Euro 2024

Euro 2024 Fantasy: Zophar’s Matchday 4 team reveal

In the latest of our articles from our team of contributors, Zophar – who has eight top 10k FPL finishes to his name – discusses his Euro 2024 Fantasy team for Matchday 4.

He’s used the Limitless chip in Matchday 3 but still has a Wildcard to use later on. Instead, it’s regular free transfers for this Round of 16.


After a pretty decent Matchday 2, I found Matchday 3 to be a bit of a letdown from a Fantasy perspective, with none of the high-profile names delivering. The 86 points of last time were followed by just 60 here. Additionally, I gave up Kylian Mbappe’s (€11.0m) six-pointer for a Romelu Lukaku (€9.0m) captaincy misfire.

Euro 2024 Fantasy: Zophar's Matchday 4 team reveal | Round of 16

Yet overall, it’s been a decent run so far. I’m currently sitting at around 8k and still have my Wildcard chip to use, after using Limitless in Matchday 3. Now, let’s have a look at how these knockout stages shape up.

PREDICTING THE BRACKET

As the below graphic from @robtfpl shows, Spain, Germany, Portugal, England and the Netherlands are those heavily favoured by bookmakers to reach the quarter-finals.

I think if you’re looking to activate a Wildcard immediately after this upcoming round, for Matchday 5, it makes sense to load up on the first four teams right now. Maybe no more than one Dutch player, as I think Romania are being slightly undervalued.

However, for managers who have already used all their chips, it’s a little bit trickier.

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Above: My knockout stage prediction

Assuming all the bookies’ favourites win their Round of 16 matches, we’ll then be looking at some difficult games for these same Spain, Germany, Portugal and England sides.

Indeed, Austria aren’t a pushover either, as they have already shown. I suggest you visit UEFA’s ‘Create Your Bracket’ to do your predictions before drafting a Matchday 4 squad. Also, take note of how many free transfers we’ll all receive.

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You will have three of them for the quarter-finals, in case there are Round of 16 upsets. Although most of these imminent ties look straightforward, making it fairly easy to navigate.

Even so, fielding a full semi-final XI could be tricky if you back the wrong half of these close encounters. For example, if Germany and Portugal get knocked out by Spain and France.

For a ‘no chip’ draft, I suggest you check out this article from my FPL Wire co-host Lateriser.

MY MATCHDAY 4 TEAM REVEAL

For more thoughts on this, check out our Matchday 4 episode of The FPL Wire.


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  1. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 4 Years
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Somehow ended up with triple Netherlands, England, Spain and Germany (4x3).
    Looks unbalanced but those fixtures seem the best to target.

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

      4 Spain, 3 Portugal, 2 England, 2 Germany as mine currently stands

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

      Denmark is a better fixture to target than Slovenia/Turkey?

  2. JBG
    • 6 Years
    18 days, 12 hours ago

    https://x.com/SamC_reports/status/1806766274422149153

    "ENGLAND EXPECTED XI VS SLOVAKIA:

    Pickford, Trippier, Stones, Guehi, Walker, Mainoo, Rice, Jude, Foden, Saka; Kane"

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 7 Years
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Foden is back already? Lolz

    2. FPL Brains
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      18 days, 11 hours ago

      Not according to Skysports

    3. Les Bleus
      • 12 Years
      18 days, 7 hours ago

      Nice. That lineup has worked out so well in the group stage...

    4. Bluetiger1
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 3 hours ago

      I feel Southgate against a low block has to take the hand brakes off
      & players with attacking players.

      I think he will go with Mainoo

      Saka - seems to be playing after a long season/carrying injuries - I would choose Palmer

      Foden/Jude both need to be in a number 10 position but Southgate will not change adapt systems.
      I would play Gorden in front of one of those due to rigid formation with safety first & wanting at least six behind the ball at all times. This would allow Tripper inside & Gordon outside

      Wildcard choice (Southgate should have done in the group stages) Kane seem to recovering from injuries - bold i would play Watkins - Kane is not staying up front & we need to stretch the play.

