World Cup

World Cup 2018 – Team Analysis – Nigeria

A talented attacking side featuring several names recognisable to Fantasy Premier League managers, Nigeria will be hopeful of progressing beyond the round of 16 for the first time in this their sixth World Cup appearance.

The Super Eagles will face Argentina in the group stage for the fifth time and will be buoyed by their 4-2 international friendly win over Jorge Sampaoli’s side in November 2017.

Nigeria’s opening Group D fixture is against Croatia in Kaliningrad on Saturday 16 June, with Iceland to follow in Volgograd six days later. Their old foes, Argentina, are last up in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday 26 June.

Road to Qualification

Nigeria was the first African country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and might have boasted an unbeaten record, had FIFA not retrospectively awarded their final opponents Algeria a 3-0 win as a result of the Super Eagles fielding an ineligible player.

Swaziland, then ranked 138th in the world, were Nigeria’s first obstacle to World Cup qualification in the two-legged second round.

After a goalless draw in Lobamba, Nigeria had to wait until the 51st minute of their home tie to breach the Swaziland defence: a Moses Simon free-kick breaking the deadlock before Efe Ambrose sealed a 2-0 aggregate win late on.

Nigeria’s third round group looked like the toughest in CAF qualification, with top seeds Algeria the highest-ranked African nation in the world at that point.

The Super Eagles, having recently appointed current coach Gernot Rohr, made light of their difficult draw with victories in their first three fixtures: a 2-1 win in Zambia was followed by 3-1 and 4-0 home successes over Algeria and Cameroon respectively.

A 1-1 draw against Cameroon in Yaounde briefly halted Nigeria’s procession through the group, before Rohr’s side saw off nearest challengers Zambia 1-0 in their penultimate match to book their ticket to Russia.

A dead rubber with Algeria ended 1-1, though FIFA’s intervention and the subsequent retroactive 3-0 defeat somewhat spoiled Nigeria’s otherwise impressive qualifying record.

Only DR Congo (14) scored more third-round qualifying goals than Nigeria (11), and while no African side who qualified for the 2018 World Cup conceded more than the Super Eagles, it should be noted that three of the six strikes in their goals against column came in that “defeat” to Algeria.

Rohr consistently favoured a 4-2-3-1 formation in qualifying, though has experimented with a 3-5-2 in subsequent friendlies: Nigeria defeated Argentina with this set-up in November and looked more cohesive after switching to this shape in the 2-1 loss to England at Wembley on 2 June.

Most starts: Ogenyi Onazi (7), Shehu Abdullahi, Elderson Echiejile, John Obi Mikel, William Troost-Ekong (6), Leon Balogun, Wilfred Ndidi, Odion Ighalo (5), Victor Moses, Ikechukwu Ezenwa (4), Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi (3)

Most goals: Victor Moses (3), John Obi Mikel, Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi (2)

Most assists: Ogenyi Onazi, Shehu Abdullahi, John Obi Mikel, Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses, Oghenekaro Etebo (1)

International friendly victories over Argentina and Poland have been followed by defeats to Serbia and England, with DR Congo holding the Super Eagles to a 1-1 draw five days before the trip to Wembley.

The Key Targets

Usually deployed as a wing-back by Chelsea, Victor Moses (£5.8m on Fantasy iTeam | £7.0m on McDonald’s FIFA) is afforded more attacking freedom as a winger in Rohr’s usual 4-2-3-1, though could once again find himself in a more withdrawn role if his coach decides to proceed with a three-man central defence.

Moses top-scored for Nigeria in qualification with three goals and is usefully listed as a defender by Fantasy iTeam, meaning that any attacking returns would be all the greater for Fantasy managers. There is no such luck for players of McDonald’s FIFA: Moses is classified as a forward on this game.

The former Crystal Palace and Wigan Athletic star may also be on spot-kick duties, having scored a penalty in Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Poland in March.

Stationed on the opposite flank in a 4-2-3-1 or playing as an offensive central midfielder/striker in a 3-5-2, Alex Iwobi (£6.2m on Fantasy iTeam | £6.0m on McDonald’s FIFA) is Nigeria’s form player in attack. The Arsenal youngster grabbed his country’s consolation in the 2-1 defeat to England and scored twice while playing up front alongside Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.3m on Fantasy iTeam | £7.0m on McDonald’s FIFA) in Nigeria’s impressive 4-2 win over Argentina last November.

