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World Cup 2018 Predicted Line-ups and Team News

After weeks of research, we’ve predicted the starting line-up for every team’s opening fixture at this summer’s World Cup.

We’ve put these together using information gathered from qualifying matches, international friendlies and team news information from managers.

Some of them are more set in stone than others and ultimately they are predictions based on the interpretation of the data by our team of writers.

Hopefully it will help World Cup Fantasy managers pick their teams.

GROUP A

RUSSIA

3-4-2-1: Igor Akinfeev; Fedor Kudryashov, Ilya Kutepov, Vladimir Granat; Yuri Zhirkov, Alexandr Golovin, Roman Zobnin, Alexandr Samedov; Aleksei Miranchuk, Alan Dzagoev; Fedor Smolov

SAUDI ARABIA

4-2-3-1: Abdullah Al-Maiouf; Mansour Al-Harbi, Omar Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Yasir Al-Shahrani; Abdullah Otayf, Salman Al-Faraj; Salem Al-Dawsari, Tassir Al-Jassim, Yahya Al-Shehri; Mohammed Al-Sahlawi.

EGYPT

4-2-3-1: Mohamed El-Shenawy; Mohamed Abdel Shafy, Ahmed Hegazi, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Fathy; Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny; Ramadan Sobhi, Abdallah Said, Mohamed Salah; Marwan Mohsen.

URUGUAY

4-4-2: Fernando Muslera; Diego Laxalt, Diego Godin, Jose Gimenez, Guillermo Varela; Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Rodrigo Bentancur, Matias Vecino, Nahitan Nandez; Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani

GROUP B

PORTUGAL

4-4-2: Rui Patricio; Raphael Guerreiro, Pepe, Jose Fonte, Cedric Soares; Joao Mario, William Carvalho, Joao Moutinho, Bernardo Silva; Andre Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo

SPAIN

4-2-3-1: David de Gea; Jordi Alba, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Dani Carvajal; Thiago Alcantara, Sergio Busquets; Andres Iniesta, Isco, David Silva; Diego Costa

MOROCCO

4-1-4-1: Munir Mohamedi; Achraf Hakimi, Medhi Benatia, Romain Saiss, Nabil Dirar*; Karim El Ahmadi; Noureddine Amrabat, Mbark Boussoufa, Younes Belhanda, Hakim Ziyech; Khalid Boutaib

*Dirar is a fitness concern for Morocco’s opening group fixture.

IRAN

4-5-1: Alireza Beiranvand; Milad Mohammadi, Morteza Pouraliganji, Rouzbeh Cheshmi, Ramin Rezaeian; Mehdi Taremi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Masoud Shojaei, Omid Ebrahimi*, Alireza Jahanbakhsh; Sardar Azmoun

*Saeid Ezatolahi is suspended for Iran’s first game, but will possibly replace Ebrahimi upon becoming available for selection.

GROUP C

FRANCE

4-3-1-2: Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante; Antoine Griezmann; Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe

AUSTRALIA

4-2-3-1: Mat Ryan; Aziz Behich, Mark Milligan, Trent Sainsbury, Joshua Risdon; Mile Jedinak, Aaron Mooy; Robbie Kruse, Tom Rogic, Mathew Leckie; Andrew Nabbout

PERU

4-2-3-1: Pedro Gallese; Miguel Trauco, Alberto Rodriguez, Christian Ramos, Luis Advincula; Yoshimar Yotun, Renato Tapia; Christian Cueva, Jefferson Farfan, Andre Carrillo; Paulo Guerrero.

DENMARK

4-2-3-1: Kasper Schmeichel; Jens Larsen, Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjaer, Henrik Dalsgaard; Thomas Delaney, William Kvist; Pione Sisto, Christian Eriksen, Yussuf Poulsen; Nicolai Jorgensen.

GROUP D

ARGENTINA

4-2-3-1: Willy Caballero; Nicolas Tagliafico, Federico Fazio, Nicolas Otamendi, Fabricio Bustos; Giovani Lo Celso, Lucas Biglia*; Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi, Maximiliano Meza; Sergio Aguero

*Ever Banega, another option in central midfield, is a fitness concern ahead of Argentina’s first group match.

