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Euro 2020 Finals Draw: France, Portugal and Germany in Group of Death!

Another one million tickets for next summer’s Euro 2020 are about to go on sale and after the draw was made in Bucharest today they’ll go in a flash.

The big news is that France, the World Champions have been drawn with Portugal, the European Champions and Germany, the 2014 World Champions. Whoever lands with them in Group F from the play-offs will need a miracle!

England, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and Belgium will all be reasonably happy with their groups and, as one of the hosts, the Euro 2020 betting odds are backing England to go deep into the competition. The Three Lions have a big advantage as they’ll play their three group games at Wembley, and if they then navigate the Round of 16 and quarter-finals then the semi-final and final will be at the home of English football as well.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. England is one of a group of nations who can win this, alongside the Group F threesome, there’s Spain, who had an impressive qualifying campaign, rounding it off with a 5-0 win over Romania, and the best team in the world according to FIFA Rankings, Belgium.



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Group A

And let’s not forget Italy.

The Azzurri have had a kind draw. Roberto Mancini’s team has picked up Switzerland, Wales and Turkey, though none of these are easy games. The Swiss are always a tough side to beat and won their qualifying group. Wales are less predictable. With his mercurial talent and passion for his country Gareth Bale can produce magic. Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsay too is a class act.

Group B

Roberto Martinez’ Belgium have 2018 World Cup hosts Russia to face as well as Denmark and Finland. None of those will hold too much fear for the Red Devils and they will be playing for second place. If Christian Eriksen plays to his full potential then I think he could inspire the Danes to a spot in the Round of 16.

Group C

The Netherlands have improved dramatically over the past four years and boast some of the best players in Europe, with Virgil Van Dijk and Matthijs de Light an imperious centre back pairing. Austria and Ukraine and the play-off winner from path A or D will have the task of trying to get some change out of that pair.

Group D

Euro 2020 title contenders England hope to advance into the next round
The Three Lions renew their rivalries with Croatia and Czech Republic in Group D

There’s a meeting of World Cup semi-finalists England and Croatia  to look forward to in Group D and that will be the Three Lions’ opener at Wembley. Gareth Southgate’s team will be after revenge and I would back them to navigate the group safely. Czech Republic recently beat England in Prague but they’ll struggle to make the top two, with the winner of play-off path C to make up the four. That could open up the possibility of an England versus Scotland clash, but Norway or Serbia are more likely qualifiers.

But do you want to finish top of this group?

The winners will face the runner up in Group F, and if they win that game against France, Germany or Portugal, they are likely to face Spain in the quarter finals.

Group E

Spain won their qualifying group in fine style and they are joined in Group E by Sweden and Poland and the winners of play-off path B, which will be one of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Luis Enrique’s team will be highly fancied to carry on where they left off and win this group too.

Group F

So here we go! Group F will have more than its fair share of Euro 2020 highlights.

Three of Europe’s heavyweights meet in Group F as Germany were drawn out of the hat to join the World Champions, France.  And before the buzz in anticipation of that particular meeting died down, Portugal joined them. France is the team everyone wanted to avoid and, if they play to their full potential they have every chance of adding the Euro 2020 crown to their Russia 2018 title.

I’d say Portugal might be the most worried of the three. Germany stormed into the finals with a 6-1 destruction of Northern Ireland last week. Serge Gnabry was simply brilliant as Joachim Low’s seemed to have rediscovered some of their steel and attacking ruthlessness.

The play-off winner from Path A or D will join these giants of world football. Good luck to them!

There are some mouth-watering ties to look forward to in what is sure to be another fabulous showcase. And of course, you can be there, every step of the way with all the very latest news, highlights and updates right here at SBOBET.

 

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The Top 5 Best Contenders to Win Euro 2020

The upcoming Euro 2020 tournament will not be short of contenders capable of winning it all. At least eight teams have a very realistic shot at lifting the Henri Delaunay Cup at Wembley.

However, five sides stand apart as the most likely European Championship winners. They possess some of the best players and managers in the entire tournament, which should help them reach the latter stages.

Let's break down these five teams' championship credentials and find out exactly why they are the very top contenders to win Euro 2020.

 

England

The SBOBET odds have England priced as favourites at 5.00 and with good reason. The Three Lions possess some of the most promising young attacking talents in all of Europe in their squad.

Manager Gareth Southgate has a host of attacking options to choose from, with Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, and Marcus Rashford, as well as right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has emerged as the main creative force for Liverpool this season.

Captain and top scorer Harry Kane might not be 100 per cent for the tournament after undergoing hamstring surgery, but the emergence of Chelsea's Tammy Abraham will provide a much-needed alternative for that lead striker role.

Admittedly, there are some rather significant question marks. There's a particularly big one at starting centre-back now that John Stones has fallen out of favour at Manchester City. It also remains to be seen how Southgate will deploy his midfield, especially against top opposition.

But still, the tools are there for Southgate to bring the Euros home for the very first time. And if they can make it to the semi-finals and final, they will possess home advantage, which could prove crucial.

 

Belgium

Belgium may have beaten England in the third-place game in the 2018 World Cup, but they are only second-favourites to them in the Euros at 6.00.

Roberto Martinez remains at the helm, and he led the Red Devils to one of the most dominant qualification campaigns in recent memory. They won all 10 matches, scoring a whopping 40 goals with just three conceded.

Romelu Lukaku & Kevin De Bruyne eyes to show super forms as they lead Belgium in the Euro 2020
Romelu Lukaku & Kevin De Bruyne celebrate after the latter scored a goal during Belgium's Euro 2020 qualifying game against Scotland

Belgium's squad remains as good as ever, with most of its golden generation in the prime of their careers. Kevin De Bruyne remains one of the best midfielders in the world. Romelu Lukaku keeps banging in the goals in Inter. And Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen form arguably the best centre-back partnership in all of Europe.

Captain Eden Hazard hasn't had the best season for Real Madrid, but with brother Thorgan and Dries Mertens in reserve, the Belgians are clearly not short of attacking weapons.

The Belgians have fallen short in each of the last three major tournaments, but they have as good a chance as any to make it all the way this year.

 

France

But not if France have anything to say about it. The reigning world champions knocked Belgium out in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and have made the final in each of the last two major tournaments.

Their squad also remains as talented as ever, with world-class quality at just about every position. That's why it's curious to see them priced as only third-favourites at a mere 7.00.

Of course, the fact that they were drawn in the Group of Death along with Portugal and Germany played a significant part. Qualification to the knockout round is far from automatic.

Paul Pogba has also missed most of the season with Manchester United, while Antoine Griezmann has not been at his best with Barcelona.

But there are also a number of positives. Kylian Mbappe remains among the best players in all of Europe, and Didier Deschamps is a proven top-quality manager. And their squad is as deep as any in the tournament.

Deschamps' cautious playing style during the World Cup was annoying to some, especially given all of France's remarkable attacking talents, but it got the job done.

With a defence that is as good as any in Europe -- Raphael Varane and N'Golo Kante are absolute rocks up the middle -- and Mbappe always a threat to spring a lightning-quick counterattack, France have the perfect formula for winning tournament football.

 

Germany

Germany were finally knocked off their perch as one of the top sides in the world after their disastrous group-stage exit in the 2018 World Cup. And after a fine Euro 2020 qualification campaign where they edged out a resurgent Netherlands side to finish top of their group, they still haven't looked like true world-beaters.



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Manager Jogi Low has brought in a new generation to replace the heroes of their 2014 World Cup triumph. The likes of Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry and Joshua Kimmich are now the side's stalwarts, with Manuel Neuer, Marco Reus and Toni Kroos offering veteran support.

Their current odds of 9.50 to win the Euros are telling of the fact that the Germans aren't quite as great as they once were. But it's never a good idea to underestimate the Germans, and they could yet prove everyone wrong and perform well as they often do in tournaments.

 

Spain

This final spot in the top five was down to Spain and the Netherlands. But despite the Dutch having better Euro 2020 odds than Spain's 9.00, the major Euro 2020 news that top striker Memphis Depay will miss the tournament due to a knee injury knocks them out as truly top contenders.

Granted, Spain have a major question mark up front as well. The likes of Rodrigo, Alvaro Morata, and Iago Aspas will be tasked to the line, and none of them has proven to be particularly reliable at the top level.

But still, there's a great deal of quality within the squad, especially in midfield. And with the return of Luis Enrique to manage the side, there's a decent chance he can maximise all that talent at his disposal.

The days of Spain dominating international football appear to be long gone. But they are more than capable of making some noise in Euro 2020 and with a few breaks, they might end up lifting the cup once again.

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Euro 2020: Top 10 Young Prospects To Watch Out For

Football fans have every reason to be excited for the upcoming Euro 2020, as some of the world’s best will duke it out for the much-coveted Henri Delauney trophy in England.

England, Belgium, France, Germany and Spain look to be the top contenders given their strong performance in the group stage while defending champs Portugal will be keen on bringing home the bacon once more.

Today, allow SBOBET to examine at some promising young prospects that can leave a lasting impression in the tournament.

 

Jadon Sancho – England

Perhaps the youngest in this list, Jadon Sancho continues to show as to why he’s one of the world’s best players today. At 19 years old, the Dortmund striker is already a polished playmaker that can wreak havoc on the attack.

In the Bundesliga, Sancho has already amassed 10 goals and 10 assists. Expect him to bring his A-game as the Three Lions continue their quest for their first UEFA Euro title.

 

Krzysztof Piatek - Poland

Poland continue its rise at the European ranks and you can thank Krzysztof Piatek for that.

The AC Milan forward has formed a fiery attacking partnership with Robert Lewandowski as he kicked off his burgeoning international career by scoring a goal every two games. He will have to keep it up if they would want to go far in the competition.

 

Breel Embolo - Switzerland

Breel Embolo has bounced back well after suffering a spate of injuries, and the powerful forward is one prospect to look out for in the Euro 2020.

The Swiss player has been an instrumental cog for Gladbach’s resurgence in the Bundesliga and he is expected to bring his high-flying ways here in the tournament.

 

Donny Van de Beek - Netherlands

Donny Van de Beek is one of the hottest commodities in European football and it isn’t hard to see why.

The Netherlands midfielder possesses excellent ball control and instincts for a 22-year-old and he is expected to carry the load for Netherlands as they try to go on a deep run. He and Virgil Van Dijk will form a viable one-two punch that will spell doom for their opponents.

 

Joao Felix - Portugal

Joao Felix is the latest star to join in a roster oozing with talent of Portugal squad in the upcoming Euro 2020
Portugal's Joao Felix during training with Atletico Madrid

Portugal’s Euro 2020 odds of repeating look to be slim, but they are still expected to contend with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Felix leading the way.

Joao Felix is the latest star to join in a roster oozing with talent and his aggressive approach plus undeniable talent should help Portugal immensely in their campaign.

 

Serge Gnabry - Germany

Serge Gnabry will also be a player to look out for as he has been an exceptional midfielder both for Bayern Munich and for Germany.

The young German had his breakout party in their previous game against Northern Ireland to where he scored a hat-trick. Gnabry has shown great maturity and poise and he is expected to continue that trend playing alongside the likes of Julian Brandt and Leon Goretzka.

 

Jacob Bruun Larsen – Denmark

The Danes may be one of the underdogs in the Final 16 of Euro 2020. But with the likes of Christian Eriksen and Jacob Bruun Larsen leading the attack, they might pull off some big surprises.

Jacob Bruun Larsen is a player to watch for Denmark as he is a quick forward who plays like Marco Reus in his peak. The 21-year-old possesses a great first touch and has shown the capability to play well within Age Hareide’s system.

Konrad Laimer - Austria

Konrad Laimer is expected to perform well in the Euro 2020 under head coach Franco Foda. With his versatility and physical attributes, Laimer will be their main engine at the central midfield and can also act as a dangerous wing option.

The RB Leipzig stalwart will be tasked to do almost everything for Austria, and much of their team’s success will be placed on the 22-year-old’s broad shoulders.



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Kai Havertz – Germany

Bundesliga wunderkind Kai Havertz is one of the most prodigious talents in European football, given he’s garnered interest from the likes of Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Barcelona in the transfer market.

Havertz often acts as the national club’s source of creativity in the central midfield as his passing and speed opens up chances for his teammates to score. With such a well-developed repertoire at a young age, Havertz is expected to produce goals and some Euro 2020 highlights for Germany.

 

Raheem Sterling - England

One of the most prolific scorers in European football is set to lead the Three Lions’ attack in the Euro 2020. Raheem Sterling is a predatory forward who isn’t gun-shy in Gareth Southgate’s system and he has produced 10 goals in his last 10 appearances for England.

Sterling may have had some issues before with the team because of his altercation with teammate Joe Gomez back in November. However, he will be needed more than ever if the Three Lions would want to win their first ever UEFA Euro championship.

 

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Euro 2020: Five Dark Horses

24 teams, 12 venues and a month of drama, and of course, controversy awaits in June, as Euro 2020 prepares to set the world of football alight.

With stars including Cristiano Ronaldo, Virgil van Dijk, Harry Kane and Antoine Griezmann lining up, we’re sure to have a 30-day blast between 12th of June and 12th of July, and we’ll be there every step of the way with SBOBET.

This will be the first European tournament to be played across multiple nations, kicking off in Rome where hosts Italy will take on Turkey, and ending with the showcase final at Wembley Stadium in London.

The early Euro 2020 betting odds have elevated England to be favourites, though France and Belgium are not far behind.

The Euro 2020 Playoffs take place in March and then we’ll know the final line-up. But for now, let’s take a look at five dark horses to cause an upset.

 

Germany to qualify from Group of Death

It almost feels disrespectful to categorise Germany as a dark horse, but having witnessed their lame performance at Russia 2018 I labelled them a donkey, and now that is disrespectful!

But hands up, they won their Euro 2020 group in impressive style, overcoming the Netherlands and finishing with 21 points.

Group F has taken the mantle of Euro 2020 Group of Death, and as such a big name could crash out.

But head coach Joachim Low has got his team back on the right track by introducing some fresh legs, and striker Serge Gnabry has been sensational. The FC Bayern youngster rounded off the group with a hat-trick against Northern Ireland and he could be one of the stars of Euro 2020.

In a group containing world champions France and Ronaldo’s Portugal, Germany has a much harder task than the one they fluffed in 2018. But if the resurgence continues then they could take a top two place and guaranteed progress.

 

Kosovo to make the finals

The playoffs have thrown up some fascinating clashes, and Europe’s newest football nation has a real chance of qualifying for the final 24.

Kosovo, ranked 115th in the world, came to the world’s notice with a battling performance to take third place in Group A - finishing ahead of Bulgaria and Montenegro while giving England a scare.

In Vedat Muriqi, Fenerbahche’s 6-foot-4 striker, Kosovo have an aerial threat which could be enough to see them through Pathway D. They have a winnable tie against North Macedonia followed by a final versus Georgia or Belarus.

 

Wales to make the quarterfinals

The Welsh left it late to qualify emerging victorious from a winner take all clash with Hungary, thanks to a brace from Juventus star Aaron Ramsay, but head coach Ryan Giggs will hope he can take his team deep into the competition.

Wales will look to surprise more than one opponent during the Euro 2020
Aaron Ramsey in action for Wales during their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Hungary

Wales overachieved in 2016 with a fantastic run all the way to the semi-finals. But with players like Ramsay, Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Manchester United’s Dan James, the Welsh have plenty of creative muscle.

I think they can navigate a tough group containing Italy, Switzerland and Turkey, but with little squad depth the last eight would be another great achievement.

 

Russia’s revival to continue

Hosting the 2018 World Cup went better than any Russian fan could imagine as Stanislav Cherchesov guided his unfancied side to the quarter finals, where they were eventually ousted on penalties by finalists Croatia.

Russia had already beaten one of the tournament favourites in Spain in a shootout, while striker Denis Cheryshev helped himself to four goals and an own goal.

Russia finished second to Belgium in qualifying and they meet again in Group B. The Red Devils are still ranked first in world football, while Russia are 38th. They are joined by Denmark, ranked 16th and outsiders Finland.

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The future’s Oranje!

For a dark horse tournament winner I’m taking a look at the Netherlands.

Ronald Koeman’s side is ranked 14th in the world and they finished behind Germany on the group stages, but there is a balanced look to Koeman’s side, not to mention the best centre back team in the world.

Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt are a colossal pairing and the young Juve player is learning quickly, so he’s sure to feature heavily in the Euro 2020 highlights.

Van Dijk’s Liverpool teammate Gigi Wijnaldum has had another superb season in midfield, and alongside Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong and Ajax’s Donny van de Beek he will prosper at Euro 2020.

Up front, former Manchester United man Memphis Depay has grown in confidence at Lyon.

The Dutch have had a kind draw, with Ukraine, Austria and maybe Kosovo in their group. Let’s see how far they can go.

 

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Euro 2020: When There’s CR7, There’s Always a Chance!

When people throw up the evergreen question to me about who is the greatest footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, I find myself giving the same stock answer.

Both are simply geniuses, arguably the two greatest players the world has ever seen – I don’t say that lightly – and if they had been born in any other era, they would probably have ended up with 10 world footballer of the year gongs each instead of 11 between them.

However, while I can’t separate two individuals who possess different yet quite brilliant attributes, I always lean towards Ronaldo, who will lead Portugal in Euro 2020.

That maybe because as a Manchester United fan I am biased but it is also because of his sheer athleticism as well as what I consider to be proof of his crowning glory which came in the summer of 2016: the year he led Portugal to its first-ever international title.

A team of good but hardly outstanding individuals who overcame the challenges of much better sides to be crowned European champions.

How a player fares with his national team should hardly determine greatness. After all, George Best was always unlikely to reach a major finals playing for Northern Ireland.

Johan Cruyff guided Holland to the World Cup runners-up spot in 1974 but never won the competition or enjoyed European Championship success.

Portugal are aiming to retain their crown at Euro 2020
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But the fact that Ronaldo was able to guide his nation to this title in an era when Messi, with a better side around him, had missed out on the world stage with Argentina, tips the scales in his favour for me.

On saying all of that, do I think Portugal have a chance of retaining the crown at Euro 2020 this summer? Not a chance! Look at the SBOBET Euro 2020 betting odds and you will see where they are placed.

Popular coach Fernando Santos has to be bullish, of course he does.

No one will forget that triumph on French soil four years ago, and they followed that up by putting the young talented upstarts of Holland in their place in last summer’s Nations League.

Starting as very much the underdogs to the French team playing on home soil, losing its one true star so early in the game, the Portuguese still held on into extra-time. There they contrived to score the spectacular goal through Eder, a modest substitute, which gave them the trophy.

Against hosts facing depleted opponents, playing in front of ecstatic support on their own turf, the Portuguese could have been excused for wilting after the loss of Ronaldo, but they showed remarkable morale and courage.

Yet there are just too many ordinary players on this particular side, and I mean that most respectfully. It's hard to see lightning striking twice, even with a genius such as CR7.

There is talent to create Euro 2020 highlights, of course there is. Any side with the likes of goalkeeper Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Bernardo Silva in their ranks deserve to be respected.

And if new Manchester United signing Bruno Fernandes and Atletico Madrid record recruit Joao Felix deliver for their country, Portugal can be a match for anyone.

But the fact that Ronaldo is now 35 by and that Portugal have been placed in what has been termed a ‘Group of Death’ merely confirms my stance.

 


 

 

The fact that Ukraine did not lose during qualification and topped a group that included the reigning champions probably counts for little. But it does suggest that if Ronaldo is missing, or has a rare off-day, there are few others who can rise to the occasion or lift the team in the way this one-man inspiration has done on countless occasions.

Remember, this is still a player who is showing no signs of slowing down for club or country as he is regularly finding the net for Juventus, and scored 11 during Portugal’s qualification campaign.

A country with a population of just 10.3 million, with 292 professional soccer players in 45 countries beyond its borders, should have no right to be champions of  Europe, yet the genius of one man can inspire others.

This is likely to be Ronaldo’s international curtain call and he has long had nothing left to prove.

So yes, the Seleção remain an outside bet and I wouldn’t put money on them - but with Ronaldo at the helm, it seems you can never quite bet against them!

 

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Euro 2020: Can England End 54 Years of Hurt?

We’re in the midst of the Premier League winter break, and last weekend Burnley didn’t have a game, which led to me thinking about matters further afield.

And as many an English football supporter muses for every two years, “Could this actually be our year?’”

Well it looked that way, briefly at Russia 2018, before those pesky Croatians scuppered Gareth Southgate’s dream. So now we look to Euro 2020 and I’ll run the rule over England, the tournament favourites.

Gareth Southgate’s men will surely navigate Group D in their draw probably alongside World Cup 2018 finalists Croatia, but how far can they go?

The SBOBET odds on the outright winner are already out, so I’m asking whether the Three Lions are good value at 5.00.

Plenty can change between now and June. But for the moment, Southgate’s boys are rated higher than Belgium at 6.00, France at 7.00 and the Netherlands at 7.50.

Belgium and France are numbers one and two in the FIFA World Rankings with England fourth and the Netherlands 14th.

 

Can Kane stay fit?

England’s dreams rest, in part, on the fitness of their captain and talisman Harry Kane who is injured this time with a hamstring problem. But King Harry is making a good recovery and Spurs boss Jose Mourinho thinks he may be ready to make an appearance before the end of the domestic campaign.

Harry Kane is expected to return before the end of the season and the England captain is hopeful to be fit for Euro 2020
England captain Harry Kane is sidelined due to hamstring injury and still in doubt to play in Euro 2020

That’s great news for England since the boy is prolific. Kane scored a first half hat-trick against Montenegro as the Three Lions charged into the Finals with a thumping 7-0 victory, and he became the first England player to score in every game of a qualifying campaign when England finished off with a win over Kosovo.

He’s scored 32 goals in 45 games for England, winning the World Cup Golden Boot in Russia as the Three Lions finished fourth. In the run up to summer, Kane is sure to be making the big Euro 2020 news.

 

Sterling’s concerning form

England are also sweating on the fitness of the Manchester United striker Marcus

Rashford, who is suffering a back injury. So the form of Raheem Sterling is another niggling concern.

His spectacular early season performances drew comparisons with Lionel Messi and he has been scoring for fun, until the turn of the year that is. The England winger has missed a hatful of chances as Manchester City’s form slumped, going eight games without a goal.

Kane can’t do it on his own even at full fitness, so Southgate will do all he can to get Sterling in the right place.

