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EURO 2020 Fantasy – Let’s discuss the Final

Right, here we are with the last article of Euro 2020 and what a final it will be!

With only two teams remaining we can expect a very ‘templated’ team, but nevertheless, there is still an opportunity to gain some additional points over your mini-league rivals. Your captaincy choice will no doubt be the most important decision this round.

The Transfer Deadline for the final Sunday 11th July at 20:00 (BST).

We’re pretty confident that you already know, but here is the final fixture which is between Italy and England and will take place at Wembley in London:

We will get to see the lineups before the game so we would recommend making your transfers once they get revealed (usually an hour before kickoff).

The odds for the winner are quite close and England only just have the edge over Italy. The benefit England have is that they will be playing on their home turf at Wembley. That being said, we can definitely see this being a very close game with plenty of action! EURO 2020 has been full of action and it certainly hasn’t disappointed at all.

What’s different in the Final for Euro Fantasy?

There are only a few differences now for this round compared to the Quarter-Finals which are:

  • You can now make 5 free transfers (-4 will be deducted for each transfer thereafter)
  • For this round, instead of picking only six players from the same team, you can now select up to eight.

Your team budget will remain at €105 as it has been from the Round of 16.

Our Wildcard Picks for the Final

So this is our imaginary Wildcard for the final. Although most people would have already used both chips by now, this selected team should still be able to help you with your five free transfers.

Remember, your bench is pretty pointless for the final unless you are using automatic subs. Since we get to see the team reveals beforehand and you can make transfers/substitutions before the kickoff; so your bench doesn’t really matter at all.

To build this team, we transferred in 2 players (a GK and a DEF) that is only €4M. We can’t see many people deviating from this team really, but ultimately, just go with your gut feeling here. If you are backing England to beat Italy, why not get a few additional English Stars in your team (or vice-versa)?

Captains? Differentials?

ENGLAND CAPTAIN PICK – HARRY KANE

€11.7M / 61% / Final = ITALY (Wembley, London)

The obvious safe choice, along with Raheem Sterling in close second (€9.9M / 53%), if your strategy is to hold on to a high rank for dear life, Kane is the way. He’s aiming for the golden boot. He’s on penalties. It’s not rocket science. Kane has four goals, two of which are headers, which could be the way in versus Italy as we get the feeling a set-piece might be the way in to break the deadlock of a tight match. 2.3 shots per game, all four goals scored from inside the box, just set Harry as captain and crack a beer open. If you’re wanting a differential and chasing rank, why not Harry Maguire (€5.7M / 27%)? He’s a lock to start, has a header in the bank already (could easily have been more), is playing with a captain’s determination, and will be heavily involved in set pieces. Add to that possible clean sheet points, and the defensive Harry could outscore the striker Harry with a bit of luck.

 

ITALY CAPTAIN PICK – CIRO IMMOBILE

€10.2M / 57% / Final = ENGLAND (Wembley, London)

Ciro started the tournament on fire, threatening as-can-be as Italy showed they are not the typical Italian side of the past. Since then, he’s cooled off after managing only two points per match over the last three. Media speculation notes there’s even a possibility he might not start (this is where a backup plan and the benefit of knowing the squads pre-match come in), but we are tapping him to start and potentially shine at the moment his country and side need a real striker threat. Immobile creates headaches for defence with his runs, and an assist isn’t out of the question either. He also actually has fewer big chances missed than Kane ( 3 to 5 ), with only one more shot in the box. He has to finish if the opportunity comes against England, as there likely won’t be many. For a relative differential, go Federico Chiesa (€7.4M / 31% ). The pacey, energetic and creative Chiesa has shown he can make chances on his own, seemingly out of nothing. The Juventus man is getting 2.3 shots per match with 10 in the box. He’s also created three big chances, so an assist could come his way. He’s lively and a great differential option if you are chasing rank.

CONCLUSION

Well, Italy vs England final? Honestly, who predicted this? What a great final it will be and we can’t wait for it to start! It should be a pretty eventful game full of action… Who do you think will be the winner? Let us know in the comments below.

Anyway, we hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article boys and girls. 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 amigos! <3 From @TheFPLWay Team!

EURO 2020 Fantasy – Let’s discuss the Semi-Finals

Welcome back all, in this article we will be discussing anything and everything related to EURO Fantasy Semi-Finals.

With only four teams left in the competition now, there won’t be as much as usual to discuss. Nevertheless, we’ll go through all the usual topics to help you with your managerial decisions for the semi-finals. All of the remaining matches will now be played at Wembley Stadium in London.

The Transfer Deadline for this is on Tuesday 6th July at 20:00 (BST).

