Scout Notes

Euro 2024 Fantasy: Foden shines, Kane eyes Golden Boot + Morata injury boost

A huge night in Dortmund saw England edge past the Netherlands in the second Euro 2024 semi-final.

Twenty-four hours earlier, Spain had seen off France to book their place in Sunday’s final in Berlin.

Here are some of the most noteworthy developments, from a Fantasy perspective.

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MATCH SUMMARIES

FPL-INSPIRED WINNER

Pre-match, our Dugout Discussion asked whether this clash would be more like England’s Euro 96 masterclass or Ronald Koeman causing anger and heartache in the infamous World Cup 1994 qualifier.

Yet it was more like the 2023/24 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) campaign. Cole Palmer (€7.3m) and Ollie Watkins (€7.4m) ended it as the best midfielder and forward, with 244 and 228 points respectively.

They replaced Harry Kane (€11.0m) and Phil Foden (€9.0m) in a risky 80th-minute double substitution, in an attempt to rescue a positive first-half performance that disappointingly fizzled out and returned to its usual standards.

But, in fairness to Gareth Southgate, his decision paid off handsomely in the 90th minute. Out of nowhere, Palmer’s through ball allowed Watkins to hold off Stefan de Vrij (€5.1m) and – from a tight angle – clinically fire into the far corner.

It earned him Player of the Match and, consequently, England have reached a second successive European Championship final. This time, it’ll be a daunting task against Spain.

JOINT-TOP SCORER KANE

Yet those Fantasy managers hoping for clean sheets were quickly saddened. Xavi Simons (€7.0m) gave the Dutch a seventh-minute lead when he stole the ball from a hesitant Declan Rice (€6.6m) and shot past Jordan Pickford (€5.0m) from outside of the box.

Soon after, the referee awarded England a very generous penalty. Kane’s shot missed the target and a follow-through involving Denzel Dumfries (€5.5m) was controversially judged to have been a foul. The Bayern Munich forward buried his spot-kick right into Bart Verbruggen’s (€4.6m) corner, meaning he delivered points for both earning and netting it.

Despite his seemingly under-par tournament, Kane is now one of six players to be joint-top scorer with three goals. Both he and Dani Olmo (€7.6m) will be aiming to win the outright honour in Berlin.

BETTER FROM FODEN

An eventful first half was probably England’s best of the tournament, albeit with little else to compete with. Many moments revolved around either Dumfries or Foden.

Minutes after conceding the penalty, Dumfries cleared a Foden shot off the line when Manchester City’s playmaker danced his way to an attempted prod past Verbruggen.

The Netherlands’ full-back headed a 30th-minute corner off the crossbar before Foden decided it was his turn to hit the frame. Positioned similarly to Lamine Yamal’s (€6.6m) Tuesday night stunner, Foden’s curler clipped the post and went wide.

He may still be without any attacking returns from England’s six matches but at least he was lively here. Another long-range attempt from the Yamal spot forced a good Verbruggen save.

SHAW ON AT HALF-TIME

Meanwhile, Kieran Trippier (€6.0m) once more got the nod to be in Southgate’s XI rather than Luke Shaw (€5.0m). Things were switched at the break but it coincided with the Netherlands growing into the game, sensing that England were playing for extra time. Virgil van Dijk (€6.0m) brought a save from Pickford.

Ultimately, Shaw didn’t do much going forward – three crosses, one chance created, 0.02 expected goal involvement (xGI) – but it should ensure he starts the final in a more balanced line-up. A differential way for Fantasy managers to cover England’s defence, knowing he scored in the Euro 2020 showcase.

In other news, van Dijk was joined on the yellow card list by Jude Bellingham’s (€9.5m) tackle on de Vrij and Bukayo Saka’s (€8.6m) push on an anonymous Cody Gakpo (€7.8m).

Sticking with the Arsenal attacker, his 79th-minute strike was immediately declared offside. Not that he’ll be losing any sleep over it.

SUPERIOR SPAIN

England’s biggest test comes next, of course.

Whether you’re going by underlying numbers (first for xG, shots, goals scored) or just off the good old eye test, Spain have been the critics’ choice of the tournament so far.

Looking at the bare numbers, Spain have been bested for shots and expected goals in their last two matches. But with La Roja having gone ahead with a long way to go in each game, the onus has been on the defeated Germany and France to attack. And even when it’s a team as swaggering as Spain, you can’t blame them for sitting on leads with the stakes so high.

We’re at a point now where all the analysis in the world means precious little in a one-off tournament encounter. Lamine Yamal, for instance, wasted chance after chance against Georgia in the round of 16. Then he pops one in from 25 yards against France, his first goal of the Euros arriving from a shot worth 0.02 in xG.

Yamal was, undeniably, the star of the show on Tuesday. An early chance he supplied for Fabian Ruiz (€6.7m) went begging, while the teenage winger flashed another long-range effort over.

