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England and Wales face tough tasks


Ross Clarke gives insight into weekend sporting action and offers his expert take on some of the best bets to watch

The Euro 2020 round of 16 starts on Saturday night and the home country Wales and England qualifiers now find themselves in the easier half of the draw.

If England beats Germany in the round of 16 on Tuesday, they will be able to avoid the favorites and second favorites of the tournament (France and Italy) until the final. Coral makes England a marginal favorite to win in 90 minutes, with England priced 31/20. Germany can be supported on 10/19 and the draw on 10/21.

I’d rather try my luck at 7/2 for England to win half-time and full-time as England made impressive starts against Croatia and the Czech Republic.

Unlike England, Wales are underdogs at 21/5 to beat Denmark on Saturday night. Coach Rob Page has done well in guiding Wales to this stage but the price to pay for progress seems too high given the relative merits of the two sides.

Denmark may have used the emotion generated by the loss of Christian Eriksen to advance to the squad after their first loss to Finland, but their 4-1 victory over Russia came up against one of the worst teams in the competition.

Denmark don’t have world-class players, and a solid defensive effort from Wales along with a few classy moments from Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey could see them win a close game. The pair are a whopping 40/1 and 50/1 respectively to have an assist and a goal in the game.

Wales have reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016, so they have experience of the later stages. They are 6/1 to repeat this feat. They must first reserve a place in the quarter-finals against the Netherlands or the Czech Republic.

The best match of the weekend is undoubtedly the one where Belgium faces Portugal on Sunday night. It’s hard to overpower Portugal, who started the tournament with an impressive victory over Hungary, then lost dramatically to Germany and played well to secure a 2-2 draw against France.

Cristiano Ronaldo is making a bold bid to be the tournament’s top scorer after scoring five goals in the group stage. It is currently priced on 8/11. The Portugal captain is hoping to capitalize on Belgium’s relatively weak defense, but Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne will have similar ideas heading into the game. The Belgian trio are priced at 7/2, 6/4 and 4/1 to score at any time.

These two teams appear to be equal and it might be advantageous to support the teams to play a 90 minute draw with odds of 9/4. Instead, I’ll take a flyer and come back to Belgium to win overtime at 10/1. Portugal have an aging squad so I would expect them to slow down late with the fresher legs of Belgium dominating.

Get £ 5 free bet on Euro 2020

What better way to celebrate the England-Germany game on Tuesday than by getting a £ 5 free bet with Coral?

The leading bookmaker has an exciting Matchday rewards program where you can claim a £ 5 free bet when you place a different bet every day for three days.

It doesn’t matter if it’s an accumulation bet, a first goalscorer bet or a Build Your Bet. All you have to do is bet £ 5 or more on any European Championship market and for each day you do you will receive a stamp on your Matchday Rewards card. Every time you collect three stamps you receive a £ 5 free bet.

So here is what I will support to get my free bet on the England vs Germany game.

I’ll start with a brace to £ 5 in Saturday’s games, leading Wales to beat Denmark and Italy to beat Austria.

On Sunday, I will take my chances to see the Czech Republic beaten by what appears to be a rejuvenated Dutch team. The Dutch have scored at least twice in their last ten international matches. They have an exciting offensive talent at Memphis Depay, with Gini Wijnaldum playing a much more advanced role than he played in his career at Liverpool. I will take the Netherlands to win 3-0 to 12/1.

Until Monday and I will unlock my £ 5 free bet with a double on Spain and France to beat Croatia and Switzerland respectively.

18+. UK and IRE. Online only. Place a qualifying bet on any international football market from 8:00 a.m. from 06/02/2021 to 06/10/2021 for a stamp. Plus, get a stamp for each day you place a qualifying bet at 1/2 min odds on any Euro 2020 market between 06/11/2021 and 07/11/2021. Maximum one stamp per player per day. Maximum 30 stamps in total. Get a free bet every three stamps. Free bet valid for seven days. No withdrawal. The stake did not return. Bet type restrictions and exclusions apply. The T & Cs apply.

Big bets

  • 21/5 Wales beat Denmark
  • 1/10 Belgium win in extra time
  • 7/2 England will lead part time and full time