World Cup

World Cup 2018 – Team Analysis – Panama

One of two teams who will be making their World Cup debut this summer, Panama sealed qualification in the most dramatic of styles to exorcise the ghosts of their near-miss four years ago.

A late win over Costa Rica – featuring a hugely controversial “ghost goal” – sealed third spot in the fifth round of CONCACAF qualifying and ensured Panama’s passage to Russia at the expense of the United States, who had denied the Canal Men an inter-confederation play-off spot in 2013.

Success for Panama is simply reaching a World Cup tournament and little is expected of the Central American country in Russia, particularly given their difficult group draw.

Panama’s opening match is against Belgium on Monday 18 June in Sochi, which is followed by an encounter with England in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday 24 June. Hernan Dario Gomez’s side could feasibly already be eliminated by the time they face Tunisia in Saransk on Thursday 28 June.

Rank outsiders with the bookmakers, Panama only need to look to the performances of Costa Rica – who were widely written off before the tournament had begun – in 2014 for inspiration.

An ageing squad, an unconvincing qualification campaign and some disappointing pre-World Cup friendly results, however, suggest Fantasy managers ought to be giving the Panama squad a wide berth.

Road to Qualification

Panama entered CONCACAF qualification at the fourth-round stage, qualifying from the four-team group with a game to spare and finishing runners-up to Costa Rica, who beat them twice en route to the “Hexagonal”.

Luis Tejada was the only Panama player to register more than one goal in this stage, with one of his two strikes coming from the penalty spot.

The “Hex” began in positive fashion for Panama, who emerged from their tricky opening-day encounter in Honduras with all three points thanks to Fidel Escobar’s superb free-kick.

A subsequent six-match winless run, featuring four draws and 1-0 defeats to Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico, would surely have put paid to Panama’s automatic qualification hopes had the US and Honduras not also been in middling form.

A 3-0 home win over Trinidad and Tobago preceded a morale-sapping 4-0 defeat to the US in Panama’s penultimate fixture, which looked to have scuppered Los Canaleros’ chances for good.

That now infamous last-gasp win over Costa Rica, coupled with the USA’s surprise 2-1 defeat in Trinidad, sealed the third CONCACAF qualifying place in memorable fashion and condemned Honduras to a play-off against Australia, which they subsequently lost. The US meanwhile failed to qualify for a World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Coach Gomez largely favoured a 4-4-2 during the qualification campaign, although a more defensive 5-4-1/4-5-1 has been preferred in recent friendlies.

Whichever formation is decided upon, there is no doubt that Panama will be content to sit back and defend against their World Cup group opponents and try to attack on the break.

Two of Panama’s goals in the 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago came from swift counter-attacks, with Gabriel Torres’ opener a stunning 80-yard solo run that stemmed from an opposition corner.

Panama scored at a rate of 0.9 goals per match in the “Hex” (only bottom side Trinidad and Tobago scored fewer goals) and their limited attack is not one that will particularly appeal to Fantasy managers.

The World Cup debutants were, in fact, the only nation to qualify for this summer’s tournament to finish with a negative goal difference in their group campaign.

The heavy defeat to the US and a 6-0 thrashing by Switzerland in March suggests that Panama’s defence is far from watertight, either.

CONCACAF Fifth Round

Most starts: Luis Ovalle, Anibal Godoy (9), Jaime Penedo, Gabriel Gomez, Roman Torres (8), Adolfo Machado, Edgar Barcenas (7), Fidel Escobar, Armando Cooper, Blas Perez, Gabriel Torres (6)

Most goals: Blas Perez, Roman Torres (2)

Most assists: Anibal Godoy (2)

Star player Alberto Quintero, who made nine appearances and recorded two assists in qualification, has been forced to pull out of Panama’s 23-man squad after suffering a foot injury in the 6 June friendly against Norway.

Panama haven’t won any of their six friendlies contested in the three most recent international breaks, losing to Iran, Denmark, Switzerland and Norway and drawing with Wales and Northern Ireland.

Though Panama have won two other friendly internationals against Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago since October, their squads in both these matches were made up of second-string players.

