UEFA Euro 2020 Betting Odds & Tips: Qualifying Stage
We were so close to a clean sweep from our EPL Week 4 Best Bets with only one selection failing to land. We were just one goal away from getting all four picks, but Arsenal's draw with Tottenham in the North London derby was the only one that did not come in.
The Premier League takes a two-week hiatus for the international break as all focus switches to Euro 2020 qualifying games. There are some intriguing qualifiers being played this week among some of the best national teams in Europe. Hopefully, we can find some winning value bets from the qualifiers and go one better than last week's close run.
UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying Best Bets
|IRL vs SUI - Draw||+210|
|SCT vs RUS - Draw||+200|
|GER vs NED - Both Teams Score||+230|
|Raheem Sterling 2 or more goals||+380|
All odds are current as of publication and subject to change.
PICK 1: Republic of Ireland vs Switzerland Draw
The Republic of Ireland faces its toughest test to date since the return of Mick McCarthy as manager when they take on Switzerland in Dublin. The Republic have picked up three wins and one draw from their opening four qualifiers to give them a solid start to their campaign. McCarthy has helped lift Irish spirits since his return, but the old problems continue with a lack of goals in the team an ongoing issue.
Switzerland has started their qualifying campaign with four points from their opening two games and they performed well in the Nations League losing 3-1 to Portugal and then on penalties to England in the third/fourth place playoff. The Swiss have the better squad on paper, but McCarthy has made Ireland hard to beat again and they would be content with a draw from this encounter to maintain their unbeaten start. I expect a low-scoring affair and honors even at the end of the 90 minutes in Dublin.
PICK 2: Scotland vs Russia Draw
I expect another close encounter when Scotland welcomes Russia to Hampden Park in their latest Euro 2020 qualifier. New Scotland boss Steve Clarke has been given the tough job of trying to guide his team to a first major final since 1998 and they have not made the best start to qualify for next summer's European Championship finals.
Scotland has won two and lost two in opening four qualifiers, but despite indifferent form, it is always a tough nut to crack in front of their home fans. There have been signs of improvement under Clarke's tenure and they will be hoping to maintain that against Russia.
Russia has an experienced squad and they are looking to build on their impressive showing at the 2018 World Cup by reaching another final. Russia has won their last three qualifiers, but their away record is not great and for that reason, I believe they have will to be content with a draw in Scotland.
PICK 3: Germany Win and BTS vs Netherlands
The pick of the Euro 2020 qualifiers sees old enemies Germany and the Netherlands go head-to-head in Hamburg in what promises to be another intriguing clash between these two bitter rivals. These two sides met as recently as March with Germany coming out on top 3-2 against the Netherlands in Amsterdam and Germany will be looking to complete the double over the Dutch.
Germany, in the process of a rebuilding job after a disappointing 2018 World Cup, has won their first three qualifiers and will be keen to put down another marker against the Netherlands.
Ronald Koeman has helped restore Dutch pride after failing to qualify for the last World Cup and they have shown major improvements. They reached the final of this summer's Nations League only to lose to hosts Portugal and they have an exciting young squad which should only get better. Both sides are packed with world-class performers so with that in mind I am expecting an open encounter with goals, but go with Germany to win because of home advantage.
PICK 4: Raheem Sterling 2+ Goals vs Bulgaria
England goes into this game against Bulgaria with two wins in qualifying and this fixture should be another straightforward win for Gareth Southgate's men. England is far and away the best team in this group and should illustrate that superiority with its goal tally against Bulgaria.
England has won both opening two qualifiers 5-0 and 5-1 and struggling Bulgaria should not offer too much resistance to England's star-studded attack. England should create plenty of goalscoring opportunities in this game and with this in mind, I am looking at Raheem Sterling to continue his rich vein of form in front of goal.
🦁🦁🦁 Always an honor 👏🏾 https://t.co/nav1WCkjUq— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) August 29, 2019
Sterling has the season in superb style for Manchester City with five goals and playing just behind Harry Kane for England I feel he can get among the goals against Bulgaria. Sterling has finally won over any doubters of his ability on the international stage and he has scored four goals in England's opening two qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro. With that in mind, I expect him to cause havoc against a struggling Bulgaria defense and add to his eight goals for his country.