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Euro Game Odds & Preview: Moneylines, Totals, & Expert Analysis For Matchday 3


Several teams will battle for a place in the knockout stage of the European Championship when Matchday 3 gets underway this week. The action begins with an eagerly anticipated game between Switzerland and Germany in Frankfurt on Sunday.

Some teams have already qualified for the Round of 16, so they can afford to take a foot off the pedal on Matchday 3. Others are fighting to remain in this tournament. We have previewed all 12 games below, and we have also highlighted the best Euro 2024 odds on each match.

Euro group stage odds — Matchday 3

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Switzerland vs. Germany

  • Moneyline: Switzerland , Germany
  • Spread: Switzerland , Germany
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Switzerland secured an impressive 3-1 win against Hungary in their first group stage game. An early goal from Kwadwo Duah settled the nerves, and Michel Aebischer doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time. Hungary threatened a comeback after the break, but Breel Ebolo scored in injury-time to seal the win. The Swiss then labored to a 1-1 draw with Scotland on Matchday 2, but they should still be pleased with a haul of four points from two games.

Germany is now the second-favorite to win Euro 2024 after beating Scotland 5-1 and Hungary 2-0 in their first two games of the tournament. Jamal Musiala and Florian Wirtz have looked slick in attack, and the defense has been solid. However, the Germans are still just two points clear of Switzerland, so they must avoid defeat in this game to clinch first place in Group A. As such, manager Julian Nagelsmann should field a strong starting XI on Sunday.

Scotland vs. Hungary

  • Moneyline: Scotland , Hungary
  • Spread: Scotland , Hungary
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Scotland’s Euro 2024 campaign began with a disappointing 5-1 defeat to Germany. To make matters worse, defender Ryan Porteous was handed a two-game suspension after receiving a red card for a dangerous tackle on Ilkay Gündogan. However, the Scots were resurgent when they held Switzerland to a 1-1 draw on Matchday 2. Grant Hanley looked composed after replacing Porteous in the starting XI, and Scott McTominay was full of energy in midfield. Scotland will now qualify for the Round of 16 if they can beat Hungary.

The Hungarians are now in last-chance saloon. They lost 3-1 to Switzerland and 2-0 to Germany, leaving them bottom of Group A. Marco Rossi’s men now need to beat Scotland on Matchday 3 to be in with a chance of reaching the knockout stage. Hungary is No. 27 in the FIFA world rankings, 12 places ahead of Scotland, and it is a narrow favorite to win this game.

Albania vs. Spain

  • Moneyline: Albania , Spain
  • Spread: Albania , Spain
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The Albanians have exceeded expectations at Euro 2024. They were heavy underdogs against Italy in their opener, but they only suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat. Albania then defied the odds to draw 2-2 with a strong Croatia team on Matchday 2. Klaus Gjasula scored a last-gasp equalizer in the 96th minute of that game, sparking scenes of jubilation among the players, so they will carry momentum into their final group stage match.

Spain began the group stage with a 3-0 victory over Croatia, courtesy of goals from Álvaro Morata, Fabián Ruiz, and Dani Carvajal. La Roja then beat Italy 1-0, so they are already assured of a place in the Round of 16. Manager Luis de la Fuente may now take the opportunity to rest some key players on Matchday 3, in order to keep them fresh for the knockout stage of the tournament. That could be positive for Albania, but it is worth noting that Spain’s reserves are also strong.

Croatia vs. Italy

  • Moneyline: Croatia , Italy
  • Spread: Croatia , Italy
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Croatia’s players will fight to keep their Euro 2024 dream alive when they take on Italy in Leipzig on Monday. They slumped to a 3-0 defeat against Spain in their opener, before drawing 2-2 with Albania on Matchday 2. Zlatko Dalić’s men were on course for a 2-1 victory, but a 96th-minute equalizer from Klaus Gjasula left them crestfallen. They are now bottom of Group B as they head into Matchday 3, so this is a must-win game for the Croatians.

Italy made the worst possible start to their Euro 2024 campaign, as they conceded in the first minute of their game against Albania. However, the Azzurri quickly turned things around, and goals from Alessandro Bastoni and Nicolò Barella handed them a 2-1 win. They followed it up with a 1-0 defeat to Spain in their second game, but they remain on course to qualify for the Round of 16. Italy is a +145 favorite against Croatia, and it will be interesting to see if the players can justify that status on Monday.

France vs. Poland

  • Moneyline: France , Poland
  • Spread: France , Poland
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France is the favorite to win Euro 2024 after making a strong start to the tournament. Les Bleus have a wealth of attacking talent, including Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé, Marcus Thuram, and Olivier Giroud. Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante has looked sharp in midfield, and the defense did well to keep a clean sheet against Austria in their opener.

Poland is a heavy underdog for this game. These teams landed in the same group at the 2022 World Cup, and France beat Poland 3-1. Giroud broke the deadlock and Mbappé then scored twice in the final 20 minutes of the game, so Robert Lewandowski’s late strike proved to be a mere consolation. The Poles were outclassed in that match, so they will need to produce a stronger performance if they are to beat Les Bleus in Dortmund on Tuesday.

Netherlands vs. Austria

  • Moneyline: Netherlands , Austria
  • Spread: Netherlands , Austria
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The Netherlands are the favorites to beat Austria on Matchday 3. That is largely down to the strength of their defense, which features Virgil Van Dijk, Stefan de Vrij, and Nathan Aké. They should provide the Netherlands with a strong base in this game. Xavi Simons, Cody Gakpo, Memphis Depay, and Wout Weghorst have also impressed in attack at this tournament.

