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Euro 2008: Switzerland v Czech Republic odds and preview

Euro 2008: Switzerland v Czech Republic odds and preview The Euro 2008 opener is this Saturday with the Group A game featuring co-host Switzerland v Czech Republic, it's time to look at the odds and preview the game. No time to waste, let's look at the odds offered at the U.K.-licensed online bookmaker Bet 365 on the Euro 2008 opening game. And what a great opener for the punters with big payouts offered on either of the three possible outcomes. The Czech Republic is the favourite to win the game with the bookie, listed with odds 2.62 to win the first Euro 2008 game, while the host Switzerland is not far behind with odds to win the game at 2.75. A Switzerland v Czech Republic draw would pay out on 3.20 with the bookmaker. The betting odds offered on the Switzerland v Czech Republic Euro 2008 opener provide a great opportunity for the punters to strengthen their parlays and focus on the favourites in the following matches, don't miss this chance as either outcome is close to triple your winnings.

 At this time 31 additional betting markets are being offered by Bet 365, those are also likely to increase to 44 as the game gets closer to start time. To touch on the most popular, the goals expected in the Switzerland v Czech Republic game are favourite to be under 2.5 with odds 1.57 and if three or more goals are scored, your bet would be multiplied by 2.35. The half-time odds favour a draw at 2.10, Czech Republic to win the first half carries odds of 3.25 and if the Swiss do so, the odds are 3.40. Jan Koller is the favourite goalscorer with odds 15/8 to net one anytime during the game, followed by Milan Baros and Alexander Frei, both with odds 2/1. Visit Bet 365 for the full list of betting odds on the Switzerland v Czech Republic game, including correct score, Asian handicap, corners and more.

 Injuries would be the main concern in the Swiss camp ahead of the game, so far midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta is working to overcome ankle problem and defender Patrick Mueller, who took part in the last two friendlies, remains doubtful for the Saturday's game after missing the season with knee injury. Meanwhile the biggest question mark in the Czechs' team, defender Marek Jankulovski, claimed he is fit to play Saturday after recovering from knee injury. When betting on the Switzerland v Czech Republic game, keep in mind that the Swiss entered the Euro 2008 on their co-host status, while the Czech Republic was the winner of Group D qualifiers, beating the Euro 2008 favourite Germany 0-3 in Munich in October. The last time these two teams met was in August of 1999, a game won 3-0 by the Czech Republic. Overall the two teams have met total of 30 times, the Czech winning 16 of the games and drawing 6.

The kick-off time for the Switzerland v Czech Republic match is set for 18:00 local time (17:00 BST) at St Jakob-Park in Basle on Saturday, June 7th.

 Published on 06/04/2008

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