An upcoming friendly against the Czech Republic should provide some clues as to how Iwobi and Moses will be ultimately deployed in the World Cup, with Nigeria’s second group match against Iceland (who conceded three goals at home to Norway last weekend) perhaps the fixture that Fantasy managers should particularly consider these two Premier League-based assets.

Like Iwobi, Iheanacho only started three of Nigeria’s eight qualification fixtures but scored once (a spectacular free-kick) and claimed two assists in that encounter with the Argentineans.

The Leicester City forward could find himself playing just off Odion Ighalo (£6.2m on Fantasy iTeam | £6.0m on McDonald’s FIFA), the former Watford striker who started the match at Wembley as Nigeria’s sole target-man. Ighalo scored on only one occasion in qualification, however, and hasn’t been on the scoresheet since his goal in the 1-0 win over Cameroon last September.

The Long Shots

No Nigerian midfielder is cheaper on Fantasy iTeam than John Obi Mikel (£5.4m), who has featured as an attacking midfielder in both a 4-2-3-1 and a 3-5-2 during qualification and in Nigeria’s recent friendlies.

With only four league goals in his 14-year professional career, Mikel would appear to be an unlikely source of attacking returns, but the former Chelsea midfielder scored twice and claimed one assist in six qualification appearances.

Rohr may decide to play with three central midfielders in tough fixtures against Croatia and Argentina, meaning that Mikel could once again benefit from being the most advanced player in that midfield trio. Mikel is priced up at £6.5m on McDonald’s FIFA.

Moses apart, Nigeria’s defenders would appear to offer Fantasy managers little in either defensive solidity or attacking threat. Bryan Idowu (£5.4m on Fantasy iTeam | £4.0m on McDonald’s FIFA) is a relative newcomer to the national team, having not featured at all during qualification. The left-back spot appears to be his to lose, however, with Idowu having made four appearances in Nigeria’s friendlies since November.

Should Rohr adopt a 3-5-2/5-3-2 formation as he did in the Super Eagles’ 4-2 win over Nigeria, then Idowu could be set for a more advanced role further up the left flank. Idowu indeed scored from that position in his country’s previous meeting with Argentina.

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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. Revival
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    • 6 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Anyone got a link to where one can see possible/likely team line-ups now the squads have been confirmed?

    1. Funkyav
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      havent seen one, would hope this site would do something pre the first game

      1. Pegboy
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        That's the a list of the full squads, but predicted line-ups seem hard to come by.

  2. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Yaya's agent:

    “God sees everything. As a man who acted with Yaya, the legend of the club, which under different pretexts did not give the opportunity to go on the field," he said.

    "He turned all Africa against himself, many African fans turned away from Manchester City. And I’m sure that many African shamans in the future will not allow Guardiola to win the Champions League."

    “Yaya always played as number 42. We chose this number as the age in which he will finish with football. After Guardiola in the next two or three years will not win the Champions League with Manchester City he will be kicked out, perhaps Yaya will return to the club, and in any capacity."

    “The fact that Guardiola ended Yaya’s career in Manchester City is not even a mistake, but a crime. But the boomerang will return, Pep. You will still see what the African shamans are. Remember this always."

    1. Pap Le Cissier
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      He should be a comedian

    2. mad_beer ✅
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      The shamans are for realz!

    3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      nutter

    4. fclackless [balegium]
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Nice to see the shamans in Africa have their priorities right ... at least according to this nutter.

      Reports Yaya has a planet size ego is hardly surprising with this idiot stroking it.

  3. Zambian FPL Addict
      2 months, 17 days ago

      not saying this because they beat us in the World cup qualifiers but, Nigeria suck, they just physical wouldnt put any money on them, if you looking for an African team put your money on Senegal.

      1. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        I have mine on Ivory Coast. The shamans have decided it's their year.

