Japan v Poland: Players to watch out for

Here are the players to watch out for:

Keisuke Honda: He has been involved in seven of Japan’s last 10 World Cup goals (four goals and three assists).

Kosuke Nakamura: Veteran goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima has made costly errors in consecutive matches and may be replaced by 23-year-old Kosuke Nakamura.

Kamil Glik: Experienced defender Kamil Glik made his comeback from a shoulder injury as a substitute against Colombia and may return to the starting line-up.

Robert Lewandowski: The captain will be desperate to perform well today.

Switzerland vs Costa Rica: Fantasy tips

 

When: 27TH June, 23:30 IST
Where: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

Head to head
Matches played: 2
Switzerland: 1
Costa Rica: 1
Form
Switzerland: W D W D W
Costa Rica: W L L L L

Previous match starting XI
Switzerland: Yann Sommer (GK), Stephan Lichtsteiner, Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez, Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Blerim Dzemaili, Steven Zuber, Haris Seferovic

Costa Rica: Keylor Navas (GK), Johnny Acosta, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Oscar Duarte, Cristian Gamboa, Celso Borges, David Guzman, Bryan Oviedo, Johan Venegas, Bryan Ruiz, Marco Urena

Players to watch out for:
Xherdan Shaqiri: He was involved in the only goal that Switzerland scored against Brazil the other night. His pace and his presence of mind will come in to play today to get Switzerland those three points.

Granit Xhaka: The Swiss fans will be hoping that the Arsenal mid-fielder gets it right to give the team the important points.

Guzman: In the last game, Croatia did not have a shot on target till their 91st minute. So, it is unlikely that Guzman feature today.

Navas: The Costa Rica goalkeeper is having a hard time and will look to finish on a high today.

Mexico v Sweden: Fantasy Tips

When: 27TH June, 19:30 IST
Where: Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg

Head to head
Matches played: 9
Mexico: 2
Sweden: 4
Draw: 3

Form
Mexico: D W L W W
Sweden: L D D W L
Previous match starting XI

Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa (GK), Edson Alvarez, Carlos Salcedo, Hector Moreno, Jesus Gallardo, Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado, Miguel Layun, Carlos Vela, Hirving Lozano, Javier Hernandez

Sweden: Robin Olsen (GK), Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Ludwig Augustinsson, Viktor Claesson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Ola Toivonen, Marcus Berg

 

IND v IRE: Fantasy tips

Ireland will take on one of the mighty forces in the T20 cricket, India today at the Malahide Stadium. India will look to test its bench strength today and also, this match will be crucial for players like Rohit Sharma who will be looking to get back to the scoring ways and for Virat Kohli, who will be playing his first match after the injury will be keen to get used to the conditions as well.

Ireland is coming from defeat in the tri-series whereas, India won their last Test- the historic Test against Afghanistan.

Ireland’s team has nothing to lose here, and their batsmen are in a decent form as well. Who knows, they can provide a surprise like how Scotland defeated England.

Here are the players to watch out for today:

Paul Stirling: Of course, Stirling is the best pick from Ireland. In the recent times, he is good with the ball as well.

A Balbirnie: One of the top performers from the tri-series, Balbirnie will look to continue his good form.

Rohit Sharma: The Indian opener will look to start the tour well. He desperately in need a good knock to bounce back.

Virat Kohli: An obvious choice. Kohli will play his first match after a long time. It will be important that he smashes a few today.

Serbia vs Brazil: Fantasy tips

When: 27TH June, 23:30 IST
Where: Spartak Stadium, Moscow

Head to head
Matches played: 1
Serbia: 0 (0%)
Brazil: 1 (100%)

Form
Serbia: W L W W L (decent form)
Brazil: W W W D W (great form)

Previous match starting XI
Serbia: Vladimir Stojkovic (GK), Branislav Ivanovic, Nikola Milenkovic, Dusko Tosic, Aleksandar Kolarov, Luka Milivojevic, Nemanja Matic, Dusan Tadic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Filip Kostic, Aleksandar Mitrovic

Brazil: Alisson Becker (GK), Fagner Lemos, Thiago Silva, Joao Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar

Players to watch out for:
Danilo: He was the best player in the first match for Brazil where they drew against Switzerland. He will look to continue to attack the defenders to score.

Miranda: The Brazilian centre-back was involved in both boxes and even had a penalty appeal against him waved away. The tall Inter Milan defender will be eager to make his mark in this game and help his team keep a clean sheet.

Valon Behrami: He picked up a knock in his first game and might recover in time. Still, a doubtful pick.

Sergej Milinkovic: Savic: He was exceptional in the last game, helped Serbia to pick up those three important points. He will be crucial here as well.

SL v WI: Fantasy Analysis

Lahiru Kumara 
Kumara toppled four for 58 off 23.3 overs including five maidens in the first innings of Sri Lanka’s third Test with the West Indies.

Fantasy Analysis

Kumara has been outstanding this calendar year, taking 17 wickets in eight innings at an average of 25.47 including three four-wicket hauls. The 21-year-old seamer has really come into his own this series and both bowled the most overs of any Sri Lankan bowler in the first innings and at the best economy of the bunch.

