This is an extremely difficult group to predict as realistically all the teams in the group could go through. Even group favourites Argentina, who have been poor over the last few years could be left short in this group.
Group D overall analysis
It’s going to be very tight this group but Argentina should scrape through given the amount of experience the team has. Which means the 2nd spot is going to come down to the winner of the Nigeria v Croatia game in my opinion.
Victor Moses (£0.99) has recently been moved from a midfielder to a defender on the index. For Nigeria he plays as a right winger therefore, if he does get a goal or two he could have a good chance of PB as he will be under the defender categories. Depending on whoever comes in as the new manager at Chelsea that could also influence his PB scores for next season. He could also dislike the new manager and therefore could look for a transfer elsewhere, where he may also revert back to the winger position we all knew him for at Wigan.
Alex Iwobi (£0.97) – Although, his career has stagnated at Arsenal under Wenger over the past two seasons I still believe he has a lot of potential. For Nigeria he scores quite a lot from midfield so could have a chance of PB during the World Cup. Unai Emery has said that he likes Iwobi and has said that he likes some of the attributes he has such as ball retention. This could see him in ½ seasons become a regular starter for a top 6 club. He is still quite a low price at them moment who will get a lot of game time especially with Arsenal being in the Europa League.
Ndidi (£1.26) has enjoyed a good campaign with Leicester this year and has started to attract some of the top 6 clubs as well as other clubs in Europe who are in need of a CDM. Ndidi also isn’t afraid to get forward if needs be and sometimes played in a more advanced position for Leicester. If he puts in a few good performances during the World Cup I could see a big move potentially happening.
Kovacic (£1.75) – Has enjoyed a good campaign with Real Madrid along with wining the champions league. Although, I do not think he has featured enough as he would like to. Thus making him question his loyalty Real Madrid as well as the recent departure of Zidane could impact whether he leaves or not. He scores well in PB and could be a good pick up if he leaves to a top club or if he stays he will probably get more game time in-turn leading to a better chance to win some dividends in the form of PB. His price could rise when traders look to re-invest money for next season during the world cup.
Vrsaljko (£1.01) – The Atletico full back has had links to Man United in the past however, I think the recent signing of Dalot has ruled out that transfer. He has performed in the best defence in the world and could also perform at the world cup. Which could lead to some of Europe’s top clubs looking to sign him in the very near future.
Johan Gudmunsson (£0.75) Burnley RM could turn heads in Russia has a wand of a left foot will start on the wing for Iceland Along with Burnley Gudmunsson enjoyed the best season of his career with a number of goals and assists. He also is very good at crossing which could play in his favour for PB. He will also be playing in the Europa league with Burnley next year. Therefore, potential for even more dividends to be won.
Otamendi (£2.75) scored well for PB with city and Arg also play possession could win. The Argentinian and Man City centre back provided one of the best PB yields for a defender last year. This is due to the Pep Guardiola philosophy of keeping possession and him being a ball playing centre back means he completes a lot of passes. Argentina will likely dominate possession in their group so he has potential for some high PB scores during the world cup. Traders who sold him would be looking to get back in at some point for next season.
Lo Celso (£2.47) – Giovani Lo Celso has the opportunity to really get some good PB scores next year like he did last season. The recent injury to Lanzini could lead to an increased amount of game time during the world cup for him if he were to start for Argentina, although competition in that midfield is fierce. This could show many people just how good he really is. Without Neymar playing he racked up some high PB scores during the games he played for PSG last year- all be it in the French league. However, next season I expect him to be a regular starter. As PSG will look to sell players like Rabiot and even Verrati in order to buy Mbappe and comply with FFP regulations.