Euro2020 Previews and Betting Tips, Matchday 2

Euro2020 Match Previews and Betting Tips: Matchday 2

There was plenty of talking points from matchday 1 and mixed fortunes for the home nations. England won their opening game, the first time ever in the Euros. Wales took a point against Switzerland in a 1-1 draw and Scotland lost 2-0 to the Czech Republic. Join us as we preview from the next round.

Match of the Day

Friday sees the clash that us Brits are looking forward to as England take on their oldest rivals Scotland. England beat Croatia 1-0 in their first game and could guarantee their place in the knock-out rounds with a win here. For Scotland, it’s a chance to kickstart their campaign and there is no better place to do it than Wembley.

England v Scotland
England Form Guide DWDWD
Croatia Form Guide DLWLW
  • Venue: Wembley
  • Fri 18 Jun, 20:00
  • Referee: TBC
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 3/10 D: 9/2 A: 9/1

About the Game:

A game that you would feel will be like a Premier League British all-star match due to the number of players for both sides that plies their trade in England. The hosts beat fellow group favourites Croatia by a single goal and now have the mental advantage going into this game against their nearest rivals. Raheem Sterling rewarded Gareth Southgate’s confidence in him with the goal when the match appeared to be heading for a goalless draw. Harry Kane, the top scorer in the 2018 World Cup, had a quiet night, but he will have another chance to flourish against the Scots.

The Three Lions have now won seven consecutive games in all competitions and have built up momentum, perhaps at the right time. Kalvin Philips was exceptional in the win against Croatia, going shoulder to shoulder with Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric. He could well be the star of the tournament if he continues putting in these types of performances. Southgate has a hugely talented squad. If he can overcome his natural instincts as a former defender to unshackle the players, there is good reason for England fans to be optimistic. This game is a routine win on paper for the Three Lions, but you’ll struggle to find an English fan who doesn’t believe this is likely to be the hardest game in the group for England with the history between the two sides.

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Scotland has a very experienced side, with many of their squad playing their football south of the border. There is very little love lost between the nations on a football level, and Scotland would love beating the Auld Enemy almost as much as they would love to lift the trophy, such is the rivalry between the two. Despite losing the opening game, Scotland was impressive going forward and created the better chances in the match early on and would be disappointed in the manner they conceded the goals. Especially the second goal that killed the game for them where the keeper had stepped way ahead of his line.

Steve Clarke side are likely to allow England to have much of the possession and hope to get something on the counter-attack. Southampton’s Che Adams should start and will give Scotland a real goal threat. It was a surprise he didn’t start Scotland’s first game, and he did look lively when he was introduced. His partnership with John McGinn, who has ten goals for the side, raises optimism that they can produce a surprise victory in this game. Manchester United’s Scott McTominay will have a busy day in midfield with captain Andy Robertson, and their performance is likely to be pivotal. Competitive games against England don’t come around often, and we have a sneaky feeling that Scotland will make the most of it.

Prediction: A draw.

Rest of the Games

Coming up are our previews and Euro2020 betting tips for all the rest of games on matchday 1.

Turkey v Wales
Turkey Form Guide LLDWL
Wales Form Guide WWLDD
  • Venue: Baki Olimpiya Stadionu
  • Wednesday 16 June, 17:00
  • Referee: Artur Dias
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 8/5 D: 2/1 A: 2/1

About the Game:

The Crescent Stars will have huge support in Baku to cheer them on and their supporters are expected to outnumber the Welsh by 10-1. They will need to improve on their last performance, failing to record a shot on target in their 3 – 0 demolition by Italy and managing just thirty-seven per cent possession. Not a surprise defeat as they have lost the opening game in each of the last seven major competitions they have featured. They have progressed thrice (Euro 2000, Euro 2008, and World Cup 2002) after avoiding defeat in the second group game, making this an important match to get them in their mojo. Senol Gunes will have to ignite the attacking flair in the side in the next two games. They came into this competition unbeaten in the year, including a 4 -2 win against the Netherlands in the World Cup qualifier. The last match between these two sides produced ten goals, Turkey winning 6 – 4 in 1997. Wales last victory against Turkey was forty years ago, a great record they hope to maintain. The absence of Cenk Tosun has taken a shine from the attack.

