Euro’s Newsroom: 11.07
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Day 31 – 11.07
Argentina won the Copa America, now all eyes are on the Euros. Italy take on England at Wembley. Will the home advantage help lead the English team to victory, or will the Italian machine be unstoppable? It’s also the final day of Soccer Hero! Last chance to get your selections right and see your name at the top of the leaderboard!
Italy v England
From winning their first game 3-0 to a nervous penalty shoot-out against Spain in the semi-final, the Italian team have found a way to keep winning. Every group game was an impressive display, taking maximum points and not conceding a goal. In the knockout stages they’ve had some testing games, but still managed to beat Austria, Belgium and Spain.
They lost European finals in 2000 and 2012, so will it be third time lucky? An Italy defensive masterclass and 1-0 win is a strong possibility at 7.40.
England have been equally impressive defensively, conceding their first goal in the semi-final against a spirited Danish team. They fought back after finding themselves a goal down, then leapt ahead when Kane scored the winner in extra time.
This is England’s first major championship final since 1966, and with the home crowd behind them they are slight favourites – 2.60 to win in 90 minutes.
Kane is now just one goal behind Ronaldo and Schick so will be hoping to draw level for the Golden Boot or score two to take his team all the way. He’s 4.50 to score first.
Day 30 – 10.07
The big weekend is finally here! Will it be Argentina or Brazil who take the Copa America crown? Will it be Italy or England who take home the Euros? And will it be the current leader or YOU who hits the big time as our Soccer Hero and wins the 360,000,000 UGX jackpot? Two days left to dream big and win even bigger!
Argentina v Brazil
The final everyone wants to see – Messi vs Neymar! Brazil have looked impressive throughout the Copa America tournament and had a comfortable 1-0 win over Peru in the semis. They come into this final as favourites – Brazil to win in 90 minutes is 2.17. Neymar hasn’t scored since the group games, but the final could be his big moment – get odds of 2.50 for him to score any time.
Argentina are looking strong too, but needed penalties to beat Colombia in their semi-final. Messi leads the race for the Golden Boot. Will he score again and drive Argentina to the win? Messi to score first is 4.80.
Both teams have great attacking options, and this game looks set for plenty of memorable goals. An Argentina win and over 2.5 goals is 4.10.
Day 27 – 07.07
We know Italy are waiting in the final for the winners of the last semi final fixture. England have the home advantage, but the battling Danish team could still get a shock result. Harry Kane will want to continue his scoring streak – there are plenty of selections to choose from!
England v Denmark
England haven’t conceded so far and have only been held to a draw by Scotland. A very impressive 4-0 win over Ukraine in the quarter final sees them return to home soil for the semi-final at Wembley.
Harry Kane has hit 3 goals in the last 2 games. Ronaldo and Schick lead the way for the Golden Boot, but now both are out of the tournament, another three goals could see Kane take home the prize. He’s 3.80 to open to scoring today.
Denmark had a difficult start to the tournament but qualified second out of their group with one win and two losses. They’ve been impressive in the knockout games, beating Wales 4-0 then knocking out Czech Republic in the quarter finals.
England will be firm favourites, but are we seeing a repeat of the Danish heroics of 1992 when they won the tournament? Can Kasper Schmeichel follow in his father’s footsteps and lift the trophy? Denmark to win in 90 minutes is 5.20!
Day 26 – 06.07
The pressure and excitement ramp up with more semi finals today. Italy have looked impressive so far, while Spain have lacked some of their previous flair. Once the Euros are done, all eyes will be on Messi, who’s looking to be the hero that fires Argentina to the final against Brazil. A big day of action! Get your selections right and you’ll be a step closer to hero status and the big prize.
Italy v Spain
From the first touch, Italy have taken the Euros by storm. They swept through the group with maximum points, scoring seven and not conceding, then put in an impressive display in the quarter finals, beating world number ones, Belgium. Immobile hasn’t hit the net since the group games, so will want to get back on the scoresheet – he’s 2.90 to score any time.
Spain had a slow start to the competition with two draws, but since then have been free scoring with 11 goals in the last 3 games. A stubborn 10-man Swiss side took them to penalties and they’ll have to play better to get to the final.
