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5 players who could score BIG points in the first of week of Euro 2020

Dream Team Euros gaffers have got 20 transfers to use throughout Euro 2020.

While you’ll obviously want to save plenty back for the knockout stages once a few big names have been eliminated, you can also tailor your team to group stage fixtures to a certain extent.

Experienced bosses will know that taking the lead in a mini-league is a huge advantage as it forces your rivals to react. There’s a lot to be said for getting on the front foot from the get-go.

With that in mind, we’ve identified five players who could burst out of the blocks in the first week of the tournament…

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You remember this lad, don’t you?

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You remember this lad, don’t you?

Christian Eriksen (£3.5m)

If Denmark score a goal there’s a high chance Eriksen will be involved in some capacity. Kasper Hjulmand’s side are very reliant on their No10 going forward – he’s scored 36 goals for his country and will take every set-piece.

Denmark take on Nordic rivals Finland in their first group game and will be heavy favourites. Teemu Pukki and co are 500/1 to win Euro 2020 – the joint-longest odds alongside North Macedonia.

Romelu Lukaku (£6.0m)

Lukaku is a great option for as long as Belgium are in the tournament but his owners will be expecting big things from the word go when the Red Devils play Russia on Saturday night.

The most recent World Cup hosts performed above expectations on home soil in 2018 and while they have a couple of players who can produce magic, they should be easy pickings for the world’s number one ranked side.

Even without Kevin De Bruyne (and possibly Eden Hazard too) in support, Belgium’s hulking No9 is as likely to score as any forward this weekend.

One of the Golden Boot favourites

One of the Golden Boot favourites

Marcel Sabitzer (£3.0m)

Not many pundits are expecting Austria to pull up trees this summer but in Sabitzer they have a real gem.

The 27-year-old has been a leading star for RB Leipzig in recent years, excelling in several high-profile Champions League fixtures.

He loves to shoot from distance and is one of the pre-game favourites to nab a Star Man award as Austria take on North Macedonia this Sunday.

Probably not a long-term option but he’s a tempting differential early doors.

Cristiano Ronaldo (£7.0m)

We don’t have to justify Ronaldo’s inclusion, do we?

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is the second-most prolific scorer in the history of international football and warmed up for this summer’s tournament with a goal in Portugal’s final friendly against Israel.

Fernando Santos’ side play Hungary first up – the designated whipping boys of the Group of Death – and Ronaldo will spend every minute he’s on the pitch sniffing around the penalty area in a game his side should dictate from the first whistle.

He’s scored a few goals don’t you know…

He’s scored a few goals don’t you know…

Robert Lewandowski (£6.0m)

Poland have some problems to solve if they are going to progress further than the round of 16 but they can rely on Europe’s most in-form goalscorer to lead the line.

Lewandowski heads into Euro 2020 having scored 48 goals in 40 games for Bayern Munich this season. He’s got Slovakia in his sights first up, who most consider to be the weakest team in Group E.

If you’re going to pick the prolific Pole at any point then the first week seems most logical.