This article is part of our Daily Fantasy Soccer Cheat Sheet series.
Tuesday's three-game slate should get plenty of interest, as the United States will finally get their World Cup started, and they come in as the biggest favorite of any team in the first round of matches, sitting at -10000 on DraftKings Sportsbook to win over Thailand, which makes Sweden's -715 odds to win over Chile look pedestrian and the Netherlands -335 to beat New Zealand seem like a toss up.
In actuality, the Netherlands v. New Zealand match won't be a toss up, and we could see a significant contrast in styles, as the Dutch are an excellent attacking team while the Kiwis have traditionally focused most of their energy on defense. That latter's style has changed recently, but it won't be easy for them to open up and get much going against the Netherlands, who boast elite players like 2017 player of the year Lieke Martens, who will start on the left wing, and Shanice van de Sanden on the right. The two will have no. 10 Danielle van de Donk between them with Vivianne Miedema, who had 31 goals in 27 appearances for Arsenal this past season (as well as 11 goals in her last 15 international games) up front. All of that isn't to ignore that Sherida Spitse took a significant number of corners during qualifying, and on a slate that didn't include the United States, you'd surely be trying to stack the Dutch. That being said, it's not like they're cheap alternatives to the