What’s better than watching one Euro 2016 match on a lazy Sunday after watching both Wales and England the night before? Watching three!
That’s exactly what we’ll be doing with our Sunday as three equally intriguing battles look to keep us entertained from 2PM onwards. We’ve also got a couple of bets lined up to hopefully end the week on a high.
Bring it on!
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Sunday’s Matches: Turkey v Croatia (2PM, ITV); Poland v Northern Ireland (5PM, BBC One); Germany v Ukraine (8PM, BBC One)
Without being absolute gems, all three of Sunday’s matches have plenty to offer in terms of fascination. And there’s more than enough reason to watch all three, whether that’s on the sofa or in the pub.
They’ll be no love lost as Turkey face Croatia in Paris, especially as both nations will have quiet optimism of doing something special in France. In particular, the midfield battle between the likes of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Arda Turan and Hakan Calhanoglu could bring fireworks. We can’t think of a better way to spend our Sunday lunch.
After that, Northern Ireland kickstart their group of death campaign against Robert Lewandowski and Poland. Norn Iron will be boosted by the return of Kyle Lafferty but, even after a year undefeated, they’ll need to be at the very best to keep Poland’s powerful frontline at bay.
Those two opening matches should whet the appetite, but Sunday’s action saves the best for last as world champions Germany start their campaign against Ukraine. Will the World Cup-winners match the feats of Spain and France in recent times by following world domination with European success? We can certainly expect a big start.
Sunday’s football should be more satisfying than the 3AM kebab after a boozy night on the town. With a little bit of luck, we’ll be landing some profit too.
Toe Punter v The Bookies
The days first two matches could potentially go either way and, after the big layout of Saturday, we’ll be focusing on a small double for these two matches.
First up, we think Croatia could be one of the surprise packages that reach the last eight. While Turkey aren’t a bad side, Mario Mandzukic and co should get the job done. At 5PM, it feels like a contest between Northern Ireland and Lewandowski; unfortunately for the Green and White Army, it’s a battle we think the Poland striker will win.
We’re only going for a £5 double, but it would land £17 profit. That’s better than a kick in the bollocks.
BET: Double – Croatia win & Lewandowski to score v Northern Ireland @ 34/10 with Ladbrokes (£5 stake)
As for the evening game, it’s all about Joachim Low’s Germany. They might not be quite as strong as they were with former captain Philipp Lahm, but they’ll still be fancied to go far.
Ukraine aren’t as good as they once were, and are probably one of the weaker sides in the tournament. They can be resolute, but we just don’t envisage them causing any real problems for the favourites. Back Germany to win via a shutout.
BET: Germany win-to-nil @ 8/5 with SkyBet (£10 stake)