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McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy tips: forwards for group stage in Russia

Timo Werner is one of our McDonald's FIFA World Cup Fantasy tips for forwards in the group stage
WINNER? Werner (Image: jeollo von)

These McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy tips for forwards in the group stage could propel you to glory in the official fantasy football game of Russia 2018.

The big names – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, you know the ones – speak for themselves, so let’s focus on those who could outscore their value.

Because let’s face it, you’re going to need some bargains to help you accommodate those big-hitters.

Recommended picks include players from Belgium, Uruguay, Poland, Germany, England, Egypt, Colombia, Senegal, Serbia and Peru.

Romelu Lukaku, Belgium – £10m

Cheaper than some of the other top forwards on offer and could score a hatful in his first two games alone against Panama and Tunisia.

Edison Cavani, Uruguay – £9.5m

Scored 40 goals for PSG last season and comes £1m cheaper than team-mate Luis Suárez, although the latter is on penalty duty.

Robert Lewandowski, Poland – £9.5m

A goal machine for club and country, and if he’s firing on all cylinders he could help Poland qualify from a fairly open-looking Group H.

Timo Werner, Germany – £9.5m

With 7 goals in 13 Germany appearances, Werner looks set to spearhead the attack of a team who will once again be among the favourites.

Raheem Sterling, England – £9m

Just because he’s listed as a forward rather than a midfielder, it doesn’t mean he can’t score highly against Tunisia and Panama.

Mohamed Salah, Egypt – £8.5m

Not one to start with since he goes into the competition injured, and not one to pick if it looks like Egypt are heading for an early exit.

But if the stars align, it would be madness to overlook that price for a player who scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season.

Radamel Falcao, Colombia – £8.5m

He’s looked rejuvenated since his disappointing spell in England, scoring 54 goals over the last two seasons at Monaco.

Sadio Mané, Senegal – £8.5m

Ended last season on fire for Liverpool and represents his country’s main hope of progressing beyond the group stage.

Marco Reus, Germany – £8m

One of the many wingers listed as a forward, Reus arrives in fine form having recovered from injury to score 7 goals in 11 Bundesliga matches for Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season.

Aleksandar Mitrović, Serbia – £7.5m

His goals propelled Fulham to promotion from the Championship and his aerial threat could pose real problems for Switzerland, Costa Rica and – gulp! – Brazil.

Jefferson Farfán, Peru – £7m

If Peru are to be a surprise package then they’ll likely need the goals of Farfán, who managed 14 for Lokomotiv Moscow this season.

Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Uruguay – £5.5m

Perhaps the best ‘bargain basement’ option should you need one, given he looks set to link up with Cavani and Suárez in Uruguay’s attack.