All Euro 2021 teams have played a match, and we now know more about the status of each team as the second round of group matches begins.
There were a couple of setbacks in the first series of games. Sweden was able to keep Spain in a goalless draw. Slovakia managed to defeat Poland in a battle of neighboring countries. And of course, Finland got a win in their first Euro Cup match, defeating Denmark 1-0. That came as a result of Christian Eriksen going into cardiac arrest on the field.
With those matches on the books, now is the perfect time to take advantage of any overreactions to the first set of Euro Cup matches. Every competition in the 51-game tournament is important, but the second round is often the most important, as some teams are playing for their lives in the tournament while others are looking to clinch a place in the knockout stages.
With a lot at stake, bettors can take advantage of these highly motivated teams and at the same time focus on some of the biggest mismatches on the field. It is also a good time to place more informed bets on the Golden Boot race now that some real prize contenders have emerged.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the best bets for the second round of group stage matches along with some of the best bets to make in the Golden Boot race.
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Euro 2021 odds for second group stage matches
Below are the latest Euro 2021 odds for each group stage second phase match, according to sportsbook DraftKings. The odds are included that each team wins and that each game ends in a tie.
|Finland vs. Russia||END +510||Draw +275||RUS -157|
|Turkey vs. Wales||TUR +135||Draw +210||WAL +240|
|Italy vs Switzerland||ITA -159||Draw +280||SUI +510|
|Ukraine vs. North Macedonia||UKR -159||Draw +280||MKD +510|
|Denmark vs. Belgium||DEN +310||Draw +210||BEL +112|
|Holland vs. Austria||NED -182||Draw +325||OFF +525|
|Sweden vs Slovakia||SWE -124||Draw +245||SVK +400|
|Croatia vs. Czech Republic||CRO +116||Draw +240||June +255|
|England vs. Scotland||ING -305||Draw +410||SCT +950|
|Hungary vs. France||SU +1000||Draw +440||FRA -335|
|Portugal vs. Germany||BY +205||Draw +235||GER +140|
|Spain vs. Poland||ESP -278||Draw +410||POL +800|
The best bets of the Euro 2021 for the matches of the second group stage
Italy (-159) over Switzerland
Start: Wednesday, June 16 at 3 p.m. ET
Italy looked spectacular in their 3-0 Euro opener win over Turkey on Friday. Now they can face a Swiss team that drew Wales in their first game.
While Switzerland should test Italy more than Turkey could, the Swiss showed they have scoring problems with Benfica man Haris Seferovic, who struggled from the start. They will have more trouble sustaining an attack against an Italian team that kept the ball 61 percent of the time against Turkey and scored 24 shots (eight on goal).
Expect another Italian victory that will establish a must-see for Switzerland against Turkey in the group final.
Belgium (+112) over Denmark
Start: Thursday, June 17 at 12 p.m. ET
It’s tough to root against Denmark, and the team could be emotionally galvanized as it tries to win this game without its star playmaker Eriksen, who is currently hospitalized in stable condition after suffering cardiac arrest on the pitch during Denmark’s loss to Finland. The Danes will want to win for Eriksen and keep UEFA after the governing body made them finish their game on Saturday afternoon, just 90 minutes after the incident.
However, Belgium is one of the most experienced teams in this tournament and Romelu Lukaku & Co. dominated Russia in a 3-0 win in St. Petersburg. The opponent’s home advantage did not faze the Belgians at the time and they should have a good chance of beating Denmark in Copenhagen, especially with the Danish team unfortunately behind as their best player.
Red Devils are a good value choice. Denmark may be desperate to win at least one point after the loss to Finland, but the Danes will have a hard time figuring out how to win one in this tough showdown.
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Germany (+140) over Portugal
Start: Saturday, June 19 at 12 p.m. ET
Portugal won 3-0 in their first match, but the result was misleading. Hungary held the Portuguese scoreless until the 84th minute before breaking through. After that, a questionable penalty shot opportunity helped them push Hungary away and Cristiano Ronaldo added a third goal just in case.
