World Cup Fantasy iTeam bargains for Russia 2018

Cost-effective signings for Soccerway Fantasy iTeam's World Cup game.

Fernando Muslera is one of our World Cup Fantasy iTeam bargains for Russia 2018
Muslera loves a bargain (Image: l3o_)

Our World Cup Fantasy iTeam bargains for Russia 2018 are sure to help you unlock your full fantasy football potential in the most cost-effective way possible.

A key feature of Soccerway Fantasy iTeam is that you can use your weekly allowance of two free transfers DURING the Gameround (you can pay for a third), meaning you can score points for up to 13 players per Gameround.

Quoting from the Soccerway Fantasy iTeam app:

You can make changes to your iTeam in between fixtures. As long as the player is in your iTeam lineup at the game’s scheduled kick-off time, you will get his points. You also retain ALL points scored by the player transferred out.

Given that group stage matches are usually more high-scoring affairs than those in the knock-out rounds, it makes sense to reserve these transfers for forwards.

As such, you ought to choose other positions based on their first three fixtures, not just their first one.

You will also need some bargains in order to field a powerful front three in each Gameround.

With all this in mind, here are some tips for each position:

World Cup Fantasy iTeam bargain goalkeepers

Group G contains two of the least fancied teams in Tunisia and Panama, so Belgium and England could both be reasonably expected to keep a couple of clean sheets each.

At £5.8m, England’s Jordan Pickford is £0.2m cheaper than Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois, which gives him the edge due to the likelihood of England scoring against Belgium in their final qualifying match.

Even if you’re a pessimistic Three Lions fan, remember that Belgium’s manager is Roberto Martínez and his teams have historically not been known for defensive resilience.

Uruguay look like favourites in Group A, and the fact that they face Egypt first means they won’t be going up against Mohamed Salah, who otherwise would have been their most dangerous group stage opponent.

As such, their goalkeeper Fernando Muslera could prove to be a snip at £5.7m.

Switzerland have to contend with Brazil in Group E, but their other fixtures against Costa Rica and Serbia could provide opportunities for £5.6m Yann Sommer to score points.

World Cup Fantasy iTeam bargain defenders

Brazil had the best defensive record of any South American team in qualifying, and their group doesn’t look like it should pose many problems for them.

You could go for the £6.4m Marcelo in the (not unrealistic) hope of him grabbing a goal or assist, but opting instead for the £6m Miranda saves you valuable funds for the rest of your team.

Egypt may struggle against Uruguay’s forward line but their defensive style could prove more effective against Russia and Saudi Arabia.

West Brom centre-back Ahmed Hegazi might therefore turn out to be a decent punt at £5.5m, especially if Salah recovers fitness and manages to fire them into the latter stages.

Of Uruguay’s defenders, Martín Cáceres looks sure to start and could even chip in with a goal – he managed a respectable four for Lazio last season.

Switzerland’s Ricardo Rodríguez scored in the warm-up draw with Spain the other day, but for his price of £5.8m you could also have England’s Harry Maguire, another defender who poses a threat in the opposition box.

Keep an eye out for whether or not Maguire is likely to start in Gareth Southgate’s back three, because England should be confident of two clean sheets from their opening two games.

Perhaps the best value of all could be Argentina’s Nicolás Tagliafico at £5.7m if, as some are saying, he’s set to be a surprise starter.

You can also have Colombia’s Johan Mojica for just £5.6m – he looks set to deputise for the injured Frank Fabra.

World Cup Fantasy iTeam bargain midfielders

For someone who scored in the Champions League final and ended last season on fire, Senegal’s Sadio Mané looks a snip at £7m – especially as he’s likely to play in attack.

Senegal are in an open-looking group with Colombia, Japan and Poland, so Mané could yet prove to be as good as a fourth striker in your Fantasy iTeam.

South Korea’s £6.8m Son Heung-min enjoyed another productive season at Tottenham Hotspur, so he’s another familiar name to Premier League fans who offers a serious goal threat for an unfancied side.

He might struggle against Germany, but he could pose serious problems for Sweden and Mexico.

Speaking of Germany, Marco Reus can be had for just £6.8m and he ended his club season in fine goal-scoring form for Borussia Dortmund.

Brazil’s Paulinho might be less appealing to Tottenham fans given his unsuccessful stint there, but he’s been reinvigorated since then and scored 9 goals for Barcelona in 2017-18.

Furthermore he looks like he’ll be in Tite’s starting XI, so he could be one of the bargains of the tournament at just £6.7m.

£6.7m can also get you Portugal’s Bernardo Silva and Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri, two more players who have shone in this season’s Premier League.

£6.8m Jesse Lingard may well get a place in England’s 3-5-2 formation, and he’s a man with a track record of scoring on big occasions.

£6.9m Luka Modrić may not be a prolific goal-scorer for Real Madrid but he plays further forward for Croatia and was their top provider of assists in qualifying.

Mexico winger Hirving Lozano has been linked with Everton after scoring 19 goals for PSV Eindhoven last season, and he’s priced at just £6.3m.

Iceland will be underdogs again but it’s worth noting they finished above Croatia in qualifying, and their talisman Gylfi Sigurðsson has recovered from injury just in time.

His price? A miserly £6.2m.

Serbia’s Sergej Milinković-Savić has been linked with Man Utd after scoring 15 goals for Lazio last season, and he’s priced at just £5.7m.

Cheaper still is Uruguay’s Giorgian De Arrascaeta, a little-known quantity who looks set to link up with Luis Suárez and Edison Cavani in attack.

He’ll set you back a mere £5.6m.

World Cup Fantasy iTeam bargain forwards

For reasons outlined above, you should probably reserve funds for a big-hitting forward line that you can rotate with transfers as fixtures dictate.

Check the fixture list to see who plays in what order, and who you think the highest goal-scorers are likely to be each Gameround.

Romelu Lukaku looks a great bet at £7.9m – he can’t stop scoring for Belgium, and his first two fixtures are against Panama and Tunisia.

If you need a slightly cheaper forward to enable expenditure elsewhere in your team, then Brazil’s £7.8m Gabriel Jesus looks like a good options.

But potentially the biggest forward bargain is France’s Olivier Giroud, who looks likely to be a starter and costs just £7.3m

Then there’s Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrović, fresh from scoring a hat-trick in their final warm-up game against Bolivia – he’ll cost you just £6.5m.

Good luck on the Soccerway Fantasy iTeam app and happy selecting!