After a successful day yesterday – moving up to around 700 on the overall leader board, the final couldn’t have gone much worse. As a result the team ended the tournament on:
Overall position: 2,222
Before the tournament I’d have probably taken this as a final finish but having been through the competition, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed now. Having said that, there were over a million teams entered so it’s not a bad result. I thought the plan throughout the tournament worked incredibly well and with a bit more luck I could have finished much higher. Hopefully this result has put right the poor run I had in the Premier League last season, which was my main reason for entering the World Cup competition.
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Day 21 Review: World Cup
Neymar out, Griezmann in. Could have tossed a coin between Griezmann and Mbappe but went for Griezmann as he is on penalty duties for France and seems to have picked up points on a more regular basis (rather than just having one good game).
Once again things just about went the right way yesterday, although the transfers didn’t pay off massively. Lovren didn’t get his clean sheet and Rakitic only got 3 points. Trippier did however get a clean sheet and it was good to see Modric get 10 points. The team did move up to 1,511 in the overall leader board but I saw no real movement in the mini league I wanted to compete in. A lot of other people in this league appeared to score very well with blocks of England players – this was a bit of a surprise as it must have required quite a few transfers to make this happen. I’d assumed most people would have been close to being out of transfers by now. This leaves one transfer remaining going into the semi finals. I’ll probably take out Neymar for a French striker. This will give me 10 players in the semi final stage. It’s a bit of a shame I won’t be able to make transfers before the final but the tactic was to use transfers to gain as many points as possible during the easier group games. This has worked to a certain extent with a decent position on the overall leader board but with only one transfer remaining I’d expect the team to start dropping over the remaining four games. I’m pleased with the overall position but frustrated at the same time – I’d invested in players like Muller, Kimmich, Isco, Costa and Alba all of which I’d hoped would reach the semi final stage. Had those players performed as expected I’d hope to have had more points and more transfers. This could have possibly boosted the team to a top 500 finish but it wasn’t to be.
Day 20 Review: World Cup
The first round of quarter finals kind of went to plan. The only player in action for the France/Uruguay game was Lloris and he kept a clean sheet. I’d kind of accounted for Brazil or Belgium to get knocked out with 4 transfers remaining. However I’d assumed it would be Belgium who went. With Brazil going out this does leave me a single transfer short but at this stage, I don’t think that overly matters. There are two options for the remaining transfers:
– Play it safe and go for France/Belgium players as they are already through.
– Risk it and go for Croatia/England players who will get an extra game but may get eliminated.
I’ll be going for a the more risky approach. I’m 11th in the mini league I’d hoped to do well in so playing it safe isn’t really an option. I’m not overly bothered where I finish in the overall leader board as it means very little if you’re not at the top. As a result I’m using three transfers today, hoping that England and Croatia progress:
Miranda out, Lovren in – hoping Croatia can keep a clean sheet and progress against Russia.
Coutinho out, Rakitic in – again hoping Croatia do well against Russia. Appreciate that he’s a yellow card but I think that Rakitic and Modric are the main talents in the Croatia team.
T. Sliva out, Trippier in – this is more of a blocking exercise as I imagine a lot of people will have an England defender for the game against Sweden.
Today is very much make or break. If Croatia go out I’ll have no chance of gaining any ground in the mini league. I’d really like to see them beat Russia after they pretty much played anti football against Spain.
I’ll then have one transfer left which I’ll use to replace Neymar with someone like Greizmann.
A quick note to say, I wouldn’t necessarily follow this advice if you’re winning your mini league. It comes with high risk at this stage. If I was out in front, I wouldn’t be making these transfers.
Day 19 Review: World Cup
Very quick write up as there is nothing really to say with only Kane in action. Obviously everyone is over the moon about England going through but this blog is only about Dream Team so I’m going to focus on that. My plan looked like it was going to work perfectly – Kane got his goal and looked set for star man. He was star man until the penalties started – ahead of Trippier on points. They both took a penalty and both scored but Trippier then goes ahead of Kane and takes star man. I can’t really see how this is possible. There was a lot of talk before the game about putting Trippier in – I didn’t fancy this option as only Brazil and Sweden had kept a clean sheet in the knockout stage and England hadn’t kept one yet in the tournament. Outside of Dream Team the only important thing is that England went through – I just couldn’t understand how Trippier ended up star man as a result of the penalty.
