Did you manage to get your predictions right in the last round? We are now into the quarter final stages of the tournament and we are now only 3 rounds away from announcing the winner of our inaugural FF Titan Euro 2016 Fantasy football tournament. Currently in the lead with a 6 point cushion over its closest rival is debargha with a grand total of 248 points from the first 4 rounds so far. Beyond the England game, there were no major upsets in the Round of 16, so who should you be selecting for the quarter finals? Read on to find out more!
FF Titan correctly predicted that France, Belgium, Wales, Germany and Poland will go through and had a team full of players from these 5 teams whilst avoiding players from the other teams. Belgium and Germany have performed to expectations defensive as they both ended up winning with their clean sheets preserved but it wasn’t the case for Poland and France. Please note that you can only perform up to 4 transfers this round and 6 transfers in the next round so likewise, it’s worth considering to take players that are more likely to progress through the quarter final stages. Likewise, it’s also worth noting that some players have picked up their second yellow cards during the round of 16 (which includes Adil Rami, N’Golo Kante from France, Thomas Vermaelen from Belgium and Thiago Motta from Italy) and will be suspended for the quarter finals. With the Germany vs Italy tie being the most difficult to predict, the overwhelming teams to pick ahead of the quarter finals seems to be Belgium and France. Here are my picks!
It will be a brave decision to go for any other goalkeepers than the 3 below.
- Thibaut Courtois (Belgium) – €6 million
Courtois justified his selection the last time round with a clean sheet for a rampant Belgium side finally finding form and they seem too strong against a Welsh side that has already gotten further than they expected this tournament.
- Hugo Lloris (France) – €6 million
Most players will probably alternate between Courtois or Lloris as their first choice goalkeeper, but it’s worth noting that France plays their quarter finals last, so you will be taking a bet by setting Lloris as your goalkeeper if you are expecting a clean sheet from your goalie and you will have no chance to substitute him thereafter.
- Lukasz Fabianski (Poland) – €5 million
Despite conceding a goal in the last game, Fabianski still managed to amass a respectable 4 points for the saves that he made during the game. Portugal has been heavily reliant on Christiano Ronaldo so far and will be up against a lean Polish defence, so he might be a good bet for a clean sheet as well.
Italy changed their defence in the last game to devastating effects by bringing in wingbacks De Sciglio and Florenzi. With their upcoming game against Germany, it’s hard to predict who will come out tops in that encounter.
- Thomas Meunier (Belgium) – €4.5 million
Meunier continues to rank highly amongst the defenders to be selected due to his affordability and he has repaid his faith so far with another clean sheet in his last game.
- Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) – €5.5 million
With Vermaelen ruled out, it’s unsure yet as to who will be his replacement. However, Vertonghen is likely to continue to be in the starting lineup.
- Bakary Sagna (France) – €6 million
Likewise with Rami ruled out through suspension, it’s hard to tell who will replace him. All 3 other defenders are equally expensive at €6 million, but Sagna has at least chipped in once with an assist and is favoured over Evra and Koscielny
- Emanuele Giaccherini (Italy) – €5.1 million
Whilst the result of the France vs Germany game is unknown, what is known is that Giaccherini has been employed in more of a winger position so far and hence, even if Italy does not end up with a clean sheet, he looks more likely to have an assist than the other defenders.
Apart from Blaszczykowski, the rest of FF Titan’s midfield picks last round did not generate the kind of fantasy points I expected whilst all the midfielders did play in the games. Here are the ones that will be worth considering this time round..
- Dmitri Payet (France) – €8.1 million
He is still the set piece taker for France and so should continue to be a good bet for some fantasy points.
- Eden Hazard (Belgium) – €9.5 million
Having finally scored and seeming rediscovering his form, Hazard might play a big role in Belgium’s game against Wales.
- Julian Draxler (Germany) – €6.5 million
Coming in for an off-colour Gotze, Draxler repaid coach Joachim Low’s faith with a goal against Slovakia. He looks set to continue in the starting lineup for Germany.
- Toni Kroos (Germany) – €7 million
Widely recognised as Germany’s star player of the tournament so far, Kroos is one of the first names in the German teamsheet and if Germany is to overcome an impressive Italian squad, it will be hugely dependent on his performance.
Similar to midfielders, the last round of fantasy picks for strikers didn’t yield the right results for FF Titan beyond an assist for Gareth Bale. Here are the picks for the quarter finals.
- Antoine Griezmann (France) – €10 million
Having scored both goals in France’s comeback win over Ireland, you will be hardpressed not to pick him in your starting lineup.
- Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) – €9 million
The only thing that Lukaku failed to do in the emphatic 4-0 win over the Hungarians was to score or assist. However, with Belgium starting to find form, it’s hard to ignore him in your starting lineup given that he’s likely to start as the target person for them again.
Which 4 transfers are you willing to make on your existing squad? Do remember that you can only have 6 transfers in the next round, so pick wisely!
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