Euro 2012 Fantasy Guide

DTPT EURO 2012 Fantasy Football Guide

Picking your team is always hard so here is some of my tips I think will do good this summer. Scoring is basically the same as the Premier League one that runs throughout the year. Extra points are awarded for recovered balls (the total of clearances completed and gaining possession tackles) so having defensive midfielders can pay off. Main points come from assists, scoring and clean sheets so I will give you good value options as well as the obvious choices. As always looking which players take free kicks, penalties and corner kicks is always worth noting.

Active Substitutions:
Unlike the fantasy Premier League you can make substitutions during game weeks. This means if you have a player playing the first day and doesn’t perform well, you can take him out and bring in any of your subs once they haven’t played their match yet. e.g. You have Arshavin of Russia in your team in the Group A opener on the Friday but only scores 3 points, you can take hime out of your team and bring in your 3rd sub, Robbie Keane, who plays on Sunday instead. You lose any points Arshavin got and left with Keane’s points. So it is best to keep players from group C & D on the bench just in case your group A & B players preform well. You cannot sub someone who has already played from your bench into your team.

Poland:
The co-hosts should be favourites to top group A. Striker Robert Lewandowski (£8.0m) will be their main goal scoring threat with Jakub Blaszczykowski (£7.5) supporting from midfield but at a price. In defence they are not expected to concede much in the group as the strike force of their opponents is not the greatest threat so expect clean sheets from No. 1 Wojciech Szczesny (£5m) and pick of the estimated starters Damien Perquis (£4.5).

Russia:
Dick Advocaat’s men will be looking to qualify from this group. Joint qualifying top scorers Alan Dzagoev (£7.5) notched them all from an attacking midfield position with ex-Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko (£7.5) also bagging four goals. Fulham hotshot Pavel Pogrebnyak (also £7.5) will be looking to make that lead role up front scoring twice in qualifying. Russia used two keepers during qualifying with Igor Akineev (£5.5m) starting six of the ten games likely to start.

Greece:
No goal threat, no creativity but a sturdy defense, not many managers will be jumping to pick Greek players for their squad. Greece defenders range between £4.0-£5.5m with Kyriakos Papadopoulos a snip at £4.5m. The young defender notching two goals in four qualifying games should be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Czech Republic:
Without the talent of players past, the Czechs had an unimpressive qualifying campaign but managed to get through in the end. Petr Cech (£5.0m) is always a favourite in goal with his high percentage of saved shots. Defender Michal Kadlec was their top scorer with 4 is priced at £5.5m. Midfielder Tomas Rosicky (£7.0m) pulls the strings in midfield but if you are looking for cheaper options Vaclav Pilar (£5.0m) and Milan Petrzela (£4.0m) will be good options provided they start. Up front Milan Baros (£7.0m) has Euro experience, being top scorer last time around.

Germany:
The Germans have a host of stars that will earn points. Bastian Schweinsteiger (£9.0) and Philipp Lahm (£8.0m) both made their impressive Championship debuts 8 years ago and are still in their twenties. Schweinstiger now plays a more defensive role but if he is deployed on the wing at any stage he can be lethal. His role in the national side is somewhat to accommodate Mesut Ozil (£10m) who will be a major threat in every game. A lot of the forwards play much deeper in this side so picking Thomas Muller (£9.5m), Lukas Podolski (£10.0m) or Andre Schurrle (£8.0m) mightn’t get you the points you desire. If playing another fantasy football and any are listed as midfielders snap them up! We will have to wait and see who Joachim Low picks up front for the opener against Portugal, with the youthful Mario Gomez (£11.5m) the favourite over the experienced Miroslav Klose (£11.5m). Both strikers achieved at least 100% goals to games ratio in qualifying.

Holland:
With their attacking flair you will have to spend your fantasy pounds if you want a player in your squad. Robin van Persie (£11.0m) won’t be playing as an out and out striker, that will be going to Klass Jan Huntelaar (£11.0m) who notched 12 goals in 8 games in qualifying. Dirk Kuyt (£7.5) is reasonably priced but is usually used as a substitute but scored six in on the road to Poland/Ukraine. Midfielders Rafael van der Vaart (£8.5m) is expected to pick up points as well as their World Cup star Wesley Sneijder (£9.5m). In defense there are question marks over goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg (£6.5m), having to face the attacking force of the German strike force and Cristiano Ronaldo who are major threats and with Holland having the leakiest defense out of all the group winners. Joris Mathijsen (£6.5m) is a doubt for the start of the tournament so Wilfred Bouma (£5.5m) or Ron Vlaar (£5.0m) should deputise.

