Generally, Euro Fantasy teams look quite similar, with similar player choices and captain picks. Of course, that’s for a reason, since those players tend to perform well and get the points. However, Fantasy Football is all about doing better than your opponents in your mini-leagues, so if you want to climb your league leaderboards, players should try to take some risks, and that’s where the differentials come into play. These differentials are the uncommon players which tend to go under the radar, but can still have the potential to score tidy points. It’s a good idea to have a couple of these differentials as they can really give a strong edge over your opponents, and a return from them can really help you with the advantage. Here is a list of UEFA EURO 2020 Fantasy Differentials that can bolster your squads ahead of matchday 1.
UEFA EURO 2020 Fantasy Matchday 1 Differentials
1. Christian Eriksen vs Finland (Midfielder) – 9 million
Definitely a nailed player for Denmark, Eriksen is expected to enjoy another successful international campaign with his nation. He has taken up responsibility for penalties, corners, and free kicks, the Danish playmaker is deadly on a set-piece. Aside from that, Eriksen also produces well from open play too.
During the Euro Qualifying rounds, he tallied 5 goals giving him a total goal involvement of 0.45 per 90 – the best amongst any other Denmark player. His 3.93 shot-creating actions per 90 and 2.49 total shots per 90 were also topping numbers in the entire Denmark squad. If the team scores a goal, the likelihood of an Eriksen involvement is quite high.
Speaking of goals, Finland has conceded quite a few of them, 1 per 90 during the Qualifying round, that record is one of the worst of all the teams that got into the Euros. They’ve also lost both of the pre-tournament friendlies, so things aren’t looking ideal for them. Eriksen is only owned by 5% of players, so a return being likely can really help you against your Fantasy opponents.
2. Owen Wijndal vs Ukraine (Defender) – 4.5 million
The Netherlands has a very strong defensive line, consisting of the likes of Steven De Vrij and Matthijs De Ligt. They are also expected to play a back 5 to, with 2 wing-backs, which drastically improves the defensive solidarity, while also improving the attacking potential for the wing-backs.
Wijndal is a great value option at only 4.5m, which will allow you to profit from Holland’s strong defense. On top of that, he has been given the all-clear to push-up too, and he has proved to be a dangerous attacking full-back, with 6 assists this season.
Ukraine performed very well in the matches they played in, finishing top of their qualifying group. Don’t underestimate this nation at all! Despite that, Wijndal still makes a strong pick due to the following fixtures being against Austria and North Macedonia and priced at only 4.5m, it’s difficult to complain. He should find a place in your squad throughout the group stage, barring he is a regular starter.
3. Teemu Pukki vs Denmark (Forward) – 7 million
Sure, Finland hasn’t necessarily had the best Euros campaign so far, but that doesn’t shut out Pukki’s performances. The Pukki Party continued in the qualifying round as he netted 10 goals in 10 games, a tally only bettered by Ronaldo (11).
Denmark is a tough fixture for Finland, as they are coming off the back of a successful Qualifying round, with 0 losses and 4 clean sheets out of 8 games. However, you may be aware of how Pukki can get a goal out of nothing, so he is definitely a one to watch for the group stages. If you’re low on funds and need one more striker, Pukki could be good value at only 7m.
4. John Mcginn vs Czech Republic (Forward) – 7.5 million
John Mcginn was a surprise name in the top scorer’s list, for the Euro Qualifiers, sitting at joint 4th with 7 goals, despite being more of a central midfield player for Aston Villa. It seems he has been given a ticket to attack by the Scotland manager since he has been pushing forward a lot. His 21 shots (10 on target) are the highest of all Scottish players, including the Scottish attackers which goes to show how much of a threat he can possess going forward.
Their opposition is the Czech Republic, a team that has struggled to prevent goals from going in. They conceded 11 goals in only 8 games, despite being in a group consisting of only England to provide any real attacking threat. The key focus of this differential pick is that most Euro fantasy managers may not be able to identify Mcginn’s potential, since he is generally a defensive midfielder. Use this to your advantage!
5. Xherdan Shaqiri vs Wales (Midfielder) – 7 million
If you’ve heard of Shaqiri, you may look at him as a fringe player, there as a backup option for Liverpool. For Switzerland, it’s a whole different story. Some would say that Shaqiri is a crucial player for Switzerland, and stats can back that. In the 90 games played, the Swiss attacker has registered 23 goals and 24 assists for his nation, and he’ll be looking to add to that tally in the Euros too.
On the other side of the pitch, is Wales, a team that kept 3 clean sheets out of the 8 Qualifying. It isn’t a great record, but it’s fairly alright compared to some other nations. The whole idea behind picking Shaqiri is that Wales is a weaker side on paper when compared to the likes of Turkey and Italy. If Shaqiri wants to add to his National numbers, Matchday 1 is the best opportunity. You can look to switch to a different option later, and at 7m, this is a good value punt for the one week.
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