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So here we are – the first day of these European Championships. A summer of football is about to get underway, with a free, no-deposit FanTeam ‘Beat the Pundits League’ offering prizes.

Having picked out players who are cheaper than in the official Fantasy game, plus those ideally suited to its slightly different scoring system, it’s time to see if our final FFScout Team has changed since Tuesday.

As a reminder, every manager who finishes ahead of this squad will receive a free month of our Premium Membership.

Prizes galore in FanTeam's free 'Euro Beat the Pundits' league

A BRIEF OVERVIEW

Alongside the main cash-entry game, this free FanTeam league invites 5,000 managers to win a bunch of exciting prizes.

Not only are Scout Premium Memberships up for grabs but the top 160 will share £2,000 (as seen above). And you’re all invited to defeat some well-known FPL content creators, too.

Simply follow this link and enter the password: pundits2024

You can then pick a 15-man squad that fits within the £100m budget. There are seven Gameweeks and each deadline goes right up until the first kick-off but decisions can’t be tweaked afterwards.

Each manager gets one Wildcard to use. Points are similar to FPL, except slight tweaks for instances like saves, shots on target and giving away decisive fouls.

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SCOUT TEAM: FINAL DRAFT

One thing that hasn’t changed in this draft is the light substitutes bench. Knowing there can’t be mid-Gameweek switches in personnel or captaincy, this allows the budget to focus on our starting XI.

And with the chip situation being different to the tournament’s official game – where there are effectively two Wildcards plus Limitless for only seven rounds – ‘Beat the Pundits’ requires thinking beyond the first set of fixtures.

Beat Scout's final FanTeam 'Beat the Pundits' line-up to win prizes

Five changes have been made to the previous squad, headlined by the removal of Harry Kane (£11.0m). His 16 attempts during qualifying were surprisingly low and – although he scored 50% of them – we felt that his sacrificing could bring multiple benefits elsewhere.

Instead, Gianluca Scamacca (£6.0m) is up front. Picked out as someone cheaper than in the official game, the former West Ham United man should start against Albania despite just one goal from 16 Italian caps.

There’ll still be an England attacker though – Jude Bellingham (£8.5m) replaces Scott McTominay (£6.5m) in midfield. Bellingham is also one million cheaper here and had a great debut season at Real Madrid, netting 23 times.

Forfeiting Kane then enables Florian Wirtz (£7.5m) to be our German midfielder, rather than Ilkay Gundogan (£6.0m). It’s simply hard to ignore the youngster’s 18 goals and 20 assists that took Bayer Leverkusen to the verge of three trophies.

The other two amendments are in defence. Doubling up on Jordan Pickford (£6.0m) and Marc Guehi (£5.5m) felt excessive, with a shock Iceland defeat highlighting England’s weaknesses. However, it’s a backline that conceded fewer attempts (39) and shots on target (nine) than all other nations throughout qualifying, so let’s keep Pickford and move Guehi to attacking wing-back Federico Dimarco (£6.0m).

A tougher call was to lose Virgil van Dijk (£5.5m). The centre-back scored in the Netherlands’ latest two friendlies and is seemingly on penalty duties too – his selection was almost a no-brainer. Yet we still think Joao Cancelo (£6.5m) is an upgrade. He ranked as the best defender in qualification for goals (three) and shots on target (nine), the latter of which will soon be rewarded with 0.6 points each time.

In fact, getting Portugal coverage feels essential, considering they won all 10 games and were the team with the most goals (36) and fewest conceded (two). So we’re keeping in-form Bruno Fernandes (£9.5m), as he scored six, assisted seven and created a high of 37 chances.

They have a favourable group, as do Belgium. Romelu Lukaku’s (£10.0m) incredible 14 goals came in just eight appearances, making him an easy pick.

It’s not quite as straightforward for injury concern Kylian Mbappe (£11.5m). Arguably the world’s best player, he accumulated the most penalty area touches (85) and second-most shots (38) during qualifiers. He’s one of those rare regularly starting forwards that never get taken off, something rewarded with an extra FanTeam point.

Furthermore, the French superstar bagged a brace in both qualifiers against the Netherlands, who they face again in Gameweek 2. But if he’s not passed fit for the first match, that spot could go to Kane or Cristiano Ronaldo (£10.5m).

