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Defence proves popular in Russia v Saudia Arabia

World Cup Fantasy managers have a first chance to see their players in action as Russia take on Saudi Arabia in the opening fixture.

The showdown takes place in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, the venue which will host next month’s final.

Despite both sides combining for just five clean sheets in 22 matches, defensive assets have proved the most popular for the encounter.

Goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf (£4.0m) comes into the opener with five percent ownership on McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy, more than any other in the match.

Meanwhile, Russian counterpart Igor Akinfeev (£5.0m) and Mohamed Alburayk (£4.0m) both have a three percent share of worldwide managers.

Alexandr Samedov (£7.5m) is the most likely to do well this afternoon, having been involved in 11 goals in the nation’s last 20 matches. Despite that, Samedov has between zero and one percent ownership.

STARTING LINE-UPS

4-2-3-1: Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov; Gazinskiy, Zobnin, Golovin, Dzagoev, Samedov; Smolov.

4-5-1: Al-Maiouf; Alburayk, Os.Hawsawi, Om.Hawsawi, Al-Shahrani; Otayf, Al-Dawsari, Al-Faraj, Al-Jassam, Al-Shehri, Al-Sahlawi

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  1. Why Always Me
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Cavani and Suarez double up for Saudi and Russia

      1. Red Dagger ☭✪
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        I am.

      2. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Worth considering on GW2 WC

      3. Hazard is an FPL legend
          6 days, 3 hours ago

          Gw2 WC locked in. Need to check if there are even more crap teams

          1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
              6 days, 3 hours ago

              Panama similar level

              1. Hazard is an FPL legend
                  6 days, 3 hours ago

                  But panama face England and Tunisia after this round. Do we expect England to roll them over?

                  1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                      6 days, 3 hours ago

                      No. Scrappy 1-0 vardy scuffed goal 86'

                      1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                          6 days, 3 hours ago

                          Seriously they should beat them with 3 or 4 goals
                          So should belgium

                        • Hazard is an FPL legend
                            6 days, 3 hours ago

                            Ofc 🙂

                • Prince of Persia
                    6 days, 3 hours ago

                    Iran has the most mysterious team ever. I myself can not be sure about the half of the starting lineup.

                    1. Fred54
                        6 days, 3 hours ago

                        Do they have shoes now?

                        1. Prince of Persia
                            6 days, 3 hours ago

                            That was a shocking news. But these restrictions will make Iranian players stronger, I'm telling you. 🙂

                        2. panda07
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          6 days, 3 hours ago

                          Will Ali Daei start?

                          1. Prince of Persia
                              6 days, 3 hours ago

                              Now he is too fat to start. 😀 😀

                        3. Urchin
                            6 days, 3 hours ago

                            Kutepov captain today, 12 points aint bad.
                            Switch to Cavani tomorrow?

                            1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              6 days, 3 hours ago

                              You must be fun at parties.

                              1. Urchin
                                  6 days, 3 hours ago

                                  🙂

                              2. Shels
                                  6 days, 3 hours ago

                                  Is that the Russian def with a long ball assist... Um...

                                • Hazard is an FPL legend
                                    6 days, 3 hours ago

                                    100% imo

                                • Jamino
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  6 days, 3 hours ago

                                  Annoying You can’t see other teams in mini leagues is that expected to change on score update?

                                  1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    6 days, 3 hours ago

                                    I doubt it. Probably after the whole game round has finished at the earliest.

                                  2. Fred54
                                      6 days, 3 hours ago

                                      More importantly is the option to make in round changes not open yet?

                                    • Deulofail [NEUTRAL]
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      6 days, 3 hours ago

                                      No expectations

                                  3. Witty Pun: Team Senegal
                                      6 days, 3 hours ago

                                      *checks bracket*
                                      *Saudi at the bottom of their group*
                                      *smiles*

                                      1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                                          6 days, 3 hours ago

                                          Well your usernam is wrong

                                          1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                                              6 days, 3 hours ago

                                              Username*

                                              So is my spelling

                                        • Deulofail [NEUTRAL]
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          6 days, 3 hours ago

                                          Gotta pass the time. What's the continental make-up of your team? Mine is:

                                          Africa: 1
                                          Asia: 1
                                          Europe: 6
                                          Americas: 7

                                          1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            6 days, 3 hours ago

                                            New post

                                          2. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                                              6 days, 3 hours ago

                                              This is dry

                                            • barracuda
                                                6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                Africa- 4
                                                Asia- 0
                                                Europe- 6
                                                America- 5

                                            • Prince of Persia
                                                6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                Is it only me or anyone else doesn't have either Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo? Jesus, Iwobi and Griezmann in attack.

                                                1. Urchin
                                                    6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                    luka cavani jesus

                                                    Mueller is great value at 9.5, he and Kimmich were first two players i picked.

                                                    1. Prince of Persia
                                                        6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                        I'm scared of not owning Kimmich as well. 😀

                                                  • The Royal Robin
                                                      6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                      So Russia were good, Saudi were crap... But what was AlDawsari?

                                                      1. barracuda
                                                          6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                          Never heard of him.

                                                        • Prince of Persia
                                                            6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                            He is a good player, I know him. But can't see him do anything in this team.

                                                        • The Royal Robin
                                                            6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                            Anyone used their FT yet?

                                                            1. Monkey Hanger
                                                                6 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                I'm taking a couple of hits and tripling up with Saudi defenders.

                                                            2. BESTOFTHEBESTS
                                                                6 days, 2 hours ago

                                                                Anyone scored over 30 - 40 points today? Well done to the people who did

                                                                1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                                                                    6 days, 1 hour ago

                                                                    Well done? They gonna be last after the group phase.

                                                                2. BESTOFTHEBESTS
                                                                    6 days, 2 hours ago

                                                                    Score check 0 points from 0 players lol

                                                                    1. Nascimento
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      6 days, 2 hours ago

                                                                      Lmao

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