Will we see an open and attacking encounter? Can the Spanish knock out a strong Italian team? A Spain win and over 2.5 goals is 5.40.
Argentina v Colombia
A comfortable 3-0 win over Ecuador saw Argentina progress to the semis. Once again Messi’s name was on the score sheet – his 76th goal for Argentina. He’s now just one goal behind Pele’s South American goal scoring record. Will this be the game that puts Messi out in front? Is it his destiny to lead his team to victory in what could be his final tournament? A 3-0 win for Argentina is 11.00.
Colombia played out a 0-0 draw with Uruguay in their quarter final, progressing 4-2 on penalties. Will they sit back against an impressive Argentinian team, grab a draw on 90 minutes and go for penalties again? A 0-0 draw is 8.20 and could be their best route to the final.
Day 25 – 05.07
Football fever is about to hit its peak! We have a thrilling couple of days of semi finals ahead for the Euros and Copa America. With time on both tournaments now furiously ticking by, this is your moment to get involved, get on the leaderboard and win big cash prizes!
Brazil v Peru
After beating Chile in the quarter finals 1-0 with 10 men, Brazil look like they’re on a fast track to another Copa final. They’ll be looking for a return to their attacking best and hoping to repeat their 4-0 victory against Peru in the group stages (10.00). Neymar is 3.35 to open the scoring, having not scored in three games.
As for Peru, the team scraped through against Paraguay on penalties, but Chile’s performance against Brazil in the quarter final will have bolstered their confidence. Chile had the majority of possession and on another day could have got more out of the game.
Brazil v Peru to end on a draw is 5.80.
Day 23 – 03.07
The second day of quarter finals, and another big day of action. We’ve already got Italy and Spain meeting in the first semi final. Today we see whether England will make it through to a semi final on home turf, and if Schick can fire the Czech Republic to the next round? Once the Euros matches are done, the Copa America is back with two exciting quarter finals.
Czech Republic v Denmark
It would have been hard to predict this quarter final earlier in the tournament, but these teams come into the game full of confidence. Czech Republic dispatched a fancied Dutch team in the last round, and Denmark hammered Wales 4-0.
It’s another game where both teams are likely to score (2.16). Schick is firmly in the race for the Golden Boot and 6.20 to score first.
Five of the last six games between these teams have been draws, so could we be ending on another when the final whistle blows (3.25)?
England v Ukraine
England have the lowest odds to win amongst all teams in this round and they are expected to beat a Ukrainian team who scored late in extra time to knock out Sweden.
England have won five of their last seven games against Ukraine, although the most recent two ended in a draw.
So will the English march on to the semi finals on home turf, or will Ukraine prove a stubborn opponent and grind out another draw (4.30)?
Manchester City’s Zinchenko scored for Ukraine in the last game. He’s 9.00 to repeat that at any time.
Now Harry Kane is off the mark, will he score again? He’s 1.85 at any time, with odds of 4.80 forRaheem Sterling to open the scoring, as he’s done three times already this tournament.
Uruguay v Colombia
Uruguay qualified behind Argentina in a competitive group, and meet up with 3rd place qualifiers, Colombia.
Colombia have averaged less than one goal per game during the tournament, so will set up defensively to try and grab the win. Can they stop Suarez and Cavani, who have both hit the net in the tournament and will be looking for more goals?
A 2-0 Uruguay win is 8.60, and Cavani to score first is 4.60.
Argentina v Ecuador
Messi is on fire and Argentina are undefeated. Last time out they ran out 4-1 winners, and it’s going to take a big performance from Ecuador to stop them.
Ecuador haven’t secured a win yet – their standout result was the 1-1 draw with Brazil. Can they do enough against Argentina to manage another 1-1 draw on 90 minutes (8.00)?
Day 22 – 02.07
The football comes quickly over the next 2 days with 8 quarter finals: 4 in the Euros, 4 in the Copa America. We’ve seen some shock results in the last round of games, so it’s time to get your selections ready!
Switzerland v Spain
Switzerland have reached the Euros quarter finals for the first time ever, in what will most likely be an easy route to the next round for Spain. Although that’s probably what France thought when they were 3-1 up.
After watching the Swiss equalise then score all their penalties to knock out the World Champions, anything is possible.