        1. Zambian FPL Addict
            2 months, 17 days ago

            theres no Ivory Coast

            1. Team Cruel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Are you trying to go against the shamans?

              1. Zambian FPL Addict
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  haha no Ivory coast will win for sure.

          • Revival
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            I fancy Nigeria to do well as they came through a hard group. The midfield is rock solid and they play direct attacking football. Yes the defence is suspect but they are capable of surprising one of Croatia or Argentina and emerging out of the group.

            1. Zambian FPL Addict
                2 months, 17 days ago

                will see

            2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              I fancy Nigeria to be 2nd in their group...realy like that team. Sunday Oliseh and Okocha making nice memories from France 98 🙂

          • World Cup GoalScorer Challenge
            Geoff
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            • 5 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            How many of you are playing World Cup GSC?

            http://goalscorerchallenge.co.uk

            What's your strategy? Are you saving big players from big teams until after the group stage, or are you using them to make sure you get a game from them?

            1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              there are nice statistics bdw

              1. Geoff
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                • 5 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Yeah, really helpful. I'm really looking forward to this game

            2. GreenWindmill
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Definitely - have played it for the last couple of seasons and really enjoy the simplicity. Should work great for the World Cup with each game counting as a round.

              As for strategy, I'll be trying to get some goals under my belt early on I think - they're worth as much as goals in the later stages 🙂

              1. Geoff
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                • 5 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                I haven't played it before but it looks great. Very simple too which is good.

                I agree, big players in the easiest group stage game makes sense. The games to target for the big players could also be the ones where a team that needs to win is playing against a team that is already eliminated

              2. Boris Bodega
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                I always thought that the first games in each group are cagey affairs with lots of low scoring games. Group stage hots up towards the end when there's more at stake.

                1. GreenWindmill
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  I guess I'll be looking to the big guns for the games against the (theoretically) weakest opponents in the group whichever round of fixtures that falls in. Good to see you boss 🙂

            3. Revival
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              My expectation is there will be lots of goals in the group stages and that the knock-out games will be tighter with some matches finishing 0-0 and decided by penalties. Using stats from last world cup there where an average of 2.8 goals in group stage games and 2.1 goals in the knockouts ( This is including the 7-1 win for Germany over Brazil). Therefore I would go all out and just pick the inform goalscorers/ top picks for the group stages. Also Injuries need to be considered. You might not pick Ronaldo in the group stages so as to save him for later but find that come the knockout stages he picks up a injury so you miss out on his hattie against Iran for example.

              1. Geoff
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                • 5 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                That stat is convincing on it's own, great stuff

            4. Spencer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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              • 6 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Lovely, jubbley. This is actually the only fantasy game I'll be playing this WC.

              Strategy wise, I think I'm going to just go for goals from the off and not try and be too clever. Trying to be too clever has always been my downfall!

              1. Geoff
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                • 5 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                I was going to avoid all WC games but I'm quickly being sucked in 😀

            5. Goalscorer Challenge
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Great game IMO.

            6. Hazari300
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Is it only for UK citizens?

              1. GreenWindmill
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Nope - anyone can sign up and get involved 🙂

            7. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              How about a FFS league?

              1. Geoff
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                • 5 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Done

                League Name: Fantasy Football Scout
                Password: 2552fadb

                1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Excellent job sir.

                2. Debauchy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Cheers Geoff

                3. Goalscorer Challenge
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Thanks Geoff - if you could do another FF Scout tweet with the passcode in a couple of days that would be amazing.

                  1. Geoff
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Are you associated with GoalScorer Challenge?

                    If you are, send me an email geoff@fantasyfootballscout.co.uk 🙂

                    1. Goalscorer Challenge
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Done.

                      1. GreenWindmill
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 16 days ago

                        Nice 🙂

                4. Kane Toads
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Cheers Geoff

                5. Hamstergod
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Great, joined. I love their format, been playing the FPL version for some time now.

                  1. Geoff
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    It'll be my first time playing, really looking forward to it

                    1. Hamstergod
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      It's fun and a bit less stressful than playing FPL 😀

                      In FPL the biggest issue is that you run out of good players with certain teams, I guess it can happen here as well, but less likely.

          • RUUD!
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            How’s this looking, think I’ve covered all bases. It’s the Sun game which most want play but feedback appreciated.

