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The Euro 2016 tournament highlights the week’s betting fair. Europe’s elite national teams will play in France for the right to lift the second most prestigious trophy in international football. The European Championship, opposed to what South Americans believe, is the next best tournament to the World Cup, and the talent on display at this year’s edition in France is top of the notch.
Fourteen fixtures will take place between Monday and Friday, with the picks of the litter being Belgium versus Italy and England versus Wales. Yet, there are other fixtures that will have soccer fans salivating at the action from Europe. And, possibly one or two that will have fans changing the channel.
Belgium plays Italy in the marquee match of Monday night. The Belgians have a brilliant attack, while the Italians look like a poor version of their 2012 European Championship side. Belgium come into Monday’s fixture at 8/5 odds to win, while the Italians are 9/4, according to Oddschecker.com. How the Italians will score goals is anyone’s guess, as the attacking flavour of Graziano Pelle and company couldn’t even strike fear into the weakest defence’s heart. Pelle to score anytime and Italy to win can get a punter 15/1 odds, but the odds of that coming in are a long shot. Taking Pelle to score anytime at 11/5 regardless of outcome is probably a safer bet.
Top tip: Belgium-Italy first half draw, Belgium second half win.
England will do battle with their Welsh neighbours on Thursday afternoon, and are favoured to beat Wales at 8/11. Wales are a one man team, if that wasn’t made obvious by their qualification to the tournament. Wales to beat England looks like a good bet for those that like long odds as Oddscheck.com lists Wales at 29/5. Gareth Bale scored seven goals in qualification, which was five more than his nearest teammate Aaron Ramsey. If Bale gets injured at the Euro 2016 tournament, Wales might as well pack up and go home. The team will not score goals without him.
Interestingly, the bookies has both teams to score at 8/11, a worthwhile punt. However, if Bale is shut down by England’s defence, that will be money flushed down the bog.
Top tip: England halftime lead, full-time win.
The week will be highlighted by some not so highlight reel filled matches. Matches that only betting can improve the desire to sit through the 90 minutes. Northern Ireland, who will be lucky to score a goal at the tournament, will face off with Ukraine. Northern Ireland are heavily reliant on Kyle Lafferty, a player who has consistently been inconsistent at club level.
Northern Ireland are 5/1 to beat Ukraine, who sit at 3/4. In fact, Northern Ireland are third from bottom in odds for outright winners, according to the bookies. It is shaping up to be a long tournament for them, and Northern Ireland should be a team punters bet against with every chance they get. Ukraine to lead at halftime, win at full-time will get your 7/4 odds currently. Both teams not to score is 1/2 at the moment, and don’t expect that to improve in Northern Ireland’s favour.
Top tip: Don’t expect Northern Ireland to score or get a point of any kind from this fixture.