Welcome to another special edition of Euro Roker Riches, timed to align with the final England group game against the Czech Republic at Wembley this Tuesday evening.
After the goalless draw between England and Scotland, England are pretty sure to proceed to the next phase in either top or second spot, though English fans were rightly disappointed with the poor performance.
Conversely, Scotland must win their last game against Croatia to proceed in the competition after Friday’s 0-0 draw, though they celebrated the point against England like a cup final win. Funny how the same result causes such different reactions across the two fan bases... reminds me a lot of league 1 teams doing well at the SOL....
Let’s see what Southgate does to try to regain some momentum before the knockout legs.
Like the Riches lads, he will be hoping for an upturn in fortune and form, as England’s draw in the knockout stages is likely to be tough whether we finish top of the group or second (or even third).
The Euro Roker Riches Table 2020/21 - after round 2
None of our punters had any luck in the second round of the Euro group matches, mainly due to the poor England performance. Sadly for our Fletch, England were not quite poor enough for him to benefit. Interestingly, everyone went for more than a tenner in bets this time, but nobody got the benefit for the risk.
No Bankers Bonus allocation is awarded for the Czech tie, as England failed to win against the Tartan Army, and Kane had as quiet a game as he did first time out.
For this round, most fans will want a real demonstration of style and flair to emerge. Teams like Italy came into the competition under the radar, and are flying in terms of group form. England came in to a trumpet salute with the youngest squad they have had for some time (possibly ever), and they are now drawing raspberries instead with the underwhelming football displayed.
So, to the Bankers Bonus this Tuesday night - we want to see a demonstration of what this collection of young stars can do, and ideally as a team.
Only a two goal win or more will do to boost morale, fan hopes and to get other teams thinking about how to stop us. If a two goal winning margin for England is the result, the lads will all win a £20 boost for the knockouts.
If both England and Scotland manage to get into the knockout phase, the banker will throw in a extra tenner (making it a whopping £30 extra) to celebrate all three British nations getting through.
Come on you home nations!
How will the final group games go for England and Scotland, given Wales are now through as runners up in their group? Let’s see what bets the boys are taking a punt on.
This rounds bets...
Matty Crichton says...
England to win to nil: Gareth Southgate’s side have lacked quality going forward, but they have been solid at the back! An England victory with another clean sheet seems a sensible shout. £10 returns £22.50
Harry Kane to Score Anytime: A very low returns bet... but given that my competitors keep losing money a small win might be all I need. The England captain has come in for a vast amount of criticism but, as with all world class strikers, I am backing him to silence his critics by finding the net against the Czech Republic. £10 returns £19.09
Luke ‘Bomber’ Davies says...
England v Czech Republic BetBuilder
Strangely, despite being unbeaten and not conceding a goal, Southgate seems to be under pressure to change things up and I think he might bow to it for the final group game against the Czechs.
Over 1.5 goals, Sancho anytime assist, Foden anytime goalscorer
£5 returns £62.22
Crunch Time Treble
In the last round of group games, the cream should rise to the top. Check out this Gameweek 3 treble; Croatia, Spain, Germany to win;
£10 returns £30.39
Phil Butler says...
John Stones to score a header
Seeing John Stones hit the post from a corner on Friday night gave me the fear that I missed out on getting big returns on this bet, so I’m going back to the England bet I chose for the first group game.
England have struggled to create from open play and Gareth Southgate could mix up his attacking options in an effort to make things click. Stones is a safe bet to start though, and hopefully he can place his header 6 inches inside the upright and bring home the bacon. £2.50 returns £57.50
Croatia to beat Scotland
I think if we weren’t sat in the UK at this time, you’d struggle to get better than even money for Luka Modric’s side to beat the Scots. 11/8 is simply too good to turn down £12.50 returns £29.69
Paul Fletcher says...
England Bet Builder:
I’m expecting another frustrating evening for England fans everywhere. The Czech Republic will make it difficult for us and I think they’ll come away with a draw at worst. England will huff and puff and win more than five corners during the game. As frustrations boil over for England supporters off the pitch, tempers will be lost on the pitch and there will be a red card in the game. In short that’s Czech Republic double chance, over 5 corners for England and a red card in the match (for either side). £10 returns £170
Scotland Bet Builder:
Assuming my ambitious England bet loses (again), I’ll need 50 profit on this bet just to break even after the group stages of the competition. With this in mind, I’ve picked out a nice 5/1 combo for tonight’s other Group D game. A draw is no good for either team so you’d like to think it’ll be end to end stuff, with desperate tackles flying in, passions running high and one team taking away all three points. I’m going for Scotland/Croatia double chance, over 10 corners in the game and over 3 cards in the game. £10 returns £60.
Malc Dugdale says...
3 way group-phase punt
I think Croatia will have too much for a Scotland team who are now without their talismanic young midfielder and man of the match against England, Billy Gilmore. Covid is the only thing winning in the Scotland squad right now.
Without him, my fear is Scotland will soon be out of the competition. I also expect results in other matches tomorrow to go with form. Spain and Germany (tomorrow) and Croatia (tonight) all to win. Tenner returns £31.50.
Dull draw round 2
There is a strong chance that the England fixture will be allowed to peter out to nothing. Neither side needs the win, and both will be happy to save the teams’ legs for later, and bigger, challenges.
Just in case I am wrong, I am going for BTTS but with no stated winner, and a couple of other predictions. Not long odds, but may just top me up for later.
BTTS, 1+ corners each team in each half and 10+ booking points each team - at odds of 9-2, my tenner returns £55.
Good luck to England as they look to exit the group phase on a high, and good luck too to all our fellow punters too.
Please remember to gamble responsibly, and enjoy your Tuesday night in front of the footy.
Cheers, and ha’way the Lads!