Here are the fixtures:

As always, we recommend making your final transfers after we get to see the line-ups of Italy vs Spain. On the following day, we can make substitutions as well after seeing the lineup of England vs Denmark.

What’s different in the Semi-Finals?

There are only a few differences now for this round compared to the Quarter-Finals which are:

  • You can now make 5 free transfers (-4 will be deducted for each transfer thereafter)
  • For this round, instead of picking only five players from the same team, you can now select up to six.

Your team budget will remain at €105 for the rest of the tournament just like it has been from the Round of 16.

Just as a heads up, in the Final you will get 8 picks from the same team and also 5 free transfers.

  • Our Differential Picks
  • Player Picks for Each Position
  • Captaincy Picks for Each Day
  • Our Wildcard Team

Before we begin, we asked the Twitter Community who they believe would win the EURO’s and to be honest, we’re not surprised by these results at all. The plans in picks we have this week were based around the favourite teams to proceed to the final and we can’t argue with the results:

OUR DIFFERENTIAL PICKS FOR THE SEMI-FINALS

Honestly, at this stage of the competition, it will be difficult to find many differential choices for the remaining fixtures. However, we will look at two players who we think will be great investments for your team to gain the boost you might need in the final two stages.

MID – Nicolò Barella – ITA – €7.3M – 9%

Barella has scored 1 goal and made 1 assist so far in the tournament and looks to be a starter for the next game following the goal he scored against Belgium. IF you are looking for a differential, we’d look no further than this guy.

The youngster could definitely contribute to this game and it would most certainly pay off if you are chasing in your mini-leagues.

 

MID – Kasper Dolberg – DEN – €7.2M – 7%

Dolberg has only played a total of 159 minutes while only starting in the last two Danish fixtures. So far he has scored 3 goals (1 of those being from outside the box) which are not bad stats at all. To add to this, he’s had 6 shots, 4 of which were on target and converted 3 goals. Seems pretty tempting right?

Not sure about you guys, but we’re definitely considering this striker within our team.


PLAYER PICKS FOR EACH POSITION

Well, at this stage, you might have thought we’d pick four England players, however, we’re feeling confident about both Italy and England and to mix it up just a tad, we’ve gone for 3 players from England and 1 from Italy; both of which teams we are expecting to reach the final.

GOALKEEPER PICK – Gianluigi Donnarumma

If we’re being completely honest, Pickford looked a bit nervous in England’s last game against Ukraine. Yes, they kept a clean sheet, and yes they haven’t conceded a goal this whole tournament. That said, our eyes are on Donnarumma. So far in the tournament, he has gained 3 clean sheets, 6 shots saved and 22 points.

Pickford on the other hand has 5 clean sheets, 9 shots saved and amassed 31 points. We could argue here but other than Germany, England have had the most favourable fixtures so far in the tournament. Let’s face it, a lot of players will have Donnarumma as their keeper for the first fixture with Pickford as backup, right?

 

DEFENDER PICK – Luke Shaw

Our defender pick has to go to Shaw, the current leading defender in terms of points with a whopping 33 points so far in the tournament. During this tournament, he has only missed the first game and has accumulated 4 clean sheets and 3 assists. Not bad for a defender! You could argue that Maguire is a better pick with 1 goal after having missed the first two matches, but hey… If you can afford the two and England keep up their current form, it’s a no-brainer really.


MIDFIELDER PICK – Raheem Sterling

Who else did you expect here? With 3 goals, 1 assist, 5 clean sheets (+1) and 33 points total, he had to be the pick. What an important asset this guy has been to the England team. At the start, there were a lot of doubters and he has certainly proved those wrong. We think the stats speak for themselves and would say he would be essential for your team moving forward.

FORWARD PICK – Harry Kane

It’s pretty fair to say that most people will be captaining Immobile on the first day and Kane on the second. Kane looked to be on his usual form in their game against Ukraine and could easily have got a hat-trick. The current form helps immensely and with 3 goals in two games, we had to pick Kane over Immobile. Yes, he had a very shaky start and blanked in his first 3 games; but he’s only looking better since he got his first goal against Germany, giving him the confidence he most certainly needed.

He’s had 10 shots in total, 5 of which were on target and he’s converted 3 of those into goals. We’d say his form will continue, especially with the most favourable fixture of them all against Denmark on Wednesday.

CAPTAINCY PICKS FOR EACH DAY

With only two matches left to play, here our captain picks for each game:

DAY 1 – ITALY vs SPAIN – Ciro Immobile

Immobile has racked up 20 points so far in the competition, having scored 2 goals and provided 1 assist, which actually came from the first two matches. We have a gut feeling that he will be hungry to get on the score sheet yet again and get Italy through to the final. He’s had a lot of chances, has been looking sharp, hit the post and whatnot. We do believe he will be essential to the Italian squad moving forward and we can see him get an attacking return in this game, that’s for sure.

