Asian Cup Fantasy Matchday 1: Tips, Picks, Captain, Team Selection

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Asian Cup Fantasy Matchday 1 starts in a few days! In this article, we will discuss the best players’ picks, captain, chip strategy, or team selection for MD 1 of Asian Cup Fantasy

So, without further ado, let’s dive into our Asian Cup Fantasy MD1 Tips. 

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1. Asian Cup Fantasy Matchday 1 Tips

The points-scoring system and rules (including substitutions and captaincy changes) are very similar to the ones we know from UCL Fantasy, so try to manage your team similarly.

  • Target easy fixtures. Focus on premium players who are likely to haul and who play against very easy oppositions in MD1 and ideally through the whole group
  • Alongside these few heavy hitters focus on cheap players who are regular starters for their teams
  • Try to have your cheap players (4.5m midfielders and defenders) from earlier dates, so you can use substitutions effectively. It is better to sub out a cheap 4.5mid who blanked for a premium forward, midfielder, or defender who is yet to play, than sub out a premium player for a cheap 4.5mid who is yet to play but unlikely to deliver some points. So, think strategically when picking cheap players, make sure they play before some of your premium options.
  • Pick defenders that have a high chance of a clean sheet
  • Select cheaper players from weaker teams that have good fixtures in MD1
  • Make sure you have a captaincy options for each day
  • Have two playing goalkeepers and make sure your goalkeepers play on different days so you can use subs on them

2. Fixtures to target in MD1 of Asian Cup Fantasy

Let’s look at who are bookies’ main favorites to do well in MD1:

  • Japan vs. Vietnam: Japan 97 % to win,  50 + % to score 2.5+ goals
  • Australia vs. India: Australia 94 % to win, 50 + % to score 2.5+ goals
  • Korea Republic vs. Bahrain: Korea Republic 82 % to win, 44 % to score 2.5+ goals
  • Iran vs. Palestine: Iran 81 % to win, 43 % to score 2.5+ goals
  • U.A.E. vs. Honk Kong: U.A.E. 79 % to win, 42 % to score 2.5+ goals
  • Qatar v. Lebanon: Qatar 73 % to win, 36 % to score 2.5+ goals

3. Teams to target in Asian Cup Fantasy

Hottest favorites

Their players will likely score the most goals, keep the most clean sheets, and bring you the most fantasy points. Pick your premium assets from those teams and captain them.

TeamProbability of winning Asian Cup
Japan27 %
South Korea13.5 %
S. Arabia11.57 %
Australia10.8 %
Iran10.8 %
Qatar9 %


Mid-table teams, that will score some goals, win some games, but also lose some games. Pick some cheap talismans that are key players for these teams to your fantasy squad.

TeamProbability of winning Asian Cup
S.A.E.3.24 %
Uzbekistan2.7 %
Iraq2.31 %
China2.03 %
Oman1.62 %


They will likely concede a lot, and score just a few goals. Avoid these teams, and focus rather on players that will play against them.

TeamProbability of winning Asian Cup
Syria0.81 %
Jordan0.81 %
Palestine0.65 %
Bahrain0.62 %
Vietnam0.54 %
Thailand0.41 %
Lebanon0.32 %
Tajikistan0.29 %
India0.29 %
Malaysia0.27 %
Kyrgyzstan0.16 %
Indonesia0.16 %
Hong Kong0.11 %

4. Clean sheet probabilities for MD1

Let’s continue analyzing bookies odds for Asian Cup Fantasy Matchday 1. We used our Odds to probability calculator to convert other odds to probabilities as well, which helps us assess the potential of the following matchday.

Clean Sheet Odds Matchday 1

Bookies expect clean sheets mainly from Australia, Japan, Korea Republic and Iran on Match Day 1. See the numbers here: Asian Cup Fantasy Clean Sheet odds.

5. Best players to pick from each position in Asian Cup Fantasy

Which players should you consider when making your own fantasy Asian Cup team selection?

We looked at players from each position: goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards. We examine which players are best picks in each price bracket: budget enablers, midpriced picks, and premium options:

6. Best captain for Asian Cup Fantasy Matchday 1

When we select a captain in fantasy football, it is all about the fixture. Basically, we try the pick the fixture that has the highest haul potential (or hattrick potential).

We think, that for Matchday 1, Japan vs Vietnam is the best fixture for captaincy, therefore we think, that Kubo is the best captain in Matchday 1.

But start with captaining Qatar player

However, start with captaining a Qatar player and when he fails to deliver, switch the captaincy to your Australia player, then to Kubo, and if Kubo fails to deliver either, Son is your last captaincy bet. But we are not sure whether captaincy changes apply to triple captain as well, so be careful if you are using Triple Captain chip on MD1.

Captaincy thresholds:

So, when to change the captain? What is the satisfying amount of points? We think that the magic number is 9 points. So when your captain scores 9 points or more, you leave the armband on him. When he scores less, you switch the captaincy.

Switching captaincy is a common feature in UCL Fantasy as well, so you can find more interesting information about switching the captaincy in our article: When to change captain in UCL Fantasy? All ideas mentioned in the article 100% apply to Asian Cup Fantasy as well.

7. Chip strategy for Asian Cup Fantasy

When to use bench boost and triple captain chip in Asian Cup Fantasy?

Using bench boost:

  • The best time will likely be in R16 – it will be right after the unlimited transfers (so you can bring in 15 starters) and our budget will increase by 5 million, so it will be easier to bring in better players

Using Triple Captain:

  • Use it in the group stage on some very easy fixtures when premium players like Son will play against very easy opposition when they are likely to haul

8. Team selection for Matchday 1

Here is our current team selection for Matchday 1.

  • Heavy focus on defense and clean sheet potential and on attack.
  • Using no chip on Match Day 1
  • Captaincy sequence: Lucas Mendes – Duke – Kubo – Son – Al Aqidi
asian cup fantasy team selection
Asian Cup fantasy team selection (Source: Screenshot from Official AFC Website)


Matej Šuľan

Fantasy Football enthusiast with two top 1k finishes in FPL. Best FPL overall rank: 119th in 2019/20 season. Five top 500 finishes in UCL Fantasy, best overall rank: 23rd in 2018/19 season. Founder of Fantasy Football Reports.

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