Ultimate Fan Euro 2020 Group Stage 1 Team Reveal
The Ultimate Fan app has launched just in time for this summers big Euro 2020 tournament, with a huge £125,000 of cash prizes up for grabs. It’s a really fun fantasy football game that combines fantasy football and pack openings.
Ultimate Fan Euro 2020 Group Stage 1 Contest
The action on Ultimate Fan kicks off with their Group Stage 1 Contest on Friday June 11. There’s a £15,000 prize pool, with first place recieving £2,500 and payouts all the way down to 340th place.
It’s important to understand the scoring matrix when creating those lineups, as it does differ from FPL. Goals are worth more than double the points of an assist and only defenders gain clean sheet points.
When picking a team, the win bonus is an important factor to bear in mind, with five points on offer. There’s also team points on offer for a clean sheet and each goal scored, but points will be deduced for goals conceded.
You must pick a team of five players; including two defenders, two midfielders and one forward. A team must also be selected.
Euro 2020 Group Stage 1 Fixtures
Considering the scoring matrix, we are on the hunt for goal scorers, assisters and defenders to keep a clean sheet. As always, FPL Salah provides all of the bookies odds.
MD1 anytime scorer %
L De Jong: 38%
— Abdul (@FPL_Salah) June 6, 2021
MD1 clean sheet %
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— Abdul (@FPL_Salah) June 5, 2021
When it comes to team selection, it’s also important to consider the odds for each team to win, to take advantage of that 5 point win bonus. It’s worth looking up the bookies odds for the teams you have on Ultimate Fan.
Euro 2020 Groups Stage 1 Lineups
Taking all of the above data into account, I’ve constructed my lineup for the £15,000 Group Stage 1 Contest.
Here’s the players and teams I have available to me after opening my 10 card base pack, and 3 card Gold subscription pack.
There’s three gold players to select from, an additional three defenders, three midfielders and two forwards.
Remembering the gold player cards represent the top 13% of players in the tournament, it makes sense in general to play them. There are doubts over whether Harry Maguire will be fit for England’s opening game against Croatia though. If Gareth Southgate hints he might be available, I’ll start him.
My other defenders to select from play for Spain, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Jordi Alba is more than capable of attacking and defensive returns: hopefully the Spain squad can recover from the outbreak of COVID-19 in their squad, else I may be left with no defence.
Slovakia’s Stanislav Lobotka is the only gold midfielder at my disposal, but they are the underdogs against Poland. I may have to give him the benefit of the doubt though: Sissoko won’t start for France and I can’t see many minutes for Hasani of North Macedonia. Mykola Shaparenko will start alongside him for Ukraine: it’s another tough fixture for my midfield against the Netherlands.
With just three options in the forward line, my only gold player card Alexander Isak will be the final player in my side. Giroud could get some minutes for France, but Isak is more nailed on. Could he emulate Zlatan Ibrahimovic?
When it comes to picking a team, it’s slim pickings between Slovakia and Ukraine. Neither are favourites to win, but I feel that Ukraine will keep things tighter and so there’s less chance of negative points.
Using the MODS, it’s the most likely goalscorer in Isak who get’s the Golden Boot for potential double points on any goals. Alba wears the Captain‘s Arm Band, as he guns for an attacking return and a clean sheet.
Good luck to everyone!