Qualifying for Euro 2020 begins on Thursday with 10 games across the country. 55 nation’s teams will participate in qualifying with 24 teams making the final tournament. Euro 2020 will be the first time there is no host nation as it will be held in 12 different cities throughout the country. On match day one Netherlands, Belgium, Russia and Croatia are all in action. The game most people will probably say is the game of the day is Belgium hosting Russia, but another big one is between the Group G favorites when Austria hosts Poland.
There are a lot of big favorites on Thursday, but here are my three best bets featuring one favorite, one underdog and one goal total.
Austria vs Poland (+229)
Neither of these teams have been in great form, but both are still expected to advance through Group G. Austria has two wins, one draw and two losses in their last five games overall, but at home are three wins, one draw and one loss in their last five. Poland, on the other hand, have not won a game since beating Japan in their final World Cup match. They have three draws and three losses in their last six matches. Poland will use the fire power of Robert Lewandowski and Krzystof Piatek to get their first win under Jerzy Brzeczek, so take Poland to win.
Slovakia (-143) vs Hungary
Slovakia will look to continue their good home form, having won seven of their last ten, when they welcome in Hungary on Thursday. Slovakia will use Marek Hamsik and Albert Rusnak to attack a Hungary team that hasn’t won on the road since 2016. During that nine game streak they have seven losses and two draws including losses to Luxembourg and Andorra. I like Slovakia gets off to a good start, in Group E, so take the Slovaks to win.
Over 2 goals (-106): Croatia vs Azerbaijan
Croatia should run through this Azerbaijan team especially at home. Croatia has not lost at home since 2013 which includes a 6-0 win over Azerbaijan in 2014. Croatia had a disappointing Nations League, but I’d expect them to score over 2 goals themselves in this one. Out of Croatia’s last 10 home games the total has gone over six times while Azerbaijan road totals have gone over two goals eight out of the last 10 games. I am surprised the total is only two in this one, so I would take over 2 goals with confidence.