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Bettingpro.com's writers offer free Euro 2020 betting tips and expert predictions for qualifying and the tournament itself. Check our profitability and get our latest betting tips & predictions.

Wales v Slovakia (Sunday 14:00 GMT)

Wales’ warm-up for their opening Euro 2020 qualifier was hardly stirring stuff – they needed an added-time goal from Ben Woodburn to snatch a 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago in a friendly match. However, we should not read too much into that result because manager Ryan Giggs did take the decision to rest his star names to keep them fresh for what is a much more important match, this meeting with Slovakia. Wales desperately need to make a promising start to their qualifying campaign, but their form under Giggs has not been great – they have only managed to beat China, a poor Republic of Ireland side (twice) and Trinidad. There have been plenty of defeats in that time, including a loss to Albania, so it is rather difficult to have much confidence in them here. Visitors Slovakia go into the match having beaten Hungary in their opening qualifier at the weekend, meaning confidence in the camp is high, but their away record over the past few years has been woeful. The Slovakians have not won on foreign soil for almost two years so I do not expect them to claim of the spoils here. However, they did earn a draw when they visited Sweden for a friendly last October and a point here, making it four points from two games, would be a result they would probably take right now. I expect them to turn up in Wales, park the bus in an attempt to stop Gareth Bale and escape with a point. When the final whistle blows it will be ‘mission accomplished’ for them.

Northern Ireland v Belarus (Sunday 19:45 GMT)

Northern Ireland delivered a winning bet for me in their opening qualifying match as second-half goals from Niall McGinn and Steven Davis lifted them to a 2-0 win over Estonia, and it was no real shock. This is the way Northern Ireland have operated since Michael O’Neill took the reins and it has been highly successful for them, so does anybody expect to see anything different when Belarus pay a visit to Windsor Park on Sunday night? The visitors kicked off their qualifying campaign earlier this week and they could not have asked for a much tougher fixture than a trip to face a Netherlands national team that are enjoying a resurgence after a miserable few years that saw them miss out on back-to-back tournaments. The Belarusians found themselves one down after only one minute and it did not get any better from there as the Netherlands rattled in three more to run out comfortable 4-0 winners. Northern Ireland clearly are not in the same class as that Dutch team, but Belarus are going to find it very difficult to find a way through that resolute Irish rear-guard and that makes a point probably the best they can hope for. I expect them to go home empty-handed though. Northern Ireland have become very reliable when it comes to grinding out wins on their own patch to I am going to stick with the bet that landed me a winner on Thursday night – Northern Ireland to win to nil.

San Marino v Scotland (Sunday 17:00 GMT)

The rest of the world may be in shock, but after over 30 years of supporting the Scotland national team it really is not that surprising when they embarrass themselves. Did I expect to be writing this on the back of a loss to Kazakhstan? No. Am I surprised that they did lose? No. I am shocked by the 3-0 score and the manner of the loss? Yes. It was truly awful stuff and the hosts could have scored a lot more than three had they not took their foot off the gas and cruised through much of the game. They took mercy on the Scots, who must now somehow lift themselves after one of the worst results in the history of the national team. But can they? Right now I have no clue what to expect. Alex McLeish is a dead man walking – he looks completely lost with no ideas, and the players that do still want to play for the country seemingly have no idea what they are doing. It is a pitiful state of affairs. Last year they bounced back from an embarrassing defeat in Israel to thrash the Albanians, so you could make a case for them bouncing back with a victory in San Marino. They should beat San Marino. But then again, they should have beaten Kazakhstan and look how that turned out. This does feel like a game Scotland will win, but as they Altar Bridge song goes, all hope is gone. I give up trying to predict what they will do, so instead I am simply going to back James Forrest to play a goal-scoring role. The Celtic ace has scored five goals in his last three appearances and although he failed to make any impression in Astana, he could come to life against San Marino. 

Montenegro v England (Monday 19:45 GMT)

I thought England would run out fairly comfortable winners against the Czech Republic in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier. I was wrong. The Three Lions blew their Czech mates away as Raheem Sterling helped fire the national team to a stunning 5-0 victory that will have sent a message to the rest of Europe. Now, there is still much more football to be played and England will come up against much tougher opposition in their quest to be crowned European champions, but that performance, on the back of superb showings in the World Cup and the UEFA Nations League, suggests Gareth Southgate’s current crop are major contenders for the next two major international events, the Nations League Finals and Euro 2020 itself. They will look to keep the good times going when they continue their qualifying campaign with a trip to Montenegro and it feels like only a fool would take on the Three Lions right now. Southgate’s men have gone six games unbeaten since the World Cup, beating some very good opposition along the way, and they have won their last four games by a combined score of 13-3. Montenegro, meanwhile, narrowly avoided relegation in the Nations League after losing three of their final four games and they go into this match on the back of a 1-1 draw in their opening qualifier. Montenegro did hold England to a 1-1 draw on home soil in World Cup qualifying almost six years ago to this day, but this current Three Lions group is one of the very best the nation has boasted for quite some time and they are brimming with confidence right now. Therefore I expect England to make it two wins from two games in pretty comfortable fashion.