ICELAND

4-4-2: Hannes Thor Halldorsson; Hordur Magnusson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Kari Arnason, Birkir Saevarsson; Birkir Bjarnason, Aron Gunnarsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Johann Berg Gudmundsson; Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, Alfred Finnbogason

CROATIA

4-2-3-1: Danijel Subasic; Ivan Strinic, Dejan Lovren, Vedran Corluka, Sime Vrsaljko; Ivan Rakitic, Milan Dadelj; Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, Ante Rebic; Mario Mandzukic.

NIGERIA

3-5-2: Francis Uzoho; John Ogu, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong; Brian Idowu, John Obi Mikel, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Shehu Abdullahi; Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo

GROUP E

BRAZIL

4-3-3: Alisson; Marcelo, Joao Miranda, Thiago Silva, Danilo; Philippe Coutinho, Casemiro, Paulinho; Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Willian.

SWITZERLAND

4-2-3-1: Yann Sommer; Ricardo Rodriguez, Manuel Akanji, Fabian Schar, Stephen Lichsteiner; Granit Xhaka, Valon Behrami; Steven Zuber, Blerim Dzemaili, Xherdan Shaqiri; Haris Seferovic

COSTA RICA

3-4-2-1: Keylor Navas; Oscar Duarte, Geancarlo Gonzalez, Johnny Acosta; Bryan Oviedo, David Guzman, Celso Borges, Christian Gamboa; Joel Campbell, Bryan Ruiz; Marco Urena

SERBIA

4-2-3-1: Vladimir Stojkovic; Aleksandr Kolarov, Dusko Tosic, Nikola Milenkovic, Antonio Rukavina; Luka Milivojevic, Nemanja Matic; Filip Kostic, Adam Ljajic, Dusan Tadic; Aleksandr Mitrovic

GROUP F

GERMANY

4-2-3-1: Manuel Neuer; Jonas Hector, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Joshua Kimmich; Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira; Marco Reus, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller; Timo Werner.

MEXICO

4-3-3: Guillermo Ochoa; Carlos Salcedo, Hector Moreno, Hugo Ayala, Jesus Gallardo; Hector Herrera, Miguel Layun, Andres Guardado; Hirving Lozano, Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez

SWEDEN

4-4-2: Robin Olsen; Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist, Victor Lindelof, Mikael Lustig; Emil Forsberg, Albin Ekdal, Sebastian Larsson, Viktor Claesson; Marcus Berg, Ola Toivonen

SOUTH KOREA

4-4-2: Kim Seung-gyu; Kim Min-woo, Kim Young-Gwon, Jang Hyun-soo, Lee Yong; Lee Sung-woo, Jung Woo-Young, Ki Sung-yeung, Lee Jae-Sung Il; Son Heung-min, Hwang He-chan.

GROUP G

BELGIUM

3-4-2-1: Thibaut Courtois; Toby Alderweireld, Derdryck Boyata*, Jan Vertonghen; Thomas Meunier, Kevin De Bruyne, Axel Witsel, Yannick Carrasco; Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard; Romelu Lukaku

*Vincent Kompany should start if he is passed fit.

PANAMA

4-5-1: Jaime Penedo; Luis Ovalle, Roman Torres, Fidel Escobar, Adolfo Machado; Jose Rodriguez, Anibal Godoy, Gabriel Gomez, Armando Cooper, Edgar Barcenas; Blas Perez

TUNISIA

4-3-3: Aymen Mathlouthi; Dylan Bronn, Syam Ben Youssef, Yassine Meriah, Ali Maaloul; Ellyes Skhiri, Ferjani Sassi, Saif-Eddine Khaoui; Anice Badri, Naim Sliti, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef

ENGLAND

3-5-2: Jordan Pickford; Gary Cahill, John Stones, Kyle Walker; Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Danny Rose; Raheem Sterling Harry Kane

GROUP H

COLOMBIA

4-2-3-1: David Ospina; Johan Mojica, Davinson Sanchez, Yerry Mina, Santiago Arias; Carlos Sanchez, Abel Aguilar; Mateus Uribe, James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado; Radamel Falcao.

POLAND

3-4-3: Lukasz Fabianski; Michal Pazdan, Jan Bednarek*, Lukasz Piszczek; Jakub Blaszczykowski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Karol Linetty, Maciej Rebus; Piotr Zielinski, Kamil Grosicki, Robert Lewandowski

*Kamil Glik, first choice centre-half for Poland, is injured for his country’s first two group matches.

