Euro2020 Previews and Betting Tips, Matchday 3

Euro2020 Match Previews and Betting Tips: Matchday 3

Match day 2 provided plenty of entertainment, unless you are an England fan of course. The Three Lions can put the performances behind them and a win against the Czech Republic on Tuesday will see them through. Scotland need to play the same way they did against England when they Croatia on Tuesday. The Welsh are very much still in the mix after a great win against Turkey.  

Join us as we preview all the action from the final group stages. 

Match of the Day

Our match of the day is the Czech Republic v England. A draw will be enough for the Three Lions to qualify, but a defeat would mean a nervous look at other results. Will Southgate unshackle the young talented stars?

Czech Republic v England
Czech Republic Form Guide DWDWD
England Form Guide DLWLW
  • Venue: Wembley
  • Tue 22 Jun, 20:00
  • Referee: TBC
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 13/2 D: 12/5 A: 3/5

About the Game:

Patrick Shick has been one of the the tournament’s standout player producing great performances in all the games he has featured. He was the difference in the game against Scotland; his second from the half-way line is arguably the competition’s best goal and will be shown for years to come. The Bayer Leverkusen man tops the scoring charts after a controversial penalty was awarded to them in the 1 – 1 draw against Croatia. There was no disputing the blood oozing from his nose, though, so the referee was right to give the spot-kick. The Czech’s have put themselves in pole position to get to the next stage with four points so far, level on points with England.

The Czech Republic boast a host of Premier League stars, but the most prominent in the side is Thomas Soucek, who has been playing deep, giving his side stability. He is prolific going forward, managing to be the highest non-penalty midfielder in the Premier League, shadowing names such as Bruno Fernandes and Kevin De Bruyne. However, he will be against a familiar colleague in Declan Rice, who partners him the West Ham midfield; this is likely to be a key battle for midfield dominance that could decide the game.

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England, as normal, tend to make life difficult for themselves and their fans. The Three Lions came into this tournament on the back of a successful campaign in the World Cup where they finished fourth, following it up with an impressive qualification campaign. They continue the Euro campaign with manager Gareth Southgate not seemingly knowing what his best eleven is. In Russia, they did well with three defenders but have now switched to a back four with two holding midfielders which doesn’t seem to bring the best out of them on the attacking front. They were unnerved by an energetic Scottish attack that just failed to get the ball in the back of the net. The fans booed the performance showing how woeful they were, and if Southgate’s aim was to temper expectations, he’s done well.

Harry Kane was starved in the game against Scotland, managing just two complete passes before being subbed off. Then there is the question of Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish on the sidelines. The manager should know better though who his best eleven should be, and at this stage of a major competition, they should work on a working system going into the knockout stage. That said, they have four points that many fans would have taken at this stage. A crafty draw in this game would see England finish second in the group and avoid the biggest hitters in the first knock-out round. Perhaps Southgate is a genius after all?

Prediction: A draw.

Rest of the Games

Coming up are our previews and Euro2020 betting tips for all the rest of games on matchday 3.

Italy v Wales
Italy Form Guide LLDWL
Wales Form Guide WWLDD
  • Venue: Stadio Olimpico
  • Sun 20 June, 17:00
  • Referee: Ovidiu Hategan
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 1/2 D: 11/4 A: 7/1

About the Game:

Italy became the first team to qualify for the knock-out stage and has a 100% record so far. They have become many peoples tip to go all the way in this tournament. It’s incredible to think that before this edition of the Euros, Italy had never scored three times in a game; they have already done it twice with a 3-0 win against Turkey on matchday the same scoreline on matchday 2. Italy is on a twelve game winning streak and is hard to break down, having kept a clean sheet in five of their last six. Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli is making the headlines, having scored two in two. 31-year-old Ciro Immobile is also having a fine tournament; he also has two.

After drawing the first game 1-1 with Switzerland, Wales had a great result against Turkey, winning 2-0 to almost guarantee a place in the next round. They have a five-goal cushion over Switzerland, which faces Turkey in their game, which means even if they do lose, it is extremely unlikely they can be caught. And even in a worst-case scenario, four points will likely see them through as one of the best third-placed teams. The win against Turkey in front of 30,000 fans, the vast majority were Turkish, shows maturity in the Welsh side. Aaron Ramsey scored the opener just before halftime in the game, and Connor Robert calmed the nerves with a goal right at the death. Gareth Bale had a great game despite missing a penalty; the Real Madrid man assisted both goals.

