Euro 2020 Fantasy Football: 5 players every dream team should have, best bargains, top tips and how to play and deadline
Want to beat your mates in this years Euro 2020 fantasy league? Well have a look at who we recommend as your must buys, bargains and top tips for this summer’s tournament.
Who doesn’t love a fantasy football league between mates ahead of a major international tournament?
With UEFA Euro 2020 just under a week away, fantasy football squads, with various weird and wonderful team names, are being picked across the country as your family and friends get set face off for the title of Euro 2020 fantasy league winner.
How do I play?
Easy. Head to the official Euro 2020 fantasy football site, pick and manage your own dream team all the way to tournament glory, and you’ll receive points based on your players' real-life performances throughout the tournament.
Hurry! There are unlimited free transfers right up until the first game kicks off. Which is Turkey v Italy at 8pm on Friday 11 June and the deadline for all team picks.
What is my budget and how do I pick my squad?
To get started, you’ll need to pick a squad of 15 players, with a total budget of €100 million.
You can pick two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders and three forwards then, on match day, you must pick a starting XI in any formation, from your squad of 15. When the competition reaches the knockout stages, your budget will increase to €105 million.
A comprehensive list of the rules are available here.
Which players are a ‘must pick’ for your side?
Thibaut Courtois – Goalkeeper, Belgium (€6m)
His Real Madrid side may not have had the best season but the former Chelsea number one is still a must pick for your side. Belgium should sail through their group without much trouble and he’s already kept one clean sheet. The top ranked side in the tournament had the most clean sheets in qualifying too, so ensure he is your first pick.
Harry Kane – Striker, England (€11.5m)
One of the most lethal strikers in the world, the Tottenham Hotspur marksman is one of the favourites for the golden boot at the tournament. He comes at a cost, however, if his knack of scoring important goals for his country isn’t enough to convince you to splash the cash on him, remember that he is also a penalty taker, and an expert one at that, for a side that had four awarded at the last World Cup.
Leonardo Spinazzola – Defender, Italy (€5.5m)
The likes of Andrea Pirlo and Fabio Cannavaro are no more for Italy, but quietly, Roberto Mancini’s side have already shown their here to do business, with six goals and two clean sheets in their first two games.
The Italians have yet to concede a goal in their last eight outings, and haven’t conceded more than one since early 2018.
Romelu Lukaku – Striker, Belgium (€11m)
The Inter Milan hit man will be key to any Belgium success. As attested to above, Belgium are resounding favourites to win their group and Lukaku will be the man to fire them into the knockout stages. He's already got two goals so, if you haven’t already, get him in your side.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Striker, Portugal (€12m)
One game and already two goals. He may be 36, cost €12 million and is in a group with the likes of Germany and France, but you should never write off one of the greatest players of all time. He’s already broken one record at the tournament and is now just four goals away from Ali Daei’s all-time international scoring record, and Cristiano likes to break records.
Who are our top tips and bargains?
Georginio Wijnaldum – Midfielder, Holland (€8m)
The Dutch have perhaps the easiest group in the tournament and the recently departed Liverpool midfielder was one of the top goalscorers in the qualifying stages of the tournament, with eight goals. He isn’t the cheapest option, but he has already shown he’s capable of bagging a goal or two.
Andy Robertson – Defender, Scotland (€5.5m)
If Steve Clarke’s side are to rescue their Euro 2020 campaign, and go where no Scotland side has before in this tournament, then the captain will be the one to spearhead it. With 81% pass success rate throughout the qualifiers and 7 assists for his club side Liverpool this season, Robbo is still one of the most creative defenders at Euro 2020 and has the ability to drag Scotland into the last 16 despite being against the odds.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – Defender, Ukraine (€5.5m)
Often deployed in midfield for his national team, Zinchenko offers a real goal threat and with Ukraine standing a solid chance of taking second place in Group C, the Premier League champion could grab you more points for each goal or assist, with the City star listed as a defender, rather than a midfielder.
Mikel Oyarzabal – Striker, Spain (€7.5m)
As any seasoned Fantasy Football player knows, if you spend big on a striker, your secondary choice needs to be fit into the ‘good value’ category. Real Sociedad’s striker Oyarzabal certainly fits that mould, coming into the tournament on the back of a season that has seen him hit 11 goals and eight assists for his club side.
Leon Goretzka – Midfielder, Germany (€6.5m)
He missed the opening game against France with injury, but stands a good chance of returning for Germany’s next two games.
They may have lost their opener, but it is very rare to see any German squad struggle on the world stage. Bayern Munich midfielder Goretzka is second only to star man Serge Gnabry when it comes to goals scored in qualifying, but he comes in a €3 million cheaper. Bargain.