European Championships Semi Finals Tips

There’s a huge Euro 2024 semi-final showdown on Tuesday evening with Spain and France clashing in Munich. Meanwhile, England have stuttered and stumbled their way into the Euro 2024 semi-finals and the Netherlands now stand between the Three Lions and back-to-back European Championship finals.

Game 1: Spain v France - Tuesday 9th July - 20:00

France needed a penalty shootout to get past Portugal, in what was a drab last-eight showdown, while Spain downed hosts Germany with virtually the last kick of extra-time.

We have a bet builder ready for what should be an intense last-four contest.

Spain to win, Dani Olmo to score at any time, under 1.5 France goals @ 10/1

Spain secured a dramatic extra-time victory over Germany in the quarter-finals of Euro 2024, and while you could argue that La Roja were a little fortunate to eliminate the hosts in Stuttgart, Germany can be considered the best team in the competition and a contest against France looks a step down in class.

Les Bleus were certainly second best when getting past Portugal at the last-eight stage and Didier Deschamps’ men lost the xG in that contest 1.84 to 1.14.

France were able to win a penalty shootout against Portugal, but Les Bleus have won only two of their five Euro 2024 matches inside 90 minutes and it certainly hasn’t been a blistering level of performance from Deschamps’ side.

Spain have some selection complications with Pedri, Dani Carvajal and Robin Le Normand all missing on Tuesday, but there is enough depth in Luis de la Fuente’s squad to suggest that La Roja can cope without those absentees.

Spain look a fair bet to see off France and reach the Euro 2024 final.

Dani Olmo replaced the stricken Pedri early in the first half against Germany and the 26-year-old made a huge impact by opening the scoring. The Leipzig man was a constant threat to the German defence and Olmo also found the net in Spain’s 4-1 last-16 victory over Georgia.

France’s defensive approach may put space at a premium, but Olmo has the individual ability to create his own chances and there is enough in the price to play the 26-year-old in the anytime scorer market.

Les Bleus have scored only three goals in Germany and Deschamps' defensive-minded side are yet to hit the net more than once in any Euro 2024 contest.

One of France’s goals have come from the penalty spot, one was the other two were own goals and Les Bleus haven’t produced a single strike from open play.

Star forward Kylian Mbappe has struggled in Germany, where a facial injury has hampered his impact. Away from the Real Madrid man, there is little goalscoring threat and backing France to score under 1.5 goals can complete a three-leg bet builder.

Game 2: Netherlands v England - Wednesday 10th July - 20:00

Over 2.5 goals, Both teams to score, Nathan Ake to commit over 1.5 fouls @ 17/2

England will have wanted to put in some far better performances at Euro 2024 than they have, but there is a slightly different dynamic to the Three Lions’ semi-final clash with the Netherlands.

Gareth Southgate’s side have benefited from a kind knockout draw to get to this stage, but the low block of the perceived weaker nations perhaps hasn’t played to their strengths.

Facing a stronger team, as the Three Lions certainly do on Wednesday night, isn't exactly a bonus but the attacking approach of the Netherlands may afford England more space to work in.

Koeman’s side have scored seven goals in their last three Euro 2024 matches, but the Oranje were given a tough time by Austria and Turkey, who breached the Dutch a combined four times.

The Three Lions may be forced to go toe to toe with the Dutch in Dortmund and that could lead to goals.

For all England's struggles, Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka have scored two outstanding individual goals and there is certainly enough quality in the Three Lions’ squad to cause the Netherlands problems.

Koeman’s men didn’t convince defensively against Turkey and they were a tad fortunate to come from behind to beat the Crescent Stars, who won the shot count and fared better on the expected-goals metric.

Backing over 2.5 goals in Dortmund looks a sensible first leg of any bet builder for the semi-final and, given the attacking strengths of both sides, a bet on both teams to score is also advised.

Complete a same-game treble by adding Nathan Ake to commit two or more fouls.

The Manchester City defender was given a tough time by Turkey in the quarter-finals and the full-back committed two fouls before being withdrawn in the 73rd minute.

Ake is likely to come up against Saka, who was undoubtedly England’s best performer against Switzerland, in Dortmund and the Arsenal star could have the upper hand in that particular individual battle.

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