Prediction: Italy to win.

Switzerland v Turkey
Switzerland Form Guide LLDWL
Turkey Form Guide DLLDW
  • Venue: Baki Olimpiya Stadionu
  • Sun 20 June 17:00
  • Referee: Slavko Vincic
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 61/100 D: 3/1 A: 17/4

About the Game:

Switzerland had the potential to be dark horses in this tournament. Going into the game against Italy, the Swiss had been unbeaten in eight games. Despite this, the Italians were ruthless and swept them aside 3-0. With just one point on the board, they need to win against Turkey and try and reduce their goal difference and hope Italy beat Wales by a healthy margin. The only goal they have scored so far is from 24 years old Breel Embolo, who plays for Borussia M.Gladbach, where he plays alongside the impressive Marcus Thuram. Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri made the assist for the goal. The versatile midfielder has had a fairly quiet tournament so far, despite averaging 86.8% for his passing.

Turkey was expected to challenge Wales and Switzerland for the runner-up spot in the group. Some had even tipped them to have an excellent campaign and top the group. However, a sound 3-0 thrashing by Italy and a 2-0 loss against Wales has seen them rock bottom of Group A without a point. With their goal difference of -5, even a win against the Swiss is likely to be more about playing for pride than any realistic chance of progression. No Turkey player has had a match rating above 7, West Bromwich Albion’s Okay Yokuslu their best player stat-wise, but he only played 65 minutes against Italy and 45 minutes against Wales.

Prediction: Switzerland to win

 Finland v Belgium
Finland Form Guide LLDWL
Belbgium Form Guide LLLDD
  • Venue: Saint-Petersburg
  • Mon 21 June 20:00
  • Referee: Felix Brych
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 10/1 D: 15/4 A: 33/100

About the Game:

Finland’s 1-0 win in matchday one, courtesy of a Joel Pohjanpalo goal, will always be remembered for the cardiac arrest suffered by Christian Eriksen. Whether or not you agree with the decision that the game restarted, the win gave them three precious points. Finland could have guaranteed to progress in their second match, but they lost out 1-0 to Russia to make this a tight group. That loss means they sit third, behind Russia due to the head-to-head results. Finland’s star man so far has been their 31-year-old goalkeeper who plays for Bayer Leverkusen. His saves have kept the Fins in games. Also, having a good tournament is central defender Daniel O’Shaughnessy and Genk’s Jere Uronen.

It’s no surprise to see the world number one team, Belgium sitting on top of Group B with six points, although they needed their big guns in the second half in the 2-1 win over Denmark on matchday two. Belgium looked tame in the first half and was shocked by the intensity of the start from the Danes, who went ahead after just one minute and 39 seconds. The Belgiums were lucky not to concede more in the first half. However, it was all change in the second half as the class of Kevin de Bruyne helped his team to a 2-1 win, with goals coming from Thorgan Hazard in the 54th minute and De Bruyne himself finding the net in the 70th minute. De Bruyne has only played 45 minutes in the tournament due to him carrying an injury, yet he has a goal and an assist to his name in those minutes. Finland is theoretically the only team that can overtake Belgium to clinch the top spot.

Prediction: Belgium to win.

Russia v Denmark
Russia Form Guide LLDWL
Denmark Form Guide LDLDW
  • Venue: Parken
  • Mon 21 June 20:00
  • Referee: Clement Turpin
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 4/1 D: 14/5 A: 7/10

About the Game:

After an impressive World Cup on home soil, great things were expected from Russia in this tournament. However, they were soundly beaten 3-0 in their first game by Belgium. A 1-0 win against Finland in matchday two has given the Russians hope, Atalanta’s Aleksey Miranchuk scoring the only goal and picking up the man-of-the-match award. Thirty-two-year-old Artem Dzyuba also had a good game, providing the assist for Miranchuk. The group could go either way for Russia. They have the same goal difference as Denmark, so the head-to-head result against them will be vital; depending on the Finland v Belgium game, a draw should be enough.