The Key Targets

To be brutally honest: none. All of the below should effectively be reclassified as “long shots”, as the inclusion of any Panama player in our Fantasy teams would be a speculative punt at best.

Blas Perez (£5.3m on Fantasy iTeam | £5.0m on McDonald’s FIFA) is perhaps favourite to get the nod up front if Gomez persists with a 4-5-1 or 5-4-1, having started Panama’s last three qualification matches and his country’s 6 June friendly against Norway.

The 37-year-old striker is Panama’s joint-top scorer (with 43 goals) of all time, along with Luis Tejada (£5.6m on Fantasy iTeam | £5.0m on McDonald’s FIFA).

Neither Perez or Tejada, who is a veteran himself at 36 years old, have scored since Panama secured World Cup qualification.

Gabriel Torres (£5.5m on Fantasy iTeam | £6.0m on McDonald’s FIFA), who scored a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Wales last November, seems to be the sacrificial lamb in Gomez’s switch from 4-4-2 to a more defensive shape. Torres’ speed could be useful on the counter, however: witness his incredible breakaway goal in the 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago last September.

Roman Torres (£5.4m on Fantasy iTeam | £5.0m on McDonald’s FIFA) has ten goals in 111 appearances for the national side and represents Panama’s main goal threat from defence.

Torres scored the winner in that crucial victory over Costa Rica and was also on target late on in the 2-2 draw with Honduras earlier in the qualification campaign.

With goalkeepers receiving save points in both Fantasy iTeam and McDonald’s FIFA, veteran custodian Jaime Penedo (£5.3m on Fantasy iTeam | £4.5m on McDonald’s FIFA) could be a cheap source of points – particularly if deploying the Bench Boost chip in McDonald’s FIFA – in fixtures against Belgium and England.

Areas to Avoid

Penedo and any bench-filling fodder aside, there will likely be little investment in Panama assets for their opening two group encounters with Belgium and England.

Though we’ve name-dropped three Panama forwards (Perez, Gabriel Torres and Tejada) in the Key Targets section, the Canal Men’s attack looks particularly anaemic.

Panama scored less than a goal per game during the “Hex” and haven’t found the net in their four international friendlies against European opposition in 2018.

A 6-0 defeat against Switzerland in March is also enough to deter serious investment in Panama’s defence, despite budget-friendly Fantasy options such as the shot-happy Fidel Escobar (£5.3m on Fantasy iTeam | £4.0m on McDonald’s FIFA) and long throw specialist Adolfo Machado (£5.3m on Fantasy iTeam | £4.5m on McDonald’s FIFA) to be found in their squad.

Expect plenty of yellow and possibly red cards too: the Panamanians are fond of a tackle or two.

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. Grand Thibauto
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Uzoho Kajoui
    Danilo Godin Sidibe Tagliafico Meunier
    Isco Mueller Rodrigues Sanchez Sane
    Griezmann Lukaku Smolov

    Ideas?

    1. Grand Thibauto
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      James* Rodriguez, Kajoui Moroccan Keeper

    2. Saniul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      If it were me, I'd go Eriksen and Mbappe/Werner ahead of Isco and Griezmann. Also think Mendy is more attacking/nailed-on than Sidibe.

      Use the extra money to upgrade one of Sanchez/Sane.

      1. Grand Thibauto
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Cheers! Will look onto the Mbappe suggestion, I am betting on Spain to rip their group, so keeping Isco.

        1. Saniul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          I expect Spain to do well too, but kinda not 100% sure how Isco is central to the team...

          I mean he's obviously great and all, but in the 4-3-3 of Spain, he gets shafted to the left, which I dont think is his ideal position.

          Personally, this is how they should line up to get the most out of Isco.

          ------------------Busquets------------------Koke
          ---DSilva----------------------Isco---------------------Iniesta

          but it would be more like.

          -----Koke/Thiago------------Busquets---------------Iniesta
          ------DSilva----------------Aspas/Costa-----------------Isco

          1. Pariße
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Isco always has kind of a free role in Spain though, I'm sure he'll get lots of chances.