Austria manager Ralf Rangnick encourages his team to play at a fast tempo. The players press the opposition high up the pitch, and they seek to turn the ball over in dangerous positions. They will seek to put pressure on Van Dijk and De Vrij, and they will try to cut off the supply to Gakpo and Depay in attack. Marcel Sabitzer, Christoph Baumgartner, and Konrad Laimer will support Michael Gregoritsch in attack, and it will be interesting to see if they can unlock a stout Dutch defense.

Denmark vs. Serbia

  • Moneyline: Denmark , Serbia
  • Spread: Denmark , Serbia
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Denmark will aim to return to winning ways when they face Serbia in Munich on Tuesday. The Danes have drawn both games so far at this tournament, but they are the favorites to beat Serbia on Matchday 3. They will take encouragement from their performance against England, as they outclassed the Three Lions and were unfortunate to draw 1-1. If they play like that against Serbia, they could qualify for the Round of 16.

Serbia began the tournament with a 1-0 defeat to England. The Serbians almost lost again on Matchday 2, but a 96th-minute equalizer from Luka Jović earned them a 1-1 draw with Slovenia. However, they remain bottom of Group C, and they will be eliminated if they lose to Denmark. The Serbian roster is full of dangerous attackers, including Aleksandar Mitrović and Dušan Vlahović, but they have not really clicked so far. The manager may need to change his formation in order to improve Serbia’s fortunes.

England vs. Slovenia

  • Moneyline: England , Slovenia
  • Spread: England , Slovenia
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England’s players will have a point to prove on Matchday 3. The Three Lions were a little lucky to beat Serbia 1-0 in their opening game, and they could only draw 1-1 with Denmark last time out. England’s fans booed the players off the pitch after that game, and they will demand a response against Slovenia on Tuesday. England began the tournament as the favorite to lift the trophy, but Gareth Southgate’s men have now fallen behind France and Germany in the futures betting, so they will be keen to remind everyone of their quality.

This is a crucial game for Slovenia. The players battled to a 1-1 draw with Denmark on Matchday 1, and they were unlucky to only draw with Serbia in their second game, as they conceded in the sixth minute of injury-time. They will now face their greatest test against England, a team that sits 52 places above them in the FIFA world rankings.

Slovakia vs. Romania

  • Moneyline: Slovakia , Romania
  • Spread: Slovakia , Romania
  • Total:

Slovakia will aim to return to winning ways when they face Romania on Wednesday. Their Euro 2024 campaign began with a famous 1-0 victory over Belgium, courtesy of an early goal from Ivan Schranz. He scored again when Slovakia locked horns with Ukraine on Matchday 2, but they ultimately lost 2-1 after conceding twice in the second half. The Slovakians will need to dust themselves off quickly as they prepare to face a talented Romania team.

The Romanians produced a counterattacking masterclass in their 3-0 victory over Ukraine on Matchday 1. They had just 28% of the possession, but they played with pace and purpose on the break, and they were efficient in front of goal. That could provide them with a blueprint to beat Slovakia in Frankfurt.

Ukraine vs. Belgium

  • Moneyline: Ukraine , Belgium
  • Spread: Ukraine , Belgium
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Ukraine got their Euro 2024 campaign back on track when they battled to a 2-1 win against Slovakia on Friday. Serhiy Rebrov’s men lost 3-0 to Romania in their opener, and the fans may have been experiencing a sense of déjà vu when they conceded an early goal against Slovakia. However, they were resurgent in the second half of that game, and goals from Mykola Shaparenko and substitute Roman Yaremchuk earned them a crucial victory.

However, they now face an even tougher challenge against a strong Belgium team, which features world-class players such as Kevin De Bruyne. The Manchester City playmaker cut a frustrated figure in Belgium’s shock 1-0 defeat to Slovakia, but he is expected to improve as this tournament develops. Romelu Lukaku, Leandro Trossard, and Jérémy Doku are all dangerous in attack too, so Belgium will bring a lot of firepower to this game.

Georgia vs. Portugal

  • Moneyline: Georgia , Portugal
  • Spread: Georgia , Portugal
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Georgia forward Kvicha Kvaratskhelia will attempt to unlock a stubborn Portugal defense when the teams clash in Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday. The Napoli forward has frequently dazzled fans with his individual brilliance over the past couple of years, and he will need to replicate that form for his country. He faces a tough battle against Rúben Dias and Pepe, but Kvaratskhelia is one of the world’s most creative players.

Portugal has an abundance of attacking talent in its ranks. That was evident when manager Roberto Martínez was able to bring on Diogo Jota, Pedro Neto, and Francisco Conceiçao in the recent 2-1 win against the Czech Republic. Yet Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva, and Bruno Fernandes remain Portugal’s key players in attack, and that trio will aim to lead their team to victory over Georgia.

Czechia vs. Turkey

  • Moneyline: Czechia , Turkey
  • Spread: Czechia , Turkey
  • Total:

Czechia will aim to snap a three-game losing streak against Turkey when the teams meet in Hamburg. The teams last met in November 2022, when goals from Enes Ünal and Hakan Çalhanoğlu earned Turkey a 2-1 win. The Czechs have not beaten Turkey since 2014, so history is not on their side. However, they were competitive against Portugal in their first game of the tournament, so they could cause problems for Turkey’s defense on Wednesday.

Turkey is the favorite to win this game. The Turks have dominated the recent head-to-heads between these teams, and they are full of confidence right now. Çalhanoğlu is pulling the strings in midfield, and young forwards Arda Güler and Kenin Yildiz are going from strength to strength, so the odds of Turkey winning Euro 2024 have shortened since the tournament began.

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