Euros 2016 Fantasy – Semi FinalsJuly 6, 2016
Matchday 6 is upon us, with each fantasy team allowed up to 6 players from any one of the 4 semi-finalists and 6 free transfers – which could be traded up for the option to deploy your wildcard. Sue and I are of the same mind as to:
Portugal v Wales
We can’t get through the first of the semi final games, without acknowledging the impetus of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale (always in that order), for their respective national sides.
The starting keeper for the Portuguese has been bested by Manuel Neuer, so far, accumulating 19 points against the German’s 27 and even 20 for Slovakia’s Matúš Kozáčik, who didn’t feature in the quarter-finals. However, of the four keepers left he seems to be the one poised to enjoy the least torrid of times in front of goal, with Wales missing Aaron Ramsey and the prospect of a fit-again Pepe, reassuring the prospects of him maintaining a well fought out shut out.
Cedric Soares and Raphael Guerreiro
Have to ensure that the advancing Welsh wingbacks don’t feed crosses to the middlemen, whilst simultaneously finding CR7 further upfront. Guerrerio is up for reselection, having sat out the previous game, with Eliseu a considerable threat for the starting berth.
Playing on the left, he gets forward very well and even without Ramsey and Ben Davies, I would tip him to get a decent go at getting points against the Portuguese, and is our rather cautious route into the Welsh back four. Although, I don’t expect the Portuguese to score more than one goal, if they were to ever get one. And Wales, a goal down, will inspire even more attacking play from the men, charged with ensuring they do not concede.
Again, his technical abilities on the ball with Joao Moutinho providing cover will be delirious, earning him the nod as our first man in midfield
Depending on Fernando Santos’ changes during the game, Nani will be asked to lead the line or hug the right line, and with the attention CR7 will be paid, I hope he’ll sneak in a decent run for points performance.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale ?
Prediction: Wales Win!
France v Germany
Also poised as the Mesut Oezil v Olivier Giroud – The Arsenal Affair semi final, much to the chagrin of mainstream media and other haters. The last post promised an influx of players from the winner of the Italy v Germany quarter finals and quite rightfully so:
Jonas Hector and Jerome Boateng’
Having provided an assist last time out, Jonas should be second highest scoring defender, behind one of the best, Boateng’. Germany’s defence will still be sorted despite Mats Hummels absence with Kroos’ partner being the real headache for Joachim Loew and of course Manuel Neuer.
Mario Gomez will miss the next match due to injury with Goetze, also Mario, expected to play as the False Nine with misfiring Mueller, somewhere there missing chances! Which leads me to picking Mesut Oezil (only bettered by Payet, of the remaining eligible players for points), Julian Draxler and Toni Kroos in that order.
Dimitri Payet, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Olivier Giroud
This may as well be France’s last game in the tournament, despite their chutzpah upfront, with their defence assured of conceding a goal, and so we go forward-heavy in our selection, with their returns against rather below par (vis-a-vis Germany) opposition, selling itself. Surely, this will be their toughest test yet, and a beaten Neuer likely.
All the best for your teams.
Bale (Ronaldo) as captain.