The US Open gets underway at almost the same time the Euros kick off so the prize pools are slightly down, but this slate is arguably the best yet with all three games having favorable odds for both teams to score and should leave room for absolute thrillers and amazing builds to make for tournaments, I love the first game that we have on hand as will many with the Ukraine side, but think North Macedonia gets on the board today and am going to be targeting a guy like Elmas in my lineups, but why waste anymore time in the introduction? EUROS25 is the code for 25% your purchase for all sports not just EUROS!
Ukraine (-140) vs North Macedonia (+425)
Both Teams To Score: -110
Probable Set Piece Takers: Rusian Malinovskyi, Andriy Yarmolenko (UKRAINE) / Ezgjan Alioski, Enis Bardhi (NORTH MACEDONIA)
Denmark (+333) vs Belgium (-105)
Both Teams To Score: EVEN
Probable Set Piece Takers: Mathias Jensen (DENMARK) / Yannick Carrasco, Dries Mertens (BELGIUM)
Netherlands (-150) vs Austria (+425)
Both Teams To Score: -140
Probable Set Piece Takers: Memphis Depay (NETHERLANDS) / David Alaba (AUSTRIA)
First thing that jumps off the page to me is this first match. I love the plays on both FanDuel and DraftKings. We have strong Ukrainians with Andriy Yarmolenko, Rusian Malinovskyi, and Roman Yaremchuk all likely to be very chalk similar to how the Russian players were yesterday. High owned to kick things off. They looked impressive against the Dutch and will see much more of the ball here and will be chalky because of it. Mykola Shaparenko is cheap and getting the starting nod for Ukraine and could be used as a punt option. The defenders in this match in general I have no interest in outside the North Macedonian’s centrebacks for their FanDuel upside. MaybeI will consider spending down on DraftKings, but the path isn’t clear just yet. North Macedonia is starting Eljif Elmas up top with Goran Pandev which makes his price tag of 4700 on DraftKings very tempting to run back the Ukraine stacks with and hope this game could end 3-1. He’s my only real attacking interest in this one as i can see an open match is Ukraine tack one on early.
Moving onto Belgium and Denmark, this game will be the least owned of the three matches, despite having heavy hitters like Romelu Lukaku heading the attack. The presence of Kevin De Bruyne will be big. If in, he takes almost all the set pieces for Belgium and hinders the floor plays of those around him like Yannick Carrasco and Dries Mertens. They’re fine plays in their own right but if KDB is in, the price tags are high enough that people will not be selecting them in their lineup due to sub risk and upside being slightly capped in this tough matchup. Thomas Meuennier was the main man for Belgium outside of Lukaku and played a part in two goals last time out, priced below 5K he is sure to be one of the most chalk defender options on DraftKings. The big reason this game is projected to be tight is because of the home atmosphere of the Danes in Copenhagen. The electric crowd will be buzzing and provide the Danish national side with much needed confidence after the loss to Finland under rough circumstances. Mathias Jensen took all set pieces with Christian Eriksen substitution, and likely will continue the same against Belgium and make for a fine cash play. The attacking three of Martin Braithwaite, Jonas Wind, and Youseff Poulsen are all fine tournament options, but outside a stray share of them I won’t be too heavily involved with the Denmark side.
The final match of the day is Netherlands again who provided the best match of the tournament so far against Ukraine where the Dutch won 3-2. Memphis Depay underwhelmed despite the scoreline, but I am going right back to him here and locking him across the board. The upside is amazing on the Lyon winger and the floor is strong as well. We saw Georginio Wijnaldum play extremely well getting forward and makes for a nice tournament play on both sites as well. Same with Wout Weghorst, but will likely be underweight on the Wolfsburg talisman. THe defenders of Denzel Dumfries and Owen Wijndal will be strong options as well with Dumfries likely getting lots of ownership after his performance last match where he ended up scoring. For the Austrians, David Alaba is once again projected to play CB, which means faed. We got lucky he got the assist last time out, but just won’t have the floor in this spot and will stay away. The tracking talent can have success here. Sasa Kalajdzic and Marcel Sabitzer jump off the page just slightly. Kaladzic making tournaments builds very fun with his attacking prowess and the suspension of Marko Arnautovic potentially making the sub risk a little less as well. Make sure to drop by the chat in Discord to answer all your questions! Thank you for reading!