Two European factions looking to overcome World Cups to forget and one that observed the fun and games in Brazil through their television sets all begin their Euro 2016 qualifying campaigns today and we’ve filed the three of them into an orderly multiple that pays at 8/1.
Portugal, Greece and Poland take centre stage as they take on Albania, Romania and Gibraltar respectively, with plain sailing scrubbed from the menu for Cristiano Ronaldo and co.
Under 2.5 goals in Portugal v Albania @ evens
The European Selecao aren’t the most proficient when it comes to qualifying for major tournaments, perennially making hard work of seemingly straightforward assignments before invariably prevailing over in the play-offs.
They host an inferior outfit here where victory should be a formality, but a deluge of goals isn’t in the offing according to the Eagles’ recent results.
Of their previous 14 outings, 11 have fallen under the line in question.
The Albanians failed to score in six of these too, so expect to see a scoreline in the 1-0 or 2-0 region here, with both outcomes available at 21/4 and 9/2 respectively.
Greece to keep a clean sheet v Romania @ 11/10
Few nations were as frugal as the Euro 2004 winners in World Cup qualifying, who kept a staggering eight shut outs en route to Brazil 2014.
A play-off with their next foe was required to book their spot in the samba jamboree and, prior to that two-legged tussle, they’d kept four clean sheets from their previous seven meetings with the Tricolorii.
Poland (-3) to beat Gibraltar @ 21/20
In Robert Lewandowski, the Poles stock one of Europe’s most feared frontmen and he shouldn’t have too much difficulty hammering home the goals against the smallest of minnow nations making their first competitive appearance.
Recent 5-0, 5-1 and 10-0 destructions of San Marino provide a fitting barometer for what might happen when they travel to the Rock so lump on this very fair odds-against offering for an away win with a three-goal handicap.