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Best set-pieces and penalty takers for World Cup Fantasy semi-finals

We are down to just four teams left at the World Cup, with set-pieces and penalties still expected to have a big impact on the outcome of the remaining matches.

Once again, we’ve pulled together all the relevant data so Fantasy Football Scout members can work out which nations are the best to invest in for the semi-finals and final.

It still looks like England are the most likely to score from set-piece situations in the last-four, while France could get some joy against Belgium.

READ NEXT: Our transfer tips and stats for the World Cup Fantasy semi-finals

Our research includes the penalty and corner-takers for each country, based on who has taken them either in Russia or, in some cases, in qualification. If there is no number next to a player’s name it’s because they took at least one in qualifying and/or warm-up games but are yet to take one at the World Cup itself.

We’ve also calculated which teams concede the most fouls and attempts from set-plays too to help you work out which nations are the most likely to get set-pieces in the first place.

To clarify, the ‘Attempts from set plays’ section combines those who have shot from direct free-kicks or those who have latched onto the end of a corner.

The deadline for Gameround 6 is at 19:00 BST on Tuesday July 10, so make sure you sort your team in time.

READ NEXT: Our transfer tips and stats for the World Cup Fantasy semi-finals

World Cup Data

We’re delighted to offer World Cup data as an early addition to our regular season offering to help those playing Fantasy games over the summer.

We’ve secured Opta data, not only for the tournament itself, but also from the Qualifying Rounds for Europe and South America and for international friendlies involving the participating nations. This includes all the matches played right up to the tournament kick-off.

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866 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    WE GOT SERI 😀

    1. Prøfeßor Bear
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Unreal. 😀

    2. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      can you plse get Mitro for me!

      1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        I bloody hope so! Newcastle need to just give us a definite price and im sure it'll be completed

    3. Andy_Social
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      What position?

      1. Andy_Social
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        googled it - CM. So who does that knock out? McDonald?

        Seri flanked by Crainey and Johansen?

      2. Prøfeßor Bear
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        CM/CDM. He has in the past been heavily linked with PSG, Barcelona and other such teams.

      3. FULHAM 4 LIFE
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        CM

    4. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      You can have her,she cant understand a word that comes out of mouth.

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        😆

    5. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Wasn't he rumoured to be a Chelsea target?! 😯

      1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        and Arsenal . Stoked 😀

        1. Andy_Social
          6 days, 23 hours ago

          I'm trying to ascertain if he'll replace a FPL asset like Crainey, or he'll enhance an asset like Kamara.

          1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
            6 days, 23 hours ago

            Cairney will definitely not be leaving the starting XI. Johansen and more so McDonald are ones at risk.

            1. Andy_Social
              6 days, 23 hours ago

              That's good. I like the looks of Cairney for a nailed-on 5th Mid.

        2. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 days, 23 hours ago

          10 more signings like that and you have enough players to field a good team! 🙂

          1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
            6 days, 23 hours ago

            😉 Stil 4 weeks left

        3. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 days, 23 hours ago

          Stoke would never have got him

    6. AYEW KI-EDEN MEE
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Few more players and you might be able to make an XI 😉

    7. Brosstan
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Great for Bettinelli's prospects. A stable midfield offers so much defensive cover.

      1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        yeah. Could do with a RB and a replacement CB for Odoi, but it certainly is a start

    8. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      1 hour ago in the Daily Star

      "Liverpool transfer news: Kop target Jean Michael Seri wanted by Euro rival in £35m deal"

      😆

    9. SW6
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      I won't believe it till he's holding the shirt. I suspect we are being used to get other clubs to hurry up and do something

      1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        only hope is Arsenal/Chelsea aren't interested as they are pursuing their own CM acquisitions .

    10. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Seems to be a box to box type player.
      CM main position and can also play in DMC if required.
      https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/jean-michael-seri/leistungsdaten/spieler/178614
      It is the one assist in every five games for Nice that caught my eye.

    11. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      really excited!

