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World Cup fantasy football: 9 step guide to MASTER the game this summer

Calling all fantasy football fans – are you sure you’re ready for the World Cup?

Get set for a rollercoaster month or so as the greatest show on Earth rolls into Russia.

And Dream Team World Cup is the best way to make your experience of the whole thing somehow even more compelling.

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Dream Team World Cup

Brazil’s golden boy

Brazil’s golden boy

It’s simply the best version of World Cup fantasy football this summer, with the game completely free to enter and £175k up for grabs.


But you’ll need to get your head around the nuts and bolts to truly conquer it.

Luckily for you, we’ve designed this nine step guide to master the World Cup game and give you the perfect foundations for a massive score.

1 Nail the new formation

Dave Bassett’s worst nightmare

Dave Bassett’s worst nightmare

We’ve introduced the brand spanking new 3-4-3 formation for the World Cup which simply means more reinforcements in attacking areas.

It’s the cooler, slightly more hipster version of the 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 line ups and it’s ready to put them in the dark.

Defenders might well create the bedrock for a solid team but everyone knows the big points scorers are at the other end.

2 The GOAT really is the GOAT

Lionel Messi was the most talked about player at the 2014 World Cup

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Messi’s stats are unrivalled

Lionel Messi is the most expensive player on the game at £8m for a reason.

The Argentine maestro is simply a fantasy football phenomenon, hypothetically scoring over 500 Dream Team points – 100 more than Premier League leader Mo Salah – and registering 29 Star Man awards in 45 appearances this season.

Why Messi is a Dream Team World Cup phenomenon

  • Highest rated player at the last World Cup (8.52)
  • 29 Star Man awards in 45 appearances this season
  • 512 points in total – 100 more than Mo Salah

His all-action style and lubricious passing stats mean he’s going to score points even when he isn’t scoring goals.

Messi is pricey but he’s simply a must-have.

3 Don’t be too trigger happy with your transfers

What will Suarez sink his teeth into this summer?

What will Suarez sink his teeth into this summer?

Woah woah, 20 transfers at your disposal.. that’s loads, isn’t it?

All we can say is don’t fall into that trap, with the World Cup encompassing an entire month of action so effectively you’re averaging less than one transfer per day.

The temptation to pull the trigger during the first round of group games is enticing but stay patient and choose wisely.

We’ve published a full proof transfer guide too which should help with your approach.

4 Get your hands on the Golden Boy

Fellow PSG star Kylian Mbappe comes third with a total of £163m

Part of a fearsome French frontline

Kylian Mbappe is the hottest prodigy on the planet and he simply he has to be yours.

The French wonderkid is priced at just £3.5m on Dream Team World Cup so is an absolute bargain.

He should score a bucket load of goals in an easy group for France whilst saving you money to splash the cash on the even bigger names.

5 In defence of one team

Are you bold enough to try it?

Are you bold enough to try it?

We’ve been banging this drum all season during Dream Team Weekender and the same applies to the World Cup game.

It’s a gamble, but picking a defence and goalkeeper from one nation really can reap rewards.

The likes of Germany, Brazil and France will all be confident of keeping clean sheets in the group stages.

So imagine pocketing four, if not five clean sheet and rating points from just one game? That’s a lovely way to start.

6 Set piece kings are fantasy football royalty

Hazard buried his penalty in the back of the net with aplomb

Hazard is lethal from the spot

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When picking your side you need to be thinking about your dead ball specialists.

Your free kick fanatics, penalty perfectionists and corner conquerors are all far more likely to score goals and assists throughout the tournament.

The likes of Eden Hazard, Philippe Coutinho and… Kieran Trippier should all be under consideration.

7 Muller your mates in style

No man loves the World Cup more

No man loves the World Cup more

If there’s one man who knows his way around the World Cup, it’s Thomas Muller.

The German goal machine has bagged 10 goals from just two tournament appearances and has his sights set on the all time scoring record.

So the fact he’s down as a midfielder on the game means picking him is a no brainer, with a goals almost guaranteed outside your striking options.

8 Find yourself a man who can do both

Ramos is a regular double figures man for goals a season

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Ramos is a regular double figures man for goals a season

Sometimes a defender is more than just a defender.

The likes of Sergio Ramos and Gary Cahill are both regular goalscorers and, as a result, fantasy football gems.

When picking your defenders have an eye on not only their ability to keep the ball out of their own net, but also their knack of sticking it in the other end too.

9 Brazil are rightly favourites

Neymar was also on the scoresheet as Brazil prepare to travel to the World Cup

Brazil are in scary form going into the tournament

Brazil head coach Tite has masterminded a Samba revolution in Brazil since taking over, marshalling a steady defence to compliment their outrageous attacking options.

Group E looks pretty straightforward for the tournament favourites with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia all potential cannon fodder.

They haven’t conceded a goal for six games and in Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus have possibly the best attack in Russia.

How does World Cup fantasy football work?

If you’re already a Dream Team fan you’ll recognise the setup.

The game is completely free to enter and will run from the opening game on June 14right up until when England inevitably lift the trophy in the final on July 15.

Because that’s definitely what’s going to happen, right?

Harry Kane

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The lads

You will be given 20 transfers at the start of the tournament to use across the duration, with a maximum of three transfers per match day.

Our expert friends over at WhoScored – as they have for the Season and Weekender games – will provide all the statistics that generate the points scoring.

How do you sign up?

You’ve left it late to sign up but fortunately there’s still plenty of time before the big kick off between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

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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