Great EURO quarter-final goals
After securing his fourth straight clean sheet against Germany on Matchday 4, Jordan Pickford (€5.7m) is unsurprisingly attracting widespread interest. The England goalkeeper is the third-most popular in his position still left in the competition and it would be no surprise if his ownership climbed even higher than its current 17%. Three saves in England's 2-0 victory over Die Mannschaft boosted Pickford's score to seven Fantasy points and his overall tally now stands at 25 points – the highest of any keeper still in the tournament.
Belgium's Thibaut Courtois (€6.2m) also racked up seven Fantasy points on Matchday 4 with a fine individual performance in his side's 1-0 elimination of holders Portugal. Courtois recorded five saves as the Red Devils set up a quarter-final against Italy. It would be fairly logical if the Belgium goalkeeper was busy once again, but that might enhance rather than reduce his EURO Fantasy credentials. Courtois has conceded just one goal at the championship so far, with three clean sheets and 22 Fantasy points to his name, and features in 23% of teams.
Italy's baby photo challenge
Owners of Gianluigi Donnarumma (€5.7m) suffered rare disappointment on Matchday 4 as the Italian goalkeeper was beaten for the first time at UEFA EURO 2020, but at 46% ownership he remains a hugely popular asset heading into the Azzurri's quarter-final. With injury doubts over two of Belgium's key attacking players in Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, Italy and Donnarumma will be quietly confident of another clean sheet in their bid to reach the semi-finals.
Despite failing to keep a clean sheet, Italy's Leonardo Spinazzola (€5.6m) still managed to accrue a respectable Fantasy score, gaining five points after registering his second assist of the competition. The 28-year-old's attacking output, combined with the Azzurri's defensive steel, makes him the highest-owned defender remaining in the competition at 36%. As is the case with owners of Donnarumma, those with Spinazzola within their ranks will be hopeful of an Italian shut-out on Matchday 5 and, when taking into account the wing-back's additional attacking potential, his popularity is unlikely to drop any time soon.
Whilst Spinazzola is the highest-owned defender, he is not the highest points scorer. That is Belgium's Thomas Meunier (€5.7m), who also picked up his second assist of EURO 2020 on Matchday 4. That assist, allied to a clean sheet in the 1-0 win over Portugal, gave Meunier nine Fantasy points and the wing-back now has a sizeable 27 points overall and figures in 27% of teams heading into Matchday 5. Roberto Martínez's side showed their defensive capabilities against elite opponents in Portugal and will attempt to do so again in the quarter-finals against Italy.
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From a consistency point of view, Fantasy managers should look no further than England defender John Stones (€5.7m). Four matchdays have brought the centre-back four successive six-point scores, regularly rewarding his loyal ownership – 23% and climbing – with a healthy return. While attacking contributions have eluded him so far, Stones does provide a threat from set pieces and, with that in mind, it would not be a surprise if a larger haul lies ahead. England's quarter-final with Ukraine may be the game for it and Stones' rapidly rising ownership will certainly hope so.
Another popular defensive pick is Aymeric Laporte (€6.2m), who has been selected by 22% of Fantasy managers. The centre-back has started all four of Spain's EURO 2020 fixtures so far, notching two clean sheets and a goal. His 12-point harvest on Matchday 3 justifies that large interest among Fantasy managers, who will hope to see Laporte back on the points trail as Spain take on Switzerland in the quarters.