  3. Silva Bilva Tilva Pilva
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    18 days, 12 hours ago

    Pedri or Williams? I’m not sure which

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

      I've gone Williams, looked really good against Italy

    2. bso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      18 days, 11 hours ago

      No interest in Ruiz? Are Pedro and Williams a better choice?

      1. Ausman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        18 days, 6 hours ago

        I'm on Ruiz. Neither Pedri or Williams interest me much.
        I have 3 Spanish outfield players; Carvajal; Ruiz; Morata. Also have Simon in goal as I fancy Spain to go deep into the tournament, and i don't want to be replacing GKs.

    3. Bluetiger1
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 3 hours ago

      Williams

    4. Blame it on Traore
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      18 days, 3 hours ago

      Williams

  4. Bacon3339
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    18 days, 12 hours ago

    Wildcard in the bank, planning to go next round but will hold depending on results.

    Pickford (Costa)

    Carvajal Cucurella Guehi Stones (Cancelo)

    Musiala, N Williams, Foden, Bruno (Baumgartner)

    Morata, Mbappe, Ronaldo

    I like Gakpo so he has potential. I’m relying on a plain or England clean sheet but if neither do then that’s life. Also open to moving on foden but not entirely sure where

    1. GreennRed
      • 12 Years
      18 days, 11 hours ago

      To Palmer.

  5. FPL Blow-In
    • 11 Years
    18 days, 12 hours ago

    Not looked at this much last few days. No WC team, thoughts?

    Simon, Pickford
    Carvahal, Cucu, Akanji, Guehi, Mittle
    Fernandes, Saka, Musiala, Baumgartner, Simmons
    Kane, Ronaldo Morata

    2m itb to play with

    1. FPL Blow-In
      • 11 Years
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Keepers are same day hit without a WC and on opposite sides of the draw, think it’s worth risking for long term gain. Spain cs against Georgia seems likely

      1. azz007
        • 6 Years
        18 days, 12 hours ago

        This was my conundrum. It Georgia have suprised us all with their counter attacking. Swapped to pcik ford Maigna

  6. Pomp and Circumstance
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    18 days, 12 hours ago

    opinions on this draft? have WC available for next round (or the one after that); should probably make a few changes, so appreciate your feedback!

    Donnaruma, Simon
    Carvajal, Guehi, Mittelstadt, Cancelo, Ake
    Bruno, Wirtz, Gundogan, Guler, Baumgartner,
    Ronaldo, Morata, Kane

    1. Scratch
      • 14 Years
      18 days, 11 hours ago

      Wirtz might be dropped

  7. sirmorbach
    • 8 Years
    18 days, 11 hours ago

    Ruiz or Williams?

    Gakpo or Kane?

    Bruno or Bellingham?

    1. The Iceman
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 11 hours ago

      Williams
      Gakpo
      Bruno Fernandes

      1. Blame it on Traore
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        18 days, 3 hours ago

        This

  8. Supernova
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 14 Years
    18 days, 11 hours ago

    Sabitzer vs Baumgartner
    Virgil vs Ake

    Thoughts on these tight calls?

    1. The Iceman
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 11 hours ago

      Was leaning towards Sabitzer for minutes, but now prefer Baumgartner as he gets into some great attacking positions.

      VVD.

    2. Blame it on Traore
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      18 days, 3 hours ago

      Baumgartner and VVD I reckon

  9. The Iceman
    • 1 Year
    18 days, 11 hours ago

    Any obvious changes to make here? (No chips remaining).

    Pickford | Maignan

    VVD | Cancelo | Carvajal | Cucurella | Guehi

    Fernandes | Musiala | Gundogan | Williams | Baumgartner

    Mbappe | Morata | Gakpo

    1. Winter_is_coming
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      18 days, 11 hours ago

      Since no WC (I am in the same position) leaning towards Kane, projected score this round is similar to Mbappe, but he got easier bracket potentially.

