EURO 2016 FANTASY – NOTESJune 19, 2016
Match day 3 marks final round of group matches, with the winners and runners-up from each group automatically qualifying to the next round, together with the best four third placed teams.
France, Spain and Italy lead their respective groups after amassing maximum points from the first two games guaranteeing progress to the Round of 16. A highly cautious approach is expected from these teams with rotation and the pursuit of a point being typical.
The “As Good as Gone”
Albania, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Rep of Ireland have little chance of making the next round and logically members from these teams should be thinned in our respective fantasy teams. Although, I should iterate: they still offer viable potential for scooping points.
Matchday 2. Wasn’t exactly the best (Mueller can’t get a damn goal!!) My captain (Griezmann; I chose to give him one more chance) delivered, so I can’t really complain. Hamsik!! Sticking by him was definitely one of the best decisions I made, together with selling Pogba for Payet. Is it only me who celebrated the Germany/Poland draw? I got a cleansheet from Neuer and Boateng, and got one over my friends who’d captained Lewandowski
Gianluigi Buffon – (should he start)Italy have kept a cleansheet in both group games they’ve played, and have pretty much qualified for the round of 16. The Republic of Ireland is certainly not an easy opponent, but Gigi has got it covered.
David De Gea – Back to back cleansheets for the best goalkeeper in the world. Croatia is a tough opponent, but trust De Gea to get a couple of points for his saves.
Hugo Lloris – France are up against low-scoring Switzerland, and a cleansheet is highly likely.
Manuel Neuer – The ever-dependable Neuer. Keeping out Northern Ireland will be an easy job for him, with his back to back cleansheets.
Jerome Boateng – Despite scoring two past Ukraine, I reckon Northern Ireland will have a pretty hard time getting past the German defence, who haven’t conceded in the Euros yet. Benedikt Howedes is a cheaper option.
Emanuele Giaccherini – Listed as a defender, but playing in the midfield for Italy, Giaccherini is an attractive choice because any goal/assist he gets will have more points as he’s listed as a defender.
Adil Rami – A pretty cheap choice for an almost-likely cleansheet.
Dimitri Payet – The French man has had a dream start to the Euros, with two goals in two matches. He will be a handful for the Swiss defenders.
Marek Hamsik/Vladimir Weiss – A goal and an assist for each against Russia makes these two part of this list, especially as they are playing a slightly average England side. Both sides need the win, England to top the group and Slovakia for a chance to finish second, so this match will probably be a goal fest. A good GG bet, too.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Scored a penalty against group leaders Hungary, and needs to steer his team to a win for a chance of an automatic qualification to the round of sixteen.
You could consider: Toni Kroos, Mesut Oezil and Kevin De Bryune.
Gareth Bale – Two freekicks in two games. Bale is something else. He’s due for a goal from open play, and where else to get it than from a poor Russia?
Luis Nani – Portugal need a man to step up after the poor Ronaldo show, and who better placed to do the job than Nani? He scored Portugal’s only goal in the Euros, and could step out of Ronaldo’s shadow, as Portugal need this win to progress, and Ronaldo seems not to be doing the job. You could choose to trust Ronaldo though, and hope he’ll be back to his best.
Bogdan Stancu – Two goals (penalties) from two matches for the Romanian. Like Bale, he’s due for a goal from open play, and Albania will be an easy one from him, after all they’ve conceded in both games they’ve played.
Olivier Giroud/Antoine Griezmann – France have pretty much qualified, but Switzerland is an easy fixture with potential for goals from this French duo.
Robert Lewandowski – Against a Ukraine side that has already been eliminated and have nothing left to play for, will Lewandowski get his mojo back, and get that elusive goal? I think so!
You could consider: Nolito/Alvaro Morata, Jamie Vardy/Danny Sturridge, Thomas Mueller (there’s still hope for him) and Lukaku.
Giroud/Griezmann/Payet, Bale, Lewandowski will do.
There’s a wildcard that can be played at any time, and I’d advise you to use it now for maximum points this matchday. There are unlimited transfers for the round of 16, four for the quarter finals, six each for the semis and finals.
All the Best.