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World Cup Betting

The two year road to the World Cup Finals in Russia starts this month for the UEFA members. Qualification gets under way and there are a total of 54 teams in the hunt for a spot at the tournament in 2018. The qualification draw was separated out over six seeding pots and the teams were then dealt out into nine groups of six teams each. 52 nations were actually in the seedings but then with FIFA accepting both Gibraltar and Kosovo as members in mid 2016, they were both allowed to join qualification as well.

So the set up for all of this is that the winners of each of the nine groups will automatically get their spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and then the best eight runners up from the group stage will go into the play off round. So there is a long quest to get the Finals and the top nine seeded nations in the draw, therefore being separated out into one for each group are Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, England, Wales, Spain and Croatia. One the group stage has been settled the draw for the play off round will be held in October of 2017.

World Cup Qualification 2018 Groups Europe

Group A: Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus, Luxembourg
Group B: Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Faro Island, Latvia, Andorra
Group C: Germany, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan, San Marino
Group D: Wales, Austria, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Moldova, Georgia
Group E: Romania, Denmark, Poland, Montenegro, Armenia, Kazakhstan
Group F: England, Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Malta
Group G: Spain, Italy, Albania, Israel, Macedonia, Liechtenstein
Group H: Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Estonia, Cyprus, Gibraltar
Group I: Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland, Kosovo

Euro 2016 qualification was a huge success for the home nations, with England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland all making it to the Finals. How many of the home nations will make it through to the World Cup Finals? Will there be a full house? Four of the five would be another fantastic return for the UK and Ireland. Here we preview the qualification groups from the UEFA Zone for World Cup 2018 qualification.

Group A Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus, Luxembourg
Well this is an interesting group and it would be a sparse if the French didn’t roll to top spot in it. Les Bleus almost landed the Euro 2016 title on home soil and on the evidence of that short burst of competitive football for them, they looked as if they still had some room to grow. So this could be a big two years for them in their development not having had to play qualifying games to get to the European Championships. The Netherlands are in there as well and it will be really interesting to see if they can pick themselves up after their miserable qualification campaign for Euro 2016. They may not still be at the races and that could leave a scrap between themselves and Sweden to battle for second spot. The Swedes are entering the post-Ibrahimovic era and may struggle. France to win the group at 8/13, Netherlands for second.

Group B Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Faro Island, Latvia, Andorra
The reigning European Champions Portugal will have to be pretty happy with the draw that they have received. They really have little threat going against them in here and that is reflected in the price of 8/13 for them to win the group. Switzerland are their closest challengers in there but rarely raise themselves above mediocrity, although they are usually pretty solid in qualification. Hungary, who impressed at Euro 2016 have to start again and while they are capable of points at home against the Portuguese and Swiss, are likely to miss the boat in this one. Everyone else in the group is just there making up the numbers. Not likely to be the most entertaining of groups.

Group C Germany, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan, San Marino
The huge benefit of being a top seeded team is obviously getting easier qualification draws. That is what Germany have here. They may have stubborn defences in the likes of Northern Ireland and Norway to break down, but they are Germany and should get it done, particularly at home. The Germans are a massive 1/8 odds on favourite to win this group and any other outcome looks like it would take something out of the ordinary to happen. The Czech Republic aren’t good enough to really lay claim to the top spot in the group but could see themselves in a fight with Northern Ireland and Norway for second place. Northern Ireland are a big 10/1 shot to make it out of the group.

Group D Wales, Austria, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Moldova, Georgia
This is one of the more competitive groups that are floating around in the qualification for the World Cup from the UEFA Zone. Wales, who covered themselves in glory at Euro 2016 by reaching the semi finals are an even money quote to qualify from Group D. They are running as 7/4 favourites to win this group, but punters will still be bit wary because of the lack of goals from them and wondering if their bubble will have burst after the Euros. There is stiff competition from the technically solid Serbia, the young and enterprising Austria as well as having to do battle with the Republic of Ireland who are only 11/4 to qualify. On paper out of the bunch of them Serbia at 5/2 represents great value here to top the pile, but the Austrians can’t be counted out. They are way better than how they played at Euro 2016.

