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EURO 2020 – Let’s discuss Matchday 3

We hope you’ve all had a great start to EURO 2020 with green arrows throughout Matchday 2.

We’ll be focussing on all aspects for Matchday 3 in this article. As a reminder, the Transfer Deadline for MD3 is on Sunday 20th June at 17:00 (BST).

If you are looking to gain a bit of knowledge and tips in preparation for MD3, then this article is for you.

We will be covering the following:-

  • Which Fixtures To Target
  • Our Differential Picks
  • Player Picks For Each Position
  • Should We Save Our Wildcard?
  • Our Wildcard Team
  • Our Limitless Team
  • Captaincy Picks For Each Day

Here are the Fixtures for Matchday 3


Which Fixtures Should We Target In Matchday 3?

At the time of writing this article, all fixtures are yet to be played so a word of warning is necessary. Teams who have already qualified (as The Netherlands have) will need to be approached with caution, as player rotation could be more prevalent. That being said, I believe the fixtures to target are:

Italy (vs Wales – ranked 19th)

With two 3-0 wins, Italy has been one of the standout teams of the tournament, looking well drilled in almost every area. Wales has everything to play for and did well against Turkey, but we believe this Italian side will be too much for them. Italian assets should be on the radar for MD3.

Ukraine (vs Austria – ranked 15th)

This should be an interesting match. Austria dispatched North Macedonia with ease but was dominated by a much stronger Dutch team. Ukraine has plenty of firepowers to break down the organised Austrians.

Netherlands (vs North Macedonia – ranked 24th)

The Dutch team were very impressive against Austria and were unfortunate not to get more, with Depay missing a sitter. I can see North Macedonia getting a severe thumping in this match although, as mentioned above, be wary of rotation as the Netherlands have already qualified.

Belgium (vs Finland – ranked 22nd)

With Kevin De Bruyne now available and seemingly firing on all cylinders, the already competent Belgian side, have an extra dimension to exploit. Expect plenty of attacking threat, deadly penetrating passes, and a difficult evening for Finland.

Croatia (vs Scotland – ranked 21st)

Ranked just above Finland, Scotland will be in for a tough night against a decent Croatian side. This could be a great fixture to target some attacking options.

Spain (vs Slovakia – ranked 23rd)

Spain started the tournament with an unexpected goalless draw against Sweden, however with 86% possession and 17 shots (5 on target) we would be surprised if they don’t get on the score sheet soon. In MD3, they face the 2nd lowest-ranked side in the tournament. This could well be the week to target their assets.

Germany (vs Hungary – ranked 20th)

It is hard to be too judgemental against Germany, as they faced the tournament favourites, France, in their opening game, but they did not look their usual selves. That being said, they have a well-organised squad full of talent and should be back to winning ways against a Hungarian side who were thrashed by Portugal.


Our Differential Picks For Matchday 3

Hi Guys, we hope you’re all doing great and enjoying the Euro’s, we sure are. We’re going back to our routes and will be presenting a differential in each position for the Euro Fantasy Game.

We used our Limitless Chip on Matchday 2 and will be saving our Wildcard for later in the competition as you essentially get a free Wildcard in Matchday 4 (Before the round of 16). So for us, these will be the best low owned players for the next Matchday.

Goalkeeper: Georgiy Bushchan UKR / 2%

Fixture: Austria

vs North Macedonia:

Pen save: 1
Diving Saves: 4
Saves in the box: 2

Ukraine has been fairly impressive so far in this competition and will be looking to build on the momentum they have created. It’s probably our biased opinion, however, we’d love to see Shevchenko do well. Coming in at a cool price of £4.5m it’s kind of a no brainer considering you’ll have a backup on the bench. This is a budget enabler that has a good fixture to go with it.

Defender: Robin Gosens GER / 2%

Fixture: Hungary

vs France:

xA: 0.27
Chances Created: 2
Accurate Passes: 51 (81% completion rate)

Coming off a really solid game vs Latvia with a goal & assists he came into the tournament with some momentum and he certainly looked good in the fixture against France. It was a competitive game throughout and Gosens looked although he was pushed right up to the Left-Mid spot. Certainly the most attacking defender for Germany moving forward.

Midfielder: Eden Hazard BEL / 1%

Fixture: Finland

vs Denmark (31 mins played):

Assists: 1
xA: 0.23
Chances Created: 2
Accurate Passes: 22 (91% Completion rate)

We all know the ability this man has when he’s fully fit, with him and De Bruyne on the pitch Belgium look like a different beast and our opinion can go all the way. It just seems to be their defence & lack of fitness where they may fall short. Rumours claim Hazard & KDB is going to be fit to start the next game and with that in mind be sure to consider Eden Hazard for your Matchday 3 squad vs Finland.

Attacker: Alexander Isak SWE / 2%

Fixture: Poland

vs Spain:

xG: 0.40
xA: 0.62
Shots: 1
Chances Created: 1

vs Slovakia:

xG: 0.51
xA: 0.86
Shots: 5 (1 on target)
Chances Created: 1
Big Chances: 1

Coming into the Euro’s, Isak was being touted as a lot of people’s Young Player of the Tournament. He certainly has shown promise but hasn’t managed to get on the scoresheet just yet, we are expecting this to change soon. He’s certainly passed the eye test and particularly that match vs Spain, he looked a real threat going forward and seemed to be the creative outlet for Sweden.


Player Picks For Each Position

Here we present a top pick for each position for Matchday 3. Rotation is a risk, so starting off in goal, we address that worry…

GOALKEEPER PICK – GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA

€5.5M / 30% / MD3 = WALES (H)

Slightly more expensive than other options, and the highest ownership percentage on this list, but also a safe bet. With 12 points thus far, Donnarumma anchors the best team in the tournament up to this stage. Add to that, we will have the luxury of pre-match team sheet news, and this is a no-brainer. Italy will still want at least a draw to lead the group, so expect the defence to be stout. Worst case, if there is rotation, you’ll have time to pivot to Sirigu or Meret in goal at savings, as both are €4.5M.

DEFENDER PICK – JOAKIM MæHLE

€4.5M / 4% / MD3 = RUSSIA (H)

This is a sentimental pick to be fair, but also one with merit, as the energy at Parken Stadium will be buzzing for a win. Mæhle has shown attacking intent, and with the display, the Danes put up against Belgium, we feel the defence will be pushing forward as much as possible. A clean sheet looks like a valid gamble, and with this possibly being the final match for Denmark in what has been an emotional journey, defensive attacking returns could be on offer as well.

MIDFIELDER PICK – KEVIN DE BRUYNE

€10.5M / 7% / MD3 = FINLAND (A)

Not a ton to explain here. In the most recent presser, KDB has been tapped to start after recovering from his injuries. His ownership percentage will surely go up, as he changed the match by himself in 45 min against Denmark. 10 points in half a match, an assist and even an extra point for a goal outside of the box. Easy choice for the best midfielder in Europe.

STRIKER PICK – THOMAS MüLLER

€9M / 4% / MD3 = HUNGARY (H)

No matter the result with Portugal, Germany will want a hearty win against Hungary, the weakest side in the group of death. Germany has a distinctive team mentality, but surely Müller wants his first goal in the Euro tournament to add to his list of accomplishments. At home in Munich, the crowd will be wild in support. Depending on the next match, you could also take a shot on Werner at a savings (currently €8.5). Either way, I think a German striker scores here.


Should We Save Our Wildcard?

This is a tough question and ultimately, it depends on various factors such as:

  • Have you already used your Limitless Chip?
  • Have you already Wildcarded
  • If you’ve used a chip already, should we save it for the Quarters or use it in MD3?

Well, we’re here to give you our thoughts on this. Originally, our plans were to use Limitless in MD2 and then Wildcard in MD3. Whether you stick to this or not would essentially depend on how your team looks for MD3 and whether you can keep hold of it until the Quarter Finals. There are arguments for both but we’ll go through both routes anyway. Before we start, here is how many transfers you will get after MD3:

PhaseNumber of free transfers
Before the round of 16Unlimited
Before quarter-finals3
Before semi-finals5
Before final5

 

We asked the community on Twitter whether they are going to be using any chips on Matchday 3 or if they are planning to save it for the the Quarter Finals and here are the results:

We would say the majority of people used their Limitless chip on Matchday 2, but the majority of people will still be using their Wildcard on Matchday 3. There are benefits for both cases so we’ll take you through the thought process between each circumstance. So let’s say you did the following:

I used Limitless/Wildcard in Matchday 2 – I’m saving my Wildcard

If you have used Limitless in Matchday 2, you will be back with the team that you originally selected for Matchday 1. From here, you will have 2 free transfers to use for Matchday 3. If you believe you have a solid team that can make it through Matchday 3 with the 2 free transfers, then we’d say you could then save your Wildcard for the round before the quarter-finals.

Before the round of 16, you will get unlimited transfers anyway (essentially a Wildcard). That being said, when picking your players before the round of 16, you will need to focus on the players of teams you feel would make it to the quarter-finals as in this Matchday, you will only have 3 free transfers. This could take an impact, especially if you end up with players that are no longer competing in the quarters. If you plan your team wisely and we have no surprise results, then you should be fine. However, on the other side, if we get a few unexpected teams winning, you could be in a bit of a sticky situation and could then be thinking; ‘I wish I saved my Wildcard’. The same applies if you used Wildcard on MD2 and still have your Limitless chip, to be honest. The only issue if you have already used your Wildcard and still have Limitless is that you will have your team reverted back, in this case, you would have to be even more careful with your Limitless team selection.

I used Limitless/Wildcard in Matchday 2 – I’m using my last chip for MD3

If you can’t field a decent team for Matchday 3 with your current team and still have your Wildcard available, well, maybe you should consider using your Wildcard. We feel there will be rotation risks and you could potentially lose out on a lot of points and fall behind with a team that doesn’t look so strong. I mean, let’s face it, we essentially get 15 players per week, subbing out the guys that blank, it could be a huge loss that you could fall massively behind if you don’t use your Wildcard. There are pro’s and cons to Wildcarding in MD3 but this ultimately depends on your current situation. Personally, I have used Limitless in Matchday 2 and did plan to Wildcard in MD3. Saying that; I’ve had a look at my team and feel that I’m in a reasonable position moving forward and will be saving my Wildcard for the Quarter-Finals now.

Honestly, it can all change and it’s still early days, but if you would like some advice with your team, drop us a comment below or drop us a message on Twitter, we’d love to help!

One concern is that we have teams that have already qualified for the round of 16. Saying that there will no doubt be a fair bit of rotation, so having a full team of likely players to play in MD3 could seriously benefit you. If you play it right, you could get a nice boost of points that won’t be catchable as we progress through the tournament. Let’s face it, the further we go, the more ‘templated’ teams are going to be right? So let’s get as many points as we can from the get-go!


Best Captains For Each Day?

So far this Matchday Italy, Belgium, and The Netherlands have all qualified for the knockout stages of Euro 2020. These teams will now be looking to rest key players for their final group fixtures. This could make picking our captains a lot trickier.

However there will still be plenty of teams with much to play for in the final round of fixtures, and rotation won’t be an option for such teams. These are the teams we should look to target unless you wish to predict what a second-string Belgian side might look like.