If public opinion counted as points, Denmark would be crowned European champions. The heartbreaking situation with Christian Eriksen has led to the whole world wanting the Danes to progress, but they will need a result against the Russians and hope other results go their way. Understandably, they lost 1-0 against Finland in their first game; the second half played under a cloud after their talisman collapsed, which affected concentration, especially the normally dependable goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. In their second game, a brilliant first-half performance should have produced more goals and could have seen them in a commanding position. However, almost predictably, world number one team Belgium brought on their big hitters, and the Danes lost 2-1.

Prediction: Denmark to win.

North Macedonia v Netherlands
North Macedonia Form Guide LLDWL
Netherlands Form Guide WDWLD
  • Venue: Johan Cruijff Arena
  • Mon 21 June 17:00
  • Referee: Istvan Kovacs
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 10/1 D: 17/4 A: 3/10

About the Game:

The lowest-ranked team in the Euros are bottom of Group C, but they have scored in both games they have played to their credit. They suffered a heavy 3-1 defeat on matchday one. Genoa’s thirty-seven-year-old levelling things up just before halftime before Michael Gregoritsch and Marko Arnautovic put the game beyond the minnows. Ukraine won on matchday two 2-1; two first-half goals gave the impression that this would be a heavy defeat before Leeds United’s Ezgjan Alioski gave the underdogs hope. It’s no surprise that North Macedonia’s goalkeeper has been their best player, Stole Dimitrievski, who plays his club football for Rayo Vallecano, has kept the scorelines somewhat respectable.

The Dutch were heavy favourites to progress from this group, and after two games, they sit comfortably top of the table with six points. On matchday one, they played their part in one of the tournament’s most exciting games; a five-goal thriller, winning 3-2 against Ukraine. Squandering a two-goal lead, Ukraine scored two goals in four minutes to level things up. PSV Eindhoven’s Denzel Dumfries scored the winner in the 85th minute, assisted by Manchester City’s Nathan Aké. Matchday two was a more comfortable affair for the Dutch. Former Manchester United man Memphis Depay scored a penalty in the 11th minute, and the win was secured in the second half by another goal from Denzel Dumfries.

Prediction: Netherlands to win.

Ukraine v Austria
Ukraine Form Guide LLDWL
Austria Form Guide DWDWW
  • Venue: Arena Nationala
  • Mon 21 June 17:00
  • Referee: Cuneyt Cakir
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 5/2 D: 1/1 A: 11/4

About the Game:

With the Dutch almost certain to beat North Macedonia, Ukraine are in a straight battle with Austria to claim the runners-up spot. They lost 3-2 to the Netherlands on matchday one, an unlucky defeat as they battled from 2-0 down to level the match. Against the group’s whipping boys North Macedonia they won 2-1, looking very comfortable in the first half before allowing them back into the game after easing off in the second half. West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko is having a great tournament, scoring two and assisting one in the two games. Gent’s forward Roman Yaremchu is also playing well, also scoring two and making one assist. Two other players that have caught the eye are Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko and Atalanta’s Ruslan Malinovskiy.

Austria’s impressive 3-1 win over North Macedonia was marred by the subsequent banning of goalscorer Marko Arnautovic. The former West Ham striker was found guilty of making a racist gesture and was very fortunate in today’s climate to only receive a one-match ban. Austria missed him in the next game, a 1-0 defeat by the Netherlands. The 32-year-old came off the bench to score in the first game and was only on the pitch for thirty-one minutes. The other two goalscorers in the squad are ones to watch; Borussia M.Gladbach’s Stefan Lainer and Augsburg’s Michael Gregoritsch. A draw would be an interesting result with both teams level on goal difference, and the runners-up spot could be decided on goals scored, which would see Ukraine qualify ahead of them. Although on four points, they could qualify as one of the best third-placed teams.

Prediction: A Draw.