He has options with the emergence of two exciting young stars at Leicester City in Harvey Barnes and James Maddison, but the England boss wants all his best players firing as they did in Russia.

Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard looks highly unlikely to recapture his 2018 form so Sterling is a crucial factor in England’s potential success.

 

Gareth’s Goalkeeper dilemma

The last time England won a major trophy in the 1966 World Cup, manager Alf Ramsay could count on his man between the sticks, the legendary Gordon Banks.

Who will ever forget Banks’ breathtaking save to deny the great Pele in 1970? If you haven’t seen it, check it out.

What Southgate would do for another Gordon Banks right now? There is plenty of goalkeeping talent around at the moment and the Premier League is blessed by the best keepers in the world. But in terms of England keepers do we have the all round package?

Everton’s Jordan Pickford held the position in Russia, making some good saves along the way but his best feature remains his distribution. He’s very comfortable with the ball at his feet but has developed an alarming knack of dropping clangers at crucial times, notably against Liverpool.

That was a trait which saw the end of Joe Hart and not one suffered by Burnley’s Nick Pope, who is a traditional keeper with command of his area, safe hands, quick reactions and improving distribution.

Both keepers have conceded 38 goals in the Premier League this season, and it’s easy to make a case for either.

But then there’s a third name in the frame. Manchester United’s Dean Henderson, on loan at Sheffield United, has had a superb season. He has conceded just 24 goals and is the main reason the Blades have exceeded expectations.

Only Liverpool’s Alisson has a higher save percentage at 87%, than Henderson’s 75%. The 22-year-old is certainly one for the future, but is he one for the now?

The early Euro 2020 betting odds reckon England have as good a chance as anyone, but they need three things to go their way as mentioned: Kane’s fitness, Sterling’s form and a near faultless keeper.

 

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Euro 2020: Play-Off Drama To Come!

The best players in Europe are heading for the Euro 2020 extravaganza in June, and I for one can hardly wait. England, France and Belgium are the most fancied nations, but the Netherlands, Spain and Germany are sure to have something to say about that.

The Euro 2020 betting odds have England as the marginal favourites but much could change between now and summer.

And for starters we have the play-offs, kicking off on 26th March; and there are some tasty talents on show even at this stage. Let’s take a look at three of the biggest stars, but first a run through of who’s facing who.

 

So which teams are going through?

Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland

This is a tough assignment for Northern Ireland against a side with real quality. Bosnia had some big wins in Group J, including a 4-1 hammering of qualifiers Finland. Inconsistency dogged the Bosnians, but on paper they should have too much for the Irish.

Leicester City’s centre back Jonny Evans is a key man for the underdogs but the men in green lack any serious firepower.

It’s no surprise that Bosnia are as short as 1.39 to go through, but Northern Ireland are 13 places above Bosnia in the FIFA World Rankings, at 36th so I’d say the better value is the Greens at 2.81.

Georgia vs Belarus

Georgia found themselves in the devilishly difficult Group D, and eventually finished fourth behind Switzerland, Denmark and the Republic of Ireland.

Meanwhile Belarus hardly had it any easier, landing in the midst of the Group C battle between Germany and the Netherlands.

At 1.65 Georgia should navigate this tie, with Belarus out at 2.33.

Republic of North Macedonia vs Kosovo

The new boys of international football Kosovo gave England a fright at Wembley, eventually losing 5-3, while Macedonia came third in a fairly even group containing Poland and Austria, and are favourites to win this tie at odds of 1.70.

I’ve a soft spot for Kosovo who play without fear, so I’ll be backing them at 2.16.

Euro 2020: Aleksandar Kolarov is considered a powerhouse at the back of Serbia
Aleksandar Kolarov playing for AS Roma against Bologna

Norway vs Serbia

According to the latest SBOBET odds this is the tie of the play-offs between two sides bang in form. Norway are unbeaten in six, while Serbia have won four from the last five.

There’s little to choose between them, Norway at odds of 1.89 and Serbia at 1.95.

Serbia Captain Aleksandar Kolarov is a defensive rock with a shot like a rocket, while Bournemouth striker Josh King has pace to burn for Norway.

On balance it’s Serbia for me.

Slovakia vs Republic of Ireland

One of the most gifted players in the world comes up against Premier League grit as Slovakia’s Marek Hamsik, now playing in China will hope to take his team through to the finals.

The Republic of Ireland’s Matt Doherty, Jeff Hendrick and Shane Duffy are all battlers and at odds of 2.17 they have every chance if frustrating Slovakia at 1.69.

Bulgaria vs Hungary

This is a tie between tow out of form sides. Hungary have five defeats in six, with just a solitary win against Azerbaijan, while Bulgaria have four defeats in six, but signed off their qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.

The Fifa rankings, Hungary 52nd and Bulgaria at 59th reflect their malaise, but at 1.66 Hungary will hope to stop Bulgaria’s campaign.

Iceland vs Romania

Romania had high hopes of qualifying from Group F, but a draw with Norway followed by defeats to Spain and Sweden put an end to that ambition.

 


 

 

They now come up against a side which has made a habit of qualifying for finals, inspired by Everton’s playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson, and the Icemen may have Burnley winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson available after injury.

Iceland at 1.62 should be too tough for Romania at 2.28

Scotland vs Israel

Scotland won their last three games, all expected victories, after they had suffered back to back 4-0 losses at the hands of Belgium and Russia. And at odds of 1.37 they should surely see off Israel.

Their opponents came fifth in Group G, finishing above only Latvia, and it would be major Euro 2020 news if Israel was to make it through at the expense of the Scots.

 

Three players to look out for

Andy Robertson: Scotland

This gifted wingback is a key player in Liverpool’s march to a first Premier League title in 30 years, and as one of the first names on the team-sheet, he will have a big part to play in the Reds Champions League defence.

Equally impressive at the back as well as raiding down the wing, he has one of the best deliveries in football and would definitely grace the finals.

Miralem Pjanic : Bosnia

The Juventus midfielder is blessed with the ability to score and create goals, and as a big star in Serie A’s serial winners, he’s the main reason Bosnia are fancied to see off Northern Ireland.

Dusan Tadic: Serbia

Tadic didn’t really realise his potential with Southampton in the Premier League, but his 37 goals in 56 games for an exciting Ajax side show just what a talent he is.

With 67 caps he’s a key member of Serbia’s attack and will have a big part to play against Norway.

 

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Euro 2020: Don’t Underestimate the Azzurri

This upcoming Euro 2020 feels like one of the most open European champions in recent memory. Of course, you have the tournament's top contenders according to SBOBET odds, but none of those teams seems overly dominant and still have their issues to sort out.

And outside of that top five are defending champions Portugal, who shouldn't be ruled out as long as Cristiano Ronaldo is still around. However, there are some question marks as to how far he can take a squad that isn't quite as strong.

But one country that appears to be getting a bit overlooked is Italy. The Azzurri completed an amazing qualifying campaign where they were just one of two countries with a perfect record.

Yet despite their impressive showing, the Euro 2020 betting odds still have them priced at just 11.00, which is below the very top contenders for the competition.

It feels like a mistake to underestimate Italy, who have been drawn into a relatively easy Group A with Switzerland, Turkey, and Wales. The Azzurri have shown impressive improvements under manager Roberto Mancini and appear to have what it takes to go far in the tournament.

 

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It's been so far so good for Roberto Mancini. Since taking over the side in 2018 following the disastrous Giampiero Ventura regime, Mancini has gotten the Azzurri back on track with 14 wins, four draws, and just two defeats in his 20 matches in charge.

"Mancio" has done well to refresh an ageing side by giving some younger players a chance to break into the squad. He's also gotten the Italians back to their roots: defence.

Italy top their group in Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Italy head coach Roberto Mancini giving instructions to his players from the touchline

Italy conceded just four goals in the entire qualifying campaign, with Belgium and Turkey (3) the only countries with fewer. Granted, Italy's group of Finland, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia, and Liechtenstein is hardly the strongest, but still, it's a step in the right direction.

Gianluigi Donnarumma is one of the most highly-rated young goalkeepers in the world, and he will be eager to showcase his talents in his first career major tournament.

He will certainly not be lacking in defensive cover, with the experienced Juventus duo of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini set to start at centre-back. And with Alessio Romagnoli and Francesco Acerbi, there is adequate cover.

 

Maybe the best midfield in Europe

Italy's defensive renaissance also has much to do with the massive improvement in midfield. Mancini's decision to put together the trio of Jorginho, Marco Verratti, and Nicolo Barella has been an inspired one. Those three complement each other so well: Jorginho provides the pinpoint passing and rhythm, Barella provides energy and forward runs, and Verratti does a little bit of everything.

They have emerged as the biggest strength of this Italy side and, barring injury or a horrific dip in form, all three should be secured of a starting spot in Euro 2020. The likes of Stefano Sensi, Lorenzo Pellegrini, and teenage sensation Sandro Tonali will have to settle for backup duties.

Looking around at the rest of the tournament, one would be hard-pressed to find a more optimal midfield combination than Italy's. France arguably boast more talent, but two of their main midfielders, Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante, have been beset by injuries this season and might not be at their best come the tournament. Spain also have the weapons, but they've not quite created the same cohesion.

With a midfield as solid as Italy's, they will be a handful for any side in the tournament to break down and could go see them make another deep run.

 

Will the Azzurri attack deliver?

On the other hand, though, the biggest reason why that might not happen is because of their attack. That might be a bit surprising for a side that scored 37 goals in 10 qualifying games (second only to Belgium with 40), but it's true.

Italy have struggled to find a reliable No. 9 for some time now, and it continues to be a question mark heading into Euro 2020. Their top scorer in qualifying was Andrea Belotti with just four goals. Although, he appears set to back up Ciro Immobile, who has been simply sensational for Lazio this season.

Immobile is the current top scorer in the five major European leagues with 26 goals in Serie A. However, he has not proven to be quite as prolific with the national team. He has just 10 goals in 39 international caps.

Mancini tried out several different options during qualifying and friendlies, even going with a striker-less system at one point. But if Immobile continues with his amazing run, he should be the first-choice striker heading into the tournament.

Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Chiesa are the top contenders to support Immobile from the wings, while veteran Fabio Quagliarella could also get in the squad as a super sub.

But while the pressure will be on Immobile to deliver and create Euro 2020 highlights, Italy have shown in the past that a top goalscorer isn't absolutely necessary to win a major tournament. Luca Toni and Marco Materazzi were their top scorers in 2006 when they went on to win the World Cup.

If the defence can hold up well enough as they did in that tournament and if they can continue to get goals from different parts of the team as they did in qualifying, the Italians will surely be one of the teams to be reckoned with in Euro 2020.

 

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Euro 2020: Watch Out for the Spanish Armada

There’s a good reason why Spain are considered a top-five contender in the Euro 2020. And for sure, they will be a team on a mission as they try to get back on the mountaintop once more.

The three-time UEFA European champions last won it all in 2012. And in their last go-around in 2016, they were unceremoniously dumped by a resurgent Italian squad led by the likes of Giorgio Chiellini, Ciro Immobile, and Federico Bernardeschi.

In last year’s Euro 2020 qualifiers, the Spaniards left no things to chance by going undefeated in the group stage matches. They dominated Group F and finished with eight wins and two draws.

Prior to the qualifiers, Luis Enrique had to step down to take care of his sick daughter, and that put deputy boss Roberto Moreno in charge for the Spanish national team to which he has done a splendid job. Just after they finished the group stages, Enrique was reappointed once more to take over from there.

There are still a lot of question marks that La Roja need to deal with as they go along with their campaign. This year’s European showcase looks to be wide open as the playing field has become super competitive.

Spain are placed in Group E along with the likes of Sweden and Poland - two emerging sides who should give them a run for their money.

Can the Spaniards win it all again this time despite having lower Euro 2020 odds? SBOBET takes a look on their chances in this upcoming competition.

 

Young guns providing a huge boost

Spain obviously have one of the deepest teams in the world, which gives team manager Luis Enrique a bevy of options every game.

From having experienced heads in Santi Cazorla, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, David de Gea, and Sergio Busquets, the team also has the likes of Mikel Oyarzabal, Jose Gaya, Fabian Ruiz, Marco Asensio, and Saul Niguez as part of their ongoing youth movement.

The young guns have impressed so far in the tournament as they provided us some notable Euro 2020 highlights, helping Spain become one of the most prolific scoring teams in the group stages. They were fourth overall with 31 goals just behind the likes of Belgium, England, and Italy.

Fabian Ruiz in particular has been superb serving as the team’s playmaker from the midfield while Mikel Oyarzabal and Jose Gaya showed glimpses of their potential by netting goals of their own.

A bigger responsibility awaits for these young bloods as they try to make a deep run in the tournament. This is the perfect time for them to shine and lead the squad to the promise land.

 

Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets are the glue guys

Scoring goals may be a given for the Spaniards, but the difference between winning and losing at this stage lies on their consistency on the defencive end, and this is where the likes of Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, and Sergio Busquets come in.

The said trio is in the midst of their primes and they offer a lot of intangibles for the Luis Enrique-coached squad.

Luis Enrique and La Roja squad aim to win it all again this time despite having lower Euro 2020 odds
Spain manager Luis Enrique looks over the pitch before Group F Euro 2020 qualifying match against Norway at Mestalla Stadium

Sergio Ramos in particular will be a key player to watch out for Spain as he brings toughness, experience, and playmaking. He will be tasked to be the team’s captain as he just surpassed legendary keeper Iker Casillas for being the most-capped player ever in national team history.

Barca teammates Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets also offer those things for Luis Enrique. But more importantly, they can serve as mentors to the likes of Pablo Sarabia, Diego Llorente, and Jose Gaya.

With Spain playing a 4-3-3 formation, opponents will have a very hard time in scoring goals against them. They’ve only given up five goals in the group stages and that is a great sign if you’re Luis Enrique.

 

Spain’s goalkeeper concern

Looking at their lineup, perhaps one of La Roja’s weaker points will be at the goal keeper position.

Team boss Luis Enrique will have to choose between an older David de Gea or Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has been struggling to find his form lately for Chelsea.

David de Gea is a superb goal keeper no doubt, but his fitness remains a concern due to the injuries that he’s suffered over this past year. The 29-year-old goal keeper had some trouble with his groin and hamstring due to the wear and tear playing for both Manchester United and Spain.

On the other hand, Kepa Arrizabalaga’s form will be a concern as well since he has been usurped by Willy Caballero in Stamford Bridge for the fifth straight game, sparking rumours that Frank Lampard is planning to sell the Spanish stopper come summer time.

It will be a hard decision to make if you’re Luis Enrique, but he will have a chance to figure it out as they will play some friendly matches against Germany, Netherlands, and Portugal over the next month.

 

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Euro 2020: More Glory for Les Bleus?

They were comfortably the best team at Russia 2018 and fans throughout Europe will be on the lookout for France when Euro 2020 kicks off in the summer.

Didier Deschamps side played the best football in Russia, with world-class players running right through the squad; but it will be the flamboyance, pace and ruthlessness of Les Bleus attack that most fans, and opponents, will remember.

The last time France won the World Cup, in 1998, they followed that with a European Championship triumph two years later so what price them repeating that feat this year? Well the latest Euro 2020 betting odds here at SBOBET have the World Champions third favourites, at odds of 7.00, but there is very little to choose between the front runners.

With the playoffs still to come we don’t yet have the full list of nations, but France is in a group of eight or nine potential winners. They have won this tournament twice, the first time in 1984, and Les Bleus are sure to be in the mix again.

 


 

 

Deschamps the legend

France won the World Cup for the second time in 2018 with a 4-2 win over Croatia in Moscow. And head coach Didier Deschamps became the third man to win the competition as a player and coach, having captained Les Bleus to victory on home soil in 1998.

As a cultured midfielder Deschamps was the heartbeat of that side and the group of players he now coaches exudes class in the image of the 1998 World Champions.

Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian MBappe were all on target in the World Cup final and, injuries permitting, will all be on the European stage in just over three months time.

 

M’Bappe could be the best in the world

Kylian Mbappe wowed fans in Russia with his scintillating pace, lightning-quick feet and ability to score goals of any type, the tap-in, the slide rule finish and the thunderbolt.

The 21-year-old Paris Saint Germain striker is sure to be in the Euro 2020 news over the summer and with 13 international goals already to his name, he could be the man to catch the current France top scorer, Thierry Henry, who finished with 51.

That’s if Antoine Griezmann doesn’t get there first. The former Atletico Madrid striker has settled into life at Barcelona and scored a crucial away goal in the Blaugrana’s 1-1 draw with Napoli in the Champions League.

And at 28 years of age with 30 goals for France, he is well in the hunt too. And look out for FC Bayern’s Kingsley Coman, who could also make a big impact.

Behind the strikers N’Golo Kante runs the midfield, Raphael Varane leads the defence and Captain Hugo Lloris is the man between the sticks.

Les Bleus will take some beating.

Didier Deschamps ready to line up his best France XI in the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament
Didier Deschamps became the third man to win the competition as a player and coach

 

Which teams are the biggest threats?

So who are the teams most likely to frustrate France?

 

England @ 5.00

Gareth Southgate’s Lions came very close in Russia, losing in the semi-final to Croatia having led thanks to a Kieran Trippier free-kick. They are the favourites to win Euro 2020 but much will depend on the fitness of their captain and main striker Harry Kane, who is out of action with a long term injury. The Spurs man won the Golden Boot in Russia and is very capable of repeating that in 2020.

While Southgate has an exciting young squad, with the likes of Raheem Sterling able to rip any defence apart, they really need their captain to be fully fit.

 

Belgium @ 6.00

Roberto Martinez’ Red Devils are the only side ahead of Les Bleus in the FIFA World Rankings. England aren’t far behind in fourth but when you look at the quality in Belgium’s squad it’s hard to believe this golden generation hasn’t won anything. Kevin de Bruyne is having another exceptional season at Manchester City while striker Romelu Lukaku has settled well at Inter Milan, scoring 17 league goals already, quite an achievement in Serie A.

 

Netherlands @ 7.50

Having failed to qualify for Russia 2018 Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands have come back well and look a genuine contender for Euro 2020. The stand-out feature of the reborn Oranje is the centre back pairing of Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt, arguably the best in the world.

22-year-old Frenkie de Jong is now fulfilling his potential at Barcelona, while Quincy Promes is a livewire upfront, so keep an eye on these boys.

Spain, Germany, Italy and Portugal will be in the shake-up too in what promises to be a fantastic tournament.

 

 

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Euro 2020: Three Lions and Home Following Can Be a Potent Mix

It’s just over three months until the start of this summer’s big football spectacle.

The European Championships (or Euro 2020 as it will be known) this year will be played for the first time across a host of nations.

One of those venues is Wembley Stadium in London, and one thing history tells us is that when England host a major tournament, they tend to do rather well.

OK, so it’s only happened twice: The 1966 World Cup, when the "Three Lions" were crowned world champions, and Euro 1996, when a penalty shoot-out defeat against arch-rivals Germany cruelly ended their chances at the semi-final stage.

Gareth South aims to lead the England squad to a Euro 2020 trophy, one that he failed to do during the 1996 edition of the tournament
Gareth Southgate during his stint with the England national squad in 1996

It’s fair to say – or certainly, this SBOBET observer believes – that Gareth Southgate’s class of 2020 lacks the overall quality both the '66 and '96 boys possessed in abundance.

It is also one of football’s great quirks that Southgate, who failed to net a vital penalty in that shoot-out almost 24 years ago, is now leading his country back to where all the drama unfolded – Wembley Stadium.

Had England have failed to reach a tournament partly on home soil it would have been an embarrassment.

Had England not topped a group – they concluded their campaign in style last November – that contained mainly minnows, it would also have been an embarrassment.

The truth, though, is that the real work starts on June 14 when Croatia are the visitors, closely followed by as-yet-unknown opponents, and the Czech Republic.

Croatia were, of course, the side which broke English hearts at the World Cup nearly two years ago, but England have since exacted a modicum of revenge by beating them in the Nations League.



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As it stands, the two goalscorers in that game may not even feature.

Of course, if skipper Harry Kane does recover in time – as he is on course to –he will almost certainly lead the line.

His leadership abilities and goalscoring record deserve immediate inclusion.

For Jesse Lingard, who has hardly featured for Manchester United of late, he has a struggle to get back into his club side, let alone his country.

So, who else should we expect in Southgate’s squad injuries (and suspensions) permitting?

In goal, Everton keeper Jordan Pickford fails to fully convince, but have his deputies enough experience?

The main challengers are surely on-loan Sheffield United shot-stopper Dean Henderson and Burnley’s Nick Pope, who made his first England start in their last fixture – a 4-0 win in Kosovo.

The 27-year-old will surely come under consideration for a starting spot at Euro 2020 if he continues his impressive form.

In front of them, Harry Maguire and Joe Gomez are likely to be Southgate's preferred centre-back partnership. But should he opt for a back three because, let's be honest, the England rearguard no longer has players of the calibre of Tony Adams, Rio Ferdinand, Sol Campbell etc. – again, in my opinion.

If that is the case, then Kyle Walker or Aaron Wan-Bissaka have to be considered, if fit.

The left-back spot (Ben Chilwell, Danny Rose, Luke Shaw et al.) is not as clear-cut, while at right-back, Walker, Wan Bissaka, and Trent Alexander-Arnold deserve to be included but Liverpool’s young starlet would possibly be a better bet as an attacking wing-back, given his superb record of assists this term.

I’d certainly include Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings in the squad based on his form this term.

In the centre of the park, I do not think it’s as clear-cut. Southgate will have his certs with the Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli and James Maddison but, personally, I’d like to see players such as Phil Foden (if he played regularly for his club), Jack Grealish, Ross Barkley and the versatile James Ward-Prowse enter the conversation.

Up front, assuming Kane and Marcus Rashford – out since January with a double stress fracture in his back – are back, then Jadon Sancho and Raheem Sterling are certs and, if he can continue his form, I would also like to see Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin come into the reckoning.

Those players would create some Euro 2020 highlights for England, surely?

Keep an eye on the Euro 2020 betting odds and wait until nearer the time – when the squads are announced and the full groups are known.

England are worth a punt, but I would not go as far as to say they are ready to reach the final.

If England win their group, their last-16 tie would be in Dublin against the runners-up in a hugely competitive looking Group F - which already includes Germany, France and Portugal - with a potential quarter-final in Rome.

Should they finish second, it would be a trip to Copenhagen against the runner-up from Group E, which features Spain, before a quarter-final in St Petersburg. There are other possibilities if they are one of the best third-place finishers.

