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The Dafabet Roker Riches: Week #23 - Enter The Euros

IT'S TIME FOR SOME TOURNAMENT FOOTBALL!

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Having bet for much of last season on the domestic competitions, our pundits can now focus their attention on winning money via the European Championships - international football is a little easier to predict than club football in my experience.

This year's tournament kicks off on Friday night, with England's first game taking place on Saturday night against Russia.

Last week wasn't a bad one for our pundits - everyone but Rory made a profit, who is still well in the lead. With the clock now running down fast, can anyone topple him to win this season's competition?

Week #22 Table:

Pundit

Last Week's Profit/Loss

Current Balance

@GRokerReport + £3.00 £39.76
@RoryFallow - £10.00 £64.50
@DJRoberts22 + £28.40 £5.89
@SAFCSource + £20.00 - £37.00

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!

@RoryFallow

It seems a forgone conclusion that Harry Kane will start for England against Russia and it's a game you have to make England favourites for. With Russia's injuries to key midfielders, I'd expect plenty of chances to fall Kane's way so I'll have £5 on him to be first goalscorer at 4/1.

Also in our group, Slovakia take on Wales. I fancy Slovakia to at least make it out of the group, with a solid looking side spearheaded by Napoli's Marek Hamsik, whilst Wales seem to have lost a lot of momentum since they just about got over the line to qualify. Slovakia to win and there to be over 2.5 goals is a decent looking 5/1 and it's another fiver on that for me.

Picks:

Harry Kane 1st Goalscorer in the England v Portugal game: 4/1 - £5

Slovakia to win & over 2.5 goals: 5/1 - £5

@SAFCSource

England won their three warm up games for Euro 2016 but all by a single goal and all with less than encouraging performances. That kind of form is still much better than Russia's, in their two warm up games they lost 2-1 to the Czech Republic and drew 1-1 with Serbia, with the opposition racking up 29 shots on goal and Russia conceding late, late goals in both games. That suggests fitness may be an issue at the end of a long season, something a youthful England side may be able to exploit.

So I am going to go with England to win a tight game thanks to an improved second half display, after a stalemate in the first half.

Croatia are 11/10 favourites for this game, with Turkey at 11/4 to win. That may be fair looking at how the teams faired in qualifying, with Croatia finishing second in their group behind Italy and Turkey coming third in their group, just behind Czech Republic and Iceland but looking at how the teams have prepared for the competition, I feel 11/4 for Turkey to win the first game is a great price. While Turkey beat both Slovenia and Montenegro 1-0 and narrowly lost to England at the Etihad Stadium, Croatia beat San Marino 10-0 and Moldova 1-0, with their other game - against Iraq - being cancelled. That does not seem like the best preparation for a major tournament, so I am going for Turkey to catch Croatia cold.

Picks:

HT/FT Draw/England: 7/2 - £5

Turkey to win 1-0: 15/2 - £5

@GRokerReport

I'm taking risks this week. We've got until the end of the European Championships to climb to the top of the table and in order to get there I'm going to have to throw my balls to the wall.

That said, I really fancy England to beat Russia on Saturday, so I'm placing the majority of my money on that. Hopefully we get the three points and I can edge closer to Rory at the top of the table.

Elsewhere, I fancy Slovakia to be the surprise package in our group and they have a real top class player in their side in Marek Hamsik. Everyone is expecting Gareth Bale and Wales to steamroll their opponents at the weekend but I think the Slovakians will win comfortably, with Hamsik scoring the first goal. This has been price boosted to 8/1 by Dafabet, so I'll have five quid on that.

Picks:

England to beat Russia: 17/20 - £34.76 stake returns £64.31

Marek Hamsik to score the first goal against Wales: 8/1 - £5

@DJRoberts22

After actually making a profit for the first time in ages, I going in confident this week, which of course will see me lose all my money.

Both my bets will be on the Euros, just because I think that's the safest way to play it.

My first punt will be Wales and Portugal to both pick up opening tournament match wins, with both playing sides they should defeat (Slovakia & Iceland). A fiver will see me wield a return of £21.61.

My second bet will be another fiver on Germany, Russia (in their second game) and Spain to all pick up wins against Ukraine, Slovakia and Czech Republic respectively.

Picks:

Wales and Portugal both to win: £5 at 3.32/1

Germany, Russia and Spain all to win: £5 at 3.65/1