Euro 2016 Matches Saturday 18 June
The second Saturday of Euro 2016 sees Belgium with their backs against the wall after an opening defeat against Italy, and the Republic of Ireland will be keen to keep the pressure on them. Meanwhile, Iceland take on Hungary and Portugal play Austria in Group F.
Belgium vs Republic Of Ireland
Match Betting: Belgium 4/5, Draw 3/1, Republic Of Ireland 19/4
Belgium find themselves on the ropes after their opening Group E defeat against Italy, whilst the Republic Of Ireland are still living the dream. Both teams know that defeat, or even a draw, will seriously jeopardise their chances of qualification, and it will be a surprise if there aren’t goals in a match between two sides who tend to score much more often than they keep clean sheets. The pair have met 7 times before, though the last one was in 1997, and 5 of those 7 matches ended-up as a draw with 2 wins for Belgium. The price about a Belgian victory has drifted since their opening defeat but, as they have more quality than the Republic of Ireland, the 4/5 looks worth taking.
Belgium @ 4/5 (Boylesports)
Iceland vs Hungary (5pm)
Match Betting: Iceland 17/10, Draw 11/5, Hungary 21/10
Neither team arrived at Euro 2016 in the best of form having both only won 3 of their last 9 matches, yet Iceland put-up a solid defence against Portugal, and made it 10 games on the trot in which they’ve scored. Meanwhile Hungary, who had the worst qualifying record of all the teams to have reached the finals, shocked fancied outsiders Austria by winning 2-0. The team have met 6 times before, winning 3 times each, and the last two games both ended-up 3-2. If you put a gun to my head I’d say Iceland might out-muscle Hungary – but I’d much rather take the 11/10 that both teams score.
Both Teams To Score @ 11/10 (Betfred, Betvictor, Paddy Power)
Portugal vs Austria (8pm)
Match Betting: Portugal 5/6, Draw 5/2, Austria 17/4
The flip-side of Iceland and Hungary playing so well in their opening games means that both Portugal and Austria desperately need to win their head-to-head. Austria will have been the most disappointed of the two teams though after their opening matches, as they were very much expected to beat Hungary, but that was actually their fourth defeat in six games. Meanwhile Portugal, despite losing to England in a pre-tournament friendly, have been in decent form. Portugal are fancied to score first and, with Austria a little goal-shy, Portugal can win to nil.
Portugal to win to nil @ 15/8 (Skybet)