EURO 2024: Betting preview & predictions for Saturday June 24th

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The group stage of the EURO 2024 Championship is nearing the final hurdle. With the final games of the stage taking place this week, it’s now or never for many teams in this competition as far as securing their spot in the knockout phase of the competition, with two heavy favorites to win the tournament outright leading the charge on Monday. Here’s a quick overview of the games ahead and the best ways to bet on both matchups.

Albania vs Spain

EURO 2024: Albania vs Spain Game info

Date: Monday June 24th
Time: 3PM ET, 8:00PM BST
Location: Düsseldorf Arena
TV channel: FOX Sports

EURO 2024: Albania vs Spain Betting info

Moneyline: Albania +600 | Draw +380 | Spain -225

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Spain have already ensured that they will proceed to the knockout stage by winning their opening two games of the EURO’s, which means we could see a rotated side for the game against Albania. However, they can’t be too complacent, with Albania approaching this game knowing that a win is absolutely neccesary if they are to have a chance at sneaking through themselves.

Few teams have been as dominant as La Roja this tournament. One of only three teams to take maximum points from two games so far, they also boast a +4 goal difference, they’re actually yet to concede and are the only team who can say that not names France. That seems unlikely to change against Albania, but they did force Croatia into a 2-2 draw with a 95th minute equaliser and won’t be taking this fixture lightly.

The Albanians know that they can’t dictate possession, but that hasn’t stopped them from focusing on counter-attacking football and firing as many shots at goal as they can in order to make up for that. With Spain likely to rest some of their key players, there’s no doubting that the aggression and belief from Albania will remain the same going into their final group matchup.

Spain should be the easy winners here, but this is do-or-die for a team that have upset the odds against Croatia and hung well against Italy despite a 2-1 loss, with a 1st minute goal actually opening the scoring. With it all on the line, I expect both teams to score here and will be backing that market, or Albania +1.5 at -170.

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File – The empty stadium is seen after sunset during a German Bundesliga soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. The European Championship in Germany is all about tried and tested stadiums with a rich soccer history. Unlike at some recent World Cups, there’s been no rush to finish stadiums on time. (AP Photo/Michael Probst,Pool, File)

Croatia vs Italy

EURO 2024: Croatia vs Italy Game info

Date: Monday June 24th
Time: 3PM ET, 8:00PM BST
Location: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig
TV channel: FOX Sports

EURO 2024: Croatia vs Italy Betting info

Moneyline: Croatia +230 | Draw +220 | Italy +135

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Group B is far from a finished story. Italy do have 3 points after their win over Albania but a 1-0 loss against Spain means that even a slight trip-up against Croatia could see their EURO hopes end abruptly. They only need a point to advance, but Croatia need all 3 after being disappointing in the tournament so far.

Croatia were unlucky not to snatch all 3 points from the Albania game and will need to be more clinical against the Azzurri, who are fighting for more than just a spot in the knockouts as the defending champions.

Italy’s team is far more dynamic than Croatia and much younger. An aging core of players is starting to wilt and is simply not the dominant group that it used to be. With Italy featuring the likes of Chieasa in attack and the ever-impressive Donnarumma In goal, it’s going to be tough for Croatia to find much pace to keep up with, or break down a well-oiled Italian outfit. I’m backing Italy outright here.

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