But Portugal was not dominant. And Germany were solid in their own right against France, the tournament favorite, holding the French to one goal (an own goal by Mats Hummels) and possessing the ball 59 percent of the time.
Could Portugal win or draw? Sure. But Germany desperately needs at least one point from this showdown to stay alive, which is why the Germans are the best team to bet on. If you are concerned about the possibility of a tie, you could bet the “Germany or Tie” accessory at -250.
Spain (-278) over Poland
Start: Saturday, June 19 at 3 p.m. ET
Spain and Poland failed to get victories in their first match. Poland surprisingly lost to Slovakia 2-1 and lost to Grzegorz Krychowiak on the tournament’s first red card. Meanwhile, Spain tied Sweden 0-0.
So which side will it bounce off of? The money should be in Spain. In truth, the Spanish should have beaten Sweden. They had 75 percent of possession and generated 17 shots, five of which were on target. They just didn’t convert. But if they bring their goal boots against Poland, they should win.
It will also help the Spaniards because they will have a full week of training after the interruptions caused by the COVID-19 scare at the beginning of the camp (Captain Sergio Busquets was ultimately the only player who was required to be in quarantine for an extended period). They are certainly a nice team, even with a small fee of -278. You can always bet on Spain with another of these bets to generate better odds as well.
Euro 2021 Golden Boot Odds
Below are the latest odds for the top contenders for the Golden Boot at Euro 2021, according to sportsbook DraftKings.
|Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)||+225|
|Cristian Ronaldo (Portugal)||+400|
|Harry Kane (England)||+1300|
|Kylian Mbappé (France)||+1700|
|Ciro Immobile (Italy)||+2000|
|Wout Weghorst (Netherlands)||+2000|
|Patrik Schick (Czech Republic)||+2300|
|Memphis Depay (The Netherlands)||+2500|
|Karim Benzema (France)||+2500|
|Antoine Griezmann (France)||+3000|
|Raheem Sterling (England)||+3000|
|Álvaro Morata (Spain)||+4000|
|Robert Lewandowski (Poland)||+5000|
|Georginho Wijnaldum (Netherlands)||+5000|
|Diogo Jota (Portugal)||+5000|
|Ferran Torres (Spain)||+5000|
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Best bets of the Golden Boot of the Eurocup 2021
Romelu Lukaku, Belgium (+225)
Lukaku may have the lowest odds, but there is still a lot to like about him. First of all, he is one of three players from Euro 2021 who has already scored two goals. That gives you an edge over the competition. Second, he is playing for an experienced Belgian team that is expected to go further into the tournament. And the possible return of Kevin De Bruyne will only make his attack more productive.
Finally, the Belgians are playing in a rather weak group, so they will continue to rack up scoring opportunities and appear poised for a solid streak in the tournament. That bodes well for Lukaku.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal (+400)
Like Lukaku, Ronaldo has already scored two goals. He scored both at the end of Portugal’s match against Hungary. And like Lukaku, there are many things I like about his chances of scoring goals in the future.
Ronaldo’s schedule is not easy. He will play against Germany and France in his next two games. However, he is Portugal’s top scorer and the team will do whatever it takes to give him chances. If there is a penalty, he will accept it. The same can be said for free kicks around the penalty area.
While Ronaldo’s path won’t be as easy as Lukaku’s, there’s still plenty to like about him at 4-1 odds. And if you had a chance for Portugal to win the tournament and Ronaldo to be the top scorer, as we recommend in our pre-tournament betting manual, you should feel good about him after his first match.
Kylian Mbappé, France (+1700)
Mbappé did not score in France’s first win over Germany. In fact, neither of the Bleus scored; they only won thanks to an own goal. However, Mbappé had a goal taken off the board for an offside.
He still demonstrated his world-class finishing skills. He has good speed and should continue to have scoring opportunities in the future. France will next play Hungary, and Mbappé could do well in that competition, although space will be tight. Putting it at odds of 17-1 seems like a good value given that it can explode for a multi-goal game. His teammate Karim Benzema (+2500) is also another decent value option.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.