Republic of Ireland v Georgia (Tuesday 19:45 GMT)

As expected the Republic of Ireland made a winning start to their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign at the weekend, but it was hardly scintillating stuff from Mick McCarthy’s side who needed a second-half goal from Jeff Hendrick to finally see off minnows Gibraltar. The hosts are considered the whipping boys of this group and that is no surprise when you consider some of the heavy defeats they have suffered since arriving on the international scene a few years ago, so Ireland went into the match as overwhelming favourites despite a poor run of form. They lacked a cutting edge up front though as they laboured to victory, and that will have supporters worried about their chances of qualifying for the Euros via this method because they have some tricky opposition in the group in the likes of Switzerland and Denmark. Their opponents on Tuesday, Georgia, do not fall into that category and they go into this match on the back of a 2-0 defeat at home to Switzerland. However, they had been in pretty decent form prior to that, going six games without defeat in the Nations League, and they did hold Ireland to a 1-1 draw when these two teams met in World Cup qualifying back in September 2017. They also made the Irish work for a 1-0 win when the two teams met in Dublin earlier in the campaign, so given the home side’s lack of attacking edge going into this one, we could see another low-scoring encounter between these two teams. Georgia were able to keep the Swiss out until the second half at the weekend and they could repeat that here.

PREVIOUS EURO 2020 QUALIFYING TIPS

DateTip 1Tip 2Tip 3Tip 4Tip 5Profit/Loss
10pt Stake
March 21-23Scotland & -3.5 Goals @ 13/10N Ireland win to nil @ 20/21Netherlands -2 to win @ 23/20England win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 @ EVSIreland -4 to win @ 5/2U8.98
March 24-26Wales v Slovakia - Draw @ 23/10N Ireland win to nil @ 7/5San Marino v Scotland - Forrest anytime @ 10/11England -1 to win @ 6/5Ireland v Georgia - Draw at HT @ 11/10

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EURO 2020 BETTING TIPS GUIDE: HOW TO BET ON EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

The next European Championship takes place in 2020 and not only can you bet on every single match that takes in qualifying and at the tournament itself, you can also bet on a number of outright betting markets ranging from the winner of the tournament to who will appear in the final.

Here is a guide to our favourite betting markets, which we will be using regularly when offering our Euro 2020 betting tips…

Outright Euro 2020 Betting Markets

Euro 2020 Winner

The name of this market says it all – you are simply betting on who will be crowned European champions. The usual suspects are at the head of the betting, but that does not mean you cannot make a healthy profit by successfully backing one of them because the bookmakers do not tend to go short with their odds prior to the tournament. For example, at the time of writing current world champions France were being priced up as 4/1 favourites, the likes of Spain and England were available at prices as big as 6/1 and 5/1 respectively. So no matter who you back, a tidy profit is on the cards if you successfully predict the winner before the tournament unfolds. And if you want to wait and see how teams perform in the finals you can because this tournament will be available up until the final itself. However, the odds for the leaders will undoubtedly shorten as the action unfolds. 

Name The Finalists

Perhaps you cannot decide between two teams – so why not back them both to reach the final instead? The ‘Name The Finalists’ betting market is simple, you bet on which two teams will go head-to-head for the trophy in the final of Euro 2020. This market offers an opportunity to make a very healthy profit because there is added risk in you needing two teams to reach the final for this to be a winning bet. But if you back a winner you will give your account a healthy shot in the arm, even if you successfully backed the shortest priced final. But of course, once the tournament is underway these odds are likely to shorten.

To Reach Final

This Euro 2020 betting market is very similar to the ‘Name The Finalists’ one, but in this instance you only need to select one team to be in action in the final of Euro 2020. Fancy England to go all the way to the final but not completely convinced they will win it all? If so then this is market for you. However, the odds in this market are a good deal shorter than those available in the ‘Name The Finalists’ because there is less risk. They are backable though, but just like the two markets I mentioned before they will get shorter as the tournament unfolds.

Group Winner

The first three markets I have discussed will not lead to a pay-out until the very end of the tournament, but if you want to bet on an outright market that pays out before the final then the ‘Group Winner’ one is the Euro 2020 betting market for you. It is simple – just pick a group you wish to bet on and back a team to finish top of the table after all three rounds of fixtures have been played. However, if you are looking to make a profit betting on this market you may have to be selective in which groups you bet on because some will have clear favourites and others will be a lot more competitive.