However, remember, tradition tells us that with a surge of optimism and home support, anything can happen.

 

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Euro 2020: Uncertainty Looms as 100-Day Countdown Begins

Wednesday, March 4th marks exactly 100 days until the start of Euro 2020. But as the tournament continues to get closer, there is still much uncertainty amid the growing threat of the coronavirus in the continent.

UEFA have come out and said that Euro 2020 will push through as planned, although a lot could still change in the three-plus months before the tournament officially kicks off.

Meanwhile, uncertainty also looms surrounding one of the tournament's top contenders in England, with manager Gareth Southgate still hoping for the availability of two of his star players.

Elsewhere, Ireland have been handed a significant injury blow ahead of their crucial Euro 2020 play-off against Slovakia later in the month.

  UEFA 'confident' Euros will go ahead amid coronavirus outbreak

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin expressed confidence that they can deal with any worst-case scenario that may arise during the upcoming Euro 2020 amid the spread of the coronavirus.

"Let's be optimistic and not talk about dark scenarios," Ceferin said at a media conference in Amsterdam.

"You don't know how many concerns we have when we organize a big competition ... we have security concerns, we have political instability concerns and one of those concerns is the virus. We are dealing with it and we are confident that we can deal with it."

Italy is the European country hit the hardest by the spread of the coronavirus. Several Serie A matches have postponed over the last two weeks, including the much-anticipated Derby d'Italia between Juventus and Inter.

The Italian capital Rome is one of the 12 host venues for Euro 2020, which will be played all across the continent for the first time.

While Ceferin is confident Euro 2020 will go on as planned, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has at least opened the door for the possibility that upcoming international fixtures, which include friendlies as well as the semi-final round of Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs, might be postponed due to the virus.

"I wouldn't exclude anything at this moment. That's why we have to look at the situation and hope that it will decrease rather than increase. At the moment it looks like it is still increasing.

"If games have to be postponed or played without spectators until it is over, then we have to go through that."

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England are hoping for Harry Kane to return before Euro 2020 starts
Harry Kane being substituted in Tottenham Hotspur's match against Southampton

England manager Gareth Southgate remains optimistic about injured strikers Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford getting back to full fitness in time to play in Euro 2020.

“We’ve had really good updates right the way through and Harry and Marcus are exactly where we were expecting them to be,” Southgate said. “Both players will give themselves the best possible chance of being available, that’s their mentality and that’s their dedication to their sport.

“That’s the only bit we can guarantee, what we can’t guarantee is how that rehab will develop as it’s stepped up and as it becomes more intense. But they are both on track from the information we were given at the very start.”

Kane has been sidelined since suffering a torn hamstring on New Year's Day. He'd played 25 games for Tottenham this season, scoring 17 goals with two assists.

Meanwhile, Rashford has been out after he suffered a double stress fracture in his back in late January. The 22-year-old had been having a terrific season for Manchester United, scoring a career-best 19 goals (14 in the league) in just 31 appearances in all competitions.

The presence of Kane and/or Rashford in the squad would be a huge boost to England's Euro 2020 odds, although much will also depend on their actual fitness and sharpness after long layoffs.

If neither Kane nor Rashford can make it to the Euros, the likes of Tammy Abraham, Danny Ings, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be left as Southgate's main options to lead the line and produce some Euro 2020 highlights for the Three Lions.

Southgate will have the opportunity to give those players a run-out when England host Italy for a friendly at Wembley -- if it's not postponed.

  Seamus Coleman to miss Republic of Ireland's Euro 2020 play-off

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy is unlikely to have veteran defender Seamus Coleman for their Euro 2020 play-off against Slovakia.

Coleman suffered a quad muscle injury in Everton's 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Sunday.

"Seamus is struggling for the games. I'm told it could be four to six weeks," McCarthy told RTE Sport.

The Irish face Slovakia in Bratislava on 26 March. The winner of that match will face the winner of the Northern Ireland vs Slovakia semi-final with a place at Euro 2020 on the line.

SBOBET odds have the Republic of Ireland as slight 2.95 underdogs, with Slovakia priced at 2.15 to win at home.

Coleman's absence would be a blow to McCarthy and Ireland. The Everton defender is one of the most experienced players on the squad with 56 career caps.

If Coleman is ruled out, Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Matt Doherty is likely to start at right-back with Fulham's Cyrus Christie also providing cover for the full-back role.

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Euro 2020: Can Belgium’s Golden Generation Finally Win the Big One?

The upcoming Euro 2020 will be a big one for Belgium. The Red Devils’ “golden generation” remain in search of that elusive first major international title, and this tournament will likely be their best opportunity to win it.

Belgium — the No. 1 team in the world according to the FIFA rankings — are one of the top contenders to win the Euros, and rightly so. They were the most impressive side during qualifying as they amassed a perfect 10 wins out of 10 while scoring the most goals (40) and tied for the fewest (3).

Their squad is one of the most talented in the entire field, with world-class quality at nearly every position. They made it to the quarter-finals of the last Euros in 2016 and came even closer in the 2018 World Cup, where they finished in third. But they are not getting any younger, so it’s now or never for the Red Devils.

Will this finally be the year the golden generation get over the hump and deliver some silverware? Allow SBOBET to lay out the case for why they will (or won’t) do so at Euro 2020.

 

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They didn’t call this current crop the “golden generation” for nothing. From goalkeeper down to forward, Belgium boast some impressive talent in their squad, most of whom are still in the prime of their careers.

After a few disappointing seasons, first-choice keeper Thibaut Courtois has rediscovered his best form for Real Madrid this year.

He will have the benefit of playing behind some familiar faces in centre-backs Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen, and Vincent Kompany. Manager Roberto Martinez has preferred to play with a back-three during his time in Belgium and will likely stick with that system.

Their midfield options aren’t as plentiful as they once were, although Axel Witsel and Youri Tielemans are two more than capable operators in the middle of the park.

And of course, there is Kevin De Bruyne. The Manchester City star remains one of the best playmakers in the world and can almost single-handedly orchestrate a team’s attack.

De Bruyne won’t be short of attacking options to pick out, either. Romelu Lukaku may have his fair share of critics, but he still gets goals. At 26 years of age, he is already the country’s all-time leading scorer with 52 international goals in just 84 caps.

Kevin De Bruyne is expected to step up his game for Belgium in the upcoming Euro 2020

Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne in action against Scotland’s Kenny McLean at Hampden Park

Thorgan Hazard is having a fine debut season at Dortmund, while Dries Mertens, Divock Origi, and Michy Batshuayi are all useful options off the bench when in need of a goal.

Belgium have drawn a relatively easy group in the Euros as they will play Russia, Denmark, and Finland. They are massive 1.63 favourites to win the group and should have few problems doing so.

After that, much will depend on the draw. However, one could argue that except for reigning world champions France, the Euro 2020 odds should still have them favoured against any team they meet.

With Germany and Spain both in decline following their previous triumphs and England with some question marks at the back, there are few teams Belgians should be legitimately fearful of.

 

The Case Against Belgium

However, they could potentially be without one of their most important tools: Eden Hazard. The 29-year-old has had a disastrous season at Real Madrid this year, with injuries derailing his debut campaign.

He will miss the remainder of the season after he recently underwent surgery to repair his fractured ankle. That has put his availability for the Euros in serious doubt, although Martinez remains confident Hazard will return in time.

But even if Hazard does recover and make the squad, it would be a major surprise if he were to instantly rediscover his best form right away.

Belgium’s attack is still capable of producing several Euro 2020 highlights even in Hazard’s absence. However, they will lose that potential game-changing ability, something that is so crucial later in the tournament when Belgium will likely be facing the very best teams and the margins become much tighter.

Meanwhile, some critics will see their ageing defence as a potential weakness. The likes of Alderweireld, Vertongen, Vermaelen, and Kompany are all over 30. The latter two are no longer playing top-level club football, while the former two have not impressed with Spurs this season.

While the Belgian backline let in just three goals in qualifying, the level of opposition they faced was hardly formidable. They could very well get exposed if they come across a team that has the pace to get in behind that defence.

 

Verdict

SBOBET odds have Belgium priced at 6.00 to win the tournament, which is second only to England. However, there’s a legitimate argument that they are actually the best side in the Euros and are in fact undervalued by the odds. For that reason, they are certainly worth a bet.

But while much will be made about Hazard’s fitness and availability ahead of the tournament, the defence could end up making or breaking Belgium’s tournament. Their defensive solidity played a major part in their run to the semi-finals in the last World Cup, and it will once again be crucial in the Euros.

Alderweireld and Vertonghen have had disappointing campaigns thus far for Tottenham, though, and if they don’t turn back the clock in the Euros, they could be the ones that cost the golden generation their best shot at glory.

 

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Euro 2020: Can the Germans Seek Glory Anew?

There’s still a considerable amount of uncertainty as we are counting down to the much-awaited Euro 2020 where around 16 teams lock horns for the coveted Henri Delaunay Cup.

Led by team manager Joachim Low, the Germans have impressed so far in the qualifying stages by sitting atop of Group C. Germany won seven of their eight games, gathering 30 points while conceding just seven, and that makes them huge favourites to win it all according to our Euro 2020 odds.

The Germans’ last major trophy was winning the FIFA World Cup six years ago. However, they failed to defend their title when they finished at the bottom of Group F in the qualifying rounds.

It has been a while since Germany won it all in the European showcase. The last time that they emerged victorious was back in 1996 where they were led by the likes of Andreas Moller, Matthias Sammer, and Jurgen Klinsmann.

With a stacked deck this time around, can the Germans finally win it all again? Today, let’s take an in-depth look at Germany’s roster.

 

Joachim Low’s imprint with the team

My fellow SBOBET writer pointed out that it is disrespectful to classify them as a dark horse, and I completely agree. But given their lofty standards to being one of the world’s upper echelon teams, getting back up and staying there should be their main focus.

The Germans have to make up for their performance last 2018 because for some reason, they played poorly in Russia. But it will be much easier said than done since they are drawn to be in the “Group of Death” along with the likes of Portugal and defending champions France.

Since their lacklustre performance in Russia, Joachim Low spoke about the need for the team to be more dynamic and to play faster which is why a sudden change in their playing philosophies has brought the Germans back to their feet.

They veered away from the old and usual 4-2-3-1 formation to a more mobile 3-4-3. At the same time, Low added some fresh new faces that are expected to take the mantle as the team’s leaders for the foreseeable future.

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Fresh new faces getting the job done

Serge Gnabry leads the young Germans as they aim to lift the Euro 2020 trophy

Bayern’s Serge Gnabry controls the ball against Augsburg’s Tin Jedvaj during a Bundesliga match

Speaking of fresh new faces, they’ve added the likes Timo Werner and Serge Gnabry to spearhead their attack. The duo, along with veteran Marco Reus, has formed a strong attacking partnership that can produce some goals and Euro 2020 highlights. All in all, they’ve combined for 13 goals and three assists in the qualifying stages.

Supporting them are the likes of Julian Brandt, Lukas Klostermann, Joshua Kimmich, Leroy Sane, and Kai Havertz, who should add more playmaking and scoring to the team. Kimmich, in particular, is the player I’m looking out for since he has been doing so well for Bayern Munich at midfield in the Bundesliga, as he compiled two goals and four assists so far.

Along with their young turks, Joachim Low has some reliable veterans that should help them in their title push. Star goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and midfielder Toni Kroos are the only two players who started in their World Cup victory against Argentina in 2014 and they will provide invaluable experience to the squad.

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Germany going all in

It’s no secret that the Germans are gunning for championship anew. But at the same time, they have done the necessary moves in securing their future by stockpiling some shiny new pieces.

From the first XI all the way to the third XI, Germany have the depth to go up against the world’s best teams especially since there looks to be no weaknesses in all positions by paper.

The team isn’t infallible though, especially since they had to deal with their share of injuries. First choice centre-back Niklas Sule is still recovering from a torn cruciate ligament injury like Leroy Sane and they have yet to show Low that they’re ready to go.

 

 

Die Mannschaft have 197 caps between them and an average age of just 26 years old. Although it won’t get any easier for them as they try to make a deep run, expect the Germans to go all in and it would be unwise to count them out in the tournament given their recent resurgence.

But first things first, the UEFA committee would need to deal with the coronavirus threat that has been considered as a pandemic already by the World Health Organization (WHO). I wouldn’t be surprised if Euro 2020 will be moved to a later date similar to the other major sporting events in the world.

 

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Euro 2020: Cristiano Ronaldo – The Legend

No team in world football and no fan (who isn’t in denial) wouldn’t love to see Cristiano Ronaldo in their colours.

He’s played for the best teams in Europe for almost two decades and, at the grand old age of 35, there’s no sign of him slowing down. Fans of Manchester United, Real Madrid and now Juventus revere his genius and, with luck, we’ll all see him at Euro 2020.

Ronaldo is unarguably one of the best two players on the planet this century, alongside Barca’s Lionel Messi, and he’s a brand in himself. Who wouldn’t want a pair of CR7 undies?!

Before too long we’ll see him playing in Serie A once again, and we’ll be bang up to date with all the Euro 2020 news as it unfolds, here’s hoping we see Ronaldo and his team gracing the European stage.

 

Portugal’s Leader

Five years ago Ronaldo was named the best Portuguese player of all time by his nation’s Football Federation, having played 164 times and netting an astonishing 99 goals. After helping Portugal to the 2004 Euro Finals he became his nation’s captain in 2008 and has played in and scored in ten major tournaments. And by 2018 he became the highest European international goal scorer in history.

CR7 captained Portugal to its first major tournament triumph in the 2016 European Championships, though he was stretchered off during the final against France. He was named in the Team of the Tournament for the third time in his career and, in 2019, he captained Portugal to victory in the first ever Nations League.

The latest Euro 2020 betting odds here at SBOBET have Portugal at 17.00 as likely quarter-finalists. World Cup winners France will be the team to beat again but I wouldn’t rule out Ronaldo and co.

Euro 2020: Cristiano Ronalo has been with Portugal when they won Euro 2016 and Nations League

Cristiano Ronaldo in action during Juventus’ Champions League match against Lyon

Aside from that, reports today reveal the human side of a superhuman footballer, as Ronaldo plans to convert his hotels in Portugal to temporary hospitals to support the world’s battle against Coronavirus.

CR7 is a leader and a gentleman.

 

England’s Nemesis

Not everyone is a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo though. During his time in the Premier League he wasn’t everybody’s cup of tea. As Manchester United swept away all before them in the first decade of the Millennium, fans of opposing sides who bemoaned the impossibility of winning a penalty at Old Trafford, while expecting the Red Devils to be awarded a spot-kick when they needed one, often directed their ire at CR7.

The reality of course was that Ronaldo spent a lot of his time in his opponents’ penalty area and he was invariably too good for the hapless fullbacks tasked with marking and stopping him, by fair means or foul.

But those outside the Manchester United family blamed him anyway, for his part in the sending off of Wayne Rooney at the 2006 World Cup. In a game England were expected to win, his United club-mate kicked out at Ricardo Carvalho and, after leading the protests imploring the ref to send Rooney off, Ronaldo winked at his team-mates when the red card was brandished.

CR7’s breathtaking form in a dominant period for Manchester United helped his club win three consecutive league titles between 2007 and 2009, along with a Champions League.

When he left United for Real Madrid in a record £80m switch in the 2009 close season, Red Devils fans mourned his departure while the rest of the Premier League celebrated.

 

Record Breaker

As well as scoring more international goals than any other European player in history, Ronaldo has won five Ballons D’Or and four European Golden Shoes, both a record for a European player.

He was won an astonishing 29 trophies in his career so far, surely soon to become 30 and I expect he’ll finish his international career with 100 goals or more. He’s scored more goals in the Champions League than anyone in history, an incredible 128, and he has made over 1,000 professional appearances in his career scoring over 700 goals for club and country.

Manchester United would have him back in the blink of an eye and, with Juventus on track to win a record ninth Scudetto this year, there’s more to come from CR7.

 

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Euro 2020: The Evolution of Kylian Mbappe

Without a doubt, one of the biggest stars set to feature in Euro 2020 was Kylian Mbappe. The Paris Saint-Germain forward is easily one of the best and most exciting players in the world at the moment.

Mbappe’s rise to the top has been nothing short of meteoric. Just five years ago, he was just a precocious 16-year-old prospect from Paris. But even then, the talent was there for all to see.

Nonetheless, it has been remarkable to see just how much Mbappe has grown as a player a short amount of time.

Allow SBOBET to take a look back at the staggering evolution of Mbappe, from a promising teenager into one of the brightest stars in the world.

 

The record-breaking phenom

Mbappe’s football career began in AS Bondy, a small club in his hometown of Paris, where he was coached by his father, Wilfried. But even as a young child, it was clear that he was special. He was advanced beyond his years, which was why he played with older age groups.

Mbappe and his undeniable talents eventually moved to Clairefontaine, France’s fabled youth development academy, which has produced numerous world-class players. There he garnered interest from some of the biggest clubs in the world.

But instead of jumping headlong into deep waters, Mbappe made (in hindsight) the wise decision of staying in France and joining the Monaco youth team.

It was a path the great Thierry Henry also took in his youth. And the comparisons with the Arsenal legend were inevitable as Mbappe proceeded to break Henry’s Monaco records.

On December 2, 2015, he made his debut for the first team at just 16 years and 347 days to top Henry’s record. It then took Mbappe a couple of months to break another of Henry’s record of being the club’s youngest-ever goalscorer at 17 years and 62 days.

That proved to be the only goal Mbappe would score in 14 appearances during his debut season in the French top flight. Not bad for a 17-year-old. However, it would hardly prepare anyone for what was to come next season.

 

The surprise package and Ligue 1 winner

PSG have dominated French football since QSI’s arrival at the club. With seemingly unlimited funds, they’d go on to win four league titles in a row from 2012-16. Mbappe’s Monaco were still competitive, finishing second in 2014 and third in both 2015 and 2016.

But in the 2016-17 season, it all came together for the side from the Principality. They had assembled a talented squad with just the right mix of youth (Mpabbe, Fabinho, Thomas Lemar, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva) and experience (Radamel Falco, Joao Moutinho, Kamil Glik).

By that point, Falcao had established himself as one of the premier marksmen in Europe. But even he alone couldn’t deliver the title to the Principality. Luckily, he didn’t have to do it on his own as an 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe broke out and scored 15 league goals in 29 appearances to help Monaco to an improbable championship.

Kylian Mbappe hopes to emulate his PSG form when he plays for France in Euro 2020

PSG star Kylian Mbappe is all smiles after scoring a goal against Bordeaux in France Ligue 1

His impact went beyond merely scoring goals, though. The threat of his uncanny speed on the wings and his overall versatility opened up so many things for that Monaco attack.

And as if winning the league over the PSG juggernaut wasn’t enough, Mbappe also made his mark in Europe. He scored six goals in Monaco’s improbable run to the semi-finals of the Champions League, two of which came in their memorable 6-6 quarter-final duel with Manchester City.

While he still looked all of 18 physically, Mbappe showcased the skill and maturity well beyond his years. His searing pace is the first thing that stands out, but the longer you watch him, the more you come to realise how advanced the rest of his game already was at such a young age. Even the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi didn’t look quite as polished at this early stage in their careers.

 

The World Cup champion and so much more

After that dream season, it was only a matter of time before Mbappe made the move to a top club, and he did just that in 2017 as he went to PSG. Despite the arrival of another superstar in Neymar, Mbappe made his mark right away.

However, there were much bigger things in store for Mbappe in the summer as he led France to World Cup glory in Russia. He scored four goals in the tournament, including the fourth and final goal in the final against Croatia as he became the second teenager after Pele to score in a World Cup final. At that point, he was well and truly a superstar.

But the scary part was that at just 19, he was far from the finished product. He still had much room for improvement in terms of his goalscoring, and improve he did.

The following season, he exploded for 39 goals in 43 games. And prior to the postponement of the European leagues, he had already topped 30 goals in 33 appearances in 2019-20.

Kylian Mbappe has come a long way in just five short years. From a 16-year-old with unlimited potential, he has tapped into that immense ability to win multiple Ligue 1 titles, the World Cup.

France are among the top contenders according to the Euro 2020 betting odds in large part due to him, and there’s no doubt he’d create a number of Euro 2020 highlights if the tournament does push through.

At just 21 years of age, Mbappe is far from done. There are still several more stages to his evolution as a football player — possibly one of the greatest of all-time, when it’s all said and done.

 

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Euro 2020 is now Euro 2021!

We all saw it coming as football’s governing bodies, both international and domestic, wrestled with the impending fixture pile-up due to coronavirus disruption.

And yesterday UEFA announced that Euro 2020 is no more. The European Championships have been shelved until the summer of 2021, to give the European and domestic leagues the space to complete their seasons.

The big four leagues in Europe are multi-million and billion-pound enterprises, and the legal ramifications of failing to finish the season would be huge. Prize money and television revenues are the lifeblood of the big clubs, relegation from the top flight can be catastrophic and promotion can lift a team and its town or city to new heights.

So this decision, unfortunately, was a no-brainer, and we’ll just have to wait for the European showcase we so looked forward to. In a statement, UEFA said that it had agreed on a commitment to complete all domestic and European club competitions by the end of the current sporting season – with a target of 30th June.

Euro 2020 was due to kick-off on 12th June in Rome and the new dates have been set on June 11th to July 11th 2021, and a lot can change in 12 months. The latest Euro 2020 betting odds, prior to cancellation, pitched England as the tournament favourites, at odds of 5.00, but with France, Belgium and the Netherlands all close contenders we could see a change.

I expect France, in particular, to continue to strengthenwhile England head coach Gareth Southgate has spoken to the British press and indicated to Three Lions fans that they may have to wait a while to see their national team play again. The Nations League will be the next opportunity for us to see international football in Europe so check out the latest SBOBET odds. Les Blues are the early favourites at 5.00 with England at 6.50. And League A Group 2 looks like a belter. The Three Lions are at 2.10 to win the group, slightly behind the Red Devils at 2.00.

Hey; of course we’ll be back with the hottest and latest Euro 2021 news when it happens, but let’s get this year’s European and domestic seasons done.

 

Champions League and Europa League

The UEFA Champions League came to a halt at a fascinating moment, shortly after Atletico Madrid did a job on Liverpool, further improving Manchester City’s chances of lifting the trophy. The Sky Blues produced a stunning second-half fightback to take control of their tie away to Real Madrid, with Kevin De Bruyne converting a late penalty after Gabriel Jesus has equalised Isco’s 60th-minute strike.

