Dave Tindall Previews Monday Euro 2024 Qualifiers
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England were pretty ‘meh’ in the 2-0 win at home to Malta on Friday night - and with top spot in the group already signed, sealed and delivered it’s easy to think they’ll go through the motions again away to North Macedonia on Monday evening.
That said, the stinging criticism from some quarters about that Wembley performance could act as fuel for Gareth Southgate and his men, and let’s not forget England thrashed North Macedonia 7-0 at home back in June.
I’m not expecting anything similar here but that scoreline plus North Macedonia’s 5-2 loss away to Italy on Friday suggests goals could be on the cards.
So how best to take advantage of that? Well, England should win the game so the best way to cash in is to back them to do so but to concede a goal along the way.
England to win the game is just 1/6 but England to win and Both Teams to Score bumps that price up to a much more palatable 23/10 with Boylesports. That’s the main bet here.
As for a goalscorer, let’s try Buyako Saka at 8/5 with bet365. The Arsenal man only played the second half against Malta so is likely to get the nod from the start here.
Saka is 6/1 to get the first goal and, if you want to keep it nice and simple, there are worse bets than backing Harry Kane to net the opener at 12/5. That’s presuming he starts.
Elsewhere in Group, much more is at stake when Ukraine play host to Italy.
Both teams are level on points - six behind England - but Italy currently occupy second place due to their 2-1 win at home earlier in qualifying.
Obviously, Ukraine don’t have home advantage - this game is being played in Leverkusen - but that’s reflected in their general price of 16/5.
Italy look a tad skinny at shades of odds-on so the play here could be The Draw which is freely available at 13/5.
This should be a close contest and, with the draw suiting them, Italy should have the nous to get the point that will earn them qualification through to Germany next summer.
Northern Ireland round off their qualifying campaign at home to Denmark on Monday night.
It’s been a forgettable one for the Irish and they’ve banked just six points from their nine games. They lie fifth in the group and that’s nine shy of Finland in fourth.
The crumb of comfort for Ireland is that they don’t suffer heavy defeats at home and their last three losses in front of their own fans have all been by a 0-1 scoreline.
That has to be the temptation again here given that the Danes are already clear in top spot and don’t need to do anything exceptional.
Denmark to win 1-0 is 5/1 with bet365.
An alternative is to use the Danes as part of a Monday night acca.
Let’s add England to that as well while we’ll also had a series of admittedly short price.
Albania and the Czech Republic are surely home bankers when they take on the Faroe Islands and Moldova respectively.
And Slovenia can also uses home advantage to get the better of Kazakhstan.
That five-timer of Albania, Czech Republic, England, Denmark and Slovenia pays 3.31-1.