Euro 2020 Match Betting: Czech Republic v England preview

England and Scotland will both be looking to join fellow Home Nations side, Wales, in the last 16. But who will punch their ticket to the knockout stage? Here are our views ahead of the Czech Republic v England, and Croatia v Scotland.

Czech Republic v England Betting Tips — Gareth Southgate’s men ready to make amends after Scotland draw

England, from the outset, should have had a vice-like grip on Group D. While their 1-0 victory over Croatia in their opening group game was workmanlike and efficient, the Three Lions did what they had to. Against Scotland, England was insipid and sluggish. Although John Stones clattered a header from a Mason Mount corner against the post, they failed to break down an obdurate Scotland, who gave a good account of themselves. Tougher tests lie ahead for Gareth Southgate, who has had to field criticism about his side’s ponderous play.

Harry Kane has been below his best this tournament, but many would have expected Jack Grealish to be unleashed by now. It remains to be seen whether Southgate will take a gamble and start Grealish. England needs a creative spark, and a win against the Czech Republic will secure the top spot. Currently, England is 3/5 to beat the Czech Republic, but having not scored more than one goal in each of their past four outings, the onus will be on Southgate’s men to step things up in their final group game. While England could avoid the likes of France and Germany in the last 16 if they finish runners-up in Group D, they may only be delaying the inevitable.

Surprisingly, the Czech Republic is in charge of Group D going into Matchday 3, and they have looked impressive to date. Patrik Schick is currently Euro 2020s join top scorer, having netted three times to date, and his wonder strike against Scotland is a sure-fire contender for goal of the tournament. The Czech Republic have acquitted themselves well so far, and the 1996 finalists will fancy their chances of causing an upset against England.

At present, the goal difference separates the Czech Republic and England. You can get odds of 13/2 for the Czech Republic to come away with a victory.

Name Winner Top 2
England 21/50 1/14
Croatia 19/5 4/6
Czech Republic 21/2 2/1
Scotland 16/1 3/1

Croatia v Scotland Betting Tips — Scots suffer Billy Gilmour blow ahead of crunch game

Scotland’s performance against England merited the point they richly deserved, and they are still in the frame to reach the last 16. In particular, Billy Gilmour shone, which saw the Chelsea midfielder earn rave reviews, and it even saw comparisons drawn between him and Barcelona legend Xavi! However, Gilmour tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, and if Steve Clarke’s men do advance to the round of 16, Gilmour will be forced to sit out as he has to self isolate for 10 days.

Despite this setback, the point against England injected new belief into the Scotland squad, and they have turned things around after their 2-0 defeat to the Czech Republic in their opening group game. After waiting so long to reach a major tournament, Scotland won’t be thinking of departing Euro 2020 just yet, and they are 43/20 to beat Croatia.

As far as Croatia are concerned, Euro 2020 won’t so far live long in the memory. A 1-0 reverse against England followed by a 1-1 draw was hardly what we expected from the 2018 World Cup semi-finalists. Luka Modric is seen as a fulcrum of the Croatia side, but he has been largely anonymous. Croatia will need a win to get the four-point mark which is seen as the minimum to cement a last 16 berth, and they are currently valued at 59/50 to beat Scotland.

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Euro 2020 Match Betting: Netherlands v North Macedonia preview

There are four cracking matches to look forward to on Matchday 3, and for some teams, there is still plenty to play for. In this preview, we will give the lowdown on North Macedonia v Netherlands, Finland v Belgium, and Russia v Denmark.

North Macedonia v Netherlands Betting tips — Frank de Boer looking to finish group campaign in style

The Netherlands will indulge in the celebratory atmosphere in the Johann Cruijff Arena when they take on North Macedonia later today. After qualifying for the last 16 with a game to spare, the Netherlands will be buoyant mood going into this dead rubber. Of course, Frank de Boer won’t allow his troops to take their foot off the pedal, and he will be demanding a professional performance to wrap up maximum points from Group C. Denzel Dumfries has impressed, and with two goals to boot so far this tournament, he will be eager to add to his tally against North Macedonia, and it could see his euros golden boot odds cut short.