Day 18 Review: World Cup
Really brief update. Today pretty much went to plan. It would have been nice for Lukaku to get on the score sheet and Coutinho to get a 7+ rating but we can’t have it all. The end result is:
Total points: 306
Overall leader board position: 1,996
Transfers remaining: 5
I’m also 10th in the only league I really cared about competing in, which is a bit of a shocker considering I’m within the top 2,000 teams in the country. With only 5 transfers remaining, I’ve only got one planned for tomorrow. That’s Costa out and Kane in. This was pretty much already planned anyway. I’ll take another look at the team when we see how England get on tomorrow. The aim now is to have a team of players who are likely to make the semi finals. Had Spain and Germany performed as everyone expected them too, I hate to imagine how well this team/plan could be performing.
Day 17 Review: World Cup
With so few games left and the team being in a bit of a mess after yesterday’s results. I’ve decided I don’t necessarily need a grand plan. My previous plan has changed so many times that it’s hardly worth looking too far into the future as we’ve got no real idea what’s around the corner. However here’s where I’m currently at:
Total points: 268
Transfers remaining: 6
Current team and plan:
Lloris (keep until eliminated)
Miranda (keep until eliminated)
Meuiner (keep until eliminated)
Alba (transfer out for T. Silva)
Modric (keep until eliminated)
Isco (transfer out after last 16 knockout games)
Coutinho (keep until eliminated)
Hazard (keep until eliminated)
Costa (transfer out for Kane)
Lukaku (keep until eliminated)
Neymar (keep until eliminated)
So the plan is to put T. Silva in today and then put Kane in tomorrow. Which was pretty much the plan anyway. I’ll then take Isco out once we can see who has made the quarter finals. Other than that, I can’t see the point in planning too much into the future. The aim now should simply be to get players in who will at least make the semi finals. Which for me is very tricky to predict. France could face a tough game against Uruguay. Brazil have tough games against Mexico and Belgium (hopefully). England have a tough game against Colombia. At this stage I can’t see the point in risking more transfers until we know a little bit more. So the only transfer today for me is T. Silva in and Alba out.
Very quick update as I’ve pretty much lost my enthusiasm for this tournament (although I will see it through). Let’s start with Spain. Where to start. No Iniesta? Maybe they were saving him for the next round but it was a big mistake if they were. Pique giving away a stupid penalty. Russia were never going to score, why try and be clever by raising your hand in the box. Then they keep two holding midfielders on (which they didn’t need) and bring off Costa. On the surface it looked like Costa has a poor game, but in fairness to him, he got no service. They weren’t even trying to create anything for him. I’ve seen a lot of people celebrating that Spain went out – they were the only team who actually wanted to win the game. They dominated the ball and were clearly by far the better footballing side. Russia parked the bus and didn’t deserve to go through. Spain looked in control from start to finish. Ultimately the blame falls with Spain – they couldn’t create anything or break Russia down and were basically poor in the final third. We saw the same with Germany. Outside of fantasy football I’d rather see teams like Spain progress and end up playing against a team who actually wants to play against them. Regardless of this coming back to Dream Team – Isco was the man of the match before the penalty shoot out and this changed after. Not sure how that can happen.
Moving onto Croatia. I went for Modric as I felt like Croatia were most likely to progress and he was most likely to score or get star man. The winner of that game would also face Russia in the next round so thought this was an obvious and logical choice. Despite Croatia going though – he missed a penalty at the end of the game. From a chance he created with a great through ball. If that penalty goes in, he gets star man in my opinion. That situation was exactly why I put him in, and he should have scored the penalty – in my opinion you can only put that down to being unlucky. That’s also the third penalty that’s been missed by a player that I’ve selected.
I’ll create a revised plan and see the tournament through but at the moment I’ve lost interest. No amount of planning, logic and research can account for someone missing a penalty or the better team getting knocked out. For me that includes Spain and Germany.
