World Cup Fantasy: Preview

The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup is just around the corner. For over a month, 32 nations will be gunning for the ultimate prize on the international footballing stage. At Fantasybet we will run daily fantasy games every day, so you can rest assured that we will have your World Cup Fantasy needs covered!

In this article, we’ll briefly preview each team’s chances and highlight who their key players, and potential stars, are, allowing you to begin preparing for an exciting, and potentially profitable, summer of World Cup Fantasy Football.

Group A

Uruguay 🇺🇾

How they reached the World Cup: Finished runners-up to Brazil in CONMEBOL qualifying.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Edinson Cavani. The PSG striker scored 10 goals in qualifying.

Potential star: Jose Gimenez.

Selected odds: 2.20 to win Group A (45% chance).

Russia 🇷🇺

How they reached the World Cup: Host nation

World Cup Fantasy pick: Aleksandr Kokorin. The Zenit forward has 18 goals from 27 games this season (at the time of writing).

Potential star: Aleksandr Golovin.

Selected odds: 2.20 to win Group A (36%).

Egypt 🇪🇬

How they reached the World Cup: Won Group E of the CAF qualifying section.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Mohamed Salah. Liverpool attacker with 21 Premier League goals this campaign.

Potential star: Ahmed Hegazy.

Selected odds: 3.25 to be eliminated in the Round of 16 (31%).

Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦

How they reached the World Cup: Finished runners in Group B of the AFC qualifying section.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Mohammad Al-Sahlawi. Bagged 16 goals to finish joint-top goalscorer in qualifying.

Potential star: Waleed Abdullah.

Selected odds: 1.08 to be eliminated in the group stage (93%).

Group B

Spain 🇪🇸

How they reached the World Cup: Group G winners from the UEFA qualifiers.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Alvaro Morata. Should have an abundance of chances from Spain’s incredibly creative midfield.

Potential star: Marco Asensio.

Selected odds: Fourth favourites at 9.00 to win the World Cup (11%).

Portugal 🇵🇹

How they reached the World Cup: Group B winners from the UEFA qualifiers.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Cristiano Ronaldo. A poor season to date but undoubtedly one of the world’s best players.

Potential star: Andre Silva.

Selected odds: 3.00 to win Group B (33%).

Morocco 🇲🇦

How they reached the World Cup: Group C winners in the CAF qualifying section.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Mehdi Benatia. Juventus centre back who is the Atlas Lions’ best player.

Potential star: Ayoub El Kaabi.

Selected odds: 6.00 not to score a goal at the World Cup (17%).

Iran 🇮🇷

How they reached the World Cup: Won Group A in the AFC qualifying section.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Sardar Azmoun. Rubin Kazan striker with 22 goals in 30 international appearances.

Potential star: Ashkan Dejagah.

Selected odds: 1.12 to be eliminated in the group stage (89%).

Group C

France 🇫🇷

How they reached the World Cup: UEFA qualifying section Group A winners.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Antoine Griezmann. Top scorer at Euro 2016 with 6 goals.

Potential star: Nabil Fekir.

Selected odds: 7.00 to win the tournament (14%) – third favourites.

Australia 🇦🇺

How they reached the World Cup: Beat Honduras in the CONCACAF-AFC play-off.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Tim Cahill. Despite being 38 years old, 11 goals in qualifying shows he still has it.

Potential star: Aaron Mooy.

Selected odds: 1.22 to be eliminated in the Group Stage (82%).

Peru 🇵🇪

How they reached the World Cup: Triumphed over New Zealand in the OFC-CONMEBOL play-off.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Jefferson Farfan. The Lokomotiv Moscow forward has netted 23 times in 79 appearances for La Blanquirroja.

Potential star: Edison Flores.

Selected odds: 3.00 to make it out of the group (33% chance).

Denmark 🇩🇰

How they reached the World Cup: Beat the Republic of Ireland in the UEFA qualifying section play-offs.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Christian Eriksen. The Tottenham schemer has chalked up 56 assists in his 5 seasons in the Premier League.

Potential star: Andreas Christensen.

Selected odds: 1.70 to qualify for the knockout stages (59%).

Group D

Argentina 🇦🇷

How they reached the World Cup: Finished third in CONMEBOL qualifying.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Lionel Messi. Argentina’s all-time top scorer with 61 goals and widely regarded as the best player on the planet.

Potential star: Nicolas Otamendi.

Selected odds: Fifth favourites at 10.00 to win the World Cup (10%).

Iceland 🇮🇸

How they reached the World Cup: Group I winners in UEFA qualifying, ahead of Croatia.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Gylfi Sigurdsson. The attacking midfielder has scored 35 goals and set up another 40 during his time in the English top flight.

Potential star: Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Selected odds: 5.00 to be eliminated in the Last 16 (20%).

Croatia 🇭🇷

How they reached the World Cup: Overcame Greece in the UEFA qualifying section play-offs.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Mario Mandzukic. Towering striker who has scored 29 times with his head during his club career, second only to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Potential star: Ivan Perisic.

Selected odds: 4.00 to win Group C (25%).

Nigeria 🇳🇬

How they reached the World Cup: Group B winners in the CAF section.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Kelechi Iheanacho. A natural finisher with 8 goals in 14 games for the Super Eagles.

