Goalkeepers to pick in your Euro 2020 Fantasy Football team
Welcome the 101 Great Goals tips page on the best goalkeepers to pick in your Euro Fantasy Football (EFF) team.
EFF is slightly different to your regular FPL. So, to acquaint yourself with the rules, check out this piece here.
Another vital step in your Fantasy Football journey is of course picking your team’s name. And we have put together a list of the 101 best names for your Fantasy Football side in a list here.
Now, on to the most important area, picking your side. 101 are going to be providing you with the top picks for each position of your Fantasy Football side, with this article set to highlight the top five goalkeeper options.
6 best goalkeepers to pick for your Euro Fantasy Football team
- Gianluigi Donnarumma
- Hugo Lloris
- Thibaut Courtois
- Kasper Schmeichel
- Unai Simon
- Tim Krul
1) Gianluigi Donnarumma, Italy (5.5m)
Despite only being 22 years of age, Gianluigi Donnarumma is no doubt set for a huge Euro 2020 with an Italy side who have continued to grow and improve over the last few years.
Donnarumma will head into the tournament on the back of a solid club season with AC Milan, which saw him keep 14 clean sheets in 37 outings as Milan secured a top-four berth.
For Italy, meanwhile, Donnarumma has a very, very impressive clean sheet record.
All told, in his 25 outings for his country to date, Donnarumma has managed 14 shutouts.
Gli Azzurri as a squad have also not conceded a single goal in their last seven games across all competitions and you have to go all the way back to 2018 to find the last time they shipped more than one goal in a game.
So, there is a very good chance Italy are going to be one of the most defensively sound sides at this summer’s tournament, making Donnarumma a perfect Euro Fantasy Football pick.
Italy are also favourites to top their group and will kick off the competition on Friday the 11th vs Turkey, a game they should have little issues winning.
during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Bologna FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 10, 2017 in Milan, Italy.
2) Hugo Lloris, France (6m)
France, as expected, head into Euro 2020 as one of the favourites to win it.
Les Bleus have been handed a tough group, which includes Portugal and Germany.
But though being drawn in the hardest of the groups at Euro 2020 may hamper Hugo Lloris’ chances of keeping as many clean sheets, he is still likely a pretty safe bet for your side.
The 34-year-old has a superb record for France and averages around a clean sheet every other game.
It is also worth noting that when France faced off with Portugal twice in 2020, Didier Deschamps’s side – with Lloris in net – managed to concede zero goals, which of course bodes well for their meeting in Group F this summer.
Germany, meanwhile, whilst a historically tough side, have not been at their best for some time now with one of their main strikers, Timo Werner, somewhat goal-shy at present.
Hugo Lloris after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.
3) Thibaut Courtois, Belgium (6m)
The next player you could look to add to your EFF side is Belgium and Real Madrid star, Thibaut Courtois.
The Red Devils head into Euro 2020 ranked as the world’s no.1 side and they have been handed a much safter group than Lloris’ France.
Belgium will face off with all of Denmark, Finland and Russia at Euro 2020. All of these games, especially the latter two, should be good opportunities for Courtois and co. to earn clean sheets.
The reason Courtois does not rank higher, however, is that Belgium’s backline, mainly their centre-backs, is perhaps the weakest area of their star-studded squad.
But, he could still be used as a solid option for rotation with someone like Lloris. For example, when France face Portugal and Germany, Belgium play their two easiest games vs Russia and Finland.
Then, when Roberto Martinez’s side take on Denmark, arguably their hardest game, France have their easiest group outing vs Hungary,
GIRONA, SPAIN – AUGUST 26: Thibaut Courtois of Real Madrid CF looks on from the bench prior to the La Liga match between Girona FC and Real Madrid CF at Montilivi Stadium on August 26, 2018 in Girona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
4) Kasper Schmeichel, Denmark (5m)
Our next option is somewhat unusual, but he could prove to be a solid substitute choice or a decent budget option if you want to splash the cash elsewhere in your team.
Kasper Schmeichel has been Denmark’s main keeper for some time now and has a solid record for his country.
In 63 outings across all competitions he has been able to keep 32 clean sheets, including three in his last three.
Denmark, though unlikely to Group B, should be able to secure 2nd spot. They are almost certainly set to lose out on top spot to Belgium, who recently put four past them.
But their games against Finland and Russia look to be matches which the Danes can dominate and keep a clean sheet.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA – JULY 01: Kasper Schmeichel of Denmark saves a penalty, from Luka Modric of Croatia (not pictured) during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on July 1, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
5) Unai Simon, Spain (5m)
Following David de Gea and Kepa Arrizabalaga’s drops in form for their clubs, Unai Simon has been handed a starting berth for Spain of late.
Despite being 23, Simon is already first choice for his club, Athletic Bilbao, and at present, looks set to be Spain’s no.1 at the Euros.
The youngster has started in all of Spain’s last six outings, including the 6-0 win over Germany.
And though Spain are not as impressive as they were a few years back their group – which is made up of Poland, Sweden and Slovakia – should be pretty easy for them to top, potentially making Simon a solid budget option.
The reason Simon is near the bottom of this list, however, is that whilst he does look to be Spain’s no.1, it is not yet known if he will be trusted at a major tournament.
SEVILLE, SPAIN – MARCH 31: Unai Simon of Spain warms up prior to the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar qualifying match between Spain and Kosovo on March 31, 2021 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)
6) Tim Krul, Netherlands (4.5m)
The next option on this list would have been Jasper Cillessen. However, the Dutchman was injured throughout a decent chunk of 2020/21, and has once again picked up an issue that has ruled him out of the Euros.
So, with Cillessen now sidelined, the Netherlands are likely to deploy Tim Krul between the sticks throughout much of this summer.
Krul had a solid 2020/21 with Norwich which saw him keep 18 clean sheets as the Canaries secured their return to the Premier League.
And with Cillessen having missed the Netherlands’ last five outings through injury, Krul has stepped up and performed fairly well.
The Oranje also have a pretty favourable group this summer, which consists of Austria, Ukraine and North Macedonia. The latter of that trio are especially weak and the Netherlands should have little issues preventing them from scoring.
Granted, with Virgil van Dijk and now Cillessen out, the Netherlands defence has been weakened somewhat.
But at just 4.5m, Krul could prove a real bargain this summer.