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The Scout’s World Cup review: Hwang the hero for South Korea

The Scout 2 Dec 2022

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

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

Hwang Hee-chan (WOL) £5.7m

The Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder scored his first goal of the season to help steer South Korea into the knockout stages on Friday. 

Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min (£11.6m) provided the assist as Hwang secured a late win 2-1 win over Portugal.

Having managed just a single assist in 2022/23 Fantasy, interest in Hwang is understandably low, with just 0.1 per cent of managers currently owning him.

See: PL player World Cup tracker

However, Wolves have a kind short-term schedule that suggests their players could make a quick impression under new head coach Julen Lopetegui.

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

Dalot picks up an assist

Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot (£4.8m) also impressed in his first start of the tournament by assisting Portugal’s goal.

Although he has managed only one assist in Fantasy this season, Dalot has created 20 chances. That total places him second for Man Utd and fifth among defenders.

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Elsewhere, Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.8m) was on the scoresheet for the second successive group fixture for Serbia.

However, the Fulham forward’s goal was not enough to prevent his nation exiting the tournament after slipping to a 3-2 loss to Switzerland.

The extra time off from international duties has lifted the appeal of Mitrovic when the campaign gets back underway.

Indeed he is second only to Marcus Rashford (£6.7m) for transfers in over the last 24 hours.

First starts for Arsenal pair

Arsenal’s popular Fantasy pair Gabriel Martinelli (£6.8m) and Gabriel Jesus (£8.0m) were both handed their first starts of the tournament as Brazil rang the changes for their meeting with Cameroon.

But the pair look likely to return to the substitutes bench for the last-16 tie against South Korea on Monday after failing to make an impact in the 1-0 defeat.

All eyes on the last 16 

The knockout stages of the tournament get under way tomorrow when the Netherlands face USA.

Manchester City’s Nathan Ake (£5.0m) and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) are expected to be part of a Dutch defence that have kept four clean sheets in their last five matches.

Christian Pulisic (£5.7m) could prove decisive for USA once again if he recovers from a knock. The Chelsea star has been involved in both his nation’s goals in the tournament, including his winner against Iran last time out.

Argentina take on Australia later on Saturday, with the South Americans boasting a pair of in-form Premier League players.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s Alexis Mac Allister (£5.4m) and Man City’s Julian Alvarez (£6.0m) both started and scored against Poland to help seal their place in the last 16. 

Saturday’s matches
15:00 GMT Holland v USA
19:00 GMT Argentina v Australia

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