Teams are gearing up for their second group stage games in the 2021 UEFA European Championship and they’ll get started on Wednesday. Finland, Russia, Turkey, Wales, Italy, and Switzerland are scheduled to play matches and bettors are already wagering on the results at DraftKings Sportsbook. Let’s take a look at who the public is backing ahead of matchday.
Wednesday betting splits
Finland vs. Russia
Finland (+500): 30% handle, 18% bets
Tie (+280): 10% handle, 9% bets
Russia (-157): 60% handle, 74% bets
Russia only generated five shots and put one on target against Belgium last week, but the attack should be better against a lesser opponent. While Finland was outplayed by Denmark in their first group stage game, they secured a 1-0 victory by netting their only shot of the match. The Finns forked up 22 shots and 70% of possession to the Danes, so Russia is in a great spot to win or get a draw. While Russia commands 60% of the handle and 74% of the tickets on moneyline wagers, betting on a draw in a tournament that’s seen limited scoring might be the better option.
Turkey vs. Wales
Turkey (+132): 51% handle, 43% bets
Tie (+215): 13% handle, 22% bets
Wales (+245): 35% handle, 35% bets
The public is leaning toward Turkey despite their 3-0 loss to Italy. Turkey didn’t even manage to put one of three shots on target, so it’s hard to expect a relentless attack in game two of the group stage. Wales managed to draw Switzerland 1-1 but lacked creativity for most of the match. Starting two English Premier League defenders — Joe Rodon and Ben Davies — didn’t stop Switzerland from racking up 18 shots, but Turkey doesn’t have the same pace as the Swiss. Wales should probably be getting more support given the result they got against a better opponent, but neither side stands out as a clear favorite.
Italy vs. Switzerland
Italy (-180): 81% handle, 90% bets
Tie (+300): 10% handle, 5% bets
Switzerland (+550): 9% handle, 4% bets
Italy is the favored to win Group A at -770. No team in the tournament has better odds, so the public is right to back them so heavily. Switzerland isn’t a bad team, though. Speed helped them create a ton of chances against Wales. Netting a goal early and parking the bus could make a draw a possibility, but an Italian win seems much more likely. Italy hasn’t lost to Switzerland since 1993 and has won or drawn in eight straight matches against them.
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