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Belgium v Spain Betting Preview – International Friendly 1st September

This is the highlight match of the international friendly games this week as the two nations squeeze in a game ahead of World Cup qualifiers which are coming up. This will be the first game in charge for new Belgium boss Roberto Martinez and Spain also have a new man in charge at the top as well. The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last 12 home games and new Spain manager Julen Lopetegui has a tough opener on his hands. Who will come out on top in this high profile friendly?

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Belgium v Spain Betting Tips

Both had disappointing Euro 2016 tournaments then and now have to start all over again with an eye on the 2018 World Cup. Belgium managed to get through their group stage despite an opening loss against Italy, who they had no idea of how to handle. Then after impressively hammering Hungary in the round of sixteen, they tanked in the quarterfinals against an inspired display from Wales. So the consistency wasn’t there and as a nation, they would have expected a lot more after the game against Hungary. Still, you can’t deny that the Belgium squad is one packed full of talent and so Roberto Martinez will be trying to take them to the net level, surprisingly assisted in his job by Thierry Henry. Belgium are in decent home form, having won of their last 12 games there, a stretch which goes all the way back to 2014.

Granted Belgium really haven’t faced the most extensive tests on home soil, but they were hampered by Wales there during Euro 2016 qualifying. Out of the gates, this Belgium v Spain betting event isn’t likely to be a high scoring one. Going under 2.5 goals on the match will return you a quote of 8/13 on the game. Neither are likely to give up too much at the back. Three of the last four meetings between the two nations too has seen one side fail to hit the back of the net in and therefore the No option in the Both Teams To Score market is a tempter at 4/5. If you are trying to dig around for a winner though it would probably have to be Belgium. Spain haven’t been particularly good out on the road in the last couple of years.

Indeed, Spain have lost three of their last five friendly matches away from home and they have lost six of their last eleven out on the road against top-20 ranked sides as well. Their last five games on the road too have all gone under 2.5 goals with Spain failing to score in three of those. So it’s hard to see a high scoring affair playing itself out in Belgium on Thursday night. There’s not much between them technically, both have new bosses in place which adds an air of confusion and this is just a friendly remember. In the anytime goalscorer market you have Spain’s Alvaro Morata and Diego Costa at 7/4, with Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku joining them. The in from Eden Hazard is a 12/5 shot to find the back of the net.

Belgium v Spain Betting Odds

Belgium 13/8, Spain 7/4, Draw 21/10

Belgium v Spain Predictions

There is a good chance that this will be a bit of a non-starter, a lot of possession and nothing much being done with it. These two balance each other out quite well by the looks of it, so look for a low scoring game. If you want to push the boat out a bit then perhaps a Belgium 1-0 correct score win would take it. Under 2.5 goals looks a solid punt.

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31st August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

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 Groups 2018 Europe

FIFA World Cup Qualification 2018 Europe Infographic

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

Italy v Spain Euro 2016

Italy v Spain Betting Preview – Euro 2016, 27th June

The clash of the round of sixteen at Euro 2016. There are some big questions set to be answered in this one. Will Spain get over the shock of having lost a European Championship game as they went down against Croatia? Will Italy have enough in attack to really threaten the Spanish back line? This is a mammoth clash which was never expected to happen in this stage of the competition. One of the big guns int he tournament will fall early though. Which will it be?

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Italy v Spain Euro 2016 Infographic

Italy v Spain Betting Tips

Italy were one of the best sides out of the blocks at Euro 2016. They opened with a great 2-0 win over Belgium and then followed that up with another clean sheet victory, beating Sweden. Then they made some wholesale changes to their starting eleven to face Ireland and they lost to a goal five minutes from time in that one. But they will obviously be back at full strength for this one and they are going to be a threat in the game simply because of their defence. They will stay tight and organised and hope to catch Spain out on the break or through a set piece when they do get forward. They will harass and press and they work hard in trying to close space down. Because of the great defensive mode that they are in, it is likely that this one will go under 2.5 goals which is a price of 4/11 and you can also stretch it to under 1.5 goals as well if you want to for an 11/10 quote. While Italy can defend, do they have enough going forward to hurt Spain?

