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%)
Form
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.

Egypt v Russia: Fantasy Tips

When: 19TH June, 23:30 IST
Where: Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg

Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the two sides.

Form
Russia: L L L D W (decent form)
Egypt: L D D L L (poor form)

Predicted Starting XI:
Russia: Igor Akinfeev (GK), Mário Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Yury Gazinsky, Denis Cheryshev, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Aleksandr Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Aleksandr Samedov

Egypt: Mohamed El-Shenawy (GK), Ahmed Fathy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazi, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed, Mo Salah, Trézéguet, Abdallah Said, Marwan Mohsen

At the verge of tournament exit, Egypt needs some inspiration to continue and all eyes will be on one man – Mo Salah. The Liverpool winger was widely expected to make an appearance in Egypt’s opener against Uruguay but was kept on the bench throughout the game. He is now expected to start against Egypt, and an entire nation’s hopes will rest on his shoulders.

Russia scored more goals in the first game of the 2018 World Cup than in the whole of the 2014 tournament in Brazil, where they netted just twice in three group matches.

Their performance against Saudi Arabia was so impressive that Russian President Vladimir Putin felt compelled to call head coach Stanislav Cherchesov during his post-match press conference, telling him to pass on his congratulations to the players.

Players to watch out for: 

Mo Salah: The Superman is set to return from to the team after the injury he picked up during the champion’s league final. This will be a big boost for Egypt who needs this three points desperately.

Alan Dzagoev: He remains sidelined with the hamstring injury that saw him withdrawn against Saudi Arabia, allowing another chance for his replacement Denis Cheryshev to shine following a two-goal performance as a substitute.

Aleksandr Golovin: The host nation was searching for a young hero for a long time now and they have found one in Golovin. The 22-year-old had an extraordinary outing the other night and will be one of the mainstays against Egypt.

Mohamed Elneny: The Egypt mid-fielder will not only be keen to score but also will look to assist Salah more. Elneny completed 44 passes versus Uruguay in their first game, the most by an Egyptian player at the World Cup.

Colombia v Japan: Fantasy tips

When: June 19TH, 17:30 IST
Where: Mordovia Arena, Saransk

Head to head
Total Matches: 3
Colombia: 2, Japan: 0, Draws: 1

Colombia will enter into this match will a little concern as their main man James Rodríguez might not in the starting XI today.

The midfield duo of Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda will hold the key for Japan in terms of creating chances. Containing an attacking side like Colombia is going to be difficult for Japan though, and the defensive pairing of Maya Yoshida and Tomoaki Makino will have their hands full during the match.

Form
Colombia: L W W D D
Japan: D L L L W

Predicted Starting 11
Colombia: David Ospina (GK), Santiago Arias, Dávinson Sánchez, Yerry Mina, Johan Mojica, Carlos Sánchez, Abel Aguilar, Mateus Uribe, James Rodríguez, Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao

Japan: Eiji Kawashima (GK), Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Tomoaki Makino, Yuto Nagatomo, Makoto Hasebe, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Genki Haraguchi, Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa, Shinji Okazaki

Players to watch out for:

James Rodríguez: The 2014 World Cup saw the birth of a new star, who went on to win the golden boot. Four years later, Rodriguez still will be the star. The midfielder scored 7 goals and provided 11 assists for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga this season.

Dávinson Sánchez: Backed by an excellent season with Tottenham, Sanchez is one of the mainstays for the Columbia.

Eiji-Kawashima: The veteran Goal-keeper who is still haunted by the team’s 2014 loss to Columbia will make sure that he gets a clean sheet this time. Having said that, Columbia will be eager to exploit his weakness to the crosses.

Keisuke Honda: The 32-year-old is well past his prime but his left-foot is still very capable, and he retains his penchant for the spectacular as many of his 36 international goals suggest. Keisuke Honda has been directly involved in five of Japan’s six goals at the last two World Cups, scoring three goals and assisting two more.

