Group D features a rematch of the 2018 World Cup semifinal where Croatia ended England’s hopes of lifting a World Cup trophy. The two sides meet again in the first match of the group. There will also be some friendly fire as England and Scotland face off down the road.
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 D 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 D.
Harry Kane, 3 appearances - Kane is the subject of soccer around the world after announcing his desire to leave Tottenham, but the English striker is almost a lock for DFS lineups. He’s proven to score in many ways and should get plenty of chances in a dynamic English setup. Expect Kane to rack up goals as England looks to get to a home final at Wembley Stadium
Raheem Sterling, 3 appearances - Sterling had a Champions League final to forget, but the Manchester City winger does well in front of goal. Sterling has scored 65 times in the last four seasons at City and can be expected to achieve similar marks for England. If Kane is too pricey, Sterling could offer some value in DFS.
Also in top 10: Ben Chilwell, Jesse Lingard, Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho
Ivan Perisic, 2 appearances - Perisic is a steady presence in Croatia’s national side with 100 caps under his belt. He’s a proven scorer at Inter Milan and had a strong 2018 World Cup with three goals. He’ll be counted on to deliver again for Croatia in Euro 2021.
Bruno Petkovic, 2 appearances - He hasn’t got much run with the Croatian national team, but Petkovic puts the ball in the back of the net often at Dynamo Zagreb. He’ll be a interesting prospect to watch early and could merit consideration in DFS lineups if the price point is low.
Luka Modric, 2 appearances - Modric is the workhorse in Croatia’s midfield and will slowly accumulate points in a variety of ways over the course of a match. He might be a more expensive play in DFS lineups, but the production will be worth the price.
Also in top 10: Mateo Kovacic, Nikola Vlasic, Marcelo Brozovic
Jakub Jankto, 3 appearances - Jankto isn’t going to score a lot of goals as a midfielder, but he’s instrumental in setting up goals for Czech Republic. He’s going to tally assists and cover a lot of ground manning the middle, leading to fantasy points for DFS bettors. Jankto offers good value for what is likely to be a low price.
Patrik Schick, 2 appearances - Schick has bounced around a lot of clubs before settling in at Bayer Leverkusen last year. He has nine goals in his last 19 international matches, a scoring rate Czech Republic fans and DFS bettors will enjoy. As a player who will likely be available for cheap, Schick deserves a look.
Vladimir Darida, 2 appearances - Similar to Jankto, Darida doesn’t do much scoring but will be a key cog in the midfield. He’ll rack up fantasy points on tackles and interceptions as a central midfielder and should be a valuable piece for Czech Republic if it hopes to make the knockout stage.
Also in top 10: Tomas Soucek, Lukas Provod, Alex Kral
John McGinn, 3 appearances - McGinn has 10 goals in his last 19 appearances for Scotland, making him a good bet to have chances on goal in Euro 2020. He doesn’t do much scoring at the club level so proceed with caution when slotting him into DFS lineups.
Ryan Christie, 2 appearances - With 27 goals in 89 club appearances at Celtic, Christie is a big part of Scotland’s Euro 2020 squad. He’s going to be tasked with scoring goals for the side, which dramatically qualified for the competition in the playoffs. Look for him to offer significant value in DFS lineups.
Ryan Fraser, 2 appearances - A newcomer to the international side, Fraser has two goals in his last three matches with Scotland and should be a key member of the squad. He’s not been able to find the net much at the club level, so be careful when including him in DFS lineups.
James Forrest, 2 appearances - Forrest is an institution at Celtic, scoring 61 goals in 256 appearances. He hasn’t scored much for Scotland, but he’s a good bet to be involved in any chances the side creates. He could be good value as well in DFS formats.
Also in top 10: Kieran Tierney