With 13 Euro 2020 qualifiers taking place on Tuesday, we delve into the various betting markets in the hope of finding some value amid plenty of games that appear destined to be one-sided affairs. However, Wales and Northern Ireland can both pick up vital away wins.
With Belgium, at home, expected to take care of Scotland, and Germany predicted to have too much for Estonia in Mainz, it’s elsewhere down the fixture list we look as Wales hope to bounce back from a narrow defeat in Croatia when they go to Hungary.
Ryan Giggs‘ side were a tad unfortunate not to get a point off the World Cup finalists on Saturday and, if they play with the same sort of endeavour and application in Budapest, they can come away with an important, hard-fought victory.
Gareth Bale remains the Dragons’ talisman and he will probably have to lead by example against Hungary although he has got good back-up in the shape of exciting youngsters David Brooks, Harry Wilson and Manchester United-bound Daniel James.
Hungary have not lost at home since last June and are unbeaten in their last six in total, winning four. However, Wales could just catch them off guard and record a vital win that would significantly boost their chances of qualification.
Northern Ireland’s qualification campaign for the Euros has begun perfectly, with wins over Estonia home and away and Tuesday’s opponents Belarus already leaving them top of Group C. It’s fair to say they have had a gentle start to their qualifiers, but Michael O’Neill continues to impress as boss with a squad not exactly over-flowing with top-class talent.
What they lack in quality, the Green and White Army make up for in team spirit and work-rate, however, and the visitors can make it four wins from four against a Belarus outfit that have lost their last three.
The Italians are desperate to prove their failure to qualify for last summer’s World Cup was a one-off and the Azzurri have made a fine start to their Euro 2020 campaign, with three wins from three.
A home game against Bosnia is next up and they should have enough to ease to a win to nil in Turin. Roberto Mancini‘s side have won their last four games without conceding and look in much better shape, with the likes of Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne dangerous up front.
Bosnia have failed to score on the road in their last four and have picked up just one win so far in the Euro qualifying campaign, a narrow 2-1 home success over Armenia.