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Germany v Italy: Editors’ betting tip
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Germany v Italy: Editors’ betting tip

Germany are the only side to have laid down a real marker at these finals: six goals scored and none conceded. They are often referred to as “The German Machine” and, alongside hosts France, are now considered as the main favourites to lift the trophy. If they are to go all the way they’ll have to make it past Italy here and this looks to the first serious test for Low’s team. Before now they’ve faced Ukraine, Poland, Northern Ireland and Slovakia, none of whom are considered big names, but Italy are. Antonio Conte knows what he is doing. There…

Poland v Portugal: Editors’ betting tip
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Poland v Portugal: Editors’ betting tip

Both Poland and Portugal endured extremely tough games in the Round 16 both, as both were taking into extra time. Poland went all the way to penalties, whereas Portugal managed to take the win a few minutes before spot-kicks were needed. There is no doubt that this extra football would’ve taken plenty out of both sides, so that needs to be factored in here. In such a situation many would suggest that both teams will want to approach this one cautiously and save some of their powers. From a betting point of view the odds on under 2.5 goals are too…

England v Iceland: Editors’ betting tip
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England v Iceland: Editors’ betting tip

This is one fairly unlucky team vs on reasonably lucky one. England shoulder almost all of the struggles of this Euro: first, they conceded a 90 minute goal against Russia which leveled the score (1:1). Then they were punished by Gareth Bale who scored from the free kick – although after that England found the strength to win that game (2:1). And in the end it was a poor draw vs Slovakia (0:0) which left England with 2nd position in Group B. Many pundits say that it’s Roy Hodgson’s tactics that are bringing England down. His extremely late and defensive…

Wales v Northern Ireland: Editors’ betting tip
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Wales v Northern Ireland: Editors’ betting tip

Nobody can now doubt Wales’s quality and they’ve shown themselves to be a solid team, one who can fight with any opponent. Ledley and Allen are able to control the midfield, while Ramsey and Bale are causing problems going forward. Their result against Russia (3:0) confirmed the desire to move forward in this competition. They’ve scored in each of the three games during the group stage and this is what those goals looked like: direct free kick by Bale (1:0 vs Slovakia), shot by Robson-Kanu after Ramsey assist (2:1 vs Slovakia), direct free kick by Bale (1:0 vs England), shot by…

Italy v Ireland: Editors’ betting tip
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Italy v Ireland: Editors’ betting tip

After only two games Italy are now considered by many as title contenders. Antonio Conte’s team is one of those who are yet to concede a goal at this tournament, and have looked a very hard side to beat. The defensive trio of Juventus collective Chiellini-Bonucchi-Barzagli look really impressive: already nullifying the threat of not only Lukaku and Hazard, but the mighty Ibrahimovic too. The Italians aren’t just well organized, but they know how to get a result also. And, having won both of their opening matches, they’re already at the top of the Group E, so they can field…

Switzerland v France: Editors’ betting tip
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Switzerland v France: Editors’ betting tip

France are one of the teams who’ve already made it through to the knockout rounds, but, despite progressing after just two games, two their wins weren’t the most convincing and they look far from the finished article. First they were lucky to defeat Romania (2:1) with Payet’s late 89-minute goal. Then both of their goals vs Albania came at the death on 90 and 96 minutes (2:0). Paul Pogba still can’t find the confidence to rule the midfield, and Didier Deschamps is uncertain about the starting XI as he benched both Pogba and Griezmann for the second game. The Swiss…

Portugal v Austria: Editors’ betting tip
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Portugal v Austria: Editors’ betting tip

Portugal failed to win against Iceland, and that was not exactly what Ronaldo was dreaming about. Everybody could see that the Portuguese captain struggled to hit the levels which really lift his team, and was indeed disappointed with the final result. He’s desperate to win more trophies this year, but it’s clear that Portugal need to do better. The 2nd Euro game for Fernando Santos’ men can be different if they can convert their chances into goals and they can therefore confirm their status as Group F favourites. Ronaldo might not have been at his best last time out, but…

