Here’s a fantasy World Cup fixtures article where I’ve set out a time line of fixtures for the Group games in chronological order. This will help those planning a defence block and also those looking to cover some of the premium players involved in the potential mismatch fixtures. It’s probably most useful for Sun Dream Team and Telegraph managers
Fantasy World Cup fixtures – a time line of fixtures to help plan your transfers
I’ve outlined all the fixtures in time order and split them up by days and by rounds. I’ve then added on the midfielders and strikers for the games that, in theory, should be the easiest wins for some of the favourites in the Groups. Those could be the games where you want to do a block defence in the telegraph format or where you want to use transfers by switching between premium players in either the Sun or the telegraph format.
The McDonalds format has a limited amount of Group transfers which means unless you wildcard you’re pretty much stuck with the team so this will be of less use.
The McDonalds format only allows 1 transfer per round. The timeline does show that Round 1 switches to round 2 between and 4pm and 7pm game. I have no idea how that works but hopefully the clock on the site will tell you at the time. The rules as they are state that there are limited transfers between rounds. How you are supposed to use a wildcard I’m not sure in that time.
If anyone has any info please leave it in the comments column.
Anyway here’s the time line. I’ve split it into the 3 rounds as a graphic but you can see the thing in it’s entirety on this google spreadsheet and copy and paste it for your own use if you want. It’s all in UK times btw which is different than the McDonalds format which shows time in European times I think?.
What the schedules does show is that the top teams don’t necessarily play in the same order.
Germany play before Brazil and Belgium in Round 1 but then after them in Round 2. So a transfer in the telegraph format of say Muller to Coutinho would give you 2 games before Muller played again
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Suarez to Ronaldo after Uruguay play Eygpt in Rd 1 gets Ronaldo v Spain and Morroco before swapping back to Suarez v Saudi Arabia. That doesn’t cover the last fixture though which is in Ronaldo’s favour.
Muller to Coutinho in round 1 after Germany play Mexico gets Coutinho vs Switzerland and Costa Rica before swapping back to Germany v Sweden. That also covers Germany vs South Korea which is better than Brazil vs Serbia I would think.
Muller to De Bruyne after Germany play Mexico. That gives 2 Belgium games vs Panama and Tunisia before swapping back to Germany v Sweden. It also avoids Belgium v England at the end when Germany have a better fixture v South Korea in RD 3
None of these work in Sun Dream Team though as you can’t make transfers between matches on a matchday. Something you can in TFF.
These also maybe helpful in TFF block defence during the Group stages.
Hope you can make use of the information. If I’ve missed anything or got anything wrong please tell me in the comments column
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