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World Cup Final Transfer Tips: The Big Numbers

The World Cup final between France and Croatia takes place this Sunday, but McDonald’s FIFA and Fantasy iTeam managers ought to be aware that the third-place play-off between Belgium and England – which takes place on Saturday at 3pm – also counts towards their Fantasy scores.

Although rotation can be expected for this hollow match between the losing semi-finalists, the fact that Fantasy managers get five free transfers in the McDonald’s FIFA game (three in Fantasy iTeam) ahead of this final round ought to be more than enough to enable a full starting XI at the very least.

That we will know the line-ups for the third-place play-off before the final World Cup Fantasy window shuts on Saturday afternoon will also help with our squad selections.

While we can confidently predict the full-strength starting XIs for France and Croatia ahead of the final, Saturday’s play-off tie is sure to feature some peripheral Belgian and English squad players. Fantasy managers would, therefore, be advised to look out for team news an hour or two before kick-off as there could well be some Fantasy differentials with low ownership on display that could help reduce or consolidate a mini-league deficit.

Our team-by-team analysis of Opta’s World Cup data, which is available to Fantasy Football Scout members as part of their yearly subscription, provides clues as to which players’ underlying statistics could translate into Fantasy points and which assets are best avoided.

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, which begins on June 14 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.

Just to stress, this World Cup offering comes packaged with the regular Fantasy Football Scout membership.

Check out this new trailer previewing the World Cup content below…

McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy

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Fantasy iTeam

Fantasy Football Scout is supporting Fantasy iTeam, a free World Cup game available on a number of mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPodTouch and Android. We have an official Fantasy Football Scout League open to UK users only, with a £1000 of Amazon vouchers to give out, split between the top three performers. There’s also the small matter of £10k worth of prizes available in the main competitions: Overall World Championship and Manager of the Gameround.

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  1. Dyballer
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Any love for Locadia (£5.5m) as the third ST? I wouldn't use him every week, but Brighton have quite a few match-ups with difficulty level 2

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

        Wtf is difficulty level 2?

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          On the FPL website fixtures. Have you used the site before? 😆

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

            I just use the cheat codes.

            1. Dyballer
                4 months, 8 days ago

                Haha, so any proper answers now? Idk about the situation with Murray and Andone... but Locadia seems like the better player

              • Deulofail
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                Very wise.

                And fun to make all the players naked.

          2. Brosstan
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Casual. Dont you play on Hardcore difficulty?

        2. feed feo
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Yesus! I need a crash course in young persons speak!

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            ST = Striker

            Anything else? 😉

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

        RMT? Midfield heavy, taking a chance on Fabregas as well.

        Ederson Gunn
        Robertson Coleman Smalling Mee Duffy
        Salah Eriksen Mahrez Fabregas Wilshere
        Firmino King Kamara

        1. The 12th Man
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          And if Aguero hits the ground running?

        2. dilksymatey
            4 months, 8 days ago

            I think Pedro instead of Fabregas. He should get game time with Willian likely to be rested post World Cup.
            I'd also save 0.5 on Wilshere and swap King for Tosun.

        3. The 12th Man
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Pull this 4-4-2/3-5-2 team apart.

          Patricio, Foster
          Coleman,Tomkins,Kiko,Cedric,4.0
          Salah,Sanchez,Sigurdsson,Mkhitarian,Cairney
          Aguero,Firmino,Kamara

          1. penman26
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            cant fault that team its pretty good for the first 6 GWs

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

            Tomkins, Kiko, 4.0 not nailed.

            Therefore you'll have to wait a few weeks for proper feedback 😉

            I don't think Sanchez is a safe route to value, which you need to find if going without Salah. Someone a bit cheaper would be good so you can spread more funds around (particularly into one or two defenders) imo

            1. The 12th Man
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Thanks. May downgrade Sanchez to Mahrez or Sane and use funds to change defence. I have Salah as well.