Spain have scored 10 times in their last 2 games, and we witnessed Switzerland net 3 against a strong French team, so expect plenty of goals. Over 4.5 is 6.00. Switzerland to win in 90 minutes is 5.40.
Belgium v Italy
Belgium knocked out title holders Portugal in a tight 1-0 victory, while Italy had to push through extra time to beat Austria 2-1.
Now two of the favourites meet in what is likely be the tie of the round.
Both have plenty of talented attacking players so will be going in confident of goals. Both teams to score is at odds of 2.03.
Lukaku sits just two goals behind Ronaldo for the Golden Boot, so he’ll be wanting to hit the back of the net. It’s 4.80 for him to open the scoring.
Peru v Paraguay
Peru came in second behind hot favourites Brazil in group B, while Paraguay gave a good account of themselves, finishing 3rd in what turned out to be a competitive group A.
Paraguay are strong defensively, only losing their games 1-0. So as the stakes get higher, expect them to be tough to break down.
Not much separates them, and a low scoring draw may be a likely outcome. A draw in 90 minutes is 2.95.
Brazil v Chile
Undefeated, free scoring, and full of confidence. Brazil are not only strong favourites for this game, but the stand-out favourites to win the tournament. Will they match the scoreline we saw in their opening game and win this one 3-0 (7.20)?
Neymar is one goal behind Messi for the Golden Boot, so will be wanting to get back on the scoresheet. He’s 3.95 to open the scoring.
So are Chile already beaten? They’ve drawn 1-1 with both Uruguay and Argentina, so we know they can give the big teams a good game. Can they go one better, upset the odds and beat Brazil at 8.40?
Teams prepare for the next round
It’s another rest day for the Euros, so what better time to reflect on the drama of the last few days and the excitement it’s generated for players at SBA.
Fireworks in the Round of 16 and odds of 21,750.00 from just two selections!
Monday’s games were a complete goal fest, ramping up the atmosphere in Copenhagen and Bucharest and serving up a spectacular result for one hero.
It looked like Spain’s thrilling 5-3 win against Croatia would take some beating, and yet hours later France v Switzerland delivered even more drama.
After Spain beat Croatia in extra time, Switzerland secured an early lead against world champions, France, and an intense 3-3 draw ended with Les Bleus crashing out on penalties.
Before a single team had set foot on the pitch, one of our players had gathered total odds of 21,750.00 from just two selections across these two quarter final games – making the bold selection of a draw and over 4.5 goals for each.
So will there be more shockwaves at the Euros that might boost your bets? Could Ukraine spring a surprise on England? Will we see another goal fest when Belgium plays Italy? It all helps build up your scores in the race for the 360,000,000 UGX jackpot.
The second half of the final 16 opens with Croatia v Spain and along with more guaranteed blockbusters from the knockout stages, we’ll be finding out who goes through to the quarter finals.
Can World Cup holders, France, maintain their status? Are Sweden coming into their own? And can England hold their nerve and avoid penalties against Germany? It’s all to play for.
28.06: Croatia v Spain
Spain drew in their first two games, proving heavy on possession but with little pay off. Then with a helping hand from Martin Dubravka’s humiliating own goal, we saw them really come alive against Slovakia. Spain to win (1.60).
Croatia may not be the World Cup team we saw in 2018, but Luka Modric is still world class and capable of big moments – as Scotland found out last week. Modric to score any time is at odds of 8.20.
28.06: France v Switzerland
Despite not scoring many goals France have already played some of the toughest teams and still came out top of Group D, which means their meeting with Switzerland should see them progress with ease. France with a handicap of 1 goal is 2.45.
Switzerland hammered Turkey but got through by the skin of their teeth in one of the third place qualification spots. And remember French striker, Karim Benzema’s got form – he scored two great goals against Portugal and is 2.41 to score any time.
29.06: England v Germany
Will history repeat itself for these long-standing rivals? England will be doing everything to avoid a draw and a nail-biting penalty shoot-out.
Germany look to have found their stride though and are 2.90 to win.
The last two England Germany games have ended in one goal or fewer. For this match, Under 1.5 Goals is at 3.10.
29.06: Sweden v Ukraine
Sweden have outdone themselves so far, topping Group E ahead of Spain. Can they keep it up against Ukraine who conceded five goals on their way to qualification? They should, Sweden to win is 2.36.
