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England to nil, Czech Rep and Romania to cover lines
Eric Roberts 2015-03-24 in Football Tips
There are UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches spread across Friday, Saturday and Sunday and one thinks that there is a worthwhile wager to be struck on each of the three days.
No opposition player has scored versus England in its first four UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying games – Jordan Henderson put through his own net in his team’s 3-1 home victory over Slovenia, otherwise the Three Lions would have zero goals against – and one does not fancy Lithuania’s chance of succeeding where Estonia, Slovenia, San Marino and Switzerland failed in earlier preliminary matches.
Ignoring its UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying games versus San Marino because, quite frankly, the microstate should not be clogging up the fixture list, Lithuania has scored just one goal in its qualifying matches against Estonia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Ukraine – a 76th-minute strike that earned it a 1-0 home win over its Estonian neighbours in October.
England is doing what England does – qualifying for a major tournament in statistically impressive fashion – and, while the Three Lions are a long way off being a strong contender for the UEFA Euro 2016 title, they should make short work of beating Lithuania at Wembley Stadium on Friday. PaddyPower is offering odds of 1 about an England win to nil, while dutching the Three Lions 1-0, 2-0 and 3-0 results in a bet that pays odds greater than 1/12.00+1001.001.00-1.00 if one shops around.
Saturday’s best UEFA Euro 2016 bet is the Czech Republic at odds of 83/1001.83-1200.83-1.200.83 with PaddyPower to beat Latvia by more than one goal when the teams clash at Prague’s Eden Arena.
The Czech Republic has one foot in UEFA Euro 2016 following four wins from its first four qualifying games, including maximum points from its home dates with Iceland and the Netherlands. The Czech Republic has scored at least two goals in each of its four UEFA Euro 2016 preliminary matches and it hosts a Latvia side that has registered only one goal in its four qualifying games versus Iceland, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands and Turkey. The Czech Republic met Latvia most recently in 2010 when the Czechs crushed the Latvians 4-1 in Liberec, scoring four second-half goals before giving up an injury-time consolation. Latvia lost 0-6 in the Netherlands four months ago so one thinks that the Czech Republic has a terrific chance of recording a two-goal-plus home triumph.
Similarly, one is keen on a UEFA Euro 2016 handicap line on Sunday when Romania entertains the Faroe Islands at the Stadionul Ilie Oana in Ploiesti, with one’s pick being the home team minus one goal at odds of 3/51.60-1670.60-1.670.60 with BetVictor.
Romania is in control of its UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying group on the back of three wins and one draw plus the truly awful form of UEFA Euro 2004 champion Greece, which is stuck at the bottom of the ladder with one point from a possible 12.
The Faroe Islands stunned Greece 1-0 in its latest UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match but most of its competitive away games have ended in tears recently. The Faroe Islands has lost 13 of its last 17 UEFA Euro and FIFA World Cup road matches by more than one goal and many of its opponents were not as highly ranked as Romania, which is listed at number 14.
England to beat Lithuania to nil
27th March 19:45 GMT
Where to Bet: PaddyPower
Czech Rep -1 to beat Latvia
28thMarch 17:00 GMT
Where to Bet: PaddyPower
Romania -1 to beat Faroe Islands
29th March 17:00 GMT
Where to Bet: BetVictor
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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