            Pickford
            Sidibe Meunier Vertonghen Silva
            Eriksen Hazard Isco
            Messi Neymar Lukaku

          • Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Midfielders / forwards with most caps without scoring:
            Sánchez 85
            Aquino 53
            Tejeda 49
            Guzmán 41
            Koke 39
            Henderson 38
            Al-Khaibri 36
            Ekdal 33
            J. Dos Santos 32
            Ebrahimi 29
            Bárcenas 28
            Casemiro 23
            Hamed 20

            1. Geoff
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Removed your reply fail.. is this another one?

              1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                nope, thats the statistic 🙂

          • Bury94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Moses OOP and potentially on penalties could be a decent punt

            1. Reedy
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              If he comes in as a defender in the McDonalds game he could be, yes. Unfortunately he's a mid in Telegraph.

            2. Norman Conquest
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              he is a forward in mc donalds

              1. IrishRed
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                How do you know?

                1. 420king
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  he's assuming because he is listed as forward on the official play list
                  https://img.fifa.com/image/upload/qcuxk3y7c1ezwo5yylnn.pdf

          • Bushiosboys
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Hi all,
            What is the craic with the Mcdonalds FF game? I just registered and tried to make a team but it seems like it has data in from the last WC? It seems to be at round 3?
            Am I doing something wrong or is it not ready yet?

            1. Bury94
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Check back on Thursday

            2. Geoff
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Opens on the 7th

            3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              7th

          • The Big Cheese
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            I have been a FFS member for years. But this season I was thinking of looking elsewhere.

            Would someone FFS like to sell the qualities of their members area over thestatszone.com

            Thanks

            1. Fantasy Gold
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Jonty’s goals imminent stats tables.

              Comparison tool.

              Nuff said.

              1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                If you're comparing tools, who's the other one?

            2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              If you have been a member previously it's an easy decision. I am not sure what convincing you need as you saw what was available to you last season?

              1. Fantasy Gold
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                OMG

              2. The Big Cheese
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Maybe others do it better? I know what is available here but I am open to new experiences. No word from FFS by the look of things

                1. Geoff
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Thought I'd let members do the talking 🙂

                  But check out the new promo video if you'd like a full rundown:
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObepRk_pAcE

              3. PUMPKINHEAD
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                May be this season there is an "OMG" filter. That's worth the 12 quid alone

          • Pras United
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Membership badge check

            1. Geoff
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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              • 5 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Nailed it

            2. RedArrows
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 17 days ago

              £12.50, made payable to "Mark".

          • CloudSky
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Welcome to Arsenal, @LichtsteinerSte

            1. CloudSky
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Emojis -.- delet.

            2. Fantasy Gold
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              What a weird signing.

              Isn’t he 33 years old?

              1. Geoff
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                • 5 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                34! must be backup for Bellerin a bit and dressing room experience

                1. chilli con kone
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  For that reason its a good singing. Gets a leader into that dressing room

          • CloudSky
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Welcome to Arsenal, @LichtsteinerSte

            #WillkommenStephan https://t.co/31jZP73Jgb

            Official. Decent squad player on a free and some competition for Bellers.

            1. CloudSky
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 17 days ago

              @FG: 34. He is basically just a squad player that can provide a bit of depth. Played quite a lot for Juve this year. Can also stretch to RWB and RW.

              1. Fantasy Gold
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Yeah, squad player I guess.

          • Jᴀʀᴠɪsʜ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Got Croatia in the work sweepstake - FML

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Great pick Jarv

          • Bury94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Arsenal's back 4 next season:

            Lichtsteiner, Papastathopoulos, Mavropanos, Kolasinac

            Bit of a mouthful!

            1. MICHAEL ACE-ING
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Great! Now I have the movie Troy stuck in my head

          • Fantastisk
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Spent a few days on it but I'm finally happy with my McDonald's FIFA World Cup Fantasy team! Anyone else on here playing and want to share teams?

              1. The Big Cheese
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Why would you share with the competition?

              2. Geoff
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                The game is released on the 7th. Let's talk then 😉

            • chilli con kone
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              If it were to be a Spain v Germany semi-final who do you think goes through?

