Euro 2016 Gameday 6 Analysis & Overview
Euro 2016 Betting Lines & Predictions
By Matt Pitt
Russia (+137) versus Slovakia (+210)
Russia take on Slovakia in the early kickoff (14:00 CET) on June 15, with the Stade Pierre Mauroy being the venue for this Group B clash, knowing that a victory would put rivals England under huge pressure in their game the following day.
The Russians drew 1-1 in their opening game with England, but needed an injury time equalizer to grab a share of the points. Russia were bitterly disappointing in that match, adopting a negative style of play, and were lucky to come away with anything from the game.
Worryingly for Russian fans, their team has only kept two clean sheets in their past 16 games in the European Championships finals, and the Slovakian attack has plenty of pace so forget the fact there have only been seven goals between these sides in seven meetings. This fixture could the net bulging a few times.
Slovakia went down 2-1 to Wales in their opening fixture, collecting five yellow cards along the way. Slovakia gave a good account of themselves and managed 13 shots on goal, although only three troubled the Welsh goalkeeper.
While Russia would be happy with a point, Slovakia need all three, which means they are likely to be on the all-out attack. With that in mind, we are backing a Slovakia victory.
Romania (+225) versus Switzerland (+137)
If ever a soccer match had draw written all over it, it would be the Romania versus Switzerland game in Paris.
Romania lost 2-1 to France in the Euro 2016 opening game, although it took an 89th minute goal from Dimitri Payet to beat them. While France were quite flat, Romania showed why they had one of the best defensive record in qualifying, and may count themselves unlucky not to earn a point.
Switzerland made hard work of their game against a 10-man Albania, but came away with all three points courtesy of a Fabian Schar’s header. The Swiss were wasteful in front of goal, which combined with Romania’s solid defence, means a low scoring game is likely here.
The tie can be had at around +210 with the under 1.5 goals market priced at +160. You can also back there to be no goalscorer at +500, with a 0-0 draw available at +650.
Pick: Tie (+210)
France (-500) versus Albania (+1800)
Although they picked up all three points in their opening fixture, France did not look convincing against Romania, but they should make light work of a poor Albania side. Scoring goals is hardly ever a problem for the French, and I expect several to be scored in this game, which if France win will all but seal their qualification to the knockout stages.
Olivier Giroud is +333 to open the scoring, with Antoine Griezmann +400, with odds of -105 and +120 for them to score at any point in the 90-minutes. Giroud is in form and has a good record against weaker opposition, so we wouldn’t blame you for betting on the Arsenal frontman to add to his international tally.
Bookies seem to think the most likely scoreline is going to be 2-0 to France at +400 with 3-0 available at +650. Should you think Albania could sneak it 1-0, you will get odds of +3500, but you would be better off donating the money to charity because you will not see a return on that investment.