Potential star: Alex Iwobi.

Selected odds: 1.33 to be eliminated in the group stage (75%).

Group E

Brazil 🇧🇷

How they reached the World Cup: Winners of CONMEBOL qualifying.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Neymar. The world’s most expensive player, he has already chalked up 53 goals for the Selecao.

Potential star: Gabriel Jesus.

Selected odds: 6.00 joint-favourites to win the World Cup (17% chance).

Switzerland 🇨🇭

How they reached the World Cup: Squeezed past Northern Ireland in the UEFA section play-offs.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Xherdan Shaqiri. Skilful and explosive, he has 5 goals and 6 assists in the Premier League this term.

Potential star: Ricardo Rodriguez.

Selected odds: 2.00 to qualify for the knockout stage (50%).

Costa Rica 🇨🇷

How they reached the World Cup: Runners up from the CONCACAF qualifying section.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Keylor Navas. Real Madrid goalkeeper, who should offer great value and rack up the save points.

Potential star: Joel Campbell.

Selected odds: 1.19 to be eliminated in the Group Stage (84%).

Serbia 🇷🇸

How they reached the World Cup: UEFA qualifying Group D winners.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Aleksandar Mitrovic. Top scorer for the Serbs in qualifying with 6 goals.

Potential star: Adem Ljajic.

Selected odds: 3.25 to be eliminated in the Last 16 (30%).

Group F

Germany 🇩🇪

How they reached the World Cup: Won Group C in the UEFA section with a perfect 10 wins from 10 games.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Thomas Muller. Has won the Golden Boot (2010) and Silver Boot (2014) at the last two World Cups.

Potential star: Leroy Sane.

Selected odds: Along with Brazil, they are 6.00 joint-favourites to win the tournament (17% chance).

Mexico 🇲🇽

How they reached the World Cup: Winners of the CONCACAF qualifiers.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Javier Hernandez. El Tricolor’s all-time top scorer with 49 goals.

Potential star: Hirving Lozano.

Selected odds: 3.00 to be eliminated in the Last 16 (33%).

Sweden 🇸🇪

How they reached the World Cup: Beat Italy in the UEFA qualifying play-offs.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Marcus Berg. Hit 8 goals in qualifying to finish as the Swedes’ top scorer.

Potential star: Martin Olsson.

Selected odds: 2.25 to reach the knockout stages (44%).

South Korea 🇰🇷

How they reached the World Cup: Runners in Group A of the AFC qualifying section.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Heung-Min Son. Now a vital part of the Tottenham attack with 11 goals so far this season.

Potential star: Lee Jae-sung.

Selected odds: 1.28 to be eliminated in the group stage (78%).

Group G

Belgium 🇧🇪

How they reached the World Cup: Won Group H in the UEFA qualifying section.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Kevin De Bruyne. The assist machine has set up 44 Premier League goals for his teammates over the past 3 seasons.

Potential star: Thomas Meunier.

Selected odds: 1.91 to win Group G (52% chance).

Panama 🇵🇦

How they reached the World Cup: Placed third in CONCACAF qualifying.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Luis Tejada. Los Canaleros’ all-time top scorer with 43 goals.

Potential star: Michael Murillo.

Selected odds: Panama not to score at the tournament is 4.00 (25%).

Tunisia 🇹🇳

How they reached the World Cup: Won Group A in the CAF qualifying section.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Youssef Msakni. Has averaged a goal every 3 games during his club career.

Potential star: Wahbi Khazri.

Selected odds: 1.19 to not make it out of the group (84%).

England 🇬🇧

How they reached the World Cup: Group F winners from UEFA qualifying.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Harry Kane. Premier League Golden Boot winner for the past two seasons.

Potential star: Raheem Sterling.

Selected odds: 3.75 to be knocked out in the Quarter Finals (27%).

Group H

Poland 🇵🇱

How they reached the World Cup: Won Group E of the UEFA qualifiers.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Robert Lewandowski. Top scorer across UEFA qualifying with 16 goals.

Potential star: Arkadiusz Milik.

Selected odds: 2.88 to win Group H (35% chance).

Senegal 🇸🇳

How they reached the World Cup: Group D winners from the CAF section.

Headline Fantasy pick: Sadio Mane. The Liverpool flyer has scored 10+ goals in each of his 3 full Premier League campaigns.

Potential star: Moussa Sow.

Selected odds: 1.53 to not progress to the knockout stages (65%).

Colombia 🇨🇴

How they reached the World Cup: Won Group E of the CAF qualifying section.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Radamel Falcao. Back in form with 53 goals over the last season and a half for Monaco.

Potential star: Yerry Mina.

Selected odds: 2.88 to win Group H (40% chance).

Japan 🇯🇵

How they reached the World Cup: Group B winners from the AFC qualifying section.

World Cup Fantasy pick: Keisuke Honda. Free kick master scored 7 goals in qualifying.

Potential star: Shinji Okazaki.

Selected odds: 1.39 to be eliminated in the group stage (72%).

Check back in with us here at FantasyBet over the coming months as we continue our build up to a summer of World Cup Fantasy Football, providing you with more in-depth articles, previews and analysis.


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