Spain v Turkey: Editors’ betting tip
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Spain v Turkey: Editors’ betting tip

Spain are yet to show their potency, because we can’t say that their win against Czech Republic was solid. But they created a lot of chances, so it’s just a matter of converting these into goals. Turkey, on the other hand, showed nothing special against Croatia, but their determination could be a key factor here. The main question is if Turkey can transform their determination into skills and goals, as opposed to roughness and fouls. The Spaniards are one of the most skillful teams at this tournament and they possess a wealth of talent. They will always try to play with…

Russia v Slovakia: Editors’ betting tip
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Russia v Slovakia: Editors’ betting tip

Russia did manage to take a point against England, but this was largely down to the poor decision making of Roy Hodgson and his team. England should’ve scored more in the game, especially on the counter when leading 1:0, but failing to add fresh forward players into the mix, combined with their attempts to see the game out proved costly. In general Russia were outplayed, especially in the midfield, where Golovin and Neustaedter showcased a lack of team work. Leonid Slutsky is an experienced coach, but no one could understand the role of Kokorin and Smolov on the pitch. These…

Uruguay v Venezuela. Editors’ prediction
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Uruguay v Venezuela. Editors’ prediction

After the unexpected defeat against Mexico (1:3), Oscar Tabarez’ team must improve their group standings. To do that and to reach the play-offs they should show their best qualities against Venezuela and Jamaica, who are ranked much lower. The Uruguayan players can definitely take a lesson from the defeat to Mexico, where they wasted a lot of chances. Even with Luis Suarez out, they are able to show quality football against Venezuela, using the skills of strikers Edinson Cavani and Diego Rolan. So we can expect them to convert their chances to goals. The two Uruguayan centre-backs, Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez, have…

France vs Scotland. Editors’ prediction
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France vs Scotland. Editors’ prediction

France are the main contenders for the Euro’s this summer, and if you’re not Eric Cantona, you can see the attacking power of Didier Deschamps’ team. Even without Karim Benzema (a recent Champions League winner with Real Madrid) France look as though they are capable of defeating just about any opponent. What is more interesting for punters though is that France are absolutely brilliant with goals. In each of their last three games Les Blues have seen no fewer than 16 goals go in at both ends. Each of those three games all had over 4.5 goals too, so it looks as…

UEFA EURO 2016: Group C betting preview
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UEFA EURO 2016: Group C betting preview

Making one of these four favourites for Group C was a seemingly easy task for bookmakers, and it is World Champions Germany who’ve have been installed as the 1/3 favourites to win this group. Poland’s chances seem almost as small as Ukraine’s and not many can envisage Northern Ireland making the top two let alone finishing first. However is the discrepancy in price between the Germans and the Polish correct? The fact that the pair were separated by only one single point in qualifying group suggests that it’s not. Germany As both the current World Cup holders and one of…

UEFA EURO 2016: Germany team preview
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UEFA EURO 2016: Germany team preview

Germany are one of the most decorated teams in terms of European Championship winners medals, having won the tournament in 1972, 1980 and 1996. Above that the Germans won the World Cup in 2014 and with, what looks a very strong squad, will be looking to continue the winning thread. It’s not a surprise that William Hill have them priced as second favourites at odds of 4/1. Many of that World Cup winning squad from four years ago will be in France, with Marco Reus the only notable absentee through injury. Last time in the Euros (2012) the Mannschaft were…

UEFA EURO 2016: Wales team preview
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UEFA EURO 2016: Wales team preview

Qualifying for EURO 2016 is a landmark achievement for Wales, who will play in the finals of a European championships for the first time in history. This is already a huge accomplishment, but Wales will feel that this is only the first step up the footballing ladder and will no doubt be looking to put on a big show in France. The Dragons have improved dramatically over the past few years, and thanks to the management of Chris Coleman and team leaders: Wayne Hennessey, Ashley Williams, Aaron Ramsey and of course Gareth Bale, Wales are now ranked by FIFA at…