Euro 2020 was postponed until 2021 due to the Coronavirus outbreak

Kevin De Bruyne in action for Manchester City against Real Madrid

 

Pep Guardiola’s side should see that tie through, while Barcelona represents the biggest threat to Manchester City’s Champions League aspirations. But the Blaugrana needs to see off Napoli after being held to a draw in their first leg at the San Paulo Stadium.

Manchester United are in great shape to make the last eight of the Europa League and are favourites to lift the trophy, with Premier League rivals Wolves and Inter Milan also highly fancied. The Red Devils hammered LASK 0-5, while Wolves drew 1-1 away to Olympiakos and Inter have a home tie with Getafe to play.

 

Bundesliga, La Liga, Premier League and Serie A

While FC Bayern seemed to be clicking through the gears at the top of the Bundesliga they still have work to do, four points ahead of Borussia Dortmund and with RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach still in the hunt.

Jurgen Klopp has steered Liverpool to the brink of the Premier League title and if they aren’t allowed to finish the job we’ll be able to hear their screams the length and breadth of Europe!

Meanwhile, in both Italy and Spain there will be a thrilling climax awaiting us when we get up and running again. Juventus and Lazio are battling it out at the top of Serie A, and Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio have a real chance of stopping I Bianconeri from winning a ninth successive Scudetto, just one point behind with 12 games to play.

And in Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid will be itching to renew hostilities. Despite losing El Clasico on 1st March, the Blaugrana are in pole position, two points ahead of Los Blancos.

 

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Euro 2020: Matchups to Look Out For Next Year!

As you all already know, the coronavirus pandemic has robbed us all of our football action since the Euro 2020 has been moved to 2021.

Euro 2020 was due to kick off on June 12 in Rome, Italy. Now, the dates have been moved to June 11 to July 11 of next calendar year.

With the European showpiece competition pushed for another year, expect these teams to do as much as they can to beef up.

My SBOBET colleague pointed out that prior to the postponement, England were the Euro 2020 odds favourites to win the whole thing at 5.00 in the 1×2 market, but a lot can happen in a year.

Portugal will look for a repeat while other teams such as France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, and Spain are gunning for the Henri Delaunay trophy as well.

While we’re waiting for our sporting events to resume, let’s take a super early look on some games to watch out for next year.

 

Spain vs Poland

Spain and Poland offer a mouthwatering matchup given their propensity to score.

With standouts like Oyarzabal, Fabian Ruiz, Isco, Lewandowski, Piatek, and Milik, the list goes on and on when we discuss about who can supply us with Euro 2020 highlights.

While this looks to be a win for Spain because of their very deep lineup, expect Poland to bring out all their guns as they have some interesting young pieces.

Krzysztof Piatek and Arkadiusz Milik are two dangerous players to look out for if you’re Spain’s manager as they can hit the woodwork and light you up.

Before transferring to Hertha BSC, Piatek emerged as AC Milan’s top striker while Milik led Napoli to a good run in the Serie A and in the Champions League.

Lewandowski, of course, is already a given so expect the Spaniards to key in on him too.

As for Spain, they need to figure out on who will be their goalkeeper moving forward since Kepa Arrizabalaga is not in good form. Meanwhile, David De Gea’s fitness might be a concern since he’s not getting any younger.

 

England vs Czech Republic

The Three Lions look to be the hot favourites to win the Euro 2020 championship, but can they live up to the promise and end their 54 years of hurt?

Their journey will start in Group D as they will face Croatia and Czech Republic in the draw.

Their match against Czech Republic offers an intriguing matchup especially since they faced each other already in the tournament’s group stages.

In their first match, England dominated Czech Republic with a 5-0 tally. However, the Czechs got their revenge by dealing the Three Lions their first loss of the competition.

England, like the other teams here, have a bevy of talent in their lineup. However, their fate lies on the hands of the likes of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.

The postponement of Euro 2020 is good news for Harry Kane

England captain Harry Kane could feature at Euro 2020, who is set to happen June and July 2021

Harry Kane is England’s top scorer but his fitness has always been a concern if you’re Gareth Southgate. The Tottenham striker has been dealing with a hamstring issue that’s bothered him for quite some time now.

On the other hand, Raheem Sterling’s form is also a concern for the Three Lions. The Manchester City forward has yet to net a goal for this calendar year.

Czech Republic have the pieces to hurt the Three Lions. They have Vladimir Darida and Patrik Schick who can create opportunities for their teammates. And with England’s goalkeeper yet to be figured out, this match might be closer than you think.

 

 

France vs Portugal

In what will be a rematch of the Euro 2016 finals, France and Portugal are set to clash in Group F aptly called as the Group of Death.

Cristiano Ronaldo, of course, is the main man for Portugal and he will lead the team for championship anew alongside the likes of Joao Felix, Bernardo Silva, and Bruno Fernandes.

Even with his advancing age, Ronaldo is as talismanic as ever given he continues to spoil us with noteworthy highlights every match.

While struggling playing for Atleti, Joao Felix is a young can’t-miss prospect capable of scoring goals too. Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes offer quality and creativity down at the midfield.

Les Bleus are still in search of their first Euro title for over two decades. They last won it back in 1998 when Didier Deschamps led his nation to the promise land.

This time, Deschamps is their coach and he’ll have the task of guiding his club to one more title.

Kylian Mbappe is one of the best out there and he’s only 21 years old. Mbappe, alongside the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, and Olivier Giroud form a super dangerous attacking partnership that will wreak havoc against their opponents.

Portugal got the best of them the last time they met and for sure we can expect a lot more fireworks in this highly-anticipated rematch.

 

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Euro 2020: All of Them Have Something to Prove!

In less than six months from now, Euro 2020 is finally here and it is shaping up to be an exciting tournament after a long delay.

The curtain-raiser will be on June 11 in Rome and there will be games to be played also in host cities like Glasgow, Dublin, Bilbao, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Munich, St. Petersburg, Bucharest, Budapest, and Baku, with the semis and finals set at the Wembley Stadium in London.

As we wait for the action to start here at SBOTOP, let us examine some of the narratives that we will be looking out for in the upcoming festivities.

Joachim Low gets a new lease of life in Germany

Embattled is the perfect word upon describing Joachim Low’s 2020 year at the helm for Germany. But despite everything that happened, the 60-year-old tactician will still remain in charge.

After a 6-0 humiliation at the hands of Spain in their final UEFA Nations League match few months ago, there was speculation that his job was in danger.

However, the DFB expressed their unconditional support for Low, giving the 2014 World Cup winning coach another chance to prove his worth particularly to the fans in Germany.

Either way, Germany will still have a formidable squad heading into the European showcase.

Bundesliga standouts Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Leon Goretzka, and Julian Brandt will feature heavily on the attack while Niklas Sule, Matthias Ginter, and Manuel Neuer are their foundations on the defence.

Another key thing worth monitoring will be the form of Timo Werner. Since joining Chelsea earlier in the summer, the technically-gifted forward hasn’t hit his stride yet.

He recently broke his scoring drought against Morecambe in the third round of the FA Cup. And if he can build on that and avoid injuries in the next few months, watch out.

It’s go-time for Gareth Southgate and England

England have something to prove as they aim to take home the Euro 2020 trophy

Gareth Southgate giving instructions to his squad during England’s friendly match against Wales

England will have one of the best Euro 2020 odds in the European showcase given that they’re in an easier Group D, but the margin of error for the Three Lions remains miniscule.

After all, England have yet to break their 54-year drought and the pressure is mounting daily for Gareth Southgate and co.

Their run in the previously concluded UEFA Nations League was disappointing as they didn’t make that far.

They were in prime position to come out of Group A2, but Denmark’s sudden resurgence and some bad luck effectively ended their campaign.

But if there’s one thing that we’ve learned about the Three Lions, it is that their overall talent is undeniable.

Jack Grealish and Harry Kane are in the midst of their primes and have been playing superb, while they are brimming with young talent having the likes of Phil Foden, Mason Greenwood, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The time is now for the Three Lions to show the world what they’re capable of.

Spain are reloading their Armada

The Spaniards will be one the favourites to go far in Euro 2020, which begs the question on whether they have enough to go all the way.

Compared to before, Spain look a whole lot different because of the presence of their young rising stars, which makes them quite an exciting team to watch out for.

Ferran Torres showed out in their last game against Germany by scoring a hat-trick and he will be a handful to deal with for opposing backlines.

Meanwhile, Dani Olmo, Mikel Oyarzabal, Adama Traore, and Jose Gaya are showing glimpses of their full potential as well.

After a brief hiatus, Luis Enrique is now back at the helm for Spain. So the onus is on him to build a winner for La Furia Roja.

Can the French finally win again?

France will cling on to the painful memories of Euro 2016 when they were so close to winning, and they will use that as their main motivation in this tournament.

Les Bleus have a roster filled with world-class talent and if they click right away, they can blow away their opposition easily.

Leading the charge will be Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, and Olivier Giroud, who are all capable of producing topnotch Euro 2020 highlights.

They are in a tough Group F alongside Germany, Portugal, and Hungary, which makes their road to glory quite a bumpy one. But nonetheless, they should be one of the two teams in that group to advance further.

Cristiano Ronaldo can’t do it all alone for Portugal

Portugal’s fate in the Euro 2020 competition will rest heavily on Cristiano Ronaldo’s broad shoulders.

Even at 35 years old, the superstar forward continues his prime form as he has been breaking records left and right.

He recently became the first player to score at least 15 goals in each of his last 15 seasons in Europe during their match against Sassuolo in Serie A last week.

But the supporting cast around him need to step up. And since they’re the defending champions, they are coming in here with huge targets on their backs.

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Euro 2020: The Story So Far…

It was in March last year when the decision was made to put Euro 2020 back for 12 months; those were worrying times when football had all but disappeared from our screens. But 12 months on and it looks like we’ll be ready for action this summer, and the matches are set to go ahead between 11th June and 11th July, kicking off with a fascinating clash between Italy and Turkey.

Let’s hope the COVID-19 vaccination push goes to plan and we can get some fans in for the big games, because the talent and drama will be there and that deserves a crackling atmosphere. The fans are ready, the tickets are on sale, let’s keep our fingers crossed.

It’s going to be a fantastic summer of football and, here at SBOTOP we’ll be across all the latest Euro 2020 news, highlights and results as they happen.

Favourites flex their muscles

Europe’s strongest nations, packed with talent from the top leagues on the continent, have all qualified and in some style. England stormed Group A with seven wins from eight and Germany had the same stats to lead the Netherlands out of Group C. Spain were unbeaten with eight wins and two draws in Group F, Poland were 8-1-1- in Group G as were France in Group H.

But it was in Group I and J where the 100 percent nations blasted their way through to the finals, Roberto Martinez’ Belgium and Roberto Mancini’s Italy both winning ten from ten.

Italy are among the front-runners to win Euro 2020 following their stunning performance during qualifiers

Italy head coach Roberto Mancini giving instructions to his players from the touchline

For the Azzurri this was redemption indeed after they had missed the World Cup in Russia in 2018, their first finals miss in 60 years. And Mancini’s men scored 37 goals and conceded just four in a scintillating campaign.

Take a look at our latest Euro 2020 betting odds here at SBOTOP and you’ll see a bit of a shift from this time last year. Early in 2020 England were favourites at 5.00 but now there are six teams very close together. The Three Lions, France and Belgium are all at 6.50, with the resurgent Netherlands at 8.00, and Spain and Germany at 8.20.

Even Italy and Portugal at odds of 13.00 have every right to believe 2021 will be their year, and it makes for one of the most exciting tournaments in recent history.

Play-off shoot-out drama

Away from the Big Eight the path to the finals in 2021 was not quite so smooth, but it presented some nail-biting moments. Scotland qualified for a first major finals tournament since 1998 after beating Serbia 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out, after the two sides drew 1-1 after extra time. Goalkeeper David Marshall saved from Aleksandar Mitrovic to win the tie and send the Scots into Group D. They’ll meet England, Croatia and the Czech Republic at that stage, which may sound terrifying, but that won’t scare Scotland. Steve Clarke’s men also survived a play-off semi final scare, overcoming Israel in a penalty shoot-out. It was skin-of-the-teeth stuff, but Scotland do have a quality player in Liverpool wing-back Andy Robertson, so their fans will be desperate to see what their team can do against the Auld Enemy.

Northern Ireland too had to navigate a penalty shoot-out in a semi-final tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina, but then they fell to Slovakia in the final play-off, after extra time. The Slovaks had already seen off the Republic of Ireland on penalties.

Big Matches to look out for

After the Italy vs Turkey opener there will be a daily stream of exciting clashes to follow. On Sunday 13th June there’s a replay of the 2018 World Cup final between England and Croatia, and this time with home advantage at Wembley, the Three Lions will hope to exact their revenge.

48 hours later, on Tuesday 15th June, World Champions France will take on a Germany team in a period of transition. Kylian M’bappe will be the player everyone will want to see, while Chelsea duo Kai Havertz and Timo Werner will be on the goal trail for Germany.

Spain versus Poland on Monday 21st June is a mouth-watering prospect in Group E when two star-studded sides come face to face. Fans will hope to see two of the best players of the past decade in battle when Poland’s lethal hit man Robert Lewandsowski comes up against the legendary centre-back Sergio Ramos.

I can’t wait!

And in the meantime Italy, Spain, France and Belgium will contest the second UEFA Nations League in early June… and that is some warm-up.

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Euro 2020: Can Southgate’s Enigmatic England Meet Expectations?

There has been so much hype surrounding England ever since Gareth Southgate led the Three Lions to a surprising semi-final run in the 2018 World Cup. But after that overachievement now comes massive expectations heading into his second major tournament.

England are one of the trio of co-favourites along with Belgium and World Cup winners France to win Euro 2020. SBOTOP odds have all three currently priced at 6.50.

On paper, England certainly have the players right on par with the No. 1 team in the FIFA rankings and the reigning world champions. However, there are still question marks as to whether Gareth Southgate is capable of getting the very best out of this generation of Lions.

Let’s take a deeper look at England to see if they are truly one of the teams to beat heading into Euro 2020.

Talented squad gets deeper

Harry Kane will lead the line for England in the much-awaited Euro 2020 competition

England’s Harry Kane in action against Iceland’s Kari Árnason and Birkir Saevarsson during a UEFA Nations League clash

There is a legitimate argument to be made that England possess the best collection of attacking talent in Europe at the moment.

They have a proven goalscorer in skipper Harry Kane, who is back to his best for Tottenham this season after suffering a hamstring injury that would have significantly impacted his form had Euro 2020 pushed through last year.

Barring any unforeseen setback, Kane will lead the line for the Lions and look to make some Euro 2020 highlights. And if he does get hurt again, England now have a good number of centre-forwards in Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tammy Abraham, and Danny Ings who have emerged and can step into Kane’s shoes.

Meanwhile, the wide and attacking midfield positions are absolutely stacked. Jadon Sancho and Raheem Sterling are the favourites to start, with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jack Grealish, Mason Mount, Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka, and Mason Greenwood all vying for places on the bench.

Grealish’s emergence over the past year has now given England an elite playmaker who has the ability to unlock opposing defences – a piece that had been notably missing in the squad.

The defence is also looking in significantly better shape than it was than a year ago. Right wing-back remains ripe with options, from Kyle Walker to Kieran Trippier to Trent Alexander-Arnold to Reece James.

Left wing-back is looking just as deep. Luke Shaw has been in fine form at Manchester United and is set to challenge Ben Chilwell for the starting spot. Leicester’s James Justin and Saka are also fine young options on the left.

And perhaps most importantly, John Stones’ resurgence at Manchester City now gives England another reliable centre-back option alongside Harry Maguire. Walker can slot into the back three, and Tyrone Mings, Eric Dier and Michael Keane offer decent depth.

Southgate struggling to make all the pieces fit

But despite all the talent at his disposal, Southgate has struggled to put them all together into a cohesive unit. This was quite evident in their disappointing UEFA Nations League run as they finished third behind Belgium and Denmark.

Southgate stuck with his 3-4-3 formation during the group stage and experimented with different combinations of players, but they were far from convincing. The fact that Southgate took so long to include Grealish in the set-up was curious considering the Villa captain’s great form, and it’s fair to assume whether he sees Grealish as a main part of his plans.

Southgate was also unable to solve a significant problem with this formation, which is in midfield. Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice have their strengths, particularly in defence, but they lack the range of passing and creativity needed to provide a good balance between attack and defence in Southgate’s system.

Mason Mount got the chance to play in the middle later in the group stage, but there is still no definitive answer to that midfield question just yet.

The other glaring issue Southgate must resolve is goalkeeper. He has remained loyal to Jordan Pickford despite the Everton man’s struggles, and it remains doubtful whether Nick Pope or Dean Henderson can do enough for Southgate to make the change.

Are England truly an elite contender?

It is disappointing that Southgate’s England have seemingly made little progress since their brilliant World Cup run. Despite what the Euro 2020 odds say, England don’t seem like one of the three best teams in the continent and still have much work to do to compete with the likes of Belgium and France.

A case could be made that despite Southgate’s shortcomings, England’s depth in so many positions gives them a marked edge over other contenders, especially if injuries hit some key players over the course of a jam-packed 2021 season.

But even if England do have the best squad in the tournament, it still remains to be seen whether Southgate can get them playing a system that can unlock their full potential. His 3-4-3 still has significant question marks, and there’s not much time to change course now.

Perhaps the players’ familiarity with the system will finally bear fruit this summer. But if it doesn’t all work out as planned, what else does Southgate have up his sleeve that can get England to perform at an elite level during the Euros? We shall have to wait and see.

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Euro 2020: The Hottest Golden Boot Contenders

They are the stars who write the headlines. The men who plunder hat-tricks or score the last minute winner, the rock stars of the beautiful game and they all have something in common; they desperately want to win the Euro 2020 Golden Boot.

The early Euro 2020 betting odds have Belgium, England, and France as the front-runners to lift the trophy in July and the tournament top scorer will likely come from a nation which goes deep into the competition, so that’s where I’m heading.

Romelu Lukaku – Belgium 

The Golden generation of Belgium’s national team are still ranked number one in the world and are yet to win a World or European championship.

They have been close, finishing third in the 2018 World Cup but head coach Roberto Martinez knows that time could be running out for this crop of potential world beaters.

The Red Devils have one of the most feared strikers in world football at their spearhead in Lukaku. He is country’s all-time top scorer with 57 goals from 89 appearances, and at only 27 years of age the powerful forward still has a long way to go.

It’s been reported in the English press that Manchester City could be ready to swoop for the Red Devils’ prolific scorer and that would annoy Manchester United fans intensely after their club let the Belgian star go to Inter Milan, where he has impressed against some of the best defences in Europe.

Harry Kane – England 

England’s hopes of winning a first major tournament since 1966 weigh heavily on the fitness of their captain and centre-forward Harry Kane.

The World Cup 2018 Golden Boot winner has suffered with injury again this season and Tottenham have struggled in his absence.

Twice Golden Boot winner in the Premier League, Kane is still in the hunt this season with 13 goals and just three behind leader Mohamed Salah.

Kane has also made 11 assists this season and is even ahead of Manchester City’s prolific provider Kevin De Bruyne, who is the man who will keep Lukaku well-supplied.

Kylian Mbappe – France

If I had to pick a player who will feature heavily in the Euro 2020 highlights package then PSG’s Mbappe would be at the top of my list.

Kylian Mbappe has been picked to be one of the strongest contenders in Euro 2020 Golden Boot award

France young star Kylian Mbappe controls the ball during Euro 2020 qualifier against Moldova in November 2019

The 2018 World Cup winners are well capable of going all the way again, and the 22-year-old Mbappe will light up the tournament as he did in Russia where he became the youngest player ever to score at a World Cup and the second teenager after Pele to score in a World Cup final.

With 66 goals from 68 appearances for PSG, Mbappe is ripping up Ligue 1 and his pace and brilliant ball control will give defenders nightmares at Euro 2020.

He’ll have to share the goals with Barca’s Antoine Griezmann but Mbappe is certainly one to watch.

Les Bleus have landed in Group F alongside Germany, Hungary, and holders Portugal and there they will meet another Golden Boot contender.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal 

He may be 36, but the five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo is still one of the best finishers on the planet.

He’s leading the race for this year’s Capocannoniere, scoring in Juventus’ 2-0 victory over Roma last week to make it 16 in Serie A for the season.

Lukaku is in a group of three on 14 goals alongside Zlatan Imbahimovic and Ciro Immobile – who could feature in the Euro 2020 Golden Boot race if Italy have a good competition.

He’s already scored 102 goals for his country but CR7 isn’t quite finished yet.

Robert Lewandowski – Poland

He’s the most prolific striker in European football, already plundering 24 league goals for FC Bayern, so there is no way I’m going to leave Lewandowski off my list!

We had the strangest of experiences in last weekend’s round of Bundesliga fixtures as in Bayern’s visit to Hertha Berlin, Lewandowski failed to score – missing a hatful of headers.

Defences around Europe know how rare that is, and if Poland can make the final four or even the last eight, then their go-to striker won’t be far away.

There’s lots to look forward to in summer. But before then, all five of these players have big expectations on their shoulders in their domestic leagues – chasing league titles and European places.

Here at SBOTOP, we’ll be following the action in Europe’s top leagues, and then it’s the greatly anticipated Euro 2020.

It seems a long time ago now when the news came through that it had been cancelled, but Europe’s flagship competition is now clearly in view.

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Euro 2020: Top Stars Continue to Reign Supreme

Euro 2020 is shaping up to be the biggest football tournament that every fan should watch out for given its plethora of stars that will be present.

Romelu Lukaku, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, and Robert Lewandowski are some of the Golden Boot contenders previously reviewed by my SBOTOP colleague, as their respective teams’ Euro 2020 odds of winning hinges on to their overall form.

Which is why for today, we will examine them one by one to see on how they are doing over these last few weeks while also analysing on how their play affects their mother clubs.

Romelu Lukaku aims to win his first Scudetto

Inter Milan have been on a rampant run as they try to reclaim their first Scudetto in over a decade. The Nerazzurri are at least six points clear above the rest, which makes them the heavy title favourites.

The biggest reason why they have been performing so well is because of Romelu Lukaku’s goalscoring exploits. The Belgian international has been firing on all cylinders with 18 goals and eight assists under his belt, putting him in the running for this season’s Capocannoniere.

