We are on Day 5 of the Euros, and we now get the best matchup in the first round of group play, as France — the reigning World Cup champions, the favorite to win this tournament and the No. 2 team in the world according to FIFA’s rankings — will head to Munich to take on a German side that won the 2014 World Cup, and BetRivers.com is proud to provide a wide variety of France-Germany odds, teasers, props, and futures for Tuesday, June 15. But France vs. Germany is just one of the two Group F matches taking place today, as Portugal takes on Hungary at 12 p.m. ET.
Longtime writer Rob Dauster, the co-founder of The Field of 68 Podcast Network is here to provide his thoughts on the France-Germany odds and drops knowledge on the best bets worth a wager at BetRivers.com for the two Group F matches on Tuesday. If you really like to gamble the odds, BetRivers Sportsbook and Online Casino is here for you.
Before we get to the France-Germany odds, and the Portugal-Hungary preview here’s a look at the Group F futures for Euro 2020.
Group F: France +145, Germany +170, Portugal +310, Hungary +4000
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FRANCE (0-0) vs. GERMANY (0-0), 3 p.m. ET
Over 2.5: +114
Under 2.5: -137
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Before we get into this in full, it’s important to note: Germany is not the Germany you remember. Their longtime manager Joachim Low will be retiring at the end of this competition. They are just 6-5-2 since international play was opened back up, including a 6-0 loss to Spain and a 2-1 loss to North Macedonia. Low is bringing through a new generation of players, including the likes of Serge Gnarby and Kai Havertz, but that group has not gelled. That’s part of the reason that you’ll see Thomas Muller back in the starting XI.
France, on the other hand, is the most talented team in the field and it’s not really all that close. They bring back three of the four starters in defense that won the 2018 World Cup, as well as goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. They have a midfield headlined by Paul Pogba and N’golo Kante. They are going to play Antoine Griezmann behind Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe. It’s stupid how much talent Didier Deschamps has at his disposal.
But what makes me believe that the French side is the best play of the day is the fact that Les Bleus like to play on the counter, and the Germans are a team that will likely try and play from the back and control possession.
I know this match is in France. But I also know that Germany opened as a favorite, and the line has already moved this much.
So I’ll be on the French to get the win. I think that backing France on the Draw No Bet line at (-123) has value as well.
PORTUGAL (0-0) vs. HUNGARY (0-0), 12 p.m. ET
Over 2.5: +102
Under 2.5: -122
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Portugal is the second-most talented team in this field. Losing Joao Cancelo to COVID protocols hurts, but there’s a reason that they are the team that I bet on to win the entire event. They’re loaded.
And this match is actually quite important.
You see, Portugal is in the Group Of Death. France and Germany are also in Group F, which means that there’s a very real chance that Portugal will need to advance as the No. 3 team in the group. Only four of the six teams that finish third in their group will advance, which puts a massive priority for each of the three big teams to land a win over Hungary, who ranks 37th in FIFA’s rankings.
Now, this game will be played in Budapest. And I do expect Hungary to put nine or ten men behind the ball and try to play for a 0-0 draw. And, yes, Hungary drew Portugal at the 2016 Euros in a 3-3 match. But I just cannot see them pushing this iteration of Portugal, not when this team is so much more than just an old Cristiano Ronaldo leading the line.
I see two places to find value in this match. The first is the under. Even if Portugal goes ahead, I think Hungary might play for a 1-0 loss. Avoiding a blowout is important for them.
But I actually think that betting “No” on both teams scoring at (+123) is better. This match has 1-0 Portugal written all over it.
EURO 2020 SCHEDULE
Tuesday, June 15
12:00 p.m. ET: Hungary vs. Portugal (Group F)
3:00 p.m. ET: France vs. Germany (Group F)
Wednesday, June 16
9:00 a.m. ET: Finland vs. Russia (Group B)
12:00 p.m. ET: Turkey vs. Wales (Group A)
3:00 p.m. ET: Italy vs. Switzerland (Group A)
Thursday, June 17
9:00 a.m. ET: Ukraine vs. North Macedonia (Group C)
12:00 p.m. ET: Denmark vs. Belgium (Group B)
3:00 p.m. ET: Netherlands vs. Austria (Group C)
Friday, June 18
9:00 a.m. ET: Sweden vs. Slovakia (Group E)
12:00 p.m. ET: Croatia vs. Czech Republic (Group D)
3:00 p.m. ET: England vs. Scotland (Group D)
Saturday, June 19
9:00 a.m. ET: Hungary vs. France (Group F)
12:00 p.m. ET: Portugal vs. Germany (Group F)
3:00 p.m. ET: Spain vs. Poland (Group E)
Sunday, June 20
12:00 p.m. ET: Italy vs. Wales (Group A)
12:00 p.m. ET: Switzerland vs. Turkey (Group A)
Monday, June 21
12:00 p.m. ET: North Macedonia vs. Netherlands (Group C)
12:00 p.m. ET: Ukraine vs. Austria (Group C)
3:00 p.m. ET: Finland vs. Belgium (Group B)
3:00 p.m. ET: Russia vs Denmark (Group B)
Tuesday, June 22
3:00 p.m. ET: Croatia vs. Scotland (Group D)
3:00 p.m. ET: Czech Republic vs. England (Group D)
Wednesday, June 23:
12:00 p.m. ET: Slovakia vs. Spain (Group E)
12:00 p.m. ET: Sweden vs. Poland (Group E)
3:00 p.m. ET: Germany vs. Hungary (Group F)
3:00 p.m. ET: Portugal vs. France (Group F)