Betting: Euro 2016 QualifiersJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
With the first of the Euro 2016 qualifiers taking place this weekend I’ve taken a look at what you can expect from the games and who you should be betting on. Can England reverse their fortunes after a no-win World Cup campaign?
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Group F Hungary v Northern Ireland – Sunday 17:00
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is insistent that Hungary can be beaten and that a top-three place in Group F – meaning potential qualification for Euro 2016 – is possible.
“We’re not in a very glamorous group and it’ll be tough to get in the top three but it’s not beyond us,” said O’Neill.
Despite excellent performances in 1964 and 1972, Hungary has not since qualified for the European Championships. Northern Ireland, on the other hand, has never sent a team through to the main stages of the competition.
Both teams will be putting forward equally matched teams although Northern Ireland will be missing several of its key players due to injury. Absent players include Stuart Dallas, Ryan Mclaughlin and the young, uncapped midfielder Ben Reeves who showed promise for MK Dons recently in their win over Manchester United in the League Cup. Hull defender Bruce has also ruled himself out of the squad as his wife is due to give birth.
Carl Calls It – If you’re betting, take my advice: Hungary have this one. If you want a really exciting bet, putting £10 on Hungary to win 3-0 will return £92.50 at Betway.
Group D Germany v Scotland – Sunday 19:45
If you’re only planning on betting on one game this weekend then this might be the one. Sorry, Scotland, I’d love to back you but you haven’t got a chance against the three-time Euro winners and current World Champions Germany.
Scotland may have a hope for making the main stage of the competition this year as the group is a real mix, but Germany will win at Sunday’s qualifier.
Carl Calls It – If you’re looking for high returns, Paddy Power have priced a 4-0 Germany victory at 9/1 which will pay out £100.
Group E Switzerland v England – Monday 19:45
Of all of the Euro qualifiers this weekend, this is potentially the hardest to call. I like to think that I’m a patriot and I keep willing England to play better, but with lacklustre shows like the one against Norway on Wednesday, what can we expect from the Three Lions?
On paper, England should win in this pairing at Basel on Monday but more likely it’ll be another drab match.
Carl Calls It – This game might need a bit of added excitement, so check out Paddy Power’s Money Back Specials. I reckon a tenner on Sturridge to score first is your best bet, winning you £60 or your money back.