England vs Senegal
The thought of cheering for a Harry Maguire foul in a World Cup is an odd one to say the least, but that’s exactly how we’re looking to kick off this ladder challenge.
Maguire has conceded 4 fouls in the group stage so far, with 2 against the USA, and 2 against Wales, for an average of 1.88 fouls P/90.
Largely mirroring his World Cup form in this department, Maguire gave away 1.38 fouls P/90 in the Nations league, and a further 1.27 fouls P/90 in World Cup qualifying against inferior opposition.
In fact, Maguire has given away at least 1 foul in 7 of his last 8 competitive internationals, with the one blip on that unwanted record coming against Iran in the group stages.
Maguire fouls in last 5 International games: 2, 2, 0, 3, 1
Senegal will arguably pose England their toughest test so far. Even without talismanic forward Sadio Mane, The Lions of Teranga possess enough quality and trickery in forward areas to draw the lumbering Maguire into a foul.
Likely to drift across the Senegalese frontline, Watford’s Ismaila Sarr has been fouled 13 times this tournament, for an average of 4.64 fouls drawn P/90. If he drifts into the space occupied by Maguire, then it could spell trouble for the English centre back.
Elsewhere, forwards Bamba Dieng, Famara Diedhiou, and Boulaye Dia have all been fouled 1.67, 1.25, and 1.11 times P/90 in the World Cup. Regardless of which one gets the nod, they’re all capable of causing Maguire problems.