We round up the key Fantasy talking points from Friday’s four fixtures in our Scout Notes summary. Mohammed Kudus ($6.0m) is the Black Stars’ most-owned player in FIFA Fantasy and the Ajax star earned two points when earning a first-half penalty. Had it not been for South Korea’s late victory, De Arrascaeta would’ve been an interesting cheap option for Fantasy managers. Instead, we need to focus on the Fantasy assets of Portugal and South Korea, as their World Cup journeys continue. Therefore, despite there being very little Fantasy interest in these encounters, we can still look ahead to the round of 16.
Our World Cup Fantasy team previews continue with a look at Costa Rica ahead of tough games against Spain, Germany and Japan. THE ROAD TO QUALIFICATIONJune’s intercontinental win over New Zealand means that Costa Rica will make it five appearances in the last six World Cups. 27 January 2022 WC qualifier Costa Rica 1-0 Panama 30 January 2022 WC qualifier Mexico 0-0 Costa Rica 2 February 2022 WC qualifier Jamaica 0-1 Costa Rica 24 March 2022 WC qualifier Costa Rica 1-0 Canada 27 March 2022 WC qualifier El Salvador 1-2 Costa Rica 30 March 2022 WC qualifier Costa Rica 2-0 United States 2 June 2022 CONCACAF Nations League Panama 2-0 Costa Rica 5 June 2022 CONCACAF Nations League Costa Rica 2-0 Martinique 14 June 2022 WC playoff Costa Rica 1-0 New Zealand 23 September 2022 Friendly South Korea 2-2 Costa Rica 27 September 2022 Friendly Uzbekistan 1-2 Costa Rica 9 November 2022 Friendly Costa Rica 2-0 NigeriaPlayed Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Clean sheets 12 9 2 1 16 6 +10 8MOST RECENT INTERNATIONAL LINE-UPS23/09/2022 – South Korea 2-2 Costa Rica (Bennette x2)(4-4-2) Alvarado; C Martinez, Duarte, Calvo, Oviedo; Torres, Borges, Chacon, Bennette; Campbell, Contreras27/09/2022 – Uzbekistan 1-2 Costa Rica (A Hernandez, Waston)(4-3-1-2) Cruz; Fuller, Waston, Vargas, Oviedo; Aguilera, Galo, Lopez; Suarez; Mora, Venegas09/11/2022 – Costa Rica 2-0 Nigeria (Duarte, Waston)(4-2-3-1) Alvarado; C Martinez, Duarte, Chacon, Oviedo; Lopez, Wilson; Hernandez, Ruiz, Zamora; CampbellHOW FAR WILL THEY GET? I don’t see us scoring many goals.” – Julio SantamariaTHE KEY FANTASY TARGETSAlthough not many Fantasy managers will be intending to pick Costa Rica assets, their 2014 run proved that we shouldn’t dismiss them so easily. “Keylor Navas – Probably the most well-known Costa Rica player.2 months ago Fantasy Football Scout
Our World Cup Fantasy team previews continue with a look at hosts Qatar, the only nation to be making their tournament debut this winter. All prices given are from the official FIFA World Cup Fantasy game. South Korea did similar before their successful 2002 World Cup. They also took part in Asia’s World Cup qualifying matches, as these doubled up as selection for 2023’s Asian Cup competitors. 26 March 2022 Friendly Qatar 2-1 Bulgaria 29 March 2022 Friendly Qatar 0-0 Slovenia 20 August 2022 Friendly Morocco 2-2 Qatar 23 August 2022 Friendly Qatar 2-1 Ghana 26 August 2022 Friendly Jamaica 1-1 Qatar 23 September 2022 Friendly Qatar 0-2 Canada 27 September 2022 Friendly Chile 2-2 Qatar 13 October 2022 Friendly Qatar 2-1 Nicaragua 23 October 2022 Friendly Qatar 2-0 Guatemala 27 October 2022 Friendly Qatar 1-0 Honduras 5 November 2022 Friendly Qatar 2-1 Panama 9 November 2022 Friendly Qatar 1-0 