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The Scout’s World Cup review: Fernandes an in-form differential

The Scout 25 Nov 2022
Bruno Fernandes

Find out which Fantasy stars impressed on Thursday and who is in action today

The Scout looks at players in Fantasy Premier League who have impressed in the FIFA World Cup 2022 matches.

Bruno Fernandes (MUN) £9.8m

The Manchester United playmaker continued his improved run of form by supplying two assists in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana on Thursday.

See: PL player World Cup tracker

Fernandes was among a Portugal line-up that also featured Manchester City trio Joao Cancelo (£7.4m), Ruben Dias (£5.9m) and Bernardo Silva (£6.9m).

The Red Devils midfielder now has three goals and three assists in his last four matches for club and country.

That all-round influence suggests Fernandes could be a big differential when domestic action resumes on 26 December. 

He is owned by a mere 2.1 per cent ahead of a favourable run of opponents for Man Utd.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), seven of their first nine matches after the season resumes score only two.

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Richarlison outshines Son

Elsewhere, there were mixed fortunes for Tottenham Hotspur pair Richarlison (£8.4m) and Son Heung-min (£11.6m).

Richarlison thrived in his role as a centre-forward for Brazil, scoring both their goals in a 2-0 win over Serbia.

Son, meanwhile, made his return from injury after missing the last two matches prior to the season break. 

But along with Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez (£9.0m), he blanked as South Korea and Uruguay played out a goalless draw. 

Nunez’s Liverpool team-mate Alisson (£5.5m) and Chelsea centre-back Thiago Silva (£5.4m) were part of the Brazil backline that earned a clean sheet.

However, there were limited minutes for two of Fantasy’s most-popular players, Arsenal duo Gabriel Jesus (£8.0m) and Gabriel Martinelli (£6.8m).

Owned by 55 per cent and 48.5 per cent respectively, they featured only as late second-half substitutes for Brazil.

England stars back in action

A host of Premier League stars are in action on Friday as England take on USA.

Bukayo Saka (£8.0m) was the standout performer in the 6-2 win over Iran on Monday, scoring twice, while both Harry Kane (£11.6m) and Raheem Sterling (£9.7m) were also involved in two goals.

Elsewhere, Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) and Nathan Ake (£5.0m) seek a second successive clean sheet as the Netherlands face host nation Qatar.

Today’s matches

10:00 GMT Wales v Iran
13:00 GMT Qatar v Senegal
16:00 GMT Netherlands v Ecuador
19:00 GMT England v USA

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