Gareth Bale could outshine Wayne Rooney in England v Wales

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Euro 2016 has started with a bang. Several players have already made a massive impact on the tournament, but nothing's decided yet.

The new format means winning one game could take teams through, but no-one can afford to take anything for granted just yet.


For England and Wales, before they can even think about getting out the group, British bragging rights are at stake. Spain and Italy, meanwhile, are under pressure to prove they are still contenders on the European stage.

That should make for some tasty fixtures ahead, but first, there's the all-important matter of who to select in this round of DraftKings. We take a look at some of the selection dilemmas for this week's fantasy football line-up.

Wayne Rooney (England) vs. Gareth Bale (Wales)

It's impossible to predict what kind of a game England vs. Wales will be, but one thing is certain: Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale need to put in big performances for their respective sides.

Bale obviously stole the show on the opening weekend thanks to an unbelievable free-kick against Slovakia, which earned him +10 fantasy points.

Rooney is likely to drop back into England's midfield, so while he won't be favourite to score, he could easily pick up +6 points for an assist if he can find a team-mate with one of his crisp through balls.

Both men are going to earn their fair share of +1 points for fouls drawn and shots on goal - with an extra point if those shots land on target - so it's really about who's going to be the game-changer.

Rooney shouldn't be underestimated, but given that Wales' hopes are resting on Bale, he's likely to have more of an impact for his team.

Click here - to select Gareth Bale

Andres Iniesta (Spain) vs. Arda Turan (Turkey)

Arda Turan must be relishing the opportunity to come up against Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta. Turan has struggled to break into the Barca midfield, so this is his chance to outshine Iniesta.

Despite making just 9 starts in La Liga last season, he still scored twice. One characteristic that he shares with Iniesta is his ability to intercept the ball, a trait which earns him +0.5 points on each occasion.

Iniesta undoubtedly has more experience when it comes to international competitions, but of the 17 times he featured on DraftKings last season, the Spanish talisman had just 13 shots. That's given him a relatively low Fantasy Points per Game average of 3.8, which is telling as he's not as lively going forward as he once was.

Turan's the best pick here, not least because fewer fantasy managers are likely to select him, and DraftKings is all about the unlikely heroes.

Click here - to select Arda Turan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) vs. Graziano Pelle (Italy)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is likely to be a Premier League striker very soon, but first, it's up to Graziano Pelle to show what it takes to be one.

Usually, a contest between Ibrahimovic and Pelle would only have one winner, but fortunately, DraftKings isn't judged on ego. Taking a look at Pelle's last game for Southampton, he scored one, assisted one, and had another shot on goal, earning a rather respectable 16.0 fantasy points in the process.

'Ibra' might not have stats anything like that for his last appearance, but don't be fooled by his relatively low average, as that doesn't mean he isn't in formidable form. Judging by last season as a whole, he actually has marginally better Fantasy Points per Game, with 9.7, compared to Pelle's 9.4.

One of Italy's biggest concerns going into the tournament has been their defence, so if you're going to pick one star player to splash out on, Ibrahimovic's $11,000+ salary could be worth every penny.

Click here - to select Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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