Euro 2016 Fantasy- England Fans Look Away

Euro 2016 Fantasy- England Fans Look Away

June 30, 2016 0 By Kevin Omondi

From the Eight teams remnant in a football cup competition sans notably England (we told you so) and Spain, here are the ones to pick:

 

Portugal

Christiano Ronaldo the man to take the Portuguese to the next round, whether they like it or not! Unlike, a certain bearded South American, he scores penalties and won’t retire at the end of the championship because Portugal didn’t win.

 

Raphael Guerrerio a cheap left back (4M Euros), who has been impressive for Santos (and has joined {Bee Fau Bee} BVB), has the trappings of a cleansheet and assist to the god CR7

 

Renato Sanchez box-to-box midfielder, cheap (4.4M Euros) and I have my fingers crossed on the prospect of him starting tonight, delivering both the sword and shield aspects of the beautiful game and points

 

Poland

Jakub Blaszczykwoski  has regained his form, somewhat, albeit, we foresee them getting the shorter end of the stick against F Santos.

 

Talking Tactics

The Poles are fortunate to be in the tournament thus far. Underwhelming! Against F Santos, one has to set up a defensive team, because well Cr7 and the rest of the attacking talent that he dolefully eclipses. Yet, F Santos is also a painfully dogmatic defensive minded gaffer. So attack?

 

Poland lacks an out and out ‘presence’ in midfield, when it comes to matters creativity- as a result, they attack from the flank, hoping to find Robert Lewandowski (who has been marked to a fault, and when he wasn’t is pitiably wasteful in front of goal). Milik deployed as a second striker had his moment on the sun, but faded as soon as handling him (and Lewa) can be achieved by cutting the passes to them.

 

Attacking the Portuguese from the flanks is a double edged sword- have your fullbacks go too far up , leaving a wide drifted Cr7 by himself, and you will not recover! Never! Two, you have to pin any players to the wings lest they find any part of his well maintained physique. Take it Extra Time and the Penalty Shootout? That leaves Poland for us, well, as the team that’s left behind, 9 out of 10 times. 

 

Wales

Gareth Bale

Aaron Ramsey

Joe Allen

 

They are already overachievers, who call upon Gareth Bale at every turn and twist. Up against the Belgians, who are on an ascent, the Dragons will be hard pressed to blow fire! Unless…

 

Talking Tactics

A. Conte, destroyed the Belgians in the group stage with some hard knuckled tactical masterpiece that some describe as genius. Wales too line up in a 3 5 2, which should Ashley Williams pass the fitness test, would provide Coleman with his best three defensive stalwarts to first, foremost and most importantly keep the Belgians out. A plausible stretch!?

Ramsey is the engine of the team, and by his tournament numbers: a goal, two assists and two tackles more than Kante his (the blonde Gunner’s) work rate has output and Allen having that range of passing that will find anyone running off defenders, anywhere! No one can hide a forward run from Joe.

Belgium

Eden Hazard flames! He has regained his form, that of a year past, with three assists and a goal in his last 3 appearances, we wager that one Chris Gunter and James Chester will have the game of their lives. A Goal? An Assist? We hope for good tidings from Eden.

 

Thomas Meunier cheap (4.5M Euros) and should slot right into defence, following Vermaelen’s suspension, where he should help Wimots keep Bale out, of course having Thibaut Courtois a reassuring presence behind him

 

Mitchy Batshuayi one game, one goal- these are the kinda stats that fantasy managers live for; can he make it at least two in two?

 

Germany

Germany play against Italy, the Italy that put four past Belgium and Spain. This is the tie of the round.

 

Julian Draxler and Jonas Hector

 

I would be contentious of us to call this, nonetheless, we can tell you this, for free! The ‘obvious’ will not cut it against the Italians, forming the basis for Draxler and Hector being our favourite picks to sneak past Conte’s legion!

Italy

Giaccherini  a cleansheet and an assist will be in order, especially in such a tough fixture that will not be pretty. Makes one hope they will have extra points for this fixture.

 

Whoever wins this tie, forms the bulk of our team for the next round

 

France

Samuel Umtiti is competing for a starting berth against Mangala and fair sense dictates that he should prevail, better still against the surprise package that is Iceland, seems like a decent 4M Euro bargain for a cleansheet.

 

Antoine Griezmann well? He is the reason France progresses.

 

Iceland

After bundling the English out- these ‘sons are our all new favourite people. Sincerely, pick a son, any son!   

 

Get Well Soon, Sue and for the rest of you’ll keep warm (if you’re south of the Equator and have sunscreen if further up north). See you in the Semi-Finals