The Euros are always something special. The world-class encounters, the emotions, the fan zones. The world’s third-biggest sports event is a month-long football bonanza for fans and professionals all over the world. Whilst many fans just follow their country, others place a bet or two or play fantasy football games to increase their involvement in the televised matches. Some will compare betting sites at Betopin to check ratings and promotional offers. And that’s not all, because the tournament has an impact on the subsequent FPL season as well. Especially the more experienced fantasy managers know that factors like extended holidays for some players who reach deep into the European Championship, injuries and form will play a bigger role than usual at the start of the campaign.
Therefore, it’s not a bad idea to observe Euro 2020 from an FPL manager point of view as well. Who is playing a lot? Who is in form? Who is struggling with his fitness? Who is showing growth during the tournament? These are the types of questions that can help fantasy managers in their decision-making process when setting up their gameweek 1 squad. With the group stage out of the way and the knock-out stages in full swing, we figured it could be both interesting and helpful to take a look at some of the FPL assets that have been performing well up until now.
Vladimir Coufal (West Ham, £5.0m)
After eliminating the Netherlands in the round of 16, the Czech Republic have catapulted themselves towards the top of the list of surprise packages. Up next are Denmark in the quarter-finals, and if the Czechs can manage to keep up their intensity and solid defence, a spot in the semi-finals is definitely on the cards. One of the main men at Nároďák is West Ham defender Vladimir Coufal, who has not yet missed a single minute of Euro 2020 football. He is a fixed component of the national side at right-back, and he already has 2 clean sheets and 1 assists from four games to his name. He’s tireless, he likes bombing forward and he is modestly prized on FPL, assuming that West Ham will be able to build on last season’s performances.
Tomáš Soucek (West Ham, £6.0m)
We’re sticking with the Hammers for the moment, because one of last season’s West Ham and FPL favourites is having an excellent Euro 2020 as well. With 10 goals and 2 assists over the 20/21 campaign, Tomáš Soucek had a rather spectacular debut season at the highest English level, especially considering the fact that he is usually deployed as a central or even defensive midfielder. With his national team this summer, he is showing that this club performance was far from a fluke. In terms of returns, he just has a single assist to his name, but despite his deeper midfield deployment, only Austria midfielder Marcel Sabitzer currently has more goal attempts to his name than the Czech Hammer. What’s more, out of his 8 shots, 6 have come from inside the box. At a price of just £6.0m and with a kind opening Premier League schedule coming up, last year’s highest-scoring West Ham midfielder could be a great value pick for gameweek 1.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City, £11.0m)
England have so far played four games and scored 4 goals, and three of those goals have been scored by Man City star Raheem Sterling. The question is, of course, how likely the English winger is to still be at City after the summer transfer window closes after rumours of a serious contract spat between him and the club. In any case, for the moment he is still a Citizen and as a Citizen, he is having a good World Cup, at least in terms of impact and returns. If Sterling can carry this clinical form into the coming PL season, he could be a popular premium asset at the start of the campaign, despite City’s mixed bag of opening fixtures. On top of that, it’s interesting to keep in mind that the England man is considerably more affordable than the premium likes of Mo Salah (£12.5m), Harry Kane (£12.5m) and Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m).
Jordan Pickford (Everton, £5.0m)
As we wrote earlier, with just 4 scored goals, England have been far from prolific so far during the ongoing Euros 2020. The Three Lions did reach the quarter-finals already and they have their defensive performances to thank for a large part of it: they are yet to concede a goal. That’s a compliment for the entire team and the defence in particular with Jordan Pickford between the sticks. The Everton goalie is Gareth Southgate’s number one and his Euro 2020 record is flawless so far. What makes this performance even more interesting, for FPL managers that is, is the fact that the young Englishman looks to be one of the most appealing mid-price goalkeepers in the official game at just £5.0m. Of course, it remains to be seen who will be the next manager at Goodison Park, but if the Toffees can build on last year’s performances, Pickford is worth considering.
Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton, £5.0m)
We mentioned the Czech Republic earlier as one of Euro 2020’s surprise so far and Denmark fits that category as well. After their dramatic tournament opener, the Scandinavians have managed to take force from their misfortune, which explains their current spot in the quarter-finals. Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard is one of the big men in the back for the Danes. He has started 3 of the four games and was a substitute in the other game, and he was part of 1 clean sheet. At Soton, he is a pretty reliable starter who offers some offensive threat as well, as underlined by his 3 goals and 1 assist last season. The Saints don’t have the best set of opening fixtures to the 2021/22 campaign, but his mid-price price tag should see Vestergaard find his way on to more than a few scouting lists in the build-up to gameweek 1.