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World Cup Fantasy update: Players to consider ahead of quarter-finals

Are you an avid Fantasy Football fan? Have you picked out which players you think will shine in Qatar as the tournament moves into the knockout stages?

If you love Fantasy Football, bet365 Fantasy Sports could be exactly what you are looking for while the World Cup is on.

With bet365 Fantasy Sports, you can build your World Cup squad and compete against others for Fantasy points. Your selections will gain points based on their real-world performances.

Here are the five best selections to make ahead of the quarter-finals stages getting started on Friday.

Goalkeeper - Alisson (Brazil)

Brazil, who are 17/10 to win the World Cup, have the pick of the fixtures in the last eight as they prepare to face Croatia.

Croatia failed to score in two of their group matches, and that bodes well for a Brazil defence who kept two clean sheets on their way to topping Group G.

The spine of Brazil's defence allows them to build from the back, while both Thiago Silva and Marquinhos offer another layer of protection for Alisson.

Brazil only conceded five goals during qualifying for the World Cup, and they should be able to keep Croatia at bay while winning within 90 minutes.

A Brazil Win to Nil is available at 11/10, while a 2-0 Correct Score win is priced at 6/1.

Defender - Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal)

Portugal cruised past Switzerland during their 6-1 rout, and even though Guerreiro failed to keep a clean sheet, he was able to pick up numerous fantasy points for managers.

The full-back scored 11 points, and he has helped Portugal to win three games so far. During that time, he has picked up two assists and a goal, and his ability to find the back of the net could give managers a chance to climb their respective mini-leagues.

The Borussia Dortmund ace is 9/1 Goalscorer Anytime as Portugal face Morocco for a place in the semi-finals.

Midfielder - Bruno Fernandes (Portugal)

Any fantasy manager still playing the World Cup version has to build their midfield around Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes.

The Portugal ace is the top-scoring midfielder in the game with a superb 28 points, and that has come after he scored two goals and also added two assists.

Only France's Kylian Mbappe has managed to score more points in World Cup fantasy, and with Morocco up next, Fernandes has to be the one midfielder to pick.

With Cristiano Ronaldo likely to be on the bench for the second game running, Fernandes should take the majority of set pieces, and he may even take penalties against Morocco.

He is 10/3 Goalscorer Anytime or 15/2 First Goalscorer in Saturday's quarter-final clash.

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Midfielder - Bukayo Saka (England)

With Raheem Sterling on his way back to Qatar, it is not clear if England boss Gareth Southgate will make a change to his starting XI after the routine win over Senegal.

Saka started and scored in England's 3-0 win on Sunday, and he could be given a chance to impress once again. 

The Arsenal man is the second-highest-scoring midfielder in the game on 27 points, and the indications are that Southgate will try to neutralise Mbappe by forcing him back into his own half. 

Saka's direct style would force the Paris Saint-Germain man to defend more, and he is 5/1 Goalscorer Anytime this weekend.

Forward - Richarlison (Brazil)

Even though Mbappe has five goals to his name, we prefer Richarlison for our team for the quarter-finals.

The Tottenham striker has scored three goals from as many matches in Qatar, while he has also grabbed an assist. His goal against South Korea oozed class, and he has led the line superbly for A Selecao so far.

With so much attacking talent behind him, Richarlison could still score several goals before the tournament comes to an end, and with Croatia next up, he can add to his tally of three goals.

The former Everton man is 11/1 Multi Scorers 2 or More, while optimistic readers can back him to score a hat-trick at 50/1 (Multi Scorers 3 or More).

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