We knew what to expect from Italy going into the tournament, strong defence, little offensive output. The question is, will they get enough to the ball to hurt Spain at the back and that really is questionable and Graziano Pelle is a big 3/1 price in the anytime goalscorer market for this one. They will spend a lot of time chasing the ball and they don’t clearly have the pace in their side to play a powerful counter attacking game. Italy have only netted the one goal in their last four games played against Spain, which includes that 4-0 loss against them in the final of Euro 2012. So this is going to be all about defence for italy and sticking in there as long as they can. The Italians have shipped only one goal in their last five games played now.

So after looking pretty impressive through their opening two games, Spain blew a lead against Croatia to suffer a shock 2-1 loss. That came from nowhere really but ask yourself how likely that you are to see Spain lose back to back matches? You wouldn’t really expect it to happen here and as usual Spain will take all of the possession in the match and that of course will lead to them limiting Italy’s threat in the game even more. Was the second half against Croatia just a bad day at the office for Spain, because they looked really flustered at the back for no apparent reason? Italy don’t have the same kind of direct pace that Croatia have, in order to hurt Spain. In the correct score market you have a Spain 1-0 option at 4/1 with the 0-0 over 90 minutes at 9/2. Two of the last three meetings between Spain and Italy have been drawn and there have been just the three goals in their last three meetings. Spain are a price of 7/4 to win to nil and Alvaro Morata can be backed at a quote of 11/5 in the anytime goalscorer market.

Italy v Spain Betting Odds

Spain 23/20, Draw 2/1, Italy 10/3

Italy v Spain Predictions

Would still side with Spain on this one and more likely than not it will be a low scoring game which the Spaniards win by a one goal margin through. It’s not likely to get much more exciting than that. Spain will tweak their approach to get over that Croatia upset and they have the kind of performance in them that saw them tear apart Turkey in the group stage. Italy may have the bite at the back, but lack going forward. Spain to win.

27th June 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Croatia v Spain Euro 2016

Croatia v Spain Betting Preview – Euro 2016, 21st June

Spain looked absolutely brilliant as they destroyed Turkey in their second group match of Euro 2016. The reigning Champions posted a 3-0 win over Turkey and just need a point in their final game to ensure that they finish in top spot over Croatia. The crowd troubles marred Croatia’s game against the Czech Republic and it may have done even bigger damage to the side who threw away a two goal lead in a 2-2 draw in the game. Can they pick themselves up from all of that and beat Spain to win Group D?

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Croatia v Spain Euro 2016 Infographic

Croatia v Spain Betting Tips

We have seen the good and the bad about Croatia so far on the pitch at Euro 2016. They were brilliant in their opening win over Turkey and for the large part against the Czech Republic in their second game they were fluent and in control. Technically they are one of the better sides at the tournament, but then they started to fall apart in the second half of the game against the Czechs. It really started with the loss of Luka Modric, who will be missing from their final group game, because when he went off with his injury, Croatia started to let all of their control in the game slip. Then there was the crowd trouble from a section of their supports and in the end, they conceded a late penalty which was converted by the Czech’s to earn them a 2-2 draw. Croatia should still be comfortable at the end of the day in getting through to the next round and if they can hang in for a point against the Spaniards then they would secure second spot.

The loss of Luka Modric will be a huge blow for them in this one because he makes everything tick in the middle of the park for them. They have Mario Mandzukic up front who is trading at a qoute of 5/2 in the anytime goalscorer market. How many chances is he, or Croatia as a collective, likely to get in this one though? The big concern for Croatia is not having Modric and the fact that they started producing more and more basic errors the longer the game went on against the Czechs. They can’t afford to run out of steam against Spain. Spain were simply brilliant in their second match, laying down a technical masterclass to the rest of the entire contingent of teams at Euro 2016. Andres Iniesta was at the heart of everything that Spain did and following their 3-0 win over Turkey were moved to 7/2 outright favourites to win the tournament.