Since leaving Manchester United, Lukaku has found a home in Italy – linking up with Alexis Sanchez and Lautaro Martinez to form one of the fearsome attacking combos in all of Europe.

Lukaku has scored four goals in his last four Serie A appearances which led to vital wins over AC Milan, Lazio, Genoa, and Parma. His most impressive goal lately was when he scored against Genoa in the first minute when he was just barely breaking a sweat.

Cristiano Ronaldo looking to bring Juventus out of the ashes

Juventus’ hopes for a La Decima may be in grave danger. But as long as Cristiano Ronaldo is there, you can never count them out in the title race just yet.

I Bianconeri know that it’s now or never if they’re ever going to make a run for the championship. So far, they’ve responded by going undefeated in four of their last five and they will put up a valiant effort to keep the dream alive.

Cristiano Ronaldo is almost singlehandedly willing his team with his attacking prowess as he is the big favourite to win the Capocannoniere with 20 goals. However, he may need to do much more as Andrea Pirlo’s side is severely undermanned as of the moment.

Ronaldo is no longer to stranger to carrying teams when needed especially when it comes to big competitions. The 36-year-old forward has been instrumental to Portugal’s rise as a superpower and he will be tasked to do that again in the upcoming Euros.

Kylian Mbappe being sought after by big clubs

Kylian Mbappe is one of the hottest names leading into Euro 2020 due to his spectacular performances

Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring a goal against Barcelona in the Champions League

Kylian Mbappe is looking to be the next big thing in Europe after having represented the French national team and Paris Saint-Germain well over the last few years. And he has been a hot topic in our Euro 2020 news as several clubs are lining up for his services.

Liverpool and Real Madrid are reportedly interested in acquiring the exciting young talisman, but PSG will do everything in their power to fend off his suitors.

After hitting a rough patch earlier this season, PSG are back in the title race – trailing only by two points against Nice.

Many thought that PSG might experience a major dip in form after Neymar suffered an adductor injury last month, but the French giants continue to stand tall as Mbappe took it upon himself to shoulder the scoring load.

Along with his superb all-around play, Mbappe’s maturity and poise will go a long way for his budding career both domestically and internationally.

Business as usual for Robert Lewandowski

Bayern Munich will be needing more goals for Robert Lewandowski in order to successfully defend their title once again.

The Bavarian giants only hold a two-point lead against the second-seeded RB Leipzig, which means that they cannot afford any slip-ups moving forward.

The good thing for them is that Lewandowski continues to score at will. The Pole is the outright leader for scoring in the Bundesliga this season with 28 goals.

Lewandowski is fresh from a solid outing against FC Koln to which he scored a brace and he is showing no signs of slowing down whatsoever.

Die Bayern will have Borussia Dortmund as their next opponent in what should be a fun matchup, and it is certain that Robert Lewandowski will be eager to send the likes of Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho to school.

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Euro 2020: Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku Looks Ready to Reach Elite Status

Belgium have some big expectations to live up to heading into Euro 2020. The Red Devils are the top-ranked team in the FIFA World Rankings, and this might well be their Golden Generation’s last best chance to win their first major international tournament.

If Belgium are to win the Euros, though, they will need a huge tournament from Romelu Lukaku. While Lukaku has been one of the top strikers in Europe for some time now, Euro 2020 is his opportunity to take the next step and join that exclusive list of truly elite players.

Read on below as SBOTOP states its case as to what is at stake for Lukaku heading into Euro 2020.

Lukaku massively improved at Inter Milan

It is no secret that Lukaku has been among the most prolific strikers in Europe over the last decade. He had his breakout season on loan at West Brom with 17 goals as a 19-year-old in 2012-13, and he has hardly stopped scoring since. After 87 goals in 166 games for Everton, he then had 42 goals in two seasons at Manchester United.

Inter's Romelu Lukaku is all set to help Belgium in their quest to lift the Euro 2020 title

Inter Milan star Romelu Lukaku celebrates after hitting their first goal in recent Serie A clash against Genoa

Despite his impressive statistics, though, Lukaku still wasn’t quite at the level of other top strikers like Robert Lewandowski, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sergio Aguero, and Luis Suarez. During his time in the Premier League, particularly with Man United, he had a reputation as a ‘flat track bully’ who beat up on inferior teams but consistently failed to show up in the big moments.

But Lukaku has finally started to shed that reputation since moving to Serie A, where he has found a home at Inter Milan. He scored 34 goals in his debut season for the Nerazzurri, who came in second in the league and also reached the final of the Europa League thanks in large part to Lukaku’s goals.

And Lukaku has been just as good this season. He is once again among the top scorers in Serie A and is on the verge of leading Inter to their first Scudetto in 11 years.

At 27 years of age, Lukaku has clearly matured in Milan, and in different ways. On top of his continued excellence in terms of goalscoring, he has also struck up a terrific strike partnership with Lautaro Martinez and has steadily improved his set-up play. Moreover, he has taken on more of a leadership role within the club, which has only added to his already significant value.

Belgium need Lukaku to lead

Lukaku’s rise as a more complete player has come at just the right time for Belgium, who need their star striker more than ever at Euro 2020.

Captain Eden Hazard has had two injury-hit seasons with Real Madrid, and even if he is somehow fit enough to play, it is looking unlikely that he will be able to make too many Euro 2020 highlights. Meanwhile, 33-year-old Dries Mertens may already be past his best, which would rob the Red Devils of one of their top goalscoring threats.

There are also lingering question marks in defence, with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen both older and no longer the world-class central defenders they once were and key defensive midfielder Axel Witsel likely to miss the tournament with an Achilles injury.

But even with those glaring concerns, the Euro 2020 betting odds still back Belgium as one of the top favourites to win the tournament, and with good reason. With Lukaku – Belgium’s all-time leading scorer with 57 goals in 89 caps – and Kevin de Bruyne, they have two of the top players in the entire tournament who can lead the Red Devils to another deep run.

Ballon d’Or now a possibility for Lukaku

Much has been made about Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe taking over as the next big superstars with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo advancing in age. Meanwhile, the goalscoring exploits of Robert Lewandowski make it hard to deny his status as Europe’s top player this season.

However, Lukaku’s place in the pantheon of Europe’s elite players should not be overlooked. Although Lewandowski is currently the favourite, Lukaku might be the only player who could make a compelling enough case to challenge the Bayern striker for the Ballon d’Or this season.

It is looking very likely that Lukaku will lead Inter to the Scudetto, which would be the first domestic championship of his career. And if he does have a terrific Euros with Belgium, winning the Golden Shoe and leading his country to its first major title, then that might be enough to swing the Ballon d’Or in his favour.

Without a doubt, Lukaku deserves recognition as one of the top players in football with his fantastic form over the last couple of years. But the prospect of Euro 2020 triumph with Belgium — and a potential Ballon d’Or to boot — would put any remaining reservations about Lukaku’s status as a true European elite to bed once and for all.

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Euro 2020: Portugal’s New Era Starts Here

Cristiano Ronaldo is not getting any younger for the Portuguese national football team, which is why it is important that his other teammates will step it up in order to win the Euro 2020.

Since their Euro 2016 victory over France, there have been newer additions for the Selecao and they have been providing Portugal fans a glimpse of the future.

One can argue that Portugal have a much deeper roster compared to 2016, and that makes them one of the favourites in the Euro 2020 odds to win the European showcase.

Team manager Fernando Santos will remain at the helm given his impressive tenure. And with a formidable squad at his disposal, anything less than a deep run into the tournament will be considered as a major disappointment.

Expectations are high for Portugal in Euro 2020. So here at SBOTOP, we take a look at the key players not named Cristiano Ronaldo who will help the Selecao reach the promise land.

Ruben Dias is Portugal’s rock on the defencive end

Ruben Dias was already making a name for himself back home playing for Benfica. With his imposing stature and physical gifts, he was once sought after by big clubs in Europe.

He then joined Manchester City on a six-year deal in exchange for the aging Nicolas Otamendi. Looking back, the Sky Blues definitely got a huge bargain because of his superb play as of the moment.

Manchester City have been looking for a cornerstone on the defencive end since Vincent Kompany left the team back in 2019 and they finally got it with the 23-year-old centre-back.

After a tough initial teething period, Dias became an integral part to City’s run at the Premier League title this season – leading a virtually unbreakable backline alongside John Stones.

Ruben Dias has been so good to the point that Aymeric Laporte has struggled to earn minutes on the pitch, which is a good problem to have if you are Pep Guardiola.

Dias will be partnered alongside Jose Fonte at the heart of Portugal’s central defence. Fonte may be getting older at 37 years old, but his form has yet to dip playing for Lille in Ligue 1 this season.

Fonte will act as a mentor for Dias and their combination of veteran smarts and youthful athleticism make Portugal a very difficult team to score against.

Bruno Fernandes will be given room to weave his magic

The Selecao are blessed with some of the lethal midfielders and forwards on the planet right now, and one of them is Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes.

Fernandes has been nothing but a godsend for United since his arrival in January 2020 with his emergence as a leader and as a consistent attacking threat for them.

His goal count for Portugal may be few because he hasn’t played enough games for them, but he will be at the fulcrum of their attack from the middle.

His main job for the Selecao is to get the ball forward with timely accurate passes to Portugal’s strikers. And from time to time, he will be called upon to take the penalty or free kick where he is at his best.

Bruno Fernandes will link up with the attack-minded Sergio Oliveira — whose mother club recently sent Juventus packing in the Champions League — and the physically imposing Danilo Pereira on most nights for a holistic approach.

Furthermore, Fernando Santos can also plug in Ruben Neves or Joao Moutinho in there for additional midfield firepower.

The youngsters are going to be fine for the Selecao

Can Diogo Jota step up for Portugal in the upcoming Euro 2020 competition?

Diogo Jota celebrates scoring Portugal’s first goal against Serbia during their World Cup qualifier in Belgrade

Cristiano Ronaldo has a wealth of attacking options beside him which sets them up for the foreseeable future.

Diogo Jota has been lighting it up lately operating across the forward line and he recently almost singlehandedly gave Portugal a win against Serbia.

Joao Felix, who has been a standout for Atletico Madrid in La Liga, brought instant impact for Fernando Santos’ side when he played during their unconvincing win over Azerbaijan in the World Cup 2022 qualifiers.

Andre Silva, meanwhile, has been in red-hot scoring form for Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga this season while Francisco Trincao has been playing well for Barcelona in La Liga.

These talented youngsters have yet to reach their prime and they are expected to carry the offencive cudgels as soon as Cristiano Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva retire from national team duty. Expect them to give us some notable Euro 2020 highlights from time to time.

As long as they maintain their promising core and gain more experience, Portugal will always be in contention for European glory for years to come.

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How Potential Super League Ban Could Affect Euro 2020 Contenders

With Euro 2020 just around the corner, the continent has been rocked by the emergence of the European Super League, which could shake the European game to its very core.

UEFA, the sport’s European governing body, has come out strongly against the plan of the 12 clubs behind the Super League to break away, going so far as to threaten banning players of ESL clubs from participating in the Euros and other international competitions.

With so many of Europe’s biggest stars concentrated within those 12 clubs, a potential ban of those players could completely turn Euro 2020 on its head. Top contenders such as England, France, and Belgium would suddenly see their star-studded squads decimated.

Granted, it remains to be seen whether UEFA will actually follow through on such a drastic and unprecedented move, especially with the much-awaited tournament just a few months away.

Nevertheless, it would be an interesting experiment to see exactly what Euro 2020 would look like without many of the biggest stars. So without further ado, SBOTOP takes a look at how five of the tournament’s top contenders would fare without their Super League players.

France

Some Euro 2020 odds have France in a three-way tie with Belgium and England as co-favourites to win the tournament, and others have them slightly behind. But if UEFA proceed with their ban of Super League players, there is an argument to be made that the French would claim the title as sole favourites.

For one, they would still have PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, who has shown in the Champions League this season that he is still among the very best players in the world.

But perhaps more importantly, France can also still field the most formidable defence in the entire tournament, with Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern) and Lucas Digne (Everton) playing behind keeper Steve Mandanda (Marseille) or Alphonse Areola (PSG).

Les Bleus’ deep stable of attackers will be limited by the ban, but with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Eduardo Camavinga, Jonathan Bamba, and Wissam Ben Yedder still available, they should have more than enough talent to produce some Euro 2020 highlights alongside Mbappe.

Belgium

Perhaps no nation would be hardest hit by the potential ban than Belgium. The Red Devils have relied heavily on their spine of Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku, and they would struggle to be a title contender without all of them.

Dries Mertens and Jan Vertonghen are both too old to carry the team at this point, and Youri Thielemans, Thorgan Hazard, and Michy Batshuayi are unlikely to make up for the massive absence of De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Lukaku in attack.

England

England, which have six of the 12 clubs in the Super League, would also be one of the hardest-hit teams; they could have some 22 players unavailable, the most for one country.

But such is the Three Lions’ strength in depth that Gareth Southgate might still be able to cobble together a somewhat decent squad despite those absences.

Gareth Southgate gears up with the potential effect of Super League in England's Euro 2020 campaign

England manager Gareth Southgate gestures towards his players in their 2022 World Cup qualifier against Poland

In attack, they can still rely on the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ollie Watkins, or Leeds’ Patrick Bamford to lead the line.

Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho will be one of the most talented players left in the tournament along with Mbappe, and 17-year-old BVB team-mate Jude Bellingham could also earn a call-up.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish can provide a ton of creativity with Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips forming a capable midfield duo.

Granted, England’s already suspect defence will be even weaker without many of their full-back options as well as top centre-backs Harry Maguire and John Stones. But if they can get enough out of their forwards, they might not need to defend all that well to win.

Spain

Spain would also be seriously affected by the ban, especially with many of their core players playing for the 12 Super League clubs.

Their remaining squad without those players would be well short of top-class talent. The likes of Gerard Moreno and Mikel Oyarzabal will need to lead the attack in the absence of Alvaro Morata and Ferran Torres, while Dani Olmo and Fabian Ruiz will pull the strings in midfield without Thiago and Koke.

But the defence without David de Gea, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, and Sergio Busquets will be severely lacking in experience, which will be a major issue. With that squad, Spain would struggle to survive deep in the tournament.

Germany

Germany are always a threat to go deep in any tournament, and they would be a strong contender in this one even without a few of their stars.

Granted, goalkeeper will be a tricky position to fill with Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre ter Stegen out. Kevin Trapp will need to play almost by default.

But at least the defence won’t be missing anyone significant, with Matthias Ginter, Niklas Sule, and Emre Can, and the Leipzig pair of Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Halstenberg always likely to play big parts.

The midfield will lose the influence of Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gundogan, but the Bayern pair of Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka are more than good enough to step in.

Meanwhile, the absence of Chelsea’s Timo Werner and Kai Havertz could force Joachim Low to bring Thomas Muller back into the fold alongside the likes of Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, and 18-year-old Jamal Musiala.

That squad is not nearly as strong as the Germany side that won the World Cup in 2014, but it might be good enough to come out on top in the Euros.

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Euro 2020: Will VAR help or hinder?

Euro 2020 is finally around the corner! In just over five weeks, the action will start when Turkey and Italy kick off the tournament on June 11th.

We’re looking forward to a month of fantastic football, with the best players in Europe pitting themselves against each other, and the added fervour of national pride to spur them on. It’s not easy to pick a winner with a handful of nations all blessed with a rich depth of talent.

The Euro 2020 betting odds here at SBOTOP have placed Belgium, England and France as joint-favourites at odds of 6.50, with the Netherlands at 8.00, Germany and Spain at 8.20, and 2016 tournament winners Portugal at 13.00 alongside a resurgent Italy.

Any one of those eight could win the tournament and it’s unfair to rule out World Cup 2018 finalists Croatia, at attractive odds of 31.00.

The pre-Euro 2020 news was overshadowed last week after the failed attempt of Europe’s biggest clubs to break away into a European Super League (ESL). 12 teams, led by Manchester United and Real Madrid sprung their plan on the world of football and maybe underestimated the backlash which came their way.

UEFA, FIFA, governments and fans were united in their disgust, and when it was suggested that players would not be able to represent their nations, that added further pressure and the plans collapsed – for now.

That’s not the end of the potential controversy. For the first time in the competition’s history video assistants will be on duty in every game. A unique VAR will be assigned to each of the 18 teams to try to ensure the process is a smooth and efficient as possible.

But not everyone is convinced.

Unnecessary delays

Fans have become frustrated by the time VAR sometimes takes to make a decision. We all knew it was a good idea to rule out ‘clear and obvious errors’. How many times have we screamed, ‘Come on Ref, everyone in the ground could see that was a foul?!’ in frustration.

So VAR was born, and now if a referee is unsure of a decision for offside, a penalty or red card he can call for VAR assistance. Equally, if someone at the technology centre spots something the referee missed, then they can intervene.

It sounds simple enough but, in reality, the process has all too often been long and confused and fans have become frustrated. In the first season of the Premier League’s use of VAR, in 2019, some sets of fans delayed their goal celebrations until their players were back into their own half, fearful that a goal would be ruled out before their celebration had subsided.

Score a goal…walk back to your own half, the goal is confirmed and then your fans celebrate.

Ridiculous!

Goal-line technology is quick, accurate and non-intrusive and that is the standard that Video Assisted Refereeing must aspire to.

Offside by a toenail

VAR was designed to rule out clear and obvious errors but, in one aspect, it seems to have morphed into a method of detecting a player who has strayed a millimetre offside in the build-up to a goal.

In the Premier League, there have been countless brilliant goals chalked off after minutes of agonizing analysis while men at Stockley Park squint at their monitors and employ an industrial microscope.

In Manchester United’s recent victory over Burnley, the Red Devils would have been behind in the fifth minute had the technology not spotted that the tip of Burnley striker Chris Wood’s toenail was in an advanced position as he headed home…maybe…we’re not entirely sure!

Okay, offside is offside, but if you can’t be sure in 30 seconds you’re never going to be sure.

Human error is still with us

Will the usage of the video assistant referee (VAR) do good in the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament?

Referee Chris Kavanagh hands West Ham defender Fabian Balbuena a straight red card after consulting the VAR

The biggest gripe fans have is that VAR is operated by referees, and so human error hasn’t been eradicated. And there have been some howlers.

It was hard to see what VAR, and then the on-field referee, had seen in Fabian Balbuena’s red card in West Ham’s recent defeat to Chelsea. At a critical part of the game with the Hammers trailing 1-0 the Paraguay defender cleared a ball up field ad caught Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell in his follow-through.

VAR and the ref combined to give him a straight red as armchair fans nationwide dropped their cups of tea.

The win took Chelsea three points clear of West Ham in the race for Champions League football and Hammers boss David Moyes didn’t hold back, saying the decision was made by ‘someone who’s never played the game’. Pundits wondered where Balbuena could put his foot as Chilwell ran into him and Moyes summed it up as ‘a really rank, rotten decision.’

VAR is supposed to help; sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t. But it causes as much frustration and debate as referees did before the technology arrived.

Nothing wrong with that unless it’s your team on the wrong end of it!

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Euro 2020: Reloaded France are Out to Reclaim Lost Glory

France are looking to relive and recreate their 2018 World Cup success in the upcoming Euro 2020.

Les Bleus may be one of the favourites to win it all in the said tournament according to the Euro 2020 odds. However, an arduous path awaits them as several powerhouses have emerged in recent years.

Belgium are their biggest obstacle since they’re the top ranked team in the world. But first things first, they must wade through Group F – which is also called as the Group of Death.

Group F presents a huge challenge since France are to be joined by Hungary, Germany, and their bitter rivals in Portugal. All of them are definitely not pushovers so their work will be cut out for them.

Didier Deschamps’ managerial chops are sure to be tested once more. And here at SBOTOP, we examine on how Les Bleus are stacking up as of the moment.

Don’t doubt Didier Deschamps’ winning pedigree

France will be aiming to relive and recreate their 2018 World Cup success in the upcoming Euro 2020

France coach Didier Deschamps watching the field before the match

Didier Deschamps seems to have the Midas touch everywhere he goes especially when you talk about his time in France.

The Bayonne-born tactician served France both as a player and as team manager, and the trophies have followed during his time in both capacities.

He was the team captain of the French national team that won their first-ever World Cup in 1998 when they defeated a stacked Brazil squad in the final.

And then two years later, Deschamps also led Les Bleus to win the 2000 UEFA European Championship, beating a loaded Italy team in the final.

Deschamps also had a decorated run in club football – playing as a defencive midfielder for Nantes, Marseille, Bordeaux, Juventus, Chelsea, and Valencia in his 16-year career.

When he was done playing, Deschamps had managerial stints in Monaco, Juventus, and Marseille before moving on to become France’s full-time national team head coach.

Deschamps inherited a disjointed France squad upon his entry in 2012, but he worked his magic right from the get-go – leading them to the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup.

Although they lost to Portugal in Euro 2016, he would eventually get his crowning moment when they won the 2018 World Cup – becoming the third man to win the World Cup both as a player and manager alongside Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer.

France have a stacked deck

Since France is known as a football hotbed, it is inevitable that Didier Deschamps will make some tough lineup decisions. Les Bleus have already submitted their 23-man squad that will represent the country in the Euro 2020.

Kylian Mbappe is a no-brainer alongside Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Olivier Giroud, and N’Golo Kante. Meanwhile, they are well-covered at the back with the likes of Clement Lenglet, Benjamin Pavard, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez, and Hugo Lloris at goal.

Ousmane Dembele is being called up once more since representing the country in the 2018 World Cup. He has yet to receive an international cap for France since 2019 until their game against Ukraine in the World Cup Qualifiers last March 25.

Furthermore, Anthony Martial was listed despite incurring a knee injury during international duty last month. But the good news is that his injury isn’t as bad as first feared and he has made significant progress.

Raphael Varane was also listed despite dealing with a strained abductor muscle. Prior to his current knock, the Real Madrid defender just recovered from a calf injury and he hasn’t played a match since mid-March.

With that said, some notable omissions include: Nabil Fekir, Marcus Thuram, Dayot Upamecano, Corentin Tolisso, Houssem Aouar, and Eduardo Camavinga. All of them are elite players in their own right, which further highlights a “good problem” for Didier Deschamps.

All eyes are on Kylian Mbappe

At the end of the day, Kylian Mbappe is the main guy to look out for France. The PSG forward has emerged in recent years as the country’s best player to lead them in the present and in the future.

