EURO 2020 Fantasy Group F – Fixtures, analysis, best players

There’s always one group of death in these international tournaments and in the case of EURO 2020 that is Group F – France, Germany, Portugal and Hungary.

To qualify from Group F

  • Germany – 89%
  • France – 88%
  • Portugal – 75%
  • Hungary – 17%

Group F Fixtures

Matchday 1

  • Hungary vs Portugal
  • France vs Germany

Matchday 2

  • Hungary vs France
  • Portugal vs Germany

Matchday 3

  • Portugal vs France
  • Germany vs Hungary

Best players from Group F

France

France are the favorites to win EURO 2020. Interestingly though, Germany are actually slight favorites to win Group F.

As a result French players are going to be popular choices in many EURO Fantasy teams.

The most popular pick, somewhat curiously, is N’Golo Kante. The €5.5m midfielder is the most picked player in the game, alongside Romelu Lukaku.

Presumably many have selected him because they believe there are ball recovery points in EURO 2020 fantasy football. However, this is not correct, there are no such points offered.

He has 0 goals in 48 Chelsea appearances this season and has just 2 career goals for France. That should settle any debate as to whether he should be picked, at least to the extent he has been.

French Forwards

Kylian Mbappe is France’s second most picked player at 35%. Alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, he is the most expensive player in the game at €12m.

He has scored an incredible 42 goals in 47 appearances for PSG this season, so it is easy to see why he has been so popular among EURO managers.

The biggest problem with Mbappe, and Group F players in general, is their fixture difficulty. Matches against Germany and Portugal will likely be tight affairs which could hinder attacking players in this group.

Another French forward that’s getting some attention is Karim Benzema (€10m). After a long period in exile the Real Madrid forward is not only back but expected to start Matchday 1.

He is only picked by 11% which may be tempting in of itself. If you’re looking for even more of a differential option then Antoine Griezmann might be your guy. He’ll set you back €11m but his recent form in a France shirt is good – 3 goals in his last 4 appearances.

Interestingly, Mbappe, Benzema and Griezmann all missed their last penalties for France so there’s some debate about who will take their next.

Germany

It feels like Germany are flying under the radar when it comes to winning EURO 2020 and it looks like this has translated into selecting their players.

This is understandable though as there are no stand out choices. It appears that Serge Gnabry (€9.5m), Kai Havertz (€9m), Thomas Muller (€9m), Timo Werner (€8.5m) and Leroy Sane (€9.5m) are competing for the three forward starting berths.

For what it’s worth it is the first three that started Germany latest fixture in their comprehensive win against Latvia. Therefore, if you are going to select one of these we’d recommend either Gnbary or Havertz who are both midfielders.

None of these are Germany’s most selected player though as Joshua Kimmich at 24% is. He is listed as a €6m midfielder which dampens his appeal a lot. However, he is involved in an attacking sense, so unlike Kante his inclusion in your teams would be reasonable.

Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo (€12m) is Portugal’s most picked player, right? Wrong. That accolade goes to Ruben Dias (€6m).

He is the third most picked player on the game but many are wondering if this is justified. In our opinion no, it’s not.

While he is arguably the best defender in the world that doesn’t always translate to fantasy football. As mentioned above Portugal have an extremely tough group, far from one to be able to bank on clean sheets.

However, if your plan is to wildcard or limitless in Matchday 2 then there is far more justification for his inclusion. Portugal face Hungary in Matchday 1 and they have been given a 46% chance of a clean sheet.

The same logic can be applied to Cristiano Ronaldo, and others, for Matchday 1. He has a 52% chance of scoring, among the very best odds in Matchday 1.

Elsewhere, Portugal have many other appealing attackers but they are all relatively costly and not certain to start. Those players include:

  • Bruno Fernandes €10.5m (MID)
  • Andre Silva €9m (FOR)
  • Diogo Jota €8.5m (MID)
  • Joao Felix €8.5m (MID)
  • Bernardo Silva €8.5m (MID)

Hungary

Everyone loves a €4m midfielder in any type of fantasy football which is why Loic Nego is currently picked by 40%.

Unfortunately he has started just one of Hungary’s last 5 matches and in that one he didn’t get the full 90 minutes.

It’s understandable that managers want to free up money elsewhere but it would be better if you could do so with someone expected to start. Consequently, you’d be better off going with Czech Republic’s Tomas Holes who costs €4.5m – and who more importantly is expected to start.

Given the obvious difficulty of Group F, and the fact they play at the end of each Matchday, their players are ones to avoid.