Alvaro Morata’s brace for Spain against Turkey will have eased concerns about them lacking a number nine. That was just the input that they needed from a striker to become pretty much the total package. If he continues that form, Spain will only be stronger for it. Morata is a 7/4 anytime goalscorer option with Artiz Aduriz at the same price at the head of the market. Spain are unbeaten in 14 European Championship matches now (W11 D3) and they haven’t conceded in 690 minutes of football in the tournament now. The last goal they conceded was in their opener against Italy at Euro 2012. Spain were dominant on a different level against Turkey and when you have your centre half popping up on the right wing, that’s pretty assured. Under 2/5 goals is a punter of 4/7 on this one while Spain to win to nil can be backed at a quote of 11/5 which will probably have punters scrambling to take advantage of that.

Croatia v Spain Betting Odds

Spain 5/4, Draw 2/1, Croatia 3/1

Croatia v Spain Predictions

Spain showed that they can break down teams who have a defensive set up as they totally destroyed Turkey. It was so easy for Spain in that one that it should have really upped their confidence in pushing forward for their third title in a row. With Croatia missing Modric, a great chance for Spain to land another clean sheet victory.

18th June 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Spain v Turkey Euro 2016

Spain v Turkey Betting Preview – Euro 2016, 17th June

The Spaniards have a good foothold in Group D after taking out Turkey in their opening game. A late goal from Gerard Pique gave the reigning European Champions all three points in the game and now they can move on with confidence to face Turkey. Turkey fell 1-0 to Croatia in their group opener and now have the difficult task of trying to pick themselves up from that loss in their most difficult game of the group. Will they be able to get enough of the ball to do any damage to the Spaniards?

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Spain v Turkey Euro 2016 Infographic

Spain v Turkey Betting Tips

This is tournament football and Spain won’t care if they win every match 1-0. That is the scoreline they recorded in their opening match of the tournament against the Czech Republic. You got what you knew you were going to get from Spain all the way, a lot of possession and a bunch of chances. It took a defender in the form of Gerard Pique to make the breakthrough which will have raised more questions about the lack of goalscoring threat in the Spanish side, despite all the chances that they actually make. Spain are a patient side, they aren’t worried about the tempo of the game and they still exude class. It may be boring at times to watch, but it’s a proven method for them. They took over 70% of possession in the game against the Czech Republic and produced 18 shots. Just to put their dominance into focus, keeper Petr Cech produced more passes than any other Czech player in the game.

Spain are now unbeaten in 13 European Champions matches and they haven’t conceded in their last 600 minutes of European Championship football. You can take a price of 2 1/10 on Spain to win to nil against Turkey which isn’t unreasonable at all. This is Spain and you aren’t going to be looking at a high scoring game so under 2.5 goals is a quote of 5/6. You are likely to find appeal as well in a Spain 1-0 correct score punt on the game at a price of 5/1 while a 2-0 Correct Score will give you odds of 11/2. Spain have won their last two against the Turks as well and both by a one goal margin. Spain to win by a one goal margin will give you a price of 5/2 which has to be pretty tempting. Spain hold a W4 D3 L1 record from eight previous contests against Turkey and have won three of the four previous competitive matches between them.

Spain have already set their pattern out for what is likely to follow for them in the Championships. Turkey lost their opener against Croatia, their resilience broken by a tremendous strike by Luka Modric. They were heavily second best in all departments in the match, with Croatia being very dominant over them. The question is whether or not Turkey can really muster up enough going forward to beat Spain because they aren’t going to get a lot of the ball. That’s the problem for Turkey because they at least have to get a point out of this one so it may be a long afternoon of sitting back. Turkey have gone W8 D2 L2 in their last twelve matches so haven’t been too bad. Burak Yilmaz is a big 4/1 anytime goalscorer option while Spain’s Alvaro Morata and Artiz Aduriz are 5/4 joint favourites in the anytime goalscorer market.

Spain v Turkey Betting Odds

Spain 2/5, Draw 15/4, Turkey 9/1

Spain v Turkey Predictions

It has to be temping to roll with a Spain to win to nil victory on this one. They will have all the ball in the game and Turkey will be pretty limited. This has to be a low scoring game all of the way because the Spaniards will just want to maintain their control. Spain to win.