Mbappe may be only 22 years old but he is already well-established. He has scored 16 goals in 42 appearances for France and he’s only going to get better despite dealing with several injuries in the past weeks.

He is certainly capable of putting up top quality Euro 2020 highlights, which is the main reason why we all see him as a strong contender for the Golden Boot award.

Furthermore, Mbappe will look to add the missing European Championship in his growing resume. And with a formidable roster along with a proven system, France are definitely a team to look out for in the Euro 2020.

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Euro 2020: Denmark Dreaming of Return to European Glory

It has been some time since Denmark last made a mark in a major international tournament. They were famously crowned kings of Europe in Euro 92 after coming in as late replacements for Yugoslavia but have not done much of consequence since.

But now, nearly 30 years on from that amazing triumph, the Danes have their sights on returning to glory at Euro 2020.

Despite their lack of world-class stars, it would be a dangerous mistake to underestimate the Danes, who have quite a decent squad of players at the prime of their careers and look capable of defying the Euro 2020 odds.

Read on below as SBOTOP breaks down all you need to know about this potential Euro 2020 dark horse.

Star Players

Denmark don’t exactly have anyone who can be described as a ‘world-class’ player, but they do have a number of high-calibre players led by Christian Eriksen. The 29-year-old has been his country’s primary creative and goalscoring force over the past few years (36 goals in 106 caps) and will be once again relied upon to provide many of the Danes’ Euro 2020 highlights.

Eriksen did not have a particularly great season at Inter; he fell out of favour early on and looked to be on his way out in January. But he eventually played his part in Inter’s Scudetto-winning campaign and also showed in flashes — most notably with his stunning free-kick winner against Milan in the cup — that he is still capable of coming up with a bit of magic.

Meanwhile, Denmark’s other key star is goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Even at age 34, Schmeichel of Leicester City is still one of the top goalkeepers in the Premier League. He is a vocal leader who will keep Denmark’s defence well-organised and can come up with a stunning save or two.

Yussuf Poulsen hopes to be vital in Denmark's Euro 2020 campaign

RB Leipzig star Yussuf Poulsen in action during their DFB-Pokal match against Werder Bremen last May 1, 2021

Denmark also have a trio of mid-20s stalwarts in Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen, Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, and RB Leipzig striker Yussuf Poulsen, who will all be crucial in their Euro 2020 campaign. 

All three have already earned 40 or more caps for their country by age 25, and while none of them are particularly flashy, they are hard-working and team-oriented players who will be significant contributors to the cause.

Manager

Kasper Hjulmand was not supposed to lead Denmark at Euro 2020. He had initially been lined up to replace Aage Hareide after the Euros. But then the pandemic hit and Hareide’s contract expired, so Hjulmand is now in charge and will get the chance to guide the Danes to European glory.

The 49-year-old gained a reputation as an up-and-coming manager at Danish club Nordsjælland, which he led to the Danish Superliga title in his very first season at the club in 2011-12. Hjulmand’s side played positive attacking football and also made use of modern pressing concepts.

German Bundesliga club Mainz took notice and hired him to replace Thomas Tuchel in May 2014. However, Hjulmand lasted only 24 games before getting sacked. He returned to Nordsjælland in January of 2016 and stayed on until March 2019 before getting the national team job.

Tactics

Hjulmand, who took over in July of last year, has not had much time to fully impart his philosophy onto the squad. But in the limited time he’s had in charge, he has installed a solid 4-2-3-1 formation. 

The double pivot of Hojbjerg and Thomas Delaney in midfield provides a ample protection for the backline, which has Christensen and captain Simon Kjaer as the centre-back partnership.

Meanwhile, Eriksen is given the freedom to be the primary playmaker in his preferred No. 10 position with Poulsen and Barcelona’s Martin Braithwaite working as wide forwards and young Jonas Wind the somewhat surprising first-choice No. 9. 

Form and Euros History

Hjulmand’s tactical approach has produced some impressive results early in his reign. The Danes have won eight of his 11 games in charge, with their only two defeats coming against world no. 1 Belgium during the Nations League.

The Danes have looked quite solid with eight clean sheets, including one in their 1-0 win over England at Wembley in October. They are also off to an incredible start in their World Cup qualifying group, winning their first three matches by an aggregate score of 14-0.

That promising form bodes well for Denmark ahead of Euro 2020. Since their shock win in 1992, the Danes have only made it to the quarter-finals of the Euros once (2004). They did not even qualify for the finals in 2008 and 2016.

Denmark have once again been grouped with Belgium in Group B. But they will be at home for all three of their group matches and should like their chances of beating out Russia and Finland for the second knockout phase spot.

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Euro 2020: More Joy for France and Despair for Germany

Euro 2020 kicks off this week folks and we’re all set for a month of fantastic football, as Europe’s finest national teams come face to face.

We can guarantee thrills, controversy and, above all, some brilliant match action; but what else can we look forward to? Here are my top ten predictions for the tournament, and I’ll take a look on July 11th to see how many I get right!

1: Les Bleus to win the tournament 

The Euro 2020 betting odds have installed Didier Deschamps’ World Champions as favourites to win the competition at odds of 5.50, and when you look at the players at his disposal you can see just why. From Hugo Lloris in the nets to Kylian Mbappe up front the France team is dripping with world-class quality. Manchester United’s Paul Pogba reserves his best performances for his country while Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane remains one of the best defenders in the business.

This team knows how to perform on the biggest stage and they’re sure to do just that over the next four weeks or so.

2: Mbappe to win the Golden Boot

There are a few useful candidates for the Euro 2020 Golden Boot including England’s Harry Kane, who picked up that prize at Russia 2018. And then, of course there’s Kylian Mbappe. The PSG man is third-favourite at 8.50 behind Kane and Romelu Lukaku and he’s second favourite to be Player of the Tournament at 10.00, behind another Red Devil, Kevin de Bruyne.

Still only 22 years old he’s scored 78 goals in 80 games for PSG and 17 in 43 for France. He wowed in Russia three years ago and he can dominate Europe this time.

3: Another early exit for Germany

Joachim Low’s side are at 1.65 to reach the quarter-finals but I’m not so sure they’ll make it that far. I think the Germans may do one better than their group exit at Russia 2018, but if they emerge from the Group of Death in second or third there’s a good chance they will meet either Belgium or England in the Round of 16, and this misfiring team is at odds of 2.50 to go out at that stage.

4: Azzurri will beat Turkey 2-0

The tournament’s curtain-raiser pits Roberto Mancini’s resurgent Italy against Turkey, ranked 29th in the world. Senol Gunes’ side has a great chance of qualifying for the knockout phase but I can’t see them getting much change from the Azzurri who will have the defensive rocks Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini at the back.

The Azzurri had a 100 per cent record and scored 37 goals in qualifying, so I reckon they’ll win this game 2-0 at odds of 6.20.

5: Three Lions to crash out at the semi-final phase

At SBOTOP odds of 2.30 to reach the semi-final and 3.50 to reach the final England

fans will hope this is their year, but there is so much competition from the likes of Italy and France that I think Gareth Southgate’s men are likely to fall short.

At Russia 2018, the Three Lions led for much of the semi-final after Kieran Trippier scored an early free-kick against Croatia, but they went out in extra time and I can see a similar story of heartbreak again.

6: Red Devils to make a final

Roberto Martinez’ Belgium also went out of Russia 2018 at the semi-final stage, losing to eventual winners France, and the Red Devils are at odds of 4.00 to make the final this time around. They are the best-ranked team in world football and they have more strength in-depth than most of their rivals, and with Golden Boot and Player of the Tournament candidates in their ranks they can be a match for any team.

But I think France’s know-how may be just too much for them in the end.

7: Lewandowski will score at least twice against Slovakia

He’s as big as 20.00 to win the Golden Boot, mainly because Poland are unlikely to go deep into the competition, but Robert Lewandowski scored 41 goals in the 2020/21 Bundesliga, 13 more than second-placed Andre Silva, and he’ll be keen to improve on his record of two games in 11 tournament matches. I think he can double his tally against the Group E minnows.

8: Jack Grealish will win a penalty

There is bound to be VAR controversy at some point and the Premier League’s most fouled player could easily be involved. Grealish wins a lot of free kicks for Aston Villa and he’s said he’ll be happy to take the kicks for his country.

When the Three Lions play Scotland on 18th June he could run rings around the Scots’ defence and I can see him going down in the box at some stage.

9: CR7 will look stunning

Cristiano Ronaldo aims to help Portugal win in Euro 2020

Cristiano Ronaldo during Portugal’s International Friendly match against Spain

The fifth favourite at odds of 18.00 to be best player and fourth favourite at 11.00 to be top scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo is destined to have another spectacular tournament at the ripe old age of 36. But one thing is nailed on…if this was a race meeting CR7 would definitely win the ‘best turned out’ award!

10: Scotland fans will have a party

The Tartan Army has legendary status for travelling in numbers and painting whichever city they visit deep a shade of deep blue, despite their team’s traditionally woeful efforts on the pitch. But the Scots have, at long last, qualified for their first finals tournament this century, and I suspect the party has already started north of the border.

So that’s it for now. We’ll be busy at SBOTOP this week with the latest Euro 2020 news and updates as they happen, and all the best action the moment it kicks off.

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Euro 2020: Can Wales Hold the Swiss?

Wales vs Switzerland

Switzerland and Wales open their campaign at the Baku Stadium on Saturday afternoon as Euro 2020 swings into action.

This is a game neither team wants to lose. In such a competitive group there is always a sigh of relief when the first point goes on the board and that will apply particularly to Wales, who start this journey as underdogs.

Interim coach Robert Page has a gem in his team in Gareth Bale, and if he shines then who knows? But an opening clash with Vladimir Petkovic’s Switzerland will be no walk in the park.

Ranked 13th in the world, the Rossocrociati are one of the toughest nuts to crack, and they come into the game in spectacular form. Wales have the ability to pick up impressive results but I suspect Page would take a point right now.

Talking Points

Qualification from Group A is wide open

The tournament opens on Friday night when Italy play Turkey in the curtain raiser at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, where Roberto Mancini’s team will be expected to start with a victory.

Having won all 10 in qualifying, scoring 37 goals in the process, the Euro 2020 betting odds make the Azzurri hot favourite to win Group A, at odds of 1.48, but there isn’t much separating the other three.

Italy could well win all three matches and that would mean a scramble for qualification, with Switzerland at odds of 1.55 to make the top two, Turkey at 1.60 and Wales at 1.75, while the Dragons are favourites to finish bottom at a price of 2.17.

And that makes a solid start to the campaign all the more crucial.

Switzerland’s Premier class

Euro 2020 fans expect Breel Embolo to step up and lead Switzerland against Wales

Switzerland players during training for Euro 2020 at the Bad Ragaz

Petkovic must be pleased by the way his team has approached this competition. In their final warm-up game, they beat Lichtenstein 7-0 as Dinamo Zagreb striker Mario Gavranovic helped himself to a hat-trick, and that followed an impressive 2-1 victory over a dangerous USA.

The Swiss are the only team in Group A yet to reach the semi-finals of the Euros (Italy are the only winners), and they will be determined to improve on their best-ever finish of Round of 16.

The Premier League trio of Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabian Schar, along with Borussia Monchengladbach keeper Yann Sommer, have been mainstays of Switzerland’s climb up the rankings, and they will be crucial to their nation’s success over the next month.

In the climax to the Premier League, none of the Swiss players had a particularly spectacular finish to the season. While Liverpool made a late run to reach the top four Shaqiri struggled for game time, Xhaka led Arsenal to a disappointing eight position, and having flirted with relegation, Schar’s Newcastle finished comfortably in 12th.

Monchengladbach ended up eighth in the Bundesliga, so every one of these big players has something to prove. Petkovic has some young stars emerging from Die Fohlen who are sure to feature; 24-year-olds Denis Zakaria and Breel Embolo have both impressed in their early international careers.

Can Bale lift Wales once more?

Wales finished their warm-up for the tournament with a 0-0 draw against Albania, and last week they pitted their wits against tournament favourites France, suffering a 3-0 defeat.

But Page has shown he can lift the Dragons to greater heights. Neither a 1-0 victory over Mexico in March nor a 1-0 win over Czech Republic in the World Cup qualifier can be sniffed at, but with Italy and Turkey to come, this is a tough group for Wales and they need a good start.

Gareth Bale has odds of 61.00 to be the Player of the Tournament, and while he has lost some of his influence over recent years, his passion for Wales is undoubted. If he can replicate the form he showed when he burst onto the international scene, the Dragons can breathe fire once again.

The 31-year-old Real Madrid player inspired Wales to a semi-final in their first appearance at the Euros in 2016, and he will hope to be in the Euro 2020 news for longer than the two weeks most pundits expect.

History

In the four previous meetings Switzerland have fared the better of the two teams, with three wins to Wales’ one, but the Dragons win was the most recent game, a 2-0 victory in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Switzerland come into the match on a six-match winning streak while Wales have won three of the last six, drawing one and losing two.

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Wales vs Switzerland 1X2 Switzerland @ 2.20
June 12, 21:00 (GMT+8)

The draw at 3.05 and Wales at 3.35 are both well in play, but the Swiss have greater strength in depth and should have the edge.

We’re expecting a tight game, with over 2.00 goals priced at 2.09, a 1-0 win for Switzerland is the most likely result at SBOTOP odds of 5.00.

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Euro 2020: Turkey Look to Trip Up In-form Italy in Opener

Turkey vs Italy

After a year-long delay, Euro 2020 is finally set to kick off as Italy take on Turkey in the tournament curtain-raiser at the Stadio Olimpico. The Azzurri will head into the Euros in exceptional form; they are unbeaten in their last 27 matches, including eight wins in a row.

The Italians will enjoy home advantage in Group A, which is one of the reasons the Euro 2020 betting odds have them favoured to top Group A.

However, the Azzurri face a tricky opening test in the form of a young and talented Turkey side which could cause a surprise in this year’s tournament.

Talking Points

Turkey’s talented squad gets first taste of a major tournament

Turkey are a team on the rise. A promising new generation of talented players is emerging, one that made waves when they beat France 2-0 at home early on in Euro 2020 qualifying.

They have since picked up more standout results like draws away to France and Germany, and a 4-2 win over the Netherlands in World Cup qualifying.

The Turks possess a lot of promise in defence, with Juventus’ Merih Demiral and Leicester’s Caglar Soyuncu forming a formidable central defensive partnership. They conceded just three goals in 10 qualifying matches, which tied Belgium for the best defensive record.

Liverpool’s Ozan Kabak is ready in reserve, while Zeki Celik of French champions Lille will start at right-back.

Turkey also have undoubted talent in midfield. AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu (13 goals in 56 caps) is the team’s chief playmaker and set-piece specialist who will pull the strings in attack. Ozan Tufan already has 60 caps at age 26 and offers plenty of steel in midfield.

Meanwhile, Yusuf Yazici, who was instrumental in Lille’s title-winning campaign, and Leicester winger Cengiz Under can provide versatile attacking quality either out wide or through the middle.

Turkey are not as deep at forward, but captain Burak Yilmaz is more than capable of carrying the goalscoring load. The 35-year-old has 29 goals in 67 caps and was in fine form all year for French champions Lille.

In-form Italy must cope without Verratti

Euro 2020: Italy have been unbeaten in their last 27 matches

Italy coach Roberto Mancini during their match against Czech Republic

Italy’s road to Euro 2020 could not have gone much smoother. The Azzurri will head into the tournament on the back of an incredible 27-match unbeaten run. They won all 10 Euro 2020 qualifying matches, as well as each of their last eight matches without conceding a single goal.

Granted, they did not face the stiffest competition during that time. Nevertheless, Mancini has his side playing his preferred style, which is producing wonderful results.

The midfield trio of Jorginho, Marco Verratti, and Nicolo Barella has been the foundation upon which Mancini has built his Azzurri side. Jorginho, who proved so crucial in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph, has been instrumental in Mancini’s Italy with his precise passing at the base of midfield.

However, Verratti missed Italy’s warm-up friendlies due to a knee injury and the most recent Euro 2020 updates suggest he is unlikely to feature in their opener. If the PSG star does miss out, Manuel Locatelli will likely fill in. Atalanta’s Matteo Pessina, who has replaced the injured Stefano Sensi in the squad, will also be an option.

Meanwhile, the veteran Juventus duo of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci will marshal the excellent Italian backline in front of goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Ciro Immobile looks set to lead the Italian attack after scoring a goal and setting up another in Italy’s 4-0 win over the Czech Republic.

Lorenzo Insigne – who also had a goal and an assist against the Czechs – should start on the left wing, with either Domenico Berardi or Enrico Chiesa on the right.

History

Italy are undefeated in 11 all-time meetings with Turkey. The Azzurri have won eight of those 11 matches, with three draws.

The two sides have met once in the European Championships back in 2000, with Italy winning 2-1. Although, the Turks did hold the Italians to 1-1 draws in each of their last two matches in 2002 and 2006.

Betting Tip

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Turkey vs Italy 1X2 Italy @ 1.50
June 12, 03:00 (GMT+8)

SBOTOP odds have Italy installed as substantial 1.53 favourites to kick off Euro 2020 with a win in Rome. Turkey are priced at 6.40 to pull off an upset, while a draw is 3.65.

With the incredible form they are in, it’s hard to bet against Italy in this opener. They have the edge in experience over the Turks, most of whom are just getting their first taste of top international tournament football. Moreover, they will also have the benefit of home support at the Stadio Olimpico.

Turkey have also been quite shaky at the back of late, which the likes of Insigne and Immobile can take advantage of. Look for the Italians to start Euro 2020 off with a win over the tricky Turks.

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Euro 2020: The Danes Aim to Make the Finns Their Prey

Denmark vs Finland

Scandinivian rivals Denmark and Finland are set to go toe-to-toe in Copenhagen as Euro 2020 finally kicks off this weekend.

It has been a while since these two countries met in an international setting and there are huge stakes involved heading into this much-awaited game.

Denmark and Finland are both in Group B alongside Belgium and Russia. Belgium, who are the top-ranked team in the world, are the heavy favourites to win the group which leaves the second place open and up for grabs.

The Danes look to be the favourites as well in Group B since they’re considered as the dark horses for this tournament. Kasper Hjulmand’s men are banging in form as shown in their international games this year.

On the other hand, it would be foolish to count out a team like Finland this early since they have an intriguing lineup. The Finns’ recent form may be subpar but they will look to raise some eyebrows in this tournament.

Talking Points

Denmark like their chances in Group B

The Danes go into the tournament brimming with confidence since they are in superb form.

Since losing 4-2 to Belgium in the UEFA Nations League last November, Denmark went five matches undefeated – with impressive wins over Moldova, Israel, Austria, and Bosnia and Herzegovina along with drawing 1-1 against Germany.

Kasper Hjulmand has only been at the coaching helm for less than a year but the squad he inherited has immense experience which should serve them well for this competition.

They have a ton of quality in all areas of the pitch. Denmark are to be led once more by team captain Kasper Schmeichel and their spine will be hard to break down with the likes of Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, and Jannik Vestergaard.

Attacking out front will be Yussuf Poulsen, Robert Skov, Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Skov Olsen and Kasper Dolberg, and all of them are capable of producing Euro 2020 highlights.

But the biggest advantage that the Danes have for this match is their deep midfield with the likes of Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen, and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg pulling the strings.

Denmark will need Christian Eriksen's flair and creativity for their Euro 2020 campaign

Christian Eriksen during Denmark’s training for Euro 2020

Christian Eriksen is the key for Denmark since he is their best creative outlet. He has enjoyed a memorable season with Inter Milan, helping them to win their first Serie A title since the 2010 season.

Eriksen has scored 13 international goals in 24 appearances since the 2018 World Cup and he has the quality to unlock Finland’s defence through his playmaking and flair.
 
Euro 2020 will be a learning experience for Finland

Finland are just glad to participate in their first ever Euros, which is not possible if it weren’t for head coach Markku Kanerva.

The 57-year-old manager has overseen the development of their senior and youth programs and it’s clear that he is in it for the long-term.

The Finns are to be led by Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki who is their best attacker and supporting him there will be Union Berlin’s Joel Pohjanpalo and Brentford’s Marcus Forss.

Given their lack of quality compared to the Danes, Finland are expected to have a defencive approach for this match.

Lukas Hradecky is their first-choice goalkeeper while their midfield is anchored by Tim Sparv, Glen Kamara, and Robin Lod. All of them will play key roles since they’ll be pushed to the limit by the predatory Danes.

History

The Danes boast a dominant record over the Finns, giving them the psychological edge in Copenhagen.

In their 59 matches together, Denmark have won 38 fixtures, whereas Finland have only won 11 times along with 10 draws.

This Saturday will be their first meeting since 2011, when the Danes won with a 2-1 scoreline.

Denmark are already regulars in the Euros, which includes their Cinderella title run back in 1992. In contrast, Euro 2020 is Finland’s first time appearing in a major tournament.

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Denmark vs Finland Denmark Asian Handicap -1.00 @ 1.85
June 12, 00:00 (GMT+8)

It’s no surprise that Denmark are the safe bets to win in this fixture.

Denmark are backed by the Euro 2020 odds here at SBOTOP to triumph at 1.46, while Finland are the underdogs at 8.00 and a draw is at 3.70 in the 1X2 market.

Kasper Hjulmand’s side would certainly prefer to pass their first test with flying colors. And with top quality players at his disposal, they should grab the three points with ease.

Finland will undoubtedly enjoy the experience of the first European Championship finals but winning against a team like Denmark is quite improbable for now.

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Euro 2020: Familiar Foes Gear Up for St Petersburg

Belgium vs Russia

Euro 2020 pits together the nation ranked number one in the world against the hosts of the last World Cup.

It’s also an immediate reunion for two countries who were in the same qualifying group for this tournament.

Few expect Russia to reach the quarter-finals this time around, yet under the combative Stanislav Cherchesov can cause any side problems on their day.

By contrast, many feel Belgium can at least match their progress from three summers ago which saw them reach the last four.

That means all the expectations are on the Belgians ahead of this clash in Saint Petersburg.

Talking Points

It’s not that straightforward, however.

The fact two of their Group B matches are on home soil is a massive boost for Russia, who created so many special moments against the odds at the last World Cup when they were only a penalty shoot-out away from reaching the last four.

In Artem Dzyuba they have a genuine hero, although fans of a Spartak Moscow allegiance have never forgiven him for joining rivals Zenit St Petersburg for his club football.

