Although it was inevitable that this would happen it’s still hit us hard. There’s a sombre mood in the office with not much eye contact being made. The important thing now though is how we bounce back. We mustn’t panic. Instead we need to get back to basics and get back on the profit train ASAP.
We can (and will) however, take some consolation from the fact we did warn you Austria were a tad overrated and it was great to see Gobor Kiraly keep a clean sheet in those wonderful grey joggers he sports so well.
We’ve got three fixtures to choose from again today with two tight-looking affairs and the other featuring the shortest-priced favourites in this round of group games. From a betting perspective there’s no obvious acca so we’ll have to explore each game individually.
Russia v Slovakia
Russia failed to impress against England first time out and looked extremely limited going forward whilst Slovakia’s defeat to Wales was a huge blow to their hopes of qualification.
The token selection in this game would be Martin Skrtel to be booked at 2-1. He’s marking that big Russian bloke Artem Dzyuba and as any Liverpool/football fan will tell you, he’s not very good at doing that. Just ask Rudy Gestede…
Switzerland v Romania
Switzerland were lucky to escape with a 1-0 win their opening game against the minnows of Albania and looked seriously blunt up top. The same can be said of Romania who had to rely on a penalty from Bogdan Stancu to get on the scoresheet.
The token selection for this one? A very average 1-1 draw at 11-2.
Now on to the important bit. Where are our pennies going today?
France will beat Albania. I think we can all agree on that. How will they do that? Well that’s where it gets interesting. We’re sticking by the idea Albania won’t score a goal all tournament (now 9-4 from 13-2) so the France to nil market appeals but the price less so at 3-4.
Instead it’s to the market that Spain let us down in the other day. France to win both halves at 7-4. A risky proposition granted Albania will inevitably set up to restrict the French but one we feel the French are up to achieving.
With £35 in the pot we’ll be going ‘big’ again with a £15 stake.
Selection: France to win both halves