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

Spain v Czech Republic Euro 2016

Spain v Czech Republic Betting Preview – Euro 2016, 13th June

It can be argued that Spain aren’t as strong as they were four years ago. But they are the reigning European Champions and are looking for their third title in a row. This should be a fairly comfortable start from them and as Spain usually do, they are likely to control possession for very long periods. The Czech Republic are the outsiders in Group D at Euro 2016, but they will have watched Georgia beat Spain in a friendly recently and maybe take some hope away from that. Tough game for them though to open with though.

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Spain v Czech Republic Euro 2016 Infographic

Spain v Czech Republic Betting Tips

All eyes on Spain to see what kind of form that they can produce at Euro 2016. They are the reigning champions and therefore have a big reputation to live up too.  They were solid and comfortable through qualifying, winning nine and losing just the one against Slovakia. During their ten games they did only concede the three goals and it’s not their defence that you worry about. It is their goal output against stubborn defences. Their defence needs to be strong because you don’t see Spain outscoring the likes of Germany and France in the tournament as Spain are still searching for a world class number nine to lead the line. So they have to be efficient and therefore you can look under 2.5 goals on this one for a price of 3/4 with online betting site Betfred. That’s probably going to be a bit of a banker. You could also look at Spain to win to nil for an 11/10 quote.

Spain should win this fixture, hands down and there is some evidence for that in the recent friendly fixtures. Both Spain and the Czech Republic faced South Korea just before Euro 2016, Spain hammered them 6-1 and the Czechs lost 2-1. That paints a pretty clear picture. But then you have that Spain defeat against Slovakia to confuse things, but that was a game that so easily could have been won, the ball just wouldn’t go in the net for them on the night. You would expect Spain to be strong and confident after their World Cup 2014 group stage meltdown, they need to prove themselves again after that horror-show. Alvaro Morata could be a bright young star of the tournament and he is 11/10 in the anytime goalscorer market. A Spain 1-0 correct score will fetch you odds of 5/1 on this one.

The Czech Republic have scored just one goal in the last four against the Spaniards. The last time that they went up against the reigning European Champions was in Euro 2012 qualifying and the Czech Republic lost both of those. Spain hold a W3 D1 record from the four previous games between the two nations. The Czech Republic beat Iceland and Turkey to the punch in qualifying, but they are not a side in any kind of from heading to France. They have gone W2 D1 L3 in their last six games, losing against Scotland and South Korea during that sequence of games. You can see them struggling to get the ball off Spain and do anything with it when they do. There is likely going to be a lot of chasing shadows done by the Czech’s in this one but they may be of the mindset to play for a draw and take their chances against the other two nations in the group.

Spain v Czech Republic Betting Odds

Spain 1/2, Draw 10/3, Czech Republic 7/1

Spain v Czech Republic Predictions

The Spaniards should be comfortable at the end of the day in this but all they need really is an efficient performance here to take down the Czech’s. It not very likely to be an explosive game at all and would look for a low scoring win to nil for the Spanish.

10th June 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting


Spain were dumped out of the World Cup at the group stage two years ago, although La Roja remain a major force in European football. Despite what happened in Brazil two years ago, the bottom line is that Spain head to France this summer bidding to win a third successive European Championship.

While much of the personnel that landed Euro 2008 has changed, Vicente Del Bosque still has Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos operating in central defence, while Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta are part of a strong midfield unit.

Del Bosque’s team never recovered from that 5-1 mauling at the hands of the Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup, although it tells a similar story.

Namely that Spain do start these major tournaments slowly, having drawn 1-1 with Italy at Euro 2012 and they also lost to Switzerland in the 2010 World Cup opener before triumphing.

La Roja begin their 2016 European Championship campaign with a clash against Czech Republic, with Del Bosque hoping to restore confidence levels following that ill-fated trip to South America.

On paper, Spain remain one of the strongest European teams and the draw has been relatively kind to them. Turkey and Czech Republic are very much second-string European nations, even if Croatia are capable of causing a stir in Group D.

