Euro2020 Previews and Betting Tips, Quarter-Finals
Euro2020 Match Previews and Betting Tips: Quarter-Finals
What a tournament we’ve had already. It’s been filled with goals, comebacks, passion, spirit, disappointments, and, best of all, beautiful football. Perhaps one of the best aspects is that we have hardly mentioned the VAR. After the round of sixteen, you dare not miss a single game in the last eight as the draw looks to provide more of the same excitement.
Match of the Day
We don’t know about you, but we are still pinching ourselves after England beat Germany! Did it really happen? That great win means the weekend is one to look forward to. Let’s hope the Three Lions give us all reason to cheers!
- Venue: Stadio Olympico
- Sat 3 Jul, 20:00
- Referee: TBC
- Quick Glance OddsH: 15/2 D: 7/2 A: 2/5
About the Game:
Ukraine beat Sweden 2 – 1 in a high-intensity Round-of-Sixteen match that was settled in added time of the final period of extra time. Oleksandr Zinchenko was impressive on the night, scoring the first and creating the second in the win. The midfielder became the fifth different player for Manchester City to score at the Euros to go level with Atlanta. We have seen how good Andriy Shevchenko’s side can be mentally; they came from two-goal goals down in the 3 – 2 defeat against the Netherlands and was unlucky to concede late to lose that game. They also proved they have stamina, giving a spirited fight for the entire 120 minutes against Sweden
They lost the battle of hitting the post where Emile Forsberg struck twice for Sweden, and Serhiy Sydorchuk struck once. Sweden, who would feel deserved to win, had to finish the match with ten men when Marcus Danielson was sent off for a dangerous tackle. However, Artem Dovbyk rose to the occasion in the last action of extra time with a header to book the date with the Three Lions in Rome. The win books Ukraine a quarter-finals spot for the second time ever in a major tournament. The first time was in the 2006 World Cup, where eventual winners, Italy, knocked them out.
Captain Andy Yarmolenko was phenomenal on the night as part of everything they had going forward and set up the opening goal. The West Ham maestro has scored two and assisted three goals in the tournament. Ukraine is a serious threat that can disappoint with quality at both ends of the pitch and will surely give England a run for the money. We expect them to give England a tough than Germany as they are underdogs with great quality to disappoint.
England’s number ten is the brightest spark for England with fifteen goals in the last twenty appearances and could be the man to win it for England. Raheem Sterling scored both of the goals for the Three Lions in the group stage that proved enough to book a place in the last sixteen. The Manchester City maestro was on target once more in the historic 2 – 0 triumph against Germany in front of the forty-five thousand fans at Wembley stadium. Harry Kane netted his first goal of the tournament to keep the game out of the reach of the Germans. The captain equalled Wayne Rooney’s record of seven in a major tournament. Kane’s goal was the icing on the cake, with the win ending fifty-five years of hurt for long-suffering fans.
Jack Grealish was impressive in the middle of the pack and created the second goal for the captain and provided the assist for Luke Shaw’s assist for the opening goal. Gareth Southgate came under huge criticism for how they started the tournament, but the performance against one of the favourites puts them in a better place heading to Rome to face Ukraine. The Three Lions are unbeaten at Wembley stadium in the last fifteen games, winning ten. The return of Harry Maguire strengthens the defence that is yet to concede in the opening four games. Southgate deployed three centre backs a formation they flourished so well in the World Cup where they finished fourth and could be the strategy to take them to the finals.
Prediction: England 1-0.
Rest of the Games
Coming up are our previews and Euro2020 betting tips for all the rest of games in the quarter-finals.
- Venue: Saint Petersburg Stadium
- Fri 2 July, 17:00
- Referee: Michael Oliver
- Quick Glance OddsH:9/2 D: 11/4 A: 33/50
About the Game:
The Swiss upset the odds to kick out the reigning World Champions. France. In their new role as the giant slayer, Switzerland has qualified for the last eight for the first time in sixty-seven years. The Swiss pounced on an unsettled French side, who decided to experiment on a new strategy with a back three and started Clement Lenglet. Unfortunately, the high intensity of the knock-out match was not the avenue for Didier Deschamps to tinker with his side and, consequently, suffered a humiliating exit. However, take nothing from the Swiss who were exceptional for the night. The Rossocrociati opened the scoring only to concede thrice. However, they incredibly came from two goals down to send the game to extra time, where they won 8 – 7 on penalties. Their fighting spirit, organisation led by their captain Granit Xhaka and accuracy in front of the goal makes them an opposition you’d want to avoid, and they could have yet another upset in them. Haris Seferovic has been the standout name for Switzerland with three important goals, two in the round-of-sixteen. Mario Gavranovic, who scored twice but had one goal ruled out for offside, made a name for himself. Xherdan Shaqiri is still the man to watch in this team with two goals and one assist to his name. Stat wise, this game should have goals in it. Switzerland has only failed to score in one of their games (3-0 v Italy), and they haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of the four games in the tournament so far.