Group E Romania, Denmark, Poland, Montenegro, Armenia, Kazakhstan
Where does the favouritism fall in this one? Well it’s not too hard to pick Poland out as the stand out quality side here. They really didn’t shine as well as many would have hoped at Euro 2016 as they went more defensive than they were during qualification. Still, they are a postive 11/8 price to win Group E and that screams value here. Denmark are awkward opposition but nothing more and then Romania may have their say in patches. But the home form of Poland and the goals of Robert Lewandowski should push them to a comfortable top spot. It may be worth having a flutter on Romania to sneak past Denmark because they have come on well the last couple of years with Denmark really stagnating.

Group F England, Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Malta
England are 4/11 odds on favourites to win this group and given how easily qualifying for Euro 2016 was for them it would be tough to go against them. Big Sam Allardyce should benefit from a pretty easy group draw here and there appears to be very little to topple England here. Perhaps the only thing is will be them beating themselves through complacency. But really the perceived threats from Slovakia, Scotland and SLovenia aren’t great at all. It would be a shocker if England didn’t win this group while Scotland are a bit of a distant 4/1 shot to qualify for Group F. There’s a lot of work there for the Scots to do.

Group G Spain, Italy, Albania, Israel, Macedonia, Liechtenstein
Thankfully Spain and Italy were drawn together here to give this group a bit of spice or else it would have been a non-starter. Spain are 1/2 still to get the group win on the board, but the Italians are always efficient enough through qualifying for tournaments to keep their neck in the race. Italy though will now have lost the special touch of Antonio Conte so how will that affect them? But Spain too enter a new era as well after Vicente del Bosque stepped down leaving new head coach Julen Lopetegui in charge. You would expect the Spaniards to pretty much carry on regardless, more so than Italy but the games between the two of them should be a real highlight of World Cup qualifying. The Italians are 13/8 to win the group. There will be one big nation guaranteed to have to go through the play offs. Spain or Italy? Toss of a coin.

Group H Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Estonia, Cyprus, Gibraltar
As with most qualification groups there is a strong favourite set to run away with things and here that would be Belgium who are 2/7 favourites to win Group H. They should do just that unopposed really. It’s hard to really even see Bosnia-Herzegovina putting up enough to really get anywhere near to Belgium in this group so the rest have no chance. The Red Devils with new boss Roberto Martinez in charge, should be super comfortable in this one. Whoever comes runner up from this group may struggle to make it as one of the best eight to reach the play offs. Very poor group. Gibraltar make their World Cup qualifying debuts in this group.

Group I Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland, Kosovo
Group H has Gibraltar making their debut, while Group I have Kosovo making theirs. Croatia, who really should have gone further at the summer’s European Championships are 11/10 to win this group. The Ukraine are there at 3/1 with Turkey just a little longer at 10/3. Turkey are hit and miss and only scraped over the finish line in their Euro 2016 qualifying group because of the Netherlands’ deficiencies, while the Ukraine don’t generally offer much away from home. You even have Iceland in her, remarkable Euro 2016 quarter finalists but while the slick Croatians should win the group, picking a second place team of the Ukraine, Turkey and Iceland is tough. For value would run with the Turks.

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World Cup Qualification 2018 Groups Europe Match Dates

Matchday 1 4–6 September 2016
Matchday 2 6–8 October 2016
Matchday 3 9–11 October 2016
Matchday 4 11–13 November 2016
Matchday 5 24–26 March 2017
Matchday 6 9–11 June 2017
Matchday 7 31 August – 2 September 2017
Matchday 8 3–5 September 2017
Matchday 9 5–7 October 2017
Matchday 10 8–10 October 2017

29th August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup Betting

Euro 2016 Betting

We are down to four now and while the only two big guns that started the tournament remain and they have to take on each other in one of the semi finals, the bookmakers are backing the title to go one of those. We are talking about France and Germany of course are are joint 7/4 favourites to win Euro 2016 at the moment ahead of their semi final clash on Thursday. Before that though, either Portugal or Wales will make it through to the Final as they meet on Wednesday. So we are almost down to the wire now, who will stand up for their country?

Here we take a look at Euro 2016 Semi Finals Betting Odds & Predictions for the two matches.

