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Hugo Lloris can inspire France to Euro 2016 success

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France may well have had a scare against the Republic of Ireland during their Euro 2016 Round of 16 contest, but they remain one of the sides to beat ahead of the quarter-finals.

Les Blues have the likes of Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, and Dimitri Payet in one of the most formidable midfields in world football, but if they are to go all the way, it could be up to one man further down the field - or in between the sticks, to be precise.

Captain Hugo Lloris has already pulled off some wonder saves during this tournament, just as he has been doing for Tottenham in the Premier League for the last four years.

Teaming up with fantasy football product DraftKings, we take a look at why Lloris is such a good pick for the latest round of one-day fantasy football.

Lloris captained France for a record 55th time against Ireland, overtaking a certain Didier Deschamps, and that kind of consistency has helped to establish himself as one of the best stoppers in Europe.

Each save made is worth +2 points on DraftKings, and last season, Lloris made an average of almost two saves a game. It will be interesting to see how much opponents Iceland attack, as they may try and park the bus to keep France at bay.


Iceland may attempt to hit France on the break, though, so it will be important for Lloris to keep his concentration. If anything is letting the hosts down, it's their defence, so that makes the Spurs goalkeeper more important than ever. Laurent Koscielny can't always be trusted, while Patrice Evra has also slowed down considerably.

And with midfield lynchpin N'golo Kante suspended for the quarter-final, France could slip up if they give Iceland too much space. The good news is that France absolutely have the quality to beat Iceland (but then again, so did England), and the goalkeeper on the winning side always earns +5 points.

If Lloris keeps a clean sheet, he will notch up another +5, whereas if he doesn't, each goal he concedes will lose him -2 points. Lloris is yet to concede a goal from open play during this tournament - the two goals France have let in have both come from the penalty spot - so if his defence can be more composed against Iceland, he might have an easier job.

Should France go all the way to the final on July 10 and lift the trophy for the first time since 2000, the 29-year-old will have played no small part in it. David de Gea is widely hailed as the best goalkeeper in Europe, but although he excelled against Italy, he made a few mistakes in the group stages.

That, coupled with the fact that Spain are now out, has opened the door for someone else to shine, and alongside Gianluigi Buffon and Manuel Neuer, Lloris has been staking his claim as the finest 'keeper in the tournament.

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