It felt like a few days ago when the first UEFA Euro Fantasy 2020 Matchday squads were being put together with the competition now being progressed to the semi-finals, and only 4 teams remain in the race for the Euros trophy. If you’ve been keeping up with the recent knockout games, the following statement will make perfect sense. There is no clear winner out of the remaining teams anymore – anyone can claim the title at this point!
From a Fantasy perspective, big-hitters from the likes of France, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, and Germany – are all out of the tournament. After the semi-finals round, only 2 teams will remain so try and focus on the players you think will make it through. In this article, we’ve put together an analysis of each of the semi-final matches, with the ideal players to target from each fixture.
UEFA EURO 2020 Fantasy Semi Finals
Italy vs Spain
Italy has looked a very strong side throughout this Euros competition, both in attack and defense. They come off the back of a 2-1 victory over tough rivals Belgium, however, they are suffering from the injury of one of their star players, Spinnazzola. Spain on the other hand began the tournament with a tough and dry opening couple of matches but has slipped into the final 4. The Spanish players look to have found their shooting boots with goals, so it will be a tough contest.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (5.8 million)
Currently, the most popular fantasy asset in the competition. The Italian stopper has kept three clean sheets over the course of EURO 2020 so far, conceding just two goals. With Italy once again likely to prioritize defensive stability in their semi-final with Spain, Donnarumma is expected to maintain his huge ownership. Furthermore, he has played his part beautifully against Belgium as well with played his part with a couple of vital saves and it took a Romelu Lukaku penalty to beat him.
Emerson (5.5 million)
With Spinazzola out for Italy, the manager will have to look towards a replacement. Emerson played in Matchday 3 and helped his nation to a clean sheet, earning himself 6 points. He also made the appearance in the quarters after Spinazzola was subbed off which means he is likely the replacement Mancini is looking at. This is a great opportunity to make your Euro Fantasy knowledge pay off as there will be quite a few Fantasy managers overlooking the Spinnazola replacement, and this would net you a huge differential option.
Lorenzo Insigne (8.6 million)
Insigne managed to get on the scoresheet in some style as the Azzurri edged past Belgium 2-1. With a brilliant curling effort from outside the box, Insigne reminded everyone why is he so sought after. Italy has notched 11 goals across their five matches at EURO 2020 and take on Spain in the semi-finals. With Luis Enrique’s side have conceded four goals in their last two games, fantasy managers can be confident of at least one attacking return and a healthy amount of Fantasy points as a result.
Federico Chiesa (7.2 million)
Insigne’s Italy team-mate Chiesa is a cheaper midfield option and, similar to him, Chiesa has the advantage of being deployed in an advanced role as one of the wide forwards. Even though he failed to register an attacking return against Belgium, he was a constant threat on the right of the Azzurri’s front three, with his direct style of play and ability with both feet posing the Belgian defense plenty of problems. It would be no surprise if the Juventus wide-man gets the all-important goal against La Roja.
Dani Olmo (7.2 million)
Differentials are heavily limited during the knockouts since fewer players are available to choose from. Dani Olmo could be a real game-changer though. The low ownership at this stage of the game is very risky, however, Olmo’s impact coming off the bench was presented in the Round of 16, where he assisted twice to help Spain through. Furthermore, with a crucial injury to Sarabia, Olmo is touted to start this tie for La Roja and can very well reward his owners with handy points.
Ciro Immobile (10.2 million) and Álvaro Morata (9.1 million)
Both the talisman from the Azzuris and La Roja has not been very prolific thus far. Italy’s Ciro Immobile may not have found the net for the Azzurri since Matchday 2, but as the focal point of Roberto Mancini’s attack, and against a Spanish defence who are yet to keep a clean sheet in the knockout phase of EURO 2020, this match could be ideal for Immobile to rediscover his scoring touch.
Álvaro Morata, should be the focal point of Spain’s offensive gameplan in the first semi-final. The Spaniard who plies his trade in Italy will be standing against an Italy side who have conceded in both their knockout games so far. Although neither of the above has been outstanding thus far, if you are planning to opt for a wildcard or limitless, one of them can be your pick keeping the final in mind.
Other alternatives such as Gerard Moreno (6.9 million) and Unai Simón (5.3 million) can be valuable picks as well depending on whose side you bet the draw to be kind on.
England vs Denmark
England is seemingly on fire in Euros 2020, coming off a 4-0 cruise victory against Ukraine in the quarters. They are also yet to concede a single goal and have become the first team since Italy in 1990 to have kept 5 clean sheets in the first 5 games in a Euros/World Cup competition. Denmark is no push-around either; They suffered a tough start to the campaign but have not stopped growing more dangerous since. Barring the first match against Finland, Denmark has scored in every other match since. This ranks them joint 2nd for most goals in the competition (11).
Jordan Pickford (5.8 million)
Pickford has outdone himself hugely in this tournament, protecting his goal from literally everything is thrown at him since MD1. The tally of at least 6 points every game has become a benchmark for the Englishman – pretty much a must-have goalkeeper. Should Donnarumma fail you on the first semi-final Pickford will be the ideal goalkeeper to substitute in. The Three Lions star is yet to concede a goal at the tournament and could very well extend this run to the end.
Harry Maguire (5.6 million)
Since recovering from an injury sustained ahead of the tournament, Maguire has started each of England’s last three matches, accumulating 23 Fantasy points in the process. Not only did Maguire, record a clean sheet, he also got on the scoresheet – once more demonstrating his threat in the opposition penalty area by heading in a free-kick. He has a low ownership compared to his peers and can prove high rewarding for someone aiming to top their mini-leagues.
Luke Shaw (6.2 million)
The 25-year-old left-back put in an outstanding performance at both ends of the pitch against Ukraine, not just contributing towards an England shut-out but also registering two assists that helped him to a huge score of 12 points. Shaw now has 3 assists over the course of the tournament and, despite not featuring on Matchday 1, has racked up 33 points. He is the highest scoring fantasy defender of the tournament with his teammate John Stones coming second.
Joachim Maehle (4.9 million)
When you think of a must-have player from the Denmark national team, a lot of Fantasy managers would immediately have Maehle spring to mind. The wingback has made his climb from 4.5 million to 4.9 million and is still one of, if not the best, budget defenders in the game. He’s been fantastic going forward, earning himself 2 goals and 1 assist which for a defender, is quite brilliant.15 of his 28 points have come via attacking returns, and he should once again be a key outlet for the Danes as they look to upset the home side at Wembley.
Mikkel Damsgaard (6.3 million)
Denmark is full of brilliant budget player picks, and Damsgaard is one of the best. Priced at just 6.3 million, Damsgaard will allow you to upgrade many other key positions in your squad with the saved cash. Furthermore, the Danish winger likes to get into advanced attacking positions and has already scored 1 and assisted another this tournament. If you’re low on funds and need to slot in a cheap option, this is something very worth considering.
Harry Kane (11.6 million)
After Kane opened his goalscoring account against Germany in the last 16, normal service has been resumed in front of goal. It took Kane less than four minutes to break the deadlock against Ukraine, his second goal in the second half giving him ten Fantasy points, and he was only denied a hat-trick by an outstanding save by Ukraine goalkeeper Georgiy Bushchan. With the England captain’s high ownership, much is expected of him from a Fantasy perspective for the semis as he aims to add to the 16 points that he has harvested over the last two matchdays.
Alternatives such as Kasper Dolberg (7.2 million) and Raheem Sterling (9.8 million) are also worth considering with both being in great form as the tournament has reached it’s business end.
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