Euro 2020 Thursday Qualifiers

The qualifying for Euro 2020 begins on Thursday night with the likes of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Belgium – who are one of the favourites to win the title – all in action.

The Scottish are led again by Alex McLeish but they face a tricky looking task away in Kazakhstan in their Group I opener.

Elsewhere in Scotland’s group, the favourites are Belgium but they also face a tough challenge as they host Russia. Also in the group Cyprus host minnows San Marino.

Northern Ireland’s recent up-turn sees them as one of the favourites for Group C and they will be hopeful of winning their opening clash against Estonia at Windsor Park. Also in Group C, Holland host Belarus.

Also on Thursday, World Cup finalists Croatia get their campaign underway at home at Azerbaijan.

We run through every game with predictions from our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and BoyleSports’ Lawrence Lyons. We also have a Football Index – One to follow.

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Kazakhstan 15:00 Scotland
Group I

MATCH ODDS: Kazakhstan 10/3 Draw 11/5 Sunderland 10/11
BoyleSports pick: 
Both Teams To Score @23/20
GRAEME SAYS: Certainly not an easy game but I think Scotland could get something…1-2
Football Index – One to follow: Andy Robertson – Scotland’s best player and one of Europe’s best full-backs

Cyprus 17:00 San Marino
Group I

MATCH ODDS: Cyprus 1/33 Draw 17/2 San Marino 22/1
BoyleSports pick: 
Over 3.5 goals @3/4
GRAEME SAYS: An interesting game and can see a scoring draw…2-2
Football Index – One to follow: Grigoris Kastanos – Young player with huge potential

Northern Ireland 19:45 Estonia
Group C

MATCH ODDS: N.Ireland 4/9 Draw 3/1 Estonia 15/2
BoyleSports pick: 
N.Ireland to win & over 1.5 goals @21/20
GRAEME SAYS: Northern Ireland get underway with a comfortable win…2-0
Football Index – One to follow: Jamal Lewis – A brilliant prospect for Northern Ireland

Netherlands 19:45 Belarus
Group C

MATCH ODDS: Holland 1/8 Draw 7/1 Belarus 22/1
BoyleSports pick: 
Holland to score over 2.5 goals @3/4
GRAEME SAYS: Holland need to get back to winning ways, and they will…3-0
Football Index – One to follow: Frenkie De Jong – On his way to Barcelona and should be followed

Slovakia 19:45 Hungary
Group E

MATCH ODDS: Slovakia 8/11 Draw 13/5 Hungary 4/1
BoyleSports pick: 
Slovakia Half Time/Full Time@7/4
GRAEME SAYS: Slovakia are a talented side and will win this one…3-0
Football Index – One to follow: Milan Skriniar – Inter defender who should be followed, a top young player

Croatia 19:45 Azerbaijan
Group E

MATCH ODDS: Croatia 1/12 Draw 6/1 Azerbaijan 18/1
BoyleSports pick: 
Croatia -2 @Evens
GRAEME SAYS: Croatia could dish out a bit of a hammering here…5-1
Football Index – One to follow: Marko Rog – A stunning young player, who could get to the very top

Israel 19:45 Slovenia
Group G

MATCH ODDS: Israel 13/10 Draw 11/5 Slovenia 9/4
BoyleSports pick: 
0-0 draw @7/5
GRAEME SAYS: Don’t see too many goals here, but maybe Slovenia edge it…0-1
Football Index – One to follow: Jan Oblak – Simply one of the best goalkeepers in the world

FYR Macedonia 19:45 Latvia
Group G

MATCH ODDS: Macedonia 2/5 Draw 16/5 Latvia 17/2
BoyleSports pick: 
Macedonia to be leading at Half Time @20/21
GRAEME SAYS: Macedonia to narrowly edge a home win…1-0
Football Index – One to follow: Elif Elmas – A fantastic midfield talent, and should be looked at

Austria 19:45 Poland
Group G

MATCH ODDS: Austria 13/10 Draw 11/5 Poland 11/5
BoyleSports pick: 
Poland to score first @5/4
GRAEME SAYS: Austria are a very good team, but I can see Poland claiming a point in what will be a good game…2-2
Football Index – One to follow: David Alaba – A terrific player who doesn’t get the plaudits

Belgium 19:45 Russia
Group I

MATCH ODDS: Belgium 1/3 Draw 15/4 Russia 17/2
BoyleSports pick: 
Belgium to win by one goal @11/4
GRAEME SAYS: Belgium are one of the best in the world, and they will show that here…2-0
Football Index – One to follow: Eden Hazard – He is capable of being top of the Index, no doubt

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