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 some of the best players in the world – represent their country. We’ve got a bunch of these UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification fantasy soccer slates coming up on DraftKings, so buckle in for a fun and profitable ride!
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Northern Ireland (+1600) @ Netherlands (-600) // Total 2.5 (-170 over)
Wales (+210) @ Slovakia (+155) // Total 2.5 (+145 over)
Hungary (+800) @ Croatia (-290) // Total 2.5 (+120 over)
Scotland (+600) @ Russia (-195) // Total 2.5 (+120 over)
The headliner of the slate is the Dutch, slotting in as huge favorites against a Northern Ireland team that won’t be able to cope with their pace and power. While we’ll need some exposure there, I’m not planning on sleeping on Croatia or Russia either, as they are strong favorites at home in their own right. The fourth match looks like a dull affair with Wales traveling to a tough Slovakian environment. Finding the right mix between attackers on the favorites is undoubtedly the key to unlocking this slate.
Expected Set Piece Takers
Northern Ireland: McNair
Netherlands: Depay, Blind
Wales: Wilson, Ramsey
Slovakia: Rusnak, Hamsik, Mak
Scotland: Fraser, McGregor
Russia: Golovin, Cheryshev
Memphis Depay (Netherlands / 11.8)
With four goals and six assists through four Euro qualification matches, Memphis Depay is a force to be reckoned with right now with his country. His role as the main creator, main set piece taker and furthest player up the pitch in their attack makes him appealing on any Dutch slate. The fact that they’re massively favored just makes matters that much better for his outlook.
The price on him here in a home date with Northern Ireland may be a tad steep, but building without him makes for an uncomfortable fade. The fade is viable though, and considering the Netherlands will probably bag home two or three with or without Depay, those who fade should look to roster other Dutch attackers who would theoretically pick up the slack in a script where Memphis doesn’t get involved in the goals, such as Ryan Babel or Donyell Mayen.
Bruno Petkovic (Croatia / 6.7)
While Bruno Petkovic carries some risk as a goal-dependent striker, the price on him makes it awfully tempting to have him a part of your core. Croatia are likely to score two or three in this spot as -300 favorites, so we should instinctively be looking for pieces of the attack. Petkovic will lead the line for the Croats, and while he probably needs a goal to truly smash, his fouls drawn and shot totals are nothing to scoff at. He makes his hay as both a creator and a goal poacher at the club level with Dinamo Zagreb, and this is a spot where he can chip in with a goal and/or an assist.
Daley Blind (Netherlands / 4.9)
A role on set pieces is always something to look for in a defender. Daley Blind has just that, having about a third of the share with Depay taking the other two thirds. At the club level, he plays in a more central/defensive role, but with the national team, he plays fullback with freedom to get up the field. Sub-$5,000 is efficient, yet fair.
Nikola Vlasic (Croatia / 6.1) Niko Vlasic has been a standout player at the club level with CSKA Moscow this season with five goals and two assists through 12 matches. He also played very well with his country with 11 key passes through two starts, both on the road. Back on home soil, he’ll be happy to carve out chances against a lesser Hungarian side. He makes for a nice stack with Petkovic. Both are underpriced relative to the combined potential ceiling.
With Vlasic not in the XI, the new potential value is Steven Bergjwin for Netherlands.
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