Saturday Brings Decisive Matches for the Former Euro ChampionsPublished June 19, 2021 by Florin P
Portugal and France are one step away from breaching the Euro 2020 playoffs, while Germany and Spain play with their backs against the wall.
Group F was right from the start regarded as the strongest one at Euro 2020. France, Germany and Portugal fight for the two places that will send them to the elimination rounds. In Group E, Poland and Spain were supposed to crush opponents, but so far they sit in the third and fourth places. Under these circumstances, Saturday matches are going to be explosive and provide great opportunities for punters.
France is Ready to Advance to the Playoffs
France took advantage of an own goal scored by Germany to secure first place in the most competitive group. The reigning world champions were far from impressive but are expected to do much better against Hungary. Their opponents are completely out of form and in spite of having home pitch advantage, they were crushed by Portugal.
Against France, Hungary should play offensively and they are in dire need of points. Taking any chances up front is likely to backfire badly and further improve the odds of France to win. Punters shouldn’t expect odds higher than 3/10 on France and 9/1 on an upset caused by Hungary at 888 Sport.
Match of the Week: Portugal vs Germany
The most anticipated match of thise week is the one between Germany and Portugal. Scheduled for 5 PM UK time, this game can seal the fate of one of the most accomplished national teams in history. Germany is on the brink of elimination after losing to France and can’t afford another setback against Portugal.
The Germans have two players injured, but none of them are essential for the team. The head to head record favors them, as they won the last three matches against Portugal. 888 Sport justly credits them with the first chance, but the odds of 13/10 are far from appealing. It makes far more sense to bet on Portugal to cause an upset at 23/10, as they have a solid formation with Cristiano Ronaldo upfront.
Spain and Poland Seek Redemption after Early Fails
Spanish fans were frustrated by the scoreless draw recorded by the multiple world and European Champions again Sweden. Spain looked toothless in that match against a team that defended for the entire 90 minutes. They can’t afford another draw against Poland and will come out firing on all cylinders.
Busquets picked up an injury and won’t play in this match, but all the other footballers are fit to play. Spain crushed Poland in all the five matches played so far so the odds of 2/5 offered by bet365 Sports are not surprising. Lewandowski will try to carry Poland to a stunning victory, currently priced at 8/1.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, June 17 at 8 A.M. UK time.