    3. CloudSky
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Sane didnt make the team.

      1. Tempestic
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Its a different Sane. The 4.5 one from Senegal I presume.

  2. Leaf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Is there a Scout McDonald’s league ?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Right hand side somewhere.

    2. Grand Thibauto
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      HEWJPVYR

      1. Leaf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Ta

  3. Saniul
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    What about be your XI of players not going to the World Cup? Let me go first.

    ------------------------------Oblak
    --Alves------Bonucci----------------Chiellini-------Alaba
    ----------Ramsey--------------------Nainggolan
    -----Bale--------------------Alexis--------------------Sane
    ----------------------------Benzema.

    Bench- Buffon, Valencia, van Dijk, Vidal, Pjanic, Robben, Aubameyang.

    Think I might have missed on some big names, but there are so many...

    1. CptCrunch
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      -------------------------Zlatan--------------
      ----------Zlatan----Zlatan----Zlatan----------
      Zlatan---Zlatan---Zlatan---Zlatan---Zlatan
      -----------------Zlatan-----Zlatan---------------

      Bench: Zlatan---Zlatan---Zlatan---Zlatan

      1. Saniul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        I guess I might have missed someone... 😀

        1. CptCrunch
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          😉

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

      Can't really argue with that

  4. UNDERSCORE
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Any thoughts? any way to balance this further?

    griezmann cavani jesus
    isco, meuller, carrasco
    kimmich, meunier, danilo, mojica
    navas

    bench: uzoho (gk), hegazy, aldawsari, cueva

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      What do you mean by balance it further?

      1. UNDERSCORE
        4 months, 15 days ago

        let me reword - anyway to make me get more points

        1. UNDERSCORE
          4 months, 15 days ago

          i want to replace cavani with hazard...short by 0.5...ideas?

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

            Replace Griezmann instead.

            I like the team

  5. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    For round 1 select

    A Mbappe v Australia or
    B Jesus v Switzerland

    1. Saniul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I have a front three of Lukaku, Mbappe and Jesus. If I had to really choose between the two, would probably go Jesus as Brazil look a far better team.

      1. 420king
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        I had the same front three but then I dropped Jesus for Cavani because of Firmino.

        1. Saniul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Really don't think Firmino is much of a threat. Jesus has been really clinical for Brazil - and as I see more of Tite, I feel he cares more about performances in yellow than club colours - and Jesus didn't even have a bad season.

          Anyway, he's starting in GW1 for sure.

          1. 420king
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            I think he's starting too, what I meant is that it's likely he will be subbed off. But I guess he same goes for Mbappe...

            1. Saniul
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Think only Griezmann and Cavani are sub-proof...

              1. 420king
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Neymar and Messi too, if you can afford that

      2. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Thanks. I have Lukaku and Cavani as other 2 strikers.

  6. 420king
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    What happens when Renato Augusto is fit? He started 15/16 in QF.

    1. Saniul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      It is surely Coutinho, Casemiro and Paulinho in GW1... Unless one of them plays really bad, dont think Augusto comes straight in... even Fernandinho has a shout in that case.

      1. 420king
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        At whose expense was he starting in QF? Noticed Coutinho only has 8/13 starts.

        1. Saniul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          I think Coutinho played some of those in the front three, so did Paulinho.

          1. 420king
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Who is most likely to drop out if Renato starts in GW2?

    2. Nailed Jesus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Willian makes way. Coutinho switches to the right.

      1. 420king
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Thanks

  7. Hairy Potter
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Initial draft, any thoughts?

    Muslera, Uzoho
    Marcelo, Danilo, Mendy, Meunier, Kjær
    Di Maria, Eriksen, Carrasco, Bentankur, Al-Dawsari
    Cavani, Jesus, Mbappe

    1. UNDERSCORE
      4 months, 15 days ago

      u have al-dawsari...covered for today 🙂

      1. Hairy Potter
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        He’s my captain

        1. UNDERSCORE
          4 months, 15 days ago

          mojica is a favourite today...4.5...can give u some money back to buy anyone who might have really wanted

          1. UNDERSCORE
            4 months, 15 days ago

            who u might*

  8. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    What game's everyone playing? There's loads! Haven't been following any of it!

