Euro 2024 tips

In-play betting has become increasingly popular over the last decade or so, and it can certainly have a number of advantages compared to a traditional pre-match punt.

Here, we look at why Euro 2024 in-play betting can potentially offer so much this summer.

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The advantages of Euro 2024 in-play betting

A lot of the ‘advantages' to in-play betting are based on opinion and personal experience. But nobody can deny that waiting until a match has kicked off allows an assessment of the current state of play, which can prove crucial before placing a bet in any given game.

This could be, for example, when  a heavily-backed favourite has failed to take the lead in a game, or if the underdog gets their noses in front. The latter always has an immediate impact, in that the favourite sees its 1×2 odds lengthen amongst other, more niche markets.

Similarly, if the stronger of the two sides received a red card or lost one of their key players to an injury, then the odds on that team winning would likely lengthen in-play too, though conceding an opener would always bring about the bigger shift by far.

Which games should I chooses for Euro 2024 in-play betting?

We'll be previewing all 51 matches to aid your Euro 2024 in-play betting quest. They'll have all the information you need to make an astute decision, but here are several trends you should look out for in any team's recent history.

A tendency to win from behind

Star-studded sides aren’t always the fastest out of the blocks, and they will often have to recover from a deficit to reign supreme.

For example, Liverpool set a new club record in the most recent Premier League season by earning seven wins from a losing position.

Often concedes first

Similarly, if the favoured side has an unfortunate habit of conceding first in games, you could take advantage of the longer in-play odds they command whilst trailing.

Poor discipline for either team

If ill-discipline creeps into a game from either side then this could also present a good opportunity for an in-play punt. While we've already touched upon the effect this potentially has on win odds, the niche cards markets (particularly ‘total cards' or ‘disciplinary points') can provide some good opportunities.

Alternatively, keeping a close eye on individual players who are either racking up fouls or time-wasting could prove profitable in the player cards market.

Goalkeepers in particular will sometimes ‘take one for the team' if holding onto a slender lead, by exceeding the permitted time they can hold the ball for. In that regard, look at teams who are a single goal up with a lot at stake.

Manager has a penchant for early subs

If a particular manager is accustomed to making early substitutions then it can lead to complacency and a drop in intensity from their team. Thus, responding to this type of development in-play is something that bettors can look to capitalise on.

A team or player often scores in a specific time period

A go-to market for many in-play punters is to back a side to score at a specific time in the game e.g. in the final 15 minutes of either half.

Real Madrid are probably the prime example of this, with the Spanish giants staging a seemingly endless run of late turnarounds to triumph in the Champions League in recent years.

Records from set pieces

If a team has a handy knack for causing their opponents problems from set-pieces, then this could prove to be another rewarding in-play betting strategy.

The market more often than not underestimates an underdog's capability of earning free-kicks and corners, so its something that’s always worth keeping an eye on in the in-play section.

Which Euro 2024 games on matchday two are best for in-play betting?

Croatia vs Albania

Both Croatia and Albania will be looking to get off the mark when they meet on matchday two in Hamburg at Euro 2024.

The duo each came away empty-handed from their opening Group B matches, with Croatia brushed aside 3-0 by Spain, while Albania put up a good fight in their 2-1 defeat agaisnt Italy.

Sylvinho’s side scored the fastest goal in the tournament's history against the Italians and that could be worth keeping in mind when they come up against the Chequered Ones.

Croatia are unattractive 4/9 shots here so holding off for an in-play selection could be the smarter way to play this pivotal clash in Group B.

If the Red and Blacks can repeat the trick of landing an early blow, then the odds on a Croatian success would naturally heighten in-play.

Spain vs Italy

Spain came flying out of the traps in their opening match at Euro 2024 to cruise into a 3-0 half-time lead against Croatia.

That’s something Italy will need to be wary of, especially after the reigning champions conceded a goal within just 23 seconds against Albania.

If Spain click into top gear from the off once again, then they could catch the Azzurri cold and find themselves out of sight, as was the case on matchday one.

Racing into a commanding lead allowed La Roja to take their foot of the pedal and ring the changes during the second-half of the game, leading to a bit of a non-event following the interval.

A similar story here could throw up some appetising in-play options, such as opposing second-half goals or bookings in the event that the game is fizzling out.

Belgium vs Romania

Belgium suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Slovakia on Monday, meaning they have no margin for error in their final two group games, starting against Romania on Saturday night.

The Romanians also sprung a bit of a surprise of their own by sweeping aside Ukraine 3-0 in Munich on matchday one.

Romania looked like a well-oiled machine in their opening match and look to be more than capable of making life difficult for Belgium.

What’s more, Edward Iordanescu's side would almost certainly settle for a point here, as that would all but guarantee them a place in the last 16.

Therefore, if Belgium are to get their act together on matchday two, they may have to bide their time before finding a breakthrough against the Wolves.

With that in mind, bypassing the 4/9 pre-match odds on a Belgium win, and instead opting for an in-play punt later in the game could be the best way to make the Red Devils pay.

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