  10. Naby K8a
    • 8 Years
    18 days, 11 hours ago

    Too distracted by events at HMP Wandsworth to make a Euro's draft...

  11. Pomp and Circumstance
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    18 days, 11 hours ago

    England: sideways, sideways, backward, backward (sigh!)

    and again we're choosing their players in our teams! (have Kane and Guehi)

    1. PartyTime
      • 3 Years
      18 days, 9 hours ago

      England aren’t aggressive enough. Boring to watch, you gotta ask where are the shots at goal? Absolutely nowhere to be found! That alone describes their football at the moment.

      Yet, we hope it changes for good.

  12. Yolo Toure
    • 9 Years
    18 days, 11 hours ago

    Pick 2 out of 3: Sabitzer, Baumgartner, Pedri

    1. Pomp and Circumstance
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      18 days, 11 hours ago

      think Baumgartner is a good choice; had him in GW 2--with him as captain, he got me 22 points

      planning to have him in team now again; I reckon it's nice to have a less well known but quality player in a team that people have been praising in Austria

    2. Ausman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      18 days, 6 hours ago

      Sabi & Baum.

    3. Bluetiger1
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 3 hours ago

      Sabitzer, Baumgartner

    4. Blame it on Traore
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      18 days, 3 hours ago

      Yeah. Sabitzer and Baumgartner

  13. PartyTime
    • 3 Years
    18 days, 10 hours ago

    Invest in
    1) Italian defence
    2) Dutch defence

    Pick
    A) Carvajal
    B) Cucurella
    C) Both

    1. Pomp and Circumstance
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      18 days, 10 hours ago

      on a related question, who do people think is the best Dutch defender to have?

      1. PartyTime
        • 3 Years
        18 days, 9 hours ago

        VVD clearly the nailed on favorite. Dumfries, Verbruggen, Ake worth considering.
        Frimpong only if we know he starts.

        On a related question, could you kindly give your opinion on the above?

      2. Bluetiger1
        • 2 Years
        18 days, 3 hours ago

        VVD

    2. SpaceCadet
      • 10 Years
      18 days, 8 hours ago

      1
      A

      1. PartyTime
        • 3 Years
        18 days, 3 hours ago

        Thank you

  14. Scratch
    • 14 Years
    18 days, 8 hours ago

    Think i'm going with this although quite unsure on my forwards, would happily put in Fullkrug and Kane for any of my current 3

    Pickford, Costa
    Guehi, Cancelo, Bastoni, Cucurella, VVD
    Nico W, Rodri, KDB, Gundogan, Sabitzer
    Mbappe, Morata, Ronaldo

  15. SpaceCadet
    • 10 Years
    18 days, 8 hours ago

    Thoughts on the latest draft folks? Targeting the fixture and going max Spain. Wc in QFs.

    Neuer Pickford
    Carvajal bastoni guehi ake mendes
    Bruno musiala ruiz williams baumgartner
    Kane mbappe morata

  16. bso
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    18 days, 5 hours ago

    Musiala or Gundo for Capt?

    1. Roshen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 3 hours ago

      I'm on Gundo

      1. Bluetiger1
        • 2 Years
        18 days, 3 hours ago

        This

  17. Blame it on Traore
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    18 days, 3 hours ago

    Morning guys. What's with such heavy emphasis on the wildcard? Am I missed something? Looks like everyone should have unlimited free transfers this round (I used Limitless last round).

    1. Gronkalot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      18 days, 2 hours ago

      I think the "emphasis" is related to whether you have a WC still available for later rounds.

      If you do, the team can be more short-term focused for this round or maybe the QFs too.
      No WC left and the focus needs to be on minimising the number of changes required between now and the final, so minutes played, yellow cards, and future point potential becomes more important.

  18. shirtless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    18 days, 3 hours ago

    Hmm triple German midfield or put a Spaniard in there?