    1. 420king
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      official one obviously

      1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Well, it isn't obvious. What's with the attitude? Scout are promoting an 'i' game, but I can only select 11 players. Do you have a link?

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          The official game will always get the most players.

          1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            I get that. I just want to know which it is. There are a few that's all

            1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              As in, which game is FFS communitybgenerally playing

              1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Probably Fifa, for me at least. The iGame is crap.

                1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  My thoughts exactly. Seems very fussy! Have signed up anyway, and joined the FFS league. In the bag!

        2. 420king
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          fantasy.fifa.com

          1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Cheers bud

    2. Saniul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      McDonald's official one, which actually looks more standard than the 2014 hotchpotch.

      1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Cheers mate. Will have a gander

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

      McDonalds official FIFA game but as office doing Telegraph one got team for that- more active management required for that one but quite like it.

      1. Sloth Life
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 15 days ago

        I need a team for this too. I understand the idea of maximising each position to get 57 played games but who you thinking of starting?

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          26 transfers in group stages so playing French and Uruguay defence for rounds 1 and 2 and then transfer to Spain and Brazil for their better rounds 2 and 3 ( gets 8 games for defence that way)

          Leaves 22 transfers so starting team below with players early in week and will go something like Pogba to Eriksen to Muller to JRod and Mbappe to Messi to Neymar to Lukaku to Kane to Lewondowski in round 1 leaving further 14 transfers for attacking players in rounds 2 and 3.

          Muslera
          Mendy Varane Godin Gimenez
          Ziyach Pogba Isco
          Smolov Mbappe Suarez

    4. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Norwegian broadcaster game is the best. I feel bad for all of you who cant play it.

      1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        I may move to Norway then

  9. toblerone52
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Dream team draft

    Lloris
    Otamendi Kimmich Godin Meunier
    JRod Hazard Eriksen
    Suarez Neymar Mbappe

    Limited to 20 transfers with no captains in this format.

    Any key players/ teams that I need to look at more?

    Plan is to get in some Spanish players after they've played Portugal and maybe get in Kane for the panama game, otherwise will be saving transfers for the knockout phase.

    Anyone else got a dream team?

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

      Disappointingly found out my football team are using Dream Team instead of the official one.

      Personally think it's way too easy to pick a good squad so I've challenged myself to use 40mil instead of 50mil.

      Here it is:

      Muslera
      Kimmich,, Meunier, Danilo
      Isco, James, Paulinho, Muller
      Jesus, Werner, Mbappe

      I must say, being able to get that team using only 80% of the budget means the game must be badly designed

      1. BESTOFTHEBESTS
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Have you downloaded the 60 page WC stats guide etc they sent on an email it's really useful lots of information stats a must read for any fantasy games your playing

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

          No I haven't... what was the address/subject?

          1. BESTOFTHEBESTS
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Hi Alex,

            Thanks for pre-registering for the 2018 World Cup game, we have put together a downloadable PDF guide for you to use.



            The 60 page guide has a country-by-country low down, fixtures preview and all kinds of info to give you that edge.

          2. BESTOFTHEBESTS
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Dream Team Your WC stats guide is here
            That's the email

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

              I haven't got it 🙁

              1. BESTOFTHEBESTS
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Email address and I'll send you a copy

        2. NoWayJose
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          How do I get that?

          1. BESTOFTHEBESTS
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 15 days ago

            What's your email address and I'll send you a copy

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

              dan@byroms.net please

              Thanks!

              1. BESTOFTHEBESTS
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Check if you got it sent

              2. BESTOFTHEBESTS
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Did you get it let me know

    2. AndyCook
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      You need to plan all your transfers to maximise matches as you can swap between matches. I would use 10 transfer in the group stage and save 10 for later. It’s a game all about planning right from the start

    3. dan_247
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Currently on this:

      Lorris
      Giminez
      Mendy
      Meunier
      Marcelo
      Isco
      Cout
      Di Maria
      Messi
      Griez
      Suarez

      Remember you have a max of three transfers per March phase so you can't use all 20 in the kock out phase.