              1. Deulofail
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                Oh yeah I'm blind, but the same principle applies anyway. I was trying to give it some post-hoc bite 😀

          3. Dyballer
              4 months, 8 days ago

              GK and Defence is too cheap imo. Coleman is a fantastic choice and Tomkins could be okay, but maybe invest in a Burnley defender for 5m.

              Sanchez is a bit too unproven at United, but he is a sure starter unlike a lot of stars coz of the WC. Wait til preseason performances before committing to him. I love the Salah and Siggy picks. Mkhitaryan is a tad risky too for the price (2 bad GWs to begin with too) and Cairney now has competition for assists from Seri (but still not a bad choice).

              Agüero, yes! Firmino may be rested a bit and Kamara is tour standard bench fodder. Consider Zaha, since you already have Salah?

              1. The 12th Man
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                Yeh thanks for that input. Will have a tinker with that info. Mkhitarian May become Jota and Sanchez > Son,Silva or Mahrez

                1. Dyballer
                    4 months, 8 days ago

                    Ooh, avoid Son. He will miss probs first four games due to Asian Cup I think

                2. Slouch87 On The Up
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 8 days ago

                  Leave Burnley alone. Extra games in that nuisance of a competition will take its toll.

              2. dilksymatey
                  4 months, 8 days ago

                  Defence is too cheap for my liking.

              3. dilksymatey
                  4 months, 8 days ago

                  Criticise my team please:

                  DDG
                  Valencia - Daniels - Alonso - Mendy
                  Mane - Eriksen - Sane - Elyounoussi
                  Aguero - Tosun

                  Subs: Stek - Tomkins - Masuaku - Quaner

                  1. Deulofail
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 8 days ago

                    Daniels. Nuff said

                    1. dilksymatey
                        4 months, 8 days ago

                        Who would you recommend at 4.5 instead? His early fixtures and attacking threat made him an obvious choice for me.

                        1. Deulofail
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 8 days ago

                          Personally going without any 4.5 defenders at the moment. You don't have to go where you can't find any value. But possible contenders are Cedric, Tomkins if he's likely to start ahead (or less likely, alongside Dann), Schlupp if looks likely to start and Doherty, who could be a little disappointing when an extra 0.5-1.0 buys you quite a bit more.

                          1. dilksymatey
                              4 months, 8 days ago

                              I've just done this:
                              Valencia > Smalling
                              Tomkins > Douglas

                              I'm going to leave out Cedric for now because I already have Elyounoussi and I don't like having more than one player from a side outside the big 6.

                              1. Deulofail
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                4 months, 8 days ago

                                Looks better to me, assuming Smalling is nailed. I think the real reason to avoid Cedric & Ely double up is that you can't bench one for the other. If you were paying 8.0 for Ely he would be permanently in your XI so rotation and double-up doesn't matter.

                          2. Dyballer
                              4 months, 8 days ago

                              Dunk is a nice fill-in defender for that price and, since you have no Everton defenders, maybe Williams if he is certain to start. Boly from Wolves too?

                              1. dilksymatey
                                  4 months, 8 days ago

                                  I'm a fan of Dunk but I've been put off by Brighton's early fixtures! Williams I'm unsure he'll start but Boly is a good shout.

                                  1. Dyballer
                                      4 months, 8 days ago

                                      Yea I understand the Dunk argument. I personally have a more expensive defence, so Dunk is my cheapest and will only play against easy teams lol. I also have Barry Douglas (£5m), hence the Boly suggestion

                            • The 12th Man
                              • 5 Years
                              4 months, 8 days ago

                              Happy with no Salah?

                              1. dilksymatey
                                  4 months, 8 days ago

                                  I fancy Mane to kick on this season. Salah's price does too much damage to the rest of my team.

