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So, we’ve now seen which club side has dominated Europe. Right now, the focus is back on the national sides and we look ahead to Euro 2020, which is now less than two weeks away.
But, as a fan of the Irish national side, I’m only too aware that not all sides will live up to expectations. And more to the point on that, some absolutely will and that can be equally deflating. The European Championships are all about those special moments. And the goals that live forever. But, of course, that is suggesting that you score in the first place.
Here’s a look at the best bets for sides to score the most and the fewest goals of the tournament this summer. Giddy up!
What you absolutely need to have onside for this bet is an easy opening game. The Netherland face off against Ukraine before tussling with Austria and then North Macedonia. It’s a lovely run of games and because of the nature of the seeding for the last 16, it’s an absolute dream to play North Macedonia last as they’ll likely still be in the running for third, so they’ll have to open up.
Another important element of this is that the Dutch side don’t have a single goal threat – they come from all over the park.
Every single player in their front six is capable of scoring goals, whereas some sides will rely on the form of a marksman. Given they’re an absolute certainty to qualify from the group too, you’ll get another game out of them too.
I know they’re the favourites for this, but the odds on a side not scoring in games against Portugal, France and Germany feels good to me. Their squad is paper-thin in terms of quality depth too – and the only member of that Euro 2020 bunch that have scored double-digit times for their country is Mainz striker Adam Szalai. He’s 34 in December.
The best part about backing them is that the three sides above them will absolutely be conservative in how they play the game because they’re possession-based sides who control games.
Forget Hungary grabbing a goal, they might not complete a pass in the opposition half all tournament. If you’re from Budapest and you’re reading this, I humbly apologise – but they only scored more than once in qualifying against basement side Azerbaijan, and that freak win over Croatia.
It was the handiest group in the entire Euros qualifying and they still came second-bottom. Makes you think.
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