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De Ligt returns as all eyes on Depay for the Netherlands’ clash with Austria

The 22%-owned Memphis Depay (€10.0m) again lines up in the Netherlands forward line alongside Wout Weghorst (€7.0m) for the Oranje’s clash with Austria this evening.

Kick-off in Amsterdam is at 20:00 BST.

Gini Wijnaldum (€8.0m) will support that pair from an advanced midfield role in Frank de Boer’s 3-5-2 formation.

Denzel Dumfries (€5.5m) will look to build on his flying performance in Matchday 1, where the wing-back scored a late winning header against the Ukraine.

On the opposite flank, the familiar Patrick van Aanholt (€5.5m) keeps 9%-owned Owen Wijndal (€4.5m) out of the starting XI.

De Boer’s only change is to welcome back Matthijs de Ligt (€5.5m) at centre-half in place of Jurrien Timber (€5.5m).

David Alaba (€5.5m), listed as a midfielder in the Fantasy game, is expected to form part of Austria’s back three once more. That defence will line up in front of Watford keeper Daniel Bachmann (€4.5m), who was culpable for the goal his nation conceded against North Macedonia last weekend.

Marko Arnautovic (€7.0m) serves a one-game ban, meanwhile.

The only other change to Austria’s XI from the 3-1 win over North Macedonia is the inclusion of goalscorer Michael Gregoritsch (€5.5m) ahead of Sasa Kalajdzic (€7.5m).


Netherlands XI (3-5-2): Stekelenburg; Blind, De Ligt, De Vrij; Van Aanholt, De Jong, Wijnaldum, De Roon, Dumfries; Depay, Weghorst.

Austria XI (3-5-2): Bachmann; Dragovic, Alaba, Hinteregger; Ulmer, Laimer, X Schlager, Baumgartner, Lainer; Sabitzer, Gregoritsch.

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306 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Wild Guus Chase
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    So by my reckoning Austria have to be far more attacking as they have -1 GD and Ukraine have 0 GD. There will be goals in that last game between them!

    1. Cheeto__Bandito
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Arnautovic will bag a couple

    2. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      A draw will get both of them through.

  2. GreennRed
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Austria are brutal. No wonder they love singing in the hills when they play football like that.

  3. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Just need to get the captaincy correct to nail this gameweek. Kaku and Insigne were disappointing.

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Ronaldo will save me again.

    2. Finding Timo
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Same failed captains for me so going Kane tomorrow then fallback of Mbappé

    3. dansmusen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Dumfries C so no more twisting for me

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        nice one!

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Stick & Shout!

      3. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Good choice sir 🙂

      4. Wild Guus Chase
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Well done mate

      5. SL8
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Congrats I had choice between Dumfries and Meunier chose badly!

      6. Better off with a pin and a…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Well played!

    4. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      KDB and Dumfries on the bench because i didn't set my team up right

    5. Sir Alex Telles.
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Do we think Depay plays the last game?

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        No.

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Shouldn't. They're through as group winners bar mad goal swings.

        1. SL8
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Won the group already. Goal difference doesn't matter heads up between level teams first

          1. Jambot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            It would matter if the three teams finish on 6 though

            1. SL8
              • 12 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Yes but that can't happen in Holland's group

      3. Wild Guus Chase
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Malen, Gravenbach and Weghorst will start

        1. JLAEST
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Weghorst mau actually be a good shout because he should play and it s against Macedonia…

    6. Milkman Bruno
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Damn just noticed price changes! I thought they didn’t happen until after MD3/group stage

        1. dansmusen
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          What that is not good at all

        2. Better off with a pin and a…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          There are price changes?

      • Finding Timo
          1 month, 13 days ago

          If people are wildcarding MD3 is everyone avoiding big hitters from every team that has qualified so doesn’t than mean will have players from worst teams?!

          1. Wild Guus Chase
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I think we have to. Probs afford one or two at the most

            1. Finding Timo
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Problem is working out which big hitters may play?!

                1. Wild Guus Chase
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Avoid those with 6 points/qualified already

                2. JLAEST
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Targeting Spain, Germany and whoever fails to win seems the way

                  1. Finding Timo
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Yeh good idea about Spain & Germans

              • Milkman Bruno
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  You get free transfers again next round ?

                  1. Milkman Bruno
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Sorry I misread

                      1. Finding Timo
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          No problem , using wildcard to pick 1 off team then unlimited transfers next MD to get good team again

                    • GreennRed
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Yeah, except for Italy and possibly Wales. Might keep Bale. Will know their lineups plus Turkey and Switzerland before deadline at 5 on Sunday. Not sure Turkey have much to offer.