Wales had a solid start to their Euro Campaign, coming from behind to draw 1 – 1 with Switzerland. Aaron Ramsey was a notable star in the middle of the pitch going forward and can be a difference as he looks to improve his tally of sixteen goals in sixty-four appearances. Wales have been comfortable sharing the spoils, drawing the last three consecutive games in normal time. They have qualified to the knockout stages of just two major competitions, with the most recent one in the Euro 2002 inspired by their greatest talent Gareth Bale. Kieffer Moore’s six goals for his nation have all been headers, including the equaliser against Switzerland, which means he scored in his last two starts, with five of his six goals coming in competitive fixtures. Moore took 33% of their shots, with Joe Morrell created the same percentage of chances; it was no surprise the Moore scored from Morrell’s assist. The two are the ones to watch out for as well as Bale’s magical left foot.

Prediction: Turkey to win.

Italy v Switzerland
Italy Form Guide LLDWL
Switzerland Form Guide DLLDW
  • Venue: Stadio Plimpico
  • Wednesday 16 June 20:00
  • Referee: Sergei Karasev
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 3/5 D: 11/4 A: 5/1

About the Game:

The Azzurri’s gave a fascinating attacking display in their 3-0 win over Turkey. In that game, they produced twenty-four attempts scoring three goals for the first time in a European competition. They extended their unbeaten run to twenty-eight games in front of their sixteen thousand home fans for a special opening game of the fifty-one games. A ninth consecutive victory and keeping a clean sheet. A huge statement by Roberto Mancini’s team proving they mean business and looked like a side that will be a real treat. Ciro Immobile looks like a veteran goal poacher and could be a significant performer to lead the lines if they stand a chance to go further in the competition. He is surrounded by selfless new stars featuring in their debut tournaments , such as Domenico Berardi. The player had a standout season, scoring seventeen goals and seven assists for Sassuolo.

Breel Embolo gave a dominant performance, scoring and being a complete nuisance to the opposition in their 1 – 1 draw with Wales. Just two wins in the last fourteen Euro’s past and present, is a concern for the side. They have lost once in the last fifteen matches in the competition, including qualifiers show how strong the side is defensive. They need to improve their performance going forward and score more as goals win games. They have tasked Xherdan Shaqiri, who has seen less competitive football over the last few seasons and Embolo. They have been eliminated twice in the group stage before the last sixteen exits in the previous competition. They are in a favourable group in this competition this time around and could progress.

Prediction: A draw.

 Finland v Russia
Finland Form Guide LLDWL
Russia Form Guide LLLDD
  • Venue: Saint-Petersburg
  • Wed 16 June 14:00
  • Referee: Danny Makkelie
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 5/1 D: 11/4 A: 61/100

About the Game:

Finland got three precious points against Demark in a match that had a dark cloud over it, with Christian Eriksen suffering a cardiac arrest that caused the match to be postponed. The fans will be proud of their side in their first-ever game in a major competition. Joel Pohjanpalo wrote his name in the Finnish history books scoring the solo goal in the 1-0 win. The maestro has scored three goals in the last three games for his nation and could be the low-key star in the competition. Markku Kanerva could make a career for himself, leading the rank outsiders to a surprise. Their attack has been bearing fruits finding the back of the net in eight consecutive games and could make a perfect nine with Teemu Pukki leading the lines. They have a poor record against their opponents, losing four games against them by an aggregate of fifteen to one. A draw will be a convincing result, although a win would confirm their place in the knockout phase.

Russia was showing a lot of respect against Belgium playing on the back foot. They have another chance to blossom against an entertaining Finland side at Saint Petersburg. The three goals conceded in the 3-0 will be a huge concern, but more worrying is how blunt they were in attack. Stanislav Cherchesov’s side needs to show the same spirit they did in their 2018 World Cup campaign, where they lost just once in the quarter-finals through a penalty shoot-out. Russia had flourished, unbeaten in the last six games in their home turf, producing three wins and three draws but have kept just two shutouts. They are without a win in the European Championships in the last six games (two draws, four defeats), losing the last three successive. A win is a must if they want to keep their hopes alive, as any result other than that would give a lifeline to their opponents.

Prediction: Russia to win.

