FPL Holly is back this week with her selection of captain picks for Round 2 of World Cup Fantasy. Her Clueless Husband is sticking to big name Premier League stars, with another France player getting a lucky call up.
It’s important to bear in mind the format of the official World Cup Fantasy game. You can manually change your captain with a player from your squad whose team is yet to play and your original captain will lose their bonus at this point.
✨After the heroic’s by the @selecaoportugal star, fans will be hoping the other pair match his point-scoring prowess!
— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 16, 2018
For this reason, it’s important to be organised in updating your captain each day and ensuring that you have a number of options in your squad. You may reach a “Stick or Twist” moment, as each round progresses.
The following games in Round 2 caught my eye as being the best fixture options to choose a captain for, with high odds of a win for the respective teams highlighted:
- 19 June: Russia v Egypt
- 20 June: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia, Portugal v Morocco, Iran v Spain
- 21 June: France v Peru
- 22 June: Brazil v Costa Rica
- 23 June: Belgium v Tunisia
- 24 June: England v Panama
Shield Pick: Neymar vs Costa Rica
Anytime Goalscorer Odds:
Costa Rica are having a tough time of things in Group E and things won’t get any better with this game against Brazil. Neymar is the most popular option of the Brazil attack and with spot-kick duties too, he looks destined to be among the points in this one. With one of the highest ownerships in the game, he’s a set and forget shield pick.
Sword Pick: Romelu Lukaku vs Tunisia
Anytime Goalscorer Odds:
It’s another easy fixture for Belgium, up against Tunisia who lack any threat. Lukaku will be well fancied for this game, to expose a struggling defence. Romelu should see plenty of the ball, in this talented Belgium side and should be a strong consideration for a Saturday captain. Will you go with the sword pick?
Form Pick: Cristiano Ronaldo vs Morocco
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 8/11
51st career hat-trick.
51st hat-trick in #WorldCup history.
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 15, 2018
I’m embarrassed to have overlooked Ronaldo in Round 1, put off by that fixture against Spain. This could be Ronaldo and Portugal’s World Cup, with the fixtures now improving. A hat trick in their opener, put’s him well in the race for the Golden Boot and Morocco demonstrated their defensive frailties against Iran. Time for the form pick?
Fixture Pick: Luis Suarez vs Saudi Arabia
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 1/2
❌ MISFIRING SUAREZ ❌
Luis Suarez endured a dismal afternoon in front of goal as Uruguay laboured to victory over Egypt.
— Sky Sports World Cup (@SkyFootball) June 16, 2018
Uruguay look to have the easiest fixture for this round on paper, with Saudi Arabia already conceding 5 goals on opening night to Russia. Uruguay have far more talent on their side and Suarez should be among the thick of the action. Uruguay had a poor initial performance, rescuing the points at the death. Suarez should find the back of the net here.
Twist Pick: Raheem Sterling vs Panama
Anytime Goalscorer Odds
England have the easiest fixture on the final day of Round 2, with Raheem Sterling having the potential to step up as the twist pick, if captain failures have occurred up to this point. Playing in a favourable position, just behind Kane, he’s likely to expose a weak Panama defence that may already be fragile after facing Belgium earlier in the week.
Punt Pick: Aleksander Golovin vs Egypt
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 10/3
— Football FanCast (@FootballFanCast) June 15, 2018
Golovin was the day one hero of Round 1 for those fantasy managers who owned and captain him (including myself) and should deserve another opportunity to steal a charge here. Russia will be high on confidence now and their opponents Egypt struggled against Uruguay, particularly in dead ball situations. Is it time for Golovin to capitalise again on the first day of Round 2?
Park the Bus Pick: Sergio Ramos vs Iran
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 15/4
Clean Sheet Odds: 4/11
No, he didn’t mention Mohamed Salah! 👇
— Yahoo Sport UK (@YahooSportUK) June 16, 2018
Iran managed just eight shots against Morocco, benefiting from an own goal, so there’s plenty of clean sheet potential for Spain here. Ramos is a constant aerial pest from set pieces and is often allowed to take dead balls, including penalties. With Spain looking to sure things up at the back, Ramos could provide plenty of points.Will you be brave enough to captain a defender?
Clueless Husband Pick: Paul Pogba vs Peru
Anytime Goalscorer Odds: 5/2
JOSE MOURINHO ON PAUL POGBA
“It’s a pity it wasn’t a clean shot to make it a brilliant goal, but it got them the three points.”
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) June 16, 2018
It was another tough decision for my Clueless Husband, who hasn’t heard of many stars at the World Cup. Paul Pogba is on our World Cup wall chart, so he get’s a selection this week. He stepped up against Australia to play a hand in the winning goal and will be looking to provide again this time around. Will you side with my Clueless Husband?
Until Next Week…
Holly and her Clueless Husband