Shane Dowrich
Dowrich totalled 71 off 132 including nine boundaries in the first innings of the West Indies third Test with Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

The wicketkeeper has been excellent with the bat in 2018 after starting his career relatively slowly. In 33 innings coming into this year, he had one century and five half-centuries. However, in six innings this year, he has his best-career Test score (an unbeaten 125 against Sri Lanka) and two half-centuries including his first innings, a 115-run partnership with Jason Holder on the sixth wicket.

Jason Holder 
Holder top-scored with 74 off 123 including 13 boundaries with the bat and toppled four for 19 off 16 overs including eight maidens with the ball in the first innings of the West Indies third Test with Sri Lanka.

Fantasy Analysis

The Windies skipper did a little bit of everything and then some. His 115-run sixth wicket partnership with Shane Dowrich salvaged the West Indies’ innings with the bat and then made sure that the Sri Lanka tail wouldn’t steal runs late, conceding at just 1.18 an over with half of his overs going for maidens. While he may neither be the best batsman in the side nor the best bowler, he’s shown an ability to turn in a captain’s knock with the bat (his seventh fifty of his 32 match career) and do more than just control the run rate with the ball (his second four-for).

AUS v ENG, 1st T20: Players to watch out for

After a 5-0 whitewash in the ODIs, Australia will take on England once again. This time, for the shorter format. While England is a massive force, the young guns representing Australia cannot be taken lightly because the team is backed by the Big Bash experience and IPL for a few.

Talking about IPL, Buttler got this ‘Midas touch’ when he was asked to open the innings for Rajasthan Royals. He will be their main man today. Almost every single batsmen in England have got their form right on top getting into this T20I series. Whereas, Australian batsmen will have a work to do here.

Talking about the bowling, both the teams will have a tough time here. Having said that, Australian bowlers did well in the IPL, especially, Andrew Tye.

Both Alex Carey and Tim Paine will be under the scanner to perform well today.

Here are the players to watch out for:

Jos Buttler: Buttler is having an extraordinary season with the bat. Right from the IPL, he is leading the team from the front, and in the last ODI, he took Australia home with his brilliant hundred.

Alex Carey: The newly appointed Vice-captain will look to make his mark in the T20Is

Moeen Ali: Australia couldn’t read Ali’s variation, and he will look to rattle Australia once again.

Aaron Finch: After 5-0 whitewash in the ODIs, the shorter format might bring some luck to the captain.

IND A v WI A: Players to watch out for

Here are the players to watch out for:

Deepak Chahar: Right from the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Chahar has announced himself. He had a great season with IPL champions CSK and is continuing to dominate the batsmen.

Prithvi Shaw: Except the last match, Shaw’s run in the tournament is impressive. He will be looking to bounce back today.

Jason Mohammed: The captain will be looking to lead from the front and will be keen to make a mark today.

K Paul: Paul received the ’emerging player of the year’ award from the Windies cricket board recently. He will be under the radar to perform well.

Spin v Morocco: Fantasy tips

When: 25th June 2018 – 23:30 IST
Where: Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad

Head to Head

Total Matches: 6
Spain: 5 (83%)
Morocco: 0 (0%)
Draws: 1 (17%)

Form
Spain: W D W D W
Morocco: D W W L L

Players to watch out for:

Pepe Reina: Spain’s second-choice goalkeeper, may miss the game through injury. Nacho Monreal, who missed several days of training with injury, should be fit to take up a place on the bench.

Diego Costa: The Striker has scored nine goals in his last nine international starts for Spain.

Youssef Ait Bennasser: The Morocco midfielder is likely to miss out with a thigh injury.

Andreas Iniesta: Spain could be tempted to rest him today. Regardless of who plays, Spain looks good.

Saudi Arabia v Egypt: Fantasy Tips

When: 25th June 2018 – 19:30 IST
Where: Volgograd Arena, Volgograd

Head to Head

Total Matches: 6
Saudi Arabia: 1
Egypt: 4
Draws: 1

Form
Saudi Arabia: L L L L L
Egypt: D D L L L

Previous Match’s Starting XI
Saudi Arabia – Mohammed Al Owais, Mohammed Al-Breik, Osama Hawsawi, Ali Al-Bulaihi, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Taisir Al-Jassim, Abdullah Otayf, Hattan Bahebri, Salman Al-Faraj, Salem Al-Dawsari, Fahad Al-Muwallad

Egypt – Mohamed El-Shenawy, Ahmed Fathy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed, Mo Salah, Abdallah Said, Trezeguet, Marwan Mohsen

Players to watch out for:
Mohamed Salah: The truth is that Egypt’s team isn’t strong enough and if there is something that Salah taught us, it is that a single man can’t do everything in a team game.

Ahmed Hegazi: he is a good defender and it would be wise to have him in your team – especially given his price.

Salman Al-Faraj: Just like Otayf, Al-Faraj has done his bit in the middle of the pitch, coming up with several incisive passes and tackles.

Ramadan Sobhi: His lack of experience made him sit out and he might sit out today as well.