Day 16 Review: World Cup
UPDATE: Spain out, Modric in
No time to dwell on the Spain game or explain this transfer but I’m taking Kimmich out and putting Modric in. Full explanation (and rant about Spain) will be posted later.
I’ve got mixed thoughts on today’s results. On one hand no clean sheet for Uruguay, no goal for Ronaldo or Messi and both crashing out of the tournament was a good result. However there were a few too many goals for my liking with only Lloris in action. Mbappe getting 20 points was frustrating – especially as I’d originally planned to have him for this fixture (before France rested players against Denmark). Griezmann also got on the score sheet. Messi also picked up points with two assists and a 7+ rating. Ultimately this cost the team a huge number of places on the overall leader board – now at 5,669. I’d be fairly disappointed if I finish outside of the top 2,000 teams so it really comes down to Spain playing well tomorrow. If Costa fails to perform or gets dropped it could spell big trouble – I’m really relying on a clean sheet for Alba or a couple of goals for Costa (ideally both) but I just can’t see it happening. I’d much rather have the points on the board than be chasing a position on the leader board but I can’t see any reason to move away from the plan already in place.
Day 15 Review: World Cup
Here’s my rough plan until the end of the tournament. Obviously things will change as it can’t all go to plan, but this is what I’ve currently got in mind:
Decent result today. Worked out well that I didn’t have to put Kane in and Belgium scoring took out quite a few clean sheets. The only disappointment was that Belgium didn’t have their clean sheet taken out but I didn’t lose many places on the overall leader board. The result also means that Belgium face Japan before England play Colombia, which is ideal considering I now have Hazard and Lukaku so this avoids further transfers. The only transfer I’m now going to make is removing Kimmich and putting in T. Silva. I then plan to stick with this team until England play next.
Day 14 Review: World Cup
Last Minute Transfer
Muller out, Hazard in
Belgium are through and Hazard is on the bench but I was going to put him in anyway. So it makes sense to put him in now if this was going to be done anyway – as a result I’m doing it now just in case Hazard gets a run out against England.
Transfers are getting a little complicated, with only 8 remaining I’ve got to be really careful not to run out. The problem faced today is whether to go with Kane or not. We know Lukaku is not playing so this causes a problem. Here’s the conclusion I’ve come to:
– Leave Muller for today and make a decision on this once the knockout stage has been finalised.
– If Kane starts, bring him in for Lukaku. Can’t really afford to miss this opportunity as I’m sure many will have Kane already.
– If Kane doesn’t start. Make no transfers. If Lukaku, Hazard and Kane are all rested. I don’t think it’s worth making any changes until we see the last 16 games.
Basically transfers will only happen if Kane is starting. If so, the transfers will be:
Kane in, Lukaku out
T. Silva in, Kimmich out
If he does start, the best result would be England topping the group. They would then play again before Belgium so we could keep Kane in for that game. If England get through they would then face Brazil so we could take Kane out for this game (could be their last) and move back to Lukaku for a potential three easier games (last 16, quarter final, semi final). Based on transfers remaining a few things could start to cause us problems:
Brazil/Spain going out early – the plan is around both of these going far.
Messi/Ronaldo scoring big in any remaining game. There’s no plan to get either of these back in
France putting in some high point scoring performances, players like Pogba/Griezmann could do some damage.
With so few transfers remaining there’s a lot of risk. With Germany going out, I can’t help but think things are about to start going against the transfers made so far. I’ve had a rub of the green to a certain extent so far and I’ve just got a feeling this luck is about to run out.
If we were purely measuring the success of the team on position in the overall leader then today goes down as a success, as the team progressed to 2,411. However to me it doesn’t feel like a success. I’d hoped for much more from Germany – a minimum for me was a clean sheet for Kimmich. Why they didn’t start Muller I’ll never know – maybe because he was on a yellow card and they were trying to avoid suspension. If this was the case they shouldn’t have assumed they would get past South Korea. Had Germany performed – with Kimmich getting a clean sheet and Muller getting a goal I’m fairly sure the team would be pushing for place in the top 1,000 teams. Now we face only having 8 transfers remaining and two players already eliminated from the tournament. Fortunately the plan I’d put together factored in Germany losing to Brazil in the next round so hopefully I’m not going to run out of transfers. However another shock exit from the tournament will really ruin the plan. My concern is that people who have saved transfers could well start to catch up as I’ve ended up using more transfers than planned.