Portugal:
If your looking to score points there is only one name, Cristanio Ronaldo (£11.0m). At a costly price but almost guaranteed to get good points despite facing Germany and Holland in the group. Nani (£8.5m) and Helder Postiga (£7.5) are the only other real goal threats in the squad but midfield trio Migual Veloso (£7.0m), Raul Meireles (£7.5m) and Joao Moutinho (£7.5m) will be good shouts with the new point scoring system.

Denmark:
Group outsiders Denmark could hold a few key players in Group B. Andres Lindegaard (£4.0m) will be between the sticks as first choice Thomas Sorensen suffered an injury during a friendly match. Lars Jacobsen and Simon Poulsen (both £4.5m) are cheap options with Danny Agger (£5.5m) being their dearest defender. In attacking options young Christian Eriksen (£6.5m) is expected to shine for the Danes in midfield with Nicklas Bendtner (£7.0m) an affordable striker.

Spain:
With last time top scorer David Villa out injured, its up to Fernando Torres (£8.5m) and Fernando Llorente (£9.0m) to fight over the lead striker role. Midfield maestros Andreas Iniesta & Xavi (both £9.5m) come at a price. Xabi Alonso (£8.0m) takes a good few set pieces while even cheaper Sergio Busquets (£6.5m) played the most in qualifying out of the midfielders. In defence, ever reliable goalkeeper Iker Casillas (£7.0m) won’t be conceding many and with the withdrawal of Carlos Puyol, Sergio Ramos (£8.0m) moves to center half leaving the right breath free for either Alvaro Arbeloa (£7.0m) or Raul Albiol (5.5m).

Italy:
The meanest defense in qualifying consists of Gianluigi Buffon (£6.5m) in net with Giorgio Chielinni (£7.0) and Leonardo Bonucci (£6.0m) playing the most. Ignazio Abate (£5.0m) is an attacking defender when he plays. Claudio Marchisio (£7.0m) will be supporting the strikers especially if only one of Mario Balotelli (£8.5m) or Antonio Cassano (£8.0m) starts.

Ireland:
Trapattoni isn’t a fan of change and with Ireland being ranked underdogs there is a lot of value in the squad. Top all time scorer Robbie Keane (£7.0m) is the most expensive player in the squad. Goalthreat from set pieces Richard Dunne (£5.0m), winger Aidan McGeady (£5.5m) and fit again striker Kevin Doyle (£5.5m) are all worth a look with Keith Andrews (£4.0m) a real bargain who should start ahead of Darron Gibson (£4.5m)

Croatia:
If Everton striker Nikica Jelavic (£5.0m) starts he is a snip at five mill despite not scoring in nine qualifying games. Mario Mandzukic (£6.0m) is listed as a midfielder but plays more upfield is a great price. Star man Luka Modric (£7.5m) is expected to deliver with all defenders at a good price.

France:
Goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris (£6.0m) should make points in a group that lacks fire power. All defenders are £5.5m-£6.0m which, considering the group, are a great price. Franck Ribery (£9.5m) will be their main midfield threat with Yann M’Vila (£5.5m) the bast value price. Don’t be surprised if Karim Benzema (£9.5m) is in and among the top golden boot contenders come the end of the tournament.

England:
With Wayne Rooney (£10.5m) suspended for the first two matches, leaves the gate open for midfielders Steven Gerrard (£8.5m) and more likely Ashley Young (£8.5m) to play off main striker Andy Carroll (£7.5m). With all defenders no dearer than £6.5m, Ashley Cole (£6.5m) will be the most attacking of the bunch. Scott Parker (£6.0m) is a cheap option who should start all games given the withdrawal of Frank Lampard due to injury.

Sweden:
All hopes for Sweden will rest with skipper Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£8.0m). Seb Larsson (£6.5m) could provide a creative spark in their first match against Ukraine. Looking for bargain defender? Olof Mellberg (£5.0m) is cheap but better off going with someone one million less to save money.

Ukraine:
There doesn’t seem to be much expectation from the co-hosts. An ageing Andriy Shevchenko (£7.0m) will lead the line up front with midfield support from Andriy Yarmolenko (£7.0m). No other names under £6.0m are worth shouting about but good if you want a cheap squad player.

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