IT was one tip and one loser on Tuesday as Jamaica failed to live up to expectations after a decent opening Copa America show against Uruguay.
Copa America hasn’t been too kind to me after a good start on the opening night with Chile and after a goal glut on Monday with 11 in two games it was disappointing to see the guest Jamaican side fail to hit the target.
We Love Betting I noticed after putting up my tip that they also fancied btts in the Paraguay game. I found the Argentina-Uruguay game tough to call so didn’t have a bet. I’m slightly consoled by the fact the We Love Betting guys are also finding the tournament tough despite the graft they put in before it started and the amount of research they did into each team.
On Wednesday it’s the start of the European Under-21 Championship with tournament favourites Germany in action against Serbia in Group A and hosts Czech Republic opening affairs against Denmark.
Germany are 9-4 at bet365 and Betfred to win the tournament ahead of England (4-1, bet365) and Portugal (6-1, Paddy Power).
The Germans have any easier group but much is of expected of England – Harry Kane and all – despite being paired with Portugal and Italy as well as rank outsiders Sweden.
Germany’s toughest test is likely to be a Serbia side who shocked Spain in the play-offs to qualify with a 2-1 aggregate success. They are 4-7 at Betfred to win and Serbia have been weakened by the loss of Aleksandr Mitrovic, top scorer in qualifying, who has been promoted to the senior squad.
Kevin Volland and Phillip Hoffman were Germany’s leading marksmen in qualifying with nine goals apiece and Volland, who has played 99 Bundesliga games for Hoffenheim, is being tipped as a star of the tournament. He is 9-2 at Paddy Power to score first and 6-1 with Paddy Power to be tournament top scorer.
Spurs star Kane is 6-1 at bet365 but as short as 4-1 with William Hill. Hoffman is 6-1 with various firms while Saido Berahino is 10-1 at Ladbrokes.
Denmark, top scorers in qualifying albeit in a weak group, are 29-20 favourites with William Hill and Ladbrokes to see off the hosts and should do so but the Czechs will carry the support which explains the price.
In Chile the Copa America game could be a cracker as Brazil tackle Colombia. Brazil narrowly won their opener against Peru and didn’t look at their best while Colombia were embarrasses by Venezuela. The Colombians must improve and while Brazil have won 11 in a row under Dunga since the World Cup both to score could be the shout.
In the women’s World Cup it’s all to play for as England tackle Colombia and Mexico face France. England bounced back from their opening defeat against France to beat Mexico but face a tough test against a South American outfit who stunned the French 2-0.
Best bet here could be both to score and I expect France to make amends for their shock loss to Colombia by edging out the Mexicans.
In other games Real Zaragoza, after their incredible comeback to win their semi-final play-off against Girona from 3-0 down at home, entertain Las Palmas in the Spanish play-offs and their Finnish and Swedish league games that I’ll have a look at.
After much consideration I’ve decided to go with one bet tonight and I’m doing a maximum stake on Germany Under-21s. In fact I’m adding 1pt to make it 11pts simply because that will wipe out the 6.1 loss if it comes up – whether you do the same is your choice.
With 11pts on it’s important to monitor the match for a chance to cover and I’ll be doing. Whether I’m able to advise it is another question because I’ll be out but I’ll try.
If I was doing a double it would be on Germany and second-placed Osterund to beat second-bottom Mjallby in the Swedish second flight. That pays 11-10 at BetVictor. And if I was thinking about a treble I’d consider adding Finnish leaders HJK at home to SJK to bring it up to 5-2 at BetVictor.
11pts Super Single
Germany U-21s (7.45pm)
(4-7, bet365, Ladbrokes, BetVictor)
June Super Single record
2 bets (10 winners, 14 losers)
June Daily Double/Top Treble record
11 bets (1 winner, 10 losers)
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And don’t miss their excellent Copa America guide and tips with contributions from Tim Vickery.
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