The penultimate round of UEFA European Championship group games will take place from Thursday to Saturday inclusive but all of the best bets are on the first night of action.
Initially UEFA ruled that the European Championship Group F match between Romania and Finland would be played behind closed doors but the governing body has overturned its original decision and now there will be thousands of Romanians cheering on their team in Bucharest.
Both Romania and Finland remain in the hunt for a berth in the UEFA European Championship but it is the former that is in the best health, occupying second place with two rounds remaining, three clear of Hungary and an additional three points ahead of its Thursday guest. Romania is unbeaten in UEFA European Championship Group F, including registering a 2-0 away victory over Finland in October. Also noteworthy is that Romania has conceded just one goal during its UEFA European Championship Group F campaign and that was a late equaliser in its 1-1 home draw with Hungary in October.
The state of the UEFA European Championship Group F ladder and the remaining fixtures means that Finland requires the maximum haul of six points from its two games to hold any hope of qualifying for the main event so the Finns are not going to play for a draw in Romania. But does Finland have the ability to inflict upon Romania its first defeat of the UEFA European Championship Group F program? One thinks not and, following UEFA’s decision to allow home supporters to watch Romania in the flesh as it attempts to inch one step closer to next year’s showpiece in France, one is keen to back Anghel Iordanescu’s side at odds of 73/1001.73-1370.73-1.370.73 with several bookmakers, including Coral.
Thursday’s other interesting UEFA European Championship matches – at least from a punting perspective – are the Group D battle between Scotland and Poland and the Group I clash between Portugal and Denmark. And the same bet type appeals in both games, namely both teams to score.
Scotland has scored in seven of its eight UEFA European Championship Group D games and it has no option other than to go for broke versus Poland in Glasgow – the Scots must overcome the Poles and hope that Ireland does not defeat Germany in Dublin to stay in contention. Poland has netted 29 goals in its seven UEFA European Championship Group D matches and its central striker, Robert Lewandowski, has been banging in goals left, right and centre for Bayern Munchen recently. Poland cannot afford to slip behind Ireland on the UEFA European Championship Group D ladder because those sides meet in the final round of games – everything points to an attractive match that could really open up after the first goal hits the back of the net.
UEFA European Championship Group I contains just five teams and it is Denmark that will be sitting on its hands when the final batch of games take place. Denmark is only one point ahead of Albania, which has two matches up its sleeve, one of which is away to an Armenia side with zero wins, two draws and five losses to its credit. Consequently, Denmark will kick off versus Portugal in Braga thinking that it may need to beat Cristiano Ronaldo and company to guarantee its UEFA European Championship qualification. UEFA European Championship Group I has been one of the lowest scoring pools but one is expecting fireworks in Braga given the predicaments in which Portugal and Denmark find themselves.
Sister bookmakers 888Sport and Unibet are offering nice odds of 27/252.08+1081.081.08-0.93about both Scotland and Poland scoring in their UEFA European Championship Group D game, while Boylesports are top of the shops with generous odds of 6/52.20+1201.201.20-0.83 about both Portugal and Denmark rustling the onion bag in their UEFA European Championship Group I match.
Romania to beat Finland
8th October 19:45 GMT
Scotland v Poland BTTS
8th October 19:45 GMT
Portugal v Denmark BTTS
8th October 19:45 GMT
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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