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

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.

Uruguay v Russia: Fantasy tips

When: 25th June 2018 – 19:30 IST
Where: Samara Arena, Samara
Head to Head
Total Matches: 8 (7 with Russia as the Soviet Union)
Uruguay: 1
Russia: 7

Uruguay: W W W W W
Russia: L L D W W

Previous Match’s Starting XI
Uruguay – Fernando Muslera, Guillermo Varela, José Giménez, Diego Godín, Martín Cáceres, Carlos Sánchez, Matías Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Christian Rodriguez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez

Russia – Igor Akinfeev, Mário Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov, Yury Gazinsky, Roman Zobnin, Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksandr Golovin, Denis Cheryshev, Artem Dzyuba

Players to watch out for:
Diego Godin
Not only is Godin a superb defender, he also offers something in attack. Especially, for his price.

Denis Cheryshev
With three goals from two games for the hosts, Cheryshev has stepped up to the occasion.

Jose Gimenez
Gimenez scored the only goal of Uruguay’s opening match against Egypt. He helped the team register two consecutive clean sheets.

Diego Laxalt
He might be making sub appearances for his nation but it feels as though he will be limited to just that in the next game.

England v Australia: Fantasy tips

England is one win away to become the second team to whitewash Australia.
Can they do it?

Here are the players to watch out for:

Jonny Bairstow: The last 20 matches have been great for him, especially the last few matches where he scored five 50+ scores in seven matches.

Jason Roy: The another opener who is in blistering form with two hundred plus scores in this series.

Aaron Finch: Finch opened the innings the other night and he came back to his best in a flash and will look to own the bowlers.

Ashton Agar: When every single bowler was taken for runs by the England players, they couldn’t read Agar’s variation and this is the only positive for Australia in this series.

South Korea v Mexico: Fantasy Tips

When: 23rd June, 20:30 IST
Where: Rostov Arena, Rostov-On-Don

Head to Head
Total Matches: 11
South Korea: 4
Mexico: 6
Draws: 1

South Korea: W L D L L
Mexico: L D W L W

Players to watch out for:
Park Joo-Ho: He is ruled out of the World Cup and will be replaced by Kim Min-Woo.

Hector Herrera: The Mexican midfielder put in a full shift against Germany and was the driving force behind his team’s scintillating win.

Hirving Lozano: Though he missed several chances, Hirving Lozano scored the crucial goal that sealed Mexico’s historic win against Germany.

Ki Sung-Yueng: The midfielder holds the crucial No. 10 position behind the striker and will be hoping to link-up with Son to create chances for an out-of-sorts Korean attack.

Germany v Sweden: Fantasy Tips

When: June 23, 23:30 IST
Where: Fisht Stadium, Sochi

Head to Head
Total Matches: 36
Germany: 15
Sweden: 13
Draws: 8

Germany: D L L W L
Sweden: L L D D W

Starting 11
Germany: Manuel Neuer (GK), Marvin Plattenhardt, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira, Julian Draxler, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Timo Werner

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

Players to watch out for:
Pontus Jansson: The Swedish centre-back is likely to be replaced by Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof, who is set to make a return from injury.

Jerome Boateng: Even though Germany lost against Mexico, Boateng had an excellent game and will be key for the defending champions throughout the 90 minutes.

Toni Kroos: The Real Madrid star started well against Mexico and will be keen to score a few today.

Andreas Granqvist: Sweden’s captain led the team from the front against South Korea, rallying the defence and also slotting home the winning penalty.

England v South Africa: Fantasy Tips

When both the teams last met, England thrashed South Africa to score 250, the world record. It is not going to be easy for South Africa as they face England once again but they had two days off to regroup. Afterall, South Africa is not the weakest. Hopefully, they bounce back today.

Here are the players to watch out for:

Dane Van Niekerk: The South Africa captain was the only performer with the bat for the team where she scored two back to back fifties.

Lizelle Lee: The South Africa opener couldn’t play her natural game the other night and will be looking to change the fortunes today.

K Brunt: Brunt was outstanding both with the bat and ball the other night. Knight will look to promote Brunt up the order after her impressive knock.

Danielle Wyatt: The England opener started off well against South Africa, took the pressure off Beaumont initially but could convert her score to hundred and this time, she will look to get to that mark.

