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Chris Smalling to outshine Martin Skrtel during England vs Slovakia

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Euro 2016 is hotting up as the first surprises of the tournament have been sprung.

England avoided a banana skin against Wales, but Germany couldn't emerge victorious from their own local derby against Poland as that game petered out to a stalemate.

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Meanwhile, everyone's favourite underdogs, Northern Ireland, have got their first win, though it remains to be seen whether it will be enough to take them through.

The latest round of fixtures could see some huge upsets, which raises the question of who to get behind. DraftKings is back once again, so there are some big decisions to be made about who makes the fantasy football line-up this week.

Chris Smalling vs. Martin Skrtel (England vs. Slovakia)

England will be coming up against a familiar face in Liverpool's Martin Skrtel, Slovakia's centre-back.

If the Three Lions play like they did in the second half against Wales, Skrtel will be left playing catch-up again. In contrast, his England counterpart, Chris Smalling, should have a comfortable game.

Smalling looked collected against Wales and that concentration should help him pick up plenty of +1 points for tackles won, as well as +0.5 points for interceptions. The Manchester United man could also help England to their first clean sheet of the tournament, which will give him another +3 points.

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Skrtel has been solid for Liverpool over eight years at the club, but his discipline could let him down. In Slovakia's opening game, he lost -1.5 points for picking up a yellow card, with another -0.5 penalty for every foul conceded. Speaking of penalties, he was also lucky not to give one away against Wales, so he may just be too much of a liability.

Both players are a threat from corners and nick the occasional headed goal, but realistically, they need to be judged on their defending - and in that area, Smalling is a different class.

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Kyle Lafferty vs. Mario Gotze (Northern Ireland vs. Germany)

Northern Ireland's 2-0 win over Ukraine was their first at a major tournament since 1982, but surprisingly, neither of the goals came from main man Kyle Lafferty.

Having come through an injury scare just before the tournament, the forward will need to be on form if the Norn Iron are to have any hope against the world champions. He may have had a miserable couple of years at club level, scoring just four goals in two years, but for his country, he hit seven in qualifying, earning +10 fantasy points a time.

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Mario Gotze has had his own problems this season, but his situation is a little different. Arsenal and Liverpool will be watching the Bayern Munich man very carefully, as the Premier League pair have been very interested in securing his services since he was reportedly told to find a new club by Carlo Ancelotti.

The 24-year-old only scored three goals in the Bundesliga this season, but he also got four assists and that could be key, particularly as they earn +6 points on DraftKings.

Of course, he's mainly known for scoring the winning goal in the last World Cup final, so he's the easy winner here.

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Luka Modric vs. Sergio Busquets (Croatia vs. Spain)

Spain boast their fair share of Real Madrid players, but one of the La Liga giants' most influential players will be playing against them for Croatia in the form of Luka Modric.

The former Spurs midfielder was sensational in the Turkey game, notching up 17.8 fantasy points. Modric is set to pull the strings again in the Croatia midfield, earning +0.75 points for each of his sublimely-hit crosses.

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Sergio Busquets, meanwhile, will be hoping to emulate that kind of form for Spain. Last season, he averaged just 4.4 Fantasy Points per Game (FPPG), but his quality shouldn't be overlooked.

Like Modric, he contributed 4 assists in La Liga as Barcelona were crowned champions. The one criticism aimed at both players is that they don't come forward with enough goals, but Modric addressed that with a stunning match-winner against Turkey.

The Croatian has that little bit of extra quality in the final third, which gives him the edge over his Barca rival.

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