Croatia v Scotland
Croatia Form Guide LLDWL
Czech Republic Form Guide WWWLW
  • Venue: Hampden Park
  • Tue 22 June 20:00
  • Referee: TBC
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 137/100 D: 13/5 A: 187/100

About the Game:

Croatia has the potential in the team to be excellent when needed but has to put in a good performance for the whole game against Scotland to increase their chances of qualification. They should perhaps inject some fresh, youthful legs to blend with the experience. Luka Modric, who has been a generational talent for this side, is playing too deep in midfield, thus cannot express himself going forward with a lack of creativity around him. Ivan Pericic had netted in each of the last four major international tournaments and was on target when his side drew 1 – 1 against the Czech Republic. The maestro now has eight goals in the majors, just one behind Davor Suker. They have just one point after losing the opening game. Thus, this will be a must-win game to put them in place to qualify as second in the group or one of the best number three sides.

Scotland gave England a run for the money and could be a handful for Croatia as well. An energetic side with pace to burn with Premier League experience distributed all-round the pitch makes them a threatening underdog to face. Whether it’s Andy Robertson or Kieran Tierney steaming down the left or McGinn through the centre, they are one of the best sides to watch so far and completely outdid Gareth Southgate’s game plan and kept Harry Kane out of the game. They should have done better in the opening game, where they played exceptionally well but lacked the finishing touch and lost to two moments of brilliance by Patrick Shick. This match will end in tears for one of the two sides, so it goes down to who wants this more. The Scottish have a serious goal threat in Che Adams, who did everything right but couldn’t get the ball in the net in the game against England. A draw would leave both sides with two points each, so a win is vital. It’s do or die for both sides, so this could be a great game for the neutrals.

Prediction: A Scotland win.

Slovakia v Spain
Slovakia Form Guide LLDWL
Spain Form Guide WWLWD
  • Venue: Estadio de La Cartuja
  • Wed 23 June 17:00
  • Referee: TBC
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 14/1 D: 11/2 A: 1/5

About the Game:

Slovakia makes this group interesting as there are no punching bags, and every result you get has to be hard-earned. They will surely give Spain a run for the points and potentially disappoint the big names. They sit second in the table with a convincing three points, thus a point would almost certainly see them qualify for the knock-out stage of the competition. They are a threat from set-pieces, with Inter Milan defender Milan Skiriniar their biggest threat and captain Hamsik producing special deliveries. Skiriniar will have a busy day at the office against one of the best teams, but he will fancy his chances against Morata, who has not been prolific lately.

Spain manager Luiz Enrique made a bold statement leaving out some generational stars in his selection, such as Sergio Ramos. Spain gave away goal advantage to draw their second game in the competition in front of their fans. They look likely to qualify to the next stage of the competition if they can win this game, but they have not given a convincing performance in the tournament so far. Despite scoring, Alvaro Morata has been spurning chances, and if Spain does qualify, that would be a worry as often one chance can settle the big games. Spain has recently relied on him, especially in this competition as he has scored four of Spain’s five goals at the European Championships. Spain has drawn each of the last four matches at a major tournament; a draw here would leave them sweating on results elsewhere.

Prediction: Spain to win.

Sweden v Poland
Sweden Form Guide LLDWL
Poland Form Guide LWDLL
  • Venue: St Petersburg Stadium
  • Wed 23 June 17:00
  • Referee: TBC
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 9/5 D: 23/10 A: 31/20

About the Game:

Emil Forsberg scored Sweden’s first goal from the penalty spot in an edgy match against Slovakia which they won 1-0. Victor Lindelof is the high defensive Swedish unit commander who is yet to concede a goal, even keeping out group favourites Spain. The stand out player in the game was alexander Isak, who found Quaison for the foul that led to a penalty. The maestro was electric and with sufficient skill to beat defenders; he showed excellence and talent to propel them far in this tournament. In addition, there were flashes of their best player Zlatan Ibrahimović in the twenty-one-year-old that makes this one of the exciting sides who have one foot in the knock-out stages. A stable defence and a talented attack with a star man in front are the ones to watch out for as potential Dark Horses.

