Fantasy World Cup 2022 : Group B Summary

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๐ŸšจWorld Cup Group B Summary ๐Ÿšจ
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๐Ÿ“Š Predicted Group Finish:
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1๏ธโƒฃ England ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟย 
2๏ธโƒฃ USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย 
3๏ธโƒฃ Wales ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟย 
4๏ธโƒฃ Iran ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ทย 
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โœ๏ธ Team By Team Thoughts & Info:
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1๏ธโƒฃ England ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟย 
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๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Managed by Gareth Southgate – considered to be quite a defence minded coach who shows a lot of loyalty (perhaps too much!) to those players that have served him well in the past. Heโ€™s taken England to the semis and to the final of his last 2 majors tournaments which makes him Englandโ€™s 2nd most successful manager in historyโ€ผ๏ธ
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๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Currently on a long winless run and have failed to score an open play goal in 5 of their last 6 games. Only 1 CS in that time too ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ.
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๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Evertonโ€™s Pickford ($5.5m)๐Ÿฆ–will be in nets ๐Ÿฅ…. Heโ€™s clearly Southgateโ€™s no. 1.
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๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Injuries have decimated the wing / full back positions.
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๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Stones ($5.5m), Dier & Maguire ($5.5m) are likely to feature in the centre of defence. Trippier, Shaw and Walker are likely to get more game time than the less trusted TAA.ย 
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๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Bellingham ($7.5M) and Rice ($6.5m) are likely to feature in the centre of midfield. Out of form Sterling ($8.5m) is likely to get a lot of game time in midfield but is classified as a striker in Fantasy. Foden ($8.5m) and Saka ($8m) will likely compete for minutes.
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๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Kane ($11m) is nailed up front and is top scorer in the squad with 51 goals.
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๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Always a big emphasis put on set pieces at both ends of the pitch.
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๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Is it coming homeโ“โ€ฆalmost certainly not but they should get out of this Group easily enough.ย 
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๐Ÿ–Š On Pensโ€ฆKane ($11m) then Rashfordย 
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๐ŸŽฒ Odds to win the ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ† = 7/1
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2๏ธโƒฃ USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย 
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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Managed by Greg Berhalter who likes a 4-3-3 attacking formation. They tend to play a high line so are vulnerable to good attacking teams. He places a massive amount of importance on the full back positions.ย 
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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Very inconsistent form in qualifying and in the friendlies since.
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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ The USA enjoy a good record against England in World Cupsโ€ฆcould another (3rd) shock be in the offing?
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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Arsenalโ€™s Matt Turner ($4.5m) should get the nod for the goalie slot with Zack Steffan having been surprisingly left out of the squad. Ethan Horvath (of Luton Town ๐ŸŽฉ) and Sean Johnson (NYC FC) provide the back up.ย 
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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Walker Zimmerman & Aaron Long (both $4m) are expected to play centre half. AC Milanโ€™s Dest ($5m) & Fulhamโ€™s Robinson ($4m) should be the fullbacks. Robinson is regarded as being their best crosser and was nailed for mins across all qualifying.ย 
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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Leedsโ€™ Tyler Adams ($5.5m) and McKennie ($6m) are the runners in midfield (๐Ÿ‘€look out for McKennieโ€™s long throws tooโ€ผ๏ธ) with Musah (ยฃ6m) the one that engineers chances alongside Leedsโ€™ Aaronson ($6m). Chelseaโ€™s Pulisic ($7.5m) will be sure to feature. Heโ€™s their top scorer in the squad with 21 goals.
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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ The striker slot has been a concern to USA fans with very few goals coming from their main optionsโ€ฆJesus Ferreira ($5.5m) is probably 1st choice but isnโ€™t regarded as a great finisher. Norwichโ€™s Sargent is also in the squad but isnโ€™t expected to be nailed.ย  Gio Reyna ($7m) and Timothy Weah ($6.5m) are their most expensive strikers.
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๐Ÿ–Š On Pensโ€ฆPulisic ($7.5m) then Gio Reyna ($7m)
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๐ŸŽฒ Odds to win the ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ† = 100/1
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3๏ธโƒฃ Wales ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟย 
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๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Managed by Rob Page since Ryan Giggsโ€™ troublesome private life meant he left the role.
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๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Walesโ€™ 1st World Cup since 1958 so itโ€™s a big deal for Welsh fans.
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๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Good form leading into the tournament and theyโ€™ve showed the ability to score goals (scoring in 12 in their most recent 14 competing games).
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๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Leicesterโ€™s Danny Ward ($4.5m) will be hoping to get the goalie slot but Wayne Hennessey ($4.5m) has played most recently.
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๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Rodon ($4.5m) and Davies ($5m) should feature in defence. Roberts ($4m) & Neco Williams ($4.5m) should be the wing backs in a 3-4-2-1 formation.
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๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Midfield will see the likes of Aaron Ramsey ($7.5m), Dan James ($6m), Harry Wilson ($6m) all featuring one way or another.ย 
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๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Talisman Gareth Bale ($8m) will be deployed as a striker with Bournemouthโ€™s Kiefer Moore ($6m) also in the squad. ๐Ÿ“ Note that only Bale (7) has more goals than Moore (6) since Rob Page took over.ย  Forestโ€™s Brennan Johnson is in as a striker for Fantasy and costs $6m.
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๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Bale is Walesโ€™ top scorer in the squad with 40 goals.
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๐Ÿ–Š On Pensโ€ฆBale ($8m) then Ramsey ($7.5m)
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๐ŸŽฒ Odds to win the ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ† = 150/1
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4๏ธโƒฃ Iran ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ทย 
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๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท Carlos Queroz is now back in charge (only since September thoughโ€ผ๏ธ) after some very weird goings on with Dragan Skocic being sacked, reinstated and then sacked again! Queroz has good history with Iran (leading them into 2 previous World Cups) but heโ€™s not a massively popular choice this time around.
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๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท Alireza Beiranvand should be goalie ๐Ÿฅ… but wasnโ€™t included in Fantasyโ€™s first draft list๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ. Heโ€™s famous for saving a CR7 penalty at the 2018 World Cup and also for having a ridiculously long throwโ€ฆa tactic he and Iran often look to useโ€ผ๏ธ Hosseini costs $4m and so does Abedzadeh.
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๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท Hossenei ($4m) will be one of the centre backs.
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๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท Ezatolahi ($4.5m) is nailed as the CDM but many of the other midfield spots appear to be up for grabs.
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๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท If heโ€™s fit, Bayer Leverkusenโ€™s Sardar Azmoun ($4.5m) is likely to be up front and is Iranโ€™s top scorer in the squad with 40 goals. Heโ€™s been carrying a thigh injury though.ย  ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡นPorto player Mehdi Taremi is also a key ๐Ÿ”‘ player for Iran. At $7m heโ€™s a very pricey Fantasy option thoughโ€ผ๏ธ Heโ€™s got 27 goals and 13 assists across his 60 caps.
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๐Ÿ–Š On Pensโ€ฆMehdi Taremi ($7m) or Karim Ansarifard ($4.5m)
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๐ŸŽฒ Odds to win the ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ† = 250/1
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๐ŸšถEngland should win this group with relative ease. Wales & the USA will likely be fighting it out for that /mid place.ย 
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