These Matchdays’ fixtures are unique to the previous two. We will have four days of fixtures, with either two or four games being played on any day. On the days when four fixtures are taking place, we should have a plethora of options. Whilst on the days of only two games the options are much less plentiful.

Anyway, let’s have a look at who we should captain on each of the four days of Matchday 3.

 

Day 1

On this day only two fixtures take place. Italy and Wales will be battling to go top of the group, whilst Switzerland and Turkey clash to make the Round of 16. From Italy, there are plenty of options as always. However, with Mancini likely to rotate his side, we should be looking at the second-choice attackers for captaincy. Belotti and Chiesa are both coming off the back of successful seasons with their clubs, Torino and Juventus respectively. In the same game, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey could be decent options against a weakened Italian side.

Switzerland and Turkey still have everything to play for going into their last fixture of the group stage. Both teams still have realistic ambitions to reach the knockout stages. With this in mind, both teams should start their best elevens. Yilmaz and Cahnaloglu could be Turkey’s only hopes of qualifying, and if they are to reach the knockouts then both will need to up their game against a stubborn Swiss team. Likewise, the Swiss’ key players will need to step up if they are to progress. Shaqiri and Embolo could be crucial if those aspirations are to be fulfilled.

 

Our Day 1 Captain: Andrea Belotti

 

Day 2

Day 2 includes four fixtures. However, with Ukraine versus Austria and Russia versus Denmark looking like tight cagey affairs, we believe there are only two fixtures to target for captaincy. Those are the Dutch against a poor Macedonian side and the Belgians against the Euro debutants Finland. From the Netherlands, there are many options target. However, with top place sewn up for De Boers men rotation is likely. Steven Berghuis, Donyell Malen, and Luuk de Jong are likely to be the attackers that line up against Macedonia. And with none of them having ownership over 1% they could provide tasty differentials.

Our favorite options for day 2 of matchday 3 come from a Belgian side who top-scored in qualifying and have already scored five goals against Group B opponents Belgium and Russia. Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne  is expected to start against Finland as Martinez looks to bring two of his star players up to full-match fitness. Both could do serious damage against a poor Finnish side. The Red Devil’s will likely field a second-fiddle side. Premier League players Leandro Trossard and Christian Benteke could start making them great captaincy options.

 

Our Day 2 Captain: Kevin De Bruyne

 

Day 3

Day 3 is certainly the weakest day for captaincy options. Croatia and Scotland should be a tight affair leaving it difficult to predict any point scorers. While England will likely rotate in their final game, making predicting the England lineup all the more difficult. The talismanic figures of John McGinn and Ivan Perisic could provide decent captaincy options.

While for England any number of players could provide decent options but it looks unclear as to what Southgate might start with versus the Czech Republic. Wingers, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Bukayo Saka could all be excellent options providing they start. While the more creative Jack Grealish, Mason Mount, and Phil Foden could also be excellent options if they are to feature in the England Lineup. With England, we will have to wait until closer to the deadline and hope Gareth outlines his plans for their final Group D clash.

 

Our Day 3 Pick: Jadon Sancho

 

Day4

On day 4 of the third matchday, we will be looking at the Spanish and the Germans for captaincy picks. Both have relatively easy fixtures against Slovakia and Hungary respectively. From Spain, I will look towards Dani Olmo and Ferran Torres. Olmo looked dangerous against Sweden the other night, while Torres always plays well for Spain.

From Germany, any of Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry, Kai Havertz, and Ilkay Gundogan could be interesting captaincy shouts. Gnabry has a great record for Germany and it would be hard to look past him. Robin Gosens of Atalanta could also be a great pick. To go with the highly likely clean-sheet, Gosens also has a great attacking threat, constantly bombing down the flanks for Germany and whipping in crosses.

 

Our Day 4 Pick: Serge Gnabry


Our Wildcard Team

For those of you who have decided to Wildcard, we’ve created a team who we feel would be the best performers for Matchday 3. Even if you are not using your Wildcard Chip, this can be useful to decide which players you could consider getting into your team.

So here is our Wildcard team, as you can see, we’ve targeted teams with the best fixtures and players who we full are likely to get returns.

Our Limitless Team

Here is our fantasy draft for those who still have your Limitless chip available. This team on paper should definately bang quite a lot of points. Many would have already used this chip, but if you have this remaining still, you should definately consider using it this Matchday!


Conclusion

Matchday 3 could most certainly be a tricky one to approach. If you’ve used a chip in Matchday 2, you might be thinking if you should use your remaining one in Matchday 3 or save it for the Quarters. As we’ve already discussed, it ultimately depends on the situation with your team and your gut feeling. We’re not going to lie, we’ve been discussing all week whether we should save the chip for the Quarters or use it in MD3 all week. It’s a difficult decision and there are so many pros and cons to each decision. Saying that, like how you approach any Fantasy Team Gameweek, go with your gut feeling, it’s always the way! Honestly, it could go either way, but if you can field a team of 13+ starters, I guess you should save your chip, otherwise, you might be losing points as we approach the Quarter Finals in a battle in which you can’t recover from.

If you need any help with your team or have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch via any of our Social Media Platforms.

ALL THE BEST.

@TheFPLWay Team!

EURO 2020 – Let’s discuss Matchday 2

We hope all your EURO 2020 managers have had a great start to Euro Fantasy. There have been some very interesting games and we couldn’t be happier that Christian Eriksen is recovering. The Denmark midfielder says he is feeling ‘fine’ and sends thanks for all the ‘sweet and amazing’ support he has received.

With MD1 out of the way, our main focus for this article is covering everything related to MD2. Just as a reminder, the Transfer Deadline is on Wednesday 16th June at 14:00 (BST).

If you are looking to gain a bit of knowledge and tips in preparation for MD2, then this article is for you.

We will be covering the following:-

  • Fixtures to Target
  • Differential Picks
  • Player Picks for each Position
  • Our Limitless Team
  • Captaincy Picks by each day

Here are the Fixtures for Matchday 2

Before we dig into this article, let’s just start with a few pointers in case you are not aware of how Euro Fantasy works.

  • 1. Always start players in your starting XI that are playing earlier on in the Matchday.
  • 2. Remember, you have deadlines for substitutions. As an example, Ukraine plays North Macedonia on the 17th at 14:00. Even though there are two other games on this day, your deadline is still 14:00. So make sure you make your substitutions and captaincy change if necessary before the substitution deadline.
  • 3. Don’t get too greedy with your captaincy points, we’d say 8+ points is quite generous unless you’re a gambling man.
  • 4. Delay your substitutions until just before the deadline if you can be proactive and make the changes. Unlike FPL, we can actually look at the lineup for the first match for each day before deciding what to do.
  • 5. Spread your team over the days over the Matchday, let’s say a player doesn’t perform early on, we can make the change the following day. A schoolboy error I guess would be having 2 defensive players on the same day, in some cases, you might be better off selecting a player on let’s say the 17th and the 18th instead of two players on the 17th. We say this because you can’t make substitutions for fixtures on the same day once the substitute deadline has passed for that day.

Which Fixtures Should We Target In Matchday 2?

In this segment of the article, we will be covering fixtures we feel would be worth targeting regardless of if you’re using your Limitless chip or not, this segment will also cover off two players from each fixture we feel are worth bringing in.

Italy vs Switzerland

Player Watch:

  • Leonardo Spinazzola (vs Turkey – xG: 0.10 xA: 0.15 Total Shots: 2 Chances Created: 1)
  • Domenico Berardi (vs Turkey – xG: 0.22 xA: 0.47 Total Shots: 4 Chances Created: 5)

The Italians have clocked up a very impressive win streak, they are now 28 games unbeaten. You have to say they looked very robust & compact all across the pitch vs Turkey. Going into the match everyone seemed to be underestimating Italy whilst giving Turkey a good chance at nicking at least 1 point. Pre-tournament,w we backed Italy as a dark horse and they certainly didn’t let us down in that respect.

Leonardo Spinazzola & Domenico Berardi passed the eye test very easily vs Turkey and you can see them both being nailed on for the next game. The only worry is we’re expecting to see Chiesa feature at some point so this may restrict Berardi’s minutes in future games. We personally feel rotation will be key in this Euros.

Ukraine vs North Macedonia!

Player Watch:

  • Andriy Yarmolenko (vs Netherlands – xG:0.16 xA:0.02 Total Shots: 3 Chances Created: 1)
  • Roman Yaremchuck (vs Netherlands – xG:0.35 xA: 0.44 Total Shots: 3 Chances Created: 2)

This game screams goal fest to us and we think it could end up 3-2 either way. Both teams have pretty poor defences and pretty much focus on the all-out attack you can see why this game is being targeted by people on their Limitless chip for MD2. North Macedonia certainly showed people that they are not going to be turned over easily and will always be fighting until the final whistle. However, we feel this will work against them with teams intricate passing through the lines.

Yarmolenko loves a shot from outside of the box, you know exactly what he wants to do and with Alioski pushing right up the pitch to offer something in attack this should leave big gaps & spaces in the defence for these two players mentioned.

England vs Scotland

Player Watch:

  • Harry Kane (vs Croatia – xG: 0.66 xA: 0.01 Total Shots:1 Chances Created: 0)
  • John Stones (vs Croatia Pass success rate: 93% Clearances: Aerial Duels: 3/4)

This game could be a proper gritty outing for both teams. For Scotland this is a must-win game & we can see them throwing men forward and trying to get the overloads in the England half. For us, this will create space behind and England will be far too strong in midfield & attack for Scotland to deal with. If you strip the rivalry away this is a very easy game to navigate for England and the levels in quality man for man is glaring to see. This is no disrespect to Scotland as they have really upped the quality of talent coming through.

Kane didn’t have the greatest first game, however, he will be eager to get on the scoresheet. Marry that with the open spaces in behind Scotlands defence, we think Kane could have a field day. Stones is an interesting one and gave us something to think about. A clean sheet is fairly likely the way England control and looks after the ball, hence why this is a game to target for us.

France vs Hungary

Player Watch:

  • Kylian Mbappe
  • Karim Benzema or Olivier Giroud

We have yet to see France play, hence why there are no stats available for their first game. However, this is a must-win game and you know the current World Champions are going to bring their A-game as they will need these 3 points to get off to a good start and ultimately get out of the group.

In the toughest group of this stage, we can see France topping it with two wins… We’re not sure who they’re beating however but we think they will win two games in this group. Mbappe is many’s potential players of the tournament & with Benzema coming off a great season with Madrid; we’re thinking for a Matchday 2 Limitless team; they should be on everyone’s list.


Differential Picks

Let’s have a look at some differential picks for Matchday 2. Whether you need a boost from a poor start or gain an advantage over a similar team from your rival, we’re here for you. We’ve picked out 3 players who we feel would be great differential picks for Matchday 2, so let’s get started:

Gareth Bale

At only 5% ownership, Bale will be a differential in an arguably must-win game against Turkey in Baku. Not even nearly the best on the field in a tough draw with Switzerland, he will look to flip the switch versus a desperate Turkish side. Play should be more open. As of the next Euro (2024) in Germany, Bale will be nearly 35. This could be the last chance saloon as Wales captain in this competition. He’s on pens and will be driven to cement his national team legacy that’s for sure.

