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:
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.
Switzerland, Stephen Lichtsteiner – Club: Juventus – International Caps: 61 Caps – Value: 5.5M. The Juventus full back is the full package. He loves getting into attacking positions and has been nicknamed “Forrest Gump”. He scored in a recent friendly and isn’t too expensive.
France, Frank Ribery – Club FC Bayern Munich – International Caps: 81 Caps – Value: 7.6M. He was France’s top scorer in qualification with 5 goals. Sadly, a back injury has kept him out recently, but if FiT, he could cause some major damage in this group.
Ecuador, Felipe Caicedo – 47 Caps – Club: Al-Jazira – International Caps: 48 Caps – Value: 7.5M. If anyone is going to trouble the France and Swiss defence it’s this man. 15 goals for his country already, and he’s only 25. As we saw against England, he has players around him of some quality.
Group F: Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nigeria & Iran:
Bosnia & Herzegovina, Asmir Begovic – Club: Stoke City – International Caps: 28 Caps – Value: 5.0M. Great value and I can see him keeping out Nigeria and Iran. If you want to free up some funds, he’s the best budget keeper.
Argentina, Pablo Zabaleta – Club: Manchester City – International Caps: 36 Caps – Value: 6.1M. He may be dearer than his fellow defenders but as we know he loves to get forward. 7 assists and 1 goal in the EPL in 13/14.
Bosnia & Herzegovina, Miralem Pjanic – Club: Roma – International Caps: 46 Caps – Value: 5.3M. 8 goals in 46 games for his country and he comes in a decent price. If he can link up well with Dzeko he could score a fair few points.
Argentina, Lionel Messi – Club: FC Barcelona – International Caps: 84 Caps – Value: 10.7M. Surely, this it’s time for him to perform on the World stage. He might not have had his best season for Barcelona but he did very well during qualification, scoring 10 goals in 12 appearances. With fitness concerns hanging over both Ronaldo and Suarez, I expect most manager’s will go with Messi.
Group G: Germany, Portugal, United States Of America & Ghana:
Germany, Manuel Neuer – Club: FC Bayern Munich – International Caps: 45 Caps – Value: 6.2M. Nailed on for Germany, he is regarded by some as the best keeper in the World. He’ll have to be at his best to keep the likes of Ronaldo at bay, but I can see a few clean sheets coming his way.
Portugal, Pepe – Club: Real Madrid – International Caps: 57 Caps – Value: 6.0M. In another life he’d have been an actor, he’s also a very talented footballer. He isn’t a rotation risk and pops up with the odd goal.
USA, Michael Bradley – Club: Toronto – International Caps: 82 Caps – Value: 5.4M. With Donovan dropped, Bradley is the household name in the USA side. He’s been utilised in a more advanced position in recent friendlies and might be one to watch.
Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo – Club: Real Madrid – International Caps: 110 Caps – Value: 10.7M. He’s been struggling with annoying injuries for the last few months. If he’s in the starting 11 he is well worth using a transfer on, but I think I’m leaning more towards Messi at the moment. For the sake of the tournament I hope he’s ok to play.
Group H: Belgium, Russia, Algeria & South Korea:
Belgium, Thibout Courtois – Club: Atletico Madrid – International Caps: 15 Caps – Value: 5.9M. What a season he’s had. Belgium aren’t rock solid at the back but I think they’ve got enough about them to keep Algeria, and South Korea out.
Belgium, Vincent Kompany – Club: Manchester City – International Caps: 57 Caps – Value: 6.2M. Clean sheet and goal potential. He’s a true warrior and will be buzzing after winning the Premier League title.
South Korea, Son Heung-Min – Club: Bayer Leverkusen – International Caps – 23 Caps – Value: 5.3M. 10 goals in 31 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen in 13/14. At just 5.3m and with games against Russia and Algeria I can see him having a great tournament.
Belgium, Romelu Lukaku – Club Everton (Loan) – International Caps: 27 Caps – Value: 9.1M. With Benteke sidelined he’s going to be the focal point of the Belgium attack. He’s scored 4 goals in recent friendlies and with the likes of Hazard and De Bruyne supporting him he will score big.
(Caps are subject to change due to ongoing international friendlies, all caps are from the official world cup website.)
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