StatClash World Cup Daily: June 17th
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So far, the World Cup games have featured a ridiculous number of goals. Although, as seen in Monday’s Iran-Nigeria game, there will be matches every so often without much attacking force or shooting prowess. The defensive game to watch out for on Tuesday is between Russia and South Korea.
Fabio Capello’s Russian squad plays more defensively than most of the teams in the tournament and South Korea hasn’t scored in four of their last five friendlies. If you want cheaper defenders, the place to look is the Russian team.
Brazil is the biggest favorite of the day but Mexico played well in their first match, so don’t sleep on them being competitive. Belgium is a nice favorite as well, and I actually like them to win more than I like Brazil. Perhaps some of the odds makers are expecting more favorable calls to go Brazil’s way?
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G, Igor Akinfeev, Russia, $23.00
As stated, Russia has the best chance for a clean sheet on Tuesday, so there’s no point spending less for a keeper that I know is going to allow goals.
D, Andrey Eshchenko, Russia, $18.00
Along those same lines, Eshchenko has the hopes of a clean sheet, but also produces crosses as a left back.
D, Toby Alderweireld, Belgium, $17.50
Is there a reason to explain why all my defenders are right or left backs? They get up and down the field, produce crosses and hopefully some assists. Algeria will be hard-pressed for a goal as well.
D, Suk-Young Yun, South Korea, $15.75
I was running low on money and Yun was one of the cheaper options for defenders among the known starters. This should be a low-scoring game.
M-D, Miguel Layun, Mexico, $15.00
Layun is listed as a defender, but he played more of a winger role last game, and it showed in his numbers as he had five crosses and a couple of corners. Don’t expect a clean sheet, but the other numbers will be there.
M, Kevin de Bruyne, Belgium, $17.50
De Bruyne is an underrated scoring threat for the Belgians. He was actually Belgium’s leading scorer in qualifying, which doesn’t seem right, but he had four of their 18 goals.
M, El Arabi Soudani, Algeria, $17.00
While I’m not heavy on Algeria scoring much in this one, Soudani will be on the wings supplying crosses as much as possible. That should rack up enough points to live up to his price.
M, Oscar, Brazil, $22.00
Unfortunately, Oscar is the only Brazilian on my team. They just cost too much for my team to completely load up with them. Not to mention that Oscar and Neymar were the only real good options in the first game.
F-M, Andres Guardado, Mexico, $14.50
Guardado is probably one of the most consistent players on the Mexican squad, always supplying quality on the wings. I needed someone cheap here, and while Guardado may not play the entire game, he’s a fairly safe play.
F, Kevin Mirallas, Belgium, $16.50; F, Romelu Lukaku, Belgium, $22.50
I’m going with the two Belgians up front because I think they are going to blast Algeria, much like France did to Honduras. Belgium will control this game and much of the play will be on Algeria’s defensive side. Hopefully, Mirallas can connect with Lukaku’s head on a couple of crosses.
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