Confederations Cup comes to a close on Sunday, with Portugal and Mexico vying for Third Place while Germany and Chile battle it out for the trophy in the Final. Let’s look at how to approach each game and who to target on the final day of the tournament.
Claudio Bravo – $4,500 – Chile – Bravo rose to the occasion in the Semi Final, shutting Portugal out in the penalty shootout to see Chile through to the Final. A Group B rematch with Germany awaits, and per usual, we can expect another gritty encounter in the Final. If this one turns into a chess match as Finals often do, Bravo and ter Stegen each have a good shot at a clean sheet. Choosing which one to take is tough, but Bravo offers an $800 discount compared to his counterpart.
Others to Consider – Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Germany; $5,300)
Miguel Layun – $5,300 – Mexico – Layun put in 14 crosses and managed 16 points in the Semi Final despite the lopsided loss to Germany. The high crossing total was largely due to the way the game played out, with Germany scoring two early goals before the 10-minute mark and forcing Mexico to chase the remainder of the game. Regardless, Layun flashed his attacking upside — just be sure to keep an eye on Starting XI’s before lineups lock with no starting spot guaranteed in the Third Place game.
Eliseu – $4,300 – Portugal – Eliseu has topped double digits in both games since entering the starting lineup, and he’s in line to start again with usual starter Raphael Guerreiro already ruled out. With the stakes not nearly as high as the Final, we could see the Third Place game against Mexico open up with end-to-end action at times. Eliseu hasn’t been shy about getting forward, and if things do open up, he’s in a good spot to hit double digits for the third straight time.
Others to Consider – Cedric Soares (Portugal; $5,500), Jonas Hector (Germany; $5,100), Mauricio Isla (Chile; $4,400)
Ricardo Quaresma – $8,900 – Portugal – Quaresma logged 37 minutes off the bench in Portugal’s Semi Final loss to Chile, but he stands to benefit from Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence and could make his way back into the Starting XI for the Third Place game. When he’s given a full workload his inflated crossing totals are well worth chasing, and with Ronaldo out of the mix, he’ll be leaned upon even more to spark the attack.
Charles Aranguiz – $4,700 – Chile – Aranguiz stands over the majority of corner kicks, and he swung in seven crosses against Portugal in the Semi Final. He’s hit double digits twice in the tournament, and at $4,700, Aranguiz is an inexpensive way in to the Chilean attack.
Others to Consider – Julian Draxler (Germany; $7,800), Arturo Vidal (Chile; $7,500), Hector Herrera (Mexico; $4,300)
Alexis Sanchez – $8,700 – Chile – Sanchez became Chile’s all-time leading goalscorer when he scored the opener in a 1-1 draw with Germany earlier in the tournament. He has since turned in a pair of pedestrian fantasy performances, failing to hit double-digit points in the last two games. Despite the sub-par point totals, he still pops off the board as potentially the biggest game changer on the slate. With another trophy on the line, he’s sure to be heavily involved in Chile’s attack throughout the Final.
Hirving Lozano – $6,100 – Mexico – As noted above with Layun, it’s anyones guess who Mexico will start for Sunday’s Third Place game. If Lozano is announced in the Starting XI, I like him occupying one of the forward slots considering his ability to accumulate points outside of just goals or assists. Lozano scored in group play against Russia and injected life into the Mexican attack upon coming on in the second half of the Semi Final vs Germany. Again, keep an eye on the starting lineup and be ready to pivot to Giovani dos Santos, Chicharito or even Eduardo Vargas if need be.
Others to Consider – Timo Werner (Germany; $8,300), Chicharito (Mexico; $5,900), Eduardo Vargas ($5,400)
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