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Euro 2024 fantasy football: cheat sheet with best players and tips

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How to score points

Players score two points for a starting XI appearance, and one point for getting off the bench. A goal is worth five points and an assist three. For defenders and goalkeepers, a clean sheet is worth five points if they play 60 minutes or more, and two points if fewer minutes. Conceding the first goal of a game will not see goalkeepers and defenders deducted a point, but they will lose one point for every goal conceded thereafter.

Goalkeepers will win one point for every two saves made, and can scoop up five points for saving a penalty (not including penalty shootouts). For midfielders only, there is a point to be won for every two successful tackles.

You want to avoid deductions. Players can lose three points for a red card or an own goal, two points for missing a penalty (not including shootouts) and one point for every yellow card.

Tips

The case for the defence 

In Premier League Fantasy Football, it often pays to front-load your team with as much attacking talent as possible. However, the different dynamics of international tournament football mean it might pay to prioritise defence. Summer tournaments are typically low-scoring affairs, and it is fair to expect fewer goals than a record-breaking Premier League season. Portugal conceded just two goals and 17 shots on target across 10 games in qualification, surprisingly stingy for a team managed by Roberto Martinez. Ruben Dias at £4.3 million is likely to be a mainstay, while Diogo Dalot could be a value selection at £3.9 million after a strong season with Manchester United.

Consider penalty takers 

Uefa’s interpretation of the handball law is far less liberal (or far more ludicrous) than we see in the Premier League. With VAR also in use, recent tournaments have produced a high number of penalties. The likes of Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo are the obvious names when it comes to scoring penalties but other countries have some more unorthodox takers. Rodri, available at £5.3 million, takes penalties for Spain, and likewise £5.7 million-rated Ilkay Gundogan for Germany. Just another reason to find a place for two midfield masters.

Look out for players in different roles

A potential edge to gain on the competition is identifying players who will be deployed in a different tactical role than we see at club level. One example of this is Oleksandr Zinchenko, who is listed as a £3.2 million defender because he plays as a left-back for Arsenal. However, his country Ukraine tend to use him in a more advanced midfield role, so he could be a candidate to win attacking points from your defence. Germany’s Joshua Kimmich, at £4.6 million, is another player listed as a defender who is a more natural central midfield player.

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