FRANCE VS. GERMANY – WHO WILL YOU BACK?
The European Championship Final is taking place at the Stade De France on Sunday 10th July and Europe’s biggest international competition will be hotly contested between host nation France and Portugal. It also signifies the time when most football fans turn their attention back to domestic competitions and with pre-season already underway there is plenty to look forward to in that respect.
But for now… let’s keep our focus firmly on the Euro 2016 final… as we still have one huge daily fantasy football betting game centered around the big game – so the big question is:
Who should you back in the final?
The tournament has already given us many pointers as to who will win Euro 2016 as well as many other fond memories. We won’t be forgetting Joachim Low’s infamous genital rub and sniff in a hurry and the internet almost broke with Cristiano Ronaldo’s funny pose that was captured and has been Photoshopped to death – yet it still seems to get funnier each time.
Back to the final though and the form all points to France with Portugal having only won one game in the tournament in normal time and scraping through their group with 3 points, many fans believe they don’t deserve to have made the final at all. That being said, they have the world’s best player in their team and Ronaldo’s performances have improved as the tournament has gone on. If France have a weak point then it is their defence so we could be set up for a fairly open final.
Whilst Portugal have hardly looked brilliant, there have been times where France have also looked to have their weaknesses exposed and with both teams having good attacking options and having conceded five goals between them in two fixtures against Hungary and Iceland, the pointers towards a goal filled final look even clearer.
FRANCE TO WIN EURO 2016 ON HOME SOIL
If you are looking for fantasy players to pick for the Euro 2016 final then you are going to want a clear idea of who is going to win the game. Everything suggests that France will live up to the hype as they have a knack of winning European Championship Finals with them having won both of the finals they have competed in with wins in 2000 and 1984. France have also competed in two World Cup Finals and they have won one of those (1998). The World Cup Final and the 1984 European Championship Final were both on home soil and it looks like 2016 is set to be a hat-trick of home soil success.
In contrast, Portugal have only made one major final, which was Euro 2004 when they lost to Greece of all teams in Lisbon. Psychologically, France have the superiority and it looks like they have the advantage physically too.
WHICH PLAYERS TO BACK IN THE FINAL?
Okay, lets get to the crux of the matter… which players to put in our teams for the final.
There is one player that stands head and shoulders above the rest in terms of tournament form and that is Antoine Griezmann. It’s hardly surprising that the player who is likely to take the Euro 2016 golden boot is top of the fantasy football stats but the French striker has made himself indispensable to France manager Didier Deschamps and fantasy managers alike. The other key players on form are Dimitri Payet, Paul Pogba, Ronaldo and Nani.
If you are looking for defensive options then France look like the team to back and although it could be a tasty goal laden affair on Sunday, it could just as easily be a tight and tactical game. If that is the case then France have proved that they are capable of winning on that front too with a very well thought out game plan to navigate past the Germans on Thursday.
Hugo Lloris, Patrice Evra and Bacary Sagna are top picks in this regard with Sagna perhaps just having the edge on Evra based on the points scored so far.
Of course you will be restrained by budget, but to be successful we suggest you opt for Griezmann and Payet as a minimum.
Attentions will be turning to domestic competitions as of Monday and keep tuned in to Premier Punt as we have some very exciting announcements coming up over the coming weeks. We are just as excited as you are for the new Premier League season so keep an eye out as we countdown to the new season.