So here’s where the team is currently at:
Overall leader board: 2,411
Mini league I’d like to compete in: 10th (first place is within the top 10 overall so I’ve got no chance)
Transfers remaining: 8
Basically how I see it now is players coming in, stay in until they are eliminated. I’m going to look at transfers for tomorrow in more detail tomorrow, but initial thoughts are:
Kimmich out, T. Silva in (was already planned)
Lukaku out, Kane in (hoping England get the easier draw and with Lukaku missing the England game)
Muller out, Hazard in (long term pick, I’m not sure Hazard will play against England but I’d put him in on the basis of being a potential high scoring midfielder and he would be in until Belgium go out)
These transfers may rely on the line ups or even the result of the England v Belgium game. For example if Kane isn’t starting – I won’t rush into the transfer above. As it would make sense to wait and see who finishes where in the group. Equally if Hazard isn’t playing, I’ll not make this transfer until I can see which route Belgium are likely to take in the knock out stage. Which we will only know after the game has been played. Also it makes sense not to do the Kimmich to Silva transfer until closer to when Brazil next play – just in case Silva was to get injured in training. I prefer doing transfers on the day the game is being played. I’m a bit undecided at the moment but will publish something more solid tomorrow.
Day 13 Review: World Cup
UPDATE: Messi out, Neymar in
I feel like today is almost make or break for the team. Although it’s done well to be around 3,500 in the leader board, I’ll only see the tournament as a success if I’m challenging for a top place finish in the mini league I’d like to win. At the moment I sit in 11th place. If Muller does well and Germany keep a clean sheet, this should give me a very nice boost. I think Coutinho or Neymar doing well would be good but most people have them anyway. A clean sheet for Miranda would also be welcomed but it’s the Germany game I’ll be keeping a close eye on.
Very quick update for today. Obviously the Messi transfer went to plan but it was disappointing that Lloris didn’t play for France. This moved me back up to 11th in the mini league I’d like to compete in and 3,492 on the overall leader board. I’ve not happy being outside of the top 10 in the mini league but I’m relatively happy with the position on the leader board.
Looking forward to tomorrow – if Germany do well this could give the team a great boost with Kimmich and Muller in action. The only dilemma I’m left with is do I stick with Messi or go back to Neymar. It’s looking likely that Brazil could face Germany but they do have the extra game against Serbia. Messi may only get one more game against France. Any thoughts on this decision would be appreciated in the comments. I’m personally favouring going for Neymar and then sticking with this team for the short term future.
Day 12 Review: World Cup
UPDATE: Revised transfers
With Ronaldo not scoring well last night, I’ve decided to cut my loses with him. I’m bringing Messi in for tonight’s game as a big punt on getting back in contention in the league I’d like to do well in. I’m giving the Mbappe transfer a miss as I hear France are going to make a lot of changes. Having Messi in won’t create problems with the overall plan as I’ll will still have ample transfers left.
Ronaldo out, Messi in
I’ve also roughly planned out to the end of the tournament. I did it on the basis on Spain and Brazil getting to the final and wanted to see how many transfers it would require to get an all Spanish and Brazilian team in that game. Based on the plan it works out at 19 transfers. Obviously I’m fully aware that it won’t go to plan as there is certain to be some shock results. But thought it was useful to share.
Very brief write up for tonight as I’ve not long got home. I only managed to catch the first half of the Spain game. Thought they looked poor – almost not interested, like it was a given they would win. On paper I thought this was a game where Alba would get a clean sheet and Costa would possibly grab a goal but it wasn’t to be. I then noticed that Ronaldo had missed a penalty which topped off a pretty awful day. If I’m honest, I only really put Ronaldo in as damage limitation in case he scored well. I’ve never really rated Portugal, which is why I resisted him despite the hat trick in the last round of games. Wish I’d done the same tonight. I don’t really fancy their chances against Uruguay. I don’t want to make a rash decision but my initial thoughts are pretty much sticking to the plan:
Lukaku out, Mbappe (or Giroud) in – in an attempt to get back in contention with France playing earlier fixtures. If Lukaku doesn’t face England then a France striker gets two games in this time frame.
