Euro 2020 Fantasy Football Tips – Germany

Euro 2020 Fantasy Football Tips by the Hub’s Euros’ expert @CoysFPL.

In this team preview series, Dan reviews all 24 teams participating in Euro 2020 and details their route from qualification, expected lineups, best player picks, under the radar gems and players to avoid.

Germany are in Euro 2020 Group F with: Portugal, Hungary and France.

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Route from qualification:

Germany won all but one of their eight qualifying ties, beating the likes of Netherlands and Northern Ireland to top spot.

They kept a five clean sheets out of a possible eight, and scored 30 goals: only England and Belgium had a better goals per game record. Die Mannschaft’s only loss came at the cost of the Netherlands, who beat them 4-2 in Hamburg.

In the 2020 Nations League campaign, Germany’s tough group gave an insightful indication into how things will fare in their Group of Death. Things were going well before their horrific 6-0 loss in their final encounter against Spain; they had remained unbeaten and were sitting top of the group.

Germany failed to keep a clean sheet in their six ties, conceding 16. That record was the joint worst in the group, and only bettered the defensive records of Croatia and Iceland in the rest of League A. On the other side of the pitch, Germany scored ten, which was only bettered by four of the remaining 15 League A sides.

This year, Germany started off their World Cup qualification campaign swimmingly with a 3-0 win over Iceland followed by a 1-0 win in Bucharest. That followed with a shock 2-1 home loss to North Macedonia, which raises concerns at just the wrong time.

That, as well as the Spain result, has put the Germans’ chances in doubt.

Despite, Germany’s patchy form, they still boast one of the best squads in the competition. The return of Thomas Müller and Mat Hummels are wise inclusions by Löw, and the German public’s pessimistic view on their chances might actually boost them.

It will be tough to get out of the group – all should hinge on that Hungary game. Though winning it feels ambitious as things stand, should they make it through the group, and I think they can go as far as the final.

 

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Euro 2020 Germany expected lineup

                             Neuer

        Hummels – Ginter – Rudiger 

Kimmich – Gundogan – Kroos – Gosens

               Havertz – Muller – Gnabry

 

Germany look to be set on playing a 3-4-3 formation. This makes the back three and four midfielders relatively easy to predict.

Ilkay Gündoğan should start over Leon Goretzka, although they could rotate. Whilst the most questionable spot in the side lies with Kai Havertz, who is likely to be preferred to Leroy Sane.

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Euro 2020 Fantasy Football Tips – Germany

 

Euro 2020 best player picks:

Serge Gnabry has an excellent national team goalscoring record. He has 15 goals in only 19 caps, and was the top-scorer in qualifying with eight goals in seven starts.

However, in the Nations League (comparable difficulty to the sides in Germany’s group), Gnabry scored just once in four starts. In World Cup qualification, he assisted twice in the 3-0 win over Iceland and scored the decider in the 1-0 win in Bucharest.

Thomas Muller has by far the best domestic goal tally in the German side this season, with a remarkable 15 goals and 24 assists in all competitions. If he can carry that kind of form into the national side he is the best German option. If Toni Kroos isn’t on the pitch, I think he would be a contender for the penalty duties too.

Under the radar players:

Toni Kroos doesn’t offer much open play goal threat, but gets the majority of set-pieces and takes penalties. So for me, he is a feasible option. He scored three times and assisted twice in just five qualifying starts but has been ruled out of the majority of international ties since.

Furthermore, he should be an ever-present starter and has 12 assists for Real Madrid in all domestic competitions this season.

Kai Havertz looks likely to start over Leroy Sane and is hitting form at just the right time. He assisted twice in an impressive first half against Latvia and has three goals and seven assists in his other 13 caps. In his last six German starts, he has racked up two goals and six assists. He will be prone to early substitutions, however, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get the occasional benching.

Joshua Kimmich isn’t as good as an option as Kroos if he’s classified as a midfielder, but is an excellent option should he be classed as a defender. He has six goals and 14 assists for Bayern Munich – albeit he does share set-pieces there, and Bayern do score a tonne of goals. Kroos gets the lion-share of Germany’s set-pieces.

Robin Gosens might have become an ever-present starter, so could be a fantastic option; he scored 11 times in the Serie A this season, is classified as a defender in most games and scored and assisted in Germany’s recent thrashing over Latvia.

Leroy Sane should start the majority of games, but is prone to an early substitution. His national team record isn’t great: he only has six goals and four assists in 28 caps (most against weak opposition), and he only has one goal and two assists in seven caps this season. I wouldn’t advise you to avoid him completely, but I do prefer the likes of Muller, Gnabry, Goretzka and Kroos (for value).

Matthias Ginter probably offers the most goal-threat of the defensive options (assuming Kimmich is classed as a defender). He has a goal and two assists for his country this season, as well as two goals in the Bundesliga. Therefore, he would be my go-to German defender.

Antonio Rudiger would be my Ginter alternative, only due to the fact his goal record is marginally weaker. However, the disparity is marginal enough that I’d be happy to go with Rudiger should he be the cheaper option.

Manuel Neuer should have a few saves to make and, due to the lack of goal threat from the two centre-backs, is probably as good of an option.

Players to avoid:

Leon Goretzka was only beaten by Gnabry in the qualifying campaign goalscoring charts, as he scored four in five caps. He notched eight goals and nine assists for Bayern Munich this season, as well as two goals and two assists for Germany. He looked likely to be an ever-present starter before the sides’ system change, but now faces a tight battle with Gundogan. Moreover, he is unlikely to be fit for Germany’s opener with France.

Leroy Sane should have to settle for a spot on the bench for the majority of games, but is prone to an early substitution. His national team record isn’t great: he only has six goals and four assists in 28 caps (most against weak opposition), and he only has one goal and two assists in seven caps this season.

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