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World Cup fantasy football: 7 set piece takers you need in your side

The World Cup is coming people so if you haven’t thought about your fantasy football side yet, it’s time to look busy.

The greatest show on Earth kicks off on June 14 as hosts Russia entertain Saudi Arabia in the opening game.


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Muller corner?

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Muller corner?

Dream Team World Cup

And Dream Team have you covered, with the Dream Team World Cup game making your experience of it all that much more compelling.

It’s completely free to enter, there’s £175k up grabs and all your favourite faces are available to pick.

What more could you possibly want?

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So let’s talk tactics, shall we?

Set piece takers and dead ball specialists are always fantasy football favourites and this summer is no different.

Penalties, free kicks and corners will come in to play so you really want to consider the experts.

Here’s seven of the best at the tournament…

1 Philippe Coutinho – Brazil (£5m)

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Coutinho’s range

The little Brazilian magician will be integral to the Samba plans this summer, particularly if Neymar isn’t quite at full throttle after his injury.

Coutinho’s accuracy from long range is up there with the very best, with no player scoring more goals from free kick situations during his time in England.

Over 38% of you have wisely picked him so far, with only Neymar, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann earning more love.

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2 Kieran Trippier – England (£2.5m)

Trippier is England’s best crosser

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Trippier is England’s best crosser

Twelve months ago if you’d been told Tripper was almost a guaranteed starter at the World Cup you’d have laughed in the face of the moron who uttered those words.

But fast forward a year and that’s the case, with the Spurs man’s creative ability one of his main assets from right wing back.

Trippier is England’s best crosser of a ball and proved it with an assist from a corner for Gary Cahill’s goal against Nigeria last weekend.

3 Christian Eriksen – Denmark (£4m)

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Eriksen broke Irish hearts last year

Trippier’s Spurs team-mate Eriksen is probably, now that Coutinho has departed for Barcelona, the best the Premier League has to offer from set pieces.

He’s Denmark’s orchestrator in chief and will be the man on all their dead ball situations.

At £4m he looks cheap for a side who could cause some damage in Group C against the likes of Peru and Australia.

4 Ricardo Rodriguez – Switzerland (£2m)

Rodriguez’s left foot can cause some damage

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Rodriguez’s left foot can cause some damage

Rodriguez was given a 50% chance of survival when he was born with his stomach and liver in his chest.

So the fact he’s gone onto become one of Switzerland’s best players in a generation is remarkable.

The AC Milan full back has a wand of a left foot and will compete with Xherdan Shaqiri for set piece duty.


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5 Robert Lewandowski – Poland (£5.5m)

Only deals in goals

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Only deals in goals

Like Eriksen, Lewandowski pretty much shoulders the entire hopes of his nation.

Unsurprisingly he’s Poland’s record goalscorer and has plenty left in the tank as he prepares for his first World Cup.

The Bayern Munich hitman has become a bit of a free kick specialist this season to go with his clinical record from the penalty spot.

6 Aleksandr Golovin – Russia (£2m)

Russia’s shining light

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Russia’s shining light

Hosts Russia are the second lowest ranked team at their own World Cup but in Golovin have a player who provides a semblance of hope.

Considering the old guard at the back, Golovin is a fresh-faced vibrant attacking midfielder capable of dictating matches.

He also scored a brilliant free kick against Arsenal in the Europa League earlier this season.

7 Eden Hazard – Belgium (£6m)

Hazard is usually spot on

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Hazard is usually spot on

Hazard and Belgium have a long list of doubters after years of underachievement so they really need to step up to the plate this summer.

The Chelsea star looked in fine fettle during the warm up game with Egypt on Wednesday night with a goal during the 3-0 win.

Hazard is ice cool from the penalty spot and you’d back Belgium to win a couple during the tournament.

How do you sign up?

You can now officially sign up and start picking your teams after hundreds of thousands of you pre-registered in the last month or so.

You can sign up to play the game here and we recommend downloading the Dream Team app too so you’ve got all the latest news, gossip and updates at your finger tips.

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Captain Kane

How many teams can you enter and what can you win?

Each manager can enter a maximum of 10 teams while there is no option to buy more teams.

One extremely exciting new feature is the expansion beyond a UK audience, with fantasy football fans worldwide now able to enter.

Only UK players will be eligible to win the tasty £175,000 prizepot, with £100,000 going to the winner and the rest divided between the next nine highest scores.


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