Find a safe pair of hands with these McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy tips for goalkeepers in Round 2 of the official fantasy football game of Russia 2018.
You’ve got a wildcard you can play to make unlimited transfers in any Round you choose, and this might be best deployed in Round 3 where teams rotate players and desperately scramble to qualify from their groups.
You’ll then get unlimited transfers again for Round 4 and the start of the knockout phase, so you should hold tight in Round 2 and not make too many transfers.
However, in-Round substitutions give you the chance to maximise your points tally, so it’s worth having one or two bargains on the bench just in case.
With that in mind, recommended picks include players from Iceland, Egypt, Nigeria, Switzerland, Uruguay and England.
Hannes Halldórsson, ISL – 5m
Saved Lionel Messi’s penalty to earn Iceland a point against Argentina, so in theory he should have little to fear from a poor-looking Nigeria side.
Mohamed El-Shenawy, EGY – 4.5m
Egypt came within minutes of shutting out Uruguay and they could have Mohamed Salah back for this one, whose attacking threat would help keep Russia on the back foot.
The hosts may have beaten Saudi Arabia 5-0 but it’s hard to know how much to read into that, given the paucity of the Saudis’ play.
Francis Uzoho, NGR – 4m
Nigeria didn’t impress against Croatia and could struggle again against Iceland, but at such a cheap price Uzoho could be handy to have as a substitute in case your first-choice goalkeeper plays on a different day.
Yann Sommer, SUI – 5m
Regardless of how they get on against tournament favourites Brazil, Switzerland boast a strong defence that should be able to handle Serbia.
Fernando Muslera, URU – 5.5m
Not exactly cheap, but can anyone honestly see Uruguay conceding to Saudi Arabia?
Jordan Pickford, ENG – 5.5m
Although he’s another who doesn’t quite fit the definition of a bargain, England’s fixture against Panama looks comfortable on paper.
Good luck and happy selecting!