Nevertheless, while North Macedonia will be packing their bags early, they will have learned a lot from their first major tournament. Igor Angelovski’s men have been rather refreshing in their approach, but they have afforded their opponents too many chances. A cursory glance at the odds shows North Macedonia are at a long 23/2 to beat the Netherlands, but it would certainly give their fans something to shout about.

Name Winner Top 2
Netherlands 13/25 1/16
Ukraine 17/4 4/5
Austria 9/2 19/20
North Macedonia 40/1 17/2

Finland v Belgium Betting tips — Finns in the race for last 16 spot

Belgium has already secured their place in the last 16, and it seems likely they will top Group B. It will be fascinating to see if Roberto Martinez rings in the changes to give some squad members more game time. Nevertheless, after a shaky performance against Denmark, the Red Devils are back in the groove. Belgium’s defensive problems were clear for all to see against Denmark, but with Kevin De Bruyne expected to start against Finland, he will likely pull the strings. Belgium is 33/100 to notch up three points against Finland.

Of course, Finland will take heart from Denmark’s display against Belgium. The permutations for Finland to qualify as runners-up will be if they draw or beat Belgium, and Russia loses to Denmark. Finland could recall Tim Sparv — who underwent knee surgery in March — against Belgium, and this would be a big boost.

Russia v Denmark Betting tips — Russia’s fate lies in their own hands

Group B appears to be delicately poised. Russia is in a scrap with Finland to finish second, however, if Finland were to stun Belgium, and Russia beat Denmark, then Belgium, Russia, and Finland would all finish on three points. However, goal difference would come into play. Russia struggled against Belgium, but a 1-0 win over Finland, kept their hopes alive, and their fate is in their own hands going into the Denmark clash.

On the other hand, Denmark’s minds have arguably been elsewhere after Christian Eriksen collapsed against Finland. While Denmark produced a spirited display against Belgium, they came up short. Nevertheless, the Danes are priced a short 7/10 to collect three points against Russia.

Name Winner Top 2
Belgium 3/4 1/9
Denmark 47/20 1/3
Russia 21/4 17/10
Finland 33/1 19/2

Ukraine v Austria Betting tips — Andriy Shevchenko has the last 16 spots in the grasp

For Ukraine, they are in touching distance of a last 16 spot. A 2-1 victory in their last Group C game against North Macedonia ended a run of six successive European Championship defeats, and in Andriy Yarmolenko, they have a player who can make things happen, and grab a game by the scruff of the neck. A victory over Austria will rubber stamp the second spot in Group C, and they are priced 13/5 to do so.

For Austria, they looked ordinary against the Netherlands, as they were outclassed from the first whistle. Austria will have to buck up their ideas if they are going to overcome a resurgent Ukraine.

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Euro 2020 Match Betting: England v Scotland preview and more

The first round of group games has thrown up some surprise results, and given us an indicator for what we can expect in the days to come. We will now turn our attention to Match day 2, and assess three group clashes — England v Scotland, Croatia v Czech Republic, and Sweden v Slovakia. Within that, we will take a cursory glance at the match odds for these matches.

England v Scotland Betting tips — Buoyant England ready to replicate Euro 96 memories

Having never previously won an opening group game at the Euros, England put that unenviable record to bed with a mature display, as they beat an insipid Croatia 1-0 last Sunday. Raheem Sterling swept home the only goal of the game after latching onto a perfectly weighted pass by Kalvin Phillips.

Sterling has now netted 13 times in his past 17 appearances for England, but the result was an early confidence booster for Gareth Southgate and his charges. Next up is Scotland on Friday at Wembley, and this showdown will invoke memories of Euro 96. At that tournament, England dismantled the Auld Enemy. Paul Gascoigne left Colin Hendry on his back before firing home a sumptuous volley to seal a 2-0 victory.

England has the weight of expectation on its shoulders, but if football is really going to be coming home as many fans would seem to think, they need to be a bit more inventive upfront. Currently, England are 33/100 to beat Scotland.

For Scotland, their return to the Euros was punctured by a 2-0 defeat in their opening Group D game against the Czech Republic. Patrik Schick scored a double, including a spectacular goal from the halfway line. Steve Clarke’s men tried to rally late on, but Kieran Tierney’s injury during the warm-up before the game was a huge blow. They now go to Wembley with a heightened need to pick up a result, but they will have to have a game plan to stop Phil Foden.