I’m also tempted to take Ronaldo out for Neymar. Get Neymar in for the Serbia game and then also their first knockout game.
These changes pretty much stick to the plan already laid out but just bring the Neymar transfer back a game. I haven’t decided fully what to do yet but I’ll be posting an update between 12:30pm-1pm tomorrow to confirm the decision.
Day 11 Review: World Cup
UPDATE: Ronaldo or Messi
I’ve decided to go for Ronaldo. For me it’s 50/50 out of which one of these two pick up the most points over the next two games. However I’ve decided to favour Ronaldo this time around. For a couple of reasons – his goal scoring form is better, Portugal have pretty much qualified for the knockout stages and Argentina may go out and Portugal also have easier opposition in the next round. I do appreciate that Messi could well go on to score a hat trick against Nigeria to ensure Argentina qualify and silence the critics but I can’t have them both. This would be a good example of where you need good fortune in this game – for me this is an impossible one to predict so you have to make a decision and hope it pans out. It’s going to have to be Kane that comes out as well. I know Lukaku is unlikely to play against England but the budget doesn’t allow for replacing Lukaku with Ronaldo and I’m keen to save as many transfers as possible. So the only transfer for today is:
Kane out, Ronaldo in
I’ll make a decision later today or tomorrow about Lukaku for Mbappe. I’m not overly keen on using the transfer but if Lukaku isn’t fit to play England I may have to.
On paper today’s transfer couldn’t have gone better. 28 points and hat trick for Harry Kane was a great result. However pretty much everyone made this transfer so I didn’t feel like it was any advantage gained. There’s still a game to be played but the team ended up dropping slightly on the overall leader board. I’d mainly put this down to other people going stronger with England representation – anyone who had Stones or Lingard would have had a significant boost. However it was a relief to see Panama score, a clean sheet for England would have seen an even bigger drop on the leader board.
Looking forward to the final group games. It’s approaching time to decide which players from Spain, Portugal, France or Argentina are worth going for based on their knockout games coming sooner. Here’s where I’ve got to:
– Happy with Spain representation, no changes required.
– I think France are through but they have a tougher final group game. Also do they have a certain goalscorer? I’m not sure they do. So may be worth giving their players a miss.
– This leaves Argentina and Portugal. I don’t overly rate Portugal but Ronaldo is always going to be a big threat. They need a result against Iran. But not as much as Argentina need a result against Nigeria. They have however looked very poor and may not even get a knockout game if they fail to qualify. I wouldn’t put it past Messi to put in a man of the match performance though.
So the big dilemma is Ronaldo or Messi until the quarter finals. Any views in the comments section would be appreciated.
Day 10 Review: World Cup
Today couldn’t have got off to a better start with a couple of goals for both Lukaku and Hazard. This propelled the team in the overall leader board to a position I’m much happier with. Having the feeling that Germany were going to reproduce their usual form, I decided to bring in a German defender (as already planned) and figured out that bringing in Muller now meant I’d get an additional game out of him rather than waiting. This backfired with only 3 points picked up between them. Frustrating really as I didn’t think Sweden were much of a threat and with how many touches Kimmich got in the Swedish half I thought he may have scored the 7+ rating. I cant argue with Muller only getting 3 points as he rarely looked liked scoring. However we do now have the advantage of having an extra game from both of them against South Korea.
The German result tainted what had been a very successful day but regardless it still leaves the team in a decent position:
Transfers remaining: 12
Total points: 191
Position on overall leader board: 4,911
There’s been some frustrating results but I still think all has gone to plan really. As a result I’ll be sticking to the plan with Kane coming in tomorrow:
Hazard out, Kane in
I’ve not actually deviated away from the plan previously suggested. I’ve just rearranged the order slightly to get an extra game from Muller. Here’s how I see things going forward. I’m sure this will change but based on how the bookmakers see each group finish and how I see current form this is how I see the rest of the tournament panning out:
Everything is certain to change given the unpredictability of football, however it’s still useful to see it laid out in this way. With this plan I’d still have a healthy number of transfers remaining at the quarter final stages and I’m questioning if it’s even worth making the Mbappe and Messi transfers (which will ultimately save two from being used).
