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Youre going to want some superstars in your side as you hunt for goals and assists – we’re relying on you Lionel Messi!
So you might need to scrimp on cash in other areas, and these defenders might just save the day for your side.
World Cup Fantasy Football: How to get Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar in your Dream Team side
So, here at talkSPORT.com, weve picked out 10 defenders who may not be the most well known but we reckon could be bargains for your side and help you win your mini-league.
1. Yuto Nagatomo (Japan) – £1m
If youre really in a tight spot for some cash the Inter Milan wing-back is one player you should definitely consider. Okay, Japan arent in the best form right now but Nagatomo got three assists on loan with Galatasaray and in his best campaign with Inter grabbed five goals and six assists. In desperate times, he may be the man for the occasion.
2. Ricardo Rodriguez (Switzerland) – £2m
This one seems like a no-brainer to us, the AC Milan star may have had tricky season domestically but his still a key man on the international stage. He netted their goal in the 1-1 friendly with Spain, while he also score against Latvia and Northern Ireland in qualifying. He could well be on set-piece duties so dont sleep on him.
3. Ahmed Hegazi (Egypt) – £1.5m
We all know the West Brom star is a threat at set-pieces so he could cause havoc with his height in Russia. In a decent group he could get the odd clean sheet if Egypt make it out of Group A.
4. Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal) – £2m
Hell get the nod ahead of Mario Rui and could be set for some clean sheets in Group B, hes had a tough domestic campaign but has 16 goals and assists in his previous three seasons in the Bundesliga and Ligue 1.
5. Pepe (Portugal) – £2m
Just like Guerreiro, we reckon there is a possibility of a clean sheet or two for Cristiano Ronaldo and his pals. Pepe is also a good threat from corners and if he gets his head on a delivery youll be quids in.
6. Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) – £2.5m
The Napoli centre-back will be at the centre of a lot of attention this summer as hes wanted by a number of clubs, and you might want him in your XI as a bargain. He scored five goals in Serie A this year and his belting header against Juventus last month is still causing tremors in Italy. With Senegal being touted as dark horses he might be worth a punt.
7. Kieran Trippier (England) – £2.5m
Harry Kane has every chance of winning the Golden Boot at the World Cup and, if he does, Trippier might play a big role in it. He laid on five Premier League goals for his Spurs club-mate this season alone. If they renew their connection the ex-Burnley man wont disappoint in your XI.
8. Jose Gimenez (Uruguay) – £2.5m
Another bargain playing for a dark horse, Gimenez will line up alongside club-mate Diego Godin but is worth £1m less than him. A couple of clean sheets in Group A and a goal will make him a snip.
9. Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia) – £2.5m
A familiar face for Premier League fans, the veteran left-back is blessed with a monstrous shot and wicked delivery from set-pieces. He got two goals in qualifying so might notch in Russia in an intriguing Group E.
10. Santiago Arias (Colombia) – £2.5m
Probably our favourite bargain of the lot, Arias has been exceptional for PSV Eindhoven this season, notching three goals and grabbing six assists, while also registering 1.5 shots per game. Colombia have a real chance of reaching the knockout phases and could go deep if top stars are on form.
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