Playmaker Dominik Szoboszlai (£7.0m) played every single minute of Hungary’s eight matches and dominated their set-pieces. Meanwhile, we think there’s value in Mykola Matviienko (£4.5m) as it’s a fairly even-looking Group E.

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FURTHER DETAILS

It’s free for verified FanTeam account holders aged 18 or older, limited to one entry per person. No deposit is required. However, new users who do put money into their account and then enter any Fantasy cash game will also qualify for a free £10 ticket into the main contest that boasts a £175k prize pool.

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61 Comments Post a Comment
  1. sirmorbach
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Final questions, please:

    1 - Kane or Mbappé?

    2 - Theo (doubtful), Maehle or another 5.5? (I have Cancelo, Dimarco and Castagne already)

    1. ebb2sparky
      • 13 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      1 - Mbappe
      2 - I might punt on TAA. Obviously risky but if he starts I reckon he'll be the highest scoring defender in the game

    2. PartyTime
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Maehle or Grimaldo.

      1. PartyTime
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        1. Mbappe but Kane is also a solid pick. Can’t squeeze Both in?

      2. GreennRed
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Grimaldo. More nailed on. Unlikely to have
        Leverkusen level of output though.

        1. PartyTime
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          I agree since he won’t play as a wingback but should have set-piece duty which is good for his price.

  2. Nespinha
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Thoughts? Maybe I'm overrating some midfield punts

    Lunin, Costa
    Faes, Mittelstadt, Dimarco, Cancelo, Widmer
    Fernandes, Shaqiri, Szoboslai, Sudakov, Gundogan
    Kane, Mbappe, Lukaku

    1. Roshen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      my midfield, just with Hakan over Shaqiri

      seems good

    2. PartyTime
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Looks gtg. Widmer is the only one I don’t fancy having but one needs differential(s) in this game

      1. Nespinha
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Just a punt since he's basically playing in the midfield

  3. ebb2sparky
    • 13 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Any starting 4.5 midfielders?

    1. PartyTime
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Chakvetadze

      1. ebb2sparky
        • 13 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Cheers. Will probably bring him in as my current 4.5 choice didn't even make the final squad

  4. PartyTime
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Grimaldo highly owned in the official game but not on ffs neither do the experts have him.

    It seems I would be the only one here to post “Goaaaaaaal Grimaldooooooooo”

    1. Camzy
      • 14 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I have Grimaldo in all my drafts - both Euro and FanTeam. His upside is insane. I also don't think he's a rotation risk really when he's up against Cucurella. 11 league goals from LB/LWB too. Spanish defense is always strong as well because of how much possession they have.

      1. PartyTime
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Having played fantasy bundesliga last season I must say, he is a wicked pick.

      2. PartyTime
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        He had more points than Kane in fantasy bundesliga 😆 I’m not even bothered about possible rotation since I would use chips in group stage.

  5. sankalparora07
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Ohh my, Scout's team is almost similar to mine except I got VVD, Akanji, Lunin, Pedri and Kane instead of Pickford, Matviienko, Dimarco, Bellingham and Scamecca

      1. Camzy
        • 14 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        So it's vastly different then?

        5 changes to mostly starting players is half the team different...

        1. sankalparora07
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Yeah, or you can say 10 out of 15 players are same

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              2/3rds the same

              1/3rd different

          • Mirror Man
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Almost similar.

        2. Moxon
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          As the old adage goes, "high risk, high reward!"

          Verbruggen
          Frimpong | TAA | Dimarco | Mittelstadt
          Wirtz | Majer | Sudakov
          Kane | Mbappe | Scamacca

          Lunin | Bruno | Baumgartner | Cancelo

          Lock it in

          1. No Kane No Gain
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Why Frimpong over Denzel?! The bib theory?!

            1. Moxon
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Higher upside. Praying for the bib theory!

              1. No Kane No Gain
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Dumfries does have a high upside himself!

                1. Moxon
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Very true, he's an awesome pick but can't turn down the OOP potential

                  1. The Mentaculus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 7 days ago

                    I think I've been converted to the 'try both' theory. Might get lucky with Dumfries RB, Frimpong RW (probably not...) but can always sub one

              2. puddingbrood
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Dumfries joins the press conference though, which generally implies being in the starting 11.