                      1. Finding Timo
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Sorry why would you pick Italian players ?

                          1. GreennRed
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            Might be potential. Will know the lineups for the Group A games before deadline. We won't know lineups for other teams though it's probable that the qualified teams will rest players.

                            1. Finding Timo
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Yes of course! Best 3 Italians, plus bale plus 1 from Switzerland or turkey?!?

                          2. Finding Timo
                              1 month, 13 days ago

                              Oh sorry obviously because we will know their line up before the deadline !

                          3. RogDog_jimmy
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            Yeah I'm going to try focus on a few key games and ignore pre-conceived ideas of big hitters.
                            Going to be tough I reckon, glad we get the subs for this week especially.

                            1. Finding Timo
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Yeh thanks tricky to pick but I am sure lots of draft WC teams start appearing soon

                                1. GreennRed
                                  • 9 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Might be a nice few goals in the games with qualification at stake. Bar Italy defences don't look so solid to get a goal and choke out a win.

                          4. Sir Alex Telles.
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            Chip strategy, Wildcard gameweek 3, the crowd reckons?

                            1. Finding Timo
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                I think we have no choice

                              • Wild Guus Chase
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Looks that way

                              • GreennRed
                                • 9 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Limitless MD3. WC MD5.

                                1. Wild Guus Chase
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 8 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Won’t you be limited by the bigger teams and their more expensive assets?

                                  1. GreennRed
                                    • 9 Years
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    Limited? Why? For MD3 limitless will keep Bale, prob Italy player or two depending on lineup, Then ship all. players from teams already qualified and get players scrapping for results to try and qualify. MD4 WC, MD5 WC.

                                    1. Wild Guus Chase
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 8 Years
                                      1 month, 13 days ago

                                      MD4 is unlimited?

                                      1. GreennRed
                                        • 9 Years
                                        1 month, 13 days ago

                                        Yes.

                                        1. Wild Guus Chase
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 8 Years
                                          1 month, 13 days ago

                                          My squad is a bit of a mess so I’m WCing MD3 then have unlimited MD4 build my squad for the teams who have made it through. Everyone’s different

                                          1. GreennRed
                                            • 9 Years
                                            1 month, 13 days ago

                                            That's it. It'd be mad boring if we all had same strategy. MD3 is a bit easier with a WC or Limitless because of unpredictable lineups from the qualified 'bigger' teams. Will try getting most from teams scrapping for results. Even though we have an extra 5m on the round of 16 I think it's worth throwing in a fodder or two to give you a more flexible budget for the knockouts.

                            2. CoracAld2831
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              1 month, 13 days ago

                              I know what I am very likely going to do and it's a dumb question, but wanted to hear a different opinion too:

                              Yarmolenko captain on 17th (changed from Insigne)

                              1: Definitely keep. A no-brainer.
                              2: Change to Kane (v SCO)
                              3: Change to Mbappe later after 18th (v HUN)

                              1. Wild Guus Chase
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Keep dude. Kane was pretty quiet in first game but he does have Scotland. Mbappe playing against a Hungary team that kept Portugal out until late. But you can’t deny Mbappe is a game changer. Up to you fella

                              2. nothing_else_Mata
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Better 20 points in hands than hundred flying. Definitely keep mate

                              3. CoracAld2831
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Thank you everyone.

                              4. St Pauli Walnuts
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                Insane to twist. I have Yarmo but captained Lukaku yesterday, I'm now looking for Kane or Mbappe to save me but will be lucky to equal Yarmo never mind surpass! You'd need a hat-trick for striker (or 2 goals and assist), not very likely.

                            3. Bookkeeper
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 13 days ago

                              reckon Stones starts for England tomorrow?

                              1. Wild Guus Chase
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Pretty likely

                              2. St Pauli Walnuts
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                For sure.

                            4. JLAEST
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 13 days ago

                              I really really don’t want to WC in MD3 but I’m getting second thoughts:
                              + Depay, Lukaku, Berardi likely to get rested plus maybe Spinazzola and Kane (if England wins)
                              + I still own Eriksen and Wijndal
                              + Ronaldo possibly not the best use of 12M
                              + Bachmann/Hradecky not ideal pairing

                              Only picks I’m happy with are the 2 Torres at this point. May have to WC punting on Spain, Germany, Ukraine and the like

                              1. Finding Timo
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Similar issue as me , I don’t want to but feel WC is best option

                                • St Pauli Walnuts
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 12 days ago

                                  It's a short tournament, IMO it would be daft not to WC in your situation.

