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The Scout’s World Cup review: Havertz back in form

The Scout 1 Dec 2022
Kai Havertz, Germany

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

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

Kai Havertz (£7.7m)

The Chelsea attacker's dazzling display as a substitute was not enough to prevent Germany from slipping out of the tournament at the group stages.

Havertz emerged from the bench midway through the second-half to score twice in 12 minutes against Costa Rica, suggesting he could yet to have a part to play in managers' plans in Fantasy this season.

Having scored just three goals in 2022/23, he sits in just over two per cent of squads.

See: PL player World Cup tracker

However, the Blues' upcoming schedule gives Havertz a chance to build momentum.

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

Hakim Ziyech (£5.5m)

Chelsea's Moroccan struck a crucial opener as his country sealed their spot in the knockout stages with a 2-1 win over Canada.

Ziyech has proven a key figure for his nation recently, having also supplied an assist in their 2-0 triumph over Belgium earlier in the week.

Managers could profit from Belgium exit

Morocco’s victory means Belgium will exit the tournament at the group stages, which has significant implications for a number of the Red Devils’ popular Fantasy assets.

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (£12.6m) and Brighton & Hove Albion’s Leandro Trossard (£7.1m) are both among the four top-scoring midfielders in the game, while Leicester City’s Timothy Castagne (£4.7m) is the seventh top-scoring defender.

The trio certainly seem less likely to be rotated when domestic action resumes on 26 December.

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Elsewhere, Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes (£9.8m) is among the top form players of the tournament in action on Friday.

The Portuguese midfielder faces South Korea on the back of two goals and two assists in his first two outings in Qatar.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min (£11.6m) and Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez (£9.0m) will be hoping to produce their first attacking returns of the FIFA World Cup.

South Korea’s Son goes head-to-head with Fernandes, while Uruguay’s Darwin faces Ghana.

Arsenal duo to be given chance?

Brazil and Arsenal pair Gabriel Martinelli (£6.8m) and Gabriel Jesus (£8.0m) could be handed their first starts of the FIFA World Cup, with the South Americans already qualified for the knockout stages.

Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.8m) is another popular Fantasy player set to turn out on Friday. The Serbia forward faces Switzerland on the back of his first goal of the FIFA World Cup earlier in the week. 

Friday’s matches
15:00 GMT South Korea v Portugal 
15:00 GMT Ghana v Uruguay
19:00 GMT Cameroon v Brazil
19:00 GMT Serbia v Switzerland

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