          2. PartyTime
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Dumfries vs Frimpong is an interesting one. I have Dumfries but starting to think he gets benched 😆

            1. Moxon
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Don't take this as a sign to switch. I actually think Dumfries has a better chance of starting but I'm willing to take the risk on Frimpong

            2. No Kane No Gain
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Why benched though? It’s not like Denzel has been bad

              1. Eze Really?
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                If Frimpong plays he will be right wing.

                1. No Kane No Gain
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  And Dumfries RB?!

                  1. Eze Really?
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 7 days ago

                    I hear he can play left too.
                    Long time since I see him play. I just know he is a fun ownership. That is if he plays. Bottom line, we don't know atm.

              2. PartyTime
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Read ffscout opinion on the predicted xi. It is a reasonable one about Geertruida & Frimpong combo, Koeman also known for rotation.

                Ideally, Dumfries should have the advantage since he has more experience on the big stage.

              3. PartyTime
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Ffs predicted xi gave reasonable opinion but I would likely keep faith in Denzel.

        3. Peter Haddock
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Daft to go without Eng defence despite Pickford and Guehi being well priced?

          Costa / Lenin

          Cancelo / Faes / de Cuyper / Mittel / Dimarco

          Wirtz / Szob / Guler / Fernandes / Sudakov

          Mbappe / Kane / Lukaku

          1. DV8R
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 13 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            I have the same team as you except I have Guehi for De Cuyper and Lunin instead of someone you probably resurrected from the dead.

            1. Remi
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              The USSR team would be proud

          2. GreennRed
            • 12 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            No. It's an unsettled defence.

        4. Peter Haddock
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          That would be Lunin ha

        5. trinzoo
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          De Cuyper only nailed for MD1, right?

          1. Udogie-style
              1 month, 7 days ago

              1 and 2 last time I checked.

            • fenixri
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Its really hard to find any reliable info on Theate injury. So not sure for MD2.

          2. Udogie-style
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Which of these combinations?
              A) Castagne and De Cuyper
              B) TAA and Faes

              Cheers.

              1. DV8R
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 13 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                B

            • ArienSikder1
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              GK: Verburggen,D.Costa
              DEF: Faes, Guehi, Tah, Mittelstadt, Dimarco
              MID: Bruno, Foden Eriksen, Jorginho, Wirtz
              FOR: CR7, Lukaku, Mbappe

              Any suggestions? 1M in the bank

              1. The Mentaculus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Spend it on Jorginho upgrade

                1. PartyTime
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Or downgrade Jorginho to Chakvetadze & become richer

                  1. GreennRed
                    • 12 Years
                    1 month, 7 days ago

                    Could then go Eriksen to Trossard.

                2. ArienSikder1
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  any suggestions? got no one inside 6m

                  1. The Mentaculus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 7 days ago

                    Arda Güler. I'm not 100% he starts but he is in the predicted lineup here, played well last friendly, and I fancy a gamble v Georgia

            • Sebbo29
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Did I miss something or is the Spain preview still not online? Would be good to have it before the deadline!

            • DV8R
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 13 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Any big issues ahead of this team? No chip MD2, LL MD3. Guler is my punt for 1 game.

              Lunin / Costa
              Cancelo / Dimarco / Guehi / Mittel / Faes
              Bruno / Wirtz / Sudakov / Szbosz / Guler
              Lukaku / Kane / Mbappe

            • TheBiffas
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              All good?

              Lunin - Verbruggen
              M.M - TAA - Cancelo - Dimarco - Faes
              Bruno - Wirtz - Szobo - Simons - Calhanonglu
              Chiesa - Kane - Mbappe

            • Rickie Lambert's Partn…
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Good to go?

              Verbruggen
              TAA - Tah - Mittelstadt - Dimarco
              Trossard - Saka - Gundogan (C)
              Lukaku - Kane - Mbappe

              Lunin - Fernandes - Faes - Chakvetadze

            • MagicMan444
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Can you carry unused transfers over in all 7 game weeks in Fanteam?

              1. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                No.
                2 per round in group stages. 4 per round in knock-outs. 1 wildcard to use whenever you like. No carryover of transfers.

                1. MagicMan444
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Bit different to the premier league game then. You can carry transfers over week after week in that one. Best make use of exactly 2 transfers per week then!

                  1. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Yep! Use it or lose it.