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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!