Tipster Aaron shares his favourite players for matchday 1 of Gaffr’s World Cup Fantasy game, including some differentials to set his team apart from other managers.

Here we go, the World Cup is just upon us, and it is all about to kick off this coming Sunday. Hosts Qatar begin the latest installment of the ‘Festival Of Football’ for the next month against Ecuador.

People are quietly going about tinkering with their fantasy teams in Gaffr ahead of the Gameweek 1 deadline on Sunday at 14:30 pm GMT. If you are an avid player of Fantasy games, such as the Fantasy Premier League game, you’ll be well aware of deadlines and having your team set ahead of time.

Gaffr World Cup Fantasy Gameweek 1 Team

I’ve had a look at my personal squad, and on Sunday, Qatar vs. Ecuador for myself is purely a ‘watch for fun’ game. There are no players in this game and for me, it all kicks off on Monday. Luke Shaw in my backline and Harry Kane as vice-captain up top as England kick their World Cup campaign off against Iran (qualified first time in 1978). Brenden Aaronson of Leeds and Antonee Robinson for the mighty USA are on our bench.

In those two games, I expect an England win against Iran and USA and Wales to be involved in a high-scoring draw. Benjamin Pavard and Raul Jimenez are on my side for Tuesday. Mexico and Poland, for me, are to play out a draw as the two sides are an even match for each other. France takes on Australia, who I see as a bit of a dark horse to get out of the group, but France will have too much in the locker and will keep the Aussies at arm’s length.

I’ve picked up Alphonso Davies of Canada for their first World Cup bow against Belgium since 1986. Wednesday at 19:00 GMT sees their game kick off. Much like Australia, I see Canada as a dark horse. Unlike Australia, though, I believe Canada has a better chance to come out of their group and onto the elimination rounds.

I have picked quite a bunch of players for the final day of Round 1. Alex Telles and Neymar jr of Brazil. João Cancelo of Portugal and Heung-min Son of South Korea are lodged in my side. Gareth Bale and Mathew Ryan round off my side, heading into the first round of the World Cup.

There you have it. My side has been picked. I would like to advise that this side is subject to change and may be different come kick-off on Sunday. Once again, I would like to invite you to join the Fantasy Tipsters League on by entering the join code: FYrjLC8QXkW4CjR8n6Srsw

You can find additional World Cup Fantasy resources for the 22/23 season here.

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