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Gareth Bale can outdo Cristiano Ronaldo in battle of the galacticos

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One of Euro 2016's favourites will be eliminated in the semi-finals as Germany and France go head-to-head in one of the most mouth-watering ties of the tournament so far.

Meanwhile, Portugal will have been delighted with the way the draw has turned out after they witnessed Wales pick apart Belgium's star-studded line-up.

Chris Coleman's side have quickly become everyone's favourite underdogs, but they will be relying on Gareth Bale to rise to the bait of a competition with fellow Real Madrid Galactico Cristiano Ronaldo.

That will be just one of the head-to-head battles to watch out for in the latest round of fixtures. Teaming up with fantasy football product DraftKings, we take a look at some of the biggest selection dilemmas for this week's fantasy football line-up.

Gareth Bale (Wales) vs Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Hal Robson-Kanu has insisted he wouldn't swap his "world-class" Wales team-mate Gareth Bale for Cristiano Ronaldo. Given Bale's performances over the last few weeks, we have to agree.


Ronaldo may have had 36 shots to Bale's 21 in the tournament, but the latter has had more on target. They are worth an additional fantasy point with those that land off-target earning just +1.

It's not just his shooting accuracy that gives Bale the edge. Tackles won are also +1 point apiece and the stats really do tell a story. Bale, who started his career as a left-back, has made eight successful tackles so far. His Portuguese counterpart: Zero.

Ronaldo has one major advantage, though, quite apart from being arguably the best player on the planet. Last time the pair faced each other, it was Tottenham vs. Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals. Madrid won 5-0 on aggregate, and in terms of quality players, Wales vs. Portugal could be similarly mismatched.

And so Bale will be hoping his team-mates can step up once again, just like they did against Belgium, to ensure he isn't left to outshine Ronaldo alone. CR7 may be the ultimate superstar, but Bale's overall game makes him the better pick here.

Click here to select Gareth Bale. 

Olivier Giroud (France) vs Thomas Muller (Germany)

Olivier Giroud can be incredibly frustrating to watch, but you can't argue with his record of three goals and two assists in five games at this summer’s European Championships.

The Arsenal striker put on a masterclass against Iceland and while it won't be so easy against world champions Germany, he has shown enough to win over those France fans who booed him before the tournament.

The 29-year-old got on the scoresheet twice in the quarters, earning +10 points for each goal, but it was the lightest of touches that played on Antoine Griezmann for the fourth goal that truly showed his class.

Mario Gomez has been ruled out for the rest of the Euros with a hamstring injury, so that leaves Germany without a recognised striker. It will be up to Thomas Muller to fill the void and although he hasn't scored yet, he has contributed to their attack with one assist, which earned him +6 points.

Germany will have to adapt their system to allow Muller plenty of opportunities, but if France play anything like they did against Iceland, it could well be Giroud who gets the goals to lead his team through.

Click here to select Olivier Giroud. 

N'golo Kante (France) vs Mesut Ozil (Germany)

N'golo Kante will be back in the heart of France's midfield, and that is a big problem for Germany. One of the Leicester star’s main tasks will be to stop Mesut Ozil from roaming all over the field.

Kante is famous for his interceptions, which are worth +0.5 points, but he will have to be careful not to pick up any yellow cards with his firm tackling, as bookings carry a penalty of -1.5 points.

Ozil will be well aware of Kante's presence having seen his fellow Premier League star make over 100 tackles last season. As for the Arsenal playmaker, he will be hoping to put his penalty miss against Italy behind him and get back to running Germany's attack.

Even if Joachim Low isn't sure where his goals are going to come from, he can be pretty sure where to look for assists. If he is to avoid Kante's containment, Ozil will need to express himself down the wing, which is good news as crosses earn +0.75 points a time.

Kante's return is a huge boost to France's hopes, but Ozil is better placed to pick up the big points, so he's the one to pick this week.

Click here to select Mesut Ozil. 

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