The big clubs are taking notice of Swedish forward, Alexander Isak, and for all his great play, Isak deserves his first goal of the tournament.
A final score of Over 2.5 Goals is 2.43.
The Euros get down to business! With group stages complete, the spotlight falls on the final 16, where one performance will seal your fate. This weekend we have four Euros matches, rounded off with a blockbuster between Belgium and Portugal.
26.06 Wales v Denmark
Both finishing second in their group, this is a big match whichever team you’re backing and reaching the quarter finals will be a fantastic achievement for either side. Denmark are favourites to win (1.84), but only amassed 3 points in the group stages, versus Wales’ 4.
At a bigger price Wales can win this one (5.20) and start to emulate their heroics of 2016. Real Madrid outcast, Gareth Bale, is still world class, and his electric pace will be dangerous on the counter. He’s 3.55 to score anytime.
26.06 Italy v Austria
Austria get to play knockout tournament football for the first time since 1934, after beating Ukraine with a goal from 21-year-old, Christoph Baumgartner, in the 21st-minute – the youngest goalscorer of Euro 2020 so far.
Meanwhile, Italy didn’t start as favourites, but now everyone is taking notice. Three almost faultless performances, 7 goals – an average of 2.33 per game – secured them maximum points in their group, and they conceded no goals.
Italy to win to nil, is 2.08 and over 1.5 goals for the home team (Italy), looks a good bet at 1.72.
27.06 Netherlands v Czech Republic
In the last seven matches between these two teams, Czech Republic have won four. Each of these encounters saw two goals or more, so when they meet again goals should be guaranteed. Over 2.5 is 1.83.
Czech Republic are the value bet for this one (5.20) but Netherlands and their captain, Gini Wijnaldum, look strong and can get the job done at 1.68.
27.06 Belgium v Portugal
We round off the weekend with arguably the biggest match of the last 16 – so expect drama! Belgium finished with 9 points and will be hoping to build on their third place at the 2018 World Cup. But the reigning champions are no easy opponents. In a match as tight as this one, a draw is the call (3.15).
Both teams possess match winners. But Christiano Ronaldo is bound to soak up the challenge and deliver, adding to his goal tally and confirming his position as the Golden Boot favourite. He’s 2.07 to score anytime.
Day 14 – 24.06
It’s half time in the tournament! While the successful teams take a well-earned rest before the next round starts on Saturday, let’s look at the highlights so far and what they have meant to the players at SBA.
Schick’s amazing goal puts a new hero at the top of our Soccer Hero Leaderboard!
Was Patrik Schick’s goal against Scotland the best in the tournament so far? The current leader in our Soccer Hero Challenge would agree – because it could earn them 360,000,000 UGX!
Schick’s incredible strike from the halfway line sealed a 2-0 win for the Czech Republic. This goal did not only give his team three valuable points, but it also ensured a winning bet for our leader at odds of 15,895.35!
A win for the Czech Republic was the last of 14 selections on this hero’s betslip! This big win meant our hero earned a bonus worth 90,250 UGX for finishing on the Daily Hero Leaderboard, and also moved to first place in our Soccer Hero Leaderboard.
Will Schick’s goal earn our hero the jackpot prize? Or can you find a winning bet with higher odds?
The race to the 360,000,000 UGX jackpot is heating up!
Netherlands’ victory against Ukraine earns one SBA player a big win!
The Netherlands’ win against Ukraine has been arguably the most entertaining game at the tournament so far, and Denzel Dumfries’ goal for the Dutch in the 85th minute mattered A LOT to one of our players.
A Dutch win was the last of 15 selections on this player’s betslip, and earned them a big win at odds of 12,538.55! The player is now second on the leaderboard in our Soccer Hero Challenge and could win an extra 361,000 UGX at the end of the tournament.
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.
Keep an eye on our leaderboards! Yesterday one player won a bet with 9 selections and odds of 184.00 and received a daily bonus prize! Could you do the same?
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.
As always, the first day of a tournament is about the opening game, and getting those tournament outrights selected early. Throughout the event we’ll be looking at the daily action, and seeing what’s moving in the outright markets.
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