World Cup Fantasy Football Tips, Round of 16: Midfielders

Brazil 2014 has been a prime time for goal-scoring midfielders.

James Rodriguez, one of our World Cup Fantasy Football tips for the last 16
Rodriguez… Recommended (Image: Copa2014.gov.br)

As educated guesses go, our World Cup Fantasy Football tips for midfielders in the round of 16 are 38 per cent more educated and a whopping 73 per cent more guessed than the national average.

Several different versions of the game are proving to be popular so we can’t be specific on prices, but then your choices get less and less as more teams get knocked out anyway.


Anyway, on with the last 16 midfielders…

World Cup Fantasy Football Tips, Round of 16: Midfielders

First things first, if you’re playing a version of Fantasy Football that lists Germany’s Thomas Müller as a midfielder – the Mirror version, for instance – and you haven’t got him in your team, then why on Earth not?

He’s the joint top scorer at this World Cup and was joint top scorer at the last one, so it won’t be any surprise to see him take his overall tournaments tally to 10 with another goal against Algeria – as such, he strikes as being a fine candidate to captain your Fantasy team.

Brazil v Chile pits Oscar against Charles Aránguiz, each of whom registered a goal and an assist in the group stage.

However, only one can appear in the quarter-finals so including both in your side guarantees that you’ll have to make at least one transfer in the next round.

The same applies of course for Belgium v USA, or Eden Hazard v Clint Dempsey as we shall dub it for the purposes of this article – if you’re thinking of picking Dempsey, check on his fitness as he looked to have picked up a knock in the 1-0 defeat to Germany.

Colombia pair James Rodríguez and Juan Cuadrado have been in fine form, racking up four goals and five assists between them so far this tournament.

They take on a Uruguay side deprived of Luis Suárez, so all the more reason for them to prosper – and perhaps keep a nice little clean sheet bonus too.

Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri exploded into life with a hat-trick against Honduras, and he’ll be facing an Argentina side that didn’t look the soundest defensively in beating Nigeria 3-2.

Mind you, Nigeria’s defence doesn’t look the most water-tight either – next up for the Super Eagles is France, so you might want to consider Les Bleus duo Matthieu Valbuena and Blaise Matuidi, each of whom have a goal to their name at Brazil 2014.

Ultimately though the choice is yours, so good luck, happy selecting and see you again for the quarter-finals!