                              2. Pep Roulette
                                • 3 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                With Belgium and Netherlands through, do you think Wijndal and Denayer are back as options for MD3?

                                1. JLAEST
                                  • 7 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Wijndal should be (always one of the subs). Denayer I don’t get Boyata from the start so no idea

                                2. Sir Alex Telles.
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 13 days ago

                                  Hard to tell for Denayer with Boyata around.

                              3. JohnnyRev7
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Played LL and targetted the weaker fixtures:

                                15pts from 3 x ITA
                                30pts from 3 x UKR
                                20pts from 2 x NED
                                8pts from 3 x BEL (I got that one wrong)

                                Currently on 73 for MD2 with Sterling, Mbappe and L. Hernandez to sub in.

                                If this sounds like a brag, I sincerely apologise; because it is.

                                1. Milkman Bruno
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    Nicely done

                                  • RogDog_jimmy
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    Perfectly done.

                                    For me it was

                                    16pts from 3 x ITA
                                    20pts from 3 x UKR
                                    17pts from 2x NED
                                    2pts from 1x BEL (glad I didn't go overboard on them)

                                    So on 55 with Griezmann, Mbappe, Foden, Sterling, Chilwell & a captain to go too.

                                    Really hoping Chillwell starts tomorrow - bit of a large punt on him.

                                  • HollywoodXI
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 7 Years
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    I’m on 67 points (LL2) with Sterling, Kane, Mbappe, Greizman and Hernandez to play.

                                  • DrexciyaXI
                                      1 month, 13 days ago

                                      27 points 3 x Italy (Locatelli, Spina, Immobile)
                                      20 points 1 x Ukraine (Yarm capt.)
                                      6 points 1 x Netherlands (Depay)

                                      Bachmann 0 (in for Cakir who got 2), Alaba 0 and Maehle 1 letting the side down.

                                      Still got Mount, Alba, Pepe then subs Hernandez, Torres F, Muller.

                                      Not used either chip.

                                  • amplifiedAnt
                                    • 6 Years
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    Starting to get second thoughts about using the WC next Matchday.

                                    Are we heading towards so much rotation that it could be wasted, and better suited to the Quarter Finals?

                                    1. JLAEST
                                      • 7 Years
                                      1 month, 13 days ago

                                      I’m the other way around - we’re in for so much rotation that if you don’t play it you’re most likely screwed with a 20-30 point MD which kills your chances

                                      1. JLAEST
                                        • 7 Years
                                        1 month, 13 days ago

                                        Also you can plan a bit your round of 16 team to limit issues with the 3 transfers (ie not more than 2 players per team)

                                        1. Wild Guus Chase
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 8 Years
                                          1 month, 13 days ago

                                          This

                                      2. amplifiedAnt
                                        • 6 Years
                                        1 month, 13 days ago

                                        Fair point. Not looking forward to the will they/won't they headache either way.

                                        1. Wild Guus Chase
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 8 Years
                                          1 month, 13 days ago

                                          Better get planning!

                                    2. nothing_else_Mata
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 4 Years
                                      1 month, 13 days ago

                                      Definitely using WC. My team is full of rotation risks plus Eriksen and Cancelo to deal with

                                    3. Pep Roulette
                                      • 3 Years
                                      1 month, 13 days ago

                                      I don't know how would we manage a good team from WF without WC! Highly likely that our teams get ruined after the R16 and we end up talking many hits as the tournament goes further. It's better to take a hit or two in MD3 instead. Get Germany, Spain & Ukraine players with those transfers.

                                  • BlzE_94
                                    • 6 Years
                                    1 month, 13 days ago

                                    Would you guys WC if this was your team?

                                    Donnaruma Hradecky
                                    Torres Kjaer Maehle Wijndal Denayer
                                    Insigne Alaba Beradi Torres Mount
                                    Ronaldo Depay Lukaku

                                    1. JLAEST
                                      • 7 Years
                                      1 month, 13 days ago

                                      Similar to mine above. GKs are okay, defense it’s a risk but maybe okay. Real issue is that in midi field and attack the big guns will get rested (Insigne, Berardi, Depay and Lukaku) plus Ronaldo plays against France. So you have almost half your budget “wasted” in players who might get you a 0

                                    2. Wild Guus Chase
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 8 Years
                                      1 month, 13 days ago

                                      WC it is then

                                  • Milkman Bruno
                                      1 month, 13 days ago

                                      How is this LL MD3 squad? No player on the 22nd for captain though.