Artem Dzyuba hopes to defy the odds and give Russia a win over Belgium in their Euro 2020 kickoff match

Russia’s Artem Dzyuba trains ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign

Their overall strength is in central midfield where Cherchesov has several defensive, box-to-box and playmaker options. He has slimmer pickings out wide, mind, with neither Andrei Mostovoy, nor former Chelsea man Yuri Zhirkov, now 38, among the options even though both featured sporadically during the club season.

Realistically, the majority of Euro 2020 highlights in this contest are expected to come from Belgium, even if the jury is very much out on coach Roberto Martinez with this SBOTOP writer.

Certainly, I do not believe he is of the sufficient calibre to lead the country’s ‘golden generation’ to glory, yet how wonderful a story it would be to be proved wrong.

The qualification campaign boded well.

Ten wins out of 10. Forty goals scored, three conceded, all in all a pretty easy ride in a group where Russia and Scotland were their main opponents.

The Belgian squad may be packed with attacking flair but have an ageing defence and their formation rarely seems to change – something more experienced coaches could capitalise on in the latter stages.

Having said that, the draw potentially suits them and they could avoid a big-hitter until the last four.

Newly crowned footballer of the year, Kevin De Bruyne, will be fit to participate in the tournament but is unlikely to be risked in this one, according to Martínez.

Held by Greece in their final warm-up match, once De Bruyne and Eden Hazard are back, possibly to be joined by Axel Witsel, who is yet to recover from a long-term Achilles tendon injury, Belgium could be quite the entertainers,

But can they win it?

History

These two nations had not met until 1996, since when they have met seven times and the Belgians have yet to taste defeat.

That clash in 96 was a friendly which ended goalless.

When they next met six years on it was at the group stages of the 2002 World Cup when captain Marc Wilmots netted the winner in a 3-2 Belgium success.

They also met in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup when Belgium again triumphed, this time thanks to a solitary late goal from Divock Origi.

Of course, they were in the same qualifying group for this tournament and Belgium won both encounters home and away.

Youri Tielemans and Hazard fired them to a 3-1 success in Brussels with Denis Cheryshev replying for Russia.

Eight months later in St Petersburg it was a similar outcome with Hazard again on target twice as Belgium came out on top 4-1.

His brother Thorgan and Romelu Lukaku grabbed the others with Georgi Dzhikiya pulling back a consolation for Russia.

Overall, Belgium have five wins in their seven meetings with a further two draws.

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Belgium vs Russia Belgium First Half Asian Handicap -0.50 @ 2.36
June 13, 03:00 (GMT+8)

The Euro 2020 betting odds back Belgium every step of the way.

You can back the country which claimed third place at the last World Cup 1X2 @ 1.71 or Asian Handicap -1.00 @ 2.28.

Russia are much further adrift with both 1X2 @ 4.70 or Asian Handicap +0.50 @ 2.26.

The draw is on offer @ 3.55.

If you expect goals on Saturday night, how about over 2.25 goals @ 1.82, over 2.50 @ 2.09, over 2.75 @ 2.36 and total goal 4-6 @ 3.95.

If Belgium repeat either scoreline from their qualifying meetings – 3-1 and 4-1 wins respectively – the odds are @ 13.50 and 36.00.

I am going to go for a hard-fought Belgium win and will plump for them to take a first-half lead.

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Euro 2020: Will it be an Adventure or Soap Opera For England?

England vs Croatia

So another major tournament is about to start and, in England, that means football mania.

It also means unrealistic expectations which, in turn, generates levels of optimism rarely justified.

51 matches in 31 days at 11 venues, from Glasgow on the west coast of Scotland to the Caspian Sea shore of Baku, Azerbaijan.

Described by some as a ‘living monument to greed and corporate influence’, that will soon be forgotten once the first ball is kicked as Euro 2020 has the potential to be something special for the Three Lions who have the advantage of playing all their group matches on home turf.

We know plenty of Euro 2020 highlights will be created at Wembley over the next month. But the question is, will they benefit Gareth Southgate’s men?

A re-run of one of the last World Cup semi-finals should provide a good indicator.

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Harry Kane and England will be eager to start the Euro 2020 with all three points

Harry Kane aims to lead the England squad in Euro 2020 win against Croatia

England have certainly had better squads going into major tournaments and, given a lack of world class talent in some key areas, they will realistically come unstuck when they play a major opponent – something that happened every time they faced better opponents at Russia 2018.

Yet just like three summers ago, momentum, a favourable draw, and rousing support can go a long way.

So can a crop of talented youngsters, all technically gifted players such as newly crowned young player of the year Phil Foden, Champions League winner Mason Mount, and Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish.

With captain Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, and Marcus Rashford who are all among the options in attack, there is every reason for fans to be excited.

Southgate’s main task could be to find the right balance between utilising that undoubted attacking talent with a soft centre.

Not that any of England’s Group D opponents are genuine contenders for Euro glory this summer, and therefore, may be hard pressed to take advantage.

Not even their opening opponents in Croatia.

The World Cup finalists have rebuilt well since Russia but rumours of a dressing room rift are a cause for concern.

And if you take out star man Luka Modric and Serie A title winner Ivan Perisic, there is a distinct lack of world class talent to suggest that the East Europeans can reach another final against the odds.

With the likes of Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic now retired from international football, coach Zlatko Dalic has the difficult role of ensuring fresh faces are geared up for tournament levels.

Indeed, with Danijel Subasic and Ivan Strinic also now retired, four players from the World Cup Final starting lineup of 2018 have now called it a day.

So England are possible fifth or sixth favourites to win the competition against the perky middleweights of Croatia.

On home soil this could be England’s moment to exact some revenge.

History

The last meeting between these nations came in November 2018, which was the third clash in less than five months.

It saw late goals from Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane to overturn Andrej Kramaric’s opener as England sealed a place in the semifinals of the inaugural UEFA Nations League.

It was preceded a month earlier by a goalless draw in Rijeka.

Of course, the main meeting that year came in July and Croatia were 2-1 victors. The stage: the World Cup semifinal as Croatia earned victory in the one that mattered most.

The only previous meeting in a major tournament came at Euro 2004 and it was a game remembered for Wayne Rooney displaying his burgeoning talent.

He scored twice and was joined on the scoresheet by future teammate Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard in a 4-2 England success.

Overall, England have five wins and Croatia have three victories and there have been two draws between them.

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England vs Croatia England First Half Asian Handicap -0.50 @ 2.49
June 13, 21:00 (GMT+8)

Considering Croatia knocked England out of the last World Cup, the SBOTOP Euro 2020 betting odds have them surprisingly well adrift.

They are available to back 1X2 @ 4.90 and Asian Handicap +0.25 @ 2.66.

England, meanwhile, are on offer 1X2 @ 1.75 and Asian Handicap -1.00 @ 1.36.

For a second draw in three meetings, you will receive a pay out of @ 3.30.

No one is expecting a tight affair based on odds of under 1.75 goals @ 2.61 and total goal 0-1 @ 2.58.

By contrast, you can get odds of @ 2.33 on over 2.50 goals and total goal 4-6 @ 4.80.

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Euro 2020: Austria Cannot Afford to Underestimate North Macedonia

Austria vs North Macedonia

Austria commence their Euro 2020 journey when they host North Macedonia in Bucharest this weekend.

These teams are featured in Group C and they are placed together alongside Ukraine and Netherlands.

Similar to Group B, Netherlands are favoured to claim the top spot of Group C but the second place appears to be wide open.

Which is why this game between Austria and North Macedonia is going to set the tone for the rest of the group stage matches and both are eager to start on a great note.

Experience is on the side for Austria since this will be their third Euro finals appearance while North Macedonia are one of the two teams who are making their Euro debut alongside Finland.

Read on below as SBOTOP examines these two countries here in our match preview.

Talking Points

Will Austria achieve their full potential?

Austria are a team full of top-tier talent which is why several pundits see them as one of Euro 2020’s dark horses.

Franco Foda likes to implement a possession-based game and their main strength is the fact that they have quality players who can play interchangeable roles.

One of them is David Alaba, who can play either as a full-back or as a centre-back. The Real Madrid-bound defender can also help out wide through his passing and pace which adds fluidity to their methodical offence.

Another key man to look out for is the young Sasa Kalajdzic, who will play a huge role in spearheading their front alongside the veteran Marko Arnautovic.

They’ll also be joined by fellow Bundesliga standouts Marcel Sabitzer, Stefan Ilsanker, Florian Grillitsch, Stefan Lainer, and Christoph Baumgartner who will hold down the midfield.

After playing poorly these past few months, fans are left unconvinced of their chances to move on to the knockout stages. However, they should be a much tougher draw than their recent results would suggest.

North Macedonia don’t mind being the underdogs

Although this would be the first time that North Macedonia will compete in the Euros, Igor Angelovski’s squad can beat anyone on any given day.

North Macedonia’s game is built on speed and high pressing and they are more than capable of capitalising on opponents’ errors via their quick counterattacks.

Leading the way will be Eljif Elmas who is arguably their best playmaker. The 21-year-old Napoli midfielder is oozing with potential and he is sure to be included in the Euro 2020 highlights reel.

Ezgjan Alioski and Eljif Elmas are the biggest players to look out for North Macedonia in Euro 2020

Ezgjan Alioski celebrates after scoring for North Macedonia against Kazakhstan during their friendly at Tose Proeski Arena

Even with his advancing age, Goran Pandev remains their potent threat out front since he’s the country’s all-time leading scorer with 37 goals and he’ll be joined by the pacey Aleksandar Trajkovski.

Leeds United’s Ezgjan Alioski is also key for the Macedonians as he’ll play the wing-back role similar to David Alaba for Austria.

History

Austria and North Macedonia haven’t faced off before the Euro 2020 qualifiers. In the group stages, Franco Foda’s side won both home and away with an aggregate tally of 6-2.

Austria booked their spot at Euro 2020 as runners-up in Group G behind Poland by winning six of their 10 qualifying matches.

So far, 2021 has been a tough year for them since they’ve only won one of their five games.

They were beaten badly by Denmark last April and they couldn’t get the job done against England and Slovakia during their friendlies this June.

Prior to Euro 2020, North Macedonia have never finished higher than fourth in their qualifiers for an European Championship or a World Cup. They were third behind Poland and Austria in Group G.

But the Macedonians qualified for the Euro 2020 playoffs by topping their 2018/19 Nations League group ahead of Armenia, Gibraltar, and Liechtenstein.

North Macedonia have only lost one of their five international fixtures this year. Their most impressive win to date was their 2-1 shocker against Germany in the World Cup qualifiers.

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Austria vs North Macedonia Austria Asian Handicap -0.50 @ 1.67
June 14, 00:00 (GMT+8)

The Euro 2020 odds tip the Austrians to win their first game of this tournament.

Austria are the favourites at 1.67, while North Macedonia are priced to win at 5.60 and chances for a draw are at 3.35 in the 1X2 market.

Franco Foda’s side owns the major edge in terms of team quality but Igor Angelovski’s men aren’t bowing down that easily.

There’s no doubt that this will be a hard fought contest. But in the end, I see Austria taking home the three points via a small margin.

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Euro 2020: Can Vaclik Keep Scotland In Czech?

Scotland vs Czech Republic

Euro 2020 will come alive for the nation of Scotland on Monday and the Tartan Army will be in full voice for the visit of the Czech Republic.

The Czech’s have more recent big competition history and are ever-presents in the European Championships, while Scotland beat Serbia in the playoffs to make a first appearance at a major finals since 1998.

Both teams have big name players, Liverpool’s wing-back Andy Robertson for Scotland and Sevilla’s goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik to name just two.

But if Scotland manage to get one goal or more past Vaclik, then the roof will surely come off Hampden Park.

Talking Points

Scotland the Brave

The Scots arrive at Euro 2020 on a five match unbeaten run, almost unheard of in recent years, but head coach Steve Clarke has put together a team with an abundance of character and no little quality particularly at the back.

Captained by Liverpool’s wing-back Robertson and with Leeds skipper Liam Cooper at the heart of the defence, there is plenty of experience. Plus if you’ll add Arsenal’s left-sided centre-back Kieran Tierney, they have a player with a bright future.

In the run in to the 2020/21 Premier League season, Liverpool had to come from behind to earn a Champions League place and Robertson was at his best in defence as well as supporting the Reds in attack.

Cooper has been a key figure in Leeds United’s successful return to the Premier League, while Arsenal floundered when Tierney suffered an injury earlier in the campaign.

Manchester United’s Scott McTominay will hold the centre of midfield while up front, Southampton’s Che Adams is a clever goal poacher.

Draws with Austria and Israel, followed by a thumping 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands, has given Scotland a decent start to their 2022 World Cup qualification campaign.

And they came through two warm-up games unscathed after an impressive 2-2 draw with Netherlands followed by a 1-0 win over Luxembourg.

The Euro 2020 betting odds make no secret of the high chance of Scotland going out at the group stage, but the Tartan Army is going to have a party whatever their Euro 2020 results and they can rely on the bravery of their players.

Czech Republic are hit and miss

Scotland’s opponents are ranked four places higher as the 40th best team in world football and they would be higher if they could add some consistency to their undoubted talent.

Head coach Jaroslav Silhavy has been in charge since 2018 and has a 56-per cent win percentage with the Czechs, winning 15 of his 27 games in charge, losing 11, and drawing just once.

The Czechs lost a World Cup qualifier to Wales, but drew with Belgium and then whacked Estonia 6-2. Their Euro 2020 warm up games threw up another pair of contrasts as they were hammered 4-0 by Italy before beating Albania 3-1.

So apart from the impressive draw with Belgium it has been “win or lose” for the Czechs. And if they are to come out on the right side of results, they need their big players to perform consistently.

Czech Republic will be looking to get their Euro 2020 campaign off to a good start when they face Scotland

Czech Republic’s Ondrej Celustka celebrates scoring their third goal with Tomas Soucek

Keeper Vaclik is as reliable as anyone. He was a key player as Sevilla stayed in the La Liga title race until late in the season, ultimately finishing fourth and just two points behind Barcelona.

West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek has had a great season as the Hammers qualified for Europe. In his second season in the Premier League, Soucek has scored some crucial goals.

He’s strong in the air and makes dangerous runs into his opponents’ penalty area, which the Scotland defence will be well aware of.

Bayer Leverkusen striker Patrick Schick will lead the line, while Burnley’s Matej Vydra is an option if the Czechs are chasing the game.

History

While Scotland have not been to a major finals since 1998, Czech Republic are Euro specialists, qualifying for every tournament since its inception.

Both sides have won four of their nine meetings since 1999, though the Scots are unbeaten in the last three.

Scotland won both clashes against the Czech Republic in the UEFA Nations League in 2020, 1-2 away and 1-0 at home, as Ryan Fraser took the spoils.

Betting Tip

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Scotland vs Czech Republic 1X2 Draw @ 2.87
June 14, 21:00 (GMT+8)

Scotland are at SBOTOP odds of 2.85 to make a dream start on their return to the biggest international stages, while Czech Republic are at 2.55.

Both teams could really do with a win in this opener with England and Croatia to come.

But I suspect they may just cancel each other out, which would result in a rare draw for the Czechs and a point on the board for Scotland.

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Euro 2020: Tough Start For Netherlands

Netherlands vs Ukraine

Group C of Euro 2020 is underway on Sunday when Austria face North Macedonia in the early kick-off before Netherlands entertain Ukraine in the big match at the Johann Cruyff Arena.

Here at SBOTOP, we have Netherlands at 1.63 to win, with the draw at 3.45 and a Ukraine win at 5.60. But only eight places separate the two teams in the FIFA World Rankings as the hosts are rated 16th while Ukraine are in 24th place.

After missing out on Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018, the Oranje are a welcome addition to the tournament but the pressure is on them to succeed.

This is by no means an easy start for the Dutch, who are missing some big players and are about to encounter an in-form Ukraine, skippered by Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Talking Points

Can Netherlands thrive without Van Dijk?

The pre-tournament Euro 2020 betting odds say France are favourites to win the competition and Netherlands are in a group of six or seven sides with realistic aspirations of challenging Les Bleus.

But the Oranje’s run up to the tournament has been far from ideal since they had a setback at the start of their World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign, losing 4-2 to Turkey.

And more recently, they drew with Scotland 2-2 in a warmup game as Memphis Depay spared Netherlands’ blushes with a late free-kick.

Head coach Frank de Boer has a couple of injury headaches, the biggest one being the absence of defencive colossus Virgil van Dijk. The Liverpool player was injured in a collision with Jordan Pickford in the Mersey derby back in October, and he missed the remainder of the Reds’ season as they struggled to earn a Champions League place.

Matthijs de Ligt hopes to give Netherland their first Euro 2020 victory when they face Ukraine

Netherlands star Matthijs de Ligt in action during their International Friendly against Scotland

A lot rests on the shoulders of Van Dijk’s international partner Matthijs de Ligt. The 21-year-old Juventus centre-back is of the highest pedigree, captaining Ajax aged 18 and leading them to the Champions League semifinals in 2019.

Barcelona’s midfielder Frenkie de Jong is another of Netherlands’ young stars, but that area has been weakened by the news that Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek has been ruled out of the competition by a niggling groin injury.

In his first season at Old Trafford, van de Beek has been frustrated by the lack of game time as the Red Devils had an untroubled run to second place and this is another setback for the 24-year-old attacking midfielder, as well as for his country.

Zinchenko could be a big player for Ukraine 

Ukraine legend Andriy Shevchenko is having a good run as head coach and he has led his side on a run of six unbeaten games.

A 1-1 draw with France in March in a World Cup qualifier is the eye-catching result. Antoine Griezmann put Les Bleus ahead with a curling effort early in the game, but Ukraine stuck to the task and were rewarded when Serhiy Sydorchuck’s deflected effort beat the wrong-footed Hugo Lloris.

That was the first of four 1-1’s for Ukraine before they had friendly victories over Northern Ireland (1-0) and Cyprus (4-0)

Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko has had a meteoric rise to fame since he began his career at Shakhtar Donetsk. His mother decided they should move to Russia to escape his war torn country and, at 17 year so age, he terminated his contract with Shakhtar.

But since his move to Manchester City, his career has sky-rocketed. Zinchenko has won three Premier League titles and, still only 24, he is captain of his country having been named Ukranian Footballer of the Year in 2019.

At the Etihad, he is deployed as a wing-back but he plays in a more advanced role for Ukraine. And with Netherlands missing some key players, he could cause the Oranje more problems.

After his Champions League disappointment when City lost to Chelsea in the final, Zinchenko will hope to be in the Euro 2020 news for all the right reasons.

History

The Netherlands have won one and drawn one of the two meetings between these two sides, but both games were over 10 years ago.

Both come into this clash in decent form. Since their defeat to Turkey, Netherlands are without a loss in four while Ukraine are aiming for a seventh unbeaten game in a row.

Ukraine are hoping to progress beyond the group stage of the Euros for the first time while the Dutch are seeking a first tournament win since 1988.

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Netherlands vs Ukraine Total Goals 2-3 @ 1.92
June 14, 03:00 (GMT+8)

This is a fascinating clash between two sides in decent form. And while the Dutch are highly fancied, it will be interesting to see how they cope without Van Dijk.

I can see a 1-1 draw in this opener or maybe a Netherlands victory by the odd goal in three.

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Euro 2020: Italy Send a Statement by Crushing Turkey In the Opener

Turkey 0-3 Italy

Italy started their Euro 2020 campaign with a bang by demolishing Turkey last Friday night at the Stadio Olimpico.

After being slowed down by Senol Gunes’ side in the first 45 minutes, Roberto Mancini’s men flipped the switch in the second half and put on a show in front of 15,000 fans in Rome.

Turkey faltered badly after the break as Merih Demiral scored an own goal following an Italy cross and then the floodgates bursted open as Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne scored one goal apiece late.

The victory was an emphatic message from Roberto Mancini to all participants in Euro 2020 and now they’re at pole position in Group A since we’re still waiting for the result between Switzerland and Wales.

It was a bold performance that instantly puts the Azzurri as one of the tournament favourites since their Euro 2020 odds have dramatically improved after last night.

There are so many Euro 2020 highlights in the said game. And here at SBOTOP, we take a look back by recapping them one by one.

Highlights of the game

Turkey's Merih Demiral scored an own goal during the Euro 2020 match against Italy

Turkey’s Merih Demiral looks dejected and is consoled by Ugurcan Cakır after he scores an own goal

Turkey were humbled in their first taste of a major tournament despite their strong defencive performance in the first half.

Despite Italy’s forays at goal from the get-go, Turkey’s backline stood firm as they thwarted shot after shot from the Azzurri.

Roberto Mancini’s boys had their first real chance at the 22nd minute when Giorgio Chiellini tried a header after a set-piece but the shot was expertly tipped over the crossbar by Ugurcan Cakir.

Lorenzo Insigne and Ciro Immobile also had multiple chances early on, but their efforts were either saved or the ball went into a different direction.

Despite a goalless first half, Roberto Mancini kept his team playing at a high tempo and their efforts will be rewarded few minutes into the second half.

Italy got a helping hand from Turkey in the 53rd minute as Domenico Berardi’s cross hit Merih Demiral’s torso and the ball went into the back of the net for their first goal of the evening.

Manuel Locatelli almost doubled Italy’s lead five minutes later when he tried a low shot from 19 yards but it was a routine save from Ugurcan Cakir.

Turkey were feeling the pressure being down by a goal and it didn’t help that they were already fatigued during the last half hour.

When Ugurcan Cakir blocked Leonardo Spinazzola’s shot attempt during the 66th minute, Ciro Immobile’s quick putback for his 14th international goal gave the Azzurri the two-goal lead.

13 minutes later, Italy put on the finishing touches as Domenico Berardi teed up Lorenzo Insigne, who curled a beautiful ball into the far corner after Ugurcan Cakir’s bad clearance.

Key statistics

Italy have now won their opening fixture at each of their last three major tournaments, against England in the 2014 World Cup, Belgium at the Euro 2016, and last night against Turkey in Euro 2020. Their victory over Turkey was the biggest opening day margin at an European Championship tournament.

Furthermore, the Azzurri are now undefeated in their last 28 matches in all competitions (W23, D5), and they’re closing in to their record of their 30-game unbeaten run which lasted between November 1935 to July 1939.

Merih Demiral was on the wrong side of history after last night. The Juventus’ centre-back’s own goal was the first time ever that the first goal at a big European tournament had been an own goal.

Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne continue to be Italy’s most potent threats while Giorgio Chiellini was named Man of the Match.

Immobile, in particular, has now scored in three consecutive appearances for the Azzurri for the first time. His goal at the 66th minute marked his first goal in a major European tournament.

Italy were simply too dominant as they had 24 total shots with eight of them on target and they controlled 64-per cent of the possession. In contrast, Turkey only had three total shots with none of them on target.

What’s next?

After a few days of rest, Italy and Turkey are going to be back in action on Wednesday.

Turkey will look to redeem themselves when they’ll take on Wales at Baku. Senol Gunes is hopeful that his boys can gather a point or three in order to avoid being in a deep hole in Group A.

Meanwhile, Italy aim to extend their points lead with another win against Switzerland on their home turf.

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Euro 2020: Lewandowski’s Tournament Goal!

Poland vs Slovakia

Poland meet Slovakia at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Monday night when all eyes will be on the most prolific striker in European football.

Robert Lewandowski arrives at Euro 2020 following another record breaking season with FC Bayern and with a steely determination to replicate that form on the international stage.

It is one of the curiosities of world football that Lewandowski has scored just two goals in 11 tournament appearances and that’s a record he wants to put straight starting with Slovakia on Monday. With 48 goals for club and country this season, he certainly has some momentum.

In a group containing a young and exciting Spain team and the hard-to-beat Sweden, this game is an ideal chance for both to put down a marker. 

Slovakia are unbeaten in five games, but they are at huge SBOTOP odds of 401.00 to win the tournament with only Finland and the Republic of North Macedonia longer.

Talking Points

Poland still fine tuning

The Poles have emerged from their warm up games with two draws.

Poland were held to a 1-1 draw against Russia and then an altogether more entertaining clash with Iceland which ended in a 2-2 draw when Karl Swiderski scored an 88th minute equaliser, which made it a good night for the 20,000 raucous fans in the Poznan Stadium. 

Poland were expected to beat the Icemen, who arrived with a record of eight defeats from their last 10 games, but the visitors twice went ahead against the run of play.

Head coach Paulo Sousa has a decision to make at either end of the pitch. 

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny replaced Lukasz Fabianski for the Iceland game and is likely to keep his place, while Jakub Swierczok could make a start up front alongside Lewandowski.

Sousa will be looking for a big performance from Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski. At 27 years of age, the midfield ace is approaching his peak and he could be the man to control the pace of the game while Lewy does his thing at the business end. 

In my list of 10 Bold Predictions for Euro 2020, I backed Lewandowski to bag a couple of goals against Slovakia.

Let’s see how the Euro 2020 highlights pan out, but surely the Bayern man will be in the thick of the action.

Big games suit Slovakia 

Poland’s opponents arrive as underdogs but they are no pushovers, having made an unbeaten start to their World Cup qualifying campaign. 

Slovakia started with two rather underwhelming draws against Cyprus and Malta and then they faced by a tougher opponent when they beat Russia 2-1

Milan Skriniar will be looking to register a goal against Euro 2020 Group E match against Poland

Milan Skriniar in action for Slovakia during 0-0 International Friendly draw with Austria at Ernst Happel stadium.

Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar gave the Slovaks a lead before Russia came back through Mario Fernandes.

Then, in a display of sublime skill, Robert Mak beat two Russia defenders before firing home a late winner. 

The tricky winger also teed up Skriniar’s goal and the Polish defence is well-advised to keep an eye on him. 

But it is Skriniar who carries the hopes of his nation. After four good seasons with Inter, he has won the Scudetto and is an imposing figure at the back given that he’s strong in the air and fierce in the tackle.

The Euro 2020 betting odds don’t rate the Slovaks’ chances much. At odds of 1.65 to finish bottom of Group E and at 2.50 to finish in the top two, Stefan Tarkovic’s team has little to lose. 

Much like their opponents, Slovakia have played out two draws in their warmup games, going 1-1 with Bulgaria and then a goalless draw with Austria. So they will arrive in Saint Petersburg without fear.

History

Slovakia have won four of the seven meetings between these two teams, with Poland winning twice and there has been one draw. 

It has been a while since the two sides met though, the last encounter being a 2-0 victory for Slovakia in a 2013 friendly.

Both sides come into the game with just one win in six, though Slovakia have drawn four games in that time while Poland have drawn three. 

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Poland vs Slovakia 1×2 Poland @ 1.84
June 15, 12:00(GMT+8)

Poland are odds on at 1.84 to win this crucial opener with Slovakia at 4.30 and the draw at 3.30.

A 1-0 victory for Poland is at odds of 5.00 and the most likely scoreline. But having watched Italy’s opener against Turkey when the Azzurri won 3-0, maybe the return to tournament football with fans in the stadia will encourage the players to put on a show.

Lewandowski is the man for the big stage and I think he’ll be the difference between the two sides.

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Euro 2020: Battling Wales Frustrate Switzerland

Wales 1-1 Switzerland

Wales held Switzerland to a draw, in scorching conditions in Baku, to get both teams’ Euro 2020 campaign off the mark, but the Swiss will be disappointed with a point.

They went ahead, just after half time, through the excellent Breel Embolo and as they pressed for a second Kieffer Moore hit back to grab a leveller while Wales keeper Danny Ward had the game of his life.

Euro 2020: Wales vs Switzerland finished the first round of games in Group A after Italy opened up the tournament with an impressive 3-0 win over Turkey and that did both these teams a favour in their quest to qualify for the knockout stage.

Highlights of the game

The Dragons were under the cosh in the early stages as Xherdan Shaqiri and Embolo buzzed around in the Swiss attack, supported by Kevin Mbabu raiding down the right. After a Shaqiri cross was cleared, Granit Xhaka tried an effort from distance but it cannoned off Haris Seferovic and away to safety.

Wales fans recognise their hopes of progressing through the tournament depend, largely, on the form of Gareth Bale and he showed a delightful touch to leave Ricardo Rodriguez standing but his cross was too deep and floated out of play. But Wales has a superb chance when Moore met a Dan James cross which Yann Sommer saved brilliantly. Then, at the other end of the pitch, when a corner flew in, Danny Ward made a great reaction save to deny Fabian Schar.

Switzerland dominated the remainder of the half, Haris Seferovic came close with a rasping drive and the free-kick count mounted up as Wales defended doggedly. Right on the stroke of half time the Swiss almost went in front when Embolo laid a ball off to Seferovic but he scooped his shot wide.

The first half Wales vs Switzerland highlights told a tale of Swiss domination, though Sommer had the hardest save to make in the first 45. But Ward was the first goalkeeper in action right at the beginning of the second half when Embolo burst through and fired a powerful shot at the stopper, who showed a strong hand to parry it away for a corner. But his respite lasted just seconds before Shaqiri swung the corner in and Embolo rose to head a great header down and into the corner of the net.

Breel Embolo nabs a goal for Switzerland early in the second half of their Euro 2020 match vs Wales

Switzerland’s Breel Embolo celebrates after Mario Gavranovic scored a goal that was later disallowed by VAR for offside

It had been coming, and the 24 year old Embolo had his first ever tournament goal. His tail was up and he almost created a second when he left the Welsh defence standing and slid the ball out to Mbabu, who fired it across the six yard box, but no-one was there to make the tap in. Then Embolo came close when he curled a beauty inches wide of Wards left hand post.

But at 1-0 Wales were still in the game and they drew level, completely out of the blue, with just 15 minutes remaining. Under no real pressure Remo Freuler headed the ball out for a corner and when the ball came in Moore directed a superb glancing header beyond Sommer and into the net.

Vladimir Petkovic brought Mario Gavranovic on to replace Seferovic and he thought he’d won the game with his first touch as he volleyed home at the near post, but Wales were saved by VAR which found the in-form striker was inches offside. And as Switzerland piled forward Ward made another great save to deny Embolo.

Key statistics

The Wales vs Switzerland betting odds had Petkovic’s team as favourites and they totally dominated from start to finish. With 72 per cent possession and 11 shots to two, the Swiss bossed the first half but they only managed one shot on target, the same as Wales.

The pattern continued in the second period and the Swiss ended up with four shots on target to Wales’ two but they couldn’t turn their superiority into a win.

This was the first draw between these two teams in eight games, Switzerland winning five of the previous seven, and it ended a six match winning streak for the Swiss.

What’s next?

The games are coming thick and fast now, with Group B underway today and FIFA’s top ranked team Belgium in action and then, on Sunday, England open their campaign with a match against 2018 World Cup champions Croatia.

Back in Group A, Petkovic’s Switzerland come face to face with group favourites Italy on Wednesday, before they play their third group match against Turkey on Sunday 20th.

Wales reached the semi-finals at Euro 16 and before kick-off they were at odds of 15.00, here at SBOTOP, to reach the last four again. Those odds won’t have changed any but they have given themselves a chance to escape the group.

Next up it’s Turkey on Wednesday for Robert Page and his team, before they meet the Azzurri next Sunday.

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Euro 2020: Spain and Sweden Renew Acquaintances in Group E Opener

Spain vs Sweden

They are my tip to win Euro 2020.

A Spanish national team aiming to put the misery of the last World Cup – and a surprise last-16 exit – behind them and a nation which has shown glimpses of reproducing the top form which earned them three successive major titles from 2008-2012.

True, the build-up has been far from ideal with the positive Covid-19 test results of Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente earlier this week.

Yet there was some relief as the remaining squad members’ tests came back negative.

Boss Luis Enrique has made it clear he will keep Busquets in his squad and, while the Barcelona midfielder will miss La Roja’s opener against Sweden, he should be back in time to face Poland in the second game on June 19.

First though, the Swedes await in Seville.

Talking Points

This is arguably a new era for the Spanish national team without captain Sergio Ramos.

The defender has been a constant figure since his first senior call-up under Luis Aragones in March 2005 since which he has missed only eight of the 93 squads that Spain have named, mostly down to injury problems.

It’s also the first time since November 2016 that he has not joined up.

In fact, Spain have played over 200 games since Ramos made his debut, going from 503 matches in total to 712 during his international career.

Add in the fact he has featured in four World Cups, three European Championships and two Confederations Cups for Spain, being champion of the world once and Europe twice, and you can see the impact he has had.

When one door closes though, another opens, and Spain have acquired a player who I consider every inch Ramos’ equal.

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte was recently granted Spanish citizenship, having never played a senior game for France, and is a top class talent who will fill the void and, presumably, partner Villarreal’s Europa League winner Pau Torres at the heart of the Spanish defence.

Aymeric Laporte is expected to be a vital part of Spain’s defence in Euro 2020

Spain’s Aymeric Laporte defending against Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo in a friendly match

As Spain gear up for the first of three ‘home’ group games in Sevilla, Sweden have this opener followed by two matches in St Petersburg.

The Scandinavians have geared up for the summer spectacle with a couple of workman-like results against Finland and Armenia but are not expected to pull up any trees.

At the last World Cup three years ago, this SBOTOP writer reported the core strength of their set-up was a fierce work ethic, a solid defence, obdurate at times, and the ability to play without pressure.

Perhaps they will be strengths they can use in their favour this time around too for a nation which appears stronger collectively than individually.

Spain and Sweden have become regular European Championship rivals in the 21st century and this will be their third meeting in as many years after they were also paired together in the same qualifying group.

After one Spanish win and a draw then, Sweden are underdogs but can Janne Andersson’s men now be third time lucky and create Euro 2020 highlights?

History

The only previous time these two have met in a European Championship came in Euro 2008 when Spain triumphed 2-1 in Innsbruck, thanks to a last-gasp David Villa goal which guaranteed their place in the quarter-finals as Group D winners.

The game looked like ending in a draw after Zlatan Ibrahimović’s second goal in as many games had wiped out Fernando Torres’s 15th-minute opener on a chilly evening in the Austrian Alps.

Spain went onto win the competition.

That is one of six Spanish successes against the Swedes who have tasted victory on three occasions. A further five matches have ended all square.

When they met in qualifying for this tournament two years ago, Spain ran out 3-0 winners in Madrid with Ramos opening the scoring with a penalty.

In the return fixture in Sweden they needed a last-minute equaliser from Rodrigo, now of Leeds United, after Marcus Berg had put Sweden in front in Stockholm.

Betting Tip

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Spain vs Sweden Over 2.50 @ 2.16
June 15, 03:00 (GMT+8)

The SBOTOP Euro 2020 betting odds naturally favour Spain who can be tipped 1X2 @ 1.44 and Asian Handicap -1.50 @ 2.44.

Sweden are priced 1X2 well adrift @ 7.00 and Asian Handicap +1.00 @ 2.19.

A draw, just as in their most recent meeting, is on offer 1X2 @ 4.10, whereas another 1-1 draw will pay out @ 8.50 with correct score.

If you fancy the Swedes to do well, how about Double Chance Sweden or Draw @ 2.60.

I am going for an open game in this one and think there will be goals.

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Euro 2020: Classy Eriksen Tribute Lifts spirits After Distressing Day

Belgium 3-0 Russia

On a day when the football world was reminded of the fragility of life and what is truly important, here was a wonderful moment.

As everyone associated with football reeled from events in Parken, the message was clear.

“Chris, Chris, I love you” said Romelu Lukaku, running to the camera after netting the 10th minute opener.

Regardless of whether or not his Inter Milan team-mate Christian Eriksen was watching from his hospital bed, this was truly uplifting for a player who is incredibly talented and universally respected.

An emotional moment which will be remembered long after this Euro 2020 encounter has deserted the memory banks.

Highlights of the game

That was the highlight on a night where a clash between familiar foes in St Petersburg produced a familiar result – a Belgium triumph.

Russia, playing on home turf but classed as the ‘away’ team, had been dealt a blow as midfielder Andrei Mostovoy tested positive for Covid-19.

Five of the team that started their World Cup quarter-final defeat to Croatia three years ago did begin though: Mario Fernandes, Roman Zobnin, Daler Kuzyaev, Aleksandra Golovin and the captain Artem Dzyuba.

Back in opposition for their opening Group B fixture after they were also paired together in qualifying, Eden Hazard was named on the bench for Belgium with his brother Thorgan starting at left wing-back.

Four of their starting XI, Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Lukaku, started the World Cup semi-final defeat to France in 2018.

As well as Lukaku, who along with Eriksen has just helped Inter Milan win Serie A, Alderweireld and Vertonghen were former Tottenham team-mates of the Dane.

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov promised his team would look physically sharper than of late but were expected to take a cautious approach against the world’s number one ranked nation.

If that was the intended approach, it had backfired within 10 minutes as the ball rolled through Andrei Semenov’s legs and Lukaku turned and smashed it into the bottom right corner.

Russia, whose build up was as much connected with political relations with neighbouring Ukraine as the actual football, responded with spirit but their luck was summed up by the fact they had to make three enforced substitutions before half-time.

Hazard saw a shot blocked by Dmitri Barinov and, while Belgium suffered their own blow when FA Cup winner Timothy Castagne had to leave the fray to be replaced by Thomas Meunier, the substitute tapped home clinically when left unmarked seven minutes later.

Belgium outclass Russia with a 3-0 win and now sit at the top of Group B in the Euro 2020

Belgium’s Thomas Meunier celebrates scoring their second goal against Russia

Russia, who created so many special moments against the odds at the last World Cup, were a beaten side from that moment and there were only rare glimpses of Dzyuba whose 29 international goals has left him just two short of becoming the country’s all-time leading scorer.

Belgium are gearing up in fine fashion and the SBOTOP Euro 2020 betting odds strongly back them to do well.

Their opening night of Euro 2020 highlights was completed in the closing stages when Lukaku got the better of Igor Diveev and coolly slotted home his second.

A good night’s work after a distressing day.

Key Statistics

Lukaku is Belgium’s top scorer at major tournaments with nine goals in 16 matches. Eight of those nine goals have come in the group stages.

He has also been directly involved in 26 goals in his last 19 appearances for Belgium in all competitions, scoring 22 and assisting four.

This was the sixth meeting between Belgium and Russia at a major tournament but the first at the European Championship. Russia won the first two encounters at the 1970 and 1982 World Cup, both as USSR. Since then, Belgium have prevailed in all four matches.

None of Belgium’s last 13 games at the European Championship have ended in a draw (won six, lost seven), a run which started in the 1980 final which they lost 2-1 to West Germany.

They were one of only two teams – alongside Italy – to win 100% of their games in the qualifying campaign.

Russia have not won in seven European Championship games (drawn two, lost five); their last victory was a 4-1 romp against the Czech Republic at Euro 2012.

Yuri Zirkhov (37 years, 296 days) is the oldest player ever to play for Russia at the European Championships.

His 43-minute appearance saw him overtake Sergei Ignashevich, who was (36 years, 342 days) at the 2016 tournament.

What’s next?

Belgium now travel to Denmark and the Parken Stadium on Thursday teatime (June 17). Russia are in action more than 24 hours earlier when they take on newcomers Finland, again in the Krestovsky Stadium.

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Denmark 0-1 Finland

Finland won their opening match of Euro 2020 over Nordic neighbours Denmark in an incredibly emotional affair in Copenhagen.

The result of this match was always going to be overshadowed by the scary scenes of Denmark star Christian Eriksen suddenly collapsing and requiring life-saving medical treatment on the pitch.

The two teams eventually resumed the match after a lengthy suspension, and the Finns felt the incredible high of getting their first-ever win in a major international tournament.

On the other side, the Danes will be disappointed they did not get at least a draw after dominating most of the match and also missing a second-half penalty. But they – as well as many SBOTOP football fans – will nevertheless be delighted that their star Eriksen is alive and in stable condition after his scary collapse.

Highlights of the game

Denmark, playing in their home stadium, made a strong start to the match. Jonas Wind had the first big chance seven minutes in with a thumping shot from the edge of the box, but Finnish keeper Lukas Hradecky made an excellent save to punch the ball shot away.

Hradecky was once again called into action on 15 minutes to tip a Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg header over the bar. And just a few minutes later, Eriksen – of Serie A champions Inter Milan – had a long-range shot which Hradecky had to parry away.

The Danes continued to mount the pressure for much of the first half. Martin Braithwaite had a couple of chances, neither of which he got on target.

But then, disaster struck three minutes from half-time as Eriksen suddenly collapsed while attempting to receive a throw-in. After some initial confusion, the players and referee immediately called the medical staff over to tend to Eriksen’s medical emergency.

The Danish players, who had formed a ring around Eriksen, were visibly shaken as the medical staff spent several minutes performing life-saving treatment on their ailing team-mate. Thankfully, they successfully resuscitated the Danish star.

After a lengthy suspension, the match eventually restarted with Denmark resuming their dominance despite losing Eriksen. Mathias Jensen, who replaced the Inter midfielder in the line-up, blazed a long-distance effort over the bar, and Thomas Delaney did the same minutes later.

Finland are ecstatic after winning over Denmark in Euro 2020 kick-off match

Finland players celebrate after beating Denmark, 0-1, in their Euro 2020 opener in Copenhagen

However, the hosts somehow found themselves a goal down on the hour mark. Joel Pohjanpalo got free from his marker and headed in a cross to give the Finns the lead with their very first shot of the match. Kasper Schmeichel had a chance to save it, but he could not react quickly enough to keep the header out.

But the Danes were handed a massive lifeline on 73 minutes as they were awarded a penalty. Yussuf Poulsen went down in the box from Paulus Arajuuri’s challenge, and referee Anthony Taylor had no hesitation to point to the spot.

With Eriksen out, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg took on the responsibility of taking the penalty. However, the Tottenham midfielder could not provide the equaliser as Hradecky came up with a heroic save.

That save would prove crucial as Finland would hold on to their narrow advantage and claim the win in their international tournament debut.

Key statistics

Denmark absolutely dominated the match according to the stats. They controlled 63 per cent of possession and had a whopping 22 shots. However, only six of those shots were on target. Jonas Wind, who was playing in his home stadium, led the Danes with four shots but only had one shot on target. Meanwhile, both of Hojbjerg’s shots were on target, but one of them was his saved penalty.

On the other hand, Finland scored with their one and only shot in the entire match. Hradecky was their man of the match as he made six saves, none bigger than the one he made against Hojbjerg.

What’s next?

First and foremost, the Euro 2020 updates on Christian Eriksen is promising. He was in stable condition shortly after exiting the match and has since been recovering in the hospital.

More details have since emerged on what transpired in those terrifying moments. Denmark captain Simon Kjaer, who was one of the first players on the scene after Eriksen’s collapse, immediately attempted to clear Eriksen’s airways and performed CPR until the medics arrived. The AC Milan defender also consoled Eriksen’s wife as the midfielder was receiving treatment.

Unfortunately, though, this health scare all but ends Eriksen’s tournament, which is a disappointment for both him and his team. He is the key playmaker for Denmark, who were the heavy favourites to emerge from Group B alongside Belgium. But without their top playmaker, their Euro 2020 betting odds to do so are much less favourable. Denmark’s next match will be against Belgium on June 18.

As for Finland, they suddenly have a great opportunity to advance from the group stage after this win. They next face Russia on June 16, with a draw in that match likely enough to secure their place in the next round.

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Euro 2020: Russia Aiming for Lift-off Against Finland

Finland vs Russia

Russia and Finland meet in Saint Petersburg on Wednesday for the second of their Euro 2020 matches following an opening round nobody will ever forget.

Stanislav Cherchesov’s Russia are rock bottom of Group B after suffering a thumping at the hands of Belgium, while Finland came through an emotionally draining fixture with a win over Denmark on the night the Danes’ star man Christian Eriksen’s life was saved on the pitch by medics administering CPR.

The Finland vs Russia betting odds say that Cherchesov’s should get their first win, but Finland are a well-organised team with fantastic spirit and a potent striker in Teemu Pukki.

Talking Points 

How can Finland focus?

But it is hard for anyone to imagine the emotions racing around the Finland squad after their opening game at their very first finals tournament took a horrific turn when Denmark talisman Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch and had CPR administered as the world watched and prayed.

Just over an hour later the news came from Copenhagen hospital that Eriksen was in a stable position and the game was restarted almost two hours after he fell, with the fans of both teams still chanting his name.

Both teams struggled to regain their focus until Finland scored, against the run of play, when Joel Pohjanpalo met a cross from Jere Uronen and planted a header through the arms of Danish keeper Kasper Schmeichel and into the net.

Joel Pohjanpalo scored the lone goal during the Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland

Joel Pohjanpalo celebrates after scoring Finland’s only goal against Denmark in Copenhagen

Emotions have been running high in Finland from