Forward thinking for managers

With another set of back-to-back McDonald's FIFA World Cup Fantasy matchdays forthcoming, takes a look at some of the forwards at managers' disposal.

Men of the hour
USA's Jozy Altidore made waves with a recent hat-trick against Trinidad and Tobago, while Bolivian Joaquin Botero did the same with a treble against Argentina. Brazil's Luis Fabiano, Dutchman Dirk Kuyt, Carlos Costly of Honduras and Austria's Erwin Hoffer will, meanwhile, be looking to build on the doubles they scored last time out.

The hot-shots
Managers are transferring Wayne Rooney into their squads with haste as England prepare for matches against Group 6's bottom two teams, Kazakhstan and Andorra. Likewise, Kuyt and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who have helped the Netherlands score 12 times in their five group matches thus far, are hot picks for Matchdays 9 and 10. Slovakian forwards are also expected to fare well when they face a San Marino defence that has leaked 25 goals in their last six 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifiers.

In South America, Argentinians Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez will be itching to perform after experiencing one of the lowest points in Argentina's football history; a 6-1 defeat in La Paz. Robinho and Luis Fabiano carry the weight of Brazilian expectations, with veterans Ronaldinho and Ronaldo left out of Dunga's squad.

The upcoming Cameroon-Morocco and Egypt-Algeria fixtures will provide stages on which Samuel Eto'o and Amr Zaki will be expected to shine. Meanwhile, Côte d'Ivoire's forwards Salomon Kalou, Didier Drogba and Bakary Kone returned four of the five goals in their teams 5-0 win over Malawi last time out.

Potentially high-scoring games: Iceland-Netherlands, England-Andorra, Mexico-Trinidad and Tobago, Korea Republic- Saudi Arabia, Qatar-Australia, Guinea-Côte d'Ivoire, Bolivia-Venezuela, Slovakia-San Marino.

Forwards to watch: Erik Jendrisek (Slovakia), Wayne Rooney (England), Dirk Kuyt (Netherlands), Klaas Huntelaar (Nedtherlands), Robinho (Brazil), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Carlos Tevez (Argentina), Cristian Rodriguez (Uruguay), Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon), Marouane Chamakh (Morocco), Amr Zaki (Egypt), Mohamed Zidan (Egypt), Didier Drogba (Côte d'Ivoire), Bakary Kone (Côte d'Ivoire), Salomon Kalou (Côte d'Ivoire), Joshua Kennedy (Australia), Harry Kewell (Australia), Keiji Tamada (Japan), Tatsuya Tanaka (Japan), Lee Keun Ho (Korea Republic), Park Chu Young (Korea Republic), Ramon Nunez (Honduras), Cristian Castillo (El Salvador), Jozy Altidore (USA), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Mexico), Miguel Sabah (Mexico).

Be sure to read upcoming features on midfielder and defenders before deciding on your teams for Matchdays 9 & 10. 

Matchday 9 deadline: 02:00 (GMT), 06 June, 2009
Matchday 10 deadline:04:00 (GMT), 10 June, 2009