We’re into the second round of the Euro Cup, and some teams are in danger of dropping out if they don’t get some points on the board. Let's look for the best soccer picks here.
Fridays 3 matches do give us some nice betting opportunities and we get the day started with Italy v Sweden from Group E.
Italy impressed in their opening game with a solid defensive set-up and a game plan they stuck to throughout. They deserved both the goals they got against Belgium and made their opposition look like a bunch of stars, not a team in the true sense of the word.
That defense will stand them in good stead as they look to take on Zlatan Ibrahimovic and friends in Toulouse. I've had a look round a number of the markets but honestly, this case, keeping it simple looks as good an option as anything else. So, I'm going for a simple match odds bet and backing Italy to win this game. William Hill are offering 1.85 soccer odds on that and a couple of the other bookies are close with their prices as well.
The game I'm most looking forward to is the Czech Republic v Croatia at 18.00 (local time). The Croatian side were one of the most entertaining teams to watch so far in this competition and I am looking forward to seeing some more of them. I originally had my concerns about their defense but they looked pretty well marshaled and the midfield gave them enough cover. The Czech Republic could struggle to cope with the quality of Croatia's passing in this one and that could lead to a few goals if the Croatian striker(s?) can get their act in order. You won't be able to rely on Luka Modric belting one in from distance each game!
The evening game is to be held in Nice and will see Spain take on Turkey. Turkey will have been heartened to see the group favourites struggle in their first game against the Czech Republic and be hoping they can take advantage if those struggles continue.
After a disastrous World Cup, Spain really needed to get off to a flyer but instead they limped their way to an uninspiring 1-0 win. Spain had 18 attempts in the match, getting 10 of those on target but it took an effort from a centre back to get them their win. Morata and Nolito are going to need to improve on their performances in the last game and Spain are going to have to take their chances when they come along.
Turkey may not be the strongest side in this competition but they can still cause an upset if given the chance.
I'm not expecting a scintillating game, instead I'm expecting to see Spain try to get things right on the field and not let Turkey have too many chances. With that in mind I'm taking a bit of a flyer for my soccer pick, and going for Under 1.5 goals in this match. I got 3.6 with BetVictor.