Euro’s Newsroom: Day 13
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Day 13 – 23.06
It’s the last day of the group stages with performances from Ronaldo, Mbappe, Müller and Neymar to look forward to. This array of talent has provided some fantastic viewing so far, and today should be no different with 4 games from the Euros and 2 from South America in the Copa America
Group F: Sweden v Poland
Sweden sit top of Group E and should have done enough to qualify, whilst their opposition are at the bottom. However, Poland showed spirit and ability against Spain which means they may be at the opposite end of the table, but can still win this one (2.50).
Goalscoring machine, Lewandowski, doesn’t have the same talent that’s around him at club level – the main reason he’s only bagged 3 goals at major international tournaments. But he scored in his last match and can do it again (2.10).
Group F: Slovakia v Spain
Spain have seen a lot of the ball, they just haven’t done much with it. The players have struggled to create chances and when they have there’s been no end product. Slovakia have proved they’re no pushovers and could frustrate Spain with a draw (6.40).
With Spain lacking edge and Slovakia ready to soak up the pressure, goals should be sparing. A 1:1 result is 10.00.
Group E: Germany v Hungary
Germany played well in their defeat to France, then took it to a whole new level against Portugal. Maybe they still have it in them after all? Now facing an inferior opposition, this looks ominous for Hungary. Germany to win 1:0, 2:0 or 3:0 is 2.50.
At just 22 years of age, Kai Havertz may not have been Germany’s star before this tournament, but he certainly shone through against Portugal. Playing with seemingly no fear, another goal is well within his reach (2.55).
Group E: Portugal v France
At this stage, 4 points looks like the number to grab a third-place qualification spot. Portugal are currently on 3 points and France on 4. Both teams should only need a draw (2.95) to gain qualification, but with the quality on the pitch you can expect goals. Over 3.5 Goals is 3.95.
The big moments will come from arguably the two biggest names in the tournament – Ronaldo and Mbappe. The Portuguese superstar is 2.49 to score anytime. The French wonderkid is 2.60 to score anytime.
Day 12 – 22.06
With Copa America on a rest day, we have two Euros games to enjoy and still plenty to play for! All four teams from Group D take to the pitch, with two playing for the top spot and the others needing 3 points to keep their tournament dreams alive.
Group D: Czech Republic v England
After a chorus of boos at full time against Scotland, England will want to prove their critics wrong with a convincing win. They’re 2.35 to win both halves.
Czech Republic have proved their worth though, and could grab a goal against the suspect England defence. Their Golden Boot contender, Schick, is 4.20 to score anytime. With this in mind, a 3:1 win to England could be possible at bigger odds (13.00).
Group D: Croatia v Scotland
Having reached the final of the World Cup in 2018, few expected Croatia to be joint bottom with Scotland. With only one point each and one goal between them, it’s an all or nothing game with both teams struggling to find the back of net. Under 1.5 goals is 3.20.
Unsurprisingly, the odds are close. But with the roar of the home crowd behind them, Scotland could well get the win (2.90).
Day 11 – 21.06
Manic Monday! On one of the busiest days for the tournament, we’ve got 4 games today as Groups B and C play their final games. There’s lots of selections to look at today, and plenty that can happen over the next few hours. Netherlands and Belgium go into their games knowing they’re through, but everyone else has something to fight for.
4 Euros games + 2 Copa America games = a lot of football!
Group C: Ukraine v Austria
A tough one to call for both teams – a draw should be enough for both to progress to the next round. With 3 points each and separated on goals scored, it’s going to be a tight encounter. If one team takes a win, that guarantees second place, as they can assume Netherlands will finish the group top.
There’s not much separating them in the market and they’d both happily play out a dull 0-0 (5.20). Yarmolenko’s hit the net in both games so far, so he’ll be hoping to maintain his goal streak and is 6.40 to open the scoring. For the Austrians, Arnautovic is back from his one-game ban and will fancy his chances of being back on the scoresheet – 3.15 to score at any time.
Group C: North Macedonia v Netherlands
Top plays bottom in this one, with Netherlands having the maximum 6 points, and North Macedonia 0. It’s a formality – we know the Netherlands will qualify and North Macedonia will be going home.
If the Netherlands rest players, can the tournament new boys surprise everyone and claim a draw (5.40) or create one of the biggest tournament upsets in history with a win (12.00)?
The Dutch will have one eye on the next game, which could impact team selection, but some of the players coming in will want to make a claim for a first team place. If they hit an early goal, they may fancy beating the tournament record for a win, which would be 6-0 (55.00).
