Team Lineup: Round of 16

As you already know, the group stages are done and it has turned out to be as unpredictable as ever! From flying headers to bite marks, it’s been a joy to watch, none the less. However, the South Americans are really lighting up this world cup and turning out to be a good bet, considering the level of football they’re playing. Just unbelievable stuff to knock out the heavyweight teams like Spain, Italy and England. But anyways, it’s time to get back to business and start selecting players from the Transfer Market for the Round of 16. This is where it starts to get a bit trickier, since the budget of 100 million still stands. Only difference here is that we can select 5 players from a single country, instead of 3 now.

Let’s get to it then. Here are our top 23 picks for the Round of 16:

GOALKEEPERS:

Jasper Cillessen (Team: Netherlands; Price: 3M)

A confirmed starter, backed by a tight Netherland defence. His cut price option of 3M is good too. The save rate is at 66.7%, which is not too high, but should be good enough to stand against the Mexicans.

Rais M’bolhi (Team: Algeria; Price: 1M)

Algeria qualified. Woo hoo. Now we get to select some cheapies like this guy. Although his keeping does stand out, but his price is even better.

Orestis Karnezis (Team: Greece; Price: 2M)

Through to the Round of 16, this guy is another affordable buy to help complete your squad.

 

DEFENDERS:

Mats Hummels (Team: Germany; Price: 7M)

Mats is our standout defender. Drawn to face Algeria, he stands a chance to get a clean sheet as well as whip out some clean and efficient passes. His passing and ball recovery rates are top class, along with an added set piece threat advantage. He is a bit expensive, but with Germany being one of the favorites to win the tournament, this highest rated defender just couldn’t be missed out here.

Daniel Van Buyten (Team: Belgium; Price: 4.5M)

Powerful and strong in the air. A bit on the slower side, but keeps the defensive line tight. Drawn to face the United States, we’re leaning towards a good return from this big guy.

Marcus Rojo (Team: Argentina; Price: 4M)

He was selected in our earlier team as well and did not disappoint. Chipped in with a goal and some exquisite returns for value. Argentina have looked in good form and don’t seem to be slowing down. We’re going to keep our faith in Marcus.

Oscar Duarte (Team: Costa Rica; Price: 3.5M)

Costa Rica have played some splendid football. Especially this lad right here. Scored a goal and has a pass completion rate of 81%. Drawn to face the Greeks, he should come out of this round with flying colors.

Konstantinos Manolas (Team: Greece; Price: 2.5M)

Selected mainly because of his price. He also has a high block rate and ball recovery rate.

Jose Cholevas (Team: Greece; Price: 2.5M)

Selected again thanks to the price and his performance throughout.

Rafik Halliche (Team: Algeria; Price: 1M)

The Price is right.

 

MIDFIELDERS:

James Rodriguez (Team: Columbia; Price: 8M)

The highest rated midfielder in the game. He has the ability and the instincts to be in the right place at the right time. A superb finisher, and has already proven it in the Group games. With Suarez banned, Columbia might just have the upper hand here.

Oscar (Team: Brazil; Price: 8M)

His goal in the first group game was outstanding. He’s a different machine, when it comes to playing for his country. Although he is drawn against a strong Chilean side, Oscar has always been the heart of any Brazilian attack. This South American clash is going to be a mouth watering one, but Brazil just might come out of this one as victors, owing to the Home Support.

Dries Mertens (Team: Belgium; Price: 6M)

Drawn to play against the United States, his attacking threat cannot go unnoticed. Expect good returns from him.

Hector Herrera (Team: Mexico; Price: 5M)

Unlucky to hit the post so many times, but still managed to get unbelievable returns in every game. With a pass completion rate of 73%, he can definitely get the goods.

Mathieu Valbuena (Team: France; Price: 5M)

Again another one that is retained from our previous team pick. Drawn against Nigeria, this talented little midfielder has an incredible set piece ability. He took his goal well in the group stages and shows signs of getting more.

Yeltsin Tejeda (Team: Costa Rica; Price: 3.5M)

His cut price and ball recovery rates go hand in hand.

Ioannis Maniatis (Team: Greece; Price: 3M)

He did manage to show his potential in the group stages. He has an affordable price too.

Nabil Bentaleb (Team: Algeria; Price: 1M)

Retained again thanks to his price.

 

FORWARDS:

Lionel Messi (Team: Argentina; Price: 10M)

Just cannot be avoided. His form is out of this world. Brilliant finishes in the group stages, to guide Argentina to the knockout rounds. A worthy captain contender, we must say.

Robin Van Persie (Team: Netherlands; Price: 8.5M)

The Flying Dutchman is part of one of the best Netherland squads of all time. Was responsible for knocking out the Spanish champions, and does not look like repeating their last world cup’s fate. Our captain’s choice last time during the group stages, and still is for the Round of 16.

Thomas Mueller (Team: Germany; Price: 8M)

His instincts and anticipation of the game are unparalleled. With 4 goals and an assist already under his belt, you can expect more, seeing that he will be facing a weak Algerian defence.

Islam Slimani (Team: Algeria; Price: 2M)

Will be tough to break the German defenses down, but his good price enables us to finalize our team.

Abdelmoumene Djabou (Team: Algeria; Price: 1M)

Selected only due to his budget friendliness.