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%)

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.

Japan v Senegal: Fantasy tips

When: 24th June 2018 – 20:30 IST
Where: Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterinburg

Head To Head

Matches: 3

Japan: 0 wins (0%)

Senegal: 2 wins (67%)

Draws: 1 (33%)


Japan: L L L W W (decent form)

Senegal: D D L W W (decent form)

Previous Match’s Playing XI


Eiji Kawashima (GK), Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Gen Shoji, Yuto Nagatomo, Makato Hasebe (C), Gaku Shibasaki, Genki Haraguchi, Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui, Yuya Osako

Probable Changes: Keisuke Honda in for Haraguchi. The left-footed free-kick specialist set up Osako’s goal and had a big impact in the game. Expect him to start in place of Haraguchi, who had a poor outing against Colombia.


Khadim N’Diaye (GK), Moussa Wague, Kalidou Koulibaly, Salif Sane, Youssouf Sabaly, Alfred N’Diaye, Idrissa Gueye, Sadio Mane (C), Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, M’baye Niang

K Honda: His bruised thigh could keep him out of the game, having suffered the slight knock after coming on against Colombia in Japan’s first game.

Eiji-Kawashima: The veteran Goal-keeper will make sure that he gets a clean sheet this time. Having said that, Senegal will be eager to exploit his weakness to the crosses.

Idrissa Gueye: The Everton star is one of the main players for Senegal. Gueye’s weakness is that he tends to make more fouls than anyone in the team. The 28 years old has improved a lot in the recent times though.

Saliou Ciss: The Valenciennes defender was ruled out of the game due to an ankle injury and will be missing the entirety of the World Cup.

Argentina v Croatia: Fantasy Tips

When: 21ST June, 23:30 IST
Where: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Head to Head
Total Matches: 4
Argentina: 2 (50%)
Croatia: 1 (25%)
Draw: 1 (25%)

Argentina: L W L W D (decent form)
Croatia: L W L W W (good form)

Playing XI
Argentina: Willy Caballero (GK), Eduardo Salvio, Nicolás Otamendi, Marcos Rojo, Nicolás Tagliafico, Javier Mascherano, Lucas Biglia, Maximiliano Meza, Lionel Messi, Ángel Di María, Sergio Agüero

Croatia: Danijel Subašić (GK), Šime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinić, Ivan Rakitić, Luka Modrić, Ivan Perišić, Andrej Kramarić, Ante Rebić, Mario Mandžukić

Players to watch out for:

Lionel Messi: The king Messi will be looking to make a strong statement in the world cup after being dethroned against Iceland where he missed the penalty.

Paulo Dybala: He was involved in 33 goals in his last 47 appearances. The main man for Argentina will look to bring the win for the team.

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

Andrej Kramaric: The Hoffenheim forward couldn’t start well the other night but remember, was involved in 21 goals in 34 matches in the Bundesliga last season.

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.

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.

HAM v YOR: Fantasy tips

Players to watch out for in the Fantasy Football: 

Liam Dawson: The all-rounder has gone wicketless only once in his last seven games and did make useful contributions with the bat as well.

C Pujara: After the win in the Test against Afghanistan, Pujara is back to the squad and will play this crucial match.

Dale Steyn: The veteran will use all his experiences to stop Yorkshire from winning today.

Adam Lyth: Lyth is enjoying a good season with two tons in his last five matches and some good spell with the ball.

CRO v NGA: Fantasy Tips

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

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

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

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.

ARG v ICE: Fantasy Tips

When: 16th June 2018 – 18:30 IST
Where: Spartak Stadium, Moscow

Argentina: W L W L W (decent form)
Iceland: W L L L D (poor form)

Predicted 11
Willy Caballero (GK), Eduardo Salvio, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Paulo Dybala, Lionel Messi (C), Sergio Aguero

Hannes Halldorsson (GK), Birkir Saevarsson, Kari Arnason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Hordur Magnusson, Johann Gudmundsson, Aron Gunnarsson (c), Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson

Players to watch out for:

Lionel Messi: One of the best players of all time, Messi is having an excellent season as well, has scored 45 goals and assisted 18 goals.

Gonzalo Higuain: Higuain might miss the opener as Aguero is fit. Messi, Aguero, Dybala probably will start from the eleven.

Gylfi Sigurdsson: The star striker has had a good last season with 6 goals and provided 5 assists to his name, and his contributions will be vital for the team.

Albert Gudmundsson: One of the youngest players under the radar. At just 21, Gudmundsson will hold the key for Iceland.

Portugal v Spain: Preview

When: 15th June, – 23:30 IST
Where: Fisht Stadium, Sochi

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

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

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!

Russia v Saudi Arabia: Players to watch out for

When: June 14th, 8.30 PM
Head to Head: Russia 1-0 Saudi Arabia
Recent Form:
Russia: D L L L D
Saudi Arabia: L L L W W

Here are the players to watch out for:

Igor Ankinfeev: The Russian captain is probably playing is last world cup and he will look to perform his best today.

Salem Al- Dawsario: It is well-known that Saudi Arabia is known for their counter-attacks and Salem will be leading them from the front.

Fedor Smolov: The Russian striker has 63 goals in 99 appearances in all competitions for FC Krasnodar.

Dmitri Kombarov, Viktor Vasin, Aleksandr Kokorin, Nawaf al-abed might miss out the clash.

Russia vs Saudi Arabia predicted starting XI
Here are the predicted starting XI between Russia and Saudi Arabia:

Russia: Igor Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Fedor Kudryashov, Sergey Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov; Roman Zobnin, Daler Kuzyaev, Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksandr Golovin; Fedor Smolov

Saudi Arabia: Abdullah Al-Mayouf; Usamah Husawi, Omar Hosawi, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Mohammed Al-Barik; Abdullah Otif, Salman Al-Faraj, Yahya Al-Shihri, Taisir Al-Jassim, Salem Al Dosari; Fahad Al-Molad