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:
Brazil, 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.
Brazil, Thiago Silva – Club: Paris Saint-Germain – International Caps: 45 Caps – Value: 6.3M. Voted as one of the top two central defenders in Europe for three consecutive years by UEFA.com users, he will be going straight into my team for the double gameweek.
Croatia, Luka Modric – Club: Real Madrid – International Caps: 73 Caps – Value: 6.6M. With Mandzukic suspended for the first game, Modric will need to be at his best. With 3 assists and 1 goal in this seasons Champions League, he’s not exactly prolific but he doesn’t cost the earth.
Cameroon, Samuel Eto’o – Club: Chelsea – International Caps: 113 Caps – Value: 8.0M. If anyone’s going to grab a few goals for Cameroon, it’s this man. His goal per game ratio for Chelsea wasn’t too bad, and he scored the first goal in a recent friendly against Germany.
Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile & Australia:
Spain, Iker Casillas – Club: Real Madrid – International Caps: 153 Caps – Value: 6.2M. He may have only made 2 La Liga appearances in 13/14 but he was ever present in Real Madrid’s Champions League starting 11. In my opinion, still one of the best Goalkeepers in the world. At 6.2m he’s expensive but well worth it.
Spain, Sergio Ramos – Club: Real Madrid – International Caps: 115 Caps – Value: 6.3M. With 7 goals in 51 games in 13/14, he will probably outscore Torres at the World Cup. Couple that with potential clean sheet bonuses, and he’s fantasy gold.
Chile, Arturo Vidal – Club: Juventus – International Caps: 53 Caps – Value: 6.8M. 5 goals in 11 qualifying appearances makes him indispensable to Chile. There are massive fitness doubts hanging over him but hopefully he’ll be fully fit come kick off time.
Australia, Tim Cahill – Club: New York Red Bulls – International Caps: 67 Caps – Value: 7.9M. The team may have been written off by many, but if they’re going to cause an upset, Tim will probably be the one to do it. He plays as a forward for his Country and has scored 32 goals in 68 matches.
Group C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, And Japan:
Colombia, David Ospina – Club: Ogc Nice – International Caps: 43 Caps – Value: 4.9M. At the end of the qualifiers, Ospina conceded the least amount of goals by any South American goalkeeper. With such a favourable group, and at just 4.9m, he’s a great option.
Japan, Yuto Nagatomo – Club: Inter Milan – International Caps: 67 Caps – Value: 4.7M. A massive name in Japan, Yuto is a really budget friendly option. With 9 goals in 105 games for Inter, he may sneak a goal and a clean sheet in during the group games.
Ivory Coast, Yaya Toure – Club: Manchester City – International Caps: 82 Caps – Value: 7.3M. If FiT, he will be one of the first names in people’s iTeam’s. He may have issues with Birthday cakes but he should score really big in this group.
Colombia, Jackson Martinez – Club: Porto – International Caps: 26 Caps – Value 8.4M. With Falcao ruled out it’s a right opportunity for Jackson to shine. With 46 goals in just 60 appearances for Porto, he could be a massive hit.
Group D: Italy, England, Uruguay & Costa Rica.
Italy, Gianluigi Buffon – Club: Juventus – International Caps: 139 Caps: Value: 6.2M. It’s Buffon!!! Enough said.
England, Gary Cahill – Club: Chelsea – International Caps: 22 Caps: Value: 5.8M. It was a tough call between him and Baines, but I have a sneaky suspicion that Cahill will be more on the end of some of Baines’ set pieces.
Italy, Andrea Pirlo – Club: Juventus – International Caps: 108 Caps: Value: 6.6M. This guy is a God. Set Piece and penalty specialist, and was integral in Juventus’ domestic season, proving age doesn’t matter. I just hope he has a bad game against England..
Uruguay, Luis Suarez – Club: Liverpool – International Caps: 77 Caps: Value: 10.4M. Uraguay need him FiT, England don’t… By all accounts he’s going to be good to go from the off. It’s going to be a tough call between him, Messi and Ronaldo for my team.
Thanks for reading; I hope that this will help you when it comes to finalising your squads. Part 2 coming soon!
(Caps are subject to change due to ongoing international friendlies, all caps are from the official world cup website.)
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