This article is part of our Daily Fantasy Soccer Cheat Sheet series.
Sunday's opening match unfortunately kicks off at 7:00 a.m. EDT, which takes it out of the main slates for DraftKings and FanDuel. It's unfortunate because you can only roster Samantha Kerr on a showdown, single-game slate or all-day slate, which is fine (GPPs aren't nearly as big) but not as fun. Kerr is the best player in the world and likely worthy of whatever salary the DFS sites give her. Australia isn't the biggest favorite (-160 on FanDuel Sportsbook and -152 on DraftKings), and while Kerr is only +120 (FD) or +107 (DK) to score a goal, it would be surprising if she didn't get on the scoresheet. That being said, Emily van Egmond is their likely penalty taker, though probably a better play on FanDuel than DraftKings because of her role in central midfield. Another name to watch for is Steph Catley, a dynamic left-back who is a very strong crosser, while Ellie Carpenter isn't hesitant to move up in the attack either.
But Australia aren't big favorites, so it's not like we should ignore Italy. Valentina Cernoia is a solid central midfielder with a role on set pieces, while captain Sara Gama will be a very key part of their defense. However, fantasy players are most likely to be concerned with Barbara Bonansea, who scored three goals and added six assists in eight qualifying games, and Cristiana Girelli, who scored seven times on the road to France.
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