Wales v Portugal

Quite where this semi final clash is going to head is a mystery. If you break the tournament down to a comparison of Gareth Bale And Cristiano Ronaldo then the Welshman wins hand down. The obvious hype in this one is a showdown between the two Real Madrid team mates but you have to look further than that. Cristiano Ronaldo for starters has done nothing all tournament really apart from his brace against Hungary in the group stage. He hasn’t looked all that sharp or interested to be honest. Gareth Bale has been seen rallying the Welsh side, trying his best to keep momentum high and keep the Dragons breathing fire. Ronaldo and Bale are 11/4 and 4/1 respectively in the first goalscorer market.

It is in the teams that you have to really look at. The team spirit from Wales is bang on point at the moment, they are fighting for each other and grinding and grinding for everything. But it’s been more to that because they have had the confidence and the belief to actually go out and win games as shown in their big wins over Russia and Belgium during the tournament. They will be without Aaron Ramsey, which is a huge loss for them, but that may just gel them together even more to fight for those extra margins in the game. Portugal, who are 23/20 to win this, have gotten progressively slower and more restricted in their play as they have gone through the tournament.

They haven’t looked terribly impressive at any point and could see off weaker opposition during the group stage to record a win. With Ronaldo not playing well, then why wouldn’t Wales believe that they can go even further? If it were against France or Germany that Wales were playing here, you would kind of expect it to be a last hurrah at the tournament, but against Portugal, they have a genuine chance of success. Running to the final of your debut in the competition, that would be remarkable. Expect a tight game because Portugal are unadventurous and tiring and shoot for Wales to win at a quote of 16/5. Why not?

France v Germany

The second semi final is likely to be as equally tight as well. Host nation France will be on a high after putting five past Iceland in the quarter finals, but their defence worryingly switched off to concede a couple of goals. You would never expect that to have happened to Germany. But France do have the upper hand in terms of having more to offer going forward in the game and that sends them into this clash as narrow favourites in the heavyweight duel. They have Antoine Griezmann heading up the chase for the Euro 2016 Golden Boot and Olivier Giroud just one behind him. They are both 11/2 quotes in the anytime goalscorer market.

So the goals are there, but the performances haven’t really been there during the tournament, as they had looked unable to get into top gear prior to their quarter final game against Iceland. But then again, winning without playing well could be seen as an asset. But can France land their first ever significant win over Germany in the finals of a major tournament? When the two met two years ago at the 2014 World Cup, it was Germany who edged through with a 1-0 victory and France, let’s not forget have not played a competitive match against anyone of note since then.

Germany have selection problems, particularly in the middle with Bastian Schweinsteiger doubt bull and having lost Sami Khedira. They are also missing defender Mats Hummels through suspension. Still, not backing Die Mannschaft in tournament football can often seem a bit foolhardy. They have had more shots and more shots on target in Euro 2106 than France have managed, have conceded just one goal (from the penalty spot) and have come through a much tougher route to this point than France have. That’s the grind and that is Germany and they look value to take it at 2/1.

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5th July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Portugal v Wales Euro 2016

Portugal v Wales Betting Preview – Euro 2016, 6th July

Another match at Euro 2016 which is too tight to call. The Welsh have come through the tournament brilliantly as underdogs and now just Portugal stand between them and a place in the Euro 2016 Final. What a brilliant achievement that would be for the Dragons who will be full of confidence after beating Belgium so easily in the last round. Portugal may be tiring having gone through their second extra time period where they needed a penalty shoot out to beat Poland in the last round. Wales may be the fresher of the two in what will be a showdown between Real Madrid giants Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

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Portugal v Wales Euro 2016 Infographic

Portugal v Wales Betting Tips

The fuel tank of the Portuguese may be running a little short at the moment. They needed extra time to get past Croatia in the round of sixteen and were then dragged through an other extra period against Poland in the quarter finals. Portugal have gone very defensive and unadventurous in the knockout stage, more concerned about losing than anything and they aren’t an expressive side to watch. That’s five 90 minute draws from five Euro 2016 games for Portugal at the moment and they looked to be clamming up further each step of the way. Of course there is some tiredness there, there must be and even star man Cristiano Ronaldo looks short of full fitness and confidence, notably missing a sitter against Poland. Ronaldo is running as 3/1 outright favourite in the first goalscorer market for the semi final showdown against Wales. Can he raise his game for his country?

