EURO 2020 – Let’s discuss Matchday 2

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!

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