Belgium headlines Group B as one of the favorites to lift the European championship, but Russia and Denmark will be in an intense battle to get out of the group while Finland will look to spring a surprise in the country’s first appearance at the Euro. Things get interesting right off the bat as Belgium and Russia play the second match of the group.
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 B 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 B.
Romelu Lukaku, 2 appearances - Lukaku has scored everywhere he’s gone and will be Belgium’s strongest option going forward. He’ll look to spearhead the team to glory after falling short many times before.
Eden Hazard, 2 appearances - He’s had a turbulent club career of late, but Hazard is a Belgium stalwart. He’s a dynamic player in the attacking third and can create for himself and others with ease. He might not be what he once was, but Hazard is still a good bet to have in DFS formats.
Kevin De Bruyne, 2 appearances - The Manchester City star is doubtful to open the competition due to a facial injury he suffered in the Champions League final, but he’s a strong performer when on the pitch. Expect De Bruyne to travel with the team and be in the starting XI if he’s fit.
Also in top 10: Nacer Chadli, Hans Vanaken, Yannick Carrasco, Youri Tielemans, Leandro Trossard, Christian Benteke
Artem Dzyuba, 4 appearances - Dzyuba is somewhat of a senior statesman at 32, but only has 51 caps for Russia. He’s a good bet to put a few in the back of the net during the group stage and was a riot during Euro qualifying, scoring nine of Russia’s 33 goals. He’s also coming off a 20-goal campaign for Zenit St. Petersburg. Look for Dzyuba in your DFS lineups, likely at great value.
Aleksandr Golovin, 2 appearances - Golovin is a rising star at Monaco and provides creativity in the final third for Russia. He’s got experience at the international level despite only being 25 and could be one of the under-the-radar stars at Euro 2021. He’s a good pick in DFS lineups.
Denis Cheryshev, 2 appearances - Cheryshev is the final piece of Russia’s mighty attack and should generate significant interest in DFS lineups. He’s not the flashiest player, but he’s capable of producing at a high level and likely won’t cost much.
Also in top 10: Aleksey Ionov, Aleksey Miranchuk
Christian Eriksen, 6 appearances - Eriksen will be the point man for Denmark, controlling everything from his midfield spot. After rising to prominence at Tottenham, Eriksen has shown steady production in limited opportunities at Inter Milan. He’s one to watch for the Danes.
Kasper Dolberg, 2 appearances - Dolberg has plenty of experience with stints at Ajax and now Nice. He’s still young at 23, but could be the key for Denmark’s push to make the knockout round. Expect him to be heavily involved in this lineup and should be a good value play in DFS formats.
Also in top 10: Mikkel Damsgaard, Robert Skov
Teemu Pukki, 7 appearances - If you’re going to pick a player from Finland to include in DFS lineups, Pukki is your guy. He’s a consistent performer for the team at the international level and could provide some big moments in the country’s first Euro campaign.
Also in top 10: Joel Pohjanpalo, Glen Kamara, Jere Juhani Uronen