England vs Serbia Euro 2024 Odds, Betting Preview & Tips: No Pushovers

Harry KaneEngland’s Euro 2024 campaign gets underway on Sunday with this clash against Serbia at the Schalke Arena in Gelsenkirchen (8pm; TV: Live on BBC1). It’s a game where the Three Lions need to get off to a positive start.

There will be tougher tests to come in Group C with Slovenia and Denmark waiting, so three points and a strong performance is essential.

England certainly have the support of the bookmakers and will go into Sunday’s match as clear favourites at best industry odds of 9/20 (almost 1/2). The draw follows at a top price of 15/4, while victory for the Serbs is on offer at a best of 7/1.

Southgate’s side breezed through their Euro 24 qualifying section without losing a game. The concern for backers is a weak performance in their final warm-up match, which ended in a home defeat to Iceland. Nevertheless, England are pre-tournament favourites to win the whole thing, which doesn’t look great value.

Serbia are through after finishing second to Hungary in Group G. Head Coach Dragan Stojkovic and his side won four, drew two and lost two of their fixtures, to finish with a respectable record.

The favourites have greater depth and quality in their squad, but they will need to improve on their performances in those warm-ups. England have world class attacking talent, but are often criticised for negative tactics and will need to be sharper in front of goal to justify those match result odds.

The First Goalscorer betting shows a familiar face at the top of the market. England captain Harry Kane kicks things off at a general 3/1 to find the net first. He is England’s record scorer and he delivered most goals in England’s qualify group with eight.

Behind Kane, England players dominate with Ivan Toney and Ollie Watkins both listed at 4/1. The issue with the back-up strikers is that both men will likely start from the bench. If they get on, you would imagine that England will already be on the scoresheet.

The first option for Serbia backers is a player who will be very familiar to followers of the English Premier League. Former Fulham and Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic slots in at best odds of 10/1. Like Harry Kane, Mitrovic is his country’s leading scorer and he topped the charts in his qualifying section with five strikes.

Coming back to England, there may be some value behind the centre forwards. Cole Palmer and Phil Foden are both quoted at 6/1, while Bukayo Saka can be backed at 7/1.

Away from the players, Both Teams to Score is available for Sunday’s fixture at best odds of 11/10. If you think there will be a shut out on either side, the ‘no’ option on BTTS carries the lower top price of 20/23.

Next, we’ll take a look at Total Goals, where we’ll start with a stake Over the 2.5 line which is available at a best of 10/11. If you want to push that higher, Over 3.5 goals can be found at 11/5. Anyone expecting a quiet 90 minutes could opt for Under 2.5 goals at 19/20.

We’ll sign off with some Correct Score options. If you agree with the bookies and are expecting a comfortable win for the favourites, a 3-1 victory for England could be the pick at 12/1. A 2-1 win for Serbia is listed at 20/1, while the 1-1 draw is on offer at 17/2.

Our Preview’s England vs Serbia Betting Tips Verdict

England should be winning this but there are concerns. First games of any tournament can be subdued encounters, with neither team wanting to lose. There is also the question of those warm-up matches and the defeat to Iceland.

With tougher fixtures to come, however, three points is vital and we think we will see more attacking intent from Southgate’s men. With those factors in mind, it could be a game for side markets rather than the match result.

The fact that Both Teams to Score has risen above evens suggests that the bookmakers aren’t expecting much from Serbia. However, the team returned a respectable 15 goals in eight qualifying matches and found the net in both of their ties against group winners Hungary.

In Aleksandar Mitrovic, the Serbs have a proven goalscorer at the highest level and we expect them to get on the scoresheet. Both Teams to Score is our first pick.

For the second tip, this preview will opt for Phil Foden to find the net in 90 minutes. He looks a likely starter and his scoring form for Manchester City makes him a strong selection. Foden doesn’t have a great scoring record for England, but 27 goals in 52 games for Man City last season suggests that may be about to change.

  • Both Teams to Score at best odds of 11/10 with Betfred.
  • Phil Foden to Score at Any Time at 21/10 with Bet365.