Group B: Russia v Denmark
Russia will feel they’ve got one foot in the next round, whilst Denmark need a win to get themselves off the bottom rung of the table. The Danish were unfortunate to not get any points from the Belgian game, and with home advantage for this final fixture, will be expecting to pick up points.
They will want to get the 3 points and boost their goal difference. A two-goal win will help secure their claims for a place in the next round, and a scoreline of 3-1 (12.00) would be well received by the home side.
The Russians won’t be turning up to make up the numbers – they know a draw is enough to get through. They’ll keep the game tight and try to frustrate the Danish team, only taking risks if they need to. Can they grind out a draw (4.00), sending Denmark out of the tournament?
Group B: Finland v Belgium
A surprise win in the first game puts Finland firmly in the race for qualifying, and they face a Belgian team who’ve looked brilliant on occasions, and vulnerable on others. Belgium are already qualified with maximum points so far, and if they top the group will get a favourable draw for the next round.
A loss won’t guarantee elimination, but will put Finland at risk. Expect them to take the game to Belgium, and if they can repeat their previous heroics and land a win (10.00), they will qualify.
After the excitement of the Euros, there are 2 Copa America games. Suarez’s Uruguay are back in action against Chile, and Argentina will be hoping for more Messi magic against the Paraguayans. With Chile (3.40) and Paraguay (8.20) being the outsiders for these games, will we see drama in Copa?
Day 10 – 20.06
Matchday 3 and the conclusion of Group A. The top 2 sides meet, while Switzerland and Turkey know anything less than a win means they’re going home. The games run at the same time to finish off the group, so fans will be trying to keep pace on both scorelines to see who qualifies for the knockout stages.
Group A: Italy v Wales
Italy have made the most of the home advantage in the tournament, running out 3-0 winners in their first two games. Two solid performances means they’ve already qualified, but they’ve got fans wondering – can they keep up the pace and bag another 3-0 (8.20)?
Wales come into this with 4 points under their belt, including a solid 2-0 win against Turkey. They can be confident to qualify out of the group, but a win today would see top spot and a more favourable draw. Italy haven’t conceded a goal in 10 games, but will Gareth Bale make up for the penalty miss and be the first scorer in this game at 7.40?
Group A: Switzerland v Turkey
Quite simply, they both have to win. Turkey sit at the bottom of the group with no points and a goal difference of -5. They need 3 points to even have a chance of qualifying as a 3rd place team, and they need to put some in the net.
Switzerland know that if Wales lose, a win could see them in second place. Like the Turkish, their goal difference is a problem, so they’ll want to win big. This game will be tense with both willing to risk it all. We can expect a lot of goals – more than 4.5 (5.20)?
If Switzerland score early, they may fancy putting more goals past the Turkish side than the Italians did, and 4-0 as a scoreline is 24.00.
The Copa America returns for Matchday 3, starting with Venezuela v Ecuador, followed by Colombia v Peru. Ecuador will be pushing for their first win, and a 2-0 victory is at 6.00. Can Peru spring an upset to get their first points of the tournament and beat the Columbians, at 5.80?
Day 9 – 19.06
The group of death is back for round 2, producing a mouth-watering tie between Portugal and Germany. And if that’s not enough, then the addition of Spain v Poland and Brazil in the Copa América should quench your football thirst.
Group F: Hungary v France
France looked like easy winners after the opening period. But it didn’t end up that way, with Germany mustering some great opportunities. That said, France seem to be in second gear, ready to improve as the tournament goes on. Which is bad news for Hungary.
Surely then, goals are pretty much guaranteed. France to score over 2.5 (2.45) and the newly recalled Benzema to open his account (2.09) look like solid options for a winning bet.
Group F: Portugal v Germany
Nicknamed the group of death – and it’s easy to see why. If you support Portugal, France or Germany, then you would have been hoping for an easier path to the knockout rounds. But for a neutral, it makes for seriously compelling viewing. Both are packed with talent, but Germany aren’t quite the force they once were, which could allow Portugal to sneak this one (3.20).
Portugal struck late against Hungary, but in emphatic fashion. Cristiano Ronaldo – the Euros’ highest goalscorer of all time – bagged the final goals, so selecting him as the last player to score (4.20) looks a good bet.
Group E: Spain v Poland
Neither team enjoyed a good opening match and will be eager to bounce back. Spain are deserving favourites (1.38) but for all their possession, they lack killer instinct and a prolific number 9, making under 1.5 goals tempting (3.75), if they can keep Lewandowski quiet. But will he be ready to showcase his world class talent after an unusually absent performance?
