆

    1. Blue Lion's Biatch
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Watched a lot of fekir, fabinho and Keita have ya?

      1. Eden Wizard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Absolutely not but, it's a given that Hendino & Milnaldo's talent is unquestionable

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      I think the hype around Keïta & Fekir is hilarious. If either of them end up as good as Pogba, Liverpool wil have done VERY well. Yet Pogba is generally ridiculed for being a waste of money. Funny old game.

      Fabinho is literally like a Brazilian Phil Neville, it’s insane how a Brazilian sounding name generates so much hype.

      1. noquarternt
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        It’s so good. All that hype and then the big fails.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          I’m sure they won’t fail as such, but I just can’t see them dominating the premier league the way some folks seem to expect. They’ll probably be good solid 7/10 players... not world beaters

          1. noquarternt
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            It'll happen. Liverpool still struggled against teams like West Brom. Their tactics will get 'found out' over the summer.

  14. Eden Wizard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 15 days ago

    "No account exists with those details" ... looks like the McDonalds World Cup is different to the Euros then?

    1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      probably has a flag in db, where navigate if its 0 - euro or 1 - world cup 🙂

      1. Eden Wizard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Confirmed it's the UEFA site for Euros (and UCL) and FIFA site for WC

  15. Flapjack ✅
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    If rumours are true and Arnautovic goes to Utd it’s very frustrating for FPL.

    However it does highlight how the “big clubs” are ruining football with players like Mahrez and Arnie potentially moving to be in a potential rotation situation.

    Changes need to be made, but won’t be. For example Chelsea loaning out 50 players a year is beyond a joke. Look at Piazon if you wanna laugh. Or Michael Hector.

    1. Eden Wizard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Jose's single tactic is to purchase established players, also ruining youth like Rashford & Martial

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        It’s a disgrace that with attacking talent like Sanchez Lukaku Martial, he has not got them scoring freely. Then you come to other massive talents like Rashford. He also hasn’t got the best out of Pogba, Shaw etc. I don’t rate José at all anymore, I think the game has moved on & left him behind.

    2. fiveyears
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Is that not football in general?

      Jordan Hugill left Preston to join West Ham in January, he's made 3 appearances. Should something be done there?

      1. Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Exactly. A club with money buys a player that becomes 'too good' for a club with less money.

        Then that player has a chance to prove himself at a higher level, which is something the player wants.

        1. tisza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          we've lost a fair few young players that were just establishing themselves in 1st team to PL/Championship clubs. For not great transfer fees to clubs like Leicester & Swansea.
          Get their wages at least quadrupled whilst they are dumped into the new clubs' U23s.
          Does seem to be a scatter gun approach from many PL clubs - buy a load of players at around 1-1.5m. Dump them in U23s or back out on lower league loans. See what happens but if it doesn't work then try & flog them to a lower league side or just release them (buy 5 players that'll cost you 20m over 4 years if one pans out then you are breaking even at least with current transfer prices)

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      I believe football and FPL are heading for crashes generally. We should enjoy this last season or two before the whole house of cards comes tumbling down. I think we’ll either see a TV deal go bust, leaving a cash flow issue with clubs unable to pay wages/transfer feees etc, and/or the current FPL model will change so significantly that it just won’t be worth playing.

      1. Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Why do you think the FPL model will change?

        Generally though, yes we should enjoy it 🙂

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          I really hope it doesn’t change any more than it has. But if you look at the creeping changes over the last 4-5 years, there’s bound to be more on the way. And with a 5m player base... how long before mr. Corporate FPL says hey we can make some dosh off this? As I say hopefully it doesnt

          1. Holmes
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            And the moment they charge a penny for that, their fanbase will drop to something like 1m or even less

          2. Geoff
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Yeah I don't want to pay for the game, even though 1 pound each would mean a huge payoff for the winner.

            I don't think they'll ever charge though because of the gambling laws in various countries. Even as it is now they're making so much money off of it in terms of promotion of the game, community involvement, advertising.. I'm not too worried

      2. noquarternt
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Can’t wait for a chip each week.

    4. noquarternt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      ‘Ruining’.

  16. Hampe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    I am looking for a World Cup draft-game for me and my friends. Is there a decent one somewhere?

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Draftkings

    2. Hampe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Nothing else?

  17. kopite65
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    which is the best world cup fantasy game? is it the macdonalds one, that is the official one? or any other thats free to play, for friends family etc
    any advice appreciated, cheers

    1. Shaw Manc Redemption
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Mcdonalds is the one. There are others but this is the one that matters

  18. CloudSky
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Frank Lampard is the new Manager of Derby County. He signed a 3-year deal.

    1. Andy'81
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      It's a big ask going to Derby with their crackpot chairman as your first job, I think he'll be Derby's fifth manager since 2015 so I can't see this one coming out smelling of roses. I do like Frank though so I'll wish him well.

  19. laveshp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Who are your "must haves" for the Fantasy World Cup 2018?
    Any Punts?

    Some of my punts to start with:
    (I'm guessing we will be SPOILT FOR CHOICE for our Strikers)

    Mbappe over Griezman
    Firmino (Just because he always killed it for me in FPL)
    Coutinho
    Isco
    Modric
    Kroos
    and SALAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      James Rodrigez

      1. laveshp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Ou good one! Slipped my mind completely!

    2. FFFrøg⭐️
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Must have - Kaku, Uruguay, Spain and Germany defense, Isco, James

  20. Eden Wizard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Wenger > Madrid illuminati

  21. Christina.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 7 days ago

    Any decent 5.5m milfs with some attacking threat?