Last week wasn't a kind one for our pundits, who all lost money on their Euro 2016 bets.
Gav decided to risk it all by lumping on an England win, making him this week's biggest loser. Rory is still well clear of the rest of the lads but, who knows - one big win for someone could change everything.
Week #23 Table:
Last Week's Profit/Loss
|@DJRoberts22||- £10.00||- £5.89|
|@SAFCSource||- £10.00||- £47.00|
All the usual tips from the Roker Report writers are below - make sure you visit Dafabet for price boosts on this weekend's international friendlies!
4/1 for the Republic of Ireland to beat Belgium is a good price, especially given both teams performances in their opening games. If the Irish can keep their spirit going from their game against Sweden and Belgium continue to look tactically inept, then a win for Martin O'Neill's men is a big possibility. I'll have a confident £10 on this.
I'm going for a treble for my second bet this week. I'll go for a draw between Hungary and Iceland with wins for Romania & France against Albania & Switzerland respectively. £5 on it gives me a potential overall return of £51.33, so hopefully Hungary set up for a draw and the favourite win in the Group A games.
Republic of Ireland to beat Belgium: 4/1 - £10
Treble - Hungary & Iceland draw, Romania and France to win: £5 returns £51.33
The match with Wales today is a must-win game for England after conceding a late equaliser to Russia - the performance was certainly encouraging, but they are still going to have to beat Wales if they want to qualify. It seems likely that Wales will sit deep and make it difficult for England to break them down and then try and use Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey on the counter, as England's defence has looked a bit shaky, that should see them score at some point but England have enough to see off our near neighbours.
Italy put in arguably the best performance of the tournament so far on Monday night, as they beat Belgium 2-0, with Sunderland's own Emanuele Giaccherini scoring the opener. Sweden struggled against Ireland and had to rely on an own goal by Ciaran Clark to salvage a draw. Zlatan Ibrahimovic apart, Italy are much the better side and, on the basis of the opening games, should win comfortably but Sweden are not going to be dictating play as Belgium were and it will be up to Italy to find a way through. I think they will but it should prove to be a close game with Sweden needing a result.
England to win 2-1: 10/1 - £5
Italy vs Sweden to finish 1-1: 11/2 - £5
I had an absolute shocker last week, risking everything on an England win which, well, never happened.
So, for the first time in the competition, I'm going into minus figures if I don't win this week. If I do win though I could well jump ahead of Rory, and with time running out it's not really worth playing safe.
Dafabet have price-boosted England to win and both teams to score to 15/4, and considering the state of England's defence and the fact this game will likely be played at Premier League pace I'm expecting goals. £20 on that returns £95.
I was really impressed with Croatia in their first game and I expect they'll dispose of the Czech Republic with ease. That coupled with a Spain win over Turkey returns £26.72 off a tenner.
England to win, both teams to score: £20 - 15/4
Croatia and Spain double: £10 returns £26.72
After Russia and Portugal cost me a bet each, I'm left angry, disappointed and fed up. So naturally, I'll win this week and all will be fine again in my growing betting relationship.
So, as England play Wales today, it'll be rude not to place a bet on it. Dafabet have a price boost on England to win 2-1, and with England's leaky defence and Gareth Bale, it's worth a chomp. So a fiver bet and their 10/1 odds will see me return £55
My second bet will be taking advantage of another price boost, and I'm going to really risk it and bet on Ukraine to win 2-0, and Germany to beat Poland, with under 2.5 goals. A fiver on that will see me return £178.13. Fingers crossed.
England to win 2-1: £5 - 10/1
Ukraine to win 2-0 & Germany to win and under 2.5 goals: £5 at 34.62/1