South Korea v Sweden: Fantasy tips

When: 18th June 2018 – 17:30 IST
Where: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

Head To Head
Matches: 3
Sweden: 1 (33%)
South Korea: 0 (0%)
Draws: 2 (67%)

Form
Sweden: D L L D D (poor form)
South Korea: L W L D L (poor form)

Predicted Starting 11
Sweden
Robin Olsen (GK), Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist (C), Ludwig Augustinsson, Viktor Claesson, Albin Ekdal, Sebastian Larsson, Emil Forsberg, Ola Toivonen, Marcus Berg

South Korea
Kim Seung-Gyu (GK), Lee Yong, Jang Hyun-Soo, Yun Young-Sun, Park Joo-Ho, Lee Seung-Woo, Ki Sung-Yueng (C), Jung Woo-Young, Lee Jae-Sung, Son Heung-Min, Hwang Hee-Chan

Players to watch out for
Lee Jae-Sung: The best player for Korea is in a good form as well. He scored three goals and provided two assists in the qualifiers.

Son Heung-Min: With 18 goals and 11 assists in the Premier league, Son will be the key for South Korea.

Andreas Granqvist: The 2017 Swedish player of the year will provide solid defence at the middle for the team, and he is in a good form as well.

Robin Olsen: He will have to be at the top of his game to stop Son and Lee from scoring.

Germany vs Mexico: Fantasy tips

When: 17th June 2018 – 20:30 IST
Where: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Head to Head
Total Matches: 11
Germany: 6 (55%)
Mexico: 1 (9%)
Draws: 4 (36%)

Form

Germany: D D L L W
Mexico: W L D W L

Predicted Starting 11

Germany
Manuel Neuer (C & GK), Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Antonio Rudiger, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller, Marco Reus, Timo Werner

Mexico
Guillermo Ochoa (GK), Carlos Salcedo, Hector Moreno, Hugo Ayala, Rafael Marquez, Hector Herrera, Jonathan dos Santos, Andres Guardado (C), Giovani Dos Santos, Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez.

Players to watch out for:
Mario Gomez: Gomez has literally lost his golden touch which he once had. With only 9 goals in 31 games, he might sit out today.

Guillermo Ochoa: Ochoa’s reflexes was the best thing about Mexico in the last World Cup. Four years later, Ochoa has only got better.

Giovani dos Santos: Hopefully, the ‘Mexican Messi’ will have a good match unlike Messi himself.

Toni Kroos: One of the best players in the world, Kroos once again will be the key for Germany.

Brazil vs Switzerland: Fantasy Tips

When: 17TH June, 23:30 IST

Where: Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don

Head to head

Total Matches: 8

Brazil: 3 (37.5%)

Switzerland: 2 (25%)

Draws: 3 (37.5%)

Form

Brazil: D W W W W

Switzerland: D W W D W

Predicted Starting 11

Brazil: Alisson (GK), Marcelo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Danilo, Casemiro, Paulinho, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus

Switzerland: Yann Sommer (GK), Stephan Lichtsteiner, Manuel Akanji, Fabian Schär, Ricardo Rodríguez, Granit Xhaka, Valon Behrami, Xherdan Shaqiri, Blerim Džemaili, Steven Zuber, Haris Seferović

Players To Watch

Neymar: No doubts, He will be the one to watch out for.

Fred: He suffered an ankle injury recently and might sit out during the clash against Swiss.

Xherdan Shaqiri: Probably, the best player from Swiss. Quick on his feet, Shaqiri will look to grind the Brazilian defence.

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

Portugal v Spain: Preview

When: 15th June, – 23:30 IST
Where: Fisht Stadium, Sochi
Form:
PORTUGAL: W L D D W
SPAIN: D D W D W

Head To Head
Total Matches: 36
Spain: 18
Portugal: 6
Draws: 12

Predicted XI:
Portugal
Rui Patricio (GK), Cedric, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Raphaël Guerreiro, Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes, Goncalo Guedes, Cristiano Ronaldo

Spain
David de Gea (GK), Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Álvaro Odriozola, Thiago Alcantara, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Isco, David Silva, Rodrigo

Players to watch out for:
Sergio Ramos & Christiano Ronaldo: The key battle will be between the Real Madrid team-mates and do expect physical tussles as Ramos will love to take on his opponents just like the way he did against Mo Salah in the Champion’s league final.

Goncalo Guedes: One of the top-scorers for Portugal team will look to start well against Spain.

David de Gea: Regarded as the world’s best Goal-keeper, Gea received his 18th clean sheet of the premier league season and also secured his first Premier League Golden Glove this year. Watch out for him!