Euro 2016 is now officially in full swing.
Over the opening weekend of the tournament, football fans across Europe were treated to some real intriguing encounters, and whilst on the whole, it was the favourites that triumphed, there were some surprising performances from those tipped to fail in France this summer.
Wales’ victory over Slovakia proved that Chris Coleman’s side are going to be no pushovers, whilst Russia’s late equaliser against England, proved costly for many fans who had a flutter at the bookmakers before kick-off.
To try and help punters re-claim some of their money, we at Free Bets, will look to give our expert opinion on the daily bets to back during the remainder of the tournament, to try and help fans beat the bookies.
Republic of Ireland v Sweden – Draw @ 11/5 with Ladbrokes
The Republic of Ireland get their Euro 2016 campaign under way on Monday when they take on Sweden at the Stade de France, in a match where neither side can afford to lose.
The unfavourable draw alongside Belgium and Italy, means both sides will look to gain a positive result, ensuring a tight and cagey affair.
Whilst Sweden can of course boast the individual brilliance of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it is important to note that Martin O’Neil’s side have scored in 11 straight matches, meaning that there may well be goals in this one too.
In terms of recent head to head, it is Sweden that have the upper hand, with 5 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses, and whilst many may think that Erik Hamren’s side will add to their favourable record, the Irish will have plenty of desire and fight in them.
With the way this tournament has started, it looks like we should expect safety first once more.
Belgium v Italy – Belgium to win 1-0 @ 5/1 with Sky Bet
Monday sees arguably the match of the group stage take place, when European heavyweights, Belgium and Italy clash at the Stade de France in Paris.
Despite going unbeaten during qualifying, many believe this Italian squad is the weakest it has been going into a major tournament for quite some time.
On the other hand, Belgium are many people’s tip to win the whole competition, and looking at the array of talent in their squad it’s easy to see why.
Whilst Marc Wilmots side should be slight favourites going into this encounter, there is no doubt that Italian boss Antonio Conte, will have his side defensively organised throughout the tournament.
Expect Belgium to triumph by a solitary goal.