EURO 2020 Fantasy Football Matchday 1 – head-to-head comparisons: Gianluigi Donnarumma vs Jordan Pickford
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Italy boss Roberto Mancini is expected to select Gianluigi Donnarumma (€5.5m) as his first choice goalkeeper for EURO 2020 and owners of the 22-year-old will be hoping for a high return of fantasy points over the course of the competition, including on Matchday 1 with Turkey his opposition. The Azzurri have kept clean sheets in seven of their last eight competitive fixtures and with Italy always notoriously for their defensive prowess come a major tournament, this bodes well for Donnarumma.
England's backline have been in fine form themselves, conceding just six goals across qualifying with five clean sheets from their eight games. The Three Lions have also managed shutouts in three of their last four competitive fixtures heading into EURO 2020, a stat which will please owners of England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (€5.5m). Again, this appears to be a very difficult one to call with both stoppers more than capable to acquiring fantasy points through a Matchday 1 clean sheet. England however, are sweating over the fitness of key centre-back Harry Maguire, which could lead to Pickford being exposed in front of goal to a dangerous Croatian side. Such fine margins leave us inclined to give Donnarumma the nod.
Verdict: Gianluigi Donnarumma