World Cup Fantasy Football Tips, Group Stage 2: Midfielders

Midfielders! Get 'em while they're hot! World Cup midfielders, sir!

Thomas Müller, one of our World Cup Fantasy Football tips for Group Stage 2
Müller… Rices to the occasion (Image: Илья Хохлов/Ilya Khokhlov/Ilja Chochłow)

The World Cup Fantasy Football tips for the Group Stage we gave you before were based on the official Fifa version of the game, which doesn’t let you make any more transfers until the knock-out stages.

However, other versions of the game – including The Mirror’s World Cup Fantasy Football game, our preferred version due to its similarity to Fantasy Premier League – let you make transfers in between the three rounds of Group Stage matches.

That’s why us good sports at Football Burp decided to impart World Cup Fantasy Football Tips for Group Stage 2 midfielders, so listen up those of you who are playing one of the more transfer-friendly World Cup Fantasy Football games…


Anyway, on with the Group Stage 2 midfielders advice…

World Cup Fantasy Football Tips, Group Stage 2: Midfielders

Some versions of the game include Brazil v Mexico in Round 1, even though it’s each team’s second match. This means that neither feature in what is essentially ‘Gameweek 2’, so get your Brazilians and Mexicans out of there!

Argentina would seem to be a decent bet to claim a handsome win against Iran, their most obvious midfield choice being the in-form Angel Di Maria – however, he won’t come cheap and you might prefer to save your Fantasy money for Argentina’s forwards.

If like us you had Germany’s Thomas Müller in your side, you’ll have been pleased as punch with his hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Portgual. Just thought we’d have a little gloat about that.

It’s quite conceivable that he could fill his boots against Ghana as well, the Black Stars having lost 2-1 to the USA in their opening match, and he’s listed as a midfielder in some versions – that’s more points per goal and therefore more bang for your buck.

Wesley Sneijder and Tim Cahill will be on opposite sides when Holland/the Netherlands take on Australia, so that could be a profitable encounter for you.

Sneijder claimed two assists in the 5-1 win over Spain and Cahill headed the Socceroos’ only goal against Chile, so both look to be in good form.

Colombia v Ivory Coast also presents plenty of intrigue – if it’s to be the high-scoring affair it could be then midfielders could feature heavily.

James Rodriguez scored and Juan Cuadrado claimed two assists in the Colombians’ 3-0 win over Greece, while the Ivorians have Yaya Touré.

Reckon Clint Dempsey can score for USA against Portugal? Keisuke Honda for Japan against Greece? Raheem Sterling for England against Uruguay, dare we say? We can only advise you so far on this – ultimuttley, as Mystic Megson would say, it’s up to you.