It was a positive weekend for the bookmakers, as Scotland battled to a goalless draw against England at Wembley on Friday evening. 

Whilst many will have picked heavy favourites England to continue their momentum against Steve Clarke’s side, few will have fancied the game to be low scoring – given the heavy firepower Southgate has at his disposal. 

The odds of England captain Harry Kane repeating his 2016 heroics and taking home a golden boot will have continued to dwindle, as he once again failed to register a shot on target against a resolute Scottish defense. 

Saturday’s early kick-off saw positivity continue for betting operators when France fell to a draw against tournament minnows Hungary. 

Whilst the result didn’t have too much of a significant impact on France’s ante-post odds, it was something of a coupon-buster for Saturday’s fixtures, with the draw priced at around 9/2 pre-match. 

After a tough first outing against France, Germany shifted their tournament price, with them now third favourites at around 6/1, after a solid victory over Portugal by four goals to two. 

The result meant that holders Portugal drifted to around 9/1 to win the tournament, as they are now faced with a tough task to qualify through the group of death. 

A solid Saturday for bookmakers was confirmed as Spain failed to overcome Poland and have also left themselves a lot of work to do to get out the group after taking just two points from their opening two games. 

Spain, England and France were all around 3/10 to capture victory, underlining just how unpredictable tournament football can be. 

Across the pond, a dramatic NBA post-season showed similar turbulence, with Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets falling short in a dramatic game seven encounter with the Milwaukee Bucks. 

As the game headed to overtime, player props punters were left licking their lips with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Durant notching up 40 and 48 point games respectively. Nonetheless, the star-studded Nets were many pundits’ pick for the tournament, but despite having taken a two-game lead against the Bucks, they were left to rue errors and injuries, which cost them their chances for another year. 

According to bookmakers, a final between the Phoenix Suns and the Bucks is most likely, with Giannis and the Bucks edging their rivals in the market to capture NBA glory in what has been season filled with turbulence.

Weekend in Review: EURO 2020 big guns fire blanks as faltering France leave group of death in the balance