Striker spotlight for Matchday 7

Thanks to the high number of qualifiers taking place on Matchday 7, McDonald's FIFA World Cup Fantasy managers have an incredible amount of players to choose from. In the first of three articles building up to the forthcoming preliminaries, turns the spotlight on the forwards.

Man of the hour
Robbie Keane was by far the most impressive striker on Matchday 6. The Republic of Ireland ace scored a brace against Georgia and earned 18 points (twice as many points as the next highest-scoring forward). Matchday 7 could be another big day for the Tottenham Hotspur player as the Irish face winless Bulgaria.

The hot heads
Mexico's Carlos Vela and Gabon's Eric Mouloungui return to action on Matchday 7, after missing their last qualifiers through suspension. Trinidad and Tobago captain Dwight Yorke is sidelined, though, after being red carded in his last outing for the Soca Warriors.

The leading men
With 12 Europeans in the top 20 forwards, the continent is dominating the attacking rankings. Critical matches for Italy, France and Portugal could bring out the best in their superstars. Germany's forwards are certainly potential point-magnets: they face a Liechtenstein team that they beat 6-0 in their last meeting. Fantasy managers can also expect big performances by South American forwards as Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay each take on comparatively weak opposition.

European watch list: Wesley Sonck (Belgium), Blaise N'Kufo (Switzerland), Angelos Charisteas (Greece), Edin Dzeko (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Lukas Podolski (Germany), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Thierry Henry (France), Antonio Di Natale (Italy), Andrei Arshavin (Russia).

North, Central America and the Caribbean watch list: Rodolfo Belaya (El Salvador), Armando Alonso (Costa Rica), Landon Donovan (USA), Matias Vuoso (Mexico), Carlos Costly (Honduras).

South American watch list: Robinho (Brazil), Sergio Aguero (Argentina), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Nelson Valdez (Paraguay).

African watch list: Bakary Kone (Côte d'Ivoire), Boubacar Sanogo (Côte d'Ivoire), Emad Moteab (Egypt), Amr Zaki (Egypt), Rafik Saifi (Algeria), Ikechukwu Uche (Nigeria), Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon).

Asian watch list: Hong Yong Jo (Korea DPR), Choe Kum Chol (Korea DPR), Keiji Tamada (Japan), Tatsuya Tanaka (Japan).

Potential high-scoring games: Germany-Liechtenstein, Russia-Azerbaijan, Argentina-Venezuela, Ecuador-Brazil, Montenegro-Italy, Lithuania-France, Denmark-Malta, Egypt-Zambia, Morocco-Gabon.

Next week the focus shifts to the midfielders.