UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers Recommended Bets:
|Croatia to beat Wales 2-0||11/2||BetHard|
|Alvaro Morata to score twice vs Faroe Islands||14/5||888Sport|
|France to win and both teams to score||13/5||MansionBet|
The third group matches for Euro 2020 qualification take place this weekend, and with most of the groups tight at the top, this is an opportunity for some teams to start to pull away.
A handful of the favourites are already in pole position and will take some stopping, but an indifferent result here or there could be the difference between qualifying or not.
In total, there are 25 fixtures across the weekend, and we’ll take a look at three of the best of them below.
Croatia to comfortably beat Wales
Group E remains the tightest of all at this point, with Slovakia, Hungary, Wales and Croatia all on three points. Only Azerbaijan have failed to muster a single point at this stage.
The Croats will be without Ivan Rakitic and Nikola Kalinic, but still have more than enough talent in their ranks – Perisic, Modric, Kovacic et al – to cause the Welsh some problems.
Andrej Kramaric may well be the danger man after netting against Spain and England in the Nations League and also against Azerbaijan earlier in qualifying.
Though he’s lacking some match sharpness, thanks to Zinedine Zidane’s decision not to play him, Gareth Bale will be raring to go, and will likely want to prove a point to the paymasters at his club.
He and his team-mates will have to be on top form, however, if they want to get anything out of the game, and with no Aaron Ramsey to drive them forward in midfield, they could have a problem.
Their last three fixtures against Croatia have all ended in defeat, and with two goals scored by Zlatko Dalic’s side in each of those games, back another 2-0 Croatian victory at 11/2 with BetHard.
Alvaro Morata to shine against the Faroes
It looks like the Faroe Islands are already destined to become the whipping boys of Group F, having lost both of their opening games, shipping six goals in the process.
Spain, on the other hand, look as though they mean business as usual, and sit atop the pile, two points clear of second-placed Sweden.
Luis Enrique isn’t expected to attend the match as he continues to deal with a serious personal issue that is being kept under wraps but which requires him to work from home for the foreseeable future.
Having kept in constant contact with his backroom team, Enrique will have received positive reports on Alvaro Morata, and will have no hesitation in putting him up front against the minnows.
Alongside the in-from Rodrigo Moreno of Valencia, the Spaniards will have power and pace up front with which to trouble their hosts.
Gilli Rolantsson and Odmar Faero struggled to cope with Claudiu Keseru in the Faroe’s 4-1 defeat against Romania last time out, and the centre-back pairing have to be much more mobile and demonstrative in their defending if they want to keep Morata from finding the net.
Two goals from the Atletico Madrid man will net a reasonable return if you’ve placed a bet with 888Sport's odds of 14/5.
A “weakened” France to do the business against Turkey
Surprising runners-up to Portugal in the last European Championship, World Cup winners France won’t necessarily be relishing the prospect of facing a Turkey side who are yet to concede a goal in qualifying.
Level with Les Bleus on points, they are only denied top spot by virtue of France’s better goal difference.
Senol Gunes took over the side after a poor Nations League campaign, and the Turks have won four straight games since; two in qualifying and two friendlies, with a combined total of 10 goals scored and only one conceded.
Everton’s Cenk Tosun will relish giving Raphael Varane an uncomfortable night. The Real Madrid defender won’t be beaten in a foot race, however, he still struggles up against a more physical opponent.
Tosun will target him from the off, as he’ll get no change from Varane’s man-mountain of a central defensive partner, Samuel Umtiti.
Though France are missing the likes of Lacazette, Dembele, Martial and Fekir, they can still call upon the services of Mbappe, Griezmann and Pogba to create chances – an enviable line up of talent for Didier Deschamps.
Expect to see a ‘shop window’ performance from Pogba too, as he looks to add value to a potential summer transfer which could see him move on from Manchester United.
It won’t be an easy 90 minutes for the visitors, but they’ll have enough about them to get over the line, even with a goal for the hosts at some point.
France to win and both teams to score is at 13/5 with MansionBet.