Denmark v Belgium
Belgium Form Guide LLDWL
Russia Form Guide LDLDW
  • Venue: Parken
  • Thur 17 June 17:00
  • Referee: Bjorn Kuipers
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 16/5 D: 9/4 A: 1/1

About the Game:

A moment to treasure that reflects why we love football was how players handled the Cristian Eriksen injury. All worries revolved around the Danish number ten, but once he was declared stable, the players agreed to resume the match later on in the day. They, however, went ahead to lose the match and even failed to convert a penalty that would have made the game level. Ericksen will not be available to face his teammate Lukaku, but we expect the team to put a spirited effort to honour their maestro, who would have given them a better winning chance with him on the pitch. They failed to win against the debutants in the European completion Finland losing 1 – 0, so this will be a tough bite against ruthless Belgium. Kasper Schmeichel and his defence will have a busy day in office to draw a fairly convincing result in this game.

Of all the favourites in the competition, the world number one team commenced the campaign on a serious note thumping Russia 3 – 0. They meant business with Italian player of the season, Romelu Lukaku, inspiring his side with two well worked goals. The Inter Milan maestro has now scored twenty goals in the last fifteen games. Thomas Meunier came off the bench to score and assist in the match and was one of the standout stars in the game. Eden Hazard made an interesting cameo as he tried to work his way back to the side after weathering a storm of injuries since making a move to Spain. Kevin De Bryune could be fit to feature in their second game, which will be an exciting team to have him feature alongside Hazard and Lukaku.

Prediction: A draw.

Ukraine v North Macedonia
Ukraine Form Guide LLDWL
North Macedonia Form Guide WDWLD
  • Venue: Arena Nationala
  • Thur 17 June 14:00
  • Referee: Fernando Rapallini
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 33/50 D: 11/4 A: 9/2

About the Game:

A spirited effort coming from two goals down made Europe recognise Ukraine as the potential Dark Horse in this competition. They were unlucky to lose 3 – 2, having scored late goals and all seemed to be heading for a draw against the Netherlands. This was the most entertaining game in the competition so far, and Andriy Shevchenko will be proud of his team’s performance against the group favourites. They face North Macedonia to take all three points from if they match the same effort they put in on matchday 1. Andy Yarmolenko scored a stunner, which is one of the tournament’s best goal so far and will now have to deliver more goals to win this game. They have lost each of the last six games in the European competition, with this match a good chance to stop this run.

A huge occasion for North Macedonia was playing in their first-ever major tournament. Goran Pandev scored a historic goal that will last long in the fans’ memory, and it was a really special moment for the nation and the players. Pandev, who is thirty-seven, became the second-oldest goalscorer in the Euros. It was visible how they played and the pride in their face, but took nothing, largely due to their inexperience; they were excellent on the night, coming so close to winning a precious point. They now continue their adventure against Ukraine, who on paper, are better than they are, so they will need to get their defensive shape right and try to get something from set-pieces to cause an unlikely upset.

Prediction: Ukraine to win.

Netherlands v Austria
Netherlands Form Guide LLDWL
Austria Form Guide DWDWW
  • Venue: Johan Cruijff Arena
  • Thur 17 July 20:00
  • Referee: Orel Grinfeld
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 8/15 D: 333/100 A: 5/1

About the Game:

The Netherlands ended a run of four straight defeats in the Euros in a five-goal thriller that saw them win 3 – 2. Gini Wijnaldum has netted fifteen goals in the last twenty-six appearances and was the star man in their opening game. Memphis Depay stood out in the sides quick attack forward, arguably one of the best talents for the Netherlands who has failed to reach full potential. Denzel Dumfries gave a man of the match performance, scoring twice, but one goal was ruled for offside. The wingback was relentless in his movement and a constant threat to Ukraine. The Netherlands are one of the most entertaining sides we hope to continue delivering the same level of enticing football. Barcelona’s De Jong is another incredible talent we hope will light up the side who look to have one foot in the knockout stages already.

Austria won their opening game 3 – 1 against North Macedonia in Bucharest. Stefan Lainer volleyed brilliantly to give the side the lead. They survived a scare when their opponents equalised but took came back strong to score two more goals. They lead their group and will have a big game against the Netherlands in a match that could affect how the group will look. If they avoid defeat, their fate will be in their own hands in the last game, where they will face Ukraine in a game that could potentially decide who occupies second place. This was just their first win in the Euros in the seventh attempt and a first win at a major tournament since the 1990 World Cup. The three goals they scored were also more than they ever managed in the last six games where they scored a combined two goals.