                                • Dyballer
                                    4 months, 8 days ago

                                    I was originally, but, having looked at the stats compared to Mane and Firmino, Salah’s goals were no fluke. I cannot see Salah dropping off to become the creator at Liverpool. He had pretty much the same no. shots as Mane and Firmino put together and this should continue

                              2. Silecro
                                  4 months, 8 days ago

                                  RM goalkeeper light T:

                                  Fabianski/Begovic
                                  Robertson/Cedric/Baines (Douglas, Kiko)
                                  Walcott/Deulofeu/DSilva/Salah/Mkhi
                                  Firmino/Aguero (Kamara)

                                  1. dilksymatey
                                      4 months, 8 days ago

                                      I personally think you need at least another defender from one of either United/City/Chelsea.

                                    • Deulofail
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 2 Years
                                      4 months, 8 days ago

                                      Looks good to me 🙂

                                      I'd play Douglas over Cedric. Players-wise, I think they all look potentially good vaule (besides Kiko is not nailed), so I'm not going to try and pursuade you to pick my players. Firmino is a slight dought to make GW1 imo, but should be able to cope if he does miss out.

                                      1. Deulofail
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        4 months, 8 days ago

                                        Kiko if not nailed*

                                        1. Silecro
                                            4 months, 8 days ago

                                            Cheers 😀

                                      2. The 12th Man
                                        • 5 Years
                                        4 months, 8 days ago

                                        Looks good. See if Everton buy a Left Back. Otherwise Baines should be ok at the start.

                                        1. Silecro
                                            4 months, 8 days ago

                                            Yeah, looking at that, transfering to coleman if that happens

                                      3. DarkSideOfTheLoon
                                        • 2 Years
                                        4 months, 8 days ago

                                        Please rate/ advise changes:

                                        Ederson/ Boruc
                                        TAA/ Cedric/ Daniels/ Tomkins/ Bennett
                                        Salah/ Sanchez/ Mkhi/ Deulofeu/ Stephens
                                        Aguero/ Firmino/ Tosun

                                        Thanks a lot!

                                        1. Mastermind78
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          4 months, 8 days ago

                                          Will Coleman be a good 5.5 option in defence?

                                      4. lilmessipran
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 6 Years
                                        4 months, 8 days ago

                                        2nd in my ML in the Mcdonalds fantasy game , 13 points behind the leader.. I have max captain left , he doesn't have a booster left.. Is it possible to catch him with only 1 week to go and very little differentials as such?

                                        1. Deulofail
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 2 Years
                                          4 months, 8 days ago

                                          Yes. With max cap, anything is possible. I'm 16 behind my rival, and we both have max cap left 😐

                                          1. lilmessipran
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 6 Years
                                            4 months, 8 days ago

                                            that's gonna be tough to catch mate.. just hoping that the belgium vs england game has a host of differentials and I can pick the right ones ..good luck to you

                                      5. The 12th Man
                                        • 5 Years
                                        4 months, 8 days ago

                                        Is anyone rotating attacking players?
                                        Looking at Costa/Deulofeu

                                        1. Deulofail
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 2 Years
                                          4 months, 8 days ago

                                          Could do, but West Ham and Burnley aren't the best fixtures after sitting Costa on your bench for a few weeks. Lookman at 5.5 could be useful to go with Deu, and a great first sub option if he's nailed, but hopefully there's a better 4.5-5.0 option that I'm yet to discover. At the moment I'm more liekly to be using a defender to cover Deu's fixtures, but you could be right about Costa

                                          1. The 12th Man
                                            • 5 Years
                                            4 months, 8 days ago

                                            I really hope we keep Lookman but Leipzig are after him. Everton have just had a 30m€ offer rejected for Doucouré.

                                      6. Yeezy FC
                                          4 months, 8 days ago

                                          Any suggestions?

                                          Ederson (4.0)
                                          PVA, Coleman, Ward (Daniels, 4.0)
                                          Eriksen, Alexis, Mane, Mkhitaryan (Stephens)
                                          Aguero, Arnautovic, Zaha

                                          Feedback appreciated...thanks!