Both Pickford and Donnarumma have an extraordinary defence in front of them. However, Italy’s defence has lost a gear or two since the knockout stages began conceding in every game since, whereas England has conceded only 1 goal in the whole competition which came in the semi finals against Denmark. Apart from that, Pickford has saved 11 shots while conceding only 1 goal and Donnarumma has conceded 3 goals and saved 9 shots. Another thing to note is that England’s attack has been particularly lethal in the past few games
Giovanni Di Lorenzo
The cheapest starter in tomorrow’s game, Di Lorenzo is a must in your squad. He has 5 shots in the Euros, a high figure for a defender and will be a genuine threat for the Azzurri in the final. The Napoli man was a massive attacking threat for his club last season and will want to do the same for his country as well.
The Manchester United man found his 18/19 form last season and has continued it in the summer as well. He has the most assists for a defender in this tournament creating 3 goals for his teammates. He has 8 key passes for his team and is currently over performing his expected assists by 1.9. He will definitely give Di Lorenzo a tough time in perhaps the biggest game of their lives.
The second Manchester United player on the list, Harry Maguire is in impeccable form for both club and country. Not only is his defensive game on point but he is a genuine threat on set pieces. He has 7 shots, 4 out of which were on target and in a game with 2 highly defensively resilient sides, set pieces are a going to be a major factor and Maguire can be the difference maker.
Without a question England’s player of the tournament, the Manchester City might have fallen off of favour in the eyes of Pep Guardiola but for his country he has stepped up time and again. At one point in this tournament, he had scored all 3 of England’s goals in the tournament. He has an xG of 3.6 and xA of 1.1 making him perhaps England’s most dangerous attacker. With his club future in a little uncertainty, the 26 year old will be looking to make an impression on the biggest of stages.
There have been a few doubts over who will be starting on the right flank for Roberto Mancini’s Italian side but with marvelous performance in recent games, Chiesa has undoubtedly silenced those doubters. The Juventus man has come in clutch on more occasions than one for his country in the Euros itself, proving that no occasion is too big for the 23 year old. With 2 goals in the past 3 games and 1.52 key passes per 90, he’s a goal scoring threat and a creative maestro as well.
Insigne is an outstanding player who has been a consistent performer for his team throughout the tournament. With an xG of 1.2 along with an xA of 1.4, saying that the Napoli winger is a danger to the English side will be a massive understatement. He has taken 14 shots during the tournament, 6 of which went goalwards along with that he has 12 key passes, the joint second highest. So his influence in the opposition box cannot be emphasized enough. He is another player who is a must to have in your team.
Saka looks like the most likely candidate to start on the wings alongside Raheem Sterling and can be a massive differential with still only 4% ownership. Arsenal’s Golden Boy, Bukayo Saka does not have several stats to back him but it is rather his play style, positioning and technicality that makes him a potentially punt. He bagged one assist in the game against Denmark and there’s no reason to think he won’t return on Sunday as well.
Marco Verratti has is another highly differential pick with only 5% ownership but certainly a much higher potential for a big haul than many players in this list. His 12 Key Passes are the joint second highest of the tournament, just behind Kevin De Bruyne’s 13 and has a monumental Key Passes per 90 rate of 3.57. He is making several penetrative passes for his team and players like Immobile and Insigne are more than capable of burying those chances, and when the stakes are so high, they have a tendency to do just that.
The most lethal attacker and the most creative playmaker in the premier league last season Harry Kane has finally arrived at the Euros and he’s on fire.4 goals in the 3 previous games, he’s the highest scorer in the knockouts and will want to take the Golden Boot away from Cristiano Ronaldo. With an xG of 2.3 and 6 shots on target in the knockouts, Harry Kane should be the first name in your team sheet.
Italy’s top active goal scorer, Ciro Immobile will be the man every person supporting Italy will look to, to make the difference in the most important match for this country in the last 15 years since their World Cup Final in 2006 against France. 17 shots on target, highest among all the players in action tomorrow, the Italian will undoubtedly give the English defenders a massive headache tomorrow and perhaps even heartache when the game ends.