Today is the last day of the EURO qualifiers, not counting the Nations League playoffs. We will learn the names of 21 teams that will play next summer in Germany, and three more will come from the aforementioned playoffs. The draw for the European Championship is in Hamburg on December 2nd. The odds and limits were valid at the time the ticket was compiled.
Croatia – Armenia – Croatia/Croatia & Over 2.5 @ 2.06 at Bet9ja
After two defeats in the October qualifiers, against Turkey and Wales, it seemed that nothing depended on Croatia and that they would most likely finish third and have to go into the playoffs. It was necessary for Wales to win both remaining matches, in Yerevan against Armenia and at home against an uninterested Turkey. The Dragons stumbled at the first hurdle and only managed to draw in Armenia. Even the Armenians had their chance, had they celebrated a victory against Wales. Then they would now be chasing a triumph at Maksimir for a spot in the EURO. You can judge for yourself how realistic that was. The draw with Wales knocked both teams out of contention, given that Croatia easily won in Latvia. However, Croatia still needs to beat Armenia to not depend on the outcome of the match in Cardiff, and we are convinced that the third-placed team from the previous World Cup will do just that. They won’t gamble with their reputation and we expect an early resolution of the winner. Our suggestion is Croatia/Croatia & Over 2.5, meaning a transition with goals.
Romania – Switzerland – Switzerland to win @ 2.02 at Bet9ja
Here’s finally some joy for Romanian football fans. Their national team will play in the European Championship in Germany, having not tasted defeat in their first nine matches. They have 5 wins and 4 draws, one of which was achieved in Switzerland when they turned a two-goal deficit into a significant point. Perhaps then they realized they have a squad capable of great achievements, but the match against Israel three days ago was probably decisive. The Israelis played their last two home matches in Budapest, which is one of the reasons they won’t see the EURO. Romania celebrated a 2:1 victory at the Pancho Arena and now plays against Switzerland for the top spot in the group. To stay at the top, a draw is enough for them, since the Sajdžije played a draw with Kosovo at home. Being first in the group brings the benefit of being placed in a better pot at the draw, but the main goal has been achieved for both teams – they will play in the continental championship. Switzerland will want to avenge that draw with Romania and it seems to have a more quality and much more experienced team when it comes to major competitions.
Greece – France – France & Over 1.5 @ 1.89 at Bet9ja
The Greeks are missing out on another major tournament, the one where they achieved their greatest success in history in 2004. Let’s recall, the Greeks became European champions at the tournament played in Portugal, creating one of the biggest football sensations ever. This generation is far from the one led by German coach Otto Rehhagel, with Theodoros Zagorakis being the best individual of the team and the entire championship. The goal for the title was scored by Haristeas in the final against the host. Back then, the Greeks eliminated France in the quarterfinals, but since then, things have drastically changed. The Tricolores have been first and second in the last two World Cups, while the Greeks watched them on television. Greece had a chance in these qualifiers; they needed to beat the Netherlands at home in the last “window” but lost and now must settle for third place. France has a perfect record and will want to maintain it even after the last round. Three days ago, they demolished weak Gibraltar 14:0, setting a record in the qualifiers for the European Championships. They will also win in Greece, but certainly not nearly as convincingly. Our suggestion is an away win with at least two goals by France.