While they haven’t looked very good going forward, you can point out their resilience. They fought back three times after having fallen behind against Hungary in the group stage to earn a draw. They kept the technically sound Croatia off the scoresheet in the round of sixteen and fought back from a goal down against Poland. They look as if they can be contained quite easily though. The last meeting between Portugal and Wales was back in 2000 when the Portuguese won 3-0 in friendly. Portugal have scored five goals in the championships so far, three of them coming in that draw with Hungary so they aren’t carrying a huge goalscoring threat overall. So that should point you to the game going under 2.5 goals which is a 4/9 option. A Portugal to win to nil wager will fetch a price of 2/1, but that looks a risky punt because Wales have scored 10 goals at the tournament, and only once has a British team scored more goals in a major tournament than that. That was England with 11 on their way to winning the 1966 World Cup.

So instead, backing Both teams to score in the contest may have more appeal at a quote of 6/5 over the 90 minutes. Wales took a great 3-1 win over Belgium in the quarter finals, the second time at Euro 2016 that they have scored three goals in a match following their 3-0 demolition of Russia in the group stage. Wales were the better side in the first half against Belgium and once they had weathered an early second half storm by Belgium, never looked like losing. A brilliant goal for Hal Robson-Kanu put them in the lead after having fallen behind in the game and they never looked back. Gareth Bale is a 7/4 anytime goalscorer punt for the game, with Sam Vokes 3/1 and Hal Robson-Kanu at 4/1. They have played the underdog role perfectly so far, the work rate they have produced is phenomenal and Chris Coleman has gotten everything tactically spot on. Their big loss for the semi final though is Aaron Ramsey who misses out through suspension along with defender Ben Davies. Ramsey has produced four assists at Euro 2016 and that’s a big influence to be missing.

Portugal v Wales Betting Odds

Portugal 23/20, Draw 21/10, Wales 16/5

Portugal v Wales Predictions

Who would write Wales off at this point? The big question mark for Wales is that they will be missing Aaron Ramsey, their best player at the tournament. But Wales as a unit are competing with heart and determination whereas Portugal have looked pretty lifeless in the knockout stage. You can’t ignore the resilience that Portugal have though and it’s worth considering the outright draw over 90 minutes.

3rd July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Wales v Belgium Euro 2016

Wales v Belgium Betting Preview – Euro 2016, 1st July

Belgium, after having looked so decidedly average and uninspired through the large part of their group stage campaign, exploded into life in the round of sixteen as they put four goals past Hungary. That made the rest of the remaining nations sit up and take notice, that being the second game of the tournament in which they have scored at least three goals. So Wales, the last Home Nation left standing in the tournament, are the next to face them. Wales took four points from their two Euro 2016 qualifying games against Belgium, can they better them again?

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Wales v Belgium Euro 2016 Infographic

Wales v Belgium Betting Tips

Wales, one of the smaller nations to compete at Euro 2016, have positioned themselves with a shot at the semi finals of the competition. After edging their way past Northern Ireland in the last round, they now take on Belgium for a place in the final four. These two were paired together during Euro 2016 qualification and the Welsh took four of a possible six points from the Red Devils, landings  1-0 home victory against them. So an impressive return and it mean that they are now unbeaten in their last three games against Belgium, which has to count for something. The Welsh have scored in each of their four Euro 2016 games so far (albeit an own goal from Northern Ireland) so it could be worth a flutter on both teams to score in this one which will fetch you a quote of 6/5. Going into the tournament, the Welsh weren’t in any kind of form but have now won three of their last four played, only getting beaten by a last minute goal by England in the group stage.

So Wales have every reason to dream and every reason to have their tails up here. The Welsh play with heart and courage and while they go into the game as underdogs, they will scrap it out and look to defy that label. The game against Northern Ireland was strange from them because they were the ones who were controlling possession in the game, not something that they are familiar with. It wasn’t something which suited them, because they couldn’t crack the defensive minded Irish. But they did produce one high moment of quality which led to the goal, but overall had only one shot on target in the entire game. Belgium will have possession in this quarter final tie which will suit Wales in being able to catch them on the break. Defending is the Welsh strength. Gareth Bale is a quote of 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer market with the impressive Aaron Ramsey at 5/1.

