Euro 2020 Fantasy Football Tips – Poland

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.

Poland are in Euro 2020 Group E with: Spain, Sweden and Slovakia.

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Route from qualification:

Poland topped their qualification group, which featured fellow qualifiers North Macedonia and Austria. They only dropped points twice: a draw away in Austria and an away loss to Slovenia.

Only Spain, Belgium and Italy won more points. Furthermore, Poland kept seven clean sheets: the most of any team.

In 2020, the Poles finished third in the top-tier Nations League group, consisting of Italy, Netherlands and Bosnia. They beat Bosnia on both occasions, drew and lost to Italy and were beaten twice by the Dutch. They kept two clean sheets (which was a decent record given the opposition), and scored six.

Following the Nations League campaign, Poland replaced their manager which has meant a change in system. Under the new manager, they started off with a 3-3 draw with Hungary, following it with a 3-0 win over Andorra and a narrow 2-1 defeat to England.

There isn’t enough evidence to show whether the side has strengthened or weakened under the manager, but the goal-fest against Hungary suggests they might be loosening the shackles a bit more than before.

To conclude, Poland are a promising prospect in my opinion. With a proven strong defence and the world-class Robert Lewandowski, the Poles should have one foot in the last-16 after just their first game.

 

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Euro 2020 Poland expected lineup

                                          Szczesny

                           Bednarek – Glik – Helik

Bereszynski – Zielinski – Krychowiak – Klich – Rybus

                               Lewandowski – Swiderski

Most of the line-up looks set-in-stone.

However, if Poland want a more attacking approach, Barnsley’s Michal Helik could be benched for winger Kamil Jozwiak, shifting Bartosz Bereszynski into the back three. Right back Tomasz Kedziora could also start instead of either Bereszynski or Helik as a wing-back.

Piotr Zielinski plays as the most advanced midfielder of the three, just behind the front two.

Karol Swiderski is expected to deputise for injured forwards Arkadiusz Milik and Krzysztof Piatek.

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Euro 2020 Fantasy Football Tips – Poland

 

Euro 2020 best player picks:

Robert Lewandowski is arguably the most stand-out player in any of the Euro sides. He is their top scorer this international campaign with five, despite only featuring in six of the 11 ties. Unsurprisingly, he takes the penalties. Furthermore, he is arguably in the peak of his powers; he recorded an unbelievable goal tally in the Bundesliga this season, with 41 goals and seven assists in only 29 games. Give him even a half chance and he’ll take it.

Under the radar players:

Piotr Zieliński has a remarkable record this season for Napoli, with 10 goals and 13 assists. He plays a very promising position from an attacking point-of-view and should play 90 minutes every game.

As well as that, he ended the domestic season in promising form, with two goals and three assists in his last four starts. He will share set-pieces with left wing-back Maciej Rybus.

Whilst his numbers in qualifying weren’t the best (only a single assist in 10 starts), his numbers have dramatically improved for club. The new manager’s system suits him more too.

Wing-back Maciej Rybus gets a share of set-pieces and plays in an advanced position. He plays in a solid defensive side, and registered an assist in the last international break (the only matches under the new manager and system). The Poles have kept clean sheets against strong opposition in Italy, Ukraine and Bosnia this season, and kept an impressive seven clean sheets in 10 qualifying games. All seven came in the first eight ties (when they weren’t ‘on the beach’).

Other sided wing-back Bartosz Bereszynski doesn’t quite offer the attacking threat that Rybus does, due to his lack of set-pieces and potential to play in a back three. However,  I would argue his goal involvement potential is better than that of the back three. He assisted once in the recent international break.

He is at a slight risk of benching or rotation from Tomasz Kedziora.

Karol Swiderski is relatively unproven in the National Team. However, he scored 11 goals and assisted eight for PAOK this season. He has one goal in three caps and should be available at a budget price.

 

Players to avoid:

Matheusz Klich plays in a deeper role than he does for club-side Leeds, and has just a single assist in his last 18 caps. Likewise, Grzegorz Krychowiak offers hardly any goal threat.

Back three Jan Bednarek, Kamil Glik and Michal Helik are weaker options than the wing-backs. Bednarek and Glik don’t provide the goal threat the wing-backs do, and Helik doesn’t have the security of starts. Although if Helik does nail down a starting spot he should be a budget starter with very decent goal threat: he’s scored five times for Barnsley this season.

Similarly, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny doesn’t quite have the upside of the wing-backs, and I’m not a massive fan of doubling up defensively. However, he does have a decent penalty record, saving roughly one-in-four.

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