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Fantasy Euro 2012 Tips: Midfielders

By May 30, 2012

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Uefa's official Euro 2012 fantasy game allows you to choose five midfielders, meaning that with only 100 million to spend, you will have to plump for at least a couple of cheap ones.

Five points are awarded for a goal in this game, with three for an assist.

Germany's Mesut Ozil is the game's most expensive midfielder, costing 10 million. Joachim Low's side are one of the favorites for the tournament and if, as expected, they get to the latter stages, it is likely Ozil will have played a major role. He can score goals and supplied 22 assists in all competitions for Real in the 2011/12 season.

Franck Ribery (France), Wesley Sneijder (Holland), Andres Iniesta and Xavi (both Spain) all cost 9.5 million.

All are world class but Sneijder may be the best bet. He fed Robin van Persie with a sublime pass to open the scoring in a pre-tournament friendly against Bulgaria and with the Arsenal forward in such sparkling form, there is every chance Sneijder could score highly in the assists column. And as we saw in the last World Cup when he was joint-top scorer, he has no trouble finding the net for the national team.

You can, of course, choose more than one expensive midfielder but 100 million goes quickly, especially if you want top of the range forwards.

England's Ashley Young does not come cheap at 8.5 million but his recent goalscoring record for the national team is impressive, and in the absence of Wayne Rooney in the first two games, he will be the team's main creative force. Witness his goal in the May friendly win over Norway to see what he is capable of.

Big things are expected of Alan Dzagoev, and 7.5 million could be money well spent on the Russian creator.

Injury doubts have surrounded Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Rosicky (7 million) but if fit he looks a smart purchase. In the second half of the season for Arsenal, Rosicky rediscovered some of the form he used produce on a regular basis in his Borussia Dortmund days. The playmaker is an expert at turning away from opposition defenders and making penetrative runs into the area. He also possesses a powerful shot.

Yohann Cabaye has come off an excellent season with Newcastle and is set to be one of the mainstays in the France midfield. He is likely to be a popular choice at 6.5 million.

Sebastien Larsson (6.5 million) is always a danger from set-pieces and could help Sweden out of their group, while Greece will rely heavily on attacking midfielder Sotiris Ninis (5.5) who should be nicely rested after missing much of the season through injury.

At the bargain basement end, Republic of Ireland midfielders James McClean (4.5 million) and Keith Andrews (4 million) look good value. Winger McClean is full of running and not afraid to shoot at goal having scored six in his breakthrough season at Sunderland. Andrews is another good finisher and he will need to take his chances in a tough group containing Spain, Italy and Croatia.

Midfielders to consider

Mesut Ozil (10 million)

Wesley Sneijder (9.5 million)

Ashley Young (8.5 million)

Alan Dzagoev (7.5 million)

Tomas Rosicky (7 million)

Yohan Cabaye (6.5 million)

Sebastien Larsson (6.5 million)

James McClean (4.5 million)

Keith Andrews (4 million)

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