Fantasy World Cup 2022 : Group A Summary

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๐ŸšจWorld Cup Group A Summary ๐Ÿšจ
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๐Ÿ“Š Predicted Group Finish:
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1๏ธโƒฃ Holland ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
2๏ธโƒฃ Senegal ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณย 
3๏ธโƒฃ Ecuador ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จย 
4๏ธโƒฃ Qatar ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆย 
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โœ๏ธ Team By Team Thoughts & Info:
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1๏ธโƒฃ Holland ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
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๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Managed by Louis Van Gaal (LVG) – his 3rd time as Holland boss (Koeman is lined up to replace LVG after this tournament). Holland have scored in every one of LVGโ€™s games in his current reign. Heโ€™s adopted a 4-3-3 in qualifying but has used a 3-4-1-2 during recent Nations Leagues games.
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๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Theyโ€™re on a 15 match unbeaten run (W11, D4) but only 2 have managed only 2 clean sheets during that periodโ€ฆin fact theyโ€™ve conceded at least once in 9 of 15 games under LVG.
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๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ This is Hollandโ€™s 1st World Cup appearance since 2014 and theyโ€™ve got a favourable schedule in terms of days between matches
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๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ $5m goalie Cillessen didnโ€™t actually make the squad so the Dutch will be choosing between their 3๏ธโƒฃ as yet unpriced goaliesโ€ฆNoppert, Pasveer & Bijlow. None of those lads particularly attract me given Senegal & Ecuador will probably score against them.ย  I believe that Feyenoordโ€™s Bijlow & Ajaxโ€™s Pasveer are competing for that starting spot with reports suggesting Bijlow may get the nod despite Pasveer playing in Septemberโ€™s recent matches.ย 
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๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ VVD ($6m), Ake ($5m) & Timber ($5.5m) likely to be the bedrock of their defence. Denzel Dumfries ($6m) & Daley Blind๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿฆฏ($5.5m) look like being the wing backs. Man Unitedโ€™s Malacia ($5m) is also in the mix.ย 
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๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Frenkie DJ ($8.5M) looks nailed at the base of midfield and is a key ๐Ÿ”‘ player for them. Gapko ($7m) seems likely to get an attacking midfield role (although classified as a striker) alongside Steven Bergwijn ($7m) who is classified as a midfielder but could well play as a striker (so a OOP Fantasy asset). Look out too ๐Ÿ‘€ for the exciting young talent Xavi Simons ($ tbc) who plays domestically for PSV.
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๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Memphis Depay ($8.5m) has been carrying a leg injury and is apparently a doubt for the first Group game. Heโ€™s Hollandโ€™s top scorer in the squad with 42 goals and is a massive player for them. Heโ€™s also on pens.ย  Former Burnley donkey ๐Ÿด Weghorst ($7m) & Antwerpโ€™s Vincent Janssen ($6.5m) are likely to be the back ups.ย 
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๐Ÿ–Š On Pensโ€ฆMemphis Depay ($8.5m)
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๐ŸŽฒ Odds to win the ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ† = 14/1
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2๏ธโƒฃ Senegal ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณย 
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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Managed by Aliou Cisse for 7+ years.
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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Probably Africaโ€™s form team over the past 12-18 months.
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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Beat Egypt to win AFCON in January 2022 and then beat them again to qualify for the World Cup.
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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Eliminated from the 2018 World Cup on the yellow card totting up process after finishing level with Japan on all other metricsโ€ฆhow unlucky can you getโ€ผ๏ธ
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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Since qualifying began: P19, W13, D5, L1 – kept 10 CS in the process so very strong defensively – theyโ€™ve conceded just 51 goals in 77 games under manager Cisse.
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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Tend to play in a 4-3-3 formation.
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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Chelseaโ€™s Mendy ($5.5m) will be in nets ๐Ÿฅ…
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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Abou Diallo $4m & Kalidou Koulibaly $5.5m are seemingly nailed as Champions league regulars in defence ๐Ÿ”จ. Diallo could be great value at that price too.ย  At left back should be the excellent Ballo-Toure of AC MIlan who costs just $4m.
