While round three rotation is always a risk and some teams have already secured a spot in the round of 16, the Scout squad relies on a combination of players whose teams may make changes and those whose hopes are at stake.
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Italy’s streak of ten goals conceded in a row means that despite having made it to the round of 16, his defensive virtues can hardly be overlooked – and Gianluigi Donnarumma (€ 5.5m) is likely to start against Wales in Rome. After not conceding a goal in 785 minutes in international football, the Italian number one will keep an eye on Italy’s ninth goal in a row. If the Italian wall is finally broken, an alternative is the Englishman Jordan Pickford (5.5 million euros), who did not concede a goal in the first two games of UEFA EURO 2020 and made several impressive stops on matchday 2 against Scotland .
The defensive record of Italy and England mean that both also offer players for defense. Roberto Mancini is likely to stir up his side for Italy’s final game in Group A and, with only one point required to secure first place, expect a typically dogged defensive performance from the Azzurri. Hence the selection of Rafael Tolói (4.5 million euros), who has not yet conceded a goal in his four international appearances. The Englishman Tyrone Mings (4.5 million euros) has so far collected 12 points thanks to two goals against and does it again in the Wembley competition against the Czech Republic.
Spaniard Pau Torres (€ 4.5m) is another player who was already in the squad, and after rewarding this trust with six points against Sweden on matchday one, he will be set up against Slovakia for another decent record . Jason Denayer (€ 4.5m) is a budget path in the Belgian defense chain for the game against Finland, while the German Robin Gosens (€ 5.0m) is looking for another record goal after he scored on matchday two scored one goal and set up two against Portugal.
While Belgium are likely to make a move against Finland, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Kevin De Bruyne (€ 10.5m) made his last appearance in three weeks as a substitute against Denmark. Despite playing only 45 minutes, De Bruyne managed to score and assist in Belgium’s comeback win and could well have more minutes under his belt against Finland. Eden Hazard is another Belgian midfielder reporting back from an injury, but two doubts about choosing the same team feel like too big a gamble so the Scout opts instead for two players whose teams are likely to be matchday 3 Victories will need.
Spain’s Ferran Torres (€ 8.0m) is expected to play in the front again against Slovakia, while Croatia must win the nod against Scotland at Hampden Park.
Another midfielder in shape is Andriy Yarmolenko (€ 8.5m) from Ukraine, who scored against both the Netherlands and North Macedonia. He will be selected for the crucial game against Austria, while Federico Chiesa (€ 7.0m) will likely play in Italy’s team against Wales and is eager to take his chance.
Yarmolenko’s Ukrainian team-mate Roman Yaremchuk (€ 7.0m) has scored four goals in both tournament matches in his last five international matches. He will certainly imagine his chances of expanding this record against an Austrian team that only conceded one goal and conceded eleven goals in their seven games in 2021.
Also the Dutch striker Memphis Depay (€ 10.0m), who will try to increase the penalty he last scored against Austria after his move to Barcelona after his last penalty shoot-out, and Andrej Kramarić (6.5m. The Croatian striker is not a successful goalscorer at international level, but scored 20 Bundesliga goals for Hoffenheim in 2020/21 and, as both his team and Scotland’s opponents have to win on matchday three, could get the scope to improve his goal record for his country improve .