After five exciting days of football, the first matchday of the 2022 FIFA World Cup ended with Brazil beating Serbia 2-0. It also marked the end of a very confusing and convoluted FIFA World Cup Fantasy 2022 MD that featured multiple rule changes and glitches, confusing managers around the world.
I had a bug in my transfers where I could transfer a banned player to an unbanned player and still get his points but luckily it didn’t affect my scores in the end. After playing my 12th man chip against Harry Kane, I had a decent week, scoring 63 points thanks to five clean sheets from my backline and moves from Messi, Mbappe and Kane.
It’s a very short switch to MD 2 from FIFA World Cup Fantasy, with the games coming thick and fast. This would be an ideal time to use your wild card chip. Whatever your strategy, get your team onboard by the Friday morning GMT deadline.
Deadline for transfers: 10:00 GMT/ 15:30 IST on Friday 25th November.
FIFA World Cup 2022: The most important matchdays of matchday 2
Matchday two begins on Friday afternoon local time with a Group B clash between Wales and Iran. England meets the USA later in the day.
On Saturday, France meets Denmark while Argentina meets Mexico in a must-win competition.
On Sunday, Germany and Spain meet in a marquee. Brazil meet Switzerland on Monday, with the matchday ending after a clash between Uruguay and Portugal.
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Best Fantasy Team for FIFA World Cup 2022 Fantasy: Matchday 2
Goalkeeper: Franco Armani (ARG) (£5m), Shuchi Gonda (JAP) (£4m)
Defender: Theo Hernandez (FRA) (DEF) (£5.5m), Luke Shaw (ENG) (£5m), Alphonso Davies (CAN) (£5m), Denzel Dumfries (NED) (£6m), Matty Cash (POL) (£4 million)
Midfield player: Angel Di Maria (ARG) (£8.5m), Piotr Zielinski (POL) (£6.5m), Jamal Musiala (GER) (£8m), Bukayo Saka (TUN) (£8m) and Eden Hazard (BEL ) (MID) (£8m)
Forward: Lionel Messi (ARG) (£10.5m), Gareth Bale (WAL) (£8m), Memphis Depay (NED) (£8.5m)
Played Booster: Wildcard
Total score: 63
Overall rank: 40,593.
Remaining budget: £0 million.
After a decent first week, I’m hoping to score some difference points with my wildcard on matchday 2. Some of the notable omissions include players from Brazil, Portugal and Spain, as well as all French attackers.
I scored with Franco Armani from Argentina and Shuichi Gonda from Japan. I expect Argentina to keep a shutout in this crucial game for them. At £4.0m, Gonda is a solid pick against Costa Rica.
There are many attractive forward options but with only three spots available I’ll go with Lionel Messi, Memphis Depay and the talisman Gareth Bale. All three players are on penalties for their respective sides and have good chances of hitting the back of the net.
Since midfielders get seven points for a goal, I try to fill my team with players who are likely to score. Bukayo Saka is a shoo-in after his performance against Iran and he is also a potential captaincy option. Jamal Musiala impressed against Japan and unfortunately failed to score.
In the Poland vs. Saudi Arabia match, they could score a lot of goals, but only if they use Piotr Zielinski’s full potential. The midfielder has been in excellent form for Napoli and if allowed to play with more freedom upstairs he could be an excellent choice for differentials.
I go with Eden Hazard via KDB as a punt and also because he’s in a penalty shootout. The Belgium captain played well against Canada and I hope he scores against Morocco. Angel Di Maria was unlucky not to end up with an attacking return and with Argentina in a win-to-win situation I hope he shows up.
In defence, I chose a mix of players with good clean-shooting potential and a preference for offensive returns. Alphonso Davies is such a punt. While it’s unclear if he’ll be on penalties after his miss against Belgium, playing up front for a dangerous-looking Canadian side makes him an exciting choice.
Luke Shaw and Denzel Dumfries offer both solid clean potential and opportunities to attack returns. Finally, Matty Cash and Theo Hernandez are both players who go forward at the first opportunity and I expect both of them to make an offensive return in addition to a goal conceded.
day 1 – Friday 25 November: Bukayo Saka (ENG) vs USA, Memphis Depay (NED) vs ECU or Gareth Bale (WAL) vs IRA.
day 2 – Saturday 26 November: Lionel Messi or Angel Di Maria (ARG) vs MEX.
day 3 – Sunday 27 November: Eden Hazard (BEL) vs. MOR
day 4 – Monday 28 November: None.