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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ $6.5m Kouyate of Nottingham Forest ๐ŸŒณ , $5.5m Gueye of Everton ๐Ÿซ & $5m Nampalys Mendy of Leicester City ๐ŸฆŠ are all likely to feature in midfield.ย 
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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Mane ($8.5m) and $6.5m Ismailia Sarr would usually be the wide attacking players. Dia ($5m) will vie for the striker spot.
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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Mane is their top scorer with 33 goals but he goes into the tournament carrying an injury that was deemed serious enough to make a doubt to even make the squad.
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๐Ÿ–Š On Pensโ€ฆMane ($8.5m) then Sarr ($6.5m)
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๐ŸŽฒ Odds to win the ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ† = 100/1
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3๏ธโƒฃ Ecuador ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จย 
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๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ Managed by Gustavo Alfaro after previous manager Jodi Cruyff bizarrely left without holding a single training sessionโ€ผ๏ธ
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๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ Very inconsistent qualifying periodโ€ฆwon 3 of their first 4 games but then lost 4 of their next 8.
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๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ Brazil manager Tite has tipped them as a potential dark horse ๐Ÿด for the World Cup ๐Ÿ†.
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๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ Strong defensively but attack minded tooโ€ฆalbeit theyโ€™re not prolific. Tended to draw a lot in the 2021 Copa America. Renowned for being good at set pieces.
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๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ Considered weak in the goalie deptโ€ฆAlexander Dominguez ($4.5m) is likely to get the nod albeit Galindez ($4m) did start the final few qualifiers.ย 
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๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ Brightonโ€™s Pervis Estupinan ($4.5m) is their attacking LWB. Felix Torres ($4m) & Hincapie ($4.5m) are seemingly nailed at centre back ๐Ÿ”จ.
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๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ Brightonโ€™s dynamic Moises Caicedo ($5.5m) is perhaps their most interesting midfield asset.
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๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ Enner Valencia ($6.5m) who now plays for Fenerbache in Turkey ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท is Ecuadorโ€™s all time top scorer (35 goals) but will be competing for minutes with especially Michael Estrada ($5m) of Cruz Azul. They may switch between a 2 and a 3 up front formation.ย  Note that Valencia played less than 50% of minutes during qualifying.ย 
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๐Ÿ–Š On Pensโ€ฆEnner Valencia ($6.5m) then Moises Caicedo ($5.5m)
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๐ŸŽฒ Odds to win the ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ† = 150/1
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4๏ธโƒฃ Qatar ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Managed by ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธFelix Sanchez Bas since 2017.
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๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Most of the team have come through the Al Sadd ranks (managed previously by ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธBarcaโ€™s Xavi).
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๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Strengths are attacking rather than defending.
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๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Tend to use a 4-3-3 or 3-5-2 formation.
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๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ As hosts theyโ€™ve had a mixed set of friendlies as prepโ€ฆgaining some decent results against the likes of Slovenia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ& Chile ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ. They recently lost to an impressive Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ team.
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๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Saad Al-Sheeb ($4m) is very likely to be the goalie ๐Ÿฅ….
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๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Khoukhi ($3m) & Hassan ($3.5m) should be nailed in defence and are obviously extremely cheap. Al Rawi should make up the back 3๏ธโƒฃ Ahmed ($3.5m) and Ro Ro should be the wingbacks.ย 
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๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Boudiaf ($4m) will be CDM with Hatem ($4.5m) and Al Haydos (c) ($4.5m) supporting the attack from midfield albeit the skipper is classified as a forward in Fantasy.
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๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Akram Afif ($4.5m) is a key ๐Ÿ”‘ player for Qatar up frontโ€ฆhe plays in the hole ๐Ÿ•ณ and managed 10 assists at the 2019 Arab Cup & was involved in all 3 goals in the final of that tournamentโ€ผ๏ธ
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๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ali ($4.5m) is also front and was top scorer in both the 2019 AFC Asian Cup & the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Heโ€™s the top scorer in the squad too with 39 goals.ย 
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๐Ÿ–Š On Pensโ€ฆAkram Afif ($4.5m) or Almoez Ali ($4.5m)
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๐ŸŽฒ Odds to win the ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ† = 500/1
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๐ŸšถEven without Sadio Mane (if heโ€™s not fit to play) I fancy ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณSenegal to qualify from this group alongside the Dutch ๐ŸŒท
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