Euro 2020 Match Betting Markets

Winner

Football betting markets do not come much more simpler than this one – you are simply backing a team to win the game or for the match to end in a draw. This market will be available for every match during Euro 2020 qualifying and the tournament itself, but it goes without saying that sometimes it will not offer the most appealing odds. The best chance of making a decent profit in this market comes from what the bookmakers perceive to be a very competitive market – for example, England v France or Spain v Italy. If a match looks to be one sided then there will be one clear favourite and that team’s odds will not be appealing.

Handicap

The handicap market is very similar to the ‘Winner’ market, but in this instance you are backing a team to overcome a fictional handicap. For example, Belgium are 3/10 to beat Russia, but that price offers very little in the way of appeal. However, you can still back the Belgians to win the match, at a better price, thanks to the handicap market. In this instance, Belgium -2 to win the match is available at 11/5. So what does the -2 mean? It means Russia will start the game with a fictional 2-0 lead and Belgium must win by three goals in order to erase the deficit and win the match, landing you a winning bet. On the opposite side, you may believe Belgium will win by a single goal so you could go Russia +2, which is available at 4/5 money. That means if Belgium win the match 1-0 on the field, Russia will actually be 2-1 winners in terms of your bet once the two-goal handicap is applied.

Half-Time/Full-Time

Another way to back a team to win at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market is to dive into the Half-time/Full-time market. This market requires you to bet on who you think will be winning at half-time and full-time in the match. So for example, you may believe England and the Czech Republic will be drawing at half-time but fancy England to be in front at full-time. Therefore the selection you would make would be Draw/England, which is available at5/2. This market can offer a great way to make a healthy profit because you need two things to happen for it to be a winner.

Winning Margin

Winning margin is another way to back a team at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ betting market – and just like the previous markets I have mentioned this is straightforward. You are merely betting on how many goals a team will win by – Spain to win by 1 goal, Spain to win by 2 goals, Spain to win by 3 goals more etc. So instead of backing Spain to beat Norway, which hardly offers tempting odds, you may fancy them run out comfortable winners by two goals. Backing Spain to win by 2 goals in this instance would give their odds of winning match much more appeal at 3/1.

Total Goals

The outcome of the match does not matter as far as this betting market is confirmed – you are merely betting on how many goals will be scored in total. So for example, if you are expecting to see at least two goals you could back Over 1.5 Total Goals, or you may expect to see three or less so you would select Under 3.5 Total Goals. The prices in this market will obviously vary from match to match, so while it may offer a tempting price in one Euro 2020 game it may not be particularly appealing in another.

Both Teams To Score

Just like ‘Total Goals’, this football betting market is not affected by the outcome of a match. When betting on this market you simply need both teams involved in the game to find the back of the net – it does not matter how many times they both score, each team just needs to score at least once. Of course, just like ‘Total Goals’ the appeal of this market will vary from match to match. For example, the odds on both teams scoring will be bigger if one team has a rock-solid defence that rarely concedes, while the price will be short if the match is features to two teams with leaky rearguards.

Match Result & Both Teams To Score

This market combines two of the previous markets I have mentioned – Winner and Both Teams To Score. It is straightforward though and it does offer another opportunity to back a match outcome at a bigger price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market. In this instance, all you are doing is betting on the outcome of the match and whether or not both teams will score. So for example, you may expect odds-on favourites Belgium to beat Russia but want a bigger price than 3/10. By going into this market you can get 2/1 on Belgium to win & both teams to score. For this bet to win you just need Russia to score in a losing effort. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of both teams scoring.

Match Result & Over/Under Total Goals

This is very similar to the last market I wrote about, but instead of backing both teams to score you are simply betting on who will win and how many goals will be scored in the match. For example, when England face the Czech Republic you may be expecting the Three Lions to win a match that sees at least three goals. Therefore you would back England/Over 2.5 in this market at odds of 6/5. It does not matter if England win 3-0, 2-1 of 10-0 – as long as they are victorious and three total goals are scored then your bet would be a winner. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of goals being scored in the match. 

First Goalscorer

First Goalscorer betting remains one of the most popular forms of betting when it comes to football matches. This market will be available for every single Euro 2020 match and it offers a great opportunity to make a healthy profit because you are simple betting on who will break the deadlock with the game’s first goal. With 20 outfield players on the pitch when the match gets underway, there are plenty of players to choose from and that means even the very best players will be available at backable prices. But perhaps you like the look of a goal-scoring midfielder – his odds could be rather sizeable and if he does break the deadlock you will enjoy a very tidy return.

Anytime Goalscorer

Odds in this market are shorter than the First Goalscorer market because you are merely betting on a player to score in the match. It does not matter if he nets first, second, third or last – as long as he finds the back of the net your bet will be a winner. Big name players are usually at short odds in this market, so you often have to be a little creative when picking out a goalscorer. Perhaps one team is excellent at set-pieces, bringing a defender into play in this market at a big price? Or perhaps a side has a midfielder with a knack for ghosting into the box and grabbing a goal here and there? This market can offer good rewards when you successfully back a player that is not exactly prolific in front of goal.

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