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Euro 2016: Wednesday Cheat Sheet

Andrew M. Laird

Andrew M. Laird, a four-time FSWA Award finalist, is RotoWire's Senior Soccer Editor and an editor for the site's NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, CBB and DFS content.

MATCHES (EDT)

12:00 p.m: Iceland v. Austria
12:00 p.m: Hungary v. Portugal
3:00 p.m: Italy v. Ireland
3:00 p.m: Sweden v. Belgium

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EXPECTED CORNER TAKERS

Iceland: Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson
Austria: Christian Fuchs, Zlatko Junuzovic
Hungary: Balazs Dzsudzsak
Portugal: Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho
Italy: Antonio Candreva, Alessandro Florenzi
Ireland: Robbie Brady
Sweden:Kim Kallstrom,
Belgium: Kevin De Bruyne

PLAYER RECOMMENDATIONS

GOALKEEPER

Salvatore Sirigu, ITA v. IRL: With Italy already guaranteed a spot in the knockout round, we could see some significant squad rotation, starting with the man in net. Gianluigi Buffon continues to amaze despite being 89 years old, so in the effort to give him a rest before things get really serious, Sirigu could step in and provide great salary savings from a favorite.

Hannes Thor Halldorsson, ICE v. AUS: In the event Buffon does start and fantasy owners are looking for goalkeeper savings, Halldorsson is facing an Austrian side that has failed to score in their opening two matches. Austria have fairly good win odds, but it's worth noting that Iceland have allowed just one goal each to Portugal and Hungary, drawing both matches.

DEFENDER

Thomas Meunier, BEL v. SWE: The Belgians have had a tough time figuring out the right defensive unit, but Meunier played very well in his start against Ireland last week, picking up an assist on four crosses, adding two tackles and an interception.

Martin Olsson, SWE v. BEL: Olsson didn't cross nearly as much in Sweden's second group game as their first, but his job is still to move up the wing and send in balls toward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is certainly a good target to have in the box.

Vieirinha, POR v. HUN: Portugal have been a bit disappointing so far, but Vieirinha certainly continues to do his part, sending in 19 crosses in the first two games. And for those who think Vieirinha could be over-owned, Raphael Guerriero is a decent pivot.

MIDFIELDER

Balazs Dzsudzsak, HUN v. POR: A draw will likely see Hungary win the group, though there's still a chance Iceland could do it if they crush Austria. They now face their toughest test, but Dzsudzsak remains an excellent fantasy option, as he's scored 10 and 16 points in their first two matches, respectively, yet he hasn't figured into a goal or an assist yet. His floor is very reliable and his upside is clear if he can get one in the back of the net (he's taken six shots in the opening matches).

Robbie Brady, IRL v. ITA: Ireland need a win to have a shot at the knockout rounds, and Brady will likely be flying up the flank sending in crosses to help score a goal (you can't win without scoring a goal, right?). He had 18 crosses and four shots in the first two matches and will likely be heavily involved again.

Kevin De Bruyne, BEL v. SWE: A big win could push Belgium to the top of the Group E table, which means De Bruyne and Co. will be attacking as much as possible against a Sweden side that will be trying to do the same. KDB has taken six shots (two on target) and sent in 20 crosses in the first two games, showing his excellent floor and potential upside.

FORWARD

Cristiano Ronaldo, POR v. HUN: Ronaldo hasn't been able to score a goal yet in the tournament, but it's not for a lack of trying, as he's taken 10 shots in each of the first two games. Portugal need all three points to have a shot at winning the group, so you know Ronaldo will be firing away.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, SWE v. BEL: Ibrahimovic announced this week that this tournament would likely be the last time he plays for Sweden, and if he wants to extend his international time, Sweden need a big upset win. While that's unlikely to happen, Ibrahimovic will take plenty of shots, and the Belgium defense has hardly looked solid.

Lorenzo Insigne, ITA v. IRL: Italy are already assured a spot in the next round, so the potential squad rotation could open playing time for Insigne, who had an excellent domestic season with Napoli. Unfortunately, he's likely stuck behind Ciro Immobile, Simone Zaza and Stephan El Sharawaay, who all offer salary savings but not as much upside.

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