 

DAY 2 – ENGLAND vs DENMARK – Harry Kane

After a pretty poor start to the competition, we think Kane is back to his best and will no doubt be chasing the golden boot for the tournament moving forward. He’s scored 3 goals so far in this competition and was quite unlucky not to get a hattrick in their previous fixture against Ukraine. He’s started to prove all the doubters wrong and we can’t see him not getting on the score sheet again against Denmark. Should Immobile not perform as the ideal captain, we can definitely count on Kane again for the semi’s, just like we did in the quarter-finals.


OUR WILDCARD TEAM

So here it is, our Wildcard Picks for the semi-finals:

This team consists of:

  • 5 players from Italy
  • 6 players from England
  • 3 players from Spain
  • 1 player from Denmark

We’re fairly confident it will be an Italy vs England final, which is why a lot of these players feature in our team. If to some huge surprise it was a Spain vs Denmark final, well, we’d be in a bit of a sticky situation (however, we would still field 9 players for the final after transfers without a hit if that was to happen).

With England yet to concede in the tournament, we have 3 defenders and their goalkeeper. All of these players should be nailed on and hopefully, this will give us a fairly decent amount of points from these players. Should Italy not keep a clean sheet and none of their players getting an attacking return, we have our English men as a backup, so it seems to be a sensible move here. We’ve kept a few Spanish and single Denmark players who we think will be quite valuable as a backup squad plan if the results don’t finish how we expect them to pan out.

All in all, England have the best fixture and are the team most likely to proceed into the final. Should this happen, we’ll have 11 players that will start and will be able to make five changes for the final in which again we’ll see the lineups before the game commences.

What changes would you make to this squad? Let us know in the comments below.


CONCLUSION

Well, here we are; the semi-finals! How great have England been really? With 8 goals and yet to concede in the competition, this is a huge feat! The England side has been truly fantastic and we’re pretty confident they will make it to the finals. Italy has also been quite impressive and we wouldn’t be surprised to see an England vs Italy final.

So who do you think will be the winners of EURO 2020? Will it be finally coming home?

Here are the bookie’s odds for the winner as of the time of writing:

  • 2.5/1 – England
  • 3.2/1 – Italy
  • 3.5/1 – Spain
  • 10/1 – Denmark

Let’s see what happens, aye?

Anyway, we hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article boys and girls. 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 amigos! <3 From @TheFPLWay Team!

The Final Differentials Article of the season! GW38

Gameweek 38 Differentials article, I feel I’ve saved the best until last.

Written by Aiden Smith (@FPLCasuals)

Welcome back, Ladies & Gents. I hope you are doing well, I have mixed feeling about this as it is the final Gamweek of my very first season within the Fantasy Premier League space. On one hand, I’m excited it is over, due to the slight balding on the top of my head whereas on the other its become a routine for me now.

For the final time this season, I will be highlighting some awesome differential picks for you to choose from. These will help you exceed your wildest dreams within your overall rank fantasy or help you champion your mini-league. As you may be aware stats will be taken from the last four games. Hope you enjoy it and good luck with your final Gameweek.

Nicolas Pepe: £7.6 – 1.7%

Fixture: Brighton (H)

I was speaking to someone on Twitter Spaces on deadline day last week & he asked if Pepe was a good shout. I really hope he decided to bring him in off the back of that performance vs CRY. I’ll be bringing Nicolas Pepe in this week as I feel he will be a great differential for the final Gameweek.

  • xG: 0.66 xA: 0.17
  • 3 Goals & 0 Assist
  • 3 Starts 1 Sub On
  • 19 Penalty area touches
  • 6 Goal attempts (6 in the box)
  • 2 chances created
  • 1 Big chance total (1 scored)
  • 126 Touches in the final third

I think against a Brighton team with nothing to play for could be the perfect cocktail for attacking returns. Brighton is notoriously tricky to unlock that’s why I think Pepe gets the nod, His flair and swagger down the right-hand side for Arsenal could be the key to unlocking the seagulls on the final day of the season.

One caveat I’m willing to admit in this analysis is that from Gameweek 19 onwards, Brighton has conceded the second-fewest goals in the league (15) on second to Chelsea. However, with nothing to play for and Arsenals dignity hanging in the balance, I think the reds will be too much for the blues on the final day of the season.

