The major domestic leagues have an international break scheduled for this week, giving players the opportunity to spend some extra time with their families, or in the case of the best of the best – represent their country. We’ve got a bunch of these Euro 2020 Qualification slates coming up, so buckle in for a fun & profitable ride!
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Expected Set Piece Takers
Switzerland: Rodriguez, Xhaka
Spain: Parejo, Suso
Greece: Vrousai, Masouras, Stafylidis
Suso (Spain / F / 10.4K / DraftKings)
Thursday’s slate features three games with the largest favorites being Spain at -225 on the road in Romania. It’s a tough place to play, but the crafty Suso should have no problem accumulating fantasy points with his avid crossing ability. He hasn’t played much with Spain, but given his accolades as a Milan player, there’s a more than decent chance of him taking set pieces with both Marco Asensio and Isco out of the team. Dani Parejo could end up taking most of the corners, but Suso is the man to pay up for this slate. His open play value is worth just as much as his potential set piece value.
Update: With Suso and Parejo both out, look to Ceballos for set pieces.
Ricardo Rodriguez (Switzerland / D / 5.9K / DraftKings)
With Xherdan Shaqiri not in this rounds squad for some reason, set pieces are up for grabs. Granit Xhaka and Ricardo should split. With Switzerland likely to line up in a 4-3-3, Ricardo will be given space to operate in high pressing positions. There’s not much to spend up on this slate, and Ricardo’s floor at defender should be worth paying for.
Marious Vrousai (Greece / F / 6.2K / DraftKings)
Another country with yet another key player / set piece taker out of the squad. Kostas Fortounis is injured, and won’t be playing this stretch of matches for Greece. While his absence will be felt, we can at least take advantage of the situation in terms of finding the Grecian who gets the bump.
The 21 year old attacking talent Marious Vrousai could be the man to own here, despite Finland having a rather stifling defense. We’ll have to see lineups before hand, as he’s not a lock to start (hop in the Awesemo Slack Room an hour before lock!), but he’s taken corners here and there in national team cameos, and if given the chance to start, he could shine. Keep an eye on Giorgos Masouras and Kostas Stafylidis as well if Vrousai doesn’t start.
Robin Lod (Finland / M / 5.2K / DraftKings)
The Finnish international is having a rough start in his MLS career with Minnesota United, but he’s shown loads of ability when representing his country. Having almost a full allotment of set pieces has seen him to producing fruitful results. Greece is a tough opponent, but at home, they should be able to create a few chances. Lod will look to play a part in them.