Euro 2020 qualifying dominates the landscape over the next few days as England begin their campaign at home to the Czech Republic.
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England’s recent record at Wembley is formidable, with Gareth Southgate’s side having won their last 10 qualifiers. During that period they have shipped just two goals so it’s not a huge shock to see them chalked up as 30/100 favourites to see off the Czechs on Friday evening. The visitors are not the force they once were but do have some capable operators, not least Roma’s Patrik Schick who will be their main goal threat. And while England have earned a reputation for their sparkling attacking play, their sturdy defence has been just as impressive. Confidence should be high with the Three Lions having qualified for the inaugural Nations League finals this summer and if they can keep the shackles on Schick then England to win to nil at 8/11 looks a genuine banker.
The First Goal Flutter
France should easily dispose of Moldova when the teams meet on Friday evening and Kylian Mbappe looks a tempting punt at 11/4 to score first. The brilliant 20-year-old has hit 31 goals in 35 appearances for PSG this season and is reportedly now one of Real Madrid’s top summer transfer targets.
Selection: £4 on Mbappe to score first at 11/4 with bet365.
The Tasty Treble
Scotland have not qualified for a major international tournament since 1998 but could end that sorry run by making it to next year’s Euros. They are even money shots to see off Kazakhstan on Thursday and look a good bet at odds against. The Kazakhs are rated 77 places below Scotland in the FIFA world ranking and struggle to keep clean sheets. Elsewhere Belgium have lost just two of their last 30 matches and should be too hot for Russia on Thursday night. The Red Devils have some real quality in attack and look worth a punt at 10/11 to win by more than a goal. Finally add in Italy to beat Finland without conceding at 4/6. The Finns have failed to score in any of their last five meetings with the Azzurri.
Selection: £4 on the treble at 5.36/1 with bet365.
The Euro Wager
Joachim Low’s Germany were once again poor as they laboured to a 1-1 draw at home to Serbia on Wednesday night and having endured wretched World Cup and Nations League campaigns they look vulnerable when they face Netherlands in Euro 2020 qualifying action on Sunday evening. The Dutch look a vibrant young side and in Virgil van Dijk have one of the best central defenders in the world. On home soil, they look a cracking bet at 7/5 with bet365 to beat a German outfit who have lost their last two competitive away games.
Selection: £5 on Netherlands to win at 7/5 with bet365.
The Wildcard Tip
On Sunday night Northern Ireland could struggle against a Belarus side who don’t concede many goals. The visitors have lost just one of their last 11 matches so look a big price at 4/1 for the win with bet365 against an Irish side who often blow hot and cold at Windsor Park.
Selection: £2 on Belarus to win at 4/1 with bet365.