Roberto Firmino: £9.1 – 5%

Fixture: Crystal Palace (H)

I bet you never thought you’d see Bobby included in the differentials article, did you? The blend of fixture & fight for the top four is what has landed him in this write-up. In the last four matches, he seems to have found his shooting boots which have been locked away for 80% of the season.

  • xG: 1.23 xA: 0.30
  • 3 Goals & 1 Assist
  • 3 Starts 1 Sub on
  • 14 Penalty area touches
  • 8 Goal attempts (7 in the box)
  • 3 Big Chances (2 Socred 1 missed)
  • 34 Minutes per attempt
  • 7 Chances created 2 Thorugh balls & 3 Big Chances created
  • 74 Touches in the final third

With Crystal Palace on the horizon, I do feel he is a great pick for this week. Liverpool has started putting some tasty attacking football together so people are looking at the triple up & with Jota injured and very unlikely to feature if you cannot afford Mane or Salah then this is your next best pick.

Roy Hodgson is set to leave CRY at the end of the season and many of their players are out of contract. One last hurrah for old boy Roy + Players who will want to impress potential future employers could see Palace be more attacking and if that happens I can’t see any outcome, they will be picked apart by a hungry Liverpool side itching for Champions League football next season.

Chris Wood: £6.5 – 4.7%

Fixture: Sheffield United (A)

The big New Zealand powerhouse is making an appearance in the final article of the season from me. He has peaked at the perfect time for FPL managers that have had the stones to take the risk on him. The hat-trick sickened me to the stomach with jealousy I didn’t have the great idea the rest of you had.

  • xG: 1.89 xA: 0.25
  • 2 Goals & 0 Assist
  • 4 Starts
  • 19 Penalty area touches
  • 10 Goal attempts (7 in the box)
  • 32 Minutes per attempt
  • 4 Chances created
  • 79 Touches in the final third

I said it before, and ill say it again if we are not targeting Sheffield United this season what is the point. You may as well log out and delete your account. He has been cropping up in the right place at the right time meaning the Kiwi has really started to turn it on for Burnley toward the end of the season.

Sheffield United had conceded 34 goals since Gameweek 19 making them the fourth-worst defence in the league since the halfway point & at the other end of the pitch have only scored 10 goals making them the bluntest attack since Gameweek 19.

Rayan Ait Nouri: £5 – 0.2%

Fixture: Manchester United (H)

You’re probably sat there thinking “Have you gone mental Aiden, a Wolves defender?” Well, you’d be totally right I’ve lost the plot and given up this season therefore welcome to Differential Town. Hear me out once we have looked at some stats.

  • xG: 0.16 xA: 0.31
  • 0 Goals & 0 Assist
  • 9 Penalty area touches
  • 4 Goal attempts (2 in the box)
  • 7 chances created
  • 112 Touches in the final third
  • 45% tackle success rate
  • Loose Ball – Interceptions: 5 – Recoveries: 16 – Clearances: 5

I mean look at those stats? Not bad. Averaging a goal attempt each game and a staggering 7 chances created it’s a shame they don’t have a notable striker to finish these chances off.

To summarize I feel like Man Utd are going to rotate fairly heavily in this game due to the Europa League Final three days after this fixture. Both teams have nothing to play for so in my opinion, this could be a real snooze-fest hence why a punt on a Wolves doesn’t sound too bad after all.

Joe Willock: £4.8 – 2.9%

Fixture: Fulham (A)

Last but certainly not least we feature Joe Willock. He featured last week but not too much detail so I thought id give him more credit and go again considering he scored again last Gameweek.

  • xG: 2.22 xA: 0.11
  • 4 Goals & 0 Assist
  • 3 Starts
  • 15 Penalty area touches
  • 9 Goal attempts (8 in the box)
  • 2 chances created
  • 36 Touches in the final third
  • 30 Minutes per attempt

A recently relegated Fulham with a deflated Scott Parker, combine that with an “inform” Newcastle this could end badly for Scott Parker in my opinion. This season I’ve tried to find a good blend between form & fixtures and this meets that criteria nicely. I did want to go Allan Saint-Maximum however he is a slight doubt for this game.

The FPL Way XV Differential Squad.

Above is our differential picks for this Gameweek. Please keep in mind that this team isn’t essentially how we would go ahead with the Gameweek, it is more a bit of fun to point out some differential picks in certain positions that you could add to your team. We wanted to continue the theme as we have provided you with an FPL Way XV Scout Picks and the Value (budget) squad that we release each week.

I do really hope you enjoyed reading and digesting this article. Good luck in the upcoming Gameweek and hopefully if you decide to go with a pick included in this article that it provides you with a nice green arrow. If you do decide to transfer in one of these players let us know in the comments below and tell us which one went with and how it went.