              1. Fantastisk
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Germany

                • FFFrøg⭐️
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  It almost definitely won’t be because of how the bracket works

                  1. chilli con kone
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Are you sure?

                    I looked at it the tournament table and thought that the groups ABCD and EFGH meet eachother in the semi's?

                    1. FFFrøg⭐️
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 17 days ago

                      Yeah - if they both win their group and following games they will play in the semis

                      1. FFFrøg⭐️
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 17 days ago

                        This is a good way to work through it https://bracketchallenge.fifa.com/

                        1. chilli con kone
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 17 days ago

                          Thanks mate thats really useful. Have a tournament table predictor at work

                      2. chilli con kone
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 17 days ago

                        Germany will almost definitely win their group, so guess it will come down to whether Spain finish above Portugal

                        1. FFFrøg⭐️
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 17 days ago

                          Agreed - but if they're going to make it to the semis/ final then you assume they'll be good enough to beat this distinctly average and defensively weak Portugal side.

                • andy85wsm
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Germany

                • Jᴀʀᴠɪsʜ
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Ask me again after they've both played 5 games in the tournament 😉

                • chilli con kone
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Not a lot of love for Spain then despite their mini-renaissance

                • Debauchy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Germany , but see a Germany Argentina semi final so Argentina

                  1. sunzip14
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    I am predicting this as well

              2. rdamjan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Who`s playing TFF WC? First playing TFF fantasy.

                Is this team any good?

                Muslera
                Meunier - Marcelo - Godin - Gimenez
                Hazard - KDB - Coutihno - Eriksen - Golovin
                Cavani

                Hard to fit 2 or 3 attackers, because they`re not so cheap as mid`s.

                1. FFFrøg⭐️
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  I've gone for 5 - 3 -2 so you've got more room for a defensive block/ premium defenders but plenty of manoeuverability in the mids and fwds for transfers

                  1. FFFrøg⭐️
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    But yeah they're good players

                2. noquarternt
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  What are your transfers?

                  1. rdamjan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Transfers? Should I plan transfers upfront?

                    1. Takin the Schmeichel
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      You get 26 transfers in the group stage. And transfers are immediate. So you don't have the deadline system like in FPL, it's more about using lots of transfers in a clever way to get maximum points.

                      1. ihateramsey2
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 16 days ago

                        so we can a transfer almost after every game?

                        1. FFFrøg⭐️
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 16 days ago

                          Every other game - 48 games in the groups, 26 transfers

                      2. rdamjan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 16 days ago

                        What do you mean with immediate? You can make transfer in GW 1 (between day 1 and 2) or between GW1 and GW2?

                        1. 420king
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 16 days ago

                          telegraph? between day 1 and 2, how else you gonna use 26 transfers in group stage

                          1. 420king
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 16 days ago

                            probably within the same day too, as long as the match hasn't started yet of course

                            1. G-Whizz
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                              • 1 Year
                              2 months, 16 days ago

                              I believe as long as it's an hour before kick off then you're fine...

                              1. rdamjan
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                2 months, 16 days ago

                                Sounds like a lot of planning.

                                1. Takin the Schmeichel
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  2 months, 16 days ago

                                  Yeah a lot of planning. I'm going with choosing solid defenders/keeper that will stay the same, then rotating attacking players to try and cover as many of the goals as possible.

              3. NorwichCityLad
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Is ffs getting any new tools in the members area or anything new at all?

                1. Skonto Rigga
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Absolutely - the aim is to make the Members' Area bigger and better every season. We added xG and Heatmaps last year and have got comprehensive World Cup and International Friendly data uploaded to the Members' Area as of this week. There'll be more developments over the summer.

                  We always listen to suggestions from the community too (Geoff was actually asking for ideas a few weeks ago: https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2018/05/14/fantasy-football-book-launch/?hc_page=5#hc_comment_18212999) so if there's anything you'd love to see in the Members' Area, just let us know!