Qualifying was a walk in the park for the Spanish as they claimed nine wins from ten, with Manchester United keeper David de Gea ready to stake his claim between the sticks at the expense of the highly-experienced Iker Casillas.

However, there are issues when it comes to having a quality centre forward who slots into Spain’s style of play. In truth, they have never found a replacement for the mercurial David Villa who was a hotshot at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.

Diego Costa will be part of the Spanish squad although the Chelsea striker has never really flourished in the centre forward role for the men in red, with Del Bosque considering the possibility of fielding Cesc Fabregas or Pedro in that false number nine role instead.

Striking issues aside, the squad is strong and every player operates for a high-profile European club, with Del Bosque having steered Spain to two major tournament successes already.

Indeed, few expected the former Real Madrid coach to be at the helm eight years after replacing Luis Aragones, with the 65-year-old having won two Champions League titles with Los Merengues during a highly successful second spell at the Bernabeu.

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These knockout competitions often come down to the fine margins and the manager will hope that his players’ collective big-game experience from previous tournaments for both club and country will be enough to get them over the line here.

However, football is a cyclical business and perhaps Spain have had their turn and it’s time for the national team to start looking to the future. A rebuilding process of sorts has to start taking place as a new crop of players emerge to represent Spain at future tournaments.

27th May 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Football Betting

Italy v Spain Betting Preview

A good test ahead of Euro 2016 for both of these. Four years ago of course, these two were squaring off in the final of Euro 2012, with Spain running out comfortable 4-0 winners in one of their majestic performances. Spain have a pretty solid stretch of form running over the Italians and this will be a great clash between the two of them who each put in solid qualification campaigns for this summer’s European Championships.

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Italy v Spain Betting Tips

It was fairly routine for Italy during Euro 2016 qualification, going unbeaten in their ten matches, winning seven of them. So they aren’t in bad form because of all of that but there have been a couple of slips in recent performances though since the close of Euro 2016 qualifying. Italy went to Belgium last November and lost heavily by a 3-1 scoreline and they could only follow that up with a home 2-2 tie against Romania. Of course it is always hard to get a genuine read of anything from results in international friendlies but with a tough Euro 2016 group in taking on Sweden and Ireland, they may need to up their game again.

Italy will go on to play Germany a few days later in a friendly, so they are pushing themselves. The goals which have been flying in against them has to be a little bit of a concern. They have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four games played and just two in the last seven. That’s not really what you would expect from Italy. They have gone W4 D1 L2 over their last seven games and up in the anytime goalscorer market for them is Ciro Immobile and Graziano Pelle at 12/5 options. The last time these two played was a friendly in March of 2014, Spain taking a 1-0 win in the match through Chelsea’s Pedro.

Spain have lost just one of the last ten against Italy (competitive and friendly) so have good form there. They have also kept a clean sheet in each of the last three meetings with the Italians and a Spain 1-0 correct score in this one is trading at a price of 11/2 with online betting site Bet365. Italy have failed to score in five of the last seven played against Spain. Like Italy, Spain were relatively untroubled in their Euro 2016 campaign and they are on a five match winning streak. Their most recent success was a 2-0 victory over England back in November of last year. Spain have not conceded a goal in any of their last five international matches and therefore this game is likely to go under 2.5 goals for a price of 4/7. Paco Alcacer, Aritz Aduriz and ALvaro Morata are all 2/1 anytime goalscorer options for Spain.

Italy v Spain Betting Odds

Spain 6/4, Italy 15/8, Draw 21/10

Italy v Spain Predictions

This is likely to be another low scoring affair between the two of them, with only two of the last nine meetings between them going over the 2.5 goal line. Spain have looked pretty solid at the back and while they still look as if they are crying out for a world class goalscorer, the Italian defence has been giving up enough goals lately to suggest that Spain can nick this one.

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21st March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Euro 2016 Betting

The draw for the Euro 2016 group stage was made on Saturday, December 12th and now nations can start preparing properly as they know who they will be facing, when they will be facing them and where they will be facing their group opponents.

