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McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy tips: defenders for Round 2 in Russia

Recommended picks include players from Uruguay, France, Germany, England, Serbia, Egypt, Denmark and Nigeria.

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Use your one free transfer wisely with these McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy tips for defenders in Round 2 of Russia 2018’s official fantasy football.

You have a wildcard you can play to make unlimited transfers in any Round of your choosing, and this might work best in Round 3 when teams rotate players and go all out to qualify from their groups.

You will then have unlimited transfers once again for Round 4, the start of the knockout phase – so you should hold tight in Round 2 and not ring the changes.

Nevertheless, with in-Round substitutions allowing you to maximise your points tally, it’s worth having a bargain or two on the bench just in case.

With this in mind, recommended picks include players from Uruguay, France, Germany, England, Serbia, Egypt, Denmark and Nigeria.

Guillermo Varela, URU – 4.5m

A right-back who likes to get forward, he has the potential for attacking returns as well as a near-guaranteed clean sheet against a woeful-looking Saudi Arabia.

He’s also comfortably the cheapest member of Uruguay’s defence, albeit it was 5.5m team-mate José Giménez who bagged the late winner against Egypt.

Benjamin Pavard, FRA – 4.5m

Another whose low price suggests he was something of a surprise starter, the reported Arsenal target could be a bargain if he plays against a Peru side that failed to score against Denmark.

Marvin Plattenhardt, GER – 5m

The attacking defender started against Mexico and will prove to be a bargain at that price if he stays in Germany’s team. Next up for them, Sweden.

Harry Maguire, ENG – 5m

A threat from set pieces as well as being in with a great chance of a clean sheet against unfancied Panama.

Aleksandr Kolarov, SRB – 5.5m

Scored a belter of a free kick against Costa Rica and could end up with a clean sheet in what looks like being a tight game against Switzerland.

Ali Gabr/Ahmed Hegazi/Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, EGY – 4.5m each

Egypt’s tight defence almost shut out Uruguay, and if Mohamed Salah comes back in then they’ll have an attacking threat to help pin teams back.

As such they could conceivably keep a clean sheet against Russia, despite the hosts getting underway with a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis looked awful, so it’s worth noting that they’ll be Egypt’s opponent in Round 3.

Henrik Dalsgaard, DEN – 4.5m

Got underway with a clean sheet against Peru and his cheap price could make him a good squad option, although a fixture against an Austalia side who ran France close is not easy.

Brian Idowu, NGR – 4m

Nigeria looked distinctly unimpressive against Croatia and face a tough game up next against Iceand, but on the off chance Nigeria manage a clean sheet Idowu could be a nifty substitute at just 4m.

Good luck and happy selecting!