5 Top-Matches of the first matchday
On Sunday, 7.09.2014, the time has come…. Europe’s national teams gear up for their next big challenge after the WC 2014 in Brazil. The starting whistle of the EURO 2016 Qualifier will be blown on the upcoming weekend. We here at Rivalo want to give you a short overview of our extensive betting offer in order for you – just like your favourite team – to be fully prepared for the upcoming qualification. So, lace up your football shoes and put on your jersey – it’s time for Kick-off!
Czech Republic vs. The Netherlands
On the first day, the two top aspirants for a ticket to the EURO 2016 in France are facing each other. The Czech Republic welcomes the vice-champion of 2010 and the 2014 WC’s third, the Netherlands. After national and neo-Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal left his team, everyone is curious whether the new coach, Guus Hiddink, has changed the traditional 4-3-3 system of the Dutch. While the Czech Republic, the team of coach Pavel Vrba, was able to qualify for the European championship in Poland and Ukraine in 2012 and even made it to the quarterfinal, the team had to watch the WC 2014 in front of the TV as they only came third during a rather shaky qualification phase.
The bookmakers at Rivalo see the Dutch in the role of the favourite in the duel between those two teams. Offering an odd of 1.95 for an away win of the Netherlands and an odd of 4.00 for a home victory of the Czech, the parts are clearly assigned. A draw offers an odd of 3.40.
Switzerland vs. England
The Swiss Nati has to face England right in the beginning at the St. Jakob Park in Basel. Here, two football worlds are clashing. On the one side Switzerland, the ascender of the past few month with many young and successful faces in the team, and on the other side, the “aging” team of England. The Three Lions have completely muffed their appearance at the WC 2014 in Brazil and are in a period of upheaval. Some aging stars like Frank Lampard, John Terry or Steven Gerrard have announced their resignation from the national team just after the WC. In England it is an open secret that the team quarrels with the signings of some Premier League clubs. Instead of giving young English hopes the chance to play, legionaries are signed causing horrendous costs. It’s Roy Hodgson’s job now to bolster his team and to give them a rejuvenating cure.
The team of Switzerland, coached by Vladimir Petkovic, had to face only one change due to the resignation of long-term goalkeeper Diego Benaglio, making room for Yann Sommer. This should not represent a big problem, as Sommer is the regular goalkeeper of Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach. Switzerland versus England – Place your bets on your favourite! Rivalo’s bookmakers assume a balanced game and set the odds as follows: a win of Switzerland offers an odd of 2.80, England’s victory offers an odd of 2.60 and a draw offers an odd of 3.30.
Germany vs. Scotland
The first opponent of the new World Cup champion Germany is called Scotland. After four attempts, including the WC 2006 in Germany with Jürgen Klinsmann as the headcoach, the German team has finally managed to win one huge event and take the trophy to Germany. In a hard to beat in terms of excitement level WC-final, the team has won the world championship 2014 in the time-honoured Maracanã-stadium in Rio after additional time due to a matchwinning goal by Götze. Nothing else than a victory over the Scotsmen should now be the first step towards another successful tournament. While the bravehearts will not climb down but will run and fight until one drops, the odds at www.rivalo.com for the match between Germany and Scotland clearly see the German team with an odd of 1.13 ahead. If the Scottish are still able to score one point, Rivalo offers an odd of 8.50 for a draw and a top odd of 18.0 for Scotland’s victory.
Norway vs. Italy
After the resignation of Cesare Prandelli due to the disastrous appearance at the WC 2014, the Squadra Azzura was able to win a guarantee of success coach Antonio Conte. The three-times champion-coach of Juventus Turin wants to polish the team around Mario Balotelli, Daniele de Rossi or doyen Andrea Pirlo and give the whole team a rejuvenating cure. In the country of the 4-times world cup champion, the Azzurri expect that team to at least play a part in this year’s qualifying race. Therefore, the motto for the European championship qualification is: Full speed ahead! The newly formed Italian national team has to face the number 53 of the FIFA ranking Norway, who has only been qualified for the final stages of a European championship once. The men from the cold north will definitely heat up the game for the southeners, as the Norwegian goal is France 2016 as well! In the game between Norway and Italy, the Rivalo bookmakers have a clear favourite: Italy, offering an odd of 1.65. If Norway is able to score at least one point, the stake is multiplied by a factor of 3.60. If, however, the Norwegians are able to start off perfectly into the qualification and win in front of their home crowd, Rivalo offers an odd of 5.60. Place your bets on your favourite!
Austria vs. Sweden
The first duel in this year’s qualification is again called Austria vs. Sweden. During the qualification for the WC 2014, each team was able to win in front of their home crowd and secured 3 points. In Stockholm, thanks to the Swedish “enfant terrible” Zlatan Ibrahimovic. This time the decision whether he will be called into action or not will be made shortly before the kick-off due to his injury of the pectoral muscle. At the moment it looks as he is absolutely back in form, because in his comeback match for PSG he scored three goals in a 5-0 vicotry. Austrian team coach, the Swiss Marcel Koller, does not exaggerate and pleaded that Sweden is not only Ibrahimovic, but has many other good players to offer. Austrian’s figurehead in terms of football, David Alaba, German champion, Champions League winner and world trophy winner with FC Bayern Munich, has, as well as all his Austrian teammates, smelled the rat. In the last two qualifications for mega events the team always came third and therefore failed to qualify, but this year the time has hopefully come! The odds for the game between Austria and Sweden at Rivalo promise a thrilling match with rather balanced odds. The home victory of Austria offers an odd of 2.35, a draw offers an odd of 3.20 and a Swedish away victory offers an odd of 3.10.
Fancy more? Then browse through our extensive betting offer with attractive odds and place your bets on your EURO 2016 qualification favourite. Place your combination or single bets already before the starting whistle or wait for the Kick Off and place your bets on your favourite in our live betting offer. Along these lines, Rivalo wishes you many exciting games with emotional moments! Place your bets on your favourite!