With less than a week to go for the games to begin and almost finished with all the friendly games, its time to gear up for the games to begin.With gearing up i am indicating to all us fantasy managers to get the best team out there.The "McDonald's Fantasy Football" is expected to attract fantasy managers from all over the world and it makes the challenge even more bigger and exciting.
Lots of good players who are ready to show up at this big stage and a lot more differential picks available this time around.
Lets get straight to the best picks for Matchday 1
Euro 2012 Matchday 1 Schedule :
|Fri, June 08||18:00(CET)||Match 1||Poland vs Greece|
|Fri, June 08||20:45(CET)||Match 2||Russia vs Czech Republic|
|Sat,June 09||18:00(CET)||Match 3||Netherlands vs Denmark|
|Sat,June 09||20:45(CET)||Match 4||Germany vs Portugal|
|Sun,June 10||18:00(CET)||Match 5||Spain vs Italy|
|Sun,June 10||20:45(CET)||Match 6||Republic of Ireland vs Croatia|
|Mon,June 11||18:00(CET)||Match 7||France vs England|
|Mon,June 11||20:45(CET)||Match 8||Ukraine vs Sweden|
All timings are as per CET.
Deadline for Matchday 1 is 8th June 2012 at 17.45 CET ( You will have the starting XI for the first game i.e Poland vs Greece available on twitter, sites etc before the deadline.)
Matchday 1 sees most the big teams playing each other. For e.g Germany play Portugal, Spain play Italy, France play England. I would suggest to stay away from defense from these teams as goals are likely.
After these games are done with, we could see easier games for these teams in Matchday 2 and 3.
With 1 wildcard available, it would be a good idea to use it after Matchday 1 and maintain that team for Matchday 2 and 3.
Akinfeev ( 5.5 )
Russia have had a great qualifying run with only 1 loss in their 10 games.They also just conceded just 1 goal in their last 7 qualifiers.This makes Akinfeev a great pick for Matchday 1.Their group is open and doesn't have any big teams that poses any threat to the defense.
Cech ( 5.0 )
Top keeper, great value and playing in a relatively easier group makes Cech a great pick.With their first game against Russia, you will have to pick a winner between Cech and Akinfeev.Czech Republic have been poor in defense during their qualifying campaign with only 3 clean sheets and conceded 8 goals during the process.
Casillas ( 7.0 )
Spain have been great during qualifiers but their defense has also seen a number of goals go through.They, like Czech Republic, could only manage 3 clean sheets.But there is no doubt that they will go through their group stage unbeaten and Casillas is backed by a strong defense which could return your investment of 7.0 million.
Differential pick :
Stekelenburg ( 6.5 ) has had a great run in qualifications for Euros.With only 1 loss in 10 games and conceded only 8 goals in those games, he could be a good pick against Denmark.
Bargain Pick :
Given ( 4.5 )An edge over the likes of Lindegaard( 4.0 and tough opponent ,Holland ) and Chalkies ((4.0) who should keep his place ahead of Tzorvas ).The reason for Given ahead of the other cheaper picks is due to the easier opponent Republic of Ireland have i.e Croatia. and for the fact that they have lost only 1 of their 10 qualifying games.
The likes of Hart, Buffon and Lloris could be looked at in Matchday 2 and 3
Lewandowski ( 8.0 )
He has been in great form lately.Having scored 22 goals and 8 assists for Dortmund in the 2011-12 season including a hattrick against Bayern in the German Cup.He is values at just 8 and could be a good pick to kick off the tournament on 8th June.
Van Persie ( 11.0 )
Has to be the pick of the strikers as he has been on target for both club and country.Sure starter ahead of his teammate Huntelaar.With the likes of Sneijder, Robben and VDV supporting the forwards, you could see alot of scoring opportunity against Denmark.
Ronaldo ( 11.0)
You can't ignore a player of such talent against any opponent and has to be looked at through out this competition.In case you have additional funds for your forwards why not splash it on Ronaldo as he will pose a threat with his free kicks, penalties, and also the numerous runs forward.
Muller ( 9.5 ) / Podolski ( 10.0 )
Germany usually play a 4-3-3 formation where in Muller occupies the right forward spot where as Podolski occupies the left forward spot.Having scored 3 goals each and 5/3 assists respectively in their qualifiers, both could be productive picks.
Ibrahimovic ( 8.0 )
Matchday 1 fixture against Ukraine could be an ideal set up for Sweden as they hope for a upset in group D.
Having scored 28 goals for AC Milan in the 2011-12 season and 3 goals in the last 2 friendlies for Sweden against Croatia and Iceland , he is in great form.Valued at just 8.0 in the fantasy game which could be well worth the investment.
