Euro Fantasy Differential
As with all versions of Fantasy games, differential picks are what helps managers push up the mini-league tables. After settling on 10-11 “template” picks, leave around 4-5 slots for differentials – players not widely owned by have every chance to do well.
We scanned our database to pick our top 5 differentials.
Euro Fantasy Differential #5 – Sommer (SUI | GK | 5.0)
Key Stat – 9 clean sheets in last 20 internationals
Sommer could be one of the most underrated Euro Fantasy player. He has broadly gone under the radar with ownership around 3%.
Switzerland have always been unfashionable in major tournaments, but they have typically been solid and organised.
Sommer has been the Swiss number one since 2015 and has been in good form since the World Cup, keeping 9 clean sheets in 20 internationals.
The Swiss plays Wales on MD1, then Italy and Turkey. They play on 12 Jun, so if your other GK is Finland’s Hradecky (42% owned), it would not be a good fit as the Finns also play on 12 Jun.
Euro Fantasy Differential #4 – Fernandes (RUS | DEF | 5.5)
Key Stat – 4 goals and 2 assists in last 17 internationals
Fernandes is another player who has been much overlooked in Euro Fantasy.
The Brazil-born Russian right-back is nailed on to start and has significant attacking returns since 2018 for his country.
Russia plays Belgium on MD1, but they have home advantage. On MD2, they have a much easier fixture against Finland.
Another area of concern is his recurring hip injury – he has already missed up to 5 games because of the injury so best to monitor team news up to the transfer deadline.
Euro Fantasy Differential #3 – Wijnaldum (NED | MID | 8.0)
Key Stat – 14 goals | 5 assists in last 22 internationals
FPL managers are very familiar with Gini Wijnaldum but at international level, he plays a very different role for the Oranje.
As his country’s captain, he plays in a much more attacking role. His goal involvement statistics reflect that. He has 22 goals in 74 caps for the Netherlands compared to 22 goals in 174 appearances for Liverpool.
Euro Fantasy has recognised that as well, pricing him at a hefty 8.0.
However, he still makes a good choice, given that the Dutch plays Ukraine on MD1. We reckon he would be a good pick for all 3 games in the Group Stage.
Euro Fantasy Differential #2 – Kalajdzic (AUT | FWD | 7.0)
Key Stat – 17 goals | 6 assists in German Bundesliga
Kalajdzic is one of the few players to have benefitted from the postponement of Euro 2020.
He enjoyed a breakout season with Stuttgart in the Bundesliga and made his Austrian debut back in November 2020.
He has since scored 3 goals in 5 appearances and looks like odds on favourite to start for Austria against North Macedonia on MD1 with Arnautovic still struggling to regain full fitness.
Euro Fantasy Differential #1 – Alioski (MKD | DEF | 4.5)
Key Stat – 6 goals | 8 assists in 22 internationals
Alioski has already been mentioned as one of our earlier articles and at his current ownership of ~4%, he is still the top differential pick.
What really stands out for Alioski is his attacking returns – he plays a much more forward role for North Macedonia.
Even if North Macedonia do not win any Group games, he is expected to be well involved in any goals his nation may score.
As mentioned, with his price, he is a must have as an enabler.
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