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Old 10th June 2004, 04:55 PM
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June 13th-16th

Portugal - Greece

Spain - Russia

Switzerland - Croatia

France - England

Denmark - Italy

Sweden - Bulgaria

Czech Republic - Latvia

Germany - Holland

My predictions - Matchday 1.

Portugal($1.45) - Greece($6.00) [DRAW: $3.85]
Portugal will want to get off to an impressive start at EURO 2004, being the hosts. I see them winning confidently.

Spain($1.60) - Russia ($5.15) [DRAW: $3.40]
Spain, like Portugal, will be eager to do well in the competition. With a lot of quality players in their team I foresee them being easy victors. At the world cup they didn't drop a point in the group stages.
PREDICTION: Spain, comfortably.

Switzerland($3.00) - Croatia ($2.15) [DRAW: $3.20]
On paper there is no reason Croatia shouldn't beat Switzerland but the result could be a draw. Unless a major upset occurs Switzerland won't beat Croatia. I doubt this will happen.

France ($1.90) - England ($3.60) [DRAW:$3.25]
France are deservedly the favourites against an over-rated England side that lacks attacking power now that Alan Shearer is retired. The English will rely on players like Michael Owen and Heskey to provide goals and I can't see either player scoring more than 2 goals in this tournament. Whereas France have a very talented team with players like Henry, Zidane, Pires with major strengths in all areas of the pitch.

Denmark ($4.00) - Italy ($1.80) [DRAW: $3.25]
Italy's return has gone from $1.90 to $1.80 in the past few days. This is because bookmakers are realising that Denmark has no chance of winning and Italy should win comfortably. I see Italy starting off EURO 2004 well with a strong win.

Sweden ($2.00) - Bulgaria ($3.25) [DRAW:$3.25]
I feel that bookmakers are being generous with a $2.00 return on Sweden considering they are a strong, but under-rated nation. I expect them to win but not before conceding a goal from Bulgaria.

Czech Republic ($1.40) - Latvia ($7.50) [DRAW:$3.75]
There's a reason Czech Republic has the lowest returns for matchday 1. You can figure it out.
PREDICTION: Czech Republic, easily.

Germany ($3.10) - Holland ($2.10) [DRAW:$3.20]
This is not an easy match to predict as both nations are very unpredictable when it comes to soccer. One day Germany are in the WC final, the next they are being beaten by Romania 5-1 in Munich. Holland are losing 2-1 to Scotland and then 1 week later winning 6-0. Don't hold me to it but I expect Holland to get their team together and win against an unprepared German side.

Please add your thoughts/predictions to this thread.

[ This Message was edited by: primo on 2004-06-10 18:15 ]
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Old 10th June 2004, 06:44 PM
Floydyboy Floydyboy is offline
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Gee Primo I wish you were running a book on Owen or Heskey not scoring 2 goals in the tournament.I reckon at least one of them will score 2 goals in the quali rounds

[ This Message was edited by: Floydyboy on 2004-06-10 19:55 ]
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Old 10th June 2004, 07:52 PM
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I said they won't score MORE than 2 goals. We'll see at the end of the tournament.


Bet on this now if you want to make some money.

Saturday Double: Spain-Portugal at $2.20

Some people have put $25 000 on Spain to beat Russia and Portugal are a shoe in to win against Greece.

[ This Message was edited by: primo on 2004-06-10 20:59 ]
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Old 11th June 2004, 08:00 PM
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everybody is into the AFL, no?
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Old 11th June 2004, 08:15 PM
sportznut sportznut is offline
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Primo, at this stage I reckon the champions will probably be either France or Italy. My best outsiders are the Czech Republic.
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Old 11th June 2004, 08:43 PM
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I agree 100%
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Old 11th June 2004, 10:22 PM
peanutz peanutz is offline
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France & Italy are being tipped by everyone. Spain or Holland could surprise.
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Old 12th June 2004, 09:32 PM
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Saturday Double: Spain-Portugal at $2.20
The return has gone down to $1.88 - bookies must have finally woken up. It's still great value though.

Spain has also gone to $1.50 and Portugal down to $1.40.

[ This Message was edited by: primo on 2004-06-12 22:33 ]
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Old 13th June 2004, 09:59 AM
rabbitz rabbitz is offline
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Kali mera Primo I took portugal in my big
multi as well as spain
Multi stands at 6/10 with four legs still to be played
three Afl games and Wallabies
losers were Saint Kilda,Newcastle,Raiders(1/2
point)and Portugal.
Should restrict myself might get 100/1 still
good punting
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Old 13th June 2004, 11:20 AM
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Portugal 1 - 2 Greece
Spain 1 - 0 Russia

Portugal will now struggle getting into the quarter finals. They were very dissapointing. It's the first time ever in a European championship that a host nation has lost the opening match.
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