There are only two Euro 2016 matches on Tuesday 14 June, and those two Group-F games will bring the first round of matches to an end. Austria are expected to beat Hungary, and Portugal are expected to beat Iceland – though, hopefully, we’ve managed to pick out two value bets for you.
Austria vs Hungary (5pm)
Match Betting Best Odds: Austria 13/17, Draw 11/4, Hungary 5/1
Austria and Hungary have actually clashed 16 times in their histories, though this will only be the second time they have played each other in a major finals, with the first being way back in the 1934 World Cup finals when Austria won 2-1. However, it is the Hungarians who have done best since, with 8 wins and 5 draws in the remaining 15 matches, though none of them should have much bearing on the current outlook.
Austria have been billed as the best dark horses for Euro 2016, and it’s easy to see why after their impressive 9 wins from 10 matches in qualifying. They also won 6 of those 10 matches to nil. Admittedly, they’ve only been average in their recent friendlies, but are fancied to step-up a gear now that it matters.
Meanwhile, Hungary are perceived to have been one of the luckiest teams to qualify having done so with the lowest average points total, and the worst goal difference, from what was one of the weakest qualifying groups. A two-legged play-off defeat of Norway, and recent draws against Croatia and the Ivory Coast show they try hard, but that might not be enough here.
It’s 13/17 for an Austrian victory but, with those 6 wins to nil in qualifying, the 17/10 for Austria to win to nil looks the value-bet.
Austria to win to nil @ 17/10
Portugal vs Iceland (8pm)
Match Betting Best Odds: Portugal 7/12, Draw 3/1, Iceland 7/1
We can only hope that this game produces as many goals as either of the games between the two teams in the 2012 European Championship Qualifying, as Portugal beat Iceland 3-1 in Iceland, and 5-3 at home. The good news is that both teams recent results suggest there may be some fireworks. Portugal thumped 7 goals past Estonia recently and 3 goals past Norway, whilst Iceland’s last 9 games have produced 37 goals, and they’ve scored in all of them. Portugal are fancied to win, but the 7/2 that they win and both teams score hopefully paths the way for an exciting evening.
Portugal to win and both teams to score @ 7/2 (888, Betfair)