                  1. Geoff
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Exactly this! I've taken these ideas and we'll be making a plan soon to get some things implemented for next season.
                    Suggestions are always welcome 🙂

              4. sunzip14
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 17 days ago

                If Argentina top this tough group they will have momentum in their favor and I can see them going all the way to the final again. at QF Spain is beatable with Messi in the side as he knows the Spanish game inside out. Germany won't make it 2 in a row and I see them becoming one dimensional and a bit lack of pace. So Arg win against Germany and Final between Argentina Vs Brazil/France.

                From the very neutral point of view that I have put forward till now, u can easily guess who I predict to be the winner 😛 provided that Arg get out of the group of death with some momentum 😀

                1. FFFrøg⭐️
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  You mean you think Messi can win the WC on his own? They have a very old and out of practise GK, no defensive coherence or any real talent in defense outside of the very questionable Otamendi, a complete lack of any defensive midfield to protect that defence or move the ball forward and a manager who can't decide how he wants the team to play. This is the same side that got whopped 6-1 by Spain 2 months ago and by Nigeria 7 months ago and is the same side that's going to struggle to get out of their group, let alone go any further.

                  1. FFFrøg⭐️
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Even Sampaoli and Messi have said they don't think this team is good enough or deserves to get past a semi-final and the moment they come up against a Spain or Germany they're going to have at least 5 put past them.

                    1. Debauchy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 17 days ago

                      I go back to the last final again. Most expected Germany to cruise through yet and arguably they were lucky to beat Argentina

                      1. FFFrøg⭐️
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 17 days ago

                        But what that Argentina side had was security and a team mindset that this one doesn't have - Mascherano is the important player for me here, he kept that defence safe a lot before, which Lo Celso and Biglia won't be able to do. That was a very defensive side that this one can't really afford to be and the lack of a coherent tactical plan from Sampaoli who changes things drastically from game to game reminds me of France and Deschamps.

                        1. FFFrøg⭐️
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 17 days ago

                          That was a team that could sit back and let Messi run free up top, this team can't do that against decent opposition - Messi's big performances lately have come against a poor Ecuador side and Haiti.

                          1. Debauchy
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 17 days ago

                            Don't know enough about the current side to counter Frog. However seen many a team in WCs past that have been written off exceed the expectations.
                            Hoping the Argies are such a side. Would love to see Aguero having a good world cup too

                            1. FFFrøg⭐️
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              2 months, 17 days ago

                              I agree that surprises can come from anywhere in this sort of tournament but when even their talisman and manager have lost hope you have to wonder what’s possible.

                        2. sunzip14
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 17 days ago

                          Look at the impact players or subs Argentina had last WC: Lavezzi, Perez, Maxi, Biglia, Palacio, Gago etc. they have better players, Dybala, Lanzini, Lo Celso, Meza, Pavon. Sampaoli was mostly trying out trial and error during the friendlies. I am pretty sure he will not tinker much at the WC. So Arg in qualification and at the WC may not be the same animal

                    2. sunzip14
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 17 days ago

                      Just look at the players involved in the friendlies you mentioned my friend. That is not Argentina 1st team. I for one certainly think this Arg team is better than that of 2014. I know that they had a pretty horrible qualification But if this present squad that have spent some time with Sampaoli start the competition on a high, I can see them go far. It wouldn't be a big surprise if they are out of the group stage too. Provided that they have a strong start and momentum was my argument 😀

                      1. Debauchy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 17 days ago

                        I'm with you Sunzip, A decent start , gather momentum and a kind ref in the final , get in Argies 🙂

                      2. FFFrøg⭐️
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 17 days ago

                        What would you say is their strongest first team out of interest? Or maybe more importantly, their likely first team?

                        This is what I've heard/ read it to be

                        Caballero
                        Mercado Otamendi Fazio Tagliafico
                        Biglia Lo Celso
                        Lanzini Messi ADM
                        Aguero

                        Whilst that is undoubtedly a formidable frontline (Messi and Aguero particularly), that defense is really poor and it has just no protection. Sampaoli appears to also like Higuain, despite him being atrocious for the NT.

                2. Debauchy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Heart is with Argentina , head Brazil.
                  Agree with Frog's analysis but weaker teams with momentum will and do triumph over the supposedly stronger teams.
                  I watched a replay of the Argentina Germany final last night, nothing in it really and that after the demolition of Brazil

                3. noquarternt
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Messi at one end even messier at the other.

