Euro 2024

Euro 2024 Fantasy team previews: Slovakia

Next in our Euro 2024 Fantasy team previews, we take a look at Slovakia in Group E.

Francesco Calzona’s starting XI will be one of the oldest but, having reached a third successive European Championship, they’re in an even-looking pool alongside Ukraine and Romania.

In these country-by-country guides, we’ll be looking at the best players from each nation, taking a stab at predicted line-ups, reviewing the road to Germany and more.

To do this, we’ll be calling on the help of correspondents from each nation.

Here, we enlist the assistance of Adam Kucharík (aka @iamkuxo).

All prices given are from the official Fantasy Euro 2024 game.


THE ROAD TO QUALIFICATION

PosTeamPWDLGFGADiffPts
1Portugal101000362+3430
2Slovakia10712178+922
3Luxembourg105231319-617
4Iceland103161716+110
5Bosnia and Herzegovina10307920-119
6Liechtenstein100010128-270

2022 was a low moment for Slovakia’s national team. After missing out on making the winter World Cup, all-time top appearance maker and goal scorer Marek Hamsik decided to retire. Then, defeats to Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan (twice) meant the Sokoli finished behind the pair in Nations League C Group 3.

So they recruited Calzona, an assistant at Napoli during Hamsik’s time there, for his first-ever job as head coach. In fact, he’s been job-sharing since February, having been appointed as the Italian side’s manager for the final 2023/24 months.

Now that Antonio Conte has taken over the reins in Naples, Calzona can fully concentrate on maintaining the momentum of being the only nation from ‘pot five’ to qualify for these Euros.

Despite beginning with a 0-0 at home to Luxembourg, successful doubles over Iceland and Bosnia and Herzegovina meant Slovakia ended with the joint-most points of all group runners-up. Hamsik briefly came back to play during an injury crisis.

Curiously, their five clean sheets ranked amongst the highest but Giorgi Mamardashvili (€4.5m) is the only upcoming participant who made more saves than Martin Dubravka (€4.5m).

Whoever gets second in Group E won’t have to face a group winner in the round of 16. It’d be one of just two ties involving nobody from first place, adding appeal to Slovak Fantasy assets.


QUALIFICATION IN NUMBERS

  • Most starts: David Hancko (10), Martin Dubravka, Stanislav Lobotka (9)
  • Most goals: Lukas Haraslin (3)
  • Most assists: David Hancko (3)
  • Clean sheets: 5 from 10
UNDERLYING STATS

RECORD SINCE QUALIFYING

DateCompetitionOppositionResultScoreGoalscorersAssists
23 MarchFriendlyAustria (h)L0-2
26 MarchFriendlyNorway (a)D1-1DudaDuris
5 JuneFriendlySan Marino (n)W4-0Rigo, Suslov, Haraslin, StrelecGyomber, Strelec, De Marco
9 JuneFriendlyWales (h)W4-0Kucka, Bozenik, Ampadu (OG), BenesHaraslin x2, Hancko

Consecutive 4-0 wins have fixed the negativity from March’s outings versus Austria and Norway. Instead of going 2-0 down to an Erling Haaland penalty, the spot kick was saved and Ondrej Duda (€6.0m) went on to grab a late equaliser.

Fresh from a 16-goal season at Sparta Prague, Haraslin did well over the past week but is his nation’s most expensive Fantasy option.

Feyenoord full-back Hancko netted seven times in all 2023/24 club competitions and assisted the second goal against Wales.

Converting the cross was centre-forward Robert Bozenik (€6.0m), whose previous 31 caps brought a mere two strikes. It’s similar at club level, totalling 16 goals from 90 league appearances since 2020/21.


MOST RECENT INTERNATIONAL LINE-UPS

05/06/2024 – San Marino (n)

[4-3-3] Rodak; Pekarik (Obert 46), Gyomber (Duris 76), Skriniar, De Marco; Rigo (Holly 68), Hrosovsky, Benes; Suslov (Tupta 60), Strelec (Polievka 60), Haraslin (Sauer 46)

09/06/2024 – Wales (h)

[4-3-3] Dubravka; Pekarik, Vavro (De Marco 77), Skriniar, Hancko (Obert 71); Lobotka, Kucka (Bero 82), Duda (Benes 71); Schranz (Suslov 71), Bozenik (Tupta 77), Haraslin


GROUP FIXTURES

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  • 26 June: Romania

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64 Comments Post a Comment
  1. sirmorbach
    • 8 Years
    14 days, 12 hours ago

    Guardian preview doesn't have Frimpong starting...