      I plan to use up to 9 pre knock out and the rest in the knock out phase. For example, use messi and di Maria for the Iceland game before replacing with hazard and lukaku for the panama game.

      Hope this helps

  10. Leaf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    I’ve got Messi

    Nice to see him in my team

    1. The Royal Robin
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      How's the rest of your team Leaf?

  11. Pontus Jansson's Magic…
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    How’s this attempt look?

    El Kajoui/Uzoho
    Meunier/Godin/Danilo/Advincula/Sabaly
    Coutinho/Rodriguez/Ziyach/Al-Dawsari/Kvist
    Messi/Cavani/Lukaku

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

      Fairly ok

  12. Union_Jacks
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 15 days ago

    James or Eriksen?

    1. rjcv177
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      James as last chance of C

    2. AndyCook
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      So unlikely you haven’t had a decent captain already he’s not that useful for that. Regardless James

    1. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      It is indeed, I read it earlier. I always thought the Drogba-led Ivory Coast team underperformed, interesting to shed some light on that, among other things.

    2. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Not surprising, sadly. Organization is still a huge problem in general in sub-Saharan Africa.

    3. Pariße
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Yep, there's much more to football than just talent and they're lagging behind in every aspect but that.

  13. Robbie Slater
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 15 days ago

    How is this looking?

    Muslera
    Meunier Danilo Trippier
    DiMaria Isco Paulinho Carrasco
    Werner Mbappe Cavani

    Uzoho CSanchez (COL) Varela Idowu

    Thanks in advance 🙂

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

      Bench too week.

      You're much better off thinking of it as a squad of 15 rather than 11 starters and 4 on the bench

  14. Pröpper Bońg
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Pickford
    Kimmich Mendy Varela
    JRod Eriksen Carassco Isco
    Griezmann Lukaku Mitrovic

    Uzuho Ndiaye Kudriashova Hakimi

    Many Thanks.

  15. Pröpper Bońg
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Lewandowski or Cavani ? And why!

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Cavani.

      Lewa plays for a team that might not even get through the group stages.

    2. Tempestic
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I've currently got an attack with both in, front 3 being Lukaku, Cavani, Lewandoski. If I had to pick I would probably go for Cavani due to the team he plays in.

  16. Gringo Kid
    4 months, 15 days ago

    What do you think about this one

    Akinfeev
    Hakimi, Varela, Danilo, Meunier
    Rodriguez, Coutinho, Mueller
    Griezmann, Cavani, Lukaku

    and shitty bench 🙂

    1. CloudSky
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      The first 11 is beautiful. Id want some bench if you are playing the official one though.

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      need a bench though 😆

  17. LewanGOALski
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    How is this GW1 only team? I am WC-ing for GW2.

    Muslera - Uzoho
    Marcelo - Boateng - Meunier - Sidibe - Kjaer
    Samedov - Carrasco - Ljajic - Kvist - C.Sanchez
    Neymar - Lukaku - Griezmann

    1. rjcv177
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      IMO if WC for GW2 go for Lewa/Kane/Messi instead of Neymar

  18. NoWayJose
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Pick two from:
    A) Isco
    B) Coutinho
    C) James Rodríguez

    1. rjcv177
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      B and C

    2. Prisoner B5160-8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 15 days ago

      c)

    3. Union_Jacks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 15 days ago

      BC

    4. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      AC

  19. rjcv177
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Evening Scouts.
    Major flaws on this team for the first 2 GW?

    Muslera, Uzoho
    Meunier, Godin, Ignashevitich, Dalsgard, Milenkovic
    James, Coutinho, Ljajic, Belhanda, C.Sanchez
    Suarez, Griezman, Lukaku

    Not sold on Griezman, but no other option (Payet was my target) on France team.
    Jesus doubling with Coutinho might be an option if Griezman fail
    At the back Igna for day1, Dalsgard cheap nailed against Peru and Australia, and Milenkovic hold C.Rica might be a CS.