Andriy Yarmolenko

At only 1% ownership currently, Yarmolenko is another legacy pick. Only a few months younger than Bale, he has something to prove. Ukraine fought back against an impressive Netherlands display in one of the most entertaining matches of this Euro. With 8 points collected from the previous match, enthusiastic supporters travelling to nearby Bucharest, and nearly impossible odds to move on if they fail, he will be ready to go. Oh, and he’s also on penalties.

Robin Olsen

Also on only 1% ownership as of today, Olsen was massive in a clean-sheet performance against possession-dominant Spain at home, holding the line in a man-of-the-match performance (along with the brilliant Isak). With 5 shots saved in his first match, Olsen will surely have similar opportunities against a boosted Slovakian side that leads group E. This is a big chance for Sweden. With the match held in nearby Saint Petersburg, the fans will be out in droves. Olsen will have a chance to shine.

 

P.S. Everyone on this list is 31 years old. This was not intentional, but if 31 is your lucky number, one more reason to go for them!


Player Picks for each Position

We decided to do something different here, and we are going to analyse a top pick for each position for Matchday 2. So let’s start off with the Goalkeeper…

Goalkeeper Pick – Hugo Lloris

€6.0m / 9% / MD2 = Hungary (A)

After keeping a cleansheet against Germany in MD1 and with a very favourable fixture against Hungary in MD2, this one seems to have cleansheet written all over it. The French team have a very good defence and we most certainly feel they will be in top form to secure their Group lead.

Defender Pick – Denzel Dumfries

€5.5m / 3% / MD2 = Austria (H)

The defender who most caught our eye in MD1 was the young Dutchman. It is easy to get carried away when a defender scores, however, Dumfries looked fantastic going forward despite the goal. Admittedly, Netherlands looked a little shaky at the back so a clean sheet is far from assured but I would expect a good performance against this Austrian team.

Midfielder Pick – Phil Foden

€8m / 14% / MD2 = Scotland (H)

England vs Scotland is set up to be a lively affair and we expect Foden; having hit the post against Croatia, will play a huge role in England’s attack. Sterling may have claimed the only goal for England so far but Foden is carrying the better form, having impressed with Manchester City in the Premier League last season.

Striker Pick – Ciro Immobile

€10m / 13% / MD2 = Switzerland (H)

Congratulations to those who had the Italian forward in their MD1 Starting XI (in particular to those who captained him). Owners of Immobile were rewarded with a goal and an assist and there’s no reason this run of form cannot continue into their home game against Switzerland. While the Swiss will be no pushovers, Italy gave one of the standout performances of the tournament for me, looking organised in every position on the pitch


Our Limitless Team Scout Picks

Like we do with every Gameweek in the FPL, we’ve created a team who we feel would be very strong picks for Matchday 2 (but with a twist). We feel a lot of people will be using the Limitless Chip in Matchday 2 so we’ve prepared a team in preparation for this.

If you’ve been living under a rock, okay, we’ll explain this now… The Limitless works exactly the same as a ‘Free Hit’. This basically means we can make as many changes as you like for the Matchday and then you’re team will be reverted back on the following Matchday. The only and big difference is that with the Limitless Chip, you can say goodbye to the 100€ budget, we can now build the best team possible, so yeah; pretty much your dream team for that Matchday.

This is our team, for now, check back as we’ll be updating this article before the deadline tomorrow at 14:00.


Best Captains For Each Day?

Matchday 2 starts on Wednesday 16th June and Finishes on Saturday 19th June, essentially consisting of four days within Matchday 2.

As we’ve mentioned, you should start players that play in the earliest matches (16th) and keep players on the bench until their day approaches. Why? Well, if a player does well in an early match, we can then decide whether or not we should make the substitution and which sub we should be making…

The same goes with captaincy picks… With 4 days in Matchday 2, we could essentially captain 4 different players… As a general rule, we’ll captain someone who plays on the 16th; if he blanks, we’ll then captain someone that plays on the 18th. We could continue this cycle until the last day (19th), but hopefully, your captain would have scored at least 8+ points by this time!

Anyway, what we thought would be useful was to highlight what we feel would be the best captaincies for each day should you have these players in your team.

Matchday 1 saw many successful captain picks. None more successful than Lukaku’s or Ronaldo’s 10 points, considering France and Germany haven’t kicked off their EURO 2020 campaigns as of the time of writing this. The Italian trio of Berardi, Insigne, and Immobile also provided us with valuable captain points.

Some of the matchday’s popular captains weren’t as successful, with the highly backed Kane and Lewandowski disappointing in their opening fixtures. Both failing to register a shot on target in their opening encounters (Let’s not forget that Depay let down a lot of Managers as well).

Let us now look at who to captain in Matchday 2. Beginning with who to captain on Day 1 of the matchday.

Day 1 – Captaincy Pick

Similar to the last matchday most of us will look to captain an Italian player on the first day of this matchday. Immobile, Berardi and Insigne all offer great value, having all returned in their previous affair with Turkey. The Swiss will provide a stern test, but I fully expect Italy to break them down. Spinazolla could also be a decent option as Italy are likely to keep a clean sheet and he offers a lot of attacking threat.

Looking away from the Italians Pukki and Dzyuba could be decent options in what should be an attacking game as both sides look to secure a spot in the Round of 16. Both are the main outlets of their teams, and any goals in that game should go through one of them.

Day 2 – Captaincy Pick

Yarmolenko could prove an interesting option after scoring in the highly-entertaining clash against the Dutch. Malinovskyi, Ukraine’s playmaker could also be a good option. He is also on all set pieces, getting an assist from a free kick last Sunday.

Here players from Ukraine, Belgium, and the Netherlands all look like smart picks. From Belgium, Lukaku is the obvious pick with all of the Belgiums goals going through him. Hazard after coming on against Russia could also be an option if he is fit enough to start.

For the Dutch, you could opt for Depay who is the Oranje’s, main man. Although he didn’t score versus Ukraine he is still their biggest threat. Wijnaldum could also be an option continuing his fine goal scoring for the dutch against Ukraine.

Day 3 – Captaincy Pick

For Sweden, Isak is a solid option. Although the Swedes only had a quarter of the ball, Isak still managed to impress. Hitting the bar and producing some impressive dribbling. Slovakia should provide a much easier game for Sweden allowing them to get forward more often.

Steering clear of what looks to be a tight game between Croatia and the Czech Republic, there are many options from England. Harry Kane as always is the main man. Although he looked poor against Croatia, Kane can pop up with a goal at any time. Grealish, Foden and Mount could also could good options assuming they start.

Day 4 – Captaincy Pick

Day four of the second matchday provides many capable captaincy options if you are brave enough to twist until the final day. From France, all of Mbappe, Griezmann, and Benzema provide great options against a much weaker Hungary side. As of yet, I have not seen them play, but if they perform impressively against Germany then that will certainly add to their appeal.

Portugal and Germany could be a cagey affair and I would certainly avoid their assets in an unpredictable game. Olmo from Spain looked very impressive against Sweden last night even without scoring. Torres and Morata could also be good options playing at home to a Poland side now low on confidence after their EURO 2020 hopes were dashed after a 2-1 loss to Slovakia.


In a nutshell, our Captaincy Picks for each day are:

  • Day 1: Insigne
  • Day 2: Lukaku
  • Day 3: Isak
  • Day 4: Mbappe

What do you think of our picks? What changes would you make? Let us know in the comments below.


Conclusion

To conclude, EURO Fantasy isn’t for everyone and we get it. The FPL 2020-21 season was very mentally draining and everyone deserves a nice summer break from the headache. We totally get it, but this article is for people like us who are absolutely obsessed and have nothing else better to do… Well, we do really, we just enjoy adding the extra element of enjoyment to the EURO’s, to be honest.

We’ve gone through everything we feel would help EURO Managers with their team in Matchday 2, whether you are playing the Limitless Chip, your Wildcard, or are using no chips in Matchday 2, you should definitely find this article helpful in some way.

Remember; We’ll be updating this article up until the start of the deadline, so check back for the latest updates!

We hope you’ve all had a fantastic start to EURO Fantasy and in a blink of an eye, we will be commencing Matchday 2.

Exciting times!

If you need any help with your team or have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch via any of our Social Media Platforms.

ALL THE BEST.

@TheFPLWay Team!

Euro 2020 – When is the best time to use your chips? Wildcard / Limitless

If you are thinking of playing in Euro 2020 Fantasy and are looking for a few tips to get you started then this is the article for you.

We will cover the following:

  • How should I commence my Fantasy Team?
  • When should I use the Limitless Chip?
  • When should I use my Wildcard?
  • And other tips to bear in mind with the Euro Fantasy Rules

How do I get started?

Simply click the link below and start building your team, you have until 11th of June at 20:00 to get your team submitted.

Join Now

Don’t forget to join The FPL Way League with the below code. There are cash prizes available for those who finish in the top 3 of our league:

38MAGV4Q02

Now that is out of the way, let’s discuss how we think you should start your Euro 2020 team and when you should use the Wildcard and Limitless Chip…

Before we start, we will let you know the plan that we have in mind. So firstly, we want to build our first team with just Matchday 1 in mind. We then plan to use the Limitless chip in Matchday 2 and then Wildcard in Matchday 3. There are essentially 7 Matchdays in Euro 2020 and it definitely seems the best time to use your chips are during this time. You get unlimited transfers on Matchday 4 (before the round of 16) anyway, so it would be here where you plan for the final stages when you find out which teams will be advancing. You can read more about the rules, matches and how the chips work on the below link:

All About Euro 2020

Okay, let’s get started…

How should I commence my Fantasy Team?

As we have already mentioned, our main focus for Matchday 1 is to build a team that literally just focuses on the best fixtures for Matchday 1. Why? Well, we plan to use Limitless Chip straight after.

What is the Limitless chip? Well, it’s similar to the ‘Free Hit’ we all know. Limitless gives you the chance to change your squad for one matchday only. When you play it, you get unlimited free transfers for that matchday with no budget restrictions. Once the matchday has finished, your squad will return to how it was before you played Limitless.

The key point to digest here is the fact that there are no budget restrictions when you use the Limitless chip. This means you can build a squad of all premium players essentially, money is no longer an issue for this Matchday. Once we have had a feel of how players have performed on Matchday 1 and we know who starts, we can then more confidently select our players for Matchday 2. Not only that, but depending on the results of Matchday 1, we will know which teams will be fighting for points within the second Matchday.

It’s early days, but here is the team selected by one of the people within our team; @FantasySilva.

The team is not set in stone as the deadline is still over two weeks away with International Friendlies to be played before hand. Once all friendlies have been played, we can better assess which players will be starting and see how much of an impact players are making. Anyway let’s have a look at his current draft:

Here are a few reasons behind his picks:

Like already mentioned above, I simply want to focus on just the Matchday 1 fixtures since I will be using the Limitless chip straight after this so all I have to think about is Matchday 1 at this moment in time.

Considering this, I have selected players who I believe will earn me the most points for Matchday 1. As an example, since Portugal are in the most difficult group in Euro 2020, I probably wouldn’t have considered having Ronaldo in my team. But since Portugal play Hungary in their first fixture, it seems a no brainer that he will most likely get much better-attacking returns as opposed to his subsequent two fixtures.

