Fantasy World Cup 2022 : Group E Summary

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๐ŸšจWorld Cup Group E Summary ๐Ÿšจ
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๐Ÿ“Š Predicted Group Finish:
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1๏ธโƒฃ Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย 
2๏ธโƒฃ Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธย 
3๏ธโƒฃ Costa Rica ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ทย 
4๏ธโƒฃ Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตย 
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โœ๏ธ Team By Team Thoughts & Info:
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1๏ธโƒฃ Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย 
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๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Managed by former Bayern manager Hansi Flick, Germany will be expecting another strong showing in a major tournament – Qatar aside, they were the 1st team to qualify as they stormed to 9 wins out of 10 qualifying games.
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๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Manuel Neuer will be between the sticks once more ๐Ÿฅ… but at the time of writing hasnโ€™t been priced up. Leno is listed at $4.5m but isnโ€™t even in the squad ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ. Kevin Trapp ($4.5m) and Barcaโ€™s Marc-Andre ter Stegen ($ tbc) will back up Neuer.
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๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Rudiger ($5.5m) & Sule ($ tbc) look set to be the centre back partnership. David Raum ($ tbc) & Wes Hamโ€™s Thilo Kehrer ($5m) will compete for the fullback slots with Leipzigโ€™s Klostermann also in the mix. Another Premier League name that people will be aware of (Bella-Kotchap) also made the plane โœˆ๏ธ to Qatar ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ.
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๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Man Cityโ€™s Ilkay Gundogan ($7.5m) and Bayernโ€™s Joshua Kimmich ($7m) should play from the base of midfield. Hoffman and former Man City man Sane ($9m) look like being the wide players. Serge Gnabry ($9m) and Thomas Muller ($9.5m) are both listed as Fantasy strikers but will probably play in the hole and this gives you an idea of how strong this German team is. Bayern Munichโ€™s Jamal Musiala ($8m) will also be a popular Fantasy pick and is expected to get plenty of minutes for the Germans ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช.
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๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Chelseaโ€™s Havertz is also categorised as a striker. The lanky, lethargic German costs $8.5m.ย 
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๐Ÿ–Š On Pensโ€ฆGundogan ($7.5m) then Thomas Muller ($9.5m)
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๐ŸŽฒ Odds to win the ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ† = 10/1
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2๏ธโƒฃ Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธย 
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๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Managed by Luis Enrique, heโ€™s slowly developed a new look Spain team since taking over in 2018.ย  He tends to deploy a 4-3-3 formation and despite showing plenty of quality at times they actually struggled through qualification – their worst set of qualifying results since 1992 in factโ€ผ๏ธ Theyโ€™ve been eliminated in the last 2 World Cups ๐Ÿ† on penalties.ย 
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๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Unai Simon ($5.5m) will be in goals for sure ๐Ÿฅ….
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๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ From my research I canโ€™t be sure at all who will be deployed in defence as Enriquezโ€™s used so many different combinations. It seems better to avoid their defenders tbh despite there being a wealth of talent thereโ€ผ๏ธ
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๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ There are some question marks in midfield tooโ€ฆwill Busquets ($5.5m) play for exampleโ“Barcelonaโ€™s Gavi ($7m) and Pedri ($8.5m) look to be more nailed though. As far as I can make out, Koke ($6m) and Soler are most likely subs. On the wings Ferran Torres ($7m) and Sarabia ($ tbc) should get lots of game time.
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๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Morata ($8m) should be up top despite only managing 2 goals in qualifying.ย 
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๐Ÿ–Š On Pensโ€ฆMorata ($8m) then Sarabiaย 
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๐ŸŽฒ Odds to win the ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ† = 8/1
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3๏ธโƒฃ Costa Rica ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ทย 
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Managed by Luis Fernando Suarez since 2021, theyโ€™ve got a highly experienced coach that somehow managed to get them qualified despite just 1 win from their first 7 qualifiersโ€ผ๏ธ The beat New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ in the play offs to make it to Qatar ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ. Suarezโ€™ some natural style is to be a defensive coach but theyโ€™ve got some decent attacking optionsโ€ฆincluding one of my very own black cats ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ›- Jewison Bennette (ยฃ5.5m midfielder)โ€ผ๏ธ
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Legendary goalie Keylor Navas ($5m) of PSG will be between the sticks ๐Ÿฅ….
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Calvo ($4m) and Duarte ($4m) will be in defence whether they play a back 4 or 5. Former ๐ŸซEverton and (another) former Sunderland ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ› player Bryan Oviedo ($4.5m) now at Real Salt Lake might well get the nod at LWB.ย 
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Loads of expereince in midfield with Borges (not FPL maestro Fabio ๐Ÿ˜†) at $4.5m and Tejeda at $4.5m but thereโ€™s a younger player in Galo ($4.5m) who could apparently push them for minutes โฐ. My boy Jewison Bennette ($4.5m) will play on the left and Gerson Torres ($ tbc) should be on the right but is classed as a striker.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Contreras at just $5m is the most likely striker option seemingly although Campbell is priced higher at $6m.
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๐Ÿ–Š On Pensโ€ฆBorges ($4.5m) then Venegas ($5m)
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๐ŸŽฒ Odds to win the ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ† = 750/1
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4๏ธโƒฃ Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตย 
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๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Managed by Hajime Moriyasu, blitzed qualification scoring 46 goals and conceding just 2 in 8 gamesโ€ผ๏ธ Thereโ€™ll be a very big step up in quality of opponents here thoughโ€ผ๏ธ
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๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Gonda ($ tbc) will be goalie ๐Ÿฅ… or else Kawashima ($4.5m) from Strasbourg๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท.
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๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Arsenalโ€™s Tomiyasu ($4.5m) and Schalkeโ€™s Yoshida ($4.5m) will be known to FPL managers and should be mainstays in defence.ย 
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๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Endo ($5m) who plays for Stuttgart is in the CDM role. Former Liverpool player Minamino ($7m) will feature for sure. He now plys his trade in Monaco.ย 
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๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Itโ€™s not clear to me who will be in attack. Ritsu Doan ($6m) and ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟCelticโ€™s Maeda ($6m) are perhaps two of the likelier options.
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๐Ÿ–Š On Pensโ€ฆKamada ($5.5m) then Minamino ($7m)
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๐ŸŽฒ Odds to win the ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ† = 200/1
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๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธSpain and Germany will feel confident that theyโ€™ll walk this group but we shall see ๐Ÿ‘€
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