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Euro 2024 Fantasy: Matchday 1 Scout Picks first draft

Euro 2024 Fantasy is less than a week away from starting – so it’s time for the first draft of our Matchday 1 Scout Picks!

We’ll be rolling out a weekly ‘Free Hit’ selection ahead of every Matchday during the European Championship.

And we’ll be finalising our picks for the opening round of games closer to Friday’s deadline.

Pre-tournament friendlies and a whole host of press conferences will no doubt further influence our thinking and maybe change our minds.

Until then, however, here are our initial thoughts on the best players for Matchday 1. The ‘bus team’ XV and our captaincy schedule are also included at the foot of this article.


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All bar Spain of the group favourites have favourable fixtures (on paper, anyway) in Matchday 1, along with Italy, Denmark and the Netherlands. Players from these sides will make up the bulk of many Euro Fantasy teams, as well as our Scout Picks.

The chess pieces are still being moved around the board as the inevitable ‘template’ creeps closer to being realised. But one immovable in many drafts is Maximillian Mittelstadt (€4.0m).

The budget Germany defender wasn’t even capped before the March internationals but seems to have secured the left-back berth, even scoring against the Netherlands in his second appearance for his national team. A half-time withdrawal in the Euro 2024 hosts’ final pre-tournament friendly is a slight concern, but at least we’ll get to see the teamsheets on Friday if the worst-case scenario does happen.

Speaking of ‘template’, you’ll see many a Fantasy squad deploying an expensive forward line of Kylian Mbappe (€11.0m)., Harry Kane (€11.0m) and Romelu Lukaku (€9.0m). Our ‘bus team’ is no different.

A combined 31 goals were plundered during qualification, with each striker hitting double figures for big chances. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (€10.0m) finished clear of this trio for xG among forwards in qualifying. All of them are on penalties, too.

The one drawback, other than funds, is that Lukaku and Mbappe both play on the same day, so we can only captain one of them.

There is plenty of debate to be had about the rest of the XV but two players we’d struggle to see us going without are Bruno Fernandes (€9.0m) and Federico Dimarco (€5.0m).

Dimarco looks very underpriced. We’ve seen him hit double figures for attacking returns in Serie A this season and while there was only one assist in qualifying, there were some strong underlying numbers: a minutes-per-shot average of 53.1 was one of the best posted by a defender.

Fernandes, meanwhile, created more chances and big chances (37 and 11) in qualifying than any other player. He also scored six goals. As we discussed in a recent article, he should be good for ball recoveries, too.

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25 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gommy
    • 14 Years
    14 days, 23 hours ago

    I think I must be missing something but can anyone advise if Pedri is selectable? And if so, what name he goes by in the game?

    1. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 23 hours ago

      Not there yet, nor is Bellanova who I would like if 4.5m.

      4 days to go and they haven't added fairly big names like Pedri, yet we can still pick Rashford (as 1% still have). Pretty, pretty poor.

      1. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 20 hours ago

        Bellanova too. 5m. Must have just had an update

        1. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          14 days, 20 hours ago

          Ah, well spotted 🙂

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 21 hours ago

      Pedri is listed now (as "Pedri"). 7m

      1. Alan The Llama
        • 14 Years
        14 days, 20 hours ago

        Good spot, thanks.

  2. SpaceCoyote97
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    14 days, 23 hours ago

    Kane-Mbappe (Lukaku)
    Saka-Palmer-Wirtz-Rodri (Calhanoglu)
    Mittelstadt-Dimarco-Frimpong-Grimaldo (Faes)
    Verbruggen (Lunin)

    Am I good to go? Is Palmer a good choice for a slight differential?

    1. RedJaro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 20 hours ago

      Nice team, but think England will start with Foden, Kane and Saka on top.

  3. Charlie Price
    • 3 Years
    14 days, 20 hours ago

    Charlie Price Franchise
    TTvmty

    League leader after Matchday/Stage 1 gets to wear the virtual yellow jersey for Stage 2. Winner publicised on these pages plus name checks on here for ‘podium’ finishers.

    Will anyone break away from the peloton during Stage 1 and grab the maillot jaune?

  4. Drop Dead Tsimikas
    • 12 Years
    14 days, 20 hours ago

    This is me so far:

    Lunin | Altay
    Theo | Faes | Dimarco | VvD | Mittelstadt
    Foden | Wirtz | Xhaka | Khvicha | Zinchenko
    Kane | CR7 | Mbappe

    Really want to get Havertz in there... Would you rather have:

    a). CR7 + Wirtz + Zinchenko
    or
    b). Havertz + Bruno + Rodri

    1. Moxon
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 19 hours ago

      B

    2. F4L
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 19 hours ago

      B

    3. azz007
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 19 hours ago

      Some decent differentials there.

  5. F4L
    • 9 Years
    14 days, 19 hours ago

    Vitinha not being overlooked? Seems to be creating chances/having shots in recent friendlies, taking some set-pieces, should have a chance of 3 ball recoveries. whenever i watched PSG last season he was one of their standout players. At 6mil he seems a better option than others in that price bracket

    1. Teemo
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      +1

  6. azz007
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 19 hours ago

    Why no love for Chiesa

    1. Mike Basset
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 19 hours ago

      I'm surprised at his low ownership, I've got him in with Albania up first for the Italians.

  7. fenixri
    • 8 Years
    14 days, 19 hours ago

    Is DeCuyper (4.5) nailed?

  8. azz007
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 19 hours ago

    Is dalot nailed or inaco/mendes

    1. Gullit
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      Martinez have his lineup for the first game set:

      Diogo Costa
      Cancelo, Rúben Dias, Pepe (Inácio), Nuno Mendes
      Palhinha, Vitinha
      Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Rafael Leão
      Cristiano Ronaldo

      The doubt about Pepe still remains due to fitness only.

      After the first match, Dalot may come in for Cancelo or Nuno Mendes if any of them underperformed. Even Nelson Semedo might be in contention.

  9. Bitsketchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    14 days, 1 hour ago

    OK, I think I'm ready 🙂

    Costa ~ Verbruggen
    TAA ~ Mittelstadt ~ Dimarco ~ Dumfries ~ T. Hernandez
    Trossard ~ Szoboszlai ~ Fernandes ~ Rodri ~ Chakvetadze
    Lukaku ~ Mbappe ~ Ronaldo

    I've dropped Kane - compared to Lukaku, Mbappe and Ronaldo, I just worry that English goals from a wider array of players. I think TAA is nailed on for a midfield role, so I can see him being part of the equation....

    Captain Schedule: Mittelstadt, Rodri, TAA, Lukaku, Ronaldo

    Subs: Costa, Dumfries, Hernandez and Chak

    1. Bitsketchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Figure I'm likely to transfer in some players from Croatia and Germany, depending on their first showing, for their games against Albania and Hungary in MW2....

  10. Bacon3339
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 13 hours ago

    Thoughts? Trying to think where to save a mil and improve the Georgia midfielder but hopefully cover all bases. What do you think? Trent is a gamble I admit but he could be amazing if starting in midfield.

    Lunin Costa

    TAA, Hernandez, mitt, cancelo, DiMarco

    Wirtz, Bellingham, calhanoglu, chakvetada(4.5) Bruno Fernandes

    Mbappe lukaku havertz

  11. Ronald O
      12 days, 1 hour ago

      French full backs are defending and going forward as goal threats / assists.