The 4-4-2 formation might seem a strange one but I have literally thought about a team of XI that will start (hence why my bench isn’t great at all). I will be using the Limitless chip right after in Matchday 2 where I would most likely change to either a 3-5-2 formation or 3-4-3.

On Matchday 3, I plan to use my Wildcard, why? Well, at this point, I will have more of a feel of which players will be starting, which players are in form and I can process some of the stats to plan my moves for this Matchday.

When should I use the Limitless Chip?

As @FantasySilva has already mentioned, we do agree and feel the best time to use this chip is on Matchday 2. Well, what this means is that we can build a completely new team for the first two Matchdays (3 if you plan to use the Wildcard chip in Matchday 3). We believe the best way to gain an advantage in this Euro Fantasy is to commence the first 3 Matchdays as strongly as possible. Within this time, you can get all the differentials and earn some huge points before the round of 16 where more teams will most likely become more ‘templated’.

When should I use my Wildcard?

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise but we feel the best time to use your Wildcard chip is on Matchday 3. If you are using Limitless in Matchday 2 and your Wildcard in Matchday 3, this essentially means you can build a completely fresh squad for the first 3 Matchdays. Not only that but in the Round of 16 (Matchday 4 essentially), you get unlimited transfers anyway, this basically means with this method is that you are picking the best team possible for the first four Matchdays.

During the Group Stages, you get 2 free transfers, 3 free transfer in the Quarter Finals and 5 in both the Semis and Finals. Well, for us, we can’t see a better time to use the chips available within Matchday 2 and 3 as we have proposed.

And other tips to bear in mind with the Euro Fantasy Rules

The best tips we can give are regarding the Captaincy Pick. What majorly differs here from FPL is that we can change the Captain within a Matchday before the Substitution Window. To make this as clear as possible, Turkey plays Italy in Matchday 1 on Friday 11th June. This means you could captain someone from Italy for example and then change it to a team that plays on Saturday 12th June (such as De Bruyne or Lukaku for Belgium). Again, you could change your captain again on the 13th/14th/15th before the match as Matchday 1 starts on the 11th and ends on the 15th. It definitely seems you have to be more proactive during Matchdays than you have to be in FPL. In FPL, your team is set in stone whereas, in Euro 2020, we can make changes as the matchday progresses day by day.

In a nutshell, select a captain from a team playing on the first game of a matchday. That way, if he doesn’t score as many points as you would have liked, you can switch captain to one of your players who is playing later in the matchday.

Let’s say your first player scores a hat-trick on the first matchday, okay, well that’s awesome, no need to change captain now. But let’s say your Captain blanks, well we can then look at teams playing the following day and change captain to them. Should your second choice captain blank too, well now we can change it to a player on the 3rd day, basically, it will be until you are happy with the double points your player has accumulated.

Another thing to bear in mind is that you can make substitutions between Matchdays, and you can make as many as you like. To put it simply, if you have a player that has blanked, just substitute him with a player on your bench who would either get the same amount of points or better.

Conclusion

The rules in Euro 2020 can seem quite daunting, but if you follow the tips above, it will most certainly make your life a lot easier.

In a nutshell, our current plans are as follows:-

  • Build a team for Matchday 1 with just players who you will feel will get the most points just focusing on the fixtures for this matchday only.
  • Use the Limitless Chip on Matchday 2, we can now build a completely new team with no budget to worry about – go crazy! We now have a feel for the starting players and we can now build our dream team based on the fixtures for this Matchday alone
  • Wildcard on Matchday 3, again, we can simply build a brand new squad for this Matchday only. The following week will be the Round of 16 where we get unlimited transfers anyway.

Have a look at the tips we have suggested above. There are essentially 7 Matchdays through the course of Euro 2020, and with these tactics in mind, we can focus on building a separate team for the first 4 Matchdays.

Here is how the transfers will work in Euro 2020:

PhaseNumber of free transfers
Before tournament startsUnlimited
During group stage2 per matchday
Before round of 16Unlimited
Before quarter-finals3
Before semi-finals5
Before final5

 

With this in mind, it seems pretty logical that a lot of you will be doing the same or a similar strategy to the one we have suggested.

 

That being said, we’re really excited to start Euro 2020, especially with it being a year late!

Send us your Draft Teams in the comments below and we will rate/give advice for your team!

Join The FPL Way Euro 2020 League – Prizes Available

We have the last Gameweek coming upon us on Sunday 23rd May where all games will play at the same time; 16:00 GMT.

Firstly, we hope you’ve had a great FPL season and finish on a high!

That being said, when the Premier League finishes, we have something else to look forward to before the start of next season for those who can’t get enough of the Fantasy banter! As you probably already know, Euro 2020 was supposed to have taken place last season but has been postponed to 2021. For the lovers of FPL, they have released a Fantasy Football for Euro 2020 which you can already start building your team. The first match of the Euro 2020 is on Friday 11 June where Turkey face Italy at 21:00 in Rome.

So how can I get started with the Euro 2020 Fantasy League?

Simply click the button below to get started and create your first draft team:

Join Now

You have a lot of time to submit your team so don’t worry about that. Your team will be locked in on the 11th of June at 20:00.

The rules are pretty similar to the Fantasy Premier League; Spend €100m on 15 players and earn points based on their real-life performances in EURO 2020.

If you want to have a look at the rules in detail, continue reading this article, we have all of this covered below! It has similarities to FPL, but it does have some notable differences. Make sure to understand the rules fully to give yourself a better chance of succeeding in the tournament!

Join The FPL Way League!

We’ve already created our league for Euro 2020. You can join using the code below:

38MAGV4Q02

We will have a prize for the winner of our league which we will later announce the specifics before the start of Euro 2020. All you have to do is simply join our league with the code; 38MAGV4Q02 – and you will in with a chance for the prize.

As much as we will miss FPL, at least we have something to occupy us until next season!

Here are the Group Stages

So how does it work exactly?

EURO 2020 Fantasy Football works in a similar fashion to our truly beloved FPL, however, it consists of only seven matchdays in total. This starts with the three rounds of games in the group stage, plus the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and then the final.

Selecting your Team

You’ll start with picking your squad of 15 players which consists of:

  • Two Goalkeepers
  • Five Defenders
  • Five Didfielders
  • Three Forwards

What is the Squad Budget?

You start your Fantasy Football in euro 2020 with a team budget of €100 to spend on your team. This then rises to €105 million from the round of 16 and onwards.

How many players can I have from each team?

There is a limit of how many players you can select from each team, however, this does change as the tournament progresses. Essentially, this works as follows:

  • For the group stage, you can pick a maximum of three players from the same team
  • For the round of 16, you can pick a maximum of four players from the same team
  • For the quarter-finals, you can pick a maximum of five players from the same team
  • For the semi-finals, you can pick a maximum of six players from the same team
  • For the final, you can pick a maximum of eight players from the same team

Your starting XI

For every game, you will need to pick a starting 11 from your selected 15 man team.

Like the FPL, you will need to save your selections before the match deadline.

Your points accumulated will only be for the players you pick in your starting XI. However, should a player not start, there will be an automatic substitution from your bench (as long as it sticks to the formation rules).

Your Formation

You have a list of formations that you can select for your team which you can change each Gameweek. This essentially consists of one goalkeeper, at least three defenders, at least two midfielders and at least one forward for your starting XI.

Captain Pick

For each Gameweek, you will need to select one captain from your starting XI. The player’s points you choose will be doubled for that game.

Once all matches are completed for the first Gameweek, and before the next Gameweek has kicked off, you can change your captain to another player of your choice.

Should your captain not play, your captain will be subbed out. Do remember though, the replacement won’t have double bonus points.

If your captain doesn’t play in a matchday where you’ve made other substitutions, your captain won’t be subbed out – and none of your players will score double for that matchday.

TIP: Select a captain from a team playing on the first day of a matchday. That way, if he doesn’t score as many points as you would have liked, you can switch captain to one of your players who is playing later in the matchday.

Manual substitutions

Inbetween Gameweeks, you can make as many substitutions as your like with your squad.

After all matches on a single day have finished and before the next matches within that matchday kick-off, you can:

  • Sub out a maximum of 4 players (unless they’ve been sent off), and replace them with any of your substitutes whose teams are yet to play within the Gameweek. Any players that you sub out will score 0 points for that matchday
  • Change your captain to another player from your squad whose team are yet to play. Your original captain’s double-points bonus will be lost, and your new captain’s score for that matchday will be doubled.

Do take the following into consideration:

  • Once you confirm your subs or change of captain, those changes can’t be reversed!
  • Once the games on the final day of the matchday have kicked off, you can’t make changes to your team. Any changes you make will only be applied to the next matchday
  • Once you’ve made manual substitutions or changed your captain within a matchday, if any of your starting XI doesn’t play, they won’t be automatically subbed out.

TIP: With the fact that you can make subs mid-matchday, the best thing is to pick a squad with a balance of players that will start over the various days within the matchday. That way, if your initial players underperform, you can sub them out for players who you think will have a better chance of earning you some more points.

Automatic substitutions

If you don’t make any substitutions or change your captain within a matchday, some of your players might be automatically subbed out.

The best thing to do here is to order your substitutes in a priority order in case any of your starting XI doesn’t play in that matchday.

In general, the following will apply:

  • If your goalkeeper doesn’t play in a matchday, then your replacement goalkeeper will be substituted in, but only if he has played
  • If any of your starting outfield players don’t play in a matchday, they’ll be automatically subbed out. The player subbed in will be the highest-priority substitute who has played in the matchday, and whose substitution doesn’t break formation rules
  • If you switch the priority order of your subs once a matchday has started, that will count as a manual substitution and no automatic substitutions will kick in for the remainder of that matchday.

Do rememberer that your XI always has to have one goalkeeper, at least three defenders, at least two midfielders and at least one forward. So for example, if your starting XI has three defenders and one of those defenders doesn’t play in a matchday, he’ll be subbed out for the highest-priority defender on your bench.

How do transfers work?

Making transfers can definitely help your squad to earn more points during the tournament. When players have easier fixtures, it’s always a good shout to get a player in that are facing one of those teams.

Until the Euro 2020 starts, you can make unlimited transfers as long as it stays within the €100 million budget. On top of this, you can also make as many transfers as you like between the group stage and the round of 16.

Throughout the competition, you get free transfers each matchday. The number of free transfers you can make depends on the stage of the tournament.

For every transfer you make beyond your quota of free transfers, you’ll have four points deducted from your points total. Sounds familiar right?

PhaseNumber of free transfers
Before tournament startsUnlimited
During group stage2 per matchday
Before round of 16Unlimited
Before quarter-finals3
Before semi-finals5
Before final5

 

Like in FPL, you can bank only one free transfer between matchdays. However, once the knockout stage starts, you can’t carry any free transfers forward between matchdays.

Do we have Chips?

Yes, indeed we do!

You get two chips, which you can play once each throughout the competition.

Wildcard

The Wildcard gives you the chance to change your squad as much as you like. When you play it you can make free unlimited transfers, and any players you transfer in will stay in your squad once that matchday has finished.

The normal rules for automatic substitutions, manual substitutions and captain changes still apply when playing your Wildcard, as well as formation constraints and the number of players you can pick from one team.

If you’ve already made transfers ahead of a matchday and you then play your Wildcard, the transfers you’ve made previously will be cancelled, along with any points deductions.

