EURO 2020 Day 9: Rampant Germany, Trivial France, And Passive Portugal

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EURO Fantasy Differential Picks

Hungary v France: This was not an impressive outing for N’golo Kante(2 points) and Kylian Mbappe (2 points), who were 2 of the top 3 most owned players going into Matchday 2. Going into Matchday 3, Antione Griezmann(6 points) is a great differential pick to buy into the French attack, owned by only 5% of managers he has played himself into form after a goal against Hungary and a strong performance against Germany. Another option worth considering is Ousmanne Dembele(1% ownership) who had an impressive stint down the right off the bench. Deschamps might consider starting him given Portugals’ weakness on their left which was exploited by Germany.

Germany v Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo(32% ownership) remains the in-form man in Group F as he racked up another goal and assist against Germany. Other great performances, included those by Robin Gosens, who scored 14 points assisting 2 goals and heading in one himself. Germany have a favourable fixture against Hungary, and Gosens still only owned by 5% of all managers is a great differential pick.

Spain v Poland: Undoubtedly the dullest encounter of the day Spain v Poland still had some interesting implications from a Fantasy perspective. Robert Lewandowski(11% ownership) finally broke his duck at Euro 2020 ahead of a crucial tie against Sweden. Lewandowski would be a great pick up top if you’re using the limitless chip in Matchday 3. Pairing him with Kane or Ronaldo will make for a high scoring prospective strike force. From a fantasy perspective, Jordi Alba(14% ownership) and Gerard Moreno(9% ownership) stood out, as the former had a couple of assists chalked off for offside and the latter grabbing an assist, but a missed penalty affected his overall points. Both are great picks with a favourable fixture against Slovakia in Matchday 3.

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Game Of The Day

Germany’s come from behind win to beat reigning champions Portugal in a 6-goal thriller at the Allianz grabbed all the headlines at day 9 of the European Championships. Die Manschaft started the game on the front foot, pressing with purpose and intensity and, creating plenty of chances including a disallowed goal. Portugal broke the deadlock, with a breathtaking counter finished off by Cristiano Ronaldo. However, the Germans did not slow down, continuing their siege on the Portuguese defence.

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This was finally rewarded with two own goals in four minutes, courtesy of Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro, ensured the hosts had overturned the deficit by the break following a pulsating first half. Germany did not let off in the second half scoring another 2 goals powered by great performances from Gosens and Havertz, before Portugal got another one back late in the game. The result leaves Group F wide open, with Germany and France on 4 points, followed by Portugal on 3. It’s all to play for in Matchday 3.

Social Media Moments Of The Day

Fans across the globe were in for a ride, as day 9 kicked off with France taking on Hungary. To everyone’s surprise Hungary broke the deadlock through Attila Fiola, whose impassioned celebration caught a few people by surprise, including the in-stadium commentators.

Day 9 was also a historic day for own goals, as it saw Portugal become the first team to concede 2 own goals at a European Championship game. Gureirro’s own goal also set the all-time record for most own-goals scored at the Euros.

Predictions For Day 10

Gameweek 3 is here and over the next 4 days we’ll have our knockout stages set for us. Out of all the groups, Group A is probably the only group where both qualification places seem to be done and dusted. Italy have been phenomenal on both sides of the pitch as they have the best goal differential in the tournament. They’re yet to concede a goal and have managed to win both their games with a three goal difference. It’ll be interesting to see whether Roberto Mancini will field his strongest side as they have already qualified for the latter stages. Wales on the other hand have been a very hearty side with Gareth Bale being very active going forward. He’s been their main point of attack as he’s been putting some very dangerous balls inside the box with Ramsey making his darty runs behind the defence. Wales forward Moore has also looked threatening with his aerial presence on set pieces.

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Wales have to give it their all to try and limit Italy from scoring as they’re currently 5 goals ahead of Switzerland on their goal difference but a defeat against Italy will put them in a tricky spot. Although we wouldn’t put it pass Wales to manage to score but it seems highly unlikely. We’re predicting a 2-0 win for Italy Switzerland have looked very short handed so far. Bundesliga forward Embolo has been their main threat in attack with players like Shaqiri and Seforovic not being able to deliver. Turkey on the other hand have been one of the biggest disappointments in the tournament as they were labelled as the ‘dark horses’ of the tournament before it even began. They’re yet to score a goal so far and can’t possibly qualify for the knockout stages. A win for the Swedes is highly probable but they’re going to have to come out of the door swinging  and try to beat Turkey with a huge margin. If Switzerland do manage to pull it off then a third place qualification is on the cards. We’re going with a 3-0 Switzerland win.

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