Is this the beginning of the end?
We’re back where we started, just without any of the hope, excitement and self-respect we had when we started this quest for greatness.
France win/both teams to score - £4 stake WINNER returns £14.32
France 3-1 - £1 stake LOSER
Switzerland to beat Albania – 6-7 £14.32 Stake WINNER returns £26.59
Poland to beat NI – 3-4 £16.59 Stake WINNER returns £29.03
Spain to win to nil - 11-10 £15 Stake WINNER returns £31.50 Spain to win both halves - 12-5 Stake £9.03 LOSER
Portugal to win to nil - 21-20 £16.50 Stake LOSER
France to win both halves - 7-4 £15 Stake LOSER
Ukraine to win to nil 7-5 £10 Stake LOSER
Our limited funds means we really cannot afford any more slip-ups and perhaps more worryingly we must go on the hunt for a big(ish) priced winner to get us back on track (whatever that track is, we certainly can’t find it on any map or sat nav).
The new format at these Euros has made it difficult for punters. Teams with three points in the bag from their first game appear to be happy to settle for just not being beaten, due to the fact 4 points pretty much sees you through to the next round. With that in mind it’s with a certain amount of trepidation that we delve into today’s fixtures.
Italy put in a very Italian performance against the much touted Belgians in their first game with their back three of Barzagili, Bonucci and Chellini impressing. Meanwhile, Sweden struggled to break down a defence of John O’Shea and Ciaran Clarke…
There’s an argument the Italians could suffer a hangover from their opening game success but the way their team functions, it’s hard to see Sweden capilisiing even if that does happen.
Croatia are a very good side and impressed plenty against Turkey in their opener. Admittedly Turkey were pretty awful but the quality of the Croatian midfield means they will fancy going deep into the knockout stages of this tournament.
The Czechs put in a brave performance against Spain but ultimately conceded late on in a game where they showed little threat going forward. That result means they now need a win to stand any chance of qualifying so we should at least see them come out of their defensive shell, which in turn should work in Croatia’s favour.
So where does that leave us? With an Italy/Croatia double of course. Half of the pot will be staked at odds of just over 3/1 (4.33) and we’ll retreat back to our dark room to continue our gentle yet cathartic sobbing.
Selection: Italy/Croatia double