To play your Wildcard, select ‘Activate wildcard’ and then confirm the transfers you’d like to make.

This chip can be used only once. Once you’ve played it, it can’t be cancelled – so play it wisely!

Limitless

Similar to the ‘Free Hit’ we all know; Limitless gives you the chance to change your squad for one matchday only. When you play it, you get unlimited free transfers for that matchday with no budget restrictions. Once the matchday has finished, your squad will return to how it was before you played Limitless.

The normal rules for automatic substitutions, manual substitutions and captain changes still apply when playing Limitless, as well as formation constraints and the number of players you can pick from one team.

If you’ve already made transfers ahead of a matchday and you then play Limitless, the transfers you’ve made previously will be cancelled, along with any points deductions.

To play your Limitless, select ‘Activate Limitless’ and then confirm the transfers you’d like to make.

This chip can be used only once. Once you’ve played it, it can’t be cancelled.

So what are the Deadline dates?

Every matchday, teams will lock as soon as the first match within the matchday kicks off. The dates are shown in the table below:

GameweekDeadline
Matchday 111 June 19:00 GMT
Matchday 216 June 13:00 GMT
Matchday 320 June 14:00 GMT
Round of 1626 June 16:00 GMT
Quarter-finals02 July 16:00 GMT
Semi-finals06 July 19:00 GMT
Final11 July 19:00 GMT

 

Any transfers you make after the deadline will only come into effect for the following matchday.

So how does the scoring system work?

Throughout Euro 2020, your players will score points based on their performances. Some actions are rewarded the same amount of points regardless of the player’s position, others vary depending on where each player plays.

Essentially, this is how it works:

ActionPoints
All players 
Appearance1
60 mins on pitch2
Long-range goal1
Assist3
Winning a penalty2
Conceding a penalty-1
Missing a penalty-2
Yellow card-1
Red card-3
Own goal-2
Goalkeepers 
Scoring a goal6
Saving a penalty5
Clean sheet*4
Every 3 saves1
Every 2 goals conceded-1
Defenders 
Scoring a goal6
Clean sheet*4
Every 2 goals conceded-1
Midfielders 
Scoring a goal5
Clean sheet*1
Forwards 
Scoring a goal4

 

NOTE: *Points only awarded when the player plays at least 60 minutes.

Also take note that once your points have been calculated, they won’t be adjusted.

How do clean sheets work?

Players get points for a clean sheet when they play at least 60 minutes and their team doesn’t concede a goal while they are on the pitch.

If a player has already been subbed off when their team concedes a goal, that player’s clean sheet bonus won’t be affected.

What about Red Cards?

If a player gets a red card, they’ll continue to be penalised for goals conceded by their team after they’ve been sent off.

If a player gets a yellow card and then a red card, they’ll only be penalised for the red card.

If your captain gets a red card, you can transfer the captaincy to one of your other starting XI, as long as your new captain hasn’t already played yet within the matchday.

You can’t sub off players who get a red card.

How do assists work?

A player gets points for an assist whenever he plays the final pass, cross, header or shot which leads to a goal. This also applies to set plays (corners, free-kicks and throw-ins).

Players also get points for an assist if a goal is scored on the rebound when they’ve shot against the post, bar, goalkeeper or defender.

They’ll also get points for an assist when their pass, shot or cross leads to an own goal. Players that win a penalty won’t get points for an assist – instead, they’ll get two points for winning the penalty.

Only one player can get points for an assist for any one goal.

When a goal is scored from a solo run or dribble, no player will be awarded the assist.

Minutes played

To score points for some actions, players need to play a minimum of 60 full minutes. So if your player is substituted in the 60th minute, that will be counted as having played only 59 minutes. Should this happen, then that player won’t get the points for those actions.

Extra time and penalties

Players will keep scoring points throughout extra time. However, players can’t score points for penalty shoot-outs.

 

Euro 2020 Fixtures

All kick-off times are shown in UK Time

The draw
EURO 2020: Meet the teams

Group A (Rome/Baku): Turkey, Italy (hosts), Wales, Switzerland
Group B (Copenhagen/St Petersburg): Denmark (hosts), Finland, Belgium, Russia (hosts)
Group C (Amsterdam/Bucharest): Netherlands (hosts), Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia
Group D (London/Glasgow): England (hosts), Croatia, Scotland (hosts), Czech Republic
Group E (Seville/St Petersburg): Spain (hosts), Sweden, Poland, Slovakia
Group F (Munich/Budapest): Hungary (hosts), Portugal (holders), France, Germany (hosts)

GROUP STAGE

Friday 11 June

Group A: Turkey vs Italy (19:00, Rome)

Saturday 12 June

Group A: Wales vs Switzerland (13:00, Baku)
Group B: Denmark vs Finland (16:00, Copenhagen)
Group B: Belgium vs Russia (19:00, St Petersburg)

Sunday 13 June

Group D: England vs Croatia (13:00, London)
Group C: Austria vs North Macedonia (16:00, Bucharest)
Group C: Netherlands vs Ukraine (19:00, Amsterdam)

Monday 14 June

Group D: Scotland vs Czech Republic (13:00, Glasgow)
Group E: Poland vs Slovakia (16:00, St Petersburg)
Group E: Spain vs Sweden (19:00, Seville)

Tuesday 15 June

Group F: Hungary vs Portugal (16:00, Budapest)
Group F: France vs Germany (19:00, Munich)

Wednesday 16 June

Group B: Finland vs Russia (13:00, St Petersburg)
Group A: Turkey vs Wales (16:00, Baku)
Group A: Italy vs Switzerland (19:00, Rome)

Thursday 17 June

Group C: Ukraine vs North Macedonia (13:00, Bucharest)
Group B: Denmark vs Belgium (16:00, Copenhagen)
Group C: Netherlands vs Austria (19:00, Amsterdam)

Friday 18 June

Group E: Sweden vs Slovakia (13:00, St Petersburg)
Group D: Croatia vs Czech Republic (16:00, Glasgow)
Group D: England vs Scotland (19:00, London)

Saturday 19 June

Group F: Hungary vs France (13:00, Budapest)
Group F: Portugal vs Germany (16:00, Munich)
Group E: Spain vs Poland (19:00, Seville)

Sunday 20 June

Group A: Italy vs Wales (16:00, Rome)
Group A: Switzerland vs Turkey (16:00, Baku)

Monday 21 June

Group C: North Macedonia vs Netherlands (16:00, Amsterdam)
Group C: Ukraine vs Austria (16:00, Bucharest)
Group B: Russia vs Denmark (19:00, Copenhagen)
Group B: Finland vs Belgium (19:00, St Petersburg)

Tuesday 22 June

Group D: Czech Republic vs England (19:00, London)
Group D: Croatia vs Scotland (19:00, Glasgow)

Wednesday 23 June

Group E: Slovakia vs Spain (16:00, Seville)
Group E: Sweden vs Poland (16:00, St Petersburg)
Group F: Germany vs Hungary (19:00, Munich)
Group F: Portugal v France (19:00, Budapest)

The top two in each group plus the four best third-placed teams go through.

Rest days on 24 and 25 June

KNOCKOUT PHASE
Round of 16

Saturday 26 June

1: 2A vs 2B (16:00, Amsterdam)
2: 1A vs 2C (19:00, London)

Sunday 27 June

3: 1C vs 3D/E/F (16:00, Budapest)
4: 1B vs 3A/D/E/F (19:00, Seville)

Monday 28 June

5: 2D vs 2E (16:00, Copenhagen)
6: 1F vs 3A/B/C (19:00, Bucharest)

Tuesday 29 June

7: 1D vs 2F (16:00, London)
8: 1E vs 3A/B/C/D (19:00, Glasgow)

Rest days on 30 June and 1 July

Quarter-finals

Friday 2 July

QF1: Winner 6 vs Winner 5 (16:00, St Petersburg)
QF2: Winner 4 vs Winner 2 (19:00, Munich)

Saturday 3 July

QF3: Winner 3 vs Winner 1 (16:00, Baku)
QF4: Winner 8 vs Winner 7 (19:00, Rome)

Rest days on 4 and 5 July

Semi-finals

Tuesday 6 July

SF1: Winner QF2 vs Winner QF1 (19:00, London)

Wednesday 7 July

SF2: Winner QF4 vs Winner QF3 (19:00, London)

Rest days on 8, 9, 10 July

Final

Sunday 11 July

Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 (19:00, London)

 

Conclusion

Well, I guess that pretty much wraps it up, it’s pretty similar to the FPL rules with a few tweaks here and there. I guess the main differences is that:

  • Your squad budget changes once you reach the round of 16
  • You can change players and even your captain during the Gameweek, as long as that player hasn’t already commenced the match
  • The Limitless Chip allows you to change your entire squad for one Gameweek, however, the budgets are ignored, so get all the best players in your team!
  • The number of free transfers you can make differ depending on where we are in the tournament (i.e. Group Stage / Round of 16 / Quarters / Semi / Final)

There are a few other notable changes, so it’s definitely worth getting familiar with the rules.

 

We’re really excited to start Euro 2020, especially with it being a year late!

Send us your Draft Teams in the comments below and we will rate/give advice for your team!

Fantasy Premier League 2020/2021 Overview

Posted by: @FantasySilva

Here we are, the season is over and we guess we can all enjoy a nice break and a well deserved holiday! We hope you finished this strange season on a high and we guess all we can do now is reflect and wait until the next season (unless you are taking part in Euro 2020 like we are).

Above we have the Kings of the Season which amasses a total of 2180 points for the 2020/2021 season.

We don’t think there are too many surprises here really. The main ones that stand out are Emiliano Martínez who started at only 4.5 million and then ended the season with a 5.3 million tag (highest of 5.4m). What a great signing this goalkeeper was for Aston Villa. You may remember, he ended the previous season very strongly for Arsenal when their main keeper was injured so we all expected this player to be a great asset and he definitely didn’t prove us wrong; for many, he was the set and forget keeper for the season! In addition to this, over the course of the season, he provided 15 clean sheets, 142 saves and 27 bonus points, pretty incredible right?

The second surprise for us was Sadio Mané, who throughout the competition was quite the differential. Well, we guess the ownership was mainly due to the inconsistency of the player; he could blank for weeks then have a massive haul just like he finished it off in Gameweek 38. He provided 11 goals and 12 assists this season, not too shabby at all, especially if you owned him at the right time whilst he was performing.

We guess the 3rd/4th surprise here was how well Leeds played this season finishing 9th in the League. The honourable mentions go to Stuart Dallas and Patrick Bamford. Firstly, let’s start with Dallas… As a defender, he had a quality season although he is a player that can play many roles for the team and he found himself playing more of a midfield role than a defender. He ended the season with 8 goals and 3 assists and provided 12 clean sheets throughout the season which for a defender is awesome! Bamford on the other hand provided 17 goals and 11 assists which left him 4th in the goal scoring table and 7th for most assists. Both players, amongst several other players in the Leeds team, were very impressive this season and we’re sure we’ll be thinking about their players again at the start of next season.