Spain will dominate possession, and surely they can breakthrough once? A 1:0 win should be perfectly achievable (5.40).
Day 8 – 18.06
Week two of the Euros and still plenty of action ahead. Day 8 throws 3 matches our way, with British rivals England and Scotland ready to settle old scores, and Copa América back after a one-day break.
Group E: Sweden v Slovakia
Both teams did better than expected in their first matches and a win for either in this head to head would cause real problems for Spain and Poland. Spain dominated Sweden in their opening match and were lacklustre in front of goal. But credit where credit is due – Sweden held firm and managed a clean sheet, which they could likely do again (2.05).
Statistically, these are two well matched teams, but Sweden only have a point to show for their efforts, so they’ll want the win (1.86).
Group D: Croatia v Czech Republic
A draw (3.40) would likely see Czech Republic make the last 16, so we should expect a strong defensive performance. However, they gave Scotland plenty of chances in their first match (chances the Scots never quite managed to take) which makes Croatia to score over 1.5 goals an interesting proposition (2.24).
Meanwhile Patrick Schick is making quite the name for himself with his recent brace, including a halfway line wonder goal. He’ll be looking to bolster his reputation even further with more of the same – he’s 3.40 to score anytime.
Group D: England v Scotland
A long-standing rivalry which always has the two bordering nations gripped. The Scots are passionate, and the chance to beat England at Wembley will only make this stronger. Yet passion alone could struggle against a side full of depth and ability. England should finish comfortable winners (1.33), scoring over 2.5 goals (2.60), with 2018 Golden Boot winner, Harry Kane, 3.15 to net first.
Day 7 – 17.06
3 Euro games, 2 in the Copa, and a busy day to get your selections right. More teams will find out how comfortable – or not – their final group games will be. And the South American tournament springs back to life.
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Group C: Ukraine v North Macedonia
We saw spirited first-game performances from these teams, but ultimately two losses. Lose this one and qualification may be out of reach. The tournament new boys, North Macedonia, will be looking to grab 3 points (5.80). Confidence will sit with Yarmelenko after his screamer against the Netherlands, and he could be a good selection to score first (5.20).
Ukraine will fancy their chances to help the goal difference in this game. If they strike early then scoring 3 or more goals (3.35) looks highly likely.
Group B: Denmark v Belgium
Belgium and Lukaku got off to the perfect start with a comfortable win in the opener. Romelu already has his sights set on the Golden Boot, and with such great form you won’t be surprised if he scores first (4.00).
Of course, the Danish will need to try and get something from this game, but the challenge of beating the world number ones is a steep one. If they push forwards, its more likely that the free scoring Belgians will take advantage, and the Belgium win at a 1:0 handicap is 3.70.
Group C: Netherlands v Austria
Netherlands played out arguably the most exciting game of the first round, and Austria had a free-flowing display against North Macedonia. Will they both come out fighting to win the game and guarantee qualification, or will they be more cautious knowing a draw is a good result? It’s hard to see either team keeping a clean sheet after the first game, so backing both to score in the second half (3.20) could be a good selection.
We also see the return of the Copa tonight, with Columbia vs Venezuela and Brazil back in action against Peru. Columbia and Brazil enjoyed a win in their first fixtures, and Neymar netted for the Brazilians. He’ll be looking to add to his tally tonight, and plenty of fans will be adding him to their selections, hoping he scores first (3.45).
Day 6 – 16.06
We’ve seen all the teams now. There’s been some comfortable wins, some upsets and a few results putting teams under pressure already. It should be an exciting day with 3 games lined up, and lots to get stuck into.
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Group B: Finland v Russia
Having beaten their Nordic rivals Denmark in the first game, and looking in a strong position to qualify, Finland come into this one full of confidence. They’ll want a good result from this game, before the final group match against a strong Belgian side. Having kept a clean sheet in the first game and several in qualifying, Finland to keep a clean sheet (4.00) looks a strong possibility.
At the other end, Teemu Pukki will be looking to grab a goal in this game, having scored 10 during qualification. If he hits the net first, it’ll land 6.80.
Group A: Turkey v Wales
This game is a must-win for both sides, so expect a lot of action. Wales managed to grab a point with Switzerland, while Turkey are at rock bottom with a poor goal difference after their defeat to Italy.
The Turkish team can take confidence from their qualification campaign though. Remember they beat tournament favourites, France, so we know they have the capability to beat anyone on the day. Meanwhile, Wales will still be working the confidence they gained from a heroic Euro 2016.