                                      Donna(WAL)
                                      Spinazzola(WAL), Meunier (FIN), Dumfries (MKD),
                                      Insigne(WAL), Hazard (FIN), KDB (FIN), Yarmolenko (AUT), Torres (SVK)
                                      Morata (SVK), Muller (HUN), Depay (MKD)

                                      Neuer (HUN), Gosens (HUN), Alba (SVK)

                                      1. Cheeto__Bandito
                                        • 1 Year
                                        1 month, 13 days ago

                                        too early to say, in general I'll be looking at any spain attacker who does well v poland and same goes for Germany v Portugal

                                      2. JLAEST
                                        • 7 Years
                                        1 month, 13 days ago

                                        Depay, Dumfries, Insigne, Hazard, KDB may all get rested. Hate to say but that’s the exact reason why LL2 worked out better

                                        1. Cheeto__Bandito
                                          • 1 Year
                                          1 month, 13 days ago

                                          Germany and Spain and early italy team news all mean there is still alot value to it in matchday 3. You cannot say something is better before it has even played out.

                                          1. Cheeto__Bandito
                                            • 1 Year
                                            1 month, 13 days ago

                                            also KDB will most likely start for rhythm and seems a great pick

                                          2. rrcmc
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 12 Years
                                            1 month, 13 days ago

                                            Agree. Totally see the merit in LL2 but LL3 could still work but probably requires different thinking. Personally, LL better for later on in the knockouts when you want all the high prices players from the top teams that have gone through but I just can’t wait that long!

                                          3. Milkman Bruno
                                              1 month, 13 days ago

                                              Agreed

                                          4. rrcmc
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 12 Years
                                            1 month, 13 days ago

                                            Definitely risk of rotation in attacking DEFs and wide men but I would imagine Golden Boot chasers will want to at least start and KDB will be keen to get a 60 mins under his belt do you think?

                                          5. Milkman Bruno
                                              1 month, 13 days ago

                                              Why would KDB and Hazard be rested though after playing only 45 mins over the two games so far? I agree on the others mind.

                                        2. Cheeto__Bandito
                                          • 1 Year
                                          1 month, 13 days ago

                                          For anyone like me who has had Dumfries in fanteam these last two games, that is the power of paying attention to friendlies. Was extremely attacking in the new system as showed in that last friendly before the tournament started

                                          1. gribude
                                            • 11 Years
                                            1 month, 13 days ago

                                            If I just knew that before EC started...now would on the top position = 230k €!!!

                                          2. St Pauli Walnuts
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 2 Years
                                            1 month, 12 days ago

                                            I'm around the 400 mark at the moment, Dumfries over Wijndal worked out well! I entered a 2nd late team for MD2 too with the promotion here and that one's at about 2.5K, put Dumfries in that too.

                                            For the hat trick I entered the 90p Netherlands vs Austria pursuit game last night and captained Dumfries, finished 6th out of about 3000 thanks to Denzel. I owe him 40 quid!

                                        3. Babit1967
                                          • 5 Years
                                          1 month, 13 days ago

                                          As a Scotsman I feel dirty having Kane and Sterling, hope they do horrible and we win but still feel dirty lol

                                          1. St Pauli Walnuts
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 2 Years
                                            1 month, 12 days ago

                                            Are you captaining either? Double down on the shame!

                                        4. Finding Timo
                                            1 month, 13 days ago

                                            First players on WC team I am thinking 3 out of berradi, Spinazzola & locc & immobile? Plus bale but can’t think of any Turkish or Swiss player at all?!

                                            1. St Pauli Walnuts
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 2 Years
                                              1 month, 12 days ago

                                              I reckon all 3 of them could be rotated if dead rubber for Italy, though I haven't checked all the permutations for that group yet. I have Chiesa and Di Lorenzo in my current WC draft for that reason. We'll get to see the lineups before hand anyway though so no worries.

                                              1. Finding Timo
                                                  1 month, 12 days ago

                                                  Yeh reckon you will be right - the other issue is that it will be close if Italy play b team

                                            2. POKE JOHN BALLS THE SECOND
                                              • 5 Years
                                              1 month, 12 days ago

                                              Harry Kane(C) will bag 34 pts today.

                                              Thank me later

                                            3. Finding Timo
                                                1 month, 11 days ago

                                                Need a 4.5m defender (not Torres or wijndal) which one a) mings B) Boyata c Other?

                                                1. Earwicker
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 5 Years
                                                  1 month, 11 days ago

                                                  Mahle against Russia?

                                                  1. Finding Timo
                                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                                      Thanks

                                                2. # Young Gun SEAMUS #
                                                  • 9 Years
                                                  1 month, 11 days ago

                                                  What are cap options in next matchday squad in euro ....each day two game or three ??