Italy’s national team has impressed across the group stage of Euro 2020. At the time of writing, Roberto Mancini’s side is the only one to have managed three victories without conceding a single goal. The fact that they have managed this, also, while indulging in a hefty amount of cut and pasting in the squad is even more impressive. Today, let’s look at the player’s performances across fantasy football platforms.
Italian lovers of fanta football were optimistic but reserved about the Italian players’ in the tournament. Previews advised users to opt for players like Gigi Donnarumma, in goal. However, the same fanta lists included advice about Turkish, Russian, and Spanish players, all of whom, largely have been disappointing.
FantaEuropeo, the Euro 2020 tournament devised, by Fantacalcio is created using the familiar used throughout the regular season in Fanta. This is the reason why, naturally, Italian players, who have had one of the best attacking and defensive records in the tournament have provided a huge number of points. Furthermore, many of the players in the squad, relatively unfamiliar to regular audiences, did not cost a huge amount to select to begin with.
Players such as L. Spinazzolla, A. Florenzi, or D. Berardi, flying below the radar of many casual football fans, have proven amazing investments in the games of fantasy football thus. The same is expected for the following rounds in the tournament.
FootballCoin has hosted daily fantasy football contests that include every single game of Euro 2020. Here, as in other fantasy games, the Italians have been amongst the most celebrated players. The issue was, however, a bit more complex. The FootballCoin scoring system goes deeper in-depth in regards to performances. Items such as passes, crosses, yellow cards, minutes played, etc. factor heavily into the final score that a player receives.
This is the reason every bit of extra knowledge about a player’s potential and style has proven invaluable. For example, G. Chiellini who played more advanced during the game against Turkey received earned 47 points and was one of the best players in the round. The Juventus center-back passed the ball 69 times and had 11 clearances. These small details go a long way in fantasy sports.
L. Spinazzola was also an excellent choice. The defender, who is free to use in FootballCoin made 47 successful passes in the same game. He played the full 90 minutes, had 2 shots on goal and 1 successful cross. Adding all of these items up, the AS Roma wing-back managed 39.6 points and was one of the best players in his position.
Italian players were among the most selected in UEFA’s official fantasy football game. Despite the fact that the game includes a simplified fanta system, it’s clear that players like Ciro Immobile or Gigi Donnarumma have proven great investments.
Immobile, for example, has managed 16 points, in spite of starting in only two out of three games. Manuel Locatelli’s great display provide the managers who selected him with 17 points. Goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma, who kept clean sheets across all matches, notched 18 points.
It is worth noting the effect that squad rotation has. In daily fantasy football games, the fact that Mancini opted to change most of the squad for the match against Wales is not an issue. However, games like EURO 2020 Fantasy Football, request that you choose a draft at the start of the tournament. This means that likely, not a lot of fantasy managers will opt to choose a player like Marco Verratti. The midfielder so far has only started in one game and his status was uncertain due to injury concerns.
During the Euro 2020 group stages, fantasy football managers couldn’t have gone wrong by choosing Italian players. Their consistently good performances, balanced for both attacking and defensive excellence, made Roberto Mancini’s sides one of the favorites to watch across this tournament.
With Italy set to Austria in the Round of 16, general hopes are that these displays will continue. Will this be enough for Italy to triumph in the European Championship? Time will let, but fantasy managers, probably, already have a good idea about what is to come.
by Eduard Banulescu