Brazil v Costa Rica: Fantasy Tips

When: 22nd June 2018 – 17:30 IST
Where: Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg

Head to Head
Matches: 10
Brazil: 9 wins (90%)
Costa Rica: 1 win (10%)

Brazil: W W W W D (great form)
Costa Rica: L W L L L (poor form)

Costa Rica were beaten 1-0 by Serbia, courtesy Serbia captain Aleksandar Kolarov’s stunning free-kick. Brazil, on the other hand, were held 1-1 by Switzerland. Both the teams need a big win here and this is going to be nothing short of a thriller with Brazil having the upper hand.

Playing XI Probable:
Brazil: Alisson (GK), Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo (C), Casemiro, Paulinho, Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar Jr., Roberto Firmino

Costa Rica: Keylor Navas (GK), Johnny Acosta, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Oscar Duarte, Cristian Gamboa, Celso Borges, Daniel Colindres, Francisco Calvo, Bryan Ruiz (c), Johan Venegas, Marco Urena

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.

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.

Keylor Navas: After a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, Brazil needs a win desperately and their strikers will be hungry. Navas will be the crucial player for the team.

France v Peru: Fantasy tips

When: 21ST June, 20:30 IST
Where: Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg
Head to Head
Total Matches: 1
France: 0 (0%)
Peru: 1 (100%)

France: W W W D W (great form)
Peru: W W W D L (average form)

Playing XI
France: Hugo Lloris (GK), Lucas Hernández, Samuel Umtiti, Raphaël Varane, Benjamin Pavard, N’Golo Kanté, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé

Peru: Pedro Gallese (GK), Luis Advíncula, Alberto Rodríguez, Christian Ramos, Miguel Trauco, Renato Tapia, Yoshimar Yotún, Jefferson Farfán, Christian Cueva, André Carrillo, Edison Flores

Players to watch out for: 

Paul Pogba: A lot is expected from Pogba in this World Cup. In the last match, though it was an own goal by Australia, Pogba was the main reason why France won.

Antoine Griezmann: The winger will look to continue his great form. Griezmann now is involved in 9 of the 13 recent goals that France scored.

Paolo Guerrero: The Peru striker is expected to return to the starting XI today. He will provide a better goal threat for France.

Pedro Gallese: Peru’s goalkeeper will be under the radar as he will have a huge task in front of him as Pogba will look to attack.

AUS v ENG: Fantasy tips

Jonny Bairstow: He is in blistering form in his last 16 matches and has scored three hundred in three matches. Can someone stop him this time?

Adil Rashid: Moeen and Rashid are the top wicket-takers in this tournament. Till now, Australia couldn’t add pressure on the spin duos, and it’s completely a one-sided affair.

Travis Head: In all the three matches, Head has been the lone warrior for Australia. He is the only one who is among the run and will look to give the brisk start for the team here as well.

Andrew Tye: The T20 specialist has struggled to reflect his good form in the ODIs and he will look to change that.

Denmark v Australia: Fantasy Tips

When: 21ST June, 17:30 IST
Where: Samara Arena, Samara
Head to Head
Total Matches: 3
Denmark: 2 (67%)
Australia: 1 (33%)
Denmark: W D D W W (good form)
Australia: L D W W L (decent form)

Playing XI

Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel (GK), Henrik Dalsgaard, Simon Kjær, Andreas Christensen, Jens Stryger Larsen, Thomas Delaney, Lasse Schöne, Yussuf Poulsen, Christian Eriksen, Pione Sisto, Nicolai Jørgensen

Australia: Mathew Ryan (GK), Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury, Mark Milligan, Aziz Behich, Mathew Leckie, Mile Jedinak, Aaron Mooy, Robbie Kruse, Tom Rogic, Andrew Nabbout

Denmark had a good start to the tournament, grabbing three points against Peru. While Australia suffered a loss 1-2 against France. The Danes will be looking to get all three points from this game, considering that their next clash will be against France, while the Socceroos will go into the match high on confidence.

Players to watch out for:
Kasper Schmeichel: Denmark was under constant pressure against Peru but Schmeichel did an extraordinary job to stop the strikers. That included two blinder saves.

William Kvist: The Denmark midfielder suffered a rib injury in the game against Peru and will be out of the rest of the World Cup.

Aaron Mooy: The midfielder will look to pierce the Denmark defence. Something which he failed to do against France.

Mile Jedinak: He will be the key for Australia when it comes to pass as well as the defence.