  2. Chicken Bhuna FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Bottomed

    A) Salah siggy tosun
    B) mane mkhi aguero

  3. RUUD!
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Seeing Kun in a lot of teams. Why the love? Surely he is a huge rotation risk with Jesus and if he does play he’ll be subbed early most matches for Jesus?

    1. Chicken Bhuna FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Agreed however in the time he does play he could wreak havoc on defences

    2. Mikeharbrw
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Jesus only had 1 more game and 6 more days worth of training than Kun- he'll start 1 game out of the first three

    3. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Because Kun is the best striker in the league, and 5 goals in a single game is a real possibility.

      1. Mikeharbrw
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        He's pretty good but would you pay 11m for a striker who in theory could end up only playing Arsenal (a) and Newcastle (a) in the first 4 fixtures?

        1. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 days, 23 hours ago

          I expect Arsenal to be a really open game. Unai Emerates wants aggressive pressing, like City. Goals be a'flowin'.

          Can see him coming off early in games, but not being benched from the start. Either way, Kun can do damage off the bench.

          1. Mikeharbrw
            6 days, 23 hours ago

            I've actually made the same argument myself as a justification for having Auba- once those 2 first games are out of the way he should be 100% nailed and ready to bang em in against the ****munchers

            1. Mikeharbrw
              6 days, 23 hours ago

              and as much as it pains me to say it- Chelsea are in a state at the moment. I doubt it will all be rosy by GW2.

            2. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              6 days, 23 hours ago

              I really want Auba, but having Salah, Aguero & Auba really destroys the rest of the team. May have to settle for Ramsey for now... 🙁

              1. Mikeharbrw
                6 days, 23 hours ago

                Got my eye on Ramsey he's definitely going to be an early WC target for me if the system Emery chooses plays to his strengths

    4. Eden Wizard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      --Jesus - Kun - Sane
      -Dilva - Gundo - Mahrez
      Mendy - Laporte - Ota - ??
      ---------Clownio

      1. Eden Wizard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        Fernie will be back speedily actually

      2. Mikeharbrw
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        If I had to guess their line up

        Ederson

        Danilo Ota Laporte Mendy

        Dilva Gundo Fernandinho

        Sane Kun Bilva

    5. Brosstan
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Seems likely to start at the beginning of the season and its an easy swap to Auba in GW3 if he doesnt.

      1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        Yeah that was my plan him or Lacazette.

  4. More Wolves insight
    Prøfeßor Bear
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    An in depth Wolves pre-season guide from a Wolves fan.

    Rui Patrico? Is Ryan Bennett a viable 4.0? Is Douglas worth it? Jota v Cavaleiro v Costa? What about the strikers?

    https://amp.reddit.com/r/FantasyPL/comments/8xnl1u/wolves_pre_season_guide/

    They're 8th favourites to win the Premier League for a reason - ignore Wolves at your peril.

    1. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Oh gosh they do look very tempting...
      Had barely considered them at all, but I do remember watching them comfortably beat my team Sheff Utd, who were at the time competing for top six.
      Might have to do some rearranging - Douglas doesn't really fit my current squad structure, which is currently a 4-3-3 with 4 very premium defenders. I could maybe look at getting Douglas as a 4th defender and rotate him with a 4th midfielder...

      Hmmm... Thanks for sharing!

      1. DantheManinaPan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        Then again, I have to remind myself that last season the top 11 defenders all came from the 'big 6' - so my original strategy is not a bad one

      2. Cookie Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 22 hours ago

        Hello fellow Blade. I remember that game, absolutely battered!

    2. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      thks
      x

      1. Eden Wizard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        Must be a good article for Xs to be flying

    3. Brosstan
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      They are 8th favorites because people bet on them thinking thats where they get the most value on a long shot bet, and the odds are changed accordingly, not because they are actual 8th favorites to win the PL.

      At this point youre better off betting on them to get relegated.

      1. Brosstan
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        That being said, I might punt on Douglas instead of another 5.0 like Bertrand for instance. Will depend on pre-season results.

      2. caldracula
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        9/1 for relegation, looking at this myself.

    4. OldBenKenobi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Great read!

    5. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Cheers Bear. Barry Douglas bandwagon incoming (think I might join it), despite sounding like a character from Phoenix Nights.

