The sixth set of matches in the qualifying competition for Euro 2020 begins on Sunday when those groups which were in action on Thursday evening are back on show on a potentially important day for many.
We get to see the likes of Spain and Italy for the second time this week, although in a lot of cases it is the race in behind them which is of more interest given how well both the powerhouses are going in their group at the present time.
There are two matches in this group on Sunday night and they will be games which the Republic of Ireland will have their eyes on as this is their section. They drew with Switzerland on Thursday night and the Swiss will look to pick up a more positive result when they host lowly Gibraltar while the other match sees Georgia taking on a Denmark side who absolutely tore Gibraltar apart on Thursday night and will be looking for something similar here.
It is this group that we get to see Spain for the second time in this international break. The take on the Faroe Islands in a match they will be heavily expected to win but before that happens Romania look to get back on track after losing to the Spanish on Thursday night. They should be beating Malta. The big match in the group on Sunday is the battle of Scandinavia as Sweden host Norway in what should be a competitive and potentially feisty encounter.
Italy are the headline attraction in Group J and they face arguably the toughest match in their qualifying campaign on Sunday night when they head to in form Finland. Greece looked very ordinary on Thursday night and it will be interesting to see if they have enough to overcome Liechtenstein on Sunday evening. The other match in the group is actually the first one to kick off on the day as Armenia will look to halt the progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
I’ll go with a couple of bets over the course of the night. I’m expecting Sweden to be too good for Norway in the big match in that group. Both these sides warmed up for the game with cruises against minnows but I sense Swedish football is in a nice place right now and I expect them to take this one accordingly. I’m sure Norway are improving as a unit but this will be a big test for them at this stage of their development. I think Sweden will have just too much for them at both ends of the pitch.
I’m not expecting too many goals out in Finland where Teemo Puuki and his men take on Italy. Puuki was snuffed out in the first meeting between these two sides and I sense he could struggle to make an impact here as well. He didn’t really offer much in open play against Greece on Thursday night and neither did his teammates. I don’t see Italy going mental in this match either though. A win here near enough ensures their smooth path into the main tournament and that is all it will be about for them given that this is a second away game in three evenings for them. Under 2.25 looks a fair bet here in a game where neither side are guaranteed to flow in front of goal.
Back Sweden to beat Norway for a 4/10 stake at 1.91 with Coral
Back Finland vs Italy – Under 2.25 goals for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with BetVictor