    GL all

    1. BESTOFTHEBESTS
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Mbappe instead of Greizman

      1. Pierce34
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Why do you prefer Mbappe?

      2. rjcv177
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        thkx. Afraid Mbappe stays outwide with Giru playing CF (to be honest it was my first name on FWD before that injury)

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

      Only major flaw is Sanchez. He needs replacing asap

  20. barracuda
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Fellas, can you not switch under-performing player between the games on the same day? I am getting confused once again. I thought you could do that.

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      No

    2. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      If it's like Euro 2016, it will be 1 deadline per day, when the first match of the day starts.

    3. Prisoner B5160-8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Unfortunately no.

    4. rjcv177
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      NO.
      Each deadline (day by day) u can switch bench player to the pitch (losing the points u removing) and also change C to a player that will play that same day.

    5. barracuda
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 15 days ago

      THANKS, right, need to re-do this team again 😀

  21. Pontus Jansson's Magic…
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    A, B or C?

    A/ Carrasco, Godin, Kimmich

    B/ Coutinho, Godin, Sabaly

    C/ Coutinho, Varela, Mojica

    1. BESTOFTHEBESTS
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 15 days ago

      C

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

      C

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

        (but make sure to keep an eye on news about Varela. If he's not starting, then get Paulinho, Godin, Mojica

  22. deyell
    4 months, 15 days ago

    What do you guys think about my team?

    Muslera
    Meunier, Godin, Granquist, Mojica
    Isco, Mueller, Carrasco
    Neymar, Cavani, Lukaku

    subs: Uzoho, Dalsgaard, C. Sanchez, Kvist

    1. Prisoner B5160-8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I think the mids look decidedly desperate and the defs spoilt.

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

      As I've said to other people, you want 15 good players, not 11 good players and a bench.

      The way the benching system works means that there's a high chance you'll end up with all of them on the pitch at some point.

      Your bench is weak, hence your team needs fixing.

      (think I might copy and paste this coment so I don't have to keep typing it on every other RMT I see.)

      1. Sloth Life
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 15 days ago

        My team is similar to this - What does yours look like?

      2. deyell
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Alright, thank you guys! I will replace Neymar with G. Jesus and use that €3 million to make my bench better.

  23. cniami
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Rmt (Going for a balanced team as I'm doing the fifa game)
    Griezmann/Jesus/Mitrovic or Guerrero
    Muller/Isco/J Rodriguez/Cueva/Al Dawsari
    Meunier/Danilo/Hegazi/Godin/Kjaer
    Schmeicel/Uzoho
    Any feedback would be highly appreciated

    1. rjcv177
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Great Mitro punt.
      that first game has to get them rolling...otherwise they're crashing hard on WC.
      Just dont like Isco and Mueller

      1. cniami
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        which expensive mids do you favor over them?

        1. rjcv177
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Coutinho
          KDB

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

      Strong team. Nice one

  24. the snazzy viking
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    FUT FIFA 18 question.

    would you rather have Pogba or IF Fernandinho at CM?

    1. Pröpper Bońg
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      IF Fernandhino is a Don. His Tots card is a cheap alternative to Patrick Vieira icon.

    2. Grand Thibauto
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Pogba for height

    3. the snazzy viking
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      cheers both

  25. Union_Jacks
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 15 days ago

    This is me now

    El Kajoui, Uzoho
    Kimmich, Meunier, Trippier, Danilo, Varela
    Coutinho, J. Rodriguez, Carrasco, Cueva, Al-Dawsari
    Lukaku, Jesus, Mbappe

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

      Really nice

  26. The Overthinker
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 15 days ago

    What are your views about coutinho ?

    1. Union_Jacks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Looks a good 9.0m option, I very much want Brazil players.

      1. The Overthinker
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Cheers

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

      seems like a nice bloke

      on a serious note, yes he's a good option for sure as I expect Brazil to score lots of goals v Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia

      1. The Overthinker
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Yeah. I am going Jesus less and hope that coutinho 'covers' his points.