      Wolves' Top 10 goals last season. Each one of Neves' goals is especially special! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=junFwQ7bEN4

      1. Brosstan
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        If this video is indicative of how they play in general, they will easily finish top half.

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 days, 23 hours ago

          8th favourites! 😉

        2. Eden Wizard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 days, 22 hours ago

          Their style is Conte-esc IMO

      2. Eden Wizard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 22 hours ago

        I've ditched SchlOOP to fund Dougy, after seeing Schlupp out of favour for much of the closing parts of last season! Will monitor

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 days, 22 hours ago

          We had this discussion! 😀 He was out of favour due to RLC. RLC has gone.

          1. Eden Wizard
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            6 days, 22 hours ago

            It must have been someone else 😉 Yea true enough, high risk of Zaha or McArthur going left and him being a cameo.

    6. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      6 days, 21 hours ago

      The current best odds against Wolves winning the league are 300/1. Way behind the top six, who are all 28/1 or less.

      The best odds against them getting relegated are only 9/1.

      1. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        3 days, 21 hours ago

        Perhaps the most relevant odds are 6/5 against Wolves finishing in the top ten.
        Only 8 teams have better odds of finishing in the top ten (the big six plus Everton and Leicester).

  5. Otis Kay
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Good First Draft?

    Ederson (Speroni)

    Robertson - Alonso - Cedric (Ogbonna) (Bennett)

    Salah(c) - Eriksen - Deulofeu - Cairney (Masuaku)

    Aguero - Firmino - Zaha

  6. El cafetero
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    captain

    hazard or griezzy ?

  7. The Great Statuto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    made 5 ()the free ones we are allowed till 7pm) transfers on McDonalds game. Then went to change two but now locked out without having to take hits to do so! watch out folks.

    1. The Great Statuto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      *made 5 transfers (free ones we are allowed to)*

    2. Eden Wizard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Are you saying you made transfers, changed your mind then miraculously you've got 0 free transfers left?

      1. The Great Statuto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        That's right!

        1. Eden Wizard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 days, 23 hours ago

          I don't understand. Wildcard?

          1. The Great Statuto
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            6 days, 22 hours ago

            We are allowed 5 tx. I made 5. Hit confirm to see the team. Then decided I wanted to change two of them - apparently I'm allowed to till 7pm. But when I tried my free allocation had stopped and I have to take hits to make changes to the two tx I didn't like. As they are part of the original bundle of 5 they should still be free

            1. TH 14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              6 days, 22 hours ago

              You made 5 transfers.

              You used your free transfers, you have to take hits to take more.

              Quite simple really.

              1. The Great Statuto
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                6 days, 22 hours ago

                Thanks. Deulofail explains it all very well below. And yiur comment makes sense in that context and maybe I do belong in special school as my new friend above suggests, if its too difficult I often fail to understand!

          2. The Great Statuto
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            6 days, 22 hours ago

            Charming, thanks for taking time out mate.

    3. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 22 hours ago

      My friend made this error. It's the same as FPL, so you shouldn't really be confused, but the fact we had unlimited transfers so often must be interfering with common sense, I think.

      You can't "play arround" with the your team like we are doing with our FPL teams now. Even with our FPL team, each switch is classified as a transfer. It's just that we have unlimited transfers. In the McD's game, you have 5 free transfers, so when you've used them, you've used them, even though the deadline hasn't past. It asks you to confirm the transfers like in FPL too 😉

      1. The Great Statuto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 22 hours ago

        Ok, I understand that explanation. Thanks very much. Tho that is annoying.

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 days, 22 hours ago

          Yeah I see where you're coming from, but unfortunately it doesn't work like that. You need to imagine what the XI will look like rather than confirming to see. No problem 🙂

  8. SW6
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Hmmm this doesn't sound right.

    1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      im worried Seri's heart wasn't set on joining Fulham and somehow his VISA talks break down.