Let’s have a look at some Premier League Stats

Here are the top 10 Goal Scorers of the Season

It was a very close race for the Golden Boot between Kane and Salah, but a massive congratulations to Harry Kane for winning it this season for the 3rd time, especially since it may be his last season for Spurs. Where will he go? Well, he wants to stay in the Premier League and the favourite currently is a move to Man City. This makes sense, especially since Aguero will also be leaving as well and they will want another striker to replace his role.

Kane23
Salah22
Fernandes18
Bamford17
Son17
Calvert-Lewin16
Vardy15
Watkins14
Gündogan13
Lacazette13

 

Let’s have a look at the Harry Kane goal map. With such an impressive season we just had to include this. Kane also won the playmaker award which is given to the player for the most assists.

The 27-year-old has now won this award in three seasons; 2015-16, 2016-17 and now 2020-21. Winning this award again makes him the third player to win three Golden Boots along with Thierry Henry (4) and Alan Shearer (3).

Here are the top 10 Assisters of the Season

We guess it was no surprise to see Fernandes here; the best Man Utd signing they have had for a while. It’s extremely impressive that Harry Kane is a joint leader, especially with him being the top goal scorer as well. We don’t think there are many surprises but here is the top ten:

Fernandes14
Kane14
Vardy14
De Bruyne12
Grealish12
Werner12
Bamford11
Cresswell11
Mané11
Rashford11

 

Here are the top 10 PPG (Points Per Game) for the Season

This list shows the top 10 players based on points per game that have played at least 10 matches overall. The biggest surprise here was how well Lingard played when he joined West Ham. From GW22 to GW32, he was essential to own in your Fantasy Team earning himself 89 points and a whopping 8 points per game in that time. Unfortunately, he didn’t end the season as well as he started which left him in joint second place with Fernandes. Saying that though, we had quite a few players that had some crazy form for a few weeks; a few other notable players here were Gündogan and Bale (we’re sure Spurs are glad to see this legend back). Anyway, here are the stats below:

Kane6.9
Fernandes6.6
Lingard6.6
Salah6.2
Son6.2
Stones5.8
Bale5.7
De Bruyne5.6
Gündogan5.6
Vardy5.5

 

Relegations and Promotions

Like every year, we have 3 teams relegated from the Premier League and 3 teams promoted from Championship Divison. This year we will see the following teams relegated:

  • Fulham
  • West Brom
  • Sheffield United

To be honest, it’s not a massive surprise, the biggest one really is Sheffield United since they were so strong defensively in the previous season. If you did play in the previous season, we’re sure you will remember how great of an asset John Lundstram was; we guess you could say he was the Dallas of last season really…

With the promoted teams, we currently have two teams that are confirmed that will be joining the Premier League next season which is:

  • Norwich
  • Watford

The third team will be confirmed on the 29th of May since two teams (first place and second place) earn automatic promotion, but the teams which finish third, fourth, fifth and sixth enter a playoff series to determine who gets promoted.

One of the two teams below that could potentially join us next season as well are:

  • Brentford
  • Swansea

That being said, we will definitely see at least two teams here that were in the Premier League in the previous season. Again, if you did play last season, can you guys remember the impact that Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki had for Norwich? (Let’s not forget Troy Deeney for Watford either). No doubt these players will feature in your squad in the next season, especially when the underdog players that have performed so well this season will have a notable increase in price at the start of the next season.

Early Transfer Rumours

Well, we know Harry Kane will be leaving Spurs and the most likely team he will join will be Man City. There are other possibilities of teams he will join such as Chelsea and Man Utd but City seems to be the most favourable. We know he wants to stay in the Premier League, we know he wants to earn silverware, we know these teams are potentially the only ones that can afford him so one of these moves is very likely.

We’ve also heard that Paul Pogba could be on the move this summer. The Frenchman joined Man Utd in August 2016 and at the time he was the most expensive player in the world. Reports indicate that he could make a transfer to Spain. If this was to happen, the Red Devils’ could well earn some decent money for the highly-rated player.

Jadon Sancho is another player with a possible move to an English team this summer. The Borussia Dortmund player scored 16 times and assisted 21 goals in all competitions this season. We have three teams that are interested in this player with Man United looking to be the most likely move. There are also Liverpool and Chelsea reportedly interested. Dortmund is said to put a 100 million price tag for the English star.

Two other players that could potentially make a move in this summers transfer market is Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland. There are a lot of clubs interested in these players which have attracted interest from the elite clubs in Europe. It’s too early to say where they could go but we can expect a bidding war for their services this summer.

What have we learned from this FPL Season?

Let’s have a look at a summary of one of our contributor’s, @FPL_Will:

Overall Points: 2,518
Overall Rank: 4,299th 

After a shaky start, sitting just outside the Top 1 million in GW4, I entered the Top 100k in GW17 and never left. The huge DGW19 was massive for me and pushed me close to the Top 10k where I then slowly chipped away to my final rank of 4,299. I think I was quite fortunate this season – with many cancellations and positive covid cases happening in the league, for the most part, these didn’t really affect my team and I was always able to put out the team I wanted. As always, paying attention to the upcoming blanks and doubles was crucial and allowed me to make transfers well in advance to maximise those odd weeks where many casuals fall down.

Some personal highlights for me were owning DCL from the start, setting a new personal best and getting on Gundogan and Iheanacho early on in their hot streaks!

This was a difficult season, with such a short break between 19/20 and 20/21 – by the end of this year there was definitely fatigue in play, and I am very happy to have a break now for the summer before going again in 21/22.

The 4 most important things that helped this season were

  • Use stats as much as you can early on! They are the best way to spot upcoming hot streaks. E.g. a player may start the season in the first 3 matches having 5 shots a game on average – even if he doesn’t score in those three games, stats like that strongly suggest goals are coming.
  • Get informed as early as possible about blank and Double Gameweeks, the earlier you find out and know who is going to be playing when, the more time you have to use free transfers to plan your team.
  • Spending points for Blank and Double Gameweeks is fine, don’t be scared of it. Some of my biggest jumps came because I attacked these weeks. Outside of Doubles, I find spending points very hit and miss and I want to reign it next year. I spent 72 points this season and definitely regret many of those.
  • It goes without saying that planning when to use your chips is vital. Especially don’t be dismayed if your Wildcard doesn’t immediately pay off – I got 22 points with my first Wildcard (awful!), but 5 weeks later I was 900,000 places higher. They are for the long term!

I hope you all had a great season and I look forward to playing against you all again next year!

Conclusion

It’s been a very odd season in terms of FPL; not the usual one you would expect. With Covid-19, no crowds and a fair few surprises along the way, it’s been nothing but ordinary. Fortunately, we got the joys of seeing some of the crowd for when Leicester won the FA Cup at Wembley against Chelsea and we had fans back in the stadiums in the final Gameweek too which was amazing to see. You might think this factor doesn’t impact the performance much, but we’ve seen a significant decrease in home wins this year than we have in previous seasons.

With the season completed now, you might need a fix for the summer, well guess what, we have Euro 2020 Fantasy approaching in June. You can read all about it here:

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Fear not, we will be active as well this summer with match week articles to help you along the way. On top of this, we have already set up our Euro 2020 League with prizes available; you can read all the details in the link above.

Anyway, let’s get back to FPL… So, which players are you excited for in the next season? What changes to your tactics will you make moving forward? Which players surprised you the most? What changes would you like to see in FPL? The list could go on but let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Oh, and before we forget, a massive congratulations to Manchester City for winning the Premier League this season. This is now the seventh time they have won the League Championship / Premier League so a massive well done!

We hope you have enjoyed reading this article and for those taking part in Euro 2020, we’ll see you then!

FPL Final Gameweek 38 – The Complete Guide

Here we are with the last Gameweek overview of the season; Gameweek 38. It’s emotional times but we will do our best to get through this. The Gameweek 38 deadline is on Sunday 23rd of May at 14:30. Like every year, all games kick off at the same time (4pm GMT).

Another question on peoples mind is, who will win the Premier League Golden Boot 2020/21? With both Harry Kane and Mo Salah on 22 goals, surely these two will be fighting for the award right?

If you are looking to boost your overall rank or finish your mini-league on a high, we have you covered with this week’s articles.

Like we do every Gameweek, we will be providing you with the following helpful articles to help you with your Gameweek planning:

  • The FPL Way XV – Scout Picks
  • Differential Picks
  • Scout Picks
  • Captaincy Pick

Here are the Fixtures for GW38

The FPL Way XV – Who Are The Best FPL Players To Own For GW38?

Here are our Scout Picks for Gameweek 38 with a team budget of only 100 million. This week’s teams value comes out at 99.5 million.

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The FPL Way Value Picks – Which budget players should we consider for GW38?

Here are recommend budget/value picks for GW38. Whether you need to free some funds for your team or even add some potential differentials, then this is the thread for you. This weeks budget team comes out at a record low 75.0 million.

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The FPL Way Differential Picks – Fancy a differential for Gameweek 38?

In this article, we discuss 5 differentials you should consider to end your season with. Planning ahead is essential, maybe one of these players could be the one you are looking for?

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Who is the best Captain for GW38?

We’ve explored the best options for captaincy for Gameweek 38. Check out the article below, it certainly could help you come to your final decision! We’ve analysed the best captaincy picks for Captain Sensible, Captain Differential, and Captain Huge Cahonas!

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As always, we wish you the best of luck with GW38, and we hope you found these articles useful to help you achieve those final green arrows and end on a high!

If you need help with your team, feel free to drop a comment below, we love to help!

How will you be approaching this Gameweek? Team Sensible or Team Rogue? Let us know.

The FPL Way Value Picks for GW38

Posted by: @FantasySilva

Here are The FPL Way Value Picks for Gameweek 38; the deadline for this one is on Sunday 23rd May at 14:30. Emotional times now as this will be the last of the value picks for this season.

Anyway, with the Value Picks, we basically pick a side of 15 players (all with a low budget) to help you with your transfers should you need to get a budget player into your squad. This weeks team comes out at only 75.0 million (all-time record). It’s the last week guys, and to be honest, looking at these picks, squad value doesn’t mean anything anymore and some of these guys could definitely be worth a punt depending on your overall rank or position in your mini-leagues.

 

The FPL Way XV – Who Are The Best Value FPL Players To Own For GW38?

We will be going through all the fixtures for our selected value picks and providing reasoning as to why these budget players could potentially prove to be better than some of the premium selections. That being, said, let’s get right into this…

Fulham vs Newcastle

For Fulham we have Alphonse Areola (4.5m) in net. Although it’s been a while since Fulham have kept a clean sheet, we know what they are capable of and with a generous home fixture to Newcastle, we can hope they finish their season a high before they return back to the Championship Division.

On the other side, we do have Joseph Willock (4.8m). His form recently has been superb and he now seems to be a regular starter for the club. With a goal in each game in their last fixture 3 fixtures, would you be surprised if he continued his form and bagged another in his last game?

Leeds vs West Brom

For Leeds we have Raphinha (5.5m) and Patrick Bamford (6.5m). Leeds have scored 9 goals in their last 3 fixtures with Raphinha providing 2 assists and Bamford providing 2 goals and an assist. These guys gel well together and we can expect this to be quite a high scoring game who else is more reliable to get on the score sheet for Leeds than these boys…

For West Brom we have selected Matheus Pereira (5.4m). What a hell of a season this Brazillian star has had, with 11 goals and 7 assists, you wouldn’t think he was part of a relegated club right? We’re not going to lie, we’d be surprised if this fella stays with the club when they return to the Championship division, but we know for sure he will want to end his season on an all-time high, that’s for sure!