Prediction: Netherlands to win.

Croatia v Czech Republic
Croatia Form Guide LLDWL
Czech Republic Form Guide WWWLW
  • Venue: Hampden Park
  • Fri 18 June 17:00
  • Referee: TBC
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 23/20 D: 23/10 A: 5/2

About the Game:

Thirty-five-year-old Luka Modric failed to walk the walk and was outrun in the midfield by the youthful England in their 1-0 loss. The maestro had to drop deeper to spark his side, and this helped them grow in the game; despite not getting on the scoresheet, the veteran showed class with his long passing range. Former Leicester man and Hoffenheim star Andrej Kramaric need to show the form he has had with his club this season that saw him scoring twenty-five goals in thirty-four games. Ivan Perisic has been involved in more goals (four assists, seven goals) than any other Croatian player in a major tournament. They have already shaken off the high intense game against the group rivals and now need to put in quality performances in the next two games as qualification is very much within reach.

The name Patrick Shick is about to be a household name in this tournament. The Czech star gave a world-class performance, scoring two wonderful goals in their 2 – 0 win against Scotland. An in-form striker in a tournament where one goal and a moment of brilliance can be the difference is important, and the Czechs have that. He has thirteen goals for Bayern Leverkusen, and if he keeps up this impressive form, the Czechs could reach the knockout stage. They defended well against Scotland and will have to keep the same defensive discipline against an experienced Croatia side. If they can marshall a draw, they will have four points heading to the final game against England, which could be a battle for who tops the group. Although France, Portugal, or Germany are likely to be awaiting the group winners, it might be a game that neither wants to win.

Prediction: A draw.

Sweden v Slovakia
Sweden Form Guide LLDWL
Slovakia Form Guide WWLWD
  • Venue: Saint Petersburg Stadium
  • Fri 18 June 14:00
  • Referee: TBC
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 83/100 D: 12/5 A: 15/4

About the Game:

Sweden was convincing against Spain and came close to clinching all three points against the former world champions. They created the two best chances, with Alexander Isak striking the post and Marcus Berg throwing away a golden opportunity created by Isak. At the heart of the Swedish defensive line, Victor Lindelof looked well organised despite some individual errors. He was all jubilant at the end to be rewarded with a deserving clean sheet. Sweden now has to be on the front foot against a dangerous and unpredictable Slovakia side who could be out of reach if they win here. They are a proven side that reached the World Cup quarter-finals, so we expect them to build upon the draw and give Slovakia a run for the money in this game.

Slovakia reached the Round of sixteen in the previous tournament and looked like a tricky side that can miraculously make it out of the group. When all the focus is on Spain for their great achievements over the years, Poland with goals scoring machine, Robert Lewandoski, and Sweden, who have been impressive coming into this tournament, nobody gave Slovakia a chance. They have so far proven themselves beating Poland in the opening game. Milan’s Skrinar, who had a great game in the defence keeping Lewandoski quiet and went ahead to score, gave his side a huge glimmer of hope to head to the knockout rounds. Marek Hamsik will be playing his 128th game for his national side was inspirational and produced the assist for the winning goal.

Prediction: A draw.

Spain v Poland
Spain Form Guide LLDWL
Poland Form Guide LWDLL
  • Venue: Estadio de La Cartuja
  • Sat 19 June 20:00
  • Referee: TBC
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 33/100 D: 17/4 A: 8/1

About the Game:

Spain was left frustrated after spunning a host of chances in a match you would feel was in their hands to win. La Roja had seventeen shots, their highest tally in a major tournament since creating twenty-five against Switzerland in the 2010 World Cup. Luiz Enrique can not win this tournament if they keep their hopes of scoring goals on the shoulders of Alvaro Morata. The Juventus striker spurned fine, especially after all the other areas on the pitch, delivering perfectly in the night. Man City trio Ferran Torres, Rodri, and Aymeric Laporte brought the tiki-taka Man City dominance play with eighty five per cent possession that could favour Spain and take them far in the competition if they can get someone to put the ball in the net. They have enjoyed just one victory in the last six opening games so it wasn’t that big of a surprise.

