Qualifiers for the Euro 2020 Resume on Friday EveningPublished September 6, 2019 by Florin P
Germany, the Netherlands and Croatia play the most anticipated matches of the Euro 2020 qualifiers on Friday.
The main European championships are on break, but football fans shouldn’t be disappointed because this weekend promises to be spectacular. It starts in formidable fashion, with three exciting matches scheduled at 7:45 PM UK time in groups C, E and I. The most anticipated match of the day is Germany against the Netherlands, but the games involving Croatia, Slovakia, Russia and Scotland are also worth watching.
Germany Welcomes the Netherlands in the Friday Derby
Group C is currently led by the Republic of Ireland, even though Germany and the Netherlands are a part of it. Both of them have the quality needed to overtake their leaders, but losing this match would seriously hurt their chances. These two nations have met on 43 occasions over the years and even though Germany has a slight advantage, the difference is negligible. They have won the last match in the qualifiers by the narrowest of margins and are hoping for a similar outcome, as they have home pitch advantage. bet365 Sports offers even odds on Germany to win, while pricing a victory for the Netherlands at 5/2.
Croatia has a Tough Mission on the Road against Slovakia
Croatia and Slovakia are tied for the second place in Group E and the winner of this match will challenge Hungary for the lead. Wales is just two points behind, but Bale’s team could return to his winning ways, so the race for the second place is very much alive. Croatia has played the World Cup final, so even though the team plays on the road, it is credited with the first chance by 888 Sport. Odds of 6/5 are surely exciting, but the same can be said about the 3/1 odds offered on Slovakia to win. Our take for this match is a low scoring draw, due to the high-stakes and the outcome is priced at 11/5 by the same bookmaker.
Russia and Scotland Play for the 2nd Place in Group I
Hosting the World Cup has the advantage of guaranteeing a presence at the main event, a perk that Russia has fully enjoyed last year. This time, there is no guarantee that the Eastern Europeans will play at the Euro 2020, so they are hard-pressed to defeat Scotland on the road. They have three points more than their opponents, but these will only motivate the Scots even more. Russia has at least on paper, the better starting formation, but the team doesn’t perform well on the road. Under these circumstances, the odds of 17/10 offered by Intertops Sportsbook on each team to win are fully justified. Splitting points isn’t exactly the worst-case scenario for either team so if the match stays tied long enough, odds of 2/1 will pay off.