The final could just as easily belong to Nico Williams (€7.1m), Ruiz or Dani Olmo, however. You pay your money and you take your choice with Spain attackers in Euro Fantasy.

Olmo scored for the third straight match here. With the gap between England’s midfield and their defence exposed but not completely punished by the Dutch – other than Simons – on Wednesday, the trio behind the workmanlike Alvaro Morata (€8.4m) will be quietly confident.

MORATA ESCAPES INJURY, TWO RETURN FROM BANS

Speaking of Morata, the striker looks to have avoided serious injury despite being felled by an overeager photographer after the game.

“We’re going to wait until tomorrow. We think it’s nothing, but it’s been a bit of an excess of celebration, logically. He had a blow that hurt, but it seems that it is going to be nothing.” – Luis de la Fuente on Alvaro Morata

Morata himself suggested he was fine later.

Spain will also get Dani Carvajal (€5.5m) and Robin Le Normand (€4.5m) back for the final. The defensive duo were banned in the semis but are now free from suspension.

FANTASY FINAL RULES

It’s also worth noting the Fantasy situation heading into Sunday’s final, where the deadline is Berlin’s 20:00 kick-off.

Managers are allowed up to eight players from Spain and England, with five free transfers per squad. These will be used to replace highly selected eliminations like Gakpo, van Dijk, Kylian Mbappe (€11.0m), Mike Maignan (€5.6m) and William Saliba (€5.6m).


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62 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sheffield Wednesday
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 22 hours ago

    Europe - It's The Final Countdown

  2. Ginkapo FPL
    • 12 Years
    3 days, 22 hours ago

    I've been telling everyone to get the england players in.

    1. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 21 hours ago

      Tis the town cryer! Hear ye, hear ye, tis the pommy players you’ll be needing!

  3. PortisRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 21 hours ago

    In the Euro fantasy game, do players lose the clean sheet if the team concedes in extra time?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 21 hours ago

      Well the sheet is soiled, no?

    2. Holmes
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 17 hours ago

      The game is about to end, lets keep this secret till next one...

  4. The Knights Template
    • 10 Years
    3 days, 21 hours ago

    Paella or jellied eels?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 21 hours ago

      Tapas or pickled onions?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 21 hours ago

        Churro and hot chocolate or bovril and a whelk?

        1. The Knights Template
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 21 hours ago

          Flamenco or burn a wicker man?

          1. The Mentaculus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 15 hours ago

            Chorizo or cockles?

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

              Patatas bravas or turnips?

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

                Horchata or horlicks?

                1. panda07
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 days, 14 hours ago

                  Catalonia or Cockermouth?

                2. Mirror Man
                    3 days, 14 hours ago

                    Iberico or Bob Evans?

                    1. Mirror Man
                        3 days, 14 hours ago

                        Montserrat Caballé or Donny Tourette?

        2. Sheffield Wednesday
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 14 hours ago

          Inquisition or comfy chair?

      2. R.C
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 21 hours ago

        Haaland who?

        All we need to do is captain Cold Palmer in FPL

        1. Holmes
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 17 hours ago

          Second season syndrome? One season wonder?

      3. Bushwhacker
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 19 hours ago

        After lengthy deliberation and a W/D/D/D/D crap teams and a stunning last gasp victory again the Dutch (thanks ref!) I have accepted the lifetime England manager award presented by the FA. Arise Sir Gareth!

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • 12 Years
          3 days, 18 hours ago

          Some people would rather we lost. Sad

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

            Ken

        2. Ad Rock
            3 days, 15 hours ago

            We quite clearly won despite the manager, not because of him.

        3. circusmonkey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 13 Years
          3 days, 16 hours ago

          I don't think they should start releasing prices today. The Euros are on, we are still in it, people's football attention is there. FPL should recognise when it is their turn to speak.

          1. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 days, 15 hours ago

            What makes you think they will be releasing prices today? Last seasons website isn't down yet so looks a while off.

              1. bitm2007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 days, 15 hours ago

                Thanks been having a footie free summer so missed that.

          2. Holmes
            • 10 Years
            3 days, 15 hours ago

            You can only be the best if you can beat the rest.

          3. Mirror Man
              3 days, 14 hours ago

              I've taken the day off work for this. Can't wait.

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

                How will people get their mirrors?

                1. Mirror Man
                    3 days, 14 hours ago

                    That's their problem.

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

                      Let them eat whelk!

                    2. Now I'm Panicking
                      • 9 Years
                      3 days, 13 hours ago

                      You should reflect on that comment

                      1. Sheffield Wednesday
                        • 4 Years
                        3 days, 13 hours ago

                        .mɘldoɿq ɿiɘʜƚ ƨ'ƚɒʜT

            • Lornep123
                3 days, 16 hours ago

                Any help please?
                Who do i bring in for final
                Team remaining
                Simon
                Cucurella Stones
                Williams Saka Bellingham
                Kane Yamal

                1. dunas_dog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 days, 15 hours ago

                  Williams Rodri Laporte

                  1. dunas_dog
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 days, 15 hours ago

                    * sorry Rodri Olmo Laporte

                    1. Lornep123
                        3 days, 12 hours ago

                        Thanks mate. Sitting top by 8 points so hopefully do okay in the final. Who do you captain ?