There are a couple of differential picks which cannot be ignored.Llorente ( 9.0 ) has been in great form and in the absence of Villa, he will be ready to make the most of the opportunity.Jelavic ( 5.0 ) has made a mark with a great finish to the season for Everton.Slaven Bilic has pencilled in his starting line-up for their opening group game against the Republic of Ireland on Sunday June 10.Jelavic is earmarked to lead the line.Keane ( 7.0 ) could be a good value pick against Croatia and has been crucial to Republic of Ireland's run up to the games.Lafata ( 4.5 ) is not known much in the international stage but has just had an amazing season for Czech side Jablonec scoring 25 goals in 27 appearances.Playing as a second striker behind Baros he is tipped to come off the bench or may be play as a second striker depending on the formation.
Ozil ( 10.0 )
Is the pick of the midfielders as he offers plenty of goals and assists. He has scored 5 goals and 7 assists for
in their qualifiers ( 10 games ).If thats
not enough he has also been spot on for Real Madrid in the 2011-12 season with
4 goals / 17 assists.Germany are strong favorites to reach the finals and Ozil
will be key to their run in this competition. Germany
Iniesta ( 9.5 )
His form for country has always been superior to that for club and he always seems to show up in these big competitions.Playing just behind the strikers he could have a lot of chances to score and assist.
Young ( 8.5 )
Key player for England this time around and lots depend on how he plays really.He has been instrumental in the build up with a couple of goals and assists.If i had to pick one of the England midfielders, it would undoubtedly be Young.
Eriksen ( 6.5 )
Always preferred picking midfielders who take set pieces, free kicks, corners etc and Eriksen is spot on when it comes to all these departments.He scored 7 goals, 18 assists for his side Eredevisie as they won the title this year.Available at 6.5 could add a good differential to your side.
Mandzukic ( 6.0 )
Another value for money pick as he plays upfront for
. He has had a good season with Croatia scoring 12 goals and 8 assists. Wolfsburg
Rosicky ( 7.0 )
He did hit good form in the last couple of games towards the end of the season.He had 3 assists in Arsenal's last 5 games.For Czech Republic his role is that of a play maker and the team does depend heavily on him.He had 6 assists in the qualifiers.The Arsenal midfielder had missed the national side's two warm-up games with a calf setback, but has been given the all-clear to play against Russia by head coach Michal Bilek
Having to choose 5 midfielders, you will need a mix of both experienced and fresh talent who have been making a name for themselves in the run in to this competition.
Blaszczykowski ( 7.5 ) as the name suggest plays for Poland and has been the top scorer for them in the recent run of games.He takes all free kicks, corners and penalty kicks which could be an asset in this game.
Shirokov ( 6.0 ) is another differential pick from the Russian camp.Offers plenty going forward with respect to Goals and assists.Sneijder ( 9.5 ) is our experienced pick in the differential category.He has been spot on for Holland in their qualifiers with 3 goals and 6 assists in 8 games.Schweinsteiger ( 9.0 ) is another contender for valuable returns as his experience speaks for itself. 23 goals in 90 games for Germany and still feel his best is yet to come.Yarmolenko( 7.0 ) has been in good form and is instrumental in Ukraine's run in.
In case you dont have much funds for your 5th midfielder , there are some good options available.
McClean ( 4.5 ) offers good value as he has been picked in the
squad.His team mate Andrews (4.0) is another good option who does tend
to score the odd goal. Republic of Ireland
Polanski ( 4.0 ) is a decent option from the
camp but not to sure of starting all games. Poland
Van Der Wiel ( 7.0 )
Holland have had a good run in their qualifiers with just 1 loss in their 10 games.Van der Wiel has earned 6 clean sheets for his side and had 3 assists in that good run. Good option to have in your team as he offers alot in offence as well.
Jordi Alba ( 6.5 )
Sure starter for Spain at left back and his price is affordable.I would assume Spain to be outright winners in their group and Alba offers good potential.
Piszezek ( 5.0 )
As the hosts kick off the games on 8th June, all the home supporters will be behind their team as they hope to reach the latter part of the tournament.Piszezek is a great asset to have as he has had a great season in the bundesliga with 4 goals and 7 assists.Valued at just 5.0 could be a bargain.
Kadlec ( 5.5 )
Had a great run in the qualifiers with 4 goals. He is the penalty taker for the Czechs and that could well prove to be the differential in your team.
Zhirkov ( 6.0 )
Another good left back who offers lots going forward. Valued at 6.0 and a good pick to have in your team.Russia have been rock solid in their defense and with just 1 goals in their last 7 qualifiers speaks alot for their defense.
Differential picks :
K.Papadopoulos ( 4.5 ) has returned back to full fitness with a goals in their last friendly game and also he eases your funds to be invested elsewhere.
Strinic ( 4.0) is another good bargain pick as he tends to go forward and get the odd goal.
Dunne ( 5.0) has been instrumental in Republic of Ireland's run in to the games.He has seen his team lose only 1 game in their 10 games in qualifying.
In the experienced lot you could also look at A.Cole ( 6.0 ) , Boateng ( 6.5 ) and Evra ( 6.0 ) as their value seems to be worth it.
Well, alot of options we have there for you. You will find good picks in there to complete your 15 man squad and its important to have a good bench strength so that you can change any player who you feel hasn't played as per your expectation.
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