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Just the one player here with Nathaniel Phillips (4.1m). For a Liverpool defender at this price, how could you not have him? On top of this, he’s even scored a goal and provided an assist in the last 4 Gameweeks and has accumulated 25 points in that time. Averaging at 6.25 points per game, this guy was a really easy selection for the squad.

Sheffield Utd vs Burnley

We have two picks for Burnley in this weeks value picks with Matthew Lowton (4.4m) and Chris Wood (6.5m). Well, on paper, we can expect a clean sheet for Lowton facing the bottom of the league. Maybe even a cheeky assist since he’s provided 8 this season so far. Wood has had a great 4th quarter to the season and we’re pretty confident we will see some attacking returns from this man. We could even hope he repeats GW33 with his hatty where they faced Wolves away.

West Ham vs Southampton

For West Ham, we have gone for Vladimir Coufal (4.8m) and Tomas Soucek (5.2m). Honestly, we think West Ham have more to fight for here and we could well see a clean sheet. We all know what Soucek is capable of and hopefully, he will also provide some attacking returns. With 10 goals and 2 assists this season for Soucek, we can see this being increased after this match.

Leicester vs Spurs

Finally, our last pick in our starting XI is Kelechi Iheanacho (6.2m). You remember right? The guy that has been a dream player to have since GW26. Yes, the Leicester fixtures have not been great and playing Spurs isn’t exactly the greatest fixture. Well, this Nigerian star is something special and we really wouldn’t be surprised at all for some attacking returns from him in this fixture.

 

Bench Picks

This week, we won’t go through all the bench players individually, well to be fair, they have all featured here a fair few times so far this season. All four players should start and either one could get some nice points in this final Gameweek. Great bench fodder, great value, and great picks to upgrade your team elsewhere if you need to.

 

If you need any help or advice with your team transfers/selections, feel free to drop a comment below or get in touch with us via Twitter: @TheFPLWay

Have a great GW38 everyone! Hope you have all had a great season and we will be back in action from Gameweek 1 next season! We will be posting throughout the summer with Euro 2020 Fantasy and we will be straight back in the action when we can start building next seasons team in August!

How many players in our starting XI do you have in your team? Let us know in the comments below!

Who Are The Best FPL Players To Own For GW38?

Posted by: @FantasySilva

Here are our FPL Way Picks for the last Gameweek of the season. The deadline for GW38 is on Sunday 23rd May at 14:30.

Like we do every week, we build a team who we feel will make a solid team for the Gameweek with a 100 million budget. This weeks team comes out at 99.5 million. You may have more funds in the bank so there are possible upgrades you could potentially do here.

Before we get started, let’s have a look at the last fixtures of the season sorted by overall difficultly.

TeamGW38
BurnleySHU
FulhamNEW
LeedsWBA
Sheff UtdBUR
West HamSOU
LiverpoolCRY
NewcastleFUL
Man UtdWOL
ArsenalBHA
ChelseaAVL
West BromLEE
LeicesterTOT
Crystal PalaceLIV
Aston VillaCHE
BrightonARS
Man CityEVE
WolvesMUN
SouthamptonWHU
TottenhamLEI
EvertonMCI

 

THE FPL WAY XV – WHO ARE THE BEST FPL PLAYERS TO OWN FOR GW38?

We will be going through all the fixtures for our team selection and will provide you with the reason as to why we have selected them.

Fulham vs Newcastle

We have one player from this matchup which is Joseph Willock (4.8m). This guy is in great form at the moment, providing an attacking return in the last 6 Gameweeks where he got game time. In 3 of these games, he was subbed on very late in the game and still managed to get a goal. Game time doesn’t seem to be an issue now since he has been in the starting XI in the last 3 matches. With him accumulating 24 points in the last 3 games, we’re pretty confident he will add another attacking return to his tally in this favourable fixture.

Leeds vs West Brom

We have tripled up on Leeds assets here with Illan Meslier (4.8m), Stuart Dallas (5.4m) and Patrick Bamford (6.5m). Leeds have kept two clean sheets in their last 2 games and we certainly feel this will happen again in their final fixture. Dallas is especially a great pick as he plays a more attacking role, accumulating 8 goals and 3 assists so far this season. We feel there will be plenty of goals in this fixture, especially in Leeds favour. That being said, we just had to include Bamford in our starting XI. He got a goal and an assist in their 2-0 win against The Saints and we’re fairly confident he will add more to his tally on Sunday!

We have one pick for West Brom with Matheus Pereira (5.4m). If there is one man that will get an attacking return in this squad, it will be this Brazillian star. In the last 5 Gameweeks, he has scored 3 and assisted once. Pereira has scored a total of 11 goals and 7 assists so far this season, that being said, we just had to feature him in our starting XI.

Leicester vs Spurs

We have just the two players in this fixture for Spurs with Heung-Min Son (9.7m) and Harry Kane (11.9m). Did you know, Harry Kane has actually scored 14 goals in 10 Premier League appearances against Leicester, more than he has netted versus any other opponent in the competition. With both Kane and Salah joint top goal scorers with 22 goals, he will be fighting for goals to ensure he gets the Golden Boot this season. We all know Son and Kane make a great partnership, so we can expect to see some attacking returns from the pair in this fixture.

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.7m) and Mohamed Salah (12.8m) are our two picks for Liverpool. TAA has definitely had a better end to the season and is finally justifying his high price tag. Since Gameweek 28, TAA has scored a goal and provided 5 assists and has accumulated 70 points since then (that’s an average of ~7.8 points per game). In the reverse fixture, Liverpool surprised us all with their 7-0 win, can they repeat history? We sure hope so! As already mentioned, Salah is joint head-to-head with Kane in the battle for the golden boot. With a nice fixture for them, the fact he is the Egyptian hero and scored 2 goals in the reverse fixture; how could you not include this legend.

Sheffield Utd vs Burnley

The only pick for this fixture is Chris Wood (6.5m). With Burnley facing the relegated bottom of the league and getting some nice attacking returns late on in the season, this guy is a no-brainer really. With only 4.3% ownership and scoring 12 goals this season so far, we’re confident he will add to his tally in this fixture. Maybe this guy could be the crazy punt differential captain to gain that last-minute boost of rank you are needing? Massive cahonas would be required for this obviously…

West Ham vs Southampton

The only selection we have here is Vladimir Coufal (4.8m). Well, West Ham will be wanting to finish their season on an absolute high. A win would definitely secure a Europa League spot for The Hammers so they will definitely want to win this game. Hopefully, we will see a West Ham clean sheet and hopes for a Coufal attacking return in this fixture. An assist would be great, a goal would be the cherry on the cake.

 

Our Bench Picks

Will Norris (4.0m)

With Pope out with a shoulder injury, we could see Norris starting in the most favourable fixture of the Gameweek. A clean sheet here on paper and a very reasonable price tag; that’s why he’s our sub GK.

Phil Foden (6.1m)

Foden could make a great pick for this GW, but with Pep Roulette, well… you know, you can never be too confident on Man City assets. When he does feature, he kills it. This youngster is a star in the making, if he starts, we can definitely see some nice attacking returns here.

Victor Lindelöf (4.8m)

With Wolves not scoring in the last two Gameweeks, we can see this becoming a 3rd on the trot. Great bench fodder, a hopeful clean sheet… That brings this fella into our team.

Rob Holding (4.3m)

An awesome budget defender here, a possibility for a clean sheet, again… great bench fodder!

 

If you need any help or advice with your team transfers/selections, feel free to drop a comment below or get in touch with us via Twitter: @TheFPLWay

 

FPL Gameweek 37 – The Complete Guide

Posted by: @FantasySilva

Following BGW36, we now have only two matches remaining where all teams will be playing as normal. The deadline for Gameweek 37 is on Tuesday 17th May at 16:30. With such a small gap between Gameweeks, we’ve decided to combine everything you need to know in one article including:

Click above to jump to the article you would like to read.

 

Here are the Fixtures for GW37

Remaining Fixtures by Difficulty

The table below shows the difficulty of the remaining two fixtures, sorted by overall difficulty (easiest to most difficult fixtures):

TeamGW37GW38
NewcastleSHUFUL
West HamWBASOU
Sheff UtdNEWBUR
LeedsSOUWBA
LiverpoolBURCRY
Man UtdFULWOL
ArsenalCRYBHA
BurnleyLIVSHU
TottenhamAVLLEI
FulhamMUNNEW
Man CityBHAEVE
WolvesEVEMUN
ChelseaLEIAVL
West BromWHULEE
Crystal PalaceARSLIV
SouthamptonLEEWHU
EvertonWOLMCI
LeicesterCHETOT
Aston VillaTOTCHE
BrightonMCIARS

 

Looking at the above table, it’s quite easy to see which teams have the best fixtures for the last two games. We will be looking at the best players to bring in for your team with both of the last fixtures in mind.

So let’s get started…

Who Are The Best FPL Players To Own For GW37?

Each week we build a team who we feel will make a solid team for the Gameweek with a 100 million budget. This weeks team comes out at 99.9 million. You may have more funds in the bank so there are possible upgrades you could do here. We have also taken GW38 into consideration as well, so we’ve based this team on players you can keep for the remaining two matches.

THE FPL WAY XV – Scout Picks

We will be going through all the fixtures for our team selection and will provide you with the reasons why we have selected them.

Man Utd vs Fulham

Our only selection for this game is Victor Lindelöf (4.8m). For that low price for a Man Utd defender and a player that should most likely start, this guy is a no brainer. With Maguire unfortunately out as well, it is highly likely he will start for the last two games of the season as well. With two favourable fixtures and potentially two clean sheets for the last two games, we definitely believe he’s a great selection.

Southampton vs Leeds

We have doubled up with Leeds assets in our starting XI with Stuart Dallas (5.4m) and Raphinha (5.5m). Another team with very friendly fixtures for the final games. Dallas as a defender usually tends to play in midfield, so attacking returns are very possible here which boosts his value. Raphinha has provided 6 goals and 9 assists this season, and with these great fixtures, we’re pretty sure he will add a few more to his tally.

Brighton vs Man City

Our only pick for Man City is Ferran Torres (6.9m). We know this guy is in form and will most likely start following the hat-trick he got against Newcastle in BGW36. Man City still have the Champions League final to consider against Chelsea. We do strongly feel he will start especially since we expect players like Mahrez to start in the following week. When somebody is in his form, we can’t see him missing the next game and he will no doubt get some attacking returns as well.

Spurs vs Aston Villa

We have only selected one Spurs asset moving forward here and that is Harry Kane (11.8m). As we have said before, he’s still fighting for the Golden Boot as Salah drew level with him yesterday, with both players now on 22 goals. We understand he’s had a few blank Gameweeks recently, but we’re very positive he’s going to finish this season with a blast! You could also take Son and Bale into consideration; as we said, we select our squad based on a 100 million budget, so you could potentially upgrade some players we have selected.

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal

Our only selection here is Rob Holding (4.3m). With David Luiz still recovering from injury, it’s pretty likely this guy will start. Arsenal got a clean sheet against Chelsea in their last fixture and with Crystal Palace and Brighton to play in their last two games; they can surely get at least one clean sheet here.