                        1. dunas_dog
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          3 days, 11 hours ago

                          Olmo

                2. Dotherightthing
                  • 8 Years
                  3 days, 15 hours ago

                  Top on my mini league...
                  Would it be better choose 8 players from either Spain or England or go 50/50 say 5 players from one and 6 from the other?
                  Thank you

                  1. Holmes
                    • 10 Years
                    3 days, 15 hours ago

                    Spread, not sure if there are 8 players that you would pick on either side for fantasy purpose.

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

                      An 8/3 split works just fine if you think one side will keep a CS - I've often gone for something like this in a UCL final. E.g. if you think it'll be 1-0 Spain:
                      Simon
                      Carvajal Le Normand Laporte Cucurella Guehi
                      Olmo Williams Saka Bellingham
                      Yamal

                      If you think both sides score, then a more balanaced approach is called for. Personally I like making a prediction and backing it all the way through the team, although if you're just protecting a lead I guess hedging a bit is ok

                  2. fenixri
                    • 8 Years
                    3 days, 13 hours ago

                    It really depends what you think the final result will be. Playing UCL fantasy backing one team is usually way to go. But again Qatar final it was really spread between France and Argentina.

                    I am trailing by 3 pts from leader and this is what my team will look like.

                    Pickford
                    Carvajal Cucurella Laporte
                    Olmo Rodri Ruiz Williams Bellingham
                    Yamal Kane

                    Kane and Bellingham are most likely involved if I lose Spain CS, and Pickford because its better to have Spain defender than Simon. If Spain scores I should get some points.

                  3. Dotherightthing
                    • 8 Years
                    3 days, 7 hours ago

                    I guess the problem is to predict the score… we’ll probably be a game with few goals, but it could either be a 0-0, 1-1, 2-1 etc… also with extratime involved it’s be very hard for a team to keep a CS all the way, I think I’ll go balanced. Thanx all

                3. thebizzle
                  • 12 Years
                  3 days, 15 hours ago

                  Very tight in my mini league, 5 points separating top 3

                  I have 10 already playing in the final. Am I best only making one free transfer?

                  If tied on points does it go on least transfers used?

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

                    You call forth the Community to help you vanquish your enemies?

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

                      What do you have to offer?

                  2. Tomsk
                    • 3 Years
                    3 days, 14 hours ago

                    Can’t see anything in rules about what happens if tied on points, maybe I’m missing it.

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

                      T’will be a joust of course, upon the morn!

                  3. fenixri
                    • 8 Years
                    3 days, 13 hours ago

                    There are some people tied right now in my league and they are both the same position and next place is skipped.

                4. PartyTime
                  • 3 Years
                  3 days, 14 hours ago

                  Palhinha signs for Bayern

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

                    Happy with that one?

                    1. PartyTime
                      • 3 Years
                      3 days, 13 hours ago

                      Delicious like a beans & toast

                  2. ManUtdForLife
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 days, 13 hours ago

                    I’ll take it I guess but not sure we needed him

                5. Karan14
                  • 8 Years
                  3 days, 13 hours ago

                  Simon
                  Carvajal Cucurella Laporte
                  Bellingham Saka Ruiz Rodri Olmo
                  Kane Yamal

                  Backing Spain to win to nil and cant see England keeping a CS even if they win.

                  Thoughts?

                  1. fenixri
                    • 8 Years
                    3 days, 13 hours ago

                    I am going the same. But I will get Williams instead Saka and Pickford instead Simon.

                  2. The Mentaculus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 3 Years
                    3 days, 12 hours ago

                    Kane - Le Normand & Ruiz/Rodri - Rice in that case..?

                    1. Karan14
                      • 8 Years
                      3 days, 12 hours ago

                      Transferring in Yamal, Simon, Cucurella & Carvajal. One more FT left not sure how to use that.

                      1. The Mentaculus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 3 Years
                        3 days, 12 hours ago

                        Ah ok, just leave the England players you already have then I guess. Maybe just Le Normand over Rodri/Ruiz if they're not already set?

                        I'm predicting similarly but have it a lot easier with 6x Spain (incl. Cucu & Laporte) & only Saka (+Pickford) to start with

                6. el polako
                  • 7 Years
                  3 days, 13 hours ago

                  Really happy for Ollie Watkins, this is what dynamic forward can give you.
                  Kane for all his talent and pedigree moves like a pedestrian.

                  1. PartyTime
                    • 3 Years
                    3 days, 12 hours ago

                    Agree with you even though you’ve not long been a fan