      1. SW6
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        I don't think the any of the type of players we need to sign will have their heart's set on playing for Fulham. But that can be worked on once they're signed. I won't believe Seri until it's official to be honest. I wish we'd hurry up and bring Mitro, Targett and Piazon in though.

  9. Knuckles the one who Knocks
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Thinking of getting one premium nailed defender who I buy and forget about for the rest of the season, thoughts?

    A) Walker

    B) Valencia

  10. Knuckles the one who Knocks
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Which combo?

    A) Ryan and Deulofeu

    B) Ederson and a 4.5m mid

    1. CptCrunch
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Would that be your 2nd 4.5 mid?

  11. melvinmbabazi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Best time to play Max cap chip?

    1. trinzoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Yes, now is the time, have no idea who to cpt from Fra-Bel game. Will be easier for 3/4 and final.

      1. Taegugk Warrior
        6 days, 23 hours ago

        Why 3/4 and final is easier to chose capt than semis..?

  12. IrishRed
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Thoughts on Charlie Austin? He interests me atm, great goal record, nice fixtures and a good price.

    1. Brosstan
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Wait and see how he does in pre-season. Good choice if he looks to be a regular starter.

  13. StrykesToWatchOutFor
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Does the transfers made tie breaker include this period before the start, or can I muddle around my team as much as I like?

    1. Brosstan
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      Nothing counts until after the first deadline.

      1. StrykesToWatchOutFor
        6 days, 22 hours ago

        Thanks!

  14. Jacky boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 23 hours ago

    Really hope sarri takes conte's place
    Then I can easily ignore alonso as he chelsea will no longer play at the back
    And Morata will be a steal at 9.0 when there isn't rotation risk for him

    1. CptCrunch
      6 days, 22 hours ago

      Until Higuain signs shortly after Sarri

  15. Pringle
    6 days, 22 hours ago

    KDB over Alli if money no issue right?

    1. StrykesToWatchOutFor
      6 days, 22 hours ago

      I hear there's some Danish lad at spurs who may split that price and be better than both. But kdb over alli for sure, way more consistent.

  16. MMN
    6 days, 22 hours ago

    Captain Hazard or Lukaku today?

  17. Snuverink
    6 days, 22 hours ago

    hi all,

    Who takes the set pieces for England (besides penalties by Kane)?

  18. Otis Kay
    6 days, 22 hours ago

    Good First Draft?

    Ederson (Speroni)

    Robertson - Alonso - Cedric (Ogbonna) (Bennett)

    Salah(c) - Eriksen - Deulofeu - Cairney (Masuaku)

    Aguero - Firmino - Zaha

  19. StrykesToWatchOutFor
    6 days, 21 hours ago

    World cup: maguire or trippier?

    I've tragically been away for two weeks so missed the last couple of games. Is trip still the main crosser, and is maguire now the target in the box?

    Thanks

  20. StrykesToWatchOutFor
    6 days, 21 hours ago

    Messed around with a chip cheap defence and came up with this. Only one defender nailed but surely 2/4 will get out there too:

    Fabianski 4.0
    Wan bissaka / bednarek / schelotto / peltier / Daniels
    Salah / sane / eriksen / mkhi / masuaku
    Kun / firmino / Zaha

  21. WillyP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 18 hours ago

    Griezmann, Hazard or KDB as captain?

  22. AriseSirGiggsy
    6 days, 18 hours ago

    11 for Aguero is expensive

    1. @fpl_phenom
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 11 hours ago

      ah is it though? given how much City score and their great starting fixtures... plus im assuming jesus might not be back on time to start the first few games...

  23. UpAndAway
    6 days, 12 hours ago

    Gone off Sane after Mahrez arrival.

    Anyone going double Liverpool mids? Salah and Mane?

  24. @fpl_phenom
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 11 hours ago

    I just need my rotating fodder defenders to nail down a starting position during the summer pre-season and im sorted!

    Bebnarek (Southampton)
    &
    Wan-Bissaka (Cyrstal Palace)

    Ederson (Stekelenburg)
    Robertson Bailly Coleman Bednarek (Wan-Bissaka)
    Salah Sanchez Silva Walcott
    Aguero Zaha (Kamara)