Shield Pick: Harry Kane vs CroatiaAnytime Goalscorer Odds: 6/5
Harry Kane has among the highest ownership in World Cup Fantasy, and it's no wonder: he's leading the golden boot race by two goals, he's the England captain with the easiest fixture on paper, plus he's on penalties. With six goals already, Kane has failed to return in just one of the four games he has played in. Croatia have conceded 4 goals in their last 3 games, including a penalty to Iceland. If none of the big players return in the first semi-final on Tuesday, Kane will be the popular second choice for Wednesday night. If you've a strong rank to protect, play it safe with the shield pick.
Harry Kane's six goals have seen him equal the record (with Gary Lineker, 1986) for most strikes by an England player at a single World Cup. Lineker's six-goal haul in Mexico was enough to win him the adidas Golden Boot. #ENG #SWEENG pic.twitter.com/kIhbVGHli9— TheCable (@thecableng) July 7, 2018
Sword Pick: Antoine Griezmann vs BelgiumAnytime Goalscorer Odds: 7/4
France are predicted to have the edge against Belgium, with Griezmann appearing to be the safe choice from the French attack. He's on penalties, plus takes a share of set pieces, giving a strong chance of attacking returns from dead ball situations. He's been consistent throughout the tournament; with 3 goals, 1 assist and earning a penalty. Belgium have failed to keep a clean sheet in the knockout rounds, conceding three goals in two games. Are you going to captain Griezmann on Tuesday night?
A terrific display from Antoine Griezmann is #FRA's win against #URU sees him named our Hero of the Day! #DiorSauvage— Sport360° (@Sport360) July 6, 2018
Discover @Dior Sauvage Eau de Parfum on https://t.co/RAfNtzr9r0 pic.twitter.com/TCv3wRkBw3
Form Pick: Kylian Mbappe vs BelgiumAnytime Goalscorer Odds: 7/4
Fixture Pick: Jesse Lingard vs CroatiaAnytime Goalscorer Odds: 17/5
Another man without dead ball duties, Lingard is an incredibly important player for England and has been at the heart of goals from open play. He's got a goal and an assist, plus won a penalty in the group stage. Croatia have shown their defensive frailties in the knockout round and Jesse will be looking to exploit those tired Croatian legs, who've faced extra time and penalties in both their previous knockout rounds. Lingard has shown himself to be a big game player at club level, scoring many important goals in tournament games for Manchester United. Are you going to go against Harry Kane with the fixture pick?
Jesse Lingard at the 2018 #WorldCup:— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 8, 2018
vs #TUN - 96.4% pass accuracy
vs #PAN - 93.9% pass accuracy
vs #COL - 90.9% pass accuracy
vs #SWE - 93.5% pass accuracy
Full player statistics: https://t.co/xP1R3YomsG pic.twitter.com/8FrKcvqZVL
Punt Pick: Romelu Lukaku vs FranceAnytime Goalscorer Odds: 8/5
France may be favourites to beat Belgium, but the Belgium attack should not be overlooked: they looked potent against Brazil, with De Bruyne playing as part of the front three. There's goals amongst their front line and plenty of pace: Lukaku should be at the heart of it. He's got four goals already and looks most likely to challenge Kane for the Golden Boot going into the final game. The only downside is that he isn't on penalties, but he's a worthy candidate to take a punt on for Tuesday. I fancy Belgium to overthrow France.
Romelu Lukaku has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 13 appearances for Belgium (17 goals, 3 assists) 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) July 6, 2018
Live: https://t.co/TpOG2S7Zmz#BRA #BEL #BRABEL #bbcworldcup #Worldcup pic.twitter.com/S89WbtfWDI
Park the Bus Pick: Harry Maguire vs CroatiaAnytime Goalscorer Odds: 14/1 Clean Sheet Odds: 7/5
While clean sheets might be hard to come by at this stage of the tournament, England have shown most grit, conceding just that one late goal against Colombia. If you want to captain a defender, one with attacking threat is important and Maguire has just that: he's got a goal and an assist from corners, plus makes lots of attacking runs out from the back. With four of England's eleven goals coming from corners and another two penalties won from holding in the box, the odds are in Maguire's favour for more luck from set pieces. Are you brave enough to captain a defender?
Harry Maguire won more aerial duels (9) than any other player on the pitch during England's quarter-final win against Sweden.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 8, 2018
One of them more important than the rest. ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/vN94GKi6fM
Clueless Husband Pick: Luka Modric vs EnglandAnytime Goalscorer Odds: 4/1
To round up the semi final captain picks, my Clueless Husband returns with yet more negativity for his national side. He was determined to pick a Croatian player, with Modric the big name player coming to mind. He's scored two goals in the tournament, including a penalty and should have had another: he failed to convert a crucial penalty against Denmark in the Round of 16. Expect the Croatian playmaker to be key to their performance on Wednesday night. Will you side with my Clueless Husband and go against England? Until Next Week… Good Luck! Holly and her Clueless Husband[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type="1_6" layout="1_6" spacing="" center_content="no" hover_type="none" link="" mer_position="all" padding="" dimension_margin="" animation_type="" animation_direction="left" animation_speed="0.3" animation_offset="" last="no" element_content=""][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]
Luka Modric's #WorldCup game by numbers vs. #RUS:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 7, 2018
102 passes attempted
87% pass accuracy
4 chances created
4 fouls won
All in a day's work. 🙆♂️ pic.twitter.com/zFO9GsTklt