Euro Fantasy football, June 12th updates
Euro 2020 is now in full swing after Italy and Turkey opened the competition on Friday night.
There was just that draw yesterday. But on Saturday and in the foreseeable future, we will now be treated to three games a day, the first of which will take place at 14 UK time every day. So make sure your transfers and captain selections are sorted before the deadline.
Before making the appropriate changes to your site, be sure to check back to 101 every day as we give you the best tips and injury news for Euro Fantasy Football.
In today’s game, Wales and Switzerland will look to be in the second Group A draw. This will be followed by Denmark facing Finland and then Belgium taking on Russia in Group B clashes.
Wales: At the time of writing, Wales have no known concerns from their 26-man squad.
Switzerland: Switzerland has no known injury injuries before facing Wales.
Denmark: Denmark’s 26-man squad is currently unaffected by injuries as they prepare to face Finland.
Finland: Like Denmark, Finland has no injury problems before Saturday’s tie.
Belgium: Unlike the aforementioned sides, Belgium have a few concerns on their way into their opening game.
First, Kevin De Bruyne has doubts about meeting Russia. The Manchester City midfielder suffered an ugly head-on collision with Antonio Rudiger in the Champions League final at the end of last month. This required KDB to undergo some minor surgery after suffering an acute nose fracture and left orbital fracture.
De Bruyne has now joined the Red Devils, but Martinez has done so in the past said he is a doubt for Russia, so it may be worth letting him be outside your side this week.
Elsewhere, Axel Witsel is unlikely to start against Russia. The midfielder was out of action for his club from the beginning of January with an injury and has not played any role in Belgium’s last two friendly matches despite training with the team.
Russia: Russia have no known injury problems before Saturday night’s match.
Top 3 players to choose from: Romelu Lukaku, Simon Kjaer & Jason Denayer
Romelu Lukaku, Belgium (11m)
Of all the games of the day, Russia vs Belgium seems to be the easiest to predict.
Belgium have one of the best attacks in international football and are expected to dominate a fairly average Russian side, just as they did the last time these two teams met in 2019, when the Red Devils netted four.
So this game looks perfect so Romelu Lukaku can get a few goals. The 28-year-old – who is also Belgium’s biggest penalty kick – has previously scored 60 and assisted 14 in 93 ties for his country and will undoubtedly be their top scorer at Euro 2020.
Simon Kjær, Denmark (4.5m)
Denmark is perhaps one of the more underrated aspects of this tournament.
The Danes have a solid defensive record and a number of quality games in their ranks. They are also unbeaten in their last five excursions, where they only sent one goal.
Denmark is now ready to face a rather bad Finland side, whose last two excursions saw them lose to Sweden and Estonia.
Given Denmark’s decent defense, it is therefore worth having at least one of their defenders in your EFF team. And at 4.5 m, Simon Kjaer is perhaps your best option.
Jason Denayer, Belgium (4.5m)
Like Denmark, Belgium should have little trouble keeping clean sheets on Saturday.
Belgium’s backline, however, is somewhat more interchangeable. The whole of Thomas Meunier, Timothy Castagne, Nacer Chadli and Thorgan Hazard are often used as wing-backs.
So if you choose a Belgian defender, you will probably choose a center-back as these positions are much more nailed. And when it comes in at just 4.5m, Jason Denayer represents a smart budget option.
Today’s captain: Romelu Lukaku
Of all the players in action on Saturday, Romelu Lukaku is most likely to give you a big return.
As already discussed, the striker is Belgium’s top scorer and most important penalty kick.
And when faced with a team as poor as Russia, it is almost inevitable that Lukaku will be among the goals.