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McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy tips: defenders for Round 3 in Russia

Manuel Akanji is one of our McDonald's FIFA World Cup Fantasy tips for defenders in Round 3 of the official Russia 2018 fantasy football
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Use your transfers wisely with these McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy tips for defenders in Round 3 of Russia 2018’s official fantasy football.

If you still have your Wildcard to play, now looks a good time to do so because you get unlimited transfers before the Round of 16.

This effectively gives you a free hit for the final group stage matches, so consider who’s likely to rotate and who needs to go all out to qualify.

Now that you’ve had a chance to evaluate every side, you’re also better placed to decide who’s got the best fixtures.

Don’t forget you can make substitutions from day to day within a round, so it’s worth finding some bargains to make up a decent bench.

With all this in mind, recommended picks include players from Switzerland, Egypt, Uruguay, France and Tunisia.

Manuel Akanji, SUI – 4.5m

The cheapest way into a Switzerland defence that remains strong despite not yet keeping a clean sheet.

With qualification in their hands, a final group stage match against goalless Costa Rica looks too good to pass up.

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

Egypt have no chance of making the knockout stages but their final game is against a Saudi Arabia side that’s yet to score a goal.

If you fancy that run to continue then you might even want to consider doubling up on Egypt defenders, given how cheap they are.

They also play on the Monday, allowing you to substitute them out on subsequent days should they not perform.

Guillermo Varela, URU – 4.5m

Uruguay are yet to concede and look like one of the few teams who might be able to stop a Russia side that’s scored eight goals in two games.

Benjamin Pavard, FRA – 4.5m

France are through to the next round but need at least a point against Denmark to finish top of the group, so they’re likely to still field a full-strength side.

This has so far included reported Arsenal target Pavard, whose low price reflects the fact he was a surprise choice.

Dylan Bronn, TUN – 4.5m

Tunisia bow out with a game against Panama, with Bronn’s goal against Belgium showing he can offer a threat from set pieces.

Good luck and happy selecting!