Betting: Ronaldo to bag a brace? England to win but concede vs. Czech Republic?
The Euro 2020 trail takes England to Czech Republic next on a busy weekend of international action, and our in-form column has all the best betting angles covered.
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After a perfect five-game start to England's qualifying campaign, Gareth Southgate may elect to shuffle his pack when England take on Czech Republic on Friday evening. Their opponents have scored nine goals in their five qualifying matches so should not be underestimated on home soil, despite the fact England cruised to a 5-0 victory when the teams met at Wembley.
Raheem Sterling was the hat-trick hero on that occasion but it's unclear whether the Manchester City man will start on Friday. Fringe players could be given an opportunity by Southgate, whose side are sitting pretty atop Group A.
The Three Lions are 9/20 for the win but the 12/5 odds for England winning and both teams finding the net could be the bet. Patrik Schick -- who is on loan at RB Leipzig from Roma -- is a quality operator and the Czechs can be trusted to at least score once in Prague.
Selection: £5 on England to win and both teams to score at 12/5 with bet365.
The Tasty Treble
Wales' Euro 2020 hopes are already dangling by a thread and they could struggle against a Slovakia side who've won four of their last six outings. The Euro 2016 semifinalists have yet to hit the heights under Ryan Giggs and have scored just two goals in their last six away matches. With this in mind, 31/20 looks a great price on the Slovaks on Thursday evening, especially when you add in that Aaron Ramsey will be missing with a thigh muscle injury.
Elsewhere, both teams to score looks a decent shout at 11/10 when Iceland face France. Iceland were battered 4-0 in the reverse fixture but are a much tougher assignment on home soil and France's defence is not the greatest in world football.
To complete the Treble, "Under 2.5 goals" looks a banker when the Republic of Ireland face Georgia. The Irish are unbeaten in eight matches but tend to set up very defensively so goals could be at a premium in Tbilisi. This European treble with bet365 is paying just shy of 13/2.
Selection: £4 on the treble at 6.49/1 with bet365.
The First Goal Flutter
The defending Euro champions are finally on the move after a sluggish start to qualifying and should be too good for Luxembourg.
Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed four against Lithuania last time out and he's an 11/10 shout to score two or more on Friday. The Juventus striker has scored 93 goals for his country in a fabled career that shows no signs of slowing down just yet.
Selection: £5 on Ronaldo to score 2+ goals at 11/10 with bet365.
The Wildcard Tip
Russia have won five of their six Euro qualifiers and start as warm favourites against Scotland on Thursday evening. The Scots are not great travellers and have been averaging less than a goal a game in this campaign, so 5/1 about a 2-0 win for the hosts at the Luzhniki Stadium looks worth a small punt.
Selection: £2 on Russia to win 2-0 at 5/2 with bet365.
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