Euro 2020 Qualifiers: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions for Friday

Martin Green

Monday, September 2, 2019 4:51 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 2, 2019 4:51 PM UTC

Can Wales overwhelm Azerbaijan in Cardiff?
<div><h2>Scotland vs Russia</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Friday, September 6, at Hampden Park</strong></a></p><p>The Russians are in fine form right now and they have a great chance of leaving Glasgow with all three points on Friday. Stanislav Cherchesov’s men fared far better than expected at the World Cup and went all the way to the quarter-finals before they lost to eventual runners-up Croatia on penalties. They lost their opening Euro 2020 qualifier to Belgium, but they have since beaten Kazakhstan 4-0, San Marino 9-0 and Cyprus 1-0. Artem Dzyuba and Denis Cheryshev are dangerous going forwards and Russia look strong in every department. Scotland began their campaign with a 3-0 defeat to Kazakhstan. Next up they beat San Marino 2-0, but fans were furious with the quality of their performance. They then scraped a 2-1 win against Cyprus, before losing 3-0 to Belgium last time out. Scotland have some decent players, including Andy Robertson, James Forrest, Scott McTominay and Oli McBurnie, but they have not really clicked recently. They would probably be reasonably pleased with a draw in this game, but they might find it hard to contain Russia’s attack.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Unibet">Russia draw no bet at 1.88 (22/25) with Unibet</a></strong></p><h2><a href=";a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></h2><h2>Slovakia vs Croatia</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Friday, September 6, at City Arena Trnava</strong></a></p><p>Croatia’s form has been patchy since they reached the World Cup final last year. They began their Nations League campaign with a 6-0 defeat to Spain and ended up bottom of the group, with four points from four games. They have won two and lost two of their Euro 2020 qualifiers so far and that leaves them third in the group, three points behind leaders Hungary and trailing Slovakia by goal difference alone. The Slovaks theumped Azerbaijan 5-1 in their last game and that should give them confidence in their ability to breach a leaky Croatian defence. Zlatko Dalic’s men have not kept a clean sheet in seven games, while Slovakia have hit 10 in their last two matches, which does not bode particularly well for the visitors. Croatia are clearly the better team, but Slovakia should benefit from raucous home support, and they have a genuine superstar in Marek Hamsik, so they can certainly make life difficult for their Group E rivals on Friday.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="William Hill">Both teams to score at 6/5 (2.20) with William Hill</a></strong></p><h2>Wales vs Azerbaijan</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Friday, September 6, at Cardiff City Stadium</strong></a></p><p>Wales are in the doldrums after consecutive defeats at the hands of Croatia and Hungary left them well off the pace in Group E. They desperately need to return to winning ways if they are to muscle their way back into contention. They should be able to secure victory over a struggling Azerbaijan team that have lost all three games so far during qualifying. They have shipped 10 goals in that time and they lost 5-1 at home to Slovakia last time out, so they are not exactly teeming with confidence. Wales manager Ryan Giggs will have been pleased to see star player Gareth Bale start and score twice for Real Madrid at the weekend. Young winger Daniel James is also on fire for Man Utd, and this team is blessed with a lot of exciting young talent. Giggs needs to get them really fired up for this game, and they should be able to surge to victory.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes">Wales and over 2.5 goals at 2.20 (6/5) with Ladbrokes</a></strong></p></div>
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