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Republic of Ireland v Gibraltar (Monday 19:45 BST)

The Republic of Ireland of enjoyed a successful start to life under Mick McCarthy and have already given themselves a serious shot at qualifying automatically for Euro 2020. McCarthy took the reins after a poor Nations League campaign that resulted in the departure of Martin O’Neill, and although the results will hardly send shockwaves through Europe they have now taken seven points from their first three qualifying fixtures. Slender wins in Gibraltar and at home to Georgia saw them take maximum points from their first two fixtures and although they were unable to make it three-out-of-three last Friday night, a 1-1 draw in Denmark is hardly a terrible result. And they almost snatched three points too, only for Kasper Schmeichel to deny James McClean late on. So as you can see, Ireland are certainly heading in the right direction at this time and there is no way I cannot back them to beat Gibraltar in their fourth qualifying outings. However, I am not expecting them to run up a cricket score though. The goals have hardly been flowing for the Irish over the past couple of years and Gibraltar continue to improve. The visitors have conceded more than four times in only one of their last 11 fixtures and they only gave up one when these two nations met in March. That makes backing Ireland to win a match that sees under 4.5 total goals a solid bet for this fixture.

Belarus v Northern Ireland (Tuesday 19:45 BST)

Northern Ireland’s flawless start to World Cup qualifying continued at the weekend as they won in Estonia, but Michael O’Neill’s men made hard work of it and needed goals from Conor Washington and Josh Magennis in the final 13 minutes to cancel out Konstantin Vassiljev’s opener. That was good enough for three points though and it simply has to be considered a huge win for Northern Ireland because they have much tougher tests to pass, namely the Netherlands and Germany, if they want to somehow automatically qualify for next summer’s European Championship. The presence of the Dutch and the Germans in this five-team group makes games like Tuesday’s trip to Belarus must-win encounters for O’Neill’s side and the good news is that the Belarusians have lost all three of their fixtures so far. Granted a couple of them were against the Netherlands and Germany, but those losses were sandwiched by a 2-1 defeat in Northern Ireland back in March so the visitors have already downed Belarus once in this qualifying campaign. Can they do the double though? The Belarusians had their chances in the weekend loss to Germany and the Northern Irish are hardly brilliant travellers – they have won only one of their last eight games on foreign soil. That makes me wary of backing the visitors here. However, they are a team in good form right now and confidence in the camp is high, so I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt and back Northern Ireland for another very important victory.

Belgium v Scotland (Tuesday 19:45 BST)

The Steve Clarke Era began with a victory last Saturday night, but it was hardly vintage stuff from Scotland as they scraped past Cyprus. It was a largely dull and uninspiring performance before Champions League winner Andrew Robertson popped up with a superb opener, and even when they got ahead there were plenty of reasons for the Tartan Army to be nervous as their team looked shaky at the back. It came as no major surprise when the Cypriots took advantage of some dreadful defending on a corner to head in an equaliser late on, but having been pathetic in Kazakhstan and San Marino, Scotland finally showed some sort of mental strength as Oliver Burke pounced on the rebound after he had hit the post, calmly slotting in what proved to be the winner. The Scots had the points they needed and Clarke had enjoyed a successful debut, but does anybody really expect them to build on that with a positive showing against Belgium on Tuesday night? The Belgians made it three wins from three games as they cruised to victory over Kazakhstan at the weekend, and they have now won each of their three qualifying fixtures by at least two goals. They destroyed Scotland 4-0 when these two teams met in a friendly last September and it has now been 32 years since the Scots got the better of the Belgians – I see no reason why that form will change here. Belgium have won the last four meetings with Scotland without conceding a single goal and I thoroughly expect we will see more of the same in this latest encounter.

Hungary v Wales (Tuesday 19:45 BST)

A late fightback proved to be in vain as Wales suffered their first defeat of the qualifying campaign at the weekend. Some poor defending allowed Croatia to take a 2-0 lead inside the opening 50 minutes and although David Brooks was able to haul them back into the game 13 minutes from time, the goal did not prove to be the spark that inspired a completed fightback from the Welsh. Wales now find themselves three points behind the Croatians but perhaps more importantly, they are now three points behind their hosts on Tuesday night. Hungary have bounced back from the opening-night defeat to Slovakia by following up a shock home win over Croatia with a 3-1 win in Azerbaijan and if they can make it three-in-a-row here they will seriously boost their bid for automatic qualification while putting a sizeable dent in Wales’ quest. So who will come out on top in this vital encounter? This is a tough one to call. Hungary have won four straight at home, including that superb win over the Croatians, and Wales are hardly fantastic travellers having won just twice on foreign soil in the last 18 months. However, they have Gareth Bale in the fold and in the blink of an eye he can be the difference between defeat and a draw and the difference between a draw and a win. For those reasons I am ignoring the Match Betting market and backing both teams to score – Wales continue to look naïve at the back at times while the Hungarians do not keep may clean sheets.


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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


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.


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.


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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