UEFA EURO 2016: Slovakia team preview
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UEFA EURO 2016: Slovakia team preview

This is going to be the first ever European championships for Slovakia since they became recognised by UEFA as a country in their own right. Undoubtedly they will want to do their country proud by putting in some good performances. As we remember, they performed with credit in their first ever World Cup back in 2010, when finishing 2nd in the group stage thanks to an incredible 3-2 win against Italy (3:2). They certainly weren’t disgraced by their Round of 16 exit either, as they were edged out 2-1 against the eventual runners-up Netherlands (1:2). Following that good showing, the…

UEFA EURO 2016: Poland team preview
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UEFA EURO 2016: Poland team preview

The current Poland team is considered by many as the strongest team they’ve had in recent years. Lead by the ultimate goalscorer Robert Lewandowski, Biale Orly (the White Eagles) are capable of competing with any of Europe’s top teams. Yet they are not seemingly thought of as likely winners in France this summer (50/1 with William Hill), but the status of underdogs can remove any pressure and they might just surprise a few. This time around they look to have a real chance of progressing to the latter stages, unlike their two previous Euros (2008, 2012) where they were halted…

UEFA EURO 2016: Spain team preview
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UEFA EURO 2016: Spain team preview

La Furia Roja (The Red Fury) go into this tournament as one of the favourites. William Hill has them priced at 11/2 to become the European champions, with only Germany and France fancied more. Since announcing their provisional squad, all the talk around the Spain team has been about the decision of their head coach Vicente del Bosque not to include Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Javi Martinez, Diego Costa and, perhaps most surprisingly, Paco Alcacer who was their top scorer in the qualifying. But even without these familiar faces the squad looks strong and still contains players who won both…

UEFA EURO 2016: Belgium team preview
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UEFA EURO 2016: Belgium team preview

The Belgium national team currently boast a squad of extremely talented footballers, considered by many to be their golden generation. The Les Diables Rouges (The Red Devils) are made up mostly of players playing for some of Europe’s top clubs. While it’s also notable that Mark Wilmots’ team is overall pretty young and almost every player in the current squad has a strong of cementing their place for further upcoming tournaments such as the World Cup in 2018 or even Euro 2020. They were considered as one of the favourites prior to the 2014 World Cup, but after a pleasing…

Bookmaker Ratings v WhoScored Tipster Battle: Round 13
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Bookmaker Ratings v WhoScored Tipster Battle: Round 13

Martin’s Tip: Pavel is right to point towards the fact that you should never overlook an underdog in such an important, one-off game for both clubs, but Manchester United will be motivated, without question. It’s 12 years since they lifted the FA Cup, stretching long into the Sir Alex Ferguson era, and Louis van Gaal will want to sign off on a high if he is, as expected, in line for the chop. Indeed, a defeat in the final against Palace would surely seal his fate. Moreover, it’s gone somewhat unnoticed that United actually ended the season in decent form…

Crystal Palace – Manchester United. Editors’ prediction
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Crystal Palace – Manchester United. Editors’ prediction

It’s the 10th FA Cup final at the new Wembley stadium and Manchester United, who’ve won the trophy 11 times, could level with Arsenal (12) if they were to win here. Arsenal, the 14/15 Cup winners, were defeated by Watford in the Sixth Round. But it’s Crystal Palace, who’ve made it to the final match, defeating not only Watford and Reading, but also Tottenham, Stoke City and Southampton. Well deserved. United’s passage to the final was somewhat easier: Sheffield United, Derby, Shrewsbury Town and at last West Ham and Everton. They might have had an easier run through, but on…

Lokomotiv Moscow – Mordovia. Editors’ prediction
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Lokomotiv Moscow – Mordovia. Editors’ prediction

