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Best Midfielders to Pick in EURO 2024 Fantasy

The midfield in EURO fantasy teams is a position with many good options. This makes narrowing down the optimal picks difficult for managers ahead of the competition’s opening game.

In choosing your players, it’s important to consider not only attacking threat but also defensive contributions, with ball recoveries contributing to points. This makes defensive midfielders more viable options than in normal FPL.

This guide lays out the optimal options for midfielders in EURO 2024 fantasy.

Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)

  • Price: €9.5m
  • Picked By: 21%
  • Fixtures: Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine

Despite playing just a solitary game in Belgium’s qualifiers, De Bruyne is the joint most expensive midfielder in the game – a testament to how effective he can be.

He has 26 goals and 49 assists for Belgium. 3 of his goals and 9 assists came at previous major tournaments.

We can expect De Bruyne to start each of Belgium’s games and take corners and set pieces. He’ll be the main creative force in Dominico Tedesco’s side.

Belgium will be firm favourites in each of their group stage games, with their experience at past tournaments and having scored the 4th most goals in qualifying.

However, managers should note that defensively, both Romania and Slovakia performed very well in their qualifying games, keeping the 2nd and 4th most cleans sheets respectively.

Belgium are a strong attacking team, but their opposition look tough to break down. 

Jude Bellingham (England)

  • Price: €9.5m
  • Picked By: 43%
  • Fixtures: Serbia, Denmark, Slovenia

One of football’s most exciting talents, Bellingham is making his major international tournament debut this summer.

Bellingham scored 19 times and assisted a further 6 in his debut season for Real Madrid in La Liga, from just 28 games.

He’s somewhat unproven internationally, having never played at a major tournament and scoring just 3 senior goals across all competitions.

He should still start each game as England’s most advanced midfielder though, given his exceptional scoring form at club level.

Bellingham is down as the 4th favourite for the tournament’s golden boot according to our Golden Boot odds.

At 4% he has the highest chance of any midfielder, which indicates the quality he has going forward.

Bruno Fernandes (Portugal)

  • Price: €9m
  • Picked By: 28%
  • Fixtures: Czech Republic, Turkey, Georgia

Fernandes starred in the EURO qualifiers for Portugal, scoring 6 times and assisting 8 across their 10 games. His 8 assists is 3 more than any other player managed in qualifying.

He also contributed 3.5 ball recoveries a game during that time.

Fernandes won’t take penalties with Ronaldo on the field, but will be on all other set plays, which boosts his attacking potential.

Portugal’s fixtures are enticing. Georgia conceded 18 goals across their 10 qualifying games and have never competed in a major international tournament before, while Turkey suffered a 6-1 loss to Austria in their most recent international game.

Portugal also play on the final day of each set of matches. We know he’ll start, so Fernandes could therefore be a useful option to potentially move your captaincy too if your other picks fail to return.

Bukayo Saka (England)

  • Price: €8.5m
  • Picked By: 14%
  • Fixtures: Serbia, Denmark, Slovenia

Saka’s enjoyed a strong season at club and international level. He’s scored 16 times and assisted 9 in the league for Arsenal and picked up a further 4 goals and 3 assists in England’s Euro qualifiers.

He looks to be nailed in Southgate’s lineup. Of England’s 8 qualifying games, Saka started 6, was benched once, and missed a solitary game through injury.

Given England are favourites to win EURO 2024, priority should be given to their attackers. So, it’s justifiable to select more than one.

Many managers will select the aforementioned Bellingham but Phil Foden, who racked up 27 league goal contributions and won the Premier League player of the season, is another interesting pick.

Any of these 3 are great options and all feature in England’s EURO 2024 predicted lineup.

Saka however, offers a more proven option in fantasy midfields. He was a standout for England at the 2022 World Cup where he scored 3 times from 4 appearances, and has a superior international goal-to-appearance ratio at 0.34, compared to 0.1 for Bellingham and 0.12 for Foden.

Florian Wirtz (Germany)

  • Price: €7.5m
  • Picked By: 38%
  • Fixtures: Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

The 21-year old is the second most popular midfield pick among fantasy teams and with good reason.

Wirtz has had an exceptional season. He won the Bundesliga Player of the Season award and picked up 11 goals and 12 assists in the Bundesliga, with his Bayer Leverkusen side going undefeated in that competition.

He’s relatively unproven at international level. He has just one goal for Germany and didn’t play any qualifying games due to gaining automatic entry as the tournament’s host nation.

Wirtz looks likely to start for Germany, having started both of their friendly matches in March.

