The Euro’s are now less than a week away and following the announcement of FantasyBet’s new tournament-long game, we’ve compiled a list of bargain buys to free up some cash for your Euro 2016 fantasy teams.
Hannes Halldorsson – Iceland (5.0m)
Lets kick things off with a keeper from Iceland. The nation everyone is expecting to be the whipping boys of the European Championships despite conceding a remarkably low six goals during qualification (in a group that contained Czech Republic, Turkey and the Netherlands).
Iceland’s managerial duo Hallgrimsson and Lagerback will look to continue their defensive philosophy in France and have one of the easier groups (Hungary, Austria and Portugal) to do so. Goalkeeper Halldorsson is a cheap route into the Icelandic defence and could tally up plenty of save points.
Raphael Guerreiro – Portugal (5.0m)
Guerreiro’s performances have earned him interest from both Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund, so he will be eager to tempt more potential suitors with a successful tournament in France. The youngster is expected to start at left-back for Portugal in a system designed to encourage attacking full backs.
He’s flourished in this role, scoring twice in his six national team appearances – the later a stunning free kick coming against Norway at the end of May. He faces competition from Eliseu, but Guerreiro seems to be a favourite of Fernando Santos and is coming in off the back of an impressive season in Ligue 1. Definitely worth keeping an eye on.
Sime Vrsaljko – Croatia (5.5m)
Another young defender who has earned recognition from Europe’s elite is Sassuolo’s Sime Vrsaljko. He possesses a great attacking threat and registered four assists in Serie A last season. Lethal crossing mixed with his composure in the final third makes him an unpredictable threat for opposing teams.
He also provides a strong defensive option, which should lead to him being given the starting berth at left back for Ante Cacic’s side. Their first two fixtures are against Turkey and Czech Republic, two games they need to win if they are going to progress from Group D.
Hakan Calhanoglu – Turkey (6.0m)
If you follow the Bundesliga you’ll be aware of the wonderfully gifted Calhanoglu. The versatile midfielder can be deployed anywhere across the front line for Turkey, but it’s likely that Fatih Terim will use the Leverkusen man on the left wing.
The 22-year-old has scored six times in his 18 appearances for the national side, including one against England during their 2-1 loss in a recent friendly. He is famous for his ability from dead ball situations and is one of the best freekick takers at the Euro’s this summer.
Shkelzen Gashi – Albania (5.5m)
Albania go into the Euro’s as one of the unknowns and it seems everyone is underestimating Gianni De Biasi’s side, as they don’t really know what to expect. Gashi can play on either wing and provides an attacking threat, scoring 22 goals in 31 games for Basel in the 14/15 season.
Since arriving in the MLS he’s scored twice and assisted two in 10 games. The likes of France, Romania and Switzerland may be unaware of the danger Gashi brings to the side as Albania look to provide a shock on their European Championship debut.
Andres Iniesta – Spain (6.5m)
As one of the world’s most accomplished players, Andres Iniesta comes in at an eye catching 6.5m and it’s incredibly hard to turn your nose up at this price. His vision is impeccable, his weight of passing is beautiful and in the big games he always turns up.
Their showing at the World Cup seems to have damaged their reputation, but don’t be fooled; this is a seriously good Spanish side and one that is fully capable of winning the competition for an unprecedented third successive time.
At such a generous price you should snap up Iniesta and admire his brilliance as he racks up points with goals and assists.
Rafa Silva – Portugal (6.0m)
The limelight for Portugal attackers this summer will be on Cristiano Ronaldo – and rightly so – but Braga’s Rafa Silva will be determined to show there is more to this Portugal side than the Real Madrid superstar.
The winger has had a successful season in the Liga NOS scoring eight goals and assisting two in 30 league games, whilst in 12 Europa League games he scored three goals and assisted four.
The majority of Portugal’s play takes place in wide areas so owning Rafa Silva has it’s positives. It is unlikely though that he will complete 90 minutes every fixture with Andre Gomes of Valencia also looking to occupy the left wing for Portugal.
Arkadiusz Milik – Poland (5.5m)
Poland were the highest scoring nation in qualifying having notched 33 goals, but it is important to note that 15 of these came against Gibraltar. However, this doesn’t take away from the fact they’re a very attacking side who create a lot of goal-scoring chances.
The White Eagles will start with a 4-4-2 formation and you can expect that teams will try to mark Robert Lewandowski out of the game. This leaves Ajax striker Milik with plenty of space and less defenders to worry about.
The Polish international scored 21 goals in the Eredivise this season and notched six in qualification for Adam Nawalka’s side. This is Milik’s chance to prove himself on the big stage and he has all the potential to be one of the young stars of the tournament.
Eder – Italy (6.5m)
There will be a lot of talk surrounding Italy in the European Championships – especially from the English press. Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte takes charge of the Azzurri for the last time, and his favoured 3-5-2 system, will no doubt, be under examination.
The 29-year-old scored 12 goals in 19 games for Sampdoria in the opening stage of the season, before jumping ship to join Inter Milan where he rarely featured, scoring just one goal. He’s an excellent finisher and a very intelligent runner who will look to play off the knock downs of his strike partner Pelle.