Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you must be a hyper aware of the fact that this year’s European Championships will get under way in France in just over a week’s time. With announcements for final squads being made today before the supposed 11pm deadline, many countries will be playing their final warm-up games this week before all the action kicks off on the 10th of June.
Here at ComeOn! we preview and predict a selection of international friendlies taking place this week.
England v Portugal
When the Three Lions take on Portugal this Thursday, both sets of players will be mindful of the fact that one dangerous slip or fall could cost them their entire European Championships. No one of either side’s 23 man squads wants to be picking up a knock prior to the big event and thus, we can’t see many players exerting themselves too much at Wembley stadium. On paper, these two national sides are as balanced as they come and will both be expected to get knocked out at around the quarter final mark at France in June. A draw at odds of over 2/1 is our betting tip for this game – click here to read a more in depth preview for this match.
Belgium v Finland
Belgium go into this summer’s Euro Championships, possessing arguably the tournament’s strongest roster, at least on paper. With a population of just 11.2 million, the strength in depth Marc Wilmots’ men have is quite impressive. Against a Finland side who were some way short of qualifying for the Euros in a group that contained the likes of Northern Ireland, Romania and Hungary, we see no other winner at the King Baudouin Stadium this week and feel at almost even money, backing Belgium to win and keep a clean sheet looks to be the best bet.
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Denmark
Both these sides would have been bitterly disappointed with missing out on qualification to next month’s European championships. After Bosnia especially, who boast players such as Edin Dzeko and Asmir Begovic in their roster finished third in their Euro qualifying group behind both Wales and Belgium, they will be looking to restore some pride with a victory over opponents Denmark this Friday morning in Japan. At odds of 2/1, we feel backing Bosnia to win inside 90 minutes offers very good value.
Poland v Northern Ireland
Wigan Athletic striker Will Grigg has stole the headlines recently for the viral song that his own set of fans made for him during the Latics’ successful League One campaign which saw them get promoted back to the Championship. His Northern Ireland side have a tricky fixture away at Slovakia this Saturday in a match we fully expect the spoils to be shared in.