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Is Euro 2020 coming home?
The Euro 2020 final is this Sunday! Italy face England at Wembley, having last won a trophy at the 2006 World Cup. England haven’t lifted any silver wear since the 1966 World Cup, and will be desperate to end the wait. The Italians have impressed throughout, starting with an imposing 3-0 win over Turkey on opening night, and not losing a game since. Here’s there route to the final:
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|Semi final||1-1 (Pens)|
England are also unbeaten, here’s how they reached the big stage:
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|Semi final||2-1 (AET)|
The Three Lions have home advantage, but face a rampant Italy who will be incredibly difficult to break down. At the time of writing, the sportsbooks can’t separate the teams. Italy have a 33% chance of winning, with England having a 38% chance of winning. Could we be in for a long night and maybe penalties?
Doge drives crypto sports betting increase?
Cloudbet (review, American bettors are geo-blocked) have announced that 3.5 times more crypto sports bets are being placed this year compared to last year, with the NBA playoffs seeing strong action. In a report on Yahoo Sports, they say doge bettors are now among their most active users accounting for a 10th of all players each week, with bitcoin accounting for half of all bets.
This is even more impressive considering they only opened their casino to doge at the start of May. Cloudbet said total betting value was up 75% in December and January when bitcoin rallied from $18,000 to $33,000. If there’s a 2nd peak on this bull run, these numbers will increase even more.
Crypto.com increase Formula 1 sponsorship
Formula 1 announced in April that they would be trialing 3 sprint races in the 2021 season. The new Saturday afternoon race is 100km and decides the grid on Sunday, as well as offering a handful of Championship points for the top 3. Crypto.com have jumped at this opportunity and have sponsored the sprint races.
They’ve also become a global partner of Formula 1, meaning their branding will be visible in every remaining 2021 round. The exchange already had a presence through sponsorship of the Aston Martin team, but this cements their name at the forefront of the sport.
Stake’s $1m race
Running from 1 July until 31 July, you can win a share of $1 million worth of bitcoin thanks to Stake (review, American bettors are geo-blocked). Players who wager the most will come out on top, with the number 1 ranked bettor taking home $250,000 worth of bitcoin. Any wagers on their casino or sportsbook count towards the promotion, which you can track in the promotions section.
Stake last ran this promotion in April, and its success has lead to a repeat. “MalteseFalcon” took home the top prize that time, betting a huge $79 million worth of bitcoin and ether. Second place staked $76.5 million, winning $120,000 for the effort.
Weekend bets to watch…
Urawa Reds are unbeaten in 6 away matches. They sit 5th in the J-League, 2 points off AFC Champions League qualification. On the other hand, Oita sit 2nd bottom and are 4 points off safety. A price of over even money seems overpriced here, despite Urawa Reds having not won at Oita in their last 9 matches. The visitors will be confident about ending that run and 2.2 is a tidy price.
Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor face each other in their trilogy fight this weekend. The Irishman took the 1st bout via KO, before being worn down by an impressive Poirier 2nd time around. McGregor will have learnt from this defeat and should come back sharper and fitter. A loss for the previous 2-weight world champion would push him towards the brink of retirement, but at his best he should be able to see off Porier. His odds have drifted out to over even money, which looks attractive should he be firing on all cylinders.
The result in this game is a real tough one to call, but it looks to be void of attacking flair. All of Cincinnati’s last 5 matches have had under 2.5 goals land. Meanwhile, Columbus have landed under 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 away matches. They also have one of the most miserly defences in the MLS, having conceded just 9 goals in 11 matches. This one shouldn’t be a classic, and unders look like the value pick.
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