Euro 2016 is hosted by France and will be played across ten different locations from Lille and Lens in the north through to the exotic play grounds of Nice and Marseille on the Mediterranean coast in the south. The final itself, what will be the 51st match of the competition, will be played at the Stade de France, Saint Denis and that is where the action all starts as well, when host nation France take on Romania in the tournament opener on June 10th.

There are six groups of four teams as the tournament has expanded into twenty-four competitors for the first time ever. That means of course that there is an extra game needing to be won on the path to success for whoever is crowned European champions at the end of the campaign. The top two from each Euro 2016 group will move through to the group stage automatically, while the four best third-placed teams will make their way through to the round of sixteen.

So there’s a pretty good chance of getting through of course with only eight nations dropping out after the group stage.

Euro 2016 Group Draw 2016

Euro 2016 Group A

France, Romania, Albania and Switzerland

It wasn’t a bad draw for the hosts France at all here. It will be a shocker if they didn’t get out of this one. The French are 1/2 favourites to move out of their group as winners and it should be a race for second place behind them. Switzerland are arguably their biggest threat in the Group A and frankly how easily England handled them in the qualifiers, even that shouldn’t be too much for them to handle. Albania, who are at their first major finals are 28/1 outside shots to shock everyone and win the group. Romania aren’t likely to offer a lot of opposition and it should be between them and Albania for third.

Euro 2016 Group B

England, Russia, Wales, Slovakia

England went as the top seeds in Group B and then pulled out Wales as the second team in their group to face. Russia and Slovakia fill in the holes. Wales weren’t keen on drawing England, at least boss Chris Coleman wasn’t because of the distractions over the Battle of Britain which it will be labelled as. That will be the second game in the group for both. Russia are a tricky side to handle and are the clear dark horses in the group, even though they finished a long way behind Austria in qualifying. But gutsy points against Sweden in qualifying helped them through, they should join England in the next round. Wales may have to grab a point against one of them on top of a win over Slovakia to edge through. England are 5/4 to top the group with Russia at 4/1, while Wales are even money to qualify.

Euro 2016 Group C

Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Northern Ireland

Germany head up the seeds in Group C and they get a mouthwatering clash against Poland. The two were together in qualifying for the finals and the Poles managed to earn a win against die Mannschaft. Because of the goals of Robert Lewandowski, the Poles will carry a threat and should qualify easily from the group. The Ukraine aren’t a bad side, in a bit of a transition though and are likely to earn third spot ahead of Northern Ireland. The Irish didn’t get a great draw here at all in the finals after all their hard worth through qualifying. Tough, draw and they are a the group outsiders with Germany at 6/11 to win the group.

Euro 2016 Group D

Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia

This is one of those major tournament groups which on paper looks as if it will be a bit of a straight forward dull affair with double reigning champions Spain cruising to top spot. They are 6/5 to do so, but there are some tricky challenges coming in from Croatia, who are a technically gifted side and the Czech Republic who topped their qualification group over the likes of Holland and Turkey. The Czech’s will get reunited with Turkey in the group but they aren’t a defensively sound unit so that will put their qualification hopes at risk. The Spaniards should qualify easily enough but there could be an entertaining battle for positions in the group nonetheless because of defensive weakness amongst the other nations. It could be one of the more intense, tightly contested groups.

Euro 2016 Group E

Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Sweden

The Republic of Ireland probably won’t be too disappointed with their draw. They are trading at 23/10 to qualify. On the surface of things, getting drawn in a group alongside Italy and Sweden would seem a pretty tough thing, but there’s not much for the Irish to be afraid of here. Yes, the game against Belgium is going to be their toughest and the Red Devils are likely to deliver on their 13/10 favouritism to top the group, but the Italy aren’t a big threat and can be picked off and if you keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic quiet then you always have a chance against the Swedes. Really right group in this one with Italy at 2/5 and Sweden at 6/4 to qualify.