Name Winner Top 2
England 21/50 1/14
Croatia 19/5 4/6
Czech Republic 21/2 2/1
Scotland 16/1 3/1

Sweden v Slovakia Betting Tips — Swedes can’t be underestimated after Spain draw

Sweden are a plucky brunch, and they dug deep to pick up an unlikely point in a goalless draw against Spain earlier this week. Spain created plenty of opportunities. But Alvaro Morata was guilty of passing them up, and many of his efforts lacked conviction. At the other end, Sweden lacked cutting edge, although Alexander Isak was very direct. The Spain draw will have given Sweden a lift, and they are 4/5 to beat Slovakia on Matchday 2.

Slovakia, on the other hand, are coming off the back of a 2-1 victory over Poland in their opening Group E game. Milan Skriniar plundered home a volley to get his side off to a winning start, and perhaps like Sweden, may have been slightly underestimated. Sweden v Slovakia could be a very open affair, and this is judged by the fact you can get odds of 7/5 for there to be Over 2.5 goals during the 90 minutes.

Croatia v Czech Republic Betting Tips — Luka Modric will look to get back to his scheming ways

Against England, Croatia were rather subdued, and they failed to settle in the game. Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was one such player that was underwhelming. However, against the Czech Republic, he will look to get on the ball more often and dictate things in the middle of the park. England was a bad day at the office for Zlatko Dalic’s charges, but they are 23/20 to bounce back against the Czech Republic.

Meanwhile, the Czech Republic will have the wind in their sails after their victory over Scotland. If they can replicate that performance, they could make progress from Group D at the expense of Croatia. Schick has now been involved in 10 goals in his last nine international appearances, and he will be a threat aerially.

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Wednesday 16th June Euro 2020 Fixtures

Italy v Switzerland Betting Tips — Roberto Mancini’s charges come flying out of the blocks

Setting the tone, and getting off to a good start, is imperative at any major international tournament. Italy certainly did just that. They laid down a marker of their intent with a sensational 3-0 victory over Turkey in the opening game of Euro 2020 on Friday night.Roberto Mancini’s men zipped the ball around with pace, and they were menacing every time they went forward. Ciro Immobile scored, and he teed up Lorenzo Insigne for a classy finish 10 minutes from the end of the game to wrap up a comfortable win. Italy overwhelmed Turkey as they racked up 24 attempts on goal and enjoyed the majority of possession (63%). Switzerland may have learned a thing or two from the Azzurri’s win, but if Italy can keep up the same tempo, Switzerland may struggle to contain them. Italy is a short 3/5 to collect three points against Switzerland.For Switzerland, they will have been disappointed by their draw against Wales in their opening game. Breel Embolo caught the eye as he was direct, and he planted home a header to give the Swiss the lead four minutes after the restart. However, they were denied by Kieffer Moore, who flicked the ball with his head into the bottom corner of the net.Had it not been for Danny Ward, then Switzerland may have run rampant. Nevertheless, there were some encouraging signs for the Swiss, and they will relish facing Italy. Embolo is at 5/1 to add to his tally against Italy.

Turkey v Wales Betting Tips — Senol Gunes returns to drawing board

Against Italy, Turkey offered very little going forward, and they looked brittle at the back. Although the own goal scored by Demiral as he tried to cut out a cross by Domenico Berardi was unfortunate, Turkey was very much second best.

It is clear from the outset how much of a blow being without Cenk Tosun is. Maybe attack could well be the best form of defence, but Turkey can’t go too gung-ho, or else they will get picked off by Gareth Bale and co. Turkey is better than what they have shown, well at least their win over France in qualifying wasn’t a complete fluke! At the time of writing, Turkey is 13/10 to beat Wales on Wednesday.

For Wales, meanwhile, the Red Wall travelled only in their hundreds to Baku, so the locals made it a more cavernous atmosphere. Wales had to soak up some pressure from Switzerland, and Embolo was a handful. Wales coach Robert Page reverted his formation to 4-2-3-1, and for long periods, the tactical change didn’t pay off. However, you would expect them to get their act together, and leave Baku with three points this time around.

