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World Cup 2018 – Fantasy Football Cheatsheet

World Cup 2018: Group Stage Goal Projections, Clean Sheet Probabilities & Fixture Difficulty Ratings

The Panini Sticker Album has been released so that can only mean one thing – the countdown to the 2018 World Cup Finals is well and truly on.

This promises to be a World Cup to savour and the introduction of VAR technology, which will be used at the finals for the first time, is sure to make its mark.

We’re expecting the leading fantasy football operators to come up with some fascinating tournament formats, so we’ve put together a Fantasy Football Cheatsheet that references key data for all of the Group stage matches that will be played at this summer’s World Cup finals.

The Cheatsheet includes a fixture difficulty rating based on the perceived strength of the opposition according to the World Cup outright betting markets, projected goals for each participating team in each Group game along with the associated clean sheet probabilities and the actual likely outcome of each match in percentage terms.

This information is presented in an easy to use format and should help with the fantasy football team selection process by highlighting the sort of task each nation is expected to face.

For those on Mobile or Tablet devices having difficulty viewing the table below can view it here.

2018 World Cup - Fantasy Football Cheatsheet
Group Stage FixturesProjected GoalsClean Sheet %Match Result %
Date1212121X2
14-JunRUSKSA1.970.5611471209
15-JunEGYURU0.831.622044192655
15-JunMORIRN1.160.884131413128
15-JunPORESP0.891.482341222850
16-JunFRAAUS2.280.38681078166
16-JunARGISL1.880.56115702010
16-JunPERDEN0.981.372538262945
16-JunCRONGA1.490.884123502822
17-JunCRCSRB0.851.342643232948
17-JunGERMEX1.960.734814632314
17-JunBRASUI2.10.625412702010
18-JunSWEKOR1.320.963827442927
18-JunBELPAN2.530.3968880146
18-JunTUNENG0.622.041354102070
19-JunCOLJPN1.560.814421522820
19-JunPOLSEN1.270.973828423028
19-JunRUSEGY1.510.854322502822
20-JunPORMOR1.730.645318612514
20-JunURUKSA2.230.48621175178
20-JunIRNESP0.42.3996761579
21-JunDENAUS1.560.84521532720
21-JunFRAPER2.10.65512702010
21-JunARGCRO1.580.894121522721
22-JunBRACRC2.430.5657977158
22-JunNGAISL1.081.163134333037
22-JunSRBSUI1.091.163134333037
23-JunBELTUN2.30.55581074188
23-JunKORMEX0.921.432440242947
23-JunGERSWE1.940.794514622315
24-JunENGPAN2.290.45641076177
24-JunJPNSEN1.111.23033323038
24-JunPOLCOL1.141.213032333037
25-JunURURUS1.261.093428383032
25-JunKSAEGY0.741.562148192754
25-JunIRNPOR0.561.951457102169
25-JunESPMOR20.575714692011
26-JunDENFRA0.811.691844172558
26-JunAUSPER1.081.342634282943
26-JunNGAARG0.892.111241142363
26-JunISLCRO0.841.412443222751
27-JunKORGER0.662.3995281874
27-JunMEXSWE1.271.143228383032
27-JunSRBBRA0.692.061350112168
27-JunSUICRC1.50.854322522820
28-JunJPNPOL0.971.572138232849
28-JunSENCOL0.951.52239242848
28-JunENGBEL1.341.452326333037
28-JunPANTUN1.061.342635293041
Group AOpposition StrengthFixture Difficulty RatingProjected Goals
ForAgainst
RUSKSA (2)EGY (3)URU (4)94.572.61
URUEGY (3)KSA (2)RUS (4)95.112.4
KSARUS (4)URU (4)EGY (3)111.725.76
EGYURU (4)RUS (4)KSA (2)103.243.87
Group BOpposition StrengthFixture Difficulty RatingProjected Goals
ForAgainst
IRNMOR (2)POR (4)ESP (5)111.855.5
ESPPOR (4)IRN (2)MOR (2)85.871.86
PORESP (5)IRN (2)MOR (2)94.572.68
MORIRN (2)POR (4)ESP (5)112.374.61
Group COpposition StrengthFixture Difficulty RatingProjected Goals
ForAgainst
AUSFRA (5)DEN (3)PER (3)112.265.18
DENPER (3)AUS (2)FRA (5)103.743.47
FRAAUS (2)PER (3)DEN (3)86.071.79
PERDEN (3)FRA (5)AUS (2)102.924.55
Group DOpposition StrengthFixture Difficulty RatingProjected Goals
ForAgainst
NGACRO (4)ISL (3)ARG (5)122.854.76
ISLARG (5)NGA (3)CRO (4)122.54.37
ARGISL (3)CRO (4)NGA (3)105.572.28
CRONGA (3)ARG (5)ISL (3)113.793.3
Group EOpposition StrengthFixture Difficulty RatingProjected Goals
ForAgainst
SRBCRC (2)SUI (3)BRA (5)103.124.07
SUIBRA (5)SRB (3)CRC (2)103.284.04
BRASUI (3)CRC (2)SRB (3)86.591.87
CRCSRB (3)SUI (3)BRA (5)112.25.27
Group FOpposition StrengthFixture Difficulty RatingProjected Goals
ForAgainst
MEXGER (5)KOR (2)SWE (3)103.434.02
KORSWE (3)MEX (3)GER (5)112.545.14
GERMEX (3)SWE (3)KOR (2)86.292.18
SWEKOR (2)GER (5)MEX (3)103.254.17
Group GOpposition StrengthFixture Difficulty RatingProjected Goals
ForAgainst
PANBEL (5)ENG (4)TUN (2)111.96.16
ENGTUN (2)PAN (2)BEL (5)95.672.52
BELPAN (2)TUN (2)ENG (4)86.282.29
TUNENG (4)BEL (5)PAN (2)112.515.4
Group HOpposition StrengthFixture Difficulty RatingProjected Goals
ForAgainst
SENPOL (4)JPN (3)COL (4)113.123.88
COLJPN (3)POL (4)SEN (3)104.272.9
POLSEN (3)COL (4)JPN (3)103.983.15
JPNCOL (4)SEN (3)POL (4)112.874.33

 

We’ve colour coded the opposition in our group summaries above to try to replicate a feature that Fantasy Premier League managers will be familiar with, where ‘green’ represents an easy fixture and ‘brown’ is the most testing. Numerical values are also included with the lowest number (2) representing a ‘softer’ fixture.

You can also visualise how many goals each team is expected to score and concede during their respective group games.

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