Day 9 Review: World Cup
FINAL UPDATE: Last Minute Transfer
For the reasons below, transfers for the Germany Sweden game are:
Neymar out, Muller in
Gimenez out, Kimmich in
This means a change of formation to 4-4-2. Makes sense as we get two games for Muller compared to Hazard’s one game (which he may miss anyway, with a slight injury)
FURTHER UPDATE: German Transfers
Looking at the plan for the rest of the tournament. I was going to go for Muller for his games against South Korea and then the knockout game. I was planning to make this transfer before Hazard plays again. However as Hazard has now played I’m wondering if it would be worth bringing Muller. So the rest of today’s transfers would be:
Gimenez out, Kimmich in
Neymar out, Muller in
Hazard out, Kane in
This get us an extra game for Muller without using any additional transfers. Very short notice but I’m wondering what other people think of this? I’m currently just going with Kimmich but considering this as an option. Thoughts within the next half hour would be appreciated.
UPDATE: Transfers today
I’ve had a rethink regarding today’s transfers and think I’ve come up with a solution to get a German defender but keeping enough budget to bring Kane in tomorrow.
As the plan was to take Neymar out for someone like Messi. I can simply swap Neymar for Kane and bring in Kimmich for Germany today in place of Gimenez. As the table below shows, this can work without using any additional transfers:
This will get two games for the German defender compared to one for Uruguay. Even if I decide to skip the Messi transfer and bring Neymar back in this hasn’t cost us any additional transfers. I can imagine at this point no one would see the value in bringing Messi back in for the Nigeria game. I agree they’ve been poor but we’ve also got to remember that Messi won’t want to crash out of the tournament in this fashion, especially with Ronaldo grabbing the headlines. It seems unlikely to be would anyone put it past him to put in a man of the match performance against Nigeria and allow Argentina to seek into the knockout round?
Regardless of that, the transfers for today are:
Gimenez out, Kimmich in (unless Hummels starts, in which case I’ll go for him)
Suarez out, Lukaku in (I’ve already confirmed this one)
I’m uncomfortable with having no German attacking players in the team but it’s another one of those games where I’ll have to risk it and give them a miss. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Muller do well today though.
Quick review of today’s action and an update on the overall progress of the team. From my point of view today couldn’t have gone much better. A clean sheet for Miranda, a goal and star man for Coutinho and a goal for Neymar exceeded my expectation. The result is 27 points for the day and a total of 153 points scored. With 15 transfers remaining this is a decent position to be in.
Despite the strong start, there has been some frustrations. My plan has gone pretty much perfectly so far and I’ve had plenty of luck along the way. Two late goals falling to my two Brazilian players for example, a deflected goal for Costa, Gimenez getting a late winner resulting in 18 points in one game, 13 points for Pogba for a goal that got taken away from him and so on. My point is, pretty much every move I’ve made has gone well. Based on the transfers I’ve made I couldn’t really expect to be on more points than I’ve got. However here’s where I’m currently sitting in leagues:
Overall leader board: 12,045
Competitive mini league (150 entries): 18th
Dream Team Tips mini league: 3rd
As I think I’ve had a lot of luck and have scored well with pretty much every transfer I’ve made. It’s really disappointing to by 18th the mini league I want to be competitive in. Also sitting outside the top 10,000 of the overall leader board doesn’t make me feel like I’m winning or doing well. Although at the same time I don’t think I could have done much more so it’s becoming very frustrating. I do have a feeling that a lot of teams above me are racing through their transfers but I believe it’s impossible to check how many people have used. Hopefully this may give me an advantage as the competition progresses, but it’s better to see points on the board ultimately.
Regardless of the frustrations, I’m going to stick with the planned measured approach. I’m a little undecided on tomorrow’s transfers at the moment. Here’s where I’m currently at:
– Suarez out, Lukaku in. I think this transfer should go ahead as I favour Belgium over Uruguay in the long run.
– I think Sweden could be stubborn for Germany to break down. As a result I’m NOT going to transfer Hazard out for Muller as planned. I’m going to hold onto the transfer and keep Hazard for the time being.
