Friday Showdowns at Euro 2020

Just eight countries remain in Euro 2020 and not the eight we expected. Should we be anticipating a Frenzied Friday after the Manic Monday earlier in the week? Time to look ahead to the games being played on Friday 2 July with some betting odds.

Friday 2 July
Switzerland v Spain (5pm)

The top half of the draw is so much stronger than the bottom. Spain started slowly, failing to turn possession into goals and missing penalties. Someone somewhere found their scoring boots and the Spaniards have scored ten goals in their last two matches. Five different players scored against Croatia in the last sixteen but the fact they conceded three goals is a worry. You can get odds of 13/20 at William Hill on them winning this match in 90 minutes.

Switzerland are in the last eight of the Euros for the first time ever. They finished third in their group (something that can be written about three of the eight remaining teams) and only beat Turkey. It looked as if they were on their way out of Euro 2020 when 3-1 down against France with only nine minutes remaining. They levelled the scores and eventually won a penalty shootout. Twice already in this tournament they have conceded three goals in 90 minutes. It’s 5/1 at Betfair that they can beat Spain in 90 minutes. Both teams to score is 9/10 at 888sport and that really does look a bet worth making.

Belgium v Italy (8pm)

This is a match worthy of the Euro 2020 final itself. Come to think of it, so was Belgium v Portugal in the last round. Belgium are ranked number one in the world but they still haven’t actually won anything. There are no World Cups or European Championship trophies to show off, not even a Nations League cup. That might change this year though.

Belgium are already in the semi-finals of the 2020/21 Nations League. This might even be a dress rehearsal for the final later this year. The Belgians have won all four of their matches at Euro 2020 with victories over Russia, Denmark (the only country to score against them), Finland and then Portugal. There are injury worries over Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, but they still have plenty of players who can cause the Italians problems. The odds on Belgium winning this match in 90 minutes are 12/5 if your wager is placed with Unibet.

Italy are unbeaten in 31 games, not losing since September 2018. They too are unbeaten at Euro 2020 with three wins in 90 minutes and then a 2-1 victory over the Austrians in extra time. Over 90 minutes, Italy haven’t conceded a goal in their last 12 games, but can they keep out Belgium?

This is not the traditional Italian side that has a great defence (and a large number of bookings) but doesn’t match that with exciting football. They can thrill the fans just as much as other top teams, even if only England can do the same. Italy are 13/10 with BetVictor to get the win in 90 minutes. A draw does look likely here, that’s 2/1 at Paddy Power.

Who’ll make it to the final four and a match against either Spain or Switzerland? It’s difficult to split these two and a lot will depend on whether De Bruyne and/or Hazard play. Slight preference is for Italy but ask again in a few minutes and that opinion might change. A great game is on the cards though, that’s the prediction with a lot of confidence in it being right.

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