With the 2020 UEFA European Championship Qualifying action getting underway over the course of the coming week, there’s plenty of value-packed soccer action going down and that means, a bunch of chances to potentially cash in with some winning wagers. Let’s get to my top three matches of the week right now.
Top Soccer Betting Picks of the Week – September 2nd Edition
UEFA European Championship Qualifying – Group J Stage
Armenia (2-0-2) vs. Italy (4-0-0)
Analysis: The Armenians will look to extend their winning run in Group J to three games, but Italy will present a huge challenge in this affair. The Azzurri have been impressive in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, with the team recording a win in each of their four group games. The sides’ only past matches were in 2014 World Cup qualifying where Armenia lost 3-1 at home but drew 2-2 in Naples. Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored in both fixtures for Armenia, but Italy is unbeaten in eight games (W6 D2), conceding just twice along the way. With four World Cup titles and one European Championship trophy, Italy has the big edge in experience and overall talent.
Pick: Italy 2 Armenia 1
UEFA European Championship Qualifying – Group B Stage
Serbia (1-1-1) vs. Portugal (0-2-0)
Analysis: The Serbs did well to hold A Selecao to a draw in Lisbon in their opener, but they experienced all sorts of problems in an embarrassing 5-0 loss to Ukraine. Serbian has gone 0-3-2 in five matches against Portugal since gaining their independence on June 5, 2006. Ironically, Serbia’s last home defeat in qualifier came against Portugal in 2015. Conversely, the Selecao have finished third at the 1984, 2000 and 2012 European Championships, while losing in the final to Greece at the Euro 2004. With superstar Cristiano Ronaldo leading the way, I like Portugal for the two-goal win in this one!
Pick: Portugal 3 Serbia 1
UEFA European Championship Qualifying – Group H Stage
France (3-0-1) vs. Albania (2-0-2)
Analysis: Les Tricolores quickly bounced back from a 2-0 loss to Turkey, with the team rolling over Andorra 4-0. Conversely, the Albanians overwhelmed Moldova 2-0 in front of home fans in their last qualifier. The last meeting between these two ended with France winning 2-0 at the 2016 finals. France is unbeaten in home in EURO qualifiers since 2010 and they’ve turned their Stade de France into a really difficult place to win. Don’t think twice about it soccer betting enthusiasts, the world champions are going to pick up all three points from Saturday’s qualifier.
Pick: France 3 Albania 0