– The third transfer I’m now undecided about. The plan was to swap Gimenez for Hummels. However Hummels is likely to miss out through injury. I can’t go for a different (regular) German defender as I won’t have the funds to put Kane in for the Panama game. So the choice is to either stick with Gimenez for another game or go with a Belgium or England defender. At the moment I can’t decide. I believe there is a chance Hummels may still play so I may wait until tomorrow to decide. There is also the options to swap Gimenez for a midfielder and change formation. Reus or Draxler would be available within the budget. Any thoughts on this third transfer would be appreciated.
Day 8 Review: World Cup
Really brief update on today’s games and plans for tomorrow. I only had one player in action today – Lloris, who kept a clean sheet so couldn’t ask for much more than that. I was tempted by Messi or Griezmann but decided to resist using another transfer. This worked out quite well and I’m glad I didn’t have any Argentina players in my team.
As far as tomorrow goes. I don’t plan on making any changes. I think Miranda, Coutinho and Neymar is enough cover for Brazil. So I’ll hold fire until the weekend with regards to transfers.
Day 7 Review: World Cup
Very brief update on today’s results. Very happy with the Spain game – points scored for Costa, Isco and Alba all worked well. Delighted with Suarez getting a goal and star man. This projected the team in the overall leader board and in some of the mini leagues I’m entered into. I’m still a little behind where I’d want to be, however I’m hoping others are racing through their transfers without a real plan of action.
I stuck with the decision to go without Ronaldo – after 5 minutes of the Portugal I was sure this was going to backfire massively. Fortunately Ronaldo only picked up 8 points. I feel like I’ve dodged a bullet with that result.
My plan was to stay as I am for tomorrow. I won’t be going for Messi as Croatia could be a tough fixture and it could all go down to Nigeria game for Argentina (where I may consider Messi). My next transfer will be to take out Suarez (planned for Lukaku). The only temptation I have for tomorrow is Griezmann as France face Peru. However I’m not sure this is worth a transfer.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. I’m particularly interested in if people think it was a good move to not include Ronaldo and if anyone is making any changes tomorrow.
Day 6 Review: World Cup – Transfer Plan Reviewed
Update: having pondered overnight, I’ve decided to just go with Costa for today’s transfer. As I’ve got a fairly busy day this may be the only update I can make on this post. If this changes I’ll update.
With the first round of fixtures now complete I thought it would be a useful time to review the plan for the rest of the tournament. There hasn’t been any real surprises (other than Germany losing their first game) but I think the plan needs to be tweaked slightly now we’ve seen everyone play. I’ve also tried to look a little further ahead by planning how many transfers may potentially be used by the end of the first knockout round.
Here’s where I’ve currently got to:
This would give a total of 53 appearances and use 13 transfers to take us up to the quarter finals.
The key points for me are:
– Getting Costa in for Spain’s remaining group games and their knockout game which will be early in the calendar.
– Argentina may be desperate for a result against Nigeria so thought it might be useful to have Messi for this game. They then also play their knockout game fairly early on.
– Having Kane for the Panama game.
– I’ve put Mbappe in but this could easily be Werner. I went for Mbappe as he will have two games to Werner’s one. This one is also quite far into the future so things could change by then.
The potential problems:
– Neymar could be injured, which could open the door for Ronaldo but this would cost another transfer.
– Germany could end up crashing out and may face Brazil in the knockout stage but it’s risky avoiding their players. Do we stick with Hazard or go with Muller as planned.
– Everything could change after the next round of group fixtures. With the plan above, at that point I’ll have used 9 transfers. They will be rapidly running out at this stage if things were to change significantly.
My concern at this stage is racing through the transfer budget. It’s very easy to make a case for pretty much every striker who has done well already and switching them up between each game. However this is going to use up the transfers very quickly. The difficulty is knowing which ones to go with and which ones to resist. I managed to resist Kane last night which cost me. But also managed to resist any transfers today which seems to have paid off. If I stick to the plan above, I’d be happy with 7 transfers going into the quarter final stage, however something won’t go to plan and I’m sure I’ll end up having to use a few more transfers. Running out won’t be able, however at the same time it’s important to squeeze as many points out of the group stage as possible – while points are easier to come by.