    1. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      What about Ginter and Gunter?

      1. sirmorbach
        • 8 Years
        14 days, 12 hours ago

        You're so funny

    2. I Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Based on their lineup today it's looking like Dumfries and Xavi Simons.

    3. The Mentaculus
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      • 2 Years
      14 days, 4 hours ago

      Yeah I don't think its happening. Got briefly excited by him but had already reverted to VVD before last night

  2. sirmorbach
    • 8 Years
    14 days, 12 hours ago

    Saka or Trossard?

    1. BUZZBOMB
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Been playing with this all weekend. Now on T.

    2. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      I can’t focus on this, Wordle isn’t going to solve itself!

    3. I Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Bit worried about Saka's minutes.

  3. Scratch
    • 14 Years
    14 days, 12 hours ago

    All of the MotM awards for the last Euros.
    It's pretty much as I'd remembered... if a forward gets a brace or hatty it's theirs obviously. Effective attacking wingbacks do very well and the occasional CB. Main men like KDB, Yarmolenko, Modric, Alaba, Shaqiri and Bale get some as do defensive midfield anchors. Nothing for GKs unless they win a shootout. Pretty much every player to scoop one is a well known name

    https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/history/news/026a-127f3b6cf94b-53633417795b-1000--every-euro-2020-star-of-the-match/

  4. Bitsketchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    14 days, 12 hours ago

    OK, I think that I'm happy with my first draft:

    Lukaku Kane Mbappe
    Trossard Palmer Fernandes Rodri Chakvetadze
    Dimarco Tah Dumfries T.Hernandez Mittlestadt
    Costa Sels

    Any thoughts? I'm not convinced tha Palmer will get the game time - so much competition in that midfield.....

    1. Scratch
      • 14 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      I think the Belgian coach named Casteels as their first choice a couple days ago

    2. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Don't think Palmer and Sels will start.

    3. I Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 12 hours ago

      Don't think Palmer will start and Sels definitely won't.

  5. Silva Bilva Tilva Pilva
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 11 hours ago

    Hi mates, any insights on my first draft?

    Mbappé | Kane | Lukaku
    Bruno | Eriksen | Wirtz | Çalhanoglu | Jorginho
    Cancelo | Theo | Di Marco | Mittelstadt | Faes
    Costa | Verbruggen

    1. Silva Bilva Tilva Pilva
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      My doubt is if I should swap Cancelo and Jorginho for Guehi and Shaqiri…

    2. I Member
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 10 hours ago

      I prefer the Cancelo + Jorginho combo. Good team

  6. Jonesfromthere
    • 12 Years
    14 days, 4 hours ago

    I don’t normally knee jerk but Depay was excellent last night

    1. The Mentaculus
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      • 2 Years
      14 days, 4 hours ago

      Was wondering if it was just fitness that meant he wasn't in any drafts here. Had seen some suggestions that he might not make the first game but after playing 84mins I guess he's gtg.

    2. GreennRed
      • 12 Years
      14 days, 4 hours ago

      No doubting his quality, can be inconsistent. Who are your alternatives for his price?

    3. fenixri
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 3 hours ago

      For me its between him and Hojlund for MD1. Netherlands are firing, and Poland is unlucky with recent injuries.

  7. GreennRed
    • 12 Years
    14 days, 4 hours ago

    Is Verbruggen a nailed on starter?

      1. GreennRed
        • 12 Years
        14 days, 3 hours ago

        Cheers Mentaculus. Costa and himself keepers.

        1. The Mentaculus
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          • 2 Years
          14 days, 3 hours ago

          Verbruggen + Strakosha/Lunin for me, depending on if I can spare the 0.5m. Pretty confident in Bart, especially with Poland's new batch of injuries. Several mentions of Poland taking plenty of long shots in the preview here which could also bump his save count

          1. Alan The Llama
            • 14 Years
            14 days, 2 hours ago

            Netherlands and Ukraine play the same day on gw2 which would put me off the Verbruggen/Lunin combo - unless you already have transfer plans.