Burnley vs Liverpool

Within our starting XI, we only have Mohamed Salah (12.8m). The Egyptian legend has accumulated 22 goals and 5 assists so far this season and is the man who is up against Harry Kane for the golden boot. We feel both Salah and Kane are essential picks to finish this season.

West Brom vs West Ham

We have two picks from this fixture with Jesse Lingard (6.6m) and Michail Antonio (6.5m). Yes, we understand that Lingard has blanked in the last 4 Gameweeks but he’s definitely due some attacking returns, especially when they come against West Brom. Lingard is currently joint top with Kane based on Points Per Game. We definitely feel he will recover from his attacking drought and finish the season on a high. With such a great final two fixtures for West Ham, we also had to include Antonio. We could potentially see a great partnership with the two and get some nice attacking returns from the pair moving forward.

 

Our Bench Picks

Alphonse Areola (4.5m)

Areola can be a nice pick for the final Gameweek facing Newcastle at home. Definitely not a pick for this week but a decent sub keeper for sure.

Patrick Bamford (6.5m)

Following the blank against Newcastle where Leeds won 4-0, we haven’t included him in the starting XI but he could be a serious contender. The guy has scored 15 goals and assisted 10 times this season… He is quite likely to start and with favourable fixtures you could even start him as well.

Nathaniel Phillips (4.1m)

For only 4.1m for a Liverpool defender, this is an easy pick to add to your team. He even provided an assist in the last fixture. This guy is a great player to have with Liverpool’s very favourable fixtures.

Tyrick Mitchell (3.8m)

Mitchell is the cheapest defender in the Premier League… He even picked up a goal and an assist against Aston Villa! For that price, how could you not have him in your team?

 

Gameweek 37 Differential Picks – Fantasy Premier League

Here we are with the differential picks for Gameweek 37. We hope all is well with you and that you have had a great week so far. We are back with a shorter article today due to the fact the Deadline is Tuesday which is usually the day we publish this segment on the website.

Before we get started, we’re just going to quickly highlight the success we have had recently with identifying some really fruitful differential picks including:

  • Ferran Torres: 3x Goals (GW 36)
  • Che Adams: 2x Goals (GW 35+36)
  • Sadio Mane: 2x Assists (GW35+36)
  • Mason Greenwood: 2x Goals (GW 35)
  • Raphinha: 1x Assist (GW36)
  • Eberechi Eze: 1x Goals & 3x Assists (GW35+36)

Above you will see that 6/11 players that we picked have returned at least once. So to say we are having a good run is a little bit of an understatement.

So let’s bring our focus to this week. We will be pointing out five players this week and unfortunately, there will not be any stats to go with the picks as it needs to be shorter than normal to fit into our complete Gameweek 37 guide! (We will be back to normal next week).

Joe Willock: £4.7 – 0.6%

Fixture: Sheffield United

Joe Willock has returned in the last two fixtures and incredibly it was against Man City & Leicester City. This is why he has been included in this week’s guide. Willock plays SHU this week who we know is the number one club to target this year; especially now that they have been confirmed relegated. In the final Gameweek of the season, they play Fulham so back to back relegated teams means that Willock could be a great differential to climb your mini-league in the last few weeks.

Said Benrahma: £5.9 – 0.2%

Fixture: West Brom

Now I will mention that he isn’t 100% nailed on, however, based on last season in the Championship & glimpses on quality this season, we know he can turn it on when the time is right. He has started two of the last three matches and came on to have an impact vs Brighton in which he levelled up the game. West Ham plays West Brom in the battle of the “West” named teams. After that, they play Southampton, so if he started at least one of those it would pay dividends in our opinion.

Jack Harrison: £5.5 – 3.8%

Fixture: Southampton

Kneejerk of the season or smart? You decide! With this one, if you can’t afford Raphinha or Bamford; then go for Harrison. With two assists and one goal in the last game, this certainly qualifies this as a knee-jerk move. That being said, what isn’t knee-jerk is getting on Leeds for the last two Gameweeks. They play SOU this week and in the final Gameweek of the season, they play WBA; this just screams the potential here.

Paul Pogba: £7.6 – 2%

Fixture: Fulham

Paul Pogba hasn’t been a favoured FPL asset this season, however, he has found some form lately. If you’re in a position where you need a serious differential, he could definitely be worth the punt at this stage. He’s been taking a slightly more attacking left-sided position recently so we are seeing Pogba in a more advanced position and contributing to goals & assists. With good fixtures (FUL & WOL), we can’t see too many issues with bringing him in.

Emile Smith Rowe: £4.2 – 2.6%

Fixture: Crystal Palace

Smith Rowe accumulated 19 points in DGW35. That consisted of two goals and some very nice Bonus Points! That being said, we can see him continuing his form in his last two fixtures where Arsenal face Crystal Palace and Brighton.

That being said, we also asked another member of The FPL Team to come up with their XV Differential team and this is what they come up with:

 

Gameweek 37 Value Picks – Fantasy Premier League

Our value picks selection this week comes out as a record low of 74.7 million! In this article, we’re going to discuss the three best value picks you should have in your squad for GW37.

Joelinton (5.7m)

Our first differential pick is Joelinton Cássio Apolinário de Lira. With Callum Wilson out for the rest of the season, Newcastle needs someone to step up and get some goals for their club. Newcastle has scored 7 goals in the last two Gameweeks so if I were to take a risky punt, I’d probably put it on this guy with only 0.5% ownership. With Sheffield United and Fulham to play in their last two fixtures, we feel this guy will get some attacking returns ahead!

Gündogan (5.6m)

Secondly, we have Ilkay Gündogan. Well, we all know how much of a beast this fella can be, he’s scored 12 goals and assisted 4 times so far this season. For the price, the fact we believe he will start and the fact he’s only 5.6m, this guy is definitely worth a shout. When it comes to Man City, it doesn’t matter who they play, there are surely going to be a fair few goals in their final two fixtures against Brighton and Everton.

Antonio (6.5m)

Finally, we have Michail Antonio. West Ham plays West Brom and Southampton in their final two fixtures. If there is someone who is going to bag a goal, it will no doubly be this man. With 9 goals, 5 assists this season, and the added bonus of having Lingard playing with him, we’re very confident this guy will be an awesome pick to end your season with.

 

WHO’S THE BEST CAPTAIN FOR GAMEWEEK 37?

This week, we’re going to be analysing the best three captaincy picks we feel will return the most points in GW37. We feel this a going to be a great week for 3 premium player picks; Salah, Kane and Fernandes. Salah and Kane are joint level at the top of the table for most goals scored. Surely these two guys will both be fighting for the award and will no doubt get returns in the final two fixtures. Fernandes is in third place in the top scorer table but is also second in the most assists made this season. Taking that into account, here are our top three picks for captaincy for Gameweek 37:

Mohamed Salah (12.8m)

Salah has provided 22 goals and 5 assists this season which is very impressive. With Liverpool facing Burnley and Crystal Palace in their last two fixtures, we’re very confident this man will be running the show. He’s always been known as ‘captain reliable’, and I don’t think there is an exception to this Gameweek either. In the last three Gameweeks, he has provided two goals and one assist, and we’re confident that he will add to his tally in his very favourable remaining fixtures.

Harry Kane (11.8m)

Next up, we have the top goalscorer this season who have scored 22 goals and 13 assists. Very positive stats here, and he’s broken the curse of a couple of blanks and will definitely add some attacking returns before the end of the season. He got a goal in his last fixture against Wolves and with Aston Villa and Leicester to play, we will no doubt see some more from the English man.

Bruno Fernandes (11.4m)

In the last two matches where Fernandes started, he has scored in both games. Man Utd suffered from having 3 games in GW36 which is why he got only 12 minutes when they faced Leicester. You know this man will start, you know what the Portuguese star is capable of, so yeah, he’s definitely a very worthy contender here. With 18 goals and 13 assists this season, you can only expect more attacking returns to finish the season.

Conclusion

Due to Blank Gameweek 36 ending on Monday 16th May and Gameweek 37 commencing on Tuesday 18th May, we decided to combine all the articles we usually do into one large one covering everything you need to know. We sure hope you have found this article useful for your Gameweek 37 decisions. As you already know, the FPL season is coming to an end, but fear not; we’ll continue over the summer to help you with your Euro 2020 teams.

We’re preparing a lot of great features for the next season since our team will be working hard to get as many features in one central hub ready for then.

As always, we wish you the best for GW37 and we sure hope you all finish on a high!

 

If you need any help or advice with your team transfers/selections, feel free to drop a comment below or get in touch with us via Twitter: @TheFPLWay

 

Let’s look at one of The FPL Way’s Team…

To add some extra depth to this article, we will look at one of the members of The FPL Way Team; @FantasySilva. FantasySilva’s team is currently 10,798k and he is hoping for a top 10k finish this season. He currently has £105.6 million squad value due to the price transfer rises he has accumulated over the season.

The current side he has going into Gameweek 37 is as follows:

He currently has 104 million squad value and 1.6 ITB (In The Bank). Since Jota picked up a foot injury and won’t feature in the remaining games, you might be thinking that he is the obvious substitution… However, with only two Gameweeks to go, you could make a transfer elsewhere (in some cases, there is no need to worry about benched injuries at this stage of Fantasy Football).

However, for this specific team, we would actually suggest making the transfer of Jota to Greenwood (simply because this particular team can afford to do this change and keep Maddison for bench fodder). Well, this goes to show that there are a lot of considerations to take into account when making your managerial decisions, it all differs based on your current situation.

So what would you do with this team?

Don’t forget to send across your teams in the comments below, we’ll let you know what decisions we would make with your team!

FPL Blank Gameweek 36 – The Complete Guide

Following the Double/Triple Gameweek, we now have a Blank Gameweek in 36. The four teams that will blank in Gameweek 36 are shown in the table below:

ClubBGW36
Arsenal
Chelsea
Leicester
Man United

 

Like we do every Gameweek, we will be providing you will the following helpful articles to help you with your Gameweek planning:

  • The FPL Way XV – Scout Picks
  • Differential Picks
  • Scout Picks
  • Captaincy Pick

The deadline for Blank Gameweek 36 is at 18:30 GMT on Friday 14th May.

Here are the 8 Fixtures for BGW36

The FPL Way XV – Who Are The Best FPL Players To Own For BGW36?

Here is our Scout Picks for the Blank Gameweek 36 with a team budget of only 100 million. This week’s teams value comes out at 99.8 million.

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The FPL Way Value Picks – Which budget players should we consider for BGW36?

Here are recommend budget/value picks for BGW36. Whether you need to free some funds for your team or even add some potential differentials, then this is the thread for you. This weeks budget team comes out at only 81.1 million.

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The FPL Way Differential Picks – Fancy a differential for Blank Gameweek 36?

In this article, we discuss 5 differentials you should consider to end your season with. Planning ahead is essential, maybe one of these players could be the one you are looking for?

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Who is the best Captain for BGW36?

We’ve explored the best options for captaincy for Blank Gameweek 36. Check out the article below, it certainly could help you come to your final decision!

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As always, we wish you the best of luck with BGW36, and we hope you found these articles useful to help you achieve those green arrows!

If you need help with your team, feel free to drop a comment below, we love to help!