Scout Notes

Croatia Fantasy differentials end England’s World Cup dream

A trio of Croatian differentials were the Fantasy winners on Wednesday night as they emerged victorious from a World Cup semi-final with England.

None of those involved in Croatia’s goals had more than six percent ownership, while the highly-owned Three Lions options were left disappointed.

We’ve got all the goals, assists and Fantasy talking points from match 62 of this World Cup.

ENGLAND 1-2 CROATIA

TOP-SCORING PLAYERS:

  • Ivan Perisic (£8.5m) – 9 points
  • Kieran Trippier (£5.5m) – 7 points
  • Mario Mandzukic (£8.9m) – 5 points
  • Sime Vrsaljko (£5.5m) – 5 points

Ivan Perisic (£8.5m) was the stand-out Fantasy star on Wednesday as he scored and assisted in Croatia’s World Cup semi-final win.

He latched onto Sime Vrsaljko’s (£5.5m) 68th minute cross to level the match, and it was him whose header was converted by Mario Mandzukic (£8.9m) in extra-time.

Kieran Trippier (£5.5m) was the only England player to register Fantasy returns after he gave the Three Lions a fifth-minute lead with an excellent free-kick.

Harry Kane (£12.5m) and Raheem Sterling (£8.9m) both had chances to kill the game off in the first-half but they couldn’t convert.

Croatia managed the match expertly in the second-half and extra-time especially, asserting control in midfield and pegging England’s wide players back.

In extra-time John Stones (£5.9m) had a 99th minute header cleared off the line by Vrsaljko and Kane’s back-post headed chance went wide.

Despite the fact that England will meet Belgium in the third/fourth place play-off on Saturday, Kane and Jesse Lingard (£7.5m) are among the most sold players for the final Gameround.

101,000+ managers have removed Kane, who still leads the race for the Golden Boot while Lingard has been moved on by 67,000+.

Croatian talisman and penalty taker Luka Modric (£9.1m) has now risen to 51.2 percent ownership, while Dejan Lovren (£5.0m) remains in 24.6 percent of teams despite the fact he has not kept a clean sheet since Gameround 2.

ENGLAND XI (3-1-4-2): Pickford; Maguire, Stones, Walker (Vardy 112’); Henderson (Dier 97’); Young (Rose 90’), Alli, Lingard, Trippier; Sterling (Rashford 74’), Kane.

CROATIA XI (4-1-4-1): Subasic; Strinic (Pivaric 95’), Vida, Lovren, Vrsaljko; Brozovic; Perisic, Rakitic, Modric (Badelj 119’), Rebic (Kramaric 101’); Mandzukic (Corluka 115’).

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609 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Druze
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      Ederson and 4.0
      or.
      Fabianski and 4.5 and pocket 0.5?

      1. thedom1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 days, 23 hours ago

        I went Fab and Ryan 😉

      2. fattfattygavgav
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 days, 22 hours ago

        I've gone Ederson to cover Man City Def. Although it would be nice to have Mendy instead once he's up and running.

        1. Andy_Social
            4 days, 21 hours ago

            or both!

      3. ollyr
          4 days, 23 hours ago

          Struggling to find a mid i want in the ~7 mil bracket, have Jota already and not sure on going double Arsenal when i have Auba with someone like Mhki or Rambo

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

            You don't have to own one in this "bracket"

            1. ollyr
                4 days, 23 hours ago

                its the last slot in my team and thats the budget i have for it, so i kind of do have to own someone there as otherwise i'd have to change my team around elsewhere

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

                  I understand, but I think the game is about picking the best value combination of 15 players, essentially, so if you pick 14 and there isn't a player to fill the gap, it's back to the drawing board unless you want money ITB 🙂

                  1. ollyr
                      4 days, 23 hours ago

                      agreed, have just enough for Ramsey tho so providing he plays a nice role in preseason i'm leaning towards him

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

                        Yeah Ramsey is a top pick, so you're saved 😀

              • DantheManinaPan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                4 days, 23 hours ago

                Arsenal will have to be watched very closely in preseason - I've heard rumours that Ramsey will be central to Emery's team, and if that's the case, he'll be nailed in my team. I think he might be the only player to have been in every single one of my drafts. I think a double up with Auba is fine - their early fixtures are great, after the first two, and there's nothing to suggest they won't score in those two either!

                1. ollyr
                    4 days, 23 hours ago

                    yeah i think i'll go for ramsey for now, do like him as an option just wasnt liking the look of double arsenal with city n chelsea first 2 gws.