            1. GreennRed
              • 12 Years
              14 days, 2 hours ago

              Good spot. Maybe not that combo but watch out for 2nd and 3rd round keepers. Some will play the same day unlike in the first round.

            2. The Mentaculus
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              • 2 Years
              14 days, 2 hours ago

              I'm pretty set on playing all chips in the group stage & wouldn't have Verbruggen MD2, but thanks for looking out for me anyway 🙂

              1. Men in green tights
                • 5 Years
                14 days, 2 hours ago

                Originally I was going with using all chips in the group stage . But recently contemplating using only LL for md2 and use the 2 transfers for md3 which would leave me to use the WC for the qfs.
                Still thinking on this approach.
                Cheers

                1. GreennRed
                  • 12 Years
                  14 days, 2 hours ago

                  1 FT for round 2. 3 for round 3. WC in QF or semi. LL for final.

                  1. The Mentaculus
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                    • 2 Years
                    14 days, 1 hour ago

                    Hmm I wonder if you should reconsider LL final tbh. Doesn't look difficult to afford all the big guns together no matter the teams (will often have to include some low-ceiling mids just due to the positional classifications), and it'll likely be a bit cagey anyway. I think LL is better suited to having a spread of premium picks across multilple teams. Myself, I'm targeting something like this for MD3:

                    Cancelo Theo Grimaldo Castagne Dalot/Mendes
                    KDB Bellingham Saka Olmo Pedri
                    Kane Mbappé Ronaldo

                    Just hoping for minimal rotation, but in any case the expensive bench should help with that

                    1. GreennRed
                      • 12 Years
                      13 days, 23 hours ago

                      I don't care about player costs for the final. 105m woulf prob cover squad for final, I only need 11 starters anyway. It'll give me scope to pick from 4 semi finalists without concern for them reaching the final. Too much talk about big guns based on club form, not doing as good for their country. And too much emphasis on potential winners when there's decent points to be had from lesser lights like Kerkez.

                2. The Mentaculus
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                  • 2 Years
                  14 days, 2 hours ago

                  I did that for the first time in UCL fantasy this year (WC QF) and it worked quite nicely, but the abundance of potential 1st v 2nd clashes in MD2 here presents an interesting dilemma - do you stick with the big names despite some more difficult fixtures, or go ultra differential on some middling teams with easier fixtures? I think I favour the latter, loading up on Ukraine, Croatia (although tbh I expect they might pip Italy to 2nd), Austria, maybe Serbia/Switzerland; and avoiding the Spain v Italy, England v Denmark, France v Netherlands games in particular

                  1. Men in green tights
                    • 5 Years
                    14 days, 1 hour ago

                    Was not going the big guns for md2 with LL was using that to pick a completely different team to target to the fixtures , and have my md1 team roughly set up to cover md3 by using the 2ft as well . Also I have kept away from England players as seen more potential upside on other players as stated before got a couple of Turkish players in squad still at the moment .Almost happy with my team , how about yours ?
                    Seems strange no Norwegian or Austrian league football matches

                    1. The Mentaculus
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                      • 2 Years
                      14 days, 45 mins ago

                      Makes sense. I'm mostly settled, just 2 mid spots I keep shuffling around now.

                      I do miss Eliteserien; took a hit to set myself up with a power mid of Grønbæk / Tripic /Eikrem last round and looking forward to that paying back!

      2. azz007
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        What about Sels is he bailed on.

        Also is Pickford a good pick. Not see any England defenders either being suspect.

        1. The Mentaculus
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          • 2 Years
          14 days, 43 mins ago

          I think Casteels was confirmed as Belgium's starting GK. I'm not too sure about Pickford MD1/2 with all the defensive injuries. Tadic/Mitrovic/Vlahovic looks a pretty capable attack

          1. azz007
            • 6 Years
            14 days, 25 mins ago

            Those are good points who are the two best rotation keepers.