So Belgium couldn’t figure out how to break the Welsh defence during their two Euro 2016 qualifying games against them. Will they figure it out in the quarter finals of the actual tournament? Belgium impressively put a 4-0 win on the board over Hungary in the last round and they looked good in doing so. With their 3-0 win over Ireland in the group stage, that is two of their four games in which they have scored three or more goals in. That’s Belgium at their best, but they looked average in their other two games, a loss against Italy and a late 1-0 win over Sweden.  Eden Hazard is coming into form and he, along with a host of other Belgian players are 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer market with Romelu Lukaku at 5/4 at the head of the market. Under 2.5 goals is the way to go at a quote of 4/7 because the last four Wales v Belgium meetings have swung that way. Belgium have scored just one goal in their last three against Wales.

Wales v Belgium Betting Odds

Belgium 8/11, Draw 27/10, Wales 19/4

Wales v Belgium Predictions

The Dragons will be up for this and the game should suit them better than the match up against Northern Ireland did. We’ll likely see the Welsh back to their best and they can cause Belgium some problems as they did in qualifying. Belgium should be in top confidence after their win in the last round, but they can be hit and miss in terms of performance. Belgium clearly have the better attacking options in this one but it may be worth a flutter on a 90 minute draw. The longer Wales keep them shut out, the more Belgium are likely to actually fade.

1st July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

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Belgium have scored eight unanswered goals in their last three games and that is some power that Wales will have to try and shut down in the quarter finals of Euro 2016 on Friday. Wales have risen to the occasion so far at the Championships, particularly in their 3-0 demolition of a very poor Russian side, but will this be a bridge too far for the Welsh? The Belgians will be out for some revenge in this one too after having failed to beat Wales at the three attempts, but the Red Devils have found their shooting boots.

Belgium do look as if they are running into form and can boast some very good attacking options. They will likely have the Welsh on the back foot for most of the game and they have individual likes Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard who can produce those pieces of magic to make the difference in the match. The winner of this one will go through to a semi final showdown against Portugal and the Red Devils are being backed as favourites to be the ones to progress.

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Wales v Northern Ireland Euro 2016

Wales v Northern Ireland Betting Preview – Euro 2016, 25th June

A home nation showdown in the round of sixteen. Wales were ranked fourth to win their group while Northern Ireland were rank outsiders to qualify from their tough group. So hats off to both of them already for their big success in making it this far and we can be assured that at least one home nation will be in the quarter finals. Northern Ireland have failed to beat Wales at the last five attempts, but can they dig in there at the back to keep Gareth Bale quiet and perhaps strike through a set play?

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Wales v Northern Ireland Euro 2016 Infographic

Wales v Northern Ireland Betting Tips

This is a great looking tie and this would probably have not happened were it not for the newly expanded format of the tournament. Now we have a big home nations clash to look forward too. Wales are favourites and they have gone unbeaten in their last eight matches against Northern Ireland, who haven’t beaten the Welsh since back in 1980. So you have big head to head form advantage with the Dragons in this one and Wales put together a pretty good group stage campaign overall. They took wins over Slovakia and Russia, contrasting ones at that with a scrappy one over Slovakia and then a very impressive one over Russia. Their only slip was letting in a late goal against England to lose 2-1. But for the team who were the outsiders to win Group B, Wales did very well and carry confident form forwards to the knockout stage of the Euros, this being only their second time they have been to the second stage of major tournament.

So more history is made here with the fact that his is the first time ever that two British sides have faced off in the knockout stages of a major tournament. The fact that Wales won their group, showing a lot of belief in themselves, flew in the face of their form going into the tournament, which wasn’t good. They have only posted a W2 D1 L3 record overall in their last six played, so it isn’t good form, but they are playing well at the moment and have tremendous spirit. Gareth Bale of course has been crucial to their progress, having netted three of their five goals so far at the tournament. Bale is a 3/1 outright favourite in the first goalscorer market for the match. No-one else really warrants much of a look. However, you would picture this being a tight, low scoring affair and under 2.5 goals is a 4/11 punt at Betfred.

