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World Cup Fantasy update: Players to consider ahead of third-place playoff and final

Are you an avid Fantasy Football fan? Have you picked out which players you think will shine in Qatar with the tournament reaching its final 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 final two matches of the World Cup, with the third-place playoff taking place on Saturday and the final the following day.

Goalkeeper - Emiliano Martinez (Argentina)

Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has scored 20 points so far at the World Cup and seven of those came in Argentina's resounding 3-0 success over Croatia in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

His heroics in the quarter-finals helped Argentina beat the Netherlands on penalties and he is now 7/4 to win the Golden Glove.

Martinez has helped Argentina keep three clean sheets in Qatar so far and, while he may struggle to keep France at bay, he has proven to be confident facing penalties and that could be the difference for readers in their mini-leagues.

Defender - Theo Hernandez (France)

France left-back Theo Hernandez scored their opening goal against Morocco in the semi-finals and he now has the chance to finish the tournament as the top-scoring defender in fantasy football.

Only Achraf Hakimi of Morocco has scored more points as a defender than Hernandez in Qatar and it is hard to leave him out of our team considering his form.

Midfielder - Luka Modric (Croatia)

The only player who makes our team who will not play in Sunday's final, but with Luka Modric likely to play in the third-place playoff against Morocco, he makes the grade.

The Real Madrid ace may have only scored 12 points so far, but Saturday's fixture is likely to be his last-ever World Cup appearance.

Modric will be desperate to end his campaign with a goal, and we have put our faith in him, especially with the former Tottenham man likely to take any potential penalty kicks.

He is 15/4 to Score Anytime, while Croatia are 7/10 To Finish 3rd in Qatar.

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Forward - Lionel Messi (Argentina)

How can we have a World Cup final fantasy team without Lionel Messi?

The Paris Saint-Germain ace is 1/5 to win the Golden Ball and he has already scored 47 points in the fantasy game at present.

He grabbed two assists and also scored during the routine win over Croatia and if anyone is going to drag Argentina over the line, it is their 35-year-old captain.

Sunday's final will be his last World Cup appearance, so viewers should savour every moment as one of the world's greatest-ever players bows out on the big stage.

Messi has never won the World Cup and neutrals will be desperate to watch him succeed in his final appearance.

The former Barcelona great has five goals to his name, and he is 10/11 to finish the World Cup as the Top Goalscorer.

Forward - Kylian Mbappe (France)

While Messi is set to appear in his last World Cup, Kylian Mbappe is set to feature in his second final at the age of just 23.

His team-mates will be doing everything they can to win the final for their country and Mbappe also has individual honours to target.

Mbappe and Messi are tied on five goals each in the race to be Top Goalscorer and the former is 21/20 to take that accolade.

Mbappe has only scored one point fewer than Messi in the fantasy game and it will be great to see the two players put everything on the line on Sunday.

There is every chance they both find the back of the net on Sunday afternoon in the final, and Mbappe will hope he can steer France to a second successive World Cup success - To Win Outright is available at 10/11.

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