We can see an awful season ending for Lokomotiv Moscow: after the winter break they’ve slipped right out of Top-3 and have since lost any chance of playing in Europe next season. Since their last victory on April 24 Cherevchenko’s men have gained only one point in four league games. Two defeats, against rivals Spartak Moscow and Rostov, have closed the door to Europe for Loko. This being said they did showcase some character in their last game against Zenit (1:1), but that draw hasn’t served to improve their league position. Scoring only two goals in their last four games is…

Liverpool – Chelsea. Editors’ prediction
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Liverpool – Chelsea. Editors’ prediction

Liverpool have shown, time and time again, that they can make anything happen at Anfield, against any team, in any tournament. And with motivation often the key, we know Jurgen Klopp can find the right words before the game. The Reds have been in good form lately and have been unstoppable in the Europa League, of which they have the final to play in Basel on May 18. In order to maintain peak fitness for this huge occasion, perhaps they will sacrifice the game vs West Bromwich (May 15) and field the reserves at The Hawthorns. But on May 11…

Rostov – Lokomotiv Moscow. Editors’ prediction
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Rostov – Lokomotiv Moscow. Editors’ prediction

Perhaps Kurban Berdyev can make miracles happen after all: The last three Rostov home wins were against the top Russian teams – Spartak Moscow, CSKA Moscow and Zenit. There can’t have been many people who expected Rostov to take many points from these three games, let alone the maximum of nine! Even more impressively, Berdyev’s men recorded those last three wins without conceding a single goal. Before losing to lowly Mordovia on May 1st, Rostov were unbeaten in eight league games. This will probably leave a bad taste as they know they could’ve been top of the pile. Lokomotiv Moscow…

Leicester set to cost William Hill £3 million
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Leicester set to cost William Hill £3 million

Tottenham’s draw against West Bromwich Albion means Leicester City are now within an inch of a first Premier League title. And William Hill have revealed that they face pay-outs of more than £3 million if the Foxes end the season in first place. William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly said: “We stand to lose a small fortune if Leicester do what everybody must now be expecting them to do. 5000/1 is the biggest priced winner in betting history!” 25 people placed wagers on Leicester City to win the title before the beginning of the season and 40% of those bets have now been…

Targaryens to be restored on the Iron Throne, say bookmakers
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Targaryens to be restored on the Iron Throne, say bookmakers

The betting was closed before the begining of production for Season 6 so that on-set spoilers couldn’t influence play. Before the premiere these bets will soon be paid and now we can find out who got the most and least bets and how the odds were set. Jorah Mormont was given 5.00 to be the first to kick the bucket by Bovada.lv, because he really is a man with nothing to lose. Coming in second is Alliser Thorne at 8.50, which was understandable because Jon Snow’s murder will surely be avenged. But punters disagreed with that possibility, and it was Tommen Baratheon…

Krylia Sovetov – Ural. Editors’ prediction
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Krylia Sovetov – Ural. Editors’ prediction

It’s crazy to think that Krylia Sovetov haven’t won at home since September, 14, 2015! Their winless home streak consists of three draws and four defeats. But the situation in Samara’s club has improved in recent games. They lost to league leaders Rostov (0:1) and Zenit (0:2) and then a draw with 5th-placed Lokomotiv Moscow at home proceeded two away victories, both of which were somewhat fortunate. Ural have very little to play for now, a fact that rang true during their last match – a humiliating 6-0 defeat at the hands of FC Krasnodar on match-day 23. A primary target of…

AC Milan – Carpi. Editors’ prediction
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AC Milan – Carpi. Editors’ prediction

Both teams are motivated enough to get the win here. Considering Fiorentina dropped three points against Udinese, AC Milan are still in the race for Europa League qualification: they can now close the gap on the Florence team to four points. While Carpi are now a single point above the relegation zone and will be looking for valuable points here to give them that all-important breathing space. After his appointing, Christian Brocchi hasn’t yet had time to change a lot at AC Milan, who were extremely poor in their last five games under Sinisha Mihajlovic (four defeats and one draw). In…

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