SENEGAL

4-2-3-1: Abdoulaye Diallo; Lamine Gassama, Kalidou Koulibaly, Salif Sane, Youssouf Sabaly; Idrissa Gueye, Cheikhou Kouyate; Ismaila Sarr, Sadio Mane, M’Baye Niang; Diafra Sakho

JAPAN

4-2-3-1: Eiji Kawashima; Yuto Nagatomo, Yomoaki Makino, Maya Yoshida, Gotoku Sakai; Makoto Hasebe, Hotaru Yamaguchi; Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa, Genki Haraguchi; Yuya Osako.

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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3,555 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Kasper the ghost keeper
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Le Celso or Cueva?

    1. Dreyzies
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Cueva

      • whodatgoal
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Cueva

      • dummyr
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Cueva.

      • migas2k7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Open the world cup 1st gw with maximum captain worth?

        My plan is 1st game max capt,
        2nd game maybe wild card & benchboost
        3rd game wildcard if not spent on 2nd game

        Why benchboost and max capt in early games? Easy 3rd game might have rotation... and after group stage everything gets harder so first two games seems the best for maximum points.

        what do you think?

      • Sweetboi
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Cahill likely to start?

      • CaptainHaddock
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Preview for Germany's match against Mexico: https://bulinews.com/news/249/preview-germany-mexico

        Still not sure if Reus will start... Do you guys think it's worth a gamble?

        1. TEKKERS FC
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          If he was a mid year, too many good fwds

      • Ahh! Sister Assumpta!
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        RMWCT
        Cab / Uzoho
        Mendy / Danilo / Kimmich / Meunier / Sabaly
        Willian / Carrasco / Sanchez / Nandez / Meza
        Cavani (C) / Jesus / Werner

        2.5mil in the bank :/ 😀

        1. JimmyCod
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Not too shabby but I don't even know who three of your midfielders are.

            Mine is:
            Olsen / Gallese
            Godin / Kimmich / Miranda / Sabaly / H. Sakai
            Samedov / Cueva / Eriksen / Mueller / Willian
            Suarez (c) / Jesus / Sarr

          • whodatgoal
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Use that 2.5 on upgrading your midfield, Sanchez no chance of attacking points, Nandez too probably.

        2. TEKKERS FC
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Grosicki on set pieces yeah?

        3. lilmessipran
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Dam so many players, I haven't even heard some names in most people's teams..fpl is so much easier

        4. Taegugk Warrior
            2 months, 7 days ago

            A. D. Arrascaetan + James Rodriguez
            B. G. Jesus + (Meza/Miranchuk)

          • whodatgoal
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Please RMT.

            Pickford, Willy
            Meunier, Trippier, Pavard, Varela, Ignashevic
            James, Rakitic, Lingard, Ziyach, Meza
            Lukaku, Lewandowsky, Mitrovic

            Playing BB Round 1 and will obviously wildcard this bunch Round 2.

            1. TEKKERS FC
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Rakitic interesting is he on set pieces?

              1. whodatgoal
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 7 days ago

                See comment below, I'm dropping him.

            2. CRO KLOPP
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Rakitic plays DM in CRO,don't get him,share setpieces

              1. whodatgoal
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Thanks

            3. Kante Touch This
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Debating between Mitrovic and Guerrero upfront

            4. TEKKERS FC
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Is there an article of the teams set piece takers?

              1. dummyr
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Granqvist, Modrić, Cueva, Moor, James, (I hope),

                  1. TEKKERS FC
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Cheers mate

              2. Taegugk Warrior
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Belhanda or Meza...? Or another 5.5 price..?

                  1. dummyr
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Badri 🙂

                  2. dummyr
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      can u switch formation within round ?

                      meaning if I start today with 4-4-2 can I switch on Sunday to 3-4-3 ?

                      Also, Corluka will not start for Croatia.

                      my team

                      Sommer
                      Granquist-R.Rodriguez-Meunier
                      Cueva-Isco-James-Coutinho
                      Jesus-Lukaku-Guerrero
                      Subs: Uzoho-Lovren-Kjaer

                    • The Royal Robin
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      A) Granqvist & Trippier
                      B) Pavard & Kimmich/Walker

                      ?