It’s proving a tricky decision. At this stage I’m certainly going to go for Costa to replace Lukaku. The big dilemma is sticking with Neymar or going for someone else (Ronaldo). I’d be interested in hearing other peoples thoughts in the comments below.
Day 5 Review: World Cup
Just a quick write up after today’s games. Based on my initial plan for the tournament everything went to plan. Lukaku came in and got two goals (18 points) and Hazard also picked up 5 points. At this stage I still can’t see a reason to move away from the plan for transfers. Although I may go for Costa for the Iran game.
Having said that – Kane grabbing two goals really cost me quite a few places in a mini league I’m entered into. The difficulty is that football is impossible to predict and there’s only a limited number of transfers. As a result some transfers will be wasted (Muller, having Messi to start) and some opportunities will be missed such as Kane this evening. If I went after every potential opportunity I’d have to swap strikers for every game and I’d quickly run out of transfers. The overall winner will end up being the person who takes a punt on certain players and each one pays off by good fortune rather than precise planning in my opinion.
Day 4 Review: World Cup – Second Transfers
Today kind of went to plan. It was good to pick up 16 points with Coutinho and Neymar although I don’t think Brazil played that well. Putting Muller in was a waste of a transfer and Germany never really looked look scoring. However I can’t really regret this based on Muller’s goal scoring record in the World Cup. On another day it could have gone another way.
The plan from the start of the tournament seems to be going fine so far. As a result I’ll be sticking to the planned transfers tomorrow:
Pogba out, Lukaku in
Muller out, Hazard in
I may not have chance to confirm this in the morning but at this point in time those are the moves I’m going for.
Days 1-3 Review: World Cup – First Transfers
UPDATE: Slight change of plan to the below.
As I’m taking out Messi, Griezmann and Pogba over the next couple of days regardless of what happens in today’s games. Rather than making three transfers today, I’m just making two. This is more of a logistical change rather than tactical as ultimately I’ll probably end up the with the same team. However today’s transfers which I’ve just made are:
Messi out, Neymar in
Griezmann out, Muller in
This is a change to 4-4-2 and gives me a bit of thinking time ahead of tomorrow’s game for Belgium. The only reason I was bringing in Lukaku today was because I couldn’t afford Muller in for Pogba. But if I’m taking Griezmann out anyway, then I may as well buy myself another day for the Lukaku transfer in case anything changes. At this stage I’m still going for Muller despite this being a bit of a waste of a transfer if he does nothing against Mexico, however with only 8 transfers planned for the group stage I think I’ll be OK for transfers and I think it’s important to keep up the early momentum.
I’ll be sticking to my plan outlined before the tournament kicked off and plan to make my first three transfers tomorrow morning in preparation for Brazil, Germany and Belgium playing their first game. I would make these changes tonight however I believe it won’t be possible to reverse them tomorrow if certain players aren’t playing so I’ll play it safe and do them in the morning.
A quick note on progress so far
Overall I’ve had a decent start with 40 points scored. Highlights have been Gimenez picking up 18 points and Pogba picking up 13 points. I thought Pogba was fortunate to get the goal awarded to him and to receive the star man award but happy with this as he was only in the team for this game.
The margins between success and failure are very small. I’d have expected Messi to score his penalty – this miss probably cost me 13 points as I’d imagine he would have took the star man award with this goal. I thought Isco had a brilliant game as well for Spain. His shot stuck the bar and on another day could have crossed the line.
Has everything gone to plan?
Yes, is the short answer. I’m yet to regret a decision and so far it’s pretty much panned out how I’d hoped. As a result the transfers I had already planned will go ahead as planned tomorrow:
Messi out – Neymar in
Pogba out – Muller in
Griezmann out – Lukaku in
This will allow me to shape the team I’d like going into the rest of the group stages. The only concern I’ve had so far is Ronaldo. I didn’t expect him to get a hat trick against Spain – perhaps a goal but not a hat trick. With Morocco and Iran to play I’m concerned how many goals he might get in these games.
A quick reminder of the plan for transfers can be seen below:
Feel free to leave any of your own thoughts in the comments section below. It would be interesting to hear how others are getting on at this early stage.