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Euro 2024 Betting Picks and Prop Bets for Saturday 6/15/24

Zack Bussiere
Zack Bussiere@ZackBussiere
Euro 2024 Betting Picks and Prop Bets for Saturday 6/15/24

The 2024 UEFA European Football Championship -- also known as Euro 2024 -- is here, and it should be a fun tournament.

FanDuel Sportsbook's Euro 2024 odds offer a variety of ways to get in on the action, including betting lines for each match.

Let's take a look at the best bets for Saturday's matches.

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Euro 2024 Betting Picks

Spain vs. Croatia (12 p.m. ET)

Spain Moneyline (-110)

Saturday's three-game slate is headlined by a big clash between Spain and Croatia in Group B -- this year's Group of Death.

Croatia has been unable to replicate their success at the World Cup in the Euros, having not advanced past the group stage since 2008. They return many of the veterans that reached the final of the 2018 World Cup and the semifinals of the 2022 World Cup -- led by midfielder Luka Modric.

While they aren't short on experience, Croatia's performance in qualifying doesn't inspire confidence heading into this match. They finished second in Group D with a loss to Turkey, who won the group, and a draw and a loss to Wales, who finished third. They did earn an impressive 2-1 win over Portugal in their final friendly on June 8th.

Spain was nearly perfect in qualifying, winning Group A with seven wins and one loss -- a 2-0 defeat to a tricky Scotland side. Spain generated the third-most goals/90 (2.88) while allowing the eighth-fewest (0.63). In Rodri and Pedri, they have an elite midfield duo that has plenty of international experience of their own. Up front, Álvaro Morata had an excellent season for Atletico Madrid and will be flanked by two exciting young talents -- Nico Williams and Lamine Yamal.

I would also consider under 2.5 goals (-142) in this one. Both teams ranked inside the top eight in goals allowed per 90 minutes in qualifying.

Italy vs. Albania (3 p.m. ET)

Under 2.5 Goals (-136)

Italy, 10th in the FIFA World Rankings, are favored in this one (-260) against 66th-ranked Albania.

Albania won their group in qualifying, which included Poland (28th) and Czechia (36th) thanks to an elite defense that only allowed four goals in eight matches. Their 0.50 goals allowed/90 tied for fourth-best with England, Croatia, and Romania. They produced clean sheets against both Poland and Czechia and have only allowed more than one goal once this year -- a 3-0 loss to Chile in a friendly in March. On the other end of the pitch, their 1.50 goals/90 ranked 24th -- last among teams that won their qualifying group.

Italy will be a step up in competition for Albania. They are the defending champions and finished second to England in Group C in qualifying. Italy averaged the ninth-most goals/90 (2.0) in qualifying, but they had plenty of frustrating results.

Against Malta (171st), they only won 2-0 in their first meeting. They drew 1-1 with North Macedonia (69th) and 0-0 with Ukraine (22nd). In their most recent friendlies, they drew 0-0 with Turkey (40th) and defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina (74th) 1-0.

Luciano Spalletti took over as manager for Italy late last year, and this will be his first major tournament at the helm. He was behind Napoli's exceptional season in 2022-23, but it remains to be seen how well that success will translate to this stage.

With eleven different players combining to score Italy's 16 qualifying goals and no player scoring more than three, they do not have the same elite talent at striker that England, France, and Portugal do.

In their last five matches, Italy is undefeated, with four clean sheets, averaging 1.0 goals per game. Facing a defensive-minded underdog in Albania, this match could result in a low-scoring win for Italy.

Prop Bets

Rodri To Have 1 Or More Shots on Target (+160): Rodri is coming off the best season of his career as the engine of Manchester City's title-winning campaign. Operating as either a defensive mid or center mid for Spain, Rodri consistently records shots on target. He had one in six of his seven appearances in qualifying. When Spain and Croatia clashed in the Nationals League Final in June of last year, he didn't have a shot on target but did take four shots. Coming off the best goal-scoring season of his career, I like his odds to stay aggressive and record a shot on target in this one.

Dominik Szoboszlai To Have 1 Or More Shots on Target (-140): Szoboszlai plays a more attacking role for Hungary than he does for Liverpool, operating either as a forward or an attacking mid. In their eight qualifying matches, he averaged 3.5 shots and 1.6 shots on target per game. Switzerland (19th) are ranked higher than any team Hungary faced in qualifying, but they allowed 1.10 goals/90 and only kept a clean sheet in three of 10 matches -- vs. Belarus (96th), Israel (78th), and Andorra (164th).


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