Northern Ireland then are underdogs, but they have a certain grit about them. They may need their defence to really be on its toes in this one. The Irish have only suffered the two defeat in their last fifteen games, which is fantastic. However, those have both been in the group stage of Euro 2016, so there’s the concern. Those defeats were 1-0 failures against Poland and Germany, so strong opposition and the Irish didn’t get blown away although they didn’t pose much of an attacking threat in either. Kyle Lafferty is a 7/2 option in the anytime goalscorer market for this one, and like Gareth Bale, he scored seven goals through qualifications. The difference here is that he hasn’t scored at Euro 2016. The Irish will struggle for goals, that is something that they live with and have returned just the one goal in their last three against Wales. But they will be a threat through set plays and Wales have just the one clean sheet in their last six.

Wales v Northern Ireland Betting Odds

Wales even money, Draw 21/10, Northern Ireland 4/1

Wales v Northern Ireland Predictions

Because you would picture this being a tight home nations affair, you would probably have to look for the side who have the game-changers. That would be Wales through Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey who have both been good through the tournament. Northern Ireland will dig in there are scrap it out, but may just come up short against Wales who will be full of confidence after having hammered Russia.

23rd June 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Russia v Wales Euro 2016

Russia v Wales Betting Preview – Euro 2016, 20th June

The state of play in this one for the Welsh is that they need a big defensive display to earn a point. A point would put them through to the next round and send the Russians home at the same time. So Russia have one final chance to get this right and put a win on the board. If Russia win this they could climb their way up into second place in the group. But will the Russians, who haven’t looked great, be able to break through the superb Welsh defence for the three points that they need?

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Russia v Wales Euro 2016 Infographic

Russia v Wales Betting Tips

The situation is a little more dire for Russia heading into this one than it is for the Welsh. The Russians have no choice but to be positive in this one and go in search of the victory that would maybe see them through to the next round. Russia hasn’t shown much pace or much threat of anything so far in their two previous games. They took a huge slice of luck to earn a point against England in their opener and were then outworked by Slovakia in a 2-1 defeat in their second group. Now their backs are against the wall and it is win or bust for them. Where is that win going to come from though? They haven’t shown much creativity and that is the one thing that they may need to break down Wales, because they will facing a pretty solid defence. Under 2.5 goals in this one is a quote of 8/15.

Artem Dzyuba, who was Russia’s top scorer through qualifying has yet to get off the mark at the championship and he is a price of 21/10 in the anytime goalscorer market to make a breakthrough against Wales. After the way that they lost against Slovakia, it is hard to see Russia being in high spirits here and the longer that We keep them at bay, the more deflated they may become. Russia have only managed the one win in their last six games played now, but that is exactly all that Wales have managed in their last six matches respectively took. These two nations last came together back in 2008 during World Cup 2010 qualifiers and it was Russia who took the win 3-1 making it three wins in their last three games against the Welsh. You can take a Russia 1-0 correct score punt for a quote of 13/2.

Russia haven’t played very well at Euro 2106 and neither have Wales. The best aspect of the Welsh game was shown in their loss against England when their defence was, by and large, very good. They repellent a lot of the pressure that England was putting on them and they aren’t likely to come under quite as much from the Russians. The problem for Wales is going forward and with two of their three goals coming from Gareth Bale direct free kicks, they may have to push for the draw only here. Bale is trading at 7/5 in the anytime goalscorer market for the game. A draw would be enough for them and that’s what they may set their stall out for. But that’s a dangerous game and they have only earned one clean sheet in their last eight matches. There may well be a tense finish to all of this in Group B.

Russia v Wales Betting Odds

Russia 8/5, Wales 15/8, Draw 12/5

Russia v Wales Predictions

Tough to pick a winner here. Russia have very little pace, the Welsh don’t have a lot to offer in attack, but their defence is more than capable of standing strong signals the Russians. It is going to be a tight game therefore so go under 2.5 goals. It’s so hard to pick a winner out of this, so settle for the draw instead.

