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Euro 2024 Fantasy Preview: Matchday 6 Tips and Top Captaincy Picks for the Semi-Finals

Soccer - Euro 2024, fantasy preview

"🎶 España eh eh!! Cantamos gol, gol!! España, eh, eh!! 𝗟𝗔 𝗥𝗢𝗝𝗔 𝗕𝗔𝗜𝗟𝗔 🎶" were the lyrics sung by Spanish fans worldwide after defeating the host nation Germany, thanks to a late header from Mikel Merino in extra time that secured La Roja a 2-1 victory against the DFB Team. Elsewhere, France and England had to battle their opponents in a penalty shootout to qualify, while the Netherlands pulled off an epic 2-1 comeback victory against Türkiye.

RotoBaller remains your top source for the best fantasy news worldwide, and we are just a few days away from the UEFA Euro 2024 semi-finals. In this article, we'll explore the top fantasy tips to consider and provide insights using statistics and metrics on what to expect ahead of the upcoming fixtures for Matchday 6.

As our final four teams prepare to clash for the biggest prize in Europe, join me, the FPL Manual, as we analyze the top captaincy picks, best tips for your fantasy team, and recommended players to consider for the next round.

 

UEFA Euro 2024: Quarter-Finals Recap

A penalty shootout victory for England and France in the Quarter-Finals reignited hopes for both nations as title challengers, particularly among English fans who now believe "It's coming home" soon. The French team is thrilled to have advanced to the semi-finals of another major tournament, while Spain is now regarded as the overwhelming favorite to win their fourth European title.

In terms of individual performance, Dani Olmo of Spain was incredible after coming on as a substitute, scoring and assisting to help Spain qualify and earning 14 points for Euro fantasy managers. England's Bukayo Saka, playing as a forward-turned-right-wing-back, scored a long-range goal for the Three Lions, earning 11 points.

France defender Jules Kounde continued to impress with clean sheets and ball recoveries, earning nine points. Netherlands defender Stefan De Vrij won the MVP award after scoring an equalizing header to propel his country into the semi-finals, finishing with 12 points.

 

Matchday  6 Euro Fantasy Tips

Target Spain's Attack, Invest in England's Defense

With 108 goals scored in the 17th edition of the UEFA Euro contest, Spain and Germany are currently joint leaders with 11 goals each, followed closely by the Netherlands with nine goals.

Approaching the UEFA Euro 2024 semi-finals, Euro fantasy managers are advised to bring more Spanish attacking assets into their fantasy team. Projections for Matchday 5 indicate Spain is expected to produce 1.20 expected goals (xG), with England close behind at 1.17 xG.

Regarding expected clean sheets for Matchday 5, England and Spain are tied with a 35 percent likelihood of keeping a clean sheet in the semi-finals, making their defensive assets worth considering.

This Week's Recommended Targets

For Matchday 6, consider Spain's Fabian Ruiz, Lamine Yamal, and Dani Olmo, who will see more minutes due to Pedri's injury.

From England, focus on defensive assets like goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Marc Guehi, who returns from suspension. These players are poised to make a significant impact on their teams.

Semi-Finals Strategy

It is vital to know that managers have just four free transfers during the semi-finals to bring in new recruits to their teams; therefore, prepare your selections wisely.

Additionally, remember that teams knocked out in the semi-finals will compete in a third-place playoff, so try to pick nailed-on players who will likely feature in both matches.

 

Matchday 6 Top Captain Picks

Bukayo Saka (€8.5m) - England

Bukayo Saka's position change produced a top-notch performance against Switzerland in Matchday 5, marking a redemptive act for the Englishman from the previous Euro contest. Saka's Man of the Match performance against Switzerland highlights his versatility and ability to deliver excellent results for the Three Lions.

With three shots and an expected assist of 0.38 (xA) in the previous game, Bukayo Saka is a more compelling captain option than his England teammates, making him the front-runner for captaincy this week.

Dani Olmo (€7.5m) - Spain

Stepping up for Spain in the knockout stage, Dani Olmo has scored two goals and assisted twice in the campaign so far, serving as an anchor for the three-time European champions. Olmo had an exceptional game against host Germany in Matchday 5, creating three chances, scoring, and assisting in the winning goal.

Currently, Spain's joint highest goal-scorer, Olmo, leads in shots taken with a rate of 4.80 shots per 90 minutes, making him a strong candidate for the armband for Matchday 6.

It's worth noting that Euro Fantasy managers can change captains daily during each gameweek, giving managers a more diverse set of possibilities on any given day. Feel free to select any other top captain option not mentioned above.

 

Differential Captain Pick (<10% ownership)

Ousmane Dembele (€8m) - France

Despite not starting in the Quarter-Finals against Portugal and only having 53 minutes of game time, Ousmane Dembele produced a star-gazing performance, creating six chances and taking three shots from the bench.

According to several reports, it is rumored that Antoine Griezmann could be dropped by French boss Didier Deschamps as Les Bleus might switch to a 4-3-3 formation. If this happens, Ousmane Dembele is tipped to start against Spain in the semi-finals, giving him another opportunity to display his attacking talents against the title contenders.

Owned by only 4% of managers, Dembele is a standout differential captain pick for Matchday 6 and could assist in finishing ahead of your mini-league rivals.

 

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