La Furia Roja suffered a poor start to the campaign drawing their first two games, 0-0 against Sweden and scoring their first goal in the 1-1 with Poland. However, they found their rhythm in the next two games, scoring five in their last group game against Slovakia; the 5-0 win ensured qualification. They also scored five in their first knock-out game, winning an eight-goal thriller that ended 5 – 3 against World Cup finalist Croatia. In that win against Croatia, Unai Simon made the headlines after a bizarre own goal which will be replayed for years. However, to his credit, the Athletic Bilbao redeemed himself with a series of excellent saves that kept his team in the tie. Pablo Sarabia is becoming a dominant player for Luiz Enrique following two exceptional performances against Slovakia and Croatia, managing two goals and two assists. A much-maligned Alvaro Morata has divided opinions on whether he can lead the line after several high-profile misses for his national team. The Juventus man has received criticism and abuse from the Spanish fans but is their joint top scorer in the European Championship alongside Fernando Torres. The 28-year-old played well against Croatia, scoring his second goal of the tournament to make it twenty-one goals in forty-four caps for Spain. Although even without his goals, Spain is a threat, they have had five different goalscorers at Euro 2020.
Prediction: Spain 2-1.
- Venue: Fussball Arena Munich
- Fri 2 July 20:00
- Referee: Slavko Vincic
- Quick Glance OddsH: 23/10 D: 21/10 A: 137/100
About the Game:
The World top-ranked team knocked out the defending European champions Portugal in a tense encounter that ended 1-0 and was decided by a single goal. The win was too expensive for Roberto Martinez as two of his best players Kevin De Bruyne, and Eden Hazard had to be substituted with injuries. They are both rated as doubtful for this clash against the free-scoring Italians. Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco are likely to be replacements if the duo doesn’t recover in time. Thorgan Hazard, brother of Eden, scored the goal, his second of the tournament that saw them progress. The Red Devils banked on their experienced backline, which could be their stronghold in this campaign, relying heavily on their ruthless attack over the years. Belgium has won ten of the last eleven games across the World Cup and the Euros and has equalled their longest ever winning streak (five wins) in a major tournament, both under Martinez. Their versatility in front of goals has seen them score six goals outside the box, twice as many as any other team. Romelu Lukaku has three goals in the tournament and could be the difference in quality in front of goal against familiar opposition he frequently faces in the Serie A, where he won the Player of the season.
Italy is on fire, unbeaten in thirty-one games, and has won four consecutive games in the Euros. The Azzurri’s were perfect in the group stage; two 3-0 wins against Turkey and Italy were followed up with a 1-0 win against Wales. Their march to the title slowed in their first game in the knock-out rounds, though, needing extra time to beat a resilient Austria after normal time finished 0-0. Roberto Mancini will be grateful to his substitutes Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina, who made match-winning cameos scoring a goal each. Chiesa was impressive from the bench, and it would be interesting to see if he makes the cut to start. The Juventus man had a hand in creating four efforts in the first period of extra time after managing just two shots in normal time. Ciro Immobile is having a fine tournament; the 31-year-old is averaging 4.3 shots per game and has two goals and an assist. Leonardo Spinazzola is another player who can make a difference; the Roma player has featured in three games and assisted in the game against Austria.
Prediction: 2-2 draw.
- Venue: Baku Olimipiya Stadionu
- Mon 3 July 17:00
- Referee: TBC
- Quick Glance OddsH: 14/5 D: 11/5 A: 11/10
About the Game:
The Czech Republic knocked out the Netherlands to book a date with Denmark to set up a “dark horse quarter-final”. Although underdogs in their previous encounter, they were far the busier of the two sides, attempting twelve shots, double the Netherlands’ attempts. The Czech were patient for the match’s deciding moment, which came when Matthijs De Light was red-carded for clumsily handling the ball ten minutes after the break. Jaroslav Silhavy’s will be impressed by his side offence that scored twice in the second half, and they won the game thanks to goals from Tomás Holes and the impressive Patrik Schick. Schick’s goal was his fourth of the tournament. The Czech Republic have a historical advantage winning the last two games in this competition 2 – 0 in the Euro 2000 group stage and 3 – 0 in Euro 2004 quarter-finals. They are defensively strong, conceding two so far in the tournament (1-0 v England and 1-1 with Croatia). West Ham’s Vladimir Coufal is having a great tournament. The 28-year-old has played every minute so far and has an assist (against Scotland) to his name.
The Danes put four goals past Wales to convincingly seal their place in the last eight. Twenty-three-year-old Kasper Dolberg produced a man-of-the-match performance and scored two goals. Atlanta’s Joakim Maehle and Barcelona’s Martin Braithwaite the other scorers in a terrible game for the Welsh. Six of the eleven games between these two sides have been drawn, Denmark winning two while the Czech have three wins. The Danes are one less goal from reaching their best tally of ten goals in the Euros. They average 18.8 shots and 7.3 shots on target; their best tally which shows the attacking intent of this side, who have been inspired by their captain Christian Eriksen who is watching the action from his home. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has created three goals so far, and his performance at both ends on the pitch makes the Tottenham Hotspurs man one of their most important players.
Prediction: Denmark 3-1.
Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*
|Ukraine v England||England 1-0||5/1||6.01|
|Switzerland v Spain||Spain to win 2-1||8/1||54.00|
|Belgium v Italy||2-2 draw||18/1||1026.00|
|Czech Republic v Denmark||Denmark to win 3-1||20/1||21,546.00|
|Additional Bet: Belgium v Italy||BTTS Yes||1/1||2.0|
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* All our selections are provided for entertainment only and should only be used for informational purposes. Whilst we use our experience and knowledge to help inform you to make a considered bet, we are not responsible for any losses that may arise from actual results being different than predicted.