            Vb and Lunin

            1. The Mentaculus
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              • 2 Years
              14 days, 14 mins ago

              I like that combo for MD1 a lot, yeah

  8. GreennRed
    • 12 Years
    14 days, 4 hours ago

    Could still be a few boaters, players back from injury, Transfermarkt is your friend, but some good pointers here:

    https://theanalyst.com/eu/2024/06/uefa-euro-2024-qualifying-stats/

  9. AceKn1ght
    • 8 Years
    14 days, 3 hours ago

    Hi all,

    Just wondering if any of you play Sorare?

    I signed up when it was first posted here about 3 years ago, and can honestly say I’ve had a lot of fun with it.

    They are doing a free to play 5 a side competition for the euros, where you play as a team of up to 20.

    Just wondered if there was any interest here to make an FFScout league?

    Join my co-op Sorare fantasy league! Everyone wins something, and the top prize is playing 5-a-side football with Zidane! #EuroFantasy https://sorare.com/football/play/rivals/leagues/invite/VWH6LK/uknighted

    1. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Wasn’t there a really big issue with this?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 10 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        They made Geoff play Soare, pretty sure against his will, and I think he lost very quickly because we never heard anything more.

        1. The Knights Template
          • 10 Years
          14 days, 1 hour ago

          You forgot the disclaimer:

          * I am over 18 and understand I’ve been had and will never see mine money again!

  10. lekkerschmekker
    • 4 Years
    14 days, 3 hours ago

    Rank danish centre-backs in order of least rotation risk

    1. Mirror Man
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Maehle

    2. Dotherightthing
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 3 hours ago

      What do we think guys?

      Pickford, Strakosha.

      Cancelo, Dumfries, Maehle, Cambiaso, Mittelstadt.

      Bruno, Writz, Szoboslai, Calhanoglu, Rodri.

      Mbappe, Kane, Havertz.

      Thanx

      1. The Mentaculus
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        • 2 Years
        14 days, 3 hours ago

        Looks sweet. My only question is Cambiaso - where do you expect him to play? Looks like he started LWB v Bosnia which should presumably be Di Marco's spot...?

        1. Dotherightthing
          • 8 Years
          14 days, 4 mins ago

          I've got my sources 😉 😀 Jokes aside.. I know that Spalletti (Italian's coach) has a soft spot for him... Also he played very well on the last friendly and Dimarco very badly... He is an extremely attacking full back (with Juve he's done well) and he would be perfect in a 3-5-2 against a smaller team... at 4, it seems a great punt to me against Albania

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

      A Kaku Trossard
      Or
      B Chiesa Kdb

      1. NZREDS
        • 10 Years
        14 days, 2 hours ago

        A

    4. GreennRed
      • 12 Years
      14 days, 2 hours ago

      Predicted lineups from week ago so they are subject to good change. Good articles attended bottom of the page.

      https://allaboutfpl.com/2024/06/2024-euro-fantasy-predicted-lineups-of-all-24-teams/

    5. PartyTime
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 2 hours ago

      Where’s Ronaldo? Airport that way! Where’s Ronaldo? He’s crying in his car!

      Where’s Ronaldo? He’s in my euro fantasy team!

    6. azz007
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 56 mins ago

      Wc md2
      LL md3

      Good fixtures

    7. Remi
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 38 mins ago

      What do you guys think?

      Maignan, Costa.

      Théo, Mittelstadt, Dimarco, Dumfries, Cancelo.

      DeBruyne, Damsgaard, Jorginho, Bruno, Calhanoglu.

      Mbappé, Lukaku, Hojlund.

      Thank you!

      1. The Mentaculus
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        • 2 Years
        14 days, 33 mins ago

        I'm not totally if Damsgaard will start...? Other than that, like it. Stronger on Belgium than mine but maybe I'm too down on them after their dire WC under Martinez, and the more I look at that Slovakia fixture, the more I think I should try to target it

      2. Silva Bilva Tilva Pilva
        • 6 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Really like the idea of going without Kane, but I don't know If I can do it...

    8. Remi
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 22 hours ago

      That's because I'm not from England, it's easier for me

      1. Silva Bilva Tilva Pilva
        • 6 Years
        13 days, 22 hours ago

        I'm not either. I'm from Portugal, it should be easier for me to choose Ronaldo, but also not keen on doing that...