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Which teams have the most players on 18+ Dream Team World Cup points at this stage?

Once today’s matches are complete the World Cup quarter-finals will be set in stone.

From this point on, Dream Team bosses will have difficult decisions to make in terms of which teams to back.

In hope of providing some information that may inform your strategy, let’s run through the countries that boast the most players currently on 18+ points.

The first thing to say is that for obvious reasons we’re only interested in teams still active in Qatar.

Secondly, this was written prior to Switzerland v Portugal.

Although to be honest, there’s not much to discuss in regards to those teams, Bruno Fernandes is the only man on either side with 18+ points to his name – the playmaker has an impressive tally of 29 points having only played twice.

Fernando Santos’ No8 scored two goals and provided two assists to ensure his side qualified for the last 16 with a game to spare and he remains Dream Team World Cup’s outright best midfielder despite the fact he was rested against South Korea.

No other Portugal player has reached doubel figures

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No other Portugal player has reached doubel figures

In the wake of Morocco’s penalty shootout win over Spain, the hard-working North Africans have a whopping five players above the threshold!

Hakim Ziyech (18 points), Nayef Aguerd (18 points), Noussair Mazraoui (24 points), Romain Saiss (25 points) and Achraf Hakimi (29 points) have all been fantastic for the Atlas Lions – fair play to any Dream Team World Cup bosses who have backed them heavily.

Rather tellingly, Argentina have just one player hovering around the top of the rankings and there’s no prize for identifying the man in question.

Lionel Messi is actually the second-top player in the game right now having racked up 36 points, meaning he’s got more than twice as many points as his next-best compatriot, Nicolas Otamendi (17 points).

Critics of the Albiceleste claim they are too reliant on their legendary No10 and the Dream Team World Cup stats suggest such claims have validity.

In contrast, Argentina’s opponents on Friday night, Netherlands, boast FIVE players with more than 18 points at this stage.

As you would expect, the Oranje’s leading scorer, Cody Gakpo, leads the way with 32 points, closely followed by surprise hero of theie last 16 match-up with USA, Daley Blind, who has earned 28 points.

Are Argentina a one-man team?

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Are Argentina a one-man team?

Frenkie de Jong pocketed two Star Man awards in the group stage, the key contributing factor to his tally of 25 points, while wing-back Denzel Dumfries exhibited his attacking threat in the round of 16 fixture with two assists and a goal – the Inter man now has 22 points.

Last but not least among the Dutch, 6ft 8in goalkeeper Andries Noppert has provided excellent value for money at £2million by returning 19 points to date.

Croatia may be a tad blunt in the final third but they have kept two clean sheets in Qatar so far, with Dejan Lovren (22 points), Josko Gvardiol (19 points) and shootout hero Dominik Livakovic (21 points) being the main beneficiaries.

Andrej Kramaric picked up all 18 of his points against a leggy Canada – he’s blanked in his other three outings and has probably been dropped off most Dream Team World Cup managers’ watchlists.

Tite has made a concerted effort to use all 26 players at his disposal already and it’s because the workload has been shared so evenly that only three Brazil players currently have 18+ points to their name despite the Selecao’s impressive form.

Richarlison is top dog among his team-mates by virtue of Star Man showings against Serbia and South Korea, two performances that resulted in a combined total of 33 points.

Brazil’s main man

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Brazil’s main man

Injured left-back Alex Sandro banked 21 points in two outings before he was sidelined while experienced skipper Thiago Silva has 18 points thanks to his neat assist for Richarlison’s goal in the round of 16.

France’s two primary goal threats are their only assets above our arbitrary threshold.

Olivier Giroud has overtaken Thierry Henry’s all-time scoring record for Les Bleus at this tournament and has been good value for his 21 points.

The Milan target man was expected to be a rotational option, hence his affordable price tag of £3.5m, but has benefited hugely from Karim Benzema’s withdrawal from the squad.

Intimidatingly, Kylian Mbappe has 48 points from just 297 minutes of playing time.

France’s No10 has been the standout player in Qatar, scoring five goals and providing two assists – he’s been unplayable in spells.

The team who face the daunting prospect of facing Mbappe on Saturday are England but Dream Team World Cup gaffers may change their opinion on this match-up when they learn the Three Lions have no fewer than SEVEN players on 18+ points!

Dream Team World Cup’s top points scorer

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Dream Team World Cup’s top points scorer

Three consecutive clean sheets have done wonders for John Stones (20 points), Luke Shaw (25 points) and Harry Maguire (33 points) – the latter remains the top defender in Dream Team World Cup having also collected a Star Man award.

England are the top scorers at the tournament at this stage and it’s Bukayo Saka (26 points) and Marcus Rashford (23 points) who are leading the way with three goals each.

Phil Foden has only been on the pitch for 174 minutes of the campaign but such is his talent he registered a goal, two assists and a Star Man award in that time for a return of 20 points.

Completing England’s septet is the captain, Harry Kane, who has predominantly embraced his playmaking ability to provide three assists.

Although he ticked over to 20 points with an emphatic one-on-one finish against Senegal to remind everyone of his predatory nature.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS ON 18+ POINTS

  • Switzerland: 0
  • Argentina: 1
  • Portugal: 1
  • France: 2
  • Brazil: 3
  • Croatia: 4
  • Morocco: 5
  • Netherlands: 5
  • England: 7