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Crucial matches in CONCACAF qualification along with some David-and-Goliath battles in Europe, ensure that fantasy managers have the opportunity to score big points this matchday. In the first of two Matchday 11 fantasy articles, FIFA.com looks at midfield and striker selection. 

Leading midfielders
Celso Borges is on the verge of being the first player to return 100 points in this installment of McDonald's FIFA World Cup Fantasy. The Costa Rican scored a crucial brace in Los Ticos 3-2 win over Trinidad and Tobago back in June. Midfield partner Walter Centeno also features near the top of the midfield table, having scored 70 points in nine matchdays. Just below Centeno, are Americans Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Bradley who have their work cut out for them when USA try to overcome Mexico at the Estadio Azteca, a stadium in which they have never managed to defeat the home side.

In the top 25 midfielders overall, the only Europeans available for this matchday are German powerhouses Michael Ballack and Bastian Schweinsteiger, along with Croatian pairing Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

Best strikers
A Costa Rican pair may top the midfield rankings, but when it comes to strikers Hondurans Carlos Costly and Ramon Nunez are among the top five best performers thus far, a fact they will be keen to share with group leaders Costa Rica when the two teams square off in San Pedro Sula on 12 August.

Germany's Lucas Podolski is the only European striker in the current top ten who enjoys an outing this matchday. USA's Jozy Altidore is equal on points with Podolski and, if his form at South Africa 2009 is anything to go by, could also be a rewarding selection for managers.

Fantasy Favourites
Germany's Lucas Podolski, Rodolfo Zelaya from El Salvador, USA's Landon Donovan and Trinidad and Tobago captain Dwight Yorke are in the top ten most popular strikers. Meanwhile, France's Frank Ribery and Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger are the only two Europeans that feature in the current top ten for most popular midfielders, with CONCACAF players dominating the rest of the midfield popularity table.

Scoring hot spots
Fantasy managers will be keeping an eye on the Slovenia-San Marino match. San Marino have conceded 32 goals in seven qualification games, giving them a goals conceded average of 4.6 per match. The Azerbaijan-Germany and Faroe Islands-France matches could also inspire impressive performances as the two previous FIFA World Cup champions are in dire need of win results. The Mexico-USA game is also of particular interest, as managers try to predict which team's stars will shine brightest in this heated derby.

The deadline for Matchday 11 is 12 August, 11:00 (GMT). Once you have selected your fantasy team, double your chances of winning a trip to South Africa 2010 by playing McDonald's FIFA World Cup Predictor.