                      1. dummyr
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Granqvist.
                          Kimmich

                          1. The Royal Robin
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            No can do.

                      2. Mr. Tiedemann
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Bench Boost and Wild Card - when is best and why?

                        • jonasloc
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          a) Neymar & Milincovic-Savic
                          b) Cavani & James Rodriquez

                          1. BelgiumFTW
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              B

                          2. FDMS All Starz
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            When are people playing their WCs and chips?

                          3. Merc with a goalmouth
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            Think I'm almost there - thoughts?

                            Cavani - Jesus - Lukaku
                            Mueller - Rodriquez - Isco - Meza - (Sanchez)
                            Meunier - Trippier - Dalsgaard - (Hegazy) - (Sabaly)
                            Loris - (Uzoho)

                          4. duperball
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              Please RMT.

                              Muslera/Uzoho

                              Pavard/Varela/Kimmich/Trippier/Meunier
                              Casemiro/Isco/Mueller/C.Sanchez/S.Sane
                              Mpape/Neymar/Lukaku

                              Thanks

                              1. BelgiumFTW
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  Casemiro defensive midfielder + gets booked a lot.

                                  1. duperball
                                      2 months, 7 days ago

                                      Is meza can replace?

                                • BelgiumFTW
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    A) Griezman + grosicki
                                    B) Mbappé + Paulinho
                                    C) Mbappé + isco
                                    D) other 9m striker + other 8,5M mid (name them)

                                    1. BelgiumFTW
                                        2 months, 7 days ago

                                        Jesus for example, but will he play? or share play-time with Firmino?

                                      • TEKKERS FC
                                        • 4 Years
                                        2 months, 7 days ago

                                        is grosicki on set pieces?

                                        1. BelgiumFTW
                                            2 months, 7 days ago

                                            Curious about that too.

                                          • GreenShark1
                                            • 3 Years
                                            2 months, 7 days ago

                                            If Lewa not on pitch then will take direct free kicks, takes odd corner indirect free kick occasionally along with Blasz & Milik.

                                      • TEKKERS FC
                                        • 4 Years
                                        2 months, 7 days ago

                                        Smolov worth a shout? On pens got easy first fixture

                                      • GreenShark1
                                        • 3 Years
                                        2 months, 7 days ago

                                        Which 5.0 mid for Uruguay is the better pick? Who is more nailed or plays most advanced? Thanks.

                                        A - Bentancur
                                        B - Nandez

                                      • Eden Wizard
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        2 months, 7 days ago

                                        PANIC

                                      • VizziJ
                                        • 1 Year
                                        2 months, 7 days ago

                                        Rodriguez or Mertens?

                                      • GOONER
                                        • 6 Years
                                        2 months, 7 days ago

                                        1) James Rod. & Lewandowski

                                        2) Greizmann & Willian

                                        ???

                                        1. gattis
                                            2 months, 7 days ago

                                            1) i have them both!

                                        2. Grand Thibauto
                                          • 3 Years
                                          2 months, 7 days ago

                                          How's this looking?

                                          Caballero Uzoho
                                          Danilo Meunier Pavard Varela Mojica
                                          Eriksen James Willian Meza Inui
                                          Lukaku Cavani Griezmann

                                        3. argentina62
                                            2 months, 7 days ago

                                            Is it sure that Meza will be starting lineup?

                                            Thanks for help!

                                            1. Louis_Sans_Balls
                                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                                I hope so, he's on my team

                                            2. Grand Thibauto
                                              • 3 Years
                                              2 months, 7 days ago

                                              How's this looking?

                                              Caballero El Maiouf
                                              Danilo Meunier Pavard Varela Mojica
                                              Eriksen James Willian Meza Inui
                                              Lukaku Cavani Griezmann

                                            3. ToyBlader
                                              • 3 Years
                                              2 months, 7 days ago

                                              Mandzukic or Giroud?

                                            4. ToyBlader
                                              • 3 Years
                                              2 months, 7 days ago

                                              Ospina or Courtois?

                                              Mandzukic or Giroud?? Please help!

                                              1. Louis_Sans_Balls
                                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                                  Either GK is good and oppty for clean sheets depends what you'll spend the money on but Courtois is better with easier group

                                                  Neither, you only get 3 forwards don't go cheap there

                                              2. Big P
                                                • 1 Year
                                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                                ho are the nailed 4m defenders?