Firstly I must say BIG congratulations go through to the eight teams that make the knockout phase of the European championships. They are:
- Czech Republic
Can you pick a winner from the 8 teams left? If not at this stage, please see the permutations we have supplied:
Quarter Final 1 – Czech Rep V Portugal
Quarter Final 2 – Germany V Greece
Quarter Final 3 – Spain V France
Quarter Final 4 – England V Italy
We tipped on thatsagoal.com that Ireland would win the least number of goals scored at 5/1. Denmark were in this territory, but anyone that were on Denmark, were wrong. Ireland pocketed us a good 5/1.
We trousered a nice 5/1 on Ireland and also England’s 3rd match tonight against Ukraine, but the question is, how far can England progress?
The winners of quarter final 1 will play quarter final 3 in the semi and 2 and 4 respectively! This means if England can put Italy away, they could play the Germans in the semi finals. Anyone remembering Euro 1996 will remember the heartache of 1996.
Who would England rather play in the semi finals?
In a view on performance England would take Spain any day, versus the Germans. They have the tricky task of facing Italy in the quarter finals.
Lets preview Germany/Greece:
The Germans have looked the best team in the tourney. They finished with a goal difference of +3 in their group. Greece made a terrific turnaround to qualify. A BIG credit goes to the 2004 winners. To beat the Germans, their strategic pattern will be defensive. Greece at best can force penalties via a stalemate. We think the Germans will be better on the day.
Germany are best priced 4/11 to beat the Greek, but Hills offer 11/20 on a race to 2 goals being Germany. We think punter should and will lump on BIG against Greece and could see the price at 1/3 or less come kick off. Those banking their mortgage on the Germans qualifying should consider Ladbrokes 1/6 on them making the semi finals. A sitter, if you ever saw one!
Set aside Germany have been a formidable force and see it very difficult for Germany to be overlooked by Greece. Layers will risk a huge amount that Greece do not win the match. A lot of layers may have been on the match against Russia, but the Germans are so much more focussed and disciplined. They should be able to win by at least 2 goals
Our banker tip is Germany to net 3 corners V Greece at 1/3!
We have other tips in mind. The Hills tip above is quite short, relying on Germany to score twice. It may not be a difficult task, but backers will take the cut and back Germany outright.
We will BIG backers will back the German price down, so get in quick!
The only other recommendation will be Portugal 4/11 to qualify against the Czech Rep.
Germany win and Portugal qualify paying 1.85 at Ladbrokes
Expect more tips on Twitter!