17th June 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

England v Wales Euro 2016

England v Wales Betting Preview – Euro 2016, 16th June

England again failed to win an opening match at a European Championship as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Russia. The Three Lions looked comfortable for most of the match and then their defence let them down in stoppage time, conceding an equaliser. That was a tough blow and they now have to pick themselves up for the home nations derby clash against Wales on Thursday. Wales will be buoyant after winning their opener against Slovakia. Will they feel the backlash of the Three Lions or will they be able to stunt the progress of their rivals even further?

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England v Wales Euro 2016 Infographic

England v Wales Betting Tips

There were positives and negatives to be taken from England’s energetic opener against Russia at Euro 2016. The positives were that they went into the game with an attack-minded approach and they lived up to it for the most part and looked a decent side. However, the negatives would be that they weren’t more ruthless because they could and should have had the game won by half time and their defence crumbled when it just needed to stand tall for two minutes at the end of the game. So all that has culminated in extra pressure on them to go out and win the game against Wales. This could have been a lot more comfortable going into this one, but maybe the pressure will see them find that extra edge. They know that they are going to go into this and get a tough game from the Welsh. When it comes to spirit, heart, energy and determination, the Welsh will more than match the English out on the pitch.

This one is likely to be intense, because of the situation in the group and because of it being a clash between home nations. Six of the last seven games between England and Wales have drifted away under 2.5 goals and it would make sense to follow suit in this one and run with that trend. Under 2.5 goals is a 3/4 quote at online betting site Stan James for this game. England have won their last four games on the bounce against Wales and have kept a clean sheet in each of them. The last time they came together was competitively when they are matched up in Euro 2012 qualifying, England coming out on top in both of them. You can back England to win to nil at a 6/4 quote for this latest meeting and conceding that England have taken five clean sheets in their last seven against Wales, it’s a reasonable punt. An England 1-0 correct score is a 5/1 quote on the game, while Harry Kane, who wasn’t great against Russia, even money to score in the anytime goalscorer market.

Gareth Bale is a 2/1 shot to score in the match along with pretty much the rest of England’s forwards. Bale opened the scoring in Wales’ 2-1 win over Slovakia, to give the Welsh a good foothold in the group and something to play for here. Would they be totally unhappy with a draw against England? Probably not. Against Slovakia they had their moments of being in control, but they also found themselves on the back foot for most of the final third of the game, especially after Slovakia had muddled their equaliser in. Wales then have lost their last four against England and so are big underdogs here and you are looking at a price of even on them to get a goal on board through the Both Teams To Score market. Wales have won just two of their last eight fixtures now and the win over Slovakia has been their only one in their last five. They will fight tooth and nail all the way in this and would love to heap more pressure on England.

England v Wales Betting Odds

England 4/7, Draw 3/1, Wales 6/1

England v Wales Predictions

Wales are more than likely going to be able to keep the score down in this one. England don’t quite look to have figured out their best set up yet and Wales will scrap for every ball. They aren’t as good as England, but this is a one off shot for them to produce something big through their spirit alone. Their lack of forward output though may be their downfall and an England one goal winning margin has the most appeal.

15th June 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

England v Wales Euro 2016

Here it comes then, the big home nation clash that fans have been waiting for ever since the draw for Euro 2016 was made. It is England v Wales and for the English, they have heaped a load more pressure on themselves for this game after failing to have won their opening fixture of Group B. Wales meanwhile were celebrating a huge three points that they earned after downing Slovakia and that could make this a much tougher game for England.

Wales would probably be happy enough with a point out of this then, having three in the bag. It is a whole different scenario than if England had taken maximum points against Russia and Wales had failed to do so against Slovakia. So England have to come out and push hard for the win after being denied at the death in their opener against Russia. England were in control for most of the game against the Russians, but didn’t take enough of their chances and paid the price.

The biggest concern over England going into the tournament was their defence and that failed them right at the death in a 1-1 draw. So a hammer blow, not only in terms of points but in confidence as well. Will that have damaged their confidence or will it have spurred them on and shaken out any complacency that they may have had after having gone to France 2016 so heavily hyped and heavily backed in the outright winner market?

