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World Cup fantasy football: Why is everyone underestimating the most impressive team at the World Cup?

  • Croatia are one of the best teams at the tournament
  • They've got several high scorers that barely anyone is selecting

This is a crucial period for fantasy football managers.

All of you Dream Team World Cup players will have to cut the wheat from the chaff when the group stage is done and dusted and half the teams are dumped out of the tournament.

Croatia are almost guaranteed top spot

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Croatia are almost guaranteed top spot

But don’t fear, we are here to help you glide into the knockout rounds with the perfect set-up.

We’re going to let you into a little secret here, unless there is a five-goal swing against Croatia tonight they are going to top the group and have a pretty good run in the knockouts.

But hardly any of you are selecting their big scorers.

The best midfield performance we’ve seen so far?

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The best midfield performance we’ve seen so far?

The Croats haven’t conceded a goal in the tournament yet and they have banged in five at the other end.

They are easily the most impressive team in the tournament, thanks to their 3-0 thrashing of Argentina and they have point scorers from front to back.

Here’s the Croatia players that everyone is ignoring that you need to get into your team…


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Dejan Lovren – 16 points

Solid

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Solid

Liverpool’s resident hardman has picked up exactly where he left off in the Champions League final.

Two stellar performances and two clean sheets have catapulted Lovren to the fifth highest scoring defender in the game.

We’re talking 16 points at a cost of £2.5m and plenty more where that came from.

Only 3.6% of managers have selected Lovren and he’s the leader of one of the best defences in Russia.

Sime Vrsaljko – 15 points

Just a free-kick then ref

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Just a free-kick then ref

He’s not afraid of a heavy challenge, either being on the receiving or doling them out.

The man with the almost-impossible-to-pronounce name has already bagged 15 points at the World Cup and is bringing his Atletico Madrid form with him to Russia.

But why are only 2.3% of you selecting the full-back?

Croatia are most likely to play Denmark in the next round which is basically a free clean sheet*

Luka Modric – 16 points

Technique = perfect

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Technique = perfect

Ah Luka, you little midfield genius.

Modric is at the heart of everything good about Croatia and he capped his fine tournament with a vicious bending strike against Argentina.

He’ll set you back £4m in midfield but for his return of 16 points it’s completely worth it.

Modric is also averaging an 8+ WhoScored.com rating so it beggars belief that just shy of 14% of you have him in your team.

Ivan Rakitic – 15 points

Stop, they’re already dead

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Stop, they’re already dead

Modric’s partner in crime has come out of Barcelona’s shadows to show he is a brilliant midfield operator in Russia.

Rakitic caused carnage against Argentina and by the time he scored the third goal it felt like Croatia were toying with one of the most successful international sides in history.

Another midfield man averaging over 8 on the WhoScored.com richter scale, he only costs £3.5m too.

You can get ahead of the 97% of people not selecting Rakitic by transferring him in right now.

Mario Mandzukic- 9 points

We don’t know why no-one is selecting you either Mario

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We don’t know why no-one is selecting you either Mario

Only 1% of you have selected Mario Mandzukic and he’s already scooped up nine points.

Just to put this in perspective, Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus is the same price as Mandzukic at £3.5m and he has only managed five points for one of the pre-tournament favourites.

And over 10% of Dream Team managers have the Man City man in their team.