There are three games to enjoy today at the European Championships, if enjoy is the right word after watching John Stones put an unchallenged header onto the post from six yards out last night, depriving us of a 20/1 winner. We’re not bitter!
First up sees France take on Hungary in Budapest. The World Cup winners kicked off their Euro 2020 campaign with a victory over Germany in Munich, and looked very sound defensively in doing so, while the Hungarians packed their defence in trying, ultimately in vain, to keep the Portuguese out.
We think this could follow a similar pattern, but we were very impressed with the way Kylian Mbappe took his goal his offside ‘goal’. The French star looks in top form, and we’ll take a punt that he follows in Ronaldo’s footsteps and scores a double today.
The next game has the potential to be a classic, Portugal versus Germany in Munich. The Germans need to win after their defeat by France, while the Portuguese are siting pretty after their 3-0 opening win against Hungary.
German manager Joachim Low has said his team must be “more vigorous” in attack if they are to beat Portugal, and they surely do after looking pretty toothless against the French. But going forward with gay abandon could leave an ageing central defence vulnerable against a talented Portuguese attack.
Superstar Ronaldo is all the rage as he became the all-time top European Championship goalscorer when he netted twice in Portugal’s first game, but his odds are tight. We’re going to side with Diogo Jota getting on the scoresheet today.
The late game sees Spain take on Poland in Seville.
Both sides will have been disappointed with their first game, the Poles losing to Slovakia while the Spanish were held to a goalless draw by the Swedes. We see Spain as being the team that rebounds tonight, as the Poles are not as defensively disciplined as Sweden and are unlikely to keep out talented opponents.
Although Ferran Torres drew a blank in the opening game, he has been in top form and has scored six international goals already in his short career. We’ll side with the Manchester City star again. He’s best priced at 5/2 to score, but we’ll take a punt at a big price that he nets a brace.
Mbappe (France) to score a brace, 1 pt, at 7/1, William Hill
Jota (Portugal) to score anytime, 1 pt, at 4/1, William Hill
Torres (Spain) to score a brace at 16/1, SkyBet