              5. No end product
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Anyone want to test this WC planner spreadsheet. Let me know if it works ok.

                https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jGXCt0XGUyrheXUtP8R9pblQ9-NBog8L/view?usp=sharing

                1. FFFrøg⭐️
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  How's it supposed to work - I can't currently input any players and am stuck on the '66 squad.

                2. No end product
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Yeah guess you have to download it and then overwrite it yourself. If not working I'll play with the settings 🙂

                  1. FFFrøg⭐️
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Okay I'll have a look - looks a great tool!

                3. No end product
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Thanks - makes it easier to plan captaincy changes anyway

              6. Karan14 - (CWT Balegium)
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                #FredisRed

                1. Jᴀʀᴠɪsʜ
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Off the "meh" scale

                  1. Karan14 - (CWT Balegium)
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Haha :p

                2. Geoff
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Good signing, good start for them

                  1. Jᴀʀᴠɪsʜ
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Another £200m and they may get within 15 points of City next year.

                    1. Geoff
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 17 days ago

                      How much to win the league?

                      1. Jᴀʀᴠɪsʜ
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 17 days ago

                        Not sure God takes cash 😉

                  2. Karan14 - (CWT Balegium)
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Hopefully Dalot, Alder & LB to follow. Anything above that would be a bonus.

              7. Berbinho's Forehead
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                United's midfield now that they've signed Fred looks quite good.

                Herrera - Matic - Pogba

                1. Karan14 - (CWT Balegium)
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  So does Liverpool’s defence with Lovren & Loris. L’s all the way!

                  1. Berbinho's Forehead
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Haha made me chuckle 😀

                2. Jᴀʀᴠɪsʜ
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  League Cup squad looks good though.

                3. Geoff
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  You think Herrera is better than Fred?

                  1. Berbinho's Forehead
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Dunno Geoff, just being an arse 🙂

                    1. Geoff
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 17 days ago

                      Had a feeling 😀

                      Liverpool fans getting scared 😉

              8. Revival
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Lichtsteiner in, Sokratis Papastathopoulos deal announced tomorrow.
                Already got my Papastathopoulos pronunciation perfected 😀

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr57XB--iFI&t=90s

                1. Jᴀʀᴠɪsʜ
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  I'm not watching Sky if Paul Merson is covering an Arsenal match.

                  1. Revival
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Be even better when they sign the Turkish player Söyüncü

                2. Deulofail
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Sohcrattiess [ səˈk.ra.tiːs / ˈsɒ.krə.tɪs / ˈsʊ.krə.tiːz / etc ]. Not too difficult to find a suitable Anglofication. I have faith in Jonty 😆

                3. Debauchy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  The board, frugal as always. Don;t hold out much hope for any renaissance. Wait Fellaini , oooh yeah

              9. Aubrey
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Lascelles to Everton sounds like a done deal. Looked quite a decent player from what little I've seen of him

                1. Pegboy
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Decent signing. I thought he was on his way to Chelsea, but I guess the managerial confusion has scuppered that.

              10. Pegboy
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Surprised more people aren't keen on the 'draft fantasy' world cup game:

                https://wc.draftfantasyfootball.co.uk

                I always find draft games for international tournaments provide a nice break from the FPL grind.

                1. FFFrøg⭐️
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Anyone interested in an FFS draft league??

                  1. Pegboy
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    I'd be keen if we can get 5+ players

                2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  It's good when you are playing with other people who are committed to it. Finding those people is the hard part.

                  1. 420king
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Exactly. Did UCL draft on this site and ended up winning the ML by 251 points.

              11. Siva Mohan
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Ryan Fredericks will join West Ham United when his Fulham contract expires at the end of the month.

                - Fulham FC

              12. jimmy.floyd
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Kane or Kaku?

                1. FFFrøg⭐️
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Kaku

              13. timPgoodwin
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Any tips for the Sun world cup fantasy football game?

              14. feed feo
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Fred's a Red baby, Fred's a Red. Get on the chopper Jose!

              15. GS456
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Whose favourite morocco or iran?

                Want an attacker from one of them

                Playing TFF incidentally