        Aaah good old coverage... Missed IT

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

          living the dream

    3. Prisoner B5160-8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I think he's an egotistical, overrated centre-mid that will ultimately place himself before the rest of the team and lose others the chance of scoring.

      1. The Overthinker
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 15 days ago

        He's the kind of player that I would want in my team then 😉

        1. Prisoner B5160-8
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 15 days ago

          I'd have him back at Newcastle, to be fair.

    4. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      A good shout in midfield. Not sure he's worth the extra over Willian/Paulinho.
      One of the three of them would be a good bet

  27. The Overthinker
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Mbappe or Jesus?

    1. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Jésus

  28. Hodor
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Improved! This is now my team, why isn’t it yours?

    Muslera
    Meunier/Mendy/Trippier/Varela
    Coutinho/Muller/J.Rod
    Lukaku/Cavani/Mbappe

    (Uzoho/Idowu/C.Sanchez/Ndiaye)
    WC in GW3

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

      Why isn't it mine?

      As I've said to other people, you want 15 good players, not 11 good players and a bench.

      The way the benching system works means that there's a high chance you'll end up with all of them on the pitch at some point.

      Your bench is weak, hence your team needs fixing.

    2. 420king
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      It's not mine because it has that bench.

      1. BESTOFTHEBESTS
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 15 days ago

        This

    3. Sloth Life
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 15 days ago

      If you have J.Rod, he must be starting on the bench as he is in the last round of matches!

  29. Cesc's old mullet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Picking up from Richard Kenny's excellent analysis of the World Cup groups' fixture difficulties (https://infernosix.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/world-cup-group-fixture-difficulty-analysis/), I thought I'd use his ELO ranking method to get a better picture on the teams to invest in during the group stage.

    The key element that was missing for me is that his analysis takes into account all three rounds of the group stage, but didn't give me enough information round per round. And since I'm planning on wildcarding in round 2, I wanted to see the teams with the best fixtures in round 1 and 2 only.

    So I went ahead and created a spreadsheet that gives, for each team, the cumulated fixture difficulty in round 1, rounds 1+2, rounds 1+2+3 : https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15-CIhQuqKvRNF0bHrO3Rl2RkiROqVBKVCSGVNTZxqMY/edit?usp=sharing

    A quick extract of the first ten teams in terms of fixture difficulty for each round :

    Round 1 :

    Team Fix. Diff. Ranking
    England 291 1
    Colombia 262 2
    Uruguay 248 3
    Brazil 246 4
    France 245 5
    Germany 227 6
    Argentina 222 7
    Belgium 174 8
    Croatia 172 9
    Poland 94 10

    Rounds 1 + 2 :

    Team Fix. Diff. Ranking
    Brazil 632 1
    Uruguay 551 2
    Germany 509 3
    England 480 4
    Belgium 450 5
    Colombia 361 6
    Argentina 355 7
    Spain 329 8
    France 317 9
    Portugal 163 10

    Rounds 1 + 2 + 3 :

    Team Fix. Diff. Ranking
    Brazil 991 1
    Germany 857 2
    Uruguay 767 3
    Argentina 660 4
    Spain 640 5
    Colombia 554 6
    England 495 7
    France 448 8
    Belgium 435 9
    Portugal 344 10

    1. BESTOFTHEBESTS
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Cheers for this

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

      Very surprised not to see Belgium higher up for round 1...

      The whole reason I have Lukaku is because Panama are supposed to be whipping boys. Owning Jesus instead could be a very pleasant saving...

      1. Cesc's old mullet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        There were some surprises in there for me too. Seeing England up top in round 1 was the first one.

        Surprised to see Colombia so high up as well. Might need to go with James after all

    3. Legomané
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Excellent work - just needs round 2+3 for complete and utter clarity 🙂

      Is there any case for WC outside the group stages? Guessing it makes the most sense as you are very much more limited with 1 FT

      1. Cesc's old mullet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Done. Added columns for Rounds 2 + 3.

        I don't think wildcarding outside of the group stages makes much sense, since :
        1. you have more than 1 FT between each round
        2. you don't have the round 3 uncertainty with some teams probably already qualified and rotating their key elements