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

Recommended picks include players from Brazil, Switzerland, Iceland, Japan and Russia.

Denis Cheryshev is one of our McDonald's FIFA World Cup Fantasy tips for midfielders in Round 3 of the official Russia 2018 fantasy football
DEAL? Denis (Image: Дмитрий Садовников)

Use your transfers shrewdly with these McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy tips for midfielders in Round 3 of Russia 2018’s official fantasy football.

If you’ve still got your Wildcard, this looks a good time to play it as you’ll get unlimited transfers again before the Round of 16.

In effect this grants you a free hit for these final group stage matches, so look into who’s likely to rest players and who will be full-strength.

Now you’ve had the chance to have a look at every team, you should be in a better position to decide who has the best fixtures.

Remember you can make substitutions from day to day within each round, so it’s worth finding bargains to allow you a decent bench.

With that in mind, recommended picks include players from Brazil, Switzerland, Iceland, Japan, Australia and Russia.

Philippe Coutinho, BRA – 9m

Although by no means cheap, Coutinho has scored in both matches so far and is likely to be a key player again as Brazil seek to secure qualification against Serbia.

In terms of the higher priced midfielders, he looks like one of the best bets.

Xherdan Shaqiri, SUI – 8.5m

As long as he doesn’t get banned for his celebration against Serbia (keep an eye on that), Shaqiri has a good fixture on paper against Costa Rica.

He’s their star man, so if he escapes a ban then he’s a good bet for a goal and/or assist here.

Gylfi Sigurðsson, ISL – 8m

Missed a penalty against Nigeria, but the Everton man has big moments in him so Iceland will look to him for inspiration against what looks likely to be an under-strength Croatia.

Shinji Kagawa, JPN – 6.5m

Still a key player for Japan as well as their penalty taker, Kagawa’s a relatively cheap option who could cause problems for Poland’s shaky-looking defence.

Mile Jedinak, AUS – 6m

With VAR seemingly resulting in more penalties, it’s worth having takers and Jedinak has already scored two for Australia going into a game against Peru they must win.

Denis Cheryshev, RUS – 5.5m

One of the stars of the tournament so far and therefore superbly priced, although he probably won’t find Uruguay to be as obliging opponents as Saudi Arabia and Egypt were.

Nevertheless, he plays on the Monday so at that price he’s worth starting with and then substituting out if he doesn’t perform.

Good luck and happy selecting!