Finland v Russia — Finns enjoy perfect start despite the emotional rollercoaster

As well as making their debut at the European Championships, Finland also endured an emotional rollercoaster. The sight of Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsing on the pitch was deeply worrying, but when the match resumed, Finland held their own, leaving it very late to pinch all three points thanks to a Joel Pohjanpalo header. Currently, Finland is rated at 5/1 to return maximum points from their first two group games.

In stark contrast, Russia was left flailing against Belgium in their opening Group B match, and they crashed to a 3-0 defeat. Russia was bullied at times by Romelu Lukaku, who fired in two goals. The former Manchester United striker admitted he was ‘scared’ when the news surrounding Eriksen filtered through. Speaking after the game, he said: “It was difficult to play the game. I hope he is healthy, and I dedicate this performance to him.”

Finland was expected to be the whipping boys of Group B, but they could well pick up another priceless win against Russia, which would alleviate any pressure against Belgium.

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Monday 14th Preview

Are Spain primed for Euro 2020 success?

Spain will kick off their Euro 2020 campaign at home to Sweden and it will be fascinating to see how they get on without any Real Madrid players in their squad. We will soon see whether that backfires against Sweden. Aside from previewing that match, we will also look ahead to the other two opening group games on Matchday 1. This sees Scotland host the Czech Republic and Poland lock horns with Slovakia in St Petersburg.

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Portugal draw provides few clues about Spain

There have been a series of international friendlies taking place over the past week, as teams fine-tune their preparations for the start of Euro 2020. Spain welcomed Portugal to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Friday night, but the two sides played out a drab draw. Indeed, there were only three shots on target that were managed between the two sides over the 90 minutes.

The major story was that Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte earned his first international cap for Spain, having never played a senior game for France. Enrique has made a big gamble by excluding Real Madrid veteran Sérgio Ramos, who is Spain’s most-capped player, from his squad. Nevertheless, the Portugal draw gave us few clues about how Spain are shaping up ahead of Euro 2020.

While Spain were put to the sword against Italy in the last-16 stage five years ago, they should be comfortable against a Swedish side bereft of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Spain are currently short favourites at 4/9 to pick up three points against Sweden.

Although being without Ibrahimovic for Euro 2020 will be a dagger to the heart of Sweden, they will fancy their chances of qualifying for the last 16. Victor Lindelof will shore things up at the back, while Emil Forsberg will give them some dynamism in midfield.

Furthermore, in Alexander Isak, they have a proven goalscorer. Currently, Sweden are 19/20 to finish in the top two in Group E, and you feel that their opening group game against Spain will determine this.

Scotland finally back in the big time

After more than two decades away from the international major tournament scene, Scotland proudly take their place in Group D and will be hoping to ruffle a few feathers. They gave an excellent account of themselves against the Netherlands, despite being short of seven players due to COVID-19 preparations.

Although Memphis Depay rescued a draw for the Netherlands with a late free-kick, Scotland looked to be a real threat and Steve Clarke has got them playing some great stuff. Kieran Tierney, in particular, excelled against the Netherlands, and you can expect him to bomb down the left flank at Euro 2020. Whether their defensive frailties show up against the Czech Republic remains to be seen, but Scotland are 2/1 to win their opening group game.

Meanwhile, the Czech Republic have history at the Euros. They reached the final in 1996 before they were defeated by Germany. The Czechs also have England in their group, so the battle for the top spot could be keenly contested. While the Czechs are the favourites against Scotland, this could end up being even honours.

Poland relying on Robert Lewandowski magic

When you think of Poland, you think of Robert Lewandowski. Group E has a rather intriguing element to it, as it also contains Sweden and Spain. Lewandowski had an excellent campaign at Bayern Munich where he lifted the Bundesliga title. He also broke Gerd Muller’s single-season record for most goals (41). If Lewandowski is firing on all cylinders, it is hard to see Slovakia stopping him.

Slovakia, meanwhile, may not be the most glamorous team, but Marek Hamsik will want to shine. Although he doesn’t generate as many headlines as he did when he was at Napoli, he’s still the metronome of the team. However, Poland are a tough starter. Slovakia are currently priced at 17/4 to win.

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