AlbaniaPlayed Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Clean sheets 9 4 4 1 12 9 +3 3MOST RECENT INTERNATIONAL LINE-UPS23/09/2022 – Qatar 0-2 Canada(3-5-2) Al Sheeb; Al-Rawi, Salman (Khoukhi 60′), Hassan; Ro-Ro (Mohammad 45′), Hatem, Boudiaf, Waad (Al Haydos 45′), Ahmed; Ali (Muntari 77′), Afif27/09/2022 – Qatar 2-2 Chile (Afif, Al-Haydos)(3-5-2) Barsham; Al-Rawi (Salman 79;), Khoukhi, Hassan; Mohammad, Hatem (Alaaeldin 88′), Boudiaf (Assadalla 88′), Al-Haydos (Muntari 88′), Ahmed; Ali (Waad 89′), AfifLine-up information not available for the last five friendlies in October and NovemberHOW FAR WILL THEY GET?2 months ago Fantasy Football Scout
Our World Cup Fantasy team previews continue with a look at Brazil, who after a limp quarter-final exit in 2018, are the favourites to win in Qatar. All prices given are from the official FIFA World Cup Fantasy game. ‘The World Cup is quite hard to predict but I think Brazil are favourites to win it, so I would say winner, if not second place or semi-finalists. He arrives bang in form for Madrid (10 goals, five assists this season) and he’ll be keen to make a statement at his first World Cup. “The third asset could be Vinicius Jr if one is looking for an attacking player we could even call a differential for the World Cup.2 months ago Fantasy Football Scout
From Erling Haaland (£12.1m) to Bukayo Saka (£8.0m), we’re rounding up what we know on the team news front ahead of Gameweek 15 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL). Further problems ensued against Zagreb, with Ben Chilwell having to be helped from the field of play with a hamstring injury. “Yes it is [a hamstring injury]. “We can confirm that Heung-Min Son will undergo surgery to stabilise a fracture around his left eye. “The South Korea international suffered the injury during the first half of Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League victory at Olympique Marseille.3 months ago Fantasy Football Scout
Our World Cup Fantasy team previews continue with a look at South Korea, who qualified for their tenth successive tournament with relative ease. THE ROAD TO QUALIFICATIONOnly Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Germany are on a longer streak of World Cups, with the latter being victims of a memorable 2-0 South Korea win in the 2018 group stage. 15 January 2022 Friendly Iceland 1-5 South Korea 21 January 2022 Friendly South Korea 4-0 Moldova 27 January 2022 WC qualifier Lebanon 0-1 South Korea 1 February 2022 WC qualifier Syria 0-2 South Korea 24 March 2022 WC qualifier South Korea 2-0 Iran 29 March 2022 WC qualifier United Arab Emirates 1-0 South Korea 2 June 2022 Friendly South Korea 1-5 Brazil 6 June 2022 Friendly South Korea 2-0 Chile 10 June 2022 Friendly South Korea 2-2 Paraguay 14 June 2022 Friendly South Korea 4-1 Egypt 23 September 2022 Friendly South Korea 2-2 Costa Rica 27 September 2022 Friendly South Korea 1-0 Cameroon 11 November 2022 Friendly South Korea 1-0 IcelandPlayed Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Clean sheets 13 9 2 2 27 12 +15 7MOST RECENT INTERNATIONAL LINE-UPS23/09/2022 – South Korea 2-2 Costa Rica (Hwang Hee-chan, Son Heung-min)(4-1-3-2) Kim Seung-gyu; Yoon Jong-gyu, Kim Min-jae, Kim Young-gwon, Kim Jin-su; Jung Woo-young; Kwon Chang-hoon, Hwang In-beom, Hwang Hee-chan; Son Heung-min, Hwang Ui-jo27/09/2022 – South Korea 1-0 Cameroon (Son Heung-min)(4-2-3-1) Kim