Bottom line – both have to come out firing. Both teams to score is at 2.18 – will Bale be crowned the Welsh dragon with the first goal at 5.20?
Group A: Italy v Switzerland
Italy were arguably the most impressive in the first round of games, comfortably beating Turkey 3-0. Their position at the top of the table in Group A is secure after the Swiss only managed a draw in their first game with Wales. It’s 9.40 for the Italians to repeat the 3-0 scoreline again and guarantee their place in the final 16.
If Switzerland can travel to Italy and steal the 3 points (6.20), it will open up the group for a really exciting final round of games.
Day 5 – 15.06
The final day of Matchday 1, and we move into the ‘Group of Death’ – the most competitive group, where anything can happen. Today the holders, Portugal, are in action against Hungary, while two of the tournament’s favourites, France and Germany, go head to head.
Group F: Hungary v Portugal
Ronaldo’s team come into this tournament looking to defend their title, and lift the trophy again. He’ll be keen to get on the scoresheet and keep pace with the likes of Lukaku for the Golden Boot. Hungary are big underdogs in this game but, as we saw with Finland, you can never rule against an upset. Will Hungary have an unlikely hero? Or, will Portugal win 3-0 as Italy did for an impressive result in their first game?
Group F: France v Germany
Some people are considering this a potential final fixture, so what will we learn from this encounter? It’s hard to separate the two in this game, France (2.65) and Germany (2.80), but the total goals scored will be one to consider. Germany scored 30 in qualifying, France scored 25, so are we looking at a high scoring encounter? Over 4.5 goals is at 6.80 and both teams to score in each half is at 17.00.
Tomorrow we move into Match Day 2, and another triple-header with plenty of action to get involved with. Some teams are coming into the next set of fixtures knowing they need to recover a poor start with a win, or qualification could be out their reach by the final game.
Day 4 – 14.06
We’re treated with another 3 games today, including the return of Scotland to tournament football for the first time in 23 years. Poland take on neighbours Slovakia, and 3 time champions Spain get started. There’s also action in the Copa after the Euro’s finishes, so another big day to get stuck in!
Group D: Scotland v Czech Republic
After years of qualification misery, the Scottish are back at a major tournament, and get the benefit of playing their first game on home soil. Both of these teams were low scoring in qualifying, so the form would suggest a low scoring encounter. With 12,000 fans cheering on Scotland, will we see a captain’s performance and goal from Andy Robertson (10.00)?
Group E: Poland v Slovakia
Encounters between these two are usually tighter than the market currently suggests, having met 8 times over the years with Slovakia getting 4 wins, and Poland 3 wins. Poland (1.82) currently sit as firm favourites to level up that record. Previous fixtures have been low scoring, so a moment of brilliance, or mistake, could see the game go either way.
Group E: Spain v Sweden
These teams met up in qualifying, with the Spanish taking a comfortable home win and a draw, so come into this fixture in Seville full of confidence. However, disruptions to preparations within the Spanish team could give the Swedish team more hope. This is also the first ever time that Spain come to a tournament without a single player from Real Madrid, and a squad of only 24 of the possible 26 players. Finally, who will step into the absent Ibrahimovic’s big shoes and grab a goal for Sweden? Another day of action awaits in the Copa America, with Argentina taking on Chile in the first game, followed by Paraguay vs Bolivia. Both Argentina and Paraguay are strong favourites in each game, but can the underdogs grab an early win the tournament and upset the form? Check out the Copa America, and build your selection for all 5 games today!
Another day and 3 more games to get stuck in to. 3 Lions start the day’s action, the tournament newcomers make their debut, and the Netherlands get going in Amsterdam. When the whistle goes on today’s Euros, we’ve got 2 more Copa America games, giving us a massive day with 5 games to choose from.
Group D: England v Croatia
The 3 Lions roar into their first game at Wembley, with high hopes for the tournament. A youthful, talented attacking team, with the prolific Harry Kane up front, are expected to be high scoring. Whether they can keep a clean sheet at the back is a much bigger question. Last time these teams met up in tournament football, Croatia ran out 2-1 winners in the World Cup semi-final. A repeat of that scoreline would be at 16.00 and would put one of the tournament favourites under pressure.
Group C: Austria v North Macedonia
North Macedonia make their first appearance at a major tournament in their 28-year history. Can the new boys create some drama? They’re up against an Austrian team who weren’t afraid to shoot in qualifying (14.1 shots, and 1.9 goals per game). The Macedonian’s picked up a lot of bookings throughout their qualifying campaign, so if discipline lets them down, could it be a high scoring encounter?