Euro 2016 Group F

Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Hungary

Portugal are top seeds in Euro 2016 Group F and they are 6/5 to finish as winners. They had such an easy group in qualifying though and made hard work of it that it may be worth looking towards Austria to pull off a group win at 11/4. The Austrians were the surprise package of qualifying, their positive play landing them top place in their qualifying group over Russia and Sweden. They should join Portugal in the next round leaving a scrap between Iceland and Hungary for the spoils of third. Not much to choose between them, but Iceland turned in some impressive performances in their tough qualification group. You can see a lot drawn matches being played out in this group.

Euro 2016 Outright Winner Odds

Germany are running as 10/3 outright favourites for Euro 2016 with host nation France at 11/4 behind them. Reigning European Champions Spain are 9/2 and that makes up the numbers for nations currently priced under double figure in Euro 2016 outright betting.

Germany 10/3, France 11/4, Spain 9/2, England 10/1, Belgium 12/1, Portugal 16/1, Italy 20/1, Croatia 25/1, Austria 33/1, 66/1 bar

Euro 2016 Top Goalscorer Odds

There will be a dazzling array of attacking talent on show at Euro 2016 and it is usually whoever gets off to the quickest start will get closest to the Golden Boot. Another key factor is looking at a player on a team who is likely to go deep in the contest. The brilliant Thomas Muller is 6/1 early favourite in the Euro 2016 Top Goalscorer market, following by the scoring talent of Cristiano Ronaldo at 7/1. Surprisingly on France’s Antoine Griezmann comes in at 8/1 in single figures then leading the chasing pack is Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku at 12/1, Olivier Giroud at 14/1 and Poland’s Robert Lewandowski at 16/1. At Euro 2012 six players (including Ronaldo) finished with 3 goals each as top scorers. England’s Wayne Rooney is a massive 40/1 poke, with Harry Kane shorter at 33/1.

13th December 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Football Betting

Spain v England Betting Preview

The Three Lions can actually get to test themselves against some good opposition. After cruising to ten twins from ten in their easy Euro 2016 qualification group, England will pit their wits on the road against the reigning European champions. Both sides can boast some pretty good form, but will England be able to replicate their positive form when they take on one of the elite sides in the world? This may answer a few questions about England’s real current status.

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Spain v England Betting Tips

How will the Three Lions measure up in this contest? England are on a great winning streak of five matches and they have gone unbeaten across their last fifteen played, which includes the ten wins which they picked up during their perfect Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Of course, they didn’t face any one of Spain’s quality through that and simply didn’t get tested by any of their opposition there. England boss Roy Hodgson has some injury issues to compensate for as his side defends its long unbeaten streak against Spain and then France. Phil Jagielka, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Ings are all out through injury. Only five players in the squad have won more than the 18 caps that Raheem Sterling has won for his country.

So not a great deal of experience around, but there are some great positives in looking to the future with the youth that England have. Along with Sterling, who is determined to improve his goal output, England can take a look at the likes of Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, Eric Dier and Harry Kane. When Jack Grealish gets clearance he will add to a great young midfield. Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who is in a hot scoring streak at the moment is 5/2 in the anytime goalscorer market, the same price as England’s record scorer Wayne Rooney. Jamie Vardy is a 3/1 poke. This isn’t a game where you would expect a hatful of goals, though because three of Spain’s last four friendly matches have featured two goals or fewer.

The last four games in Spain between these two have gone under 2.5 goals and you can back Friday’s game to go under the goal line for 8/13 with Boylesports. Spain are in great form at the moment, currently run on a six-match winning streak. Impressively during that run, they have shipped just the one goal as well. At home in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, they averaged exactly three goals per game and conceded just the one goal in their five home fixtures. That’s going to be tough for England to break down. Chelsea’s Diego Costa has been recalled and he is a 2/1 anytime goalscorer option, the same price as Paco Alcacer and Alvaro Morata. This isn’t going to be an easy trip to Alicante for England.

Spain v England Betting Odds

Spain 7/10, Draw 13/5, England 4/1

Spain v England Predictions

Some big questions should be asked of England here, even though it is a friendly. Spain are defensively tight and will control most of the possession in the game. England at the end of the day may be more concerned about not losing their unbeaten streak than pushing for the win. A Spain 1-0 correct score has big appeal at 9/2.

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12th November 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

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