One more time

Zeusch continues to lead the McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy, but can he hold on to pole position for one last matchday? None of the remaining top 20 managers managed to gain more than a handful of points on the pacesetter during Matchday 16, keeping him 51 points ahead jebburin, who climbed into second. bestkolej stumbled, however, falling into third place.

The final matchday of the McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy has two significant differences to any previous matchday. Team budgets have been increased from 100 to 110 units and you are now allowed to select a maximum of three players from one team.

The deadline is 00:00 (GMT) on 18 November 2009.

Fantasy highlights on Matchday 16
Seventeen of the top 20 forwards were from the African Zone this matchday. It was a similar sight in the defenders’ top 20, with only three players outside of the African Zone featuring. Diego Lugano (Uruguay) and Bruno Alves (Portugal) topped the defensive list with their match-winning goals, returning 25 points apiece.

Dinyar Bilyaletdinov was a significant cut above the rest of the midfielders, his 22-point return eight better than second-placed Romuald Boco of Benin. A number of goalkeepers enjoyed clean sheets this matchday, three of which will once again try to shut teams out on 18 November. Nestor Muslera (Uruguay), Eduardo Dos Reis Carvalho (Portugal) and Hugo Lloris (France) are all now just 90 minutes, and one shut-out, away from a place at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

Only three underdog coaches enjoyed the spotlight on Matchday 16. Mart Nooij (Mozambique), Ricki Herbert (New Zealand) and Jean Thissen (Togo) each returned a hefty 18 points, thanks to their success against higher-ranked teams.