Euro 2021 kicks off with a bang in Group A when qualification heavyweights Turkey and Italy face off in meaningful action. Wales and Switzerland will get an opportunity to build an early foundation for advancing with their match the following day. Here’s a full preview of what to watch for in Group A.
Bettors interested in Euro 2021 DFS competitions will have a lot of data to access ahead of the competition. Here’s a look at who bettors can count on in Group A to deliver value in DFS. If you’re interested in the full dataset, check here.
DraftKings provided a list of every player to play in a match after the 2018 World Cup and how that player performed. We’ve trimmed that list down to look at the top 10 DFS performances in non-friendlies for each team. Here’s which players feature most often for each squad in Group A.
Stefano Sensi, 2 appearances - Sensi had a down season at Inter Milan, but remains a threat to rack up fantasy points in midfield. Italy has a lot of talent across the pitch, but Sensi will be instrumental in many of the team’s best scoring opportunities. He’s a worthy option to keep in Euro DFS lineups.
Andrea Belotti, 2 appearances - A lot of club soccer fans might not know Belotti because he’s in Torino, but the Serie A striker has 92 goals for the club in the last six seasons. If you don’t want to break the bank on a striker in your lineup, Belotti could be a good option.
Also in top 10: Ciro Immobile, Federico Chiesa, Jorginho, Bryan Cristante, Vincenzo Grifo, Lorenzo Insigne
Hakan Calhanoglu, 4 appearances - The AC Milan midfielder is responsible for almost half of Turkey’s 10 best DFS performances, making him a near lock in lineups if his price isn’t too high. He’s got a nose for goal and can also rack up assists.
Cengiz Under, 2 appearances - The Leicester City winger in a key contributor for Turkey, tallying four goals in his last 11 appearances with the team. Calhanoglu is the centerpiece of this team, but Under will be a strong alternative for those potentially squeezed for value in DFS lineups.
Also in top 10: Burak Yilmaz, Mehmet Zeki Celik, Ozan Tufan, Enes Unal,
In classic Swiss fashion, no player is featured in the top 10 more than once. However, if we look further down the list, several key contributors emerge.
Xherdan Shaqiri is a big part of Switzerland’s Euro plans. The winger doesn’t see the pitch much at Liverpool, but is one of the deadliest players in Switzerland’s XI. He’s a good bet to have in DFS lineups. Granit Xhaka, Haris Seferovic and Denis Zakaria are also likely to deliver in terms of fantasy points.
Top 10: Admir Mehmedi, Ruben Vargas, Xherdan Shaqiri, Mario Gavranovic, Steven Zuber, Denis Zakaria, Granit Xhaka, Christian Fassnacht, Ricardo Rodríguez, Remo Freuler
Gareth Bale, 4 appearances - Bale was one of the world’s deadliest forwards in his prime, netting 21 goals in his final season at Tottenham before scoring 47 in the next three seasons with Real Madrid. He might not be able to singlehandedly take Wales out of Group A, but he’s a certainty to rack up points in DFS lineups.
Harry Wilson, 2 appearances - After scoring 15 goals in the English League Championship two seasons ago, Wilson has been a consistent scorer. He’s not going to take any of the spotlight away from Bale, but will likely offer some value at a lower price point.
Aaron Ramsey, 2 appearances - The Juventus midfielder appears twice in Wales’ top 10 fantasy performances and is a key cog in this lineup. Ramsey will be responsible for feeding Wales’ forwards, but is more than capable to putting the ball in the net himself. He’s a possible low-cost option in DFS lineups.
Also in top 10: Kieffer Moore, David Brooks