Poland will come into this match as the side that needs a result more. They are bottom of the group with just one point and need nothing less than a win. A red card in the opening game made things hard for them, and now they must win their match against Sweden, who top the group. Things could have been worse for the Poles; they were 36 minutes away from an exit from the tournament after Morata scored for Spain. Robert Lewandoski introduced himself to the Euros in style, scoring an exquisite header to draw the game 1 – 1. He becomes the first Polish player to score at three European Championships. The margins are narrow at this stage in this group, but Poland has the advantage of a well-decorated striker in Lewandoski who will capitalise on the chances that come their way. Poland could make a last gasp and qualify in this.

Portugal v France
Portugal Form Guide LLDWL
France Form Guide WWLDD
  • Venue: Puskas Arena
  • Wed 23 June, 20:00
  • Referee: TBC
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 3/1 D: 9/5 A: 5/4

About the Game:

Portugal suffered a heavy 4 – 2 defeat against Germany in the highest-scoring game of the tournament so far but take nothing away from the performance as it did look like the game could swing either way. Cristiano Ronaldo was on target with his third goals in the competition; despite being thirty-six years old, he is still going strong. Diogo Jota was good on the night, even in defeat, providing pace in the attack. Renato Sanchez gave a great cameo, striking the post and was a constant nuisance to the German midfield that enjoyed dominance for the game’s entirety before he came on. They would feel outdone by two own goals but would have a lot to think about, especially the role of Bruno Fernandes, who was poor as he has been in big games and whether they need two holding midfielders. Despite boasting a better squad than the one they had when they won the tournament, it feels other teams have stepped up; thus, Portugal needs to be at their utmost best to get anything out of this tournament.

A repeat of the previous European final is upon us between two of the most talented attacking sides in the tournament. The reigning World champions were held to a 1 – 1 draw against Hungary. It was impressive to see France fight for the win with Kylian Mbappe proving himself to the World that he is one of the best talents we should be excited to watch in the next decade. This draw could be the disappointment that can make France fiercer in their approach to games going forward, as they looked too casual when they started. They have the best attacks, but we can’t say the same about the defence, so their best tactic could be to outscore opponents. The bench is also not as talented as the first team, so they need to get the job done early. They beat Germany 1 – 0 in the opening game thus have four points to the good and qualification. They should fight for first place to have an easier first game in the knock-out stages. Antonio Griezmann scored four goals in the World Cup and is scored the equalizer against Hungary.

Prediction: France to win.

Germany vs Hungary
Germany Form Guide LLDWL
Hungary Form Guide DLLDW
  • Venue: Fussball Arena 
  • Wed 23 June 20:00
  • Referee: TBC
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 4/25 D: 13/2 A: 16/1

About the Game:

Germany lifted their hopes to qualify with the 4 – 2 win against the defending champions coming from a disappointing 1 – 0 defeat against the reigning world champions. The three-time European Champions raised their prospect as serious contenders giving a classic performance and dominating the game after they went a goal behind, thanks to Ronaldo. Many fans expected Germany’s heads would go down, but they showed true grit and determination to turn the game around. Robin Gosens stole the headlines steaming down the left and scoring twice, although one goal was ruled out for offside. Joachim Low seems to have reinvented himself after a horror show in the World Cup and now has one of the dangerous working strategies that will be a handful for the opposition. Three defenders, a lot of midfielders, and a false nine in Serge Gnabry are very unpredictable formations that will be hard to counter.

Hungary is a lightweight side, finding themselves in a heavyweight group, but they have held their own despite their lack in depth. They have given exceptional performances in the tournament so far, looking they were holding Portugal for a goalless draw only to conceded three quick goals in the dying minutes. They then won an unlikely point that was a delight for the fans to hold off the world champions France in a 1 – 1 draw. Although the pessimists will believe Hungary will only be playing for pride in this game, a win here could see them qualify from the group of death. Unlikely, but stranger things have happened in football.

Prediction: Germany to win

Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*

Game Event Odds Cumulative Odds
Italy v Wales Italy to win 8/15 1.50
Czech Republic v England A draw 12/5 5.09
Finland v Belgium Belgium to win 1/3 6.79
Russia v Denmark Denmark to win 7/10 11.55
Slovakia v Spain Spain to win 1/3 13.87

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