                2. SW6
                    4 days, 23 hours ago

                    Gross? Uninspiring but he seems a pretty reliable source of points

                    1. ollyr
                        4 days, 23 hours ago

                        doesn't have the best of opening fixtures and i'm not sure i like his price for a brighton player who won't have as good of a season as he did last.

                    2. Parm
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      4 days, 23 hours ago

                      I like Walcott but I don't think there is such a standout option there so almost everyone is a viable choice.

                      1. ollyr
                          4 days, 23 hours ago

                          yeah i like walcott too but with already owning Cenk i'm not liking an everton double up (everton fan)

                          1. Parm
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            4 days, 23 hours ago

                            Ah ok. What's the rest of the front 8 if you don't want any double-ups?

                            1. ollyr
                                4 days, 23 hours ago

                                Salah Mahrez X Jota 4.5
                                Auba Tosun King

                                7.5 itb

                                leaning towards Ramsey if he plays a key part in preseason

                        • fattfattygavgav
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          4 days, 22 hours ago

                          Gross did well for me last season but haven't seen many teams posted on here with him in.

                      2. TOBY1
                          4 days, 23 hours ago

                          Seeing lots of Sane.

                          He's very rested which is great.

                          My only concern is last season when Mendy played Sane Wasn't used...
                          With the world cup I guess Mendy hasn't been around so this won't be an issue at the start but might be once going forward..

                          Jesus and Aguero could play together is Mendy is on...

                          1. Parm
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            4 days, 23 hours ago

                            With the success of Pep's 4-1-2-3 last season i'm not sure he goes back to the 3-5-2 but with him, you never know.

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

                              That's not really what he's saying, he's saying Mendy & Sane don't both go wide and Mendy is 100% to start when fit. So does Sane: keep his role but play in the halfspace, move to the Sterling role inside forward or, get dropped for Jesus/Sterling/Bilva/Mahrez...

                              1. BigBarn
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                4 days, 22 hours ago

                                I think Parm's point is that Mendy and Sane didn't play together at the start of last season possibly because Pep was playing 3-5-2, and seemingly didn't see them both in that formation. But if he's now going to stick with 4-3-3, then maybe they can.

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

                                  He played 3 at the back only once in Mendy's 5 games. They only played together once full stop during those 5.

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

                            This

                        • TOBY1
                            4 days, 23 hours ago

                            Thoughts on Mahrez

                            1. @fpl_phenom
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              4 days, 23 hours ago

                              Should start first few anyway... should be decent City attacking cover ...

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

                            All this agonising over who to pick and, it's always torn up after week 1! I never get off to a flyer, always behind the 8 ball.

                          • Druze
                              4 days, 23 hours ago

                              McCarthy | Fabianski
                              Azpi | TAA | Cedric | Tomkins | Daniels
                              Salah | Sane | Walcott | Cairney | Masuaku
                              Aguero | Firmino | Zaha

                              Confident with this side... will lock it away for a couple of weeks.

                            • thedom1
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              4 days, 23 hours ago

                              Quick RMT please peeps?

                              Ryan, Fabianski
                              Ward, Tomkins, Daniels, Cedric, Peltier
                              Salah, Eriksen, D.Silva, Ramsey, Gudmundsson
                              Firm. Zaha, Tosun

                              Thanks in advance 🙂

                              1. ollyr
                                  4 days, 23 hours ago

                                  defence too weak

                              2. MMN
                                  4 days, 23 hours ago

                                  Is Strinic out of the final?

                                • ollyr
                                    4 days, 23 hours ago

                                    A) Pickford & Mendy
                                    B) Ederson & Coleman

                                    1. KingOllie
                                        4 days, 22 hours ago

                                        both of A) may miss the first game

                                    2. ramzieibrahim
                                        4 days, 22 hours ago

                                        ederson ryan
                                        azpi daniels cedric tarkowski boly
                                        salah jota sanchez erikson deulofeu
                                        firmino reid bonatini

                                        RMT

                                      • TOBY1
                                          4 days, 21 hours ago

                                          Interested to hear thoughts on this...

                                          Pickford / Fabianski

                                          Tomkins/ Bellerín/ Daniels/ Cédric / Baines

                                          Mkhitaryan/ Mahrez/ Eriksen / David Silva/ Stephens (4.5)

                                          Zaha/ Agüero / Firmino

                                        • Heskey Time
                                            4 days, 21 hours ago

                                            Should I be worried about the defense went pretty cheap with this one

                                            Fab, 4.0
                                            Robertson, Tomkins, Daniels, Cedric, 4.0
                                            Salah, d.silva, Walcott, Jota, 4.5
                                            Aguero, Auba, Zaha