Ilkay Gundogan (Germany)

  • Price: €7m
  • Picked By: 10%
  • Fixtures: Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

Gundogan will be captaining Julien Nagelsmann’s side at the Euros, with his current international goal-scoring record standing at 18 in 75 games.

While the return of Toni Kroos to international football puts Gundogan’s minutes at higher risk, he should still start each game. He’s started the last 9 for Germany, including playing alongside Kroos in their most recent friendly match.

He’ll likely play higher up the pitch than his midfield partner which boosts his attacking threat.

He also has the benefit of penalties and should accumulate ball recovery points in his expected box-to-box role.

Jamal Musiala is an alternative to Gundogan and Wirtz following a respectable 16 Bundesliga goal contributions for Bayern this season.

Musiala is similarly expected to start each game for Germany. However, having not had quite as prolific a season domestically as Wirtz, and of course not having the benefit of penalties that Gundogan does, his more expensive €8.5m price tag is hard to justify, as exciting a player as he is.

Dominik Szoboszlai (Hungary)

  • Price: €7m
  • Picked By: 16%
  • Fixtures: Switzerland, Germany, Scotland

There’s a lot to like about Szoboszlai as a fantasy asset. He’s Hungary’s best attacking outlet and most of their play will come through him. He’ll also start every game for his side.

Szoboszlai provided 4 goals and 5 assists in just 8 qualifying games and averaged more than 3 shots per game in that time.

He’s also expected to be on all set pieces for his side, including penalties, after taking Hungary’s most recent one in March.

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Georgia)

  • Price: €7m
  • Picked By: 4%
  • Fixtures: Turkey, Czech Republic, Portugal

If there’s one man who can give Georgia a chance of making it out the groups in their first ever major tournament, it is Kvaratskhelia.

The Napoli man has an excellent record for his country of 15 goals and 7 assists for Georgia in 29 games. If he can carry this into EURO 2024, he’ll be a great low-owned option for managers.

In qualifiers, he took free kicks, a share of corners, and penalties. He did miss his solitary penalty in qualifiers though so it remains to be seen if he’ll retain them at the tournament.

Managers should bear in mind that Georgia play on the last calendar day of each set of matches.

Kvaratskhelia won’t be dropped but there also won’t be an opportunity to sub him out of fantasy teams if he fails to perform after you’ve subbed him on.

Christian Eriksen (Denmark)

  • Price: €7m
  • Picked by: 4%
  • Fixtures: Slovenia, England, Serbia

At just 3% ownership, the Denmark man could be a good differential option in midfield. He scored once and assisted 3 in the 6 qualifying games he played.

He should be on all set pieces for his side and should take penalties. His record is currently 12 out of 14 penalties scored for Denmark.

In the qualifiers, Denmark took more corners than any other nation at 82 and completed the highest amount of crosses. Based on this, Eriksen looks like he’ll have plenty of opportunities to get some assists at the tournament.

He’s also no stranger to scoring from outside the box, which will earn owners an additional point.

Age and position are reasonable factors to consider given he’s not as dynamic as he once was and has been occupying a deeper role at Man Utd.

Marcel Sabitzer (Austria)

  • Price: €6.5m
  • Picked By: 1%
  • Fixtures: France, Poland, Netherlands

Sabitzer is another lowly-owned option who played well in qualifiers with 4 goals and 2 assists. He was Austria’s top scorer.

Sabitzer will start each game in addition to taking penalties and free kicks, having done so in recent international games.

Austria’s attack as a whole was very promising in qualifiers; they had the 5th most on-target shots per game at 6.63 per game.

Sabitzer could be a nice differential option for managers looking to take a risk. Austria’s group stage fixtures look daunting though with France and Holland both in the top 4 for clean sheets in qualifying.

Rodri (Spain)

  • Price: €6.5m
  • Picked By: 25%
  • Fixtures: Croatia, Italy, Albania

For a defensive midfielder, Rodri’s goal contributions have been impressive this season. He has 9 goals and 14 assists for Manchester City across all competitions.

His international goal contributions aren’t quite on the same level though, with a solitary assist in qualifying and no goals or assists at past major tournaments.

He’ll be nailed in Spain’s side, with the only qualifier he didn’t play in being due to injury.

He should also benefit from points being accumulated through ball recoveries; he managed a respectable 5.4 recoveries per game from Spain’s qualifiers.

Aside from the stats, Rodri has somewhat of a reputation for scoring “clutch” goals, especially at club level (for example the winner in last year’s Champions League final). This could be important if Spain reach the latter stages of EURO 2024.