Group C: Netherlands v Ukraine
The Netherlands start their tournament with a home fixture at the Amsterdam Arena. They’re expected to have a lot of possession, and many people see them comfortable winners over Ukraine. However, the loss of Virgil van Dijk means they look much more vulnerable at the back. Will it force the Dutch to play more conservatively, or can we expect an end-to-end game filled with goals?
Copa America kicks off tonight with Brazil v Venezuela and Columbia v Ecuador. The Brazilians (2.12) are hot favourites for the tournament, but Messi’s Argentina (3.65) should give them a run for their money. Tonight’s games see an exciting start to the tournament, and you can build your selections across the tournaments for even bigger value!
It’s the second day of the tournament, and the first triple-header! We’ve got 3 huge games today – the return of 2016 semi-finalists, Wales, the Nordic rivals go head-to-head, and Belgium start their campaign. Today’s the perfect day to get those multiple selections together and win big!
Group A: Wales v Switzerland
Wales go into this one as outsiders. We’ve seen this before when they beat the Belgians on the way to the semi-finals in 2016, so surely they’ve got to be in with a good chance. Bale finished the season in good form. Can he get the Dragons firing from the first game?
Group B: Denmark v Finland
Nordic rivals meet up for this first game clash, and who can forget the Danish heroics back in 1992 when they lifted the trophy? No one expected them to get to the final, let alone beat the Germans. A classic underdog story. Can the Finnish team turn the tables and beat the heavily fancied Danish?
Group B: Belgium v Russia
World number 1’s Belgium are in action today, travelling to St Peterburg to take on the Russians. Usually you would predict this to be a comfortable win for Belgium, but with home advantage sitting with Russia, could there be an upset? Lukaku is hoping to get off to a flying start in the race for the Golden Boot, so we can expect an open attacking game with plenty of chances for both teams.
It’s going to get busy – we’ve got 9 games in 3 days – so plenty of chances to get involved and show your form. Copa America kicks off tomorrow too, with Brazil v Venezuela and Columbia v Ecuador. That’s 11 games to play. Time to get your selections ready!
Group A: Turkey vs Italy
It is expected that Italy should comfortably top Group A, where they will face Turkey, Wales and Switzerland. The first game between Turkey and Italy promises to be action packed, with the Italian’s high average of 3.7 goals per game in qualifying.
Will they both come out firing, trying to get 3 points from the first game, or will they be more cautious on gameday 1? Having won all the qualifiers, Italy should be looking to start on the front foot, and over 3.5 goals in the game could be on the cards (4.20).
Who’s going to be the Goal Hero?
The race for the Golden Boot is always a great one to get involved with, and there’s usually value to be found. Netting 5 goals should usually see a player in with a good chance of being top scorer, Harry Kane (6.20) and Romelu Lukaku (6.80) are leading the market and in great form.
There’s plenty of interest outside the top 2 in the betting, with many people thinking Ronaldo (12.00) or Mbappe (9.80) could top the goalscoring chart.
Player of the tournament
Griezmann was Player of the Tournament in France 2016, having lifted the Golden Boot that year. At 17.00, can he do the same again 5 years later, and be the first player ever to achieve that? Mbappe (8.00) leads the market, but influential midfielders often grab this award, so could Bruno Fernandes (23.00), Pogba (26.00) or Ngolo Kante (13.00) be a strong selection before a ball is kicked today?
France are heavily tipped to go one place better than last time, where they narrowly lost out in the final to Ronaldo’s Portugal, making them market favourites at 5.40. England follow closely (6.20) but can they make it count in tournament football for once, or will penalties be their downfall?
There’s always the question of whether a 1992 Denmark-type performance can come from one of the outsiders and give a high-priced winner. 2016 semi-finalists Wales could be much better than their odds of 101.00 suggest, assuming they can navigate their way through Group A.
Plenty of early selections are looking outside the top 2 in the betting, including the exciting Netherlands’ team (15.00), world number one team Belgium (7.00) or Portugal (9.00) to lift the trophy again.
You can combine outrights across the Euros and Copa America, backing yourself to get your selections right across both tournaments and win big! Brazil (2.12) lead the way in the Copa America, but there’s plenty of other teams in contention, including Suarez’s Uruguay at 9.20. The top goalscorer market will be an interesting one to follow, with Messi (4.0) and Neymar (5.20) as the market favourites.
Today’s the big day – the day we’ve all be waiting for, for over a year! Euro 2020’s month of football kicks off today, and we’ve got action right the way through until the final on July 11th.
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