Wojciech Szczesny became the first goalkeeper to score an own goal in the European competition’s history. Grzegorz was shown a red card after his side had fought from a goal down, and the match looked set for a draw. They ended up losing the match to go bottom of the table. Poland’s over-reliance on their star man Robert Lewandoski, who had an off night, could be detrimental to their qualification hopes. Paulo Sousa needs to talk his team into producing a team effort rather than wait for moments of magic from their star man. The absence of Arkadiusz Milik and Krzystof Piatek to injury is a blow as their prescence would have given them a better chance to win. They face a Spainish side that will be ruthless after drawing the first game and will have to be at their level best to get something out of this.

Prediction: Spain to win.

Hungary v France
Hungary Form Guide LLDWL
France Form Guide WWLDD
  • Venue: Puskas Arena
  • Sat 19 June, 14:00
  • Referee: TBC
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 9/1 D: 17/4 A: 3/10

About the Game:

Hungary feels like they are the punching bag in the group and have a big test against the reigning World Champions. They were close to an unlikely draw against Portugal before conceding three late goals in front of a fully packed 67,000 capacity Puskas Arena. An encouraging performance for the side, even having a goal ruled for offside. Hungary is equal contenders in this group, coming into this tournament in good form, winning three and drawing two of the last five, scoring four goals against Andorra and three against San Marino. They can push for a draw or muscle out a goal from a set-piece, but defending over ninety minutes, the ultra-talented France side looks highly unlikely. Adam Szalai leads the lines because a natural goal scorer can push a counterattack to frustrate their opposition, but a win is surely out of their reach.

The reigning World Champions got to a winning start in the Euros. Matt Hummels own goal was enough to guarantee three points in a fascinating, edgy tournament in Munich against the Germans that they won 1-0. France gave a wonderful display and made a host of chances for themselves. Karim Benzema will be hungrier as we expect him to make the most of his nation’s six years of absence. France has been playing well without a world-class striker, and it will be interesting to see how the Real Madrid maestro will improve the side. Oliver Giroud is a top player but not at the same level as Benzema. Giroud, however, had a way to make players around Kylian Mbappe and Antonio Griezmann look good as he brought them into the game more. They were dominated in possession and shots against Germany but still looked like the more dangerous side. Anything other than winning this tournament will be a step down for the World Champions who reached the finals of the previous competition.

Prediction: France to win.

Portugal v Germany 
Portugal Form Guide LLDWL
Germany Form Guide DLLDW
  • Venue: Fussball Arena 
  • Sat 19 June 17:00
  • Referee: TBC
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 23/10 D: 11/5 A: 5/4

About the Game:

The argument about who is the greatest of all time in the world in our generation has been an endless debate with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, two worthy answers. However, there is no argument on who is the best player in Europe where Ronaldo plays his trade. The maestro has guided Portugal to the European Champions and the inaugural UEFA Nations League champions. Two goals against Hungry silenced his doubters that he should have hung his boots to commence the group of death campaign in a bang at thirty-six. Ronaldo is now the all-time top scorer in the European Championship history with eleven goals. They have won a lot with a less talented squad and are now brimming with exceptional talent all around the pitch, which should be a big worry for the opposition they face. This promises to be a better campaign after drawing all their group games in the previous campaign. Germany will test their strength, especially Bruno Fernandes and Bernado Silva, who were quiet in the opening game.

Mats Hummels was recalled after being told by his manager he will not feature for his country again in 2019, and the veteran didn’t do himself any favours by scoring to his net in the 1-0 loss to France. Joachim Low doesn’t seem to have figured out his best eleven yet, with the team showing a lack of confidence after enduring a turbulent few years. They face the reigning European Champions, but as we saw in the first game, they showed a level of quality that matched the ultimate favourites despite losing. The experienced manager has led his country to seven competitions in his time, now looks to have the weakest team he has ever managed. He, however, has pace to burn in Leroy Sane, Timo Werner, and Serge Gnabry, who have the talent to pull off a performance.

Prediction: A draw.

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Game Event Odds Cumulative Odds
England v Scotland A draw 9/2 5.50
Italy v Switzerland  A draw 11/4 20.62
Turkey v Wales Turkey to win 13/8 54.14
Netherlands v Austria Netherlands to win 8/15 83.01
Spain v Poland Spain to win 1/3 110.68

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