Seung-gyu; Kim Moon-hwan, Kim Min-jae, Kwon Kyung-won, Kim Jin-su; Hwang In-beom, Son Jun-ho; Lee Jae-sung, Jeong Woo-yeong, Hwang Hee-chan; Son Heung-min11/11/2022 – South Korea 1-0 Iceland (Song Min-kyu)(3-4-3) Kim Seung-gyu; Park Ji-su, Kwon Kyung-won, Kim Young-gwon; Yoon Jong-gyu, Paik Seung-ho, Jung Woo-young, Hong Chul; Kwon Chang-hoon, Cho Gue-sung, Song Min-kyuHOW FAR WILL THEY GET? The quality gap between our stars and squad players is quite large but, again, hopefully that team spirit can counteract this.” – SonaldoTHE KEY FANTASY TARGETS“The only ones that really matter for World Cup Fantasy are Premier League pair Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan ($6.5m). Hwang Hee-chan meanwhile assisted four times during qualification but isn’t playing much for Wolverhampton Wanderers, so is short on match-fitness himself.2 months ago Fantasy Football Scout
Our World Cup Fantasy team previews continue with a look at Ghana, placed in a competitive-looking Group H with Portugal, South Korea and 2010 nemesis Uruguay. Here, Fantasy Football Scout user Bulara Darlington (@Darlingpodoski), Let’s Talk Ghana (@drgyimah) and Abdul (@Dela4All) help us profile Otto Addo’s Black Stars. Furthermore, a humiliating loss to Comoros brought group stage elimination from the African Cup of Nations. 5 January 2022 Friendly Algeria 3-0 Ghana 10 January 2022 African Cup of Nations Group C Morocco 1-0 Ghana 14 January 2022 African Cup of Nations Group C Gabon 1-1 Ghana 18 January 2022 African Cup of Nations Group C Ghana 2-3 Comoros 25 March 2022 WC playoff Ghana 0-0 Nigeria 29 March 2022 WC playoff Nigeria 1-1 Ghana 1 June 2022 African Cup of Nations qualifier Ghana 3-0 Madagascar 5 June 2022 African Cup of Nations qualifier Central African Republic 1-1 Ghana 10 June 2022 Kirin Cup Japan 4-1 Ghana 14 June 2022 Kirin Cup Chile 0-0 p Ghana 23 September 2022 Friendly Brazil 3-0 Ghana 27 September 2022 Friendly Nicaragua 0-1 Ghana 17 November 2022 Friendly Ghana 2-0 SwitzerlandPlayed Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Clean sheets 13 3 5 5 12 17 -5 5MOST RECENT INTERNATIONAL LINE-UPS23/09/2022 – Brazil 3-0 Ghana(4-1-4-1) Wollacott; Odoi, Djiku, Amartey, Rahman; Idrissu; Sulemana, Kudus, A Ayew, J Ayew; Afena-Gyan27/09/2022 – Nicaragua 0-1 Ghana (Issahaku Fatawu)(4-2-3-1) Ofori; Seidu, Salisu, Amartey, Mensah; Idrissu, Kudus; Bukari, Kyereh, Fatawu; Williams17/11/2022 – Ghana 2-0 Switzerland (Salisu, Semenyo)(4-2-3-1) Ati-Zigi; Lamptey, Amartey, Salisu, Rahman; Owusu, Abdul Samed; Afriyie, A Ayew, J Ayew; WilliamsHOW FAR WILL THEY GET? Predicted line-ups of Bulara (left), Let’s Talk Ghana (middle) and Abdul (right)2 months ago Fantasy Football Scout
Sponsored by SorareWe’re getting to the sharp end of the World Cup now with just eight teams left in contention. That also means that things are really ramping up in the Sorare Global Cup and it’s time again to strengthen your squad before the next round of games. Reminder – join our Private LeagueThe Global Cup is Sorare’s free-to-play, Sorare tournament for the international football period. To enter, follow this link or use the code: NF3UGRGet ready for the Quarter-FinalsManagers have some big decisions to make ahead of the quarter-finals. Richarlison is a good alternative to Neymar in the Brazil frontline with three goals in the World Cup so far.1 month ago Fantasy Football Scout