Fantasy iTeam Blog


World Cup Group H Preview – by Liam Whitlock

June 8, 2014 11:50 am

Let’s get straight to the point, Belgium are the bookies favourites to win the group and are dark horses for some to lift the trophy. Will Capello’s experience be enough to see Russia through with Belgium, or will South Korea and Algeria mount a challenge? Belgium: How they qualified: Eastern European nations, Croatia and Serbia are traditionally tough teams to overhaul when it comes to qualifying for a major tournament, but the Belgians made a mockery of that. Among their eight victories, two came away from home against both of those nations, while 10 points were collected from the four...

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World Cup – Big Names Blog (Part 2) by Ben Randall

June 5, 2014 4:11 pm

Here’s part 2 of my group by group run-down of some of the big name players I’m currently considering for my squad. I’ve tried to include a few differentials, as the likes of Neymar, Robben, Reus and Oscar will already be in many an iTeam. Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France & Honduras: Goalkeeper France, Hugo Lloris – Club: Totthenham Hotspur – International Caps: 55 Caps – Value: 5.8M. I was expecting a few clean sheets bonuses from this man, but after watching Ecuador last night I’m a little worried. Still, he’s a great Goalkeeper and he’s nailed on. Defender Switzerland,...

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World Cup Group A Preview – by Ben Harrison

June 5, 2014 11:09 am

Despite this group being one of the most looked upon, due to it containing the host nation, I am going to try and keep it as balanced and easy to follow as possible. So, obviously there is a huge expectation on Brazil, who have not had much success in recent tournaments. But with many tipping this to be their year, I am not sure it is that straight forward, and many others are saying they will either ‘flop/win, with there being no middle ground, and I would have to agree with them. Just a quick reminder of the 3 opening...

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World Cup – Big Names Blog (Part 1) by Ben Randall

June 3, 2014 9:53 am

Here’s my group by group run-down of some of the big name players I’m currently considering for my squad. I’ve tried to include a few differentials, as the likes of Neymar, Robben, Reus and Oscar will already be in many an iTeam. Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico & Cameroon: GoalkeeperBrazil, Julio Cesar – Club: Queens Park Rangers – International Caps: 78 – Value: 6.0M. Currently on loan at Toronto, he should be Scolari’s number 1. Awarded the ‘Golden Glove’ in last years Confederations Cup win, his recent international performances have been top notch. DefenderBrazil, Thiago Silva – Club: Paris Saint-Germain...

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World Cup Group G Preview – by Dale Henderson

June 1, 2014 9:48 am

Group G looks like a very hard group to predict indeed. It consists of Germany, USA, Portugal and Ghana, these are four teams which have big reputations, and in all honesty I cannot call it. You cannot look past Germany for group winners, but they have games in the north of Brazil and two early kick offs, with the temperature being boiling hot, so expect this to be a factor. You may think that this shouldn’t be, but even the local Brazilian teams who play in that region will not play a game at that time, so make of that...

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World Cup Group B Preview – by Gregg Livingstone

May 30, 2014 11:08 am

Group B consists of holders Spain, Netherlands, Chile and Australia. We will see a replay of the 2010 final between Spain and Holland and we also have the lowest FIFA ranked team in the competition in the shape of Australia. Chile make up the group and I can see them making it interesting for the 2 favourites. Spain and Holland will fancy their chances of progressing as the top 2 but with Chile’s brand of attacking football they could worry the big guns. Australia have it all to do and with an opening game against Chile, they really need points...

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World Cup Group D Preview – by Matthew Williams

May 28, 2014 11:57 am

World Cup Group D Preview Group D is a tough one to call, with Italy, England, Uruguay and Costa Rica. You would expect 2 of the big 3 in the group to qualify, with the games against Costa Rica pretty much guaranteeing 3 points for each of them. If you look at their form through the qualifiers you would have to say that Italy and England are the favourites to make it out of the group, but Uruguay, with so much attacking talent, cannot be written off, so I expect the games between Italy, England and Uruguay to be very...

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World Cup Group F Preview – by Dale Henderson

May 25, 2014 2:40 pm

The group consists of Argentina, Nigeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran. On paper it seems like perennial underachievers, Argentina, will dominate the group, with Bosnia- Herzegovina and Nigeria fighting it out for second place and Carlos Queiroz’s Iran expected to be the group whipping boys. Although, at the World Cup things do not always go to plan. I would expect Argentina to win all three of their matches, they have an embarrassment of riches upfront and haven’t even brought Carlos Tevez. It will be the battle for second spot that will be the intriguing one in this group, which is expected to...

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Champions League Final: Can Atletico do the double

May 22, 2014 3:07 pm

The 13/14 Champions League winner will be decided this Saturday evening. After securing the La Liga with a draw at Barcelona, Atletico could pull off one of the shock doubles of all time… Diego Simeone deserves a lot of credit – taking over back in 2011-12, things didn’t look too good. But he worked his magic, and in his first full season in charge of the club, he won the Europa League and achieved a 5th place La Liga finish. The season after was even better – a 3rd place finish and the Copa del Rey secured. Fast forward to...

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World Cup Hidden Gems – by Rob Wright

May 19, 2014 12:21 pm

Well here it is,the World Cup is almost upon us, and with the exception of Ibra and Bale the best players in the world will all be on show for what promises to be a great month of football. Now, I’m not sure about you but I’ve been looking at the teams and thinking how am I going to get Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar up front without having to put the entire Iranian midfield in my team. Well, with that in mind I have put together my top 10 players that could be worth a look this summer, these players...

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