Hello gang! There are still a few matches to be played in the Euro 2020 Qualifiers, with places in next summer’s tournament at stake. Then, on Friday, league football returns in Europe. If you like these tips, you can back them here.
Belgium 4 v 0 Cyprus – Tuesday 19 November – Euro 2020 Qualifiers – Over 3.5 Goals (1.70)
Belgium have made light work of qualification so far. They have won all nine of their qualifiers, scoring 34 goals. They played their nearest competitors, Russia, on Saturday and won 4-1. In other words, this has been easy. Their next opponents, Cyprus, have lost their last two qualifiers (both of which have been at home). They played the Belgians two years ago in World Cup qualification, where they lost 4-0 in Brussels. I can only see another resounding victory for the hosts, and I’m backing goals.
Wales 1 v 0 Hungary – Tuesday 19 November – Euro 2020 Qualifiers – Wales Win (1.70)
The winner of this game will automatically qualify for Euro 2020, so there’s a lot at stake here. Wales are one point behind Hungary in the standings, meaning they need the win more. They come into this match on the back of a 2-0 victory away to Azerbaijan. They have also won four of their last five home games. Hungary warmed up for the game with a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay in a friendly on Friday. Their away form is cause for concern, too, as they have lost three of their last five games on their travels. They beat Wales 1-0 in their previous meeting in June, but I think the hosts will exact revenge and qualify.
Antwerp 2 v 2 Gent – Thursday 21 November – First Division A – Both Teams to Score (1.50)
This should be an exciting game. Antwerp are sixth in the standings and are unbeaten at home this season in all competitions (excluding one defeat in extra time). Their games tend to be open, too, and Both Teams to Score has been a winning bet in all of their last ten games. They’re up against Gent, who are second in the table. They have already played a massive 25 games this season, of which they have only lost three. They also won three games in a row before the international break, which came at a bad time for them. I’m going for a Draw here as well as Both Teams to Score.
Borussia Dortmund 2 v 0 Paderborn – Friday 22 November – Bundesliga – Dortmund win with 0:1 Handicap (1.45)
Let’s see how Dortmund respond after that embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Bayern just before the international break. In truth, they couldn’t have asked for a better fixture to return to. Paderborn are bottom of the table with just four points after 11 games. They have lost nine of those games and have been beaten 3-0 in both of their last two away games. Dortmund, meanwhile, have won their last four home games across all competitions. These teams haven’t met since a friendly in 2017, when Dortmund won 6-1. I foresee another straightforward win here to boost their confidence.
PSG 2 v 0 Lille – Friday 22 November – Ligue 1 – PSG win with 0:1 Handicap (1.60)
Last season this would have been quite an important game. Sadly Lille’s recent struggles have put paid to that. The visitors were runners up in Ligue 1 last season but they have only won two of their last ten games overall. They have been particularly poor away from home, where six of their eight gamed have ended in defeat. In contrast, PSG have won ten of their 13 league games this season. They have scored 28 goals and their defence is much improved, having conceded just eight times. As a result, I’m not sure whether we can expect many goals. Given that PSG have won eight of their last ten meetings with Lille, I think a comfortable Home Win is a safer bet.