England v Wales Euro 2016 Infographic

England are strong 4/7 favourites to win the game against Wales still and if you look back at history, that suggests the Three Lions will edge the victory. England are on a seven match winning streak against Wales and have conceded just the one goal in that sequence of games. So an England to win to nil wager will return you a price of 5/4 on the match betting. It will be tempting to some punters with the odds-on price on England, while the Welsh are a big 6/1 price to take the win.

Wales may set their stall out to defy the English and settle for the point and that will make them dangerous. As they showed in their opener, they can work hard and dig in there and they can play with endeavour. The hard work and spirit that they put may even outshine that work ethic of England when it boils down to it, but would it be enough for Wales to stretch out and win the game? That’s a whole different ballpark as naturally they are big underdogs in this one.

England’s forwards didn’t quite click against Russia, with Harry Kane disappointing, but he is even money in the anytime goalscorer market, with Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy, Wayne Rooney, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford around the 2/1 mark to net. That’s where Gareth Bale is at in the market to score for Wales and he is already off the mark with his free kick against Slovakia to open the scoring in that game.

Wales had patches where they were on the back foot against Slovakia, who had pace in them. That may be a snapshot of what they can face when they take on England, who played a positive game but the quality and ruthlessness at the end of the day was lacking for the Three Lions. Roy Hodgson’s men need to prove themselves in this big home nations derby now. Under 2.5 goals at a quote of 3/4 suggests that this is going to be tight and with six of the last seven meetings having produced two goals or less, this is likely going to be another tight duel between these two.

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15th June 2016 / marcus - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Wales v Slovakia Euro 2016

Wales v Slovakia Betting Preview – Euro 2016, 11th June

Slovakia pulled out a shock result recently when they went on the road to Germany for a friendly and won 3-1. Think of that and their win over Spain during qualifying, where they finished three points ahead of the Ukraine and this would appear to be a tough game for the Welsh. Wales will need Gareth Bale at his very best because their opponents may be hard to break down. Wales struggled for goals during qualifying and there may not be much give and take in this one. It should be a tight one.

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Wales v Slovakia Euro 2016 Infographic

Wales v Slovakia Betting Tips

You have to be a little bit worried about the fact that Wales are not in winning touch at the moment. Wales have won only one of their last seven matches and that victory was a 2-0 home struggle against Andorra at the back end of Euro 2016 qualifying. So there are concerns about their ability to get out of Group B at Euro 2016 which also houses Russia and England. The have lost four of their last six played as well, so they can not exactly be full of confidence, and the 3-0 defeat they suffered in Sweden in their final warm up match ahead of the finals won’t have helped either. Wales and Slovakia have met just twice before and that was back during Euro 2008 qualifiers. Both scored five goals in recording respective away wins in those two meetings. That’s thirteen goals in the previous two meetings then.

It’s hard to see either of these running up five goals at the moment. Wales only scored eleven during qualifying in total. Behind seven of those goals was Gareth Bale who netted seven and he is a 4/1 first goalscorer on or the game while he is 7/5 in the anytime goalscorer market. Wales have one clean sheet in their last seven remember so you can take a punt at Both Teams To Score perhaps for a price of 5/4, not a bad punt given their brief history between these two. Wales are looking terrifically strong defensive and you never know, Gareth Bale could produce a piece of magic. The difficulty here knowing what they are facing. Slovakia have looked equal parts hopeless and pretty decent recently.

Overall Slovakia finished second in their qualification campaign behind Spain and they did land that win over Spain along the way as well. They also took a big 3-1 win in Germany during a friendly recently and that alone would suggest that they are going to more than match up to Wales. You can’t argue with their form really because they have gone unbeaten in their last eight games, which all started with a victory in their final Euro 2016 qualifying match. They have produced draws against both Northern Ireland, Ireland (where they looked awful) and have beaten Germany and Georgia in their last four games. The wins over Georgia and Germany were both by 3-1 scoreline. There could be more goals that meets the eye in this one.

Wales v Slovakia Betting Odds

Wales 15/8, Slovakia 15/8, Draw 2/1

Wales v Slovakia Predictions

Given the comparative form of the two here you would have to swing with Slovakia for the win. They may well keep Gareth Bale quiet and give the Welsh a rough night. However, the draw has the biggest appeal here in the outright. Simply because you just don’t quite know which Slovakia is going to turn up.

11th June 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

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