    Musiala(c) Wirtz Gundogan Fernandes Baumgartner

    1. Mother Farke
        18 days, 3 hours ago

        Put a Spaniard in. Denmark are a decent team. Georgia may have shown lots of spirit so far, but I just get a feeling Spain's quality/experience will be far too much for them.

        1. Ausman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          18 days, 3 hours ago

          Exactly this!

          1. shirtless
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            18 days, 1 hour ago

            On might go Wirtz to Williams?

    2. PartyTime
      • 3 Years
      18 days, 3 hours ago

      Those with Spanish attackers. Are you not worried about minutes played? Given De la fuente makes early sub & wouldn’t write off rotation

        1. PartyTime
          • 3 Years
          18 days, 2 hours ago

          Unfortunately, my Spanish is poor

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

          If Pedri, Le Normand & Carvajal might come off early, plus Morata & Williams tend to he subbed around 70, it kind of makes me want Yamal more...

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

      Just wondering everyone’s country make of teams ,
      Mine is 3 Fra , 3 Eng , 3 Aus, 2 Ger,2 Spa, 1 Neth and 1 Slov.
      Cheers

      1. Club-De-Belon
        • 3 Years
        18 days, 1 hour ago

        Slov : Lobotka or Haraslin?

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

          Karnicnik

          1. Club-De-Belon
            • 3 Years
            18 days, 1 hour ago

            Different Slov then!

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

              Yep Slovenia

      2. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        18 days, 1 hour ago

        3 Spain, 3 England, 3 France, 2 Austria, 1 Germany, 1 Portugal, 1 Switzerland, 1 Italy

      3. Hairy Potter
        • 9 Years
        18 days, 1 hour ago

        4 Spain, 3 England, 2 Germany, 2 Netherlands, 2 Portugal, 1 France, 1 Italy

        1. Hairy Potter
          • 9 Years
          18 days, 1 hour ago

          I might be down to 3 Spain by the deadline.

      4. Ausman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        18 days, 1 hour ago

        4 Spain; 2 Slovinia; 2 Austria; 1 Germany; 1 Denmark; 1 Portugal; 1 England; 1 Swiss; 1 France; 1 Slovakia

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

          And the one-upmanship begins 😉 Can we get a 3 for Slovenia?

      5. Club-De-Belon
        • 3 Years
        18 days, 1 hour ago

        4 Por, 3 Esp, 2 Ger, 2 Eng, 2 Ned, 2 Aut so far

        But I still consider to punt on one player (either in MID, or I will sell Kane and punt on FWD, while getting an English mid).

      6. shirtless
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        17 days, 23 hours ago

        4 GER
        2 ENG
        2 FRA
        2 SPA
        2 POR
        & Nita Lukaku Baumgartner

    4. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      18 days, 1 hour ago

      Zophar showing mad respect for the bottom half of the draw:

      "some interest in the Netherlands too but Romania have been one of the biggest surprises and I think they might pull off a victory"

      - proceeds to pick Netherlands to beat Austria & Italy en route to making the final 😆

    5. SpaceCadet
      • 10 Years
      18 days, 1 hour ago

      Thoughts on the latest draft? Wc in QFs.

      Donna Pickford
      Cancelo Hernandez guehi carvajal cucurella
      Bilva saka musiala Baumgartner Ruiz
      Mbappe Ronaldo Morata

      1. No Kane No Gain
        • 5 Years
        18 days, 58 mins ago

        Change keepers as they play each other next week.

        Can you get Bruno over Bilva?!

    6. No Kane No Gain
      • 5 Years
      18 days, 58 mins ago

      Only space for 1 German…

      Musiala or Gundo?!

      1. Count of Monte Hristo
        • 11 Years
        18 days, 50 mins ago

        Musiala

      2. ryacoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        18 days, 48 mins ago

        I prefer Gundo - sounds like Fullkrug could start over Havertz, so Gundo should be back on pens

        1. Scratch
          • 14 Years
          18 days, 34 mins ago

          Havertz may go out wide at the expense of Wirtz