Euro 2020 Qualifiers | Betting Preview
Euro 2020 October Qualifiers Betting Preview
Gareth Southgate’s exciting England side resume their qualification campaign for Euro 2020 when they take on the Czech Republic and Bulgaria this week. The Three Lions sit comfortably top of Group A after winning all four games in imperious fashion thus far. They have scored 19 goals and dazzled with the panache and pace of their attacking play, understandably making them the clear favourites to win both these matches.
Northern Ireland also have a great chance of qualifying for the big tournament next summer after taking 12 points from their opening five games. They lost to Germany last time out, but they will bid to return to winning ways when they travel to the Netherlands this week. The other home nations are looking a lot more precarious. Wales have lost two of four matches, but the group leaders are within touching distance, and Ryan Giggs’ men could close the gap with victory in Slovakia.
Scotland are in poor form and they will need to generate a big improvement if they are to win away at Russia.
Elsewhere, Ireland are top of their group and they will aim to advance their hopes of qualification when they travel to Georgia on Saturday.
Can England Qualify for Euro 2020 in This Round of Fixtures?
England have a great chance of sewing up qualification during this round of fixtures. They lead the group with 12 points, while the Czech Republic are second, with nine points from five games. Kosovo have impressively taken eight points from five games so far. The top two teams from each group go through to Euro 2020. If England were to win both games, they would be on 18 points. Kosovo are away at Montenegro, and even if they were to win the game they would only be on 11 points, with just two rounds of fixtures remaining. That means England would be assured of a place at Euro 2020.
Will We See Any England Senior Debuts?
There is ferocious competition for places in the England squad right now and Gareth Southgate has a staggering selection of exciting talent to choose from. He has decided to leave out Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Kyle Walker – stalwarts of the England team at the 2018 World Cup – and hand a first call-up to Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori. He could make his first ever appearance for the Three Lions this week. Leicester playmaker James Maddison is also hoping to make his England debut. He has previously been called up to the squad, but he has not yet featured for his country.
England Bid to Maintain 100% Record
England beat the Czech Republic 5-0 when they played in March, with Raheem Sterling banging in a superb hat-trick. They have been impeccable thus far in qualifying, and our traders have installed them as 4/9 favourites in the football betting odds for their trip to Prague on Friday night. England -1.25 Asian handicap is priced at even money, as is Czech Republic +1.
England are also clear favourites in the football spread betting markets on this game. They have a Win Index of 18.25-19.25, compared to 4.5-5.75 for the Czechs. England also have a 1.15-1.35 Match Supremacy Index for this game. Total Goals is priced at 2.7-2.9, so our traders are clearly anticipating a lower scoring affair than the last time these teams met. Since then the Czech Republic have beaten Bulgaria 2-1 and Montenegro 3-0, then lost 2-1 to Kosovo and beaten Montenegro 3-0 again.
They are certainly a decent team and England will need to be fired up and motivated if they are to prevail on Friday. The competition for places should keep everyone on their toes. The emergence of Abraham provides captain Harry Kane with motivation to thrive, while Jadon Sancho, Sterling and Marcus Rashford are all vying for a start. Mason Mount has also broken into the England set-up and Maddison is pushing for a first start, showing exactly why Alli did not make the squad.
Southgate can then choose to shuffle his pack for the trip to Bulgaria on Monday night if he so desires. The Bulgarians are bottom of the group, having lost three on the bounce, so they are really in the doldrums right now. Southgate might use that game to give a few fringe players a run out, but you can never afford to grow complacent in international football.
Wales Aiming to Overhaul Slovakia
Wales broke a two-game losing streak when they battled to a 2-1 victory over Azerbaijan last month. That left them fourth in Group E, but they are just four points behind leaders Croatia and they have a game in hand over the teams above them. They face second placed Slovakia on Thursday and they could leapfrog Pavel Hapal’s men with a handsome win.
They beat the Slovaks 1-0 in March courtesy of a Daniel James strike. He has since moved to Man Utd and terrorised defenders with his pace and directness in the Premier League, so the Welsh fans will hope for another big performance from him. Gareth Bale, who scored a late winner against Azerbaijan, will also be understandably important for Wales.
They are the underdogs in this away game, with a Win Index of 10-11.5 compared to 12-13.50 for Slovakia in the Euro 2020 qualifiers spread betting odds. Wales are also 2/1 in the fixed odds betting, while Slovakia are 11/8 favourites and the draw is 21/10. Wales then have a tough challenge as they host group leaders Croatia on Sunday. They lost to Luka Modric and co in the summer, and they will need to improve to get a result in that game.
Struggling Scotland Head to Russia Without Much Love
It has been a majorly grim qualification campaign for Scotland. They lost heavily to Kazakhstan, scraped narrow victories over San Marino and Cyprus and then lost to Russia and Belgium in the last international break. It leaves them second from bottom in Group I, 12 points behind Belgium and nine behind Russia.
They now head to Moscow to take on the Russians once more this week, and they are 11/2 underdogs. Russia are 1/2 favourites and you can get 17/20 on them winning with a -1 Asian handicap. The hosts have a Win Index of 17.75-19, compared to 5-6.25 for Scotland. They then take on San Marino on Sunday and will at least be the heavy favourites to win that one.
Van Dijk Stands in Northern Ireland’s Way
The Northern Irish made a superb start to their qualifying campaign, winning their first four games to surge to the top of the group. However, a quirk in the fixture list meant that they began with home and away games against the unheralded Estonia and Belarus, before ending with home and away games against the mighty Germany and the Netherlands. They lost 2-0 to Germany last time out, and now they face back-to-back matches against the Dutch before wrapping up their campaign in Germany.
The task they face is daunting. The Netherlands are in superb form right now, and they are led by Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk. Exciting youngsters like Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and Donny van der Beek are also playing great football, so Northern Ireland will have their work cut out. They are 16/1 underdogs for their trip to Holland on Thursday, while the Dutch are heavy favourites, with a 2.1-2.3 Match Supremacy Index.
Ireland Seeking Double Over Georgia
The Irish are unbeaten in qualifying and they sit top of Group D with 11 points from five games. They beat Georgia 1-0 earlier in qualifying thanks to Conor Hourihane’s strike, and they will be desperate to do the double over Vladimír Weiss’ side. Georgia have only won once during qualifying, and that was against lowly Gibraltar, while they lost 5-1 to Denmark last time out. Ireland are 23/20 to win this game, while the draw is 2/1 and Georgia are 13/5 outsiders.
You can find a Win Index of 13.25-14.75 on Ireland, whereas Georgia’s is 8.5-10, and Total Goals is pitched at 1.95-2.15.