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.

Belgium v Tunisia: Fantasy tips

 

When: 23rd June, 17:30 IST
Where: Spartak Stadium, Moscow

Head to Head
Total Matches: 3
Belgium: 1
Tunisia: 1
Draws: 1

Form
Belgium: W D W W W
Tunisia: W D D L L

Starting 11
Belgium: Thibaut Courtois, Dedryck Boyata, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Meunier, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Yannick Carrasco, Romelu Lukaku

Tunisia: Farouk Ben Mustapha, Syam Ben Youssef, Yassine Meriah, Dylan Bronn, Ali Maâloul, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Anice Badri, Ferjani Sassi, Ellyes Skhiri, Wahbi Khazri, Naïm Sliti

Players to watch out for:

Vincent Kompany: Belgium’s captain and defensive rock is still recovering from an injury and is facing a race against time to be fit for the game against England.

Axel Witsel: One of the most underrated players in the team and will likely play a large part in the game against Tunisia.

Mouez Hassen: The Tunisia Goalkeeper is injured and will not play today.

Ferjani Sassi: He will be expected to do a lot more against Belgium if Tunisia are to extract anything out of the game. His pace will be crucial for Tunisia on the counter-attack.

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.

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.

CRO v NGA: Fantasy Tips

When: 17th June 2018 – 00:30 IST (16th June GMT)
Where: Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad

Form
Croatia: D L W L W (decent form)
Nigeria: W L D L L (poor form)

Predicted Starting 11
Croatia
Danijel Subasic (GK), Sime Vrsaljko, Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Ivan Strinic, Milan Badelj, Ivan Rakitic, Andrej Kramaric, Luka Modric (C), Ivan Perisic, Mario Mandzukic

Nigeria
Francis Uzoho (GK), Abdullahi Shehu, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Bryan Idowu, Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi, John Obi Mikel (C), Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo

Players to watch out for:
Francis Uzoho: 19-year-old is one of the youngest goalkeepers on tour, Uzoho’s impressive shut-outs have even made him the first choice Goalkeeper for the team.

Vedran Corluka: His lack of match practice might keep him away from the starting line-up.

Abdullahi Shehu: His fast movement is one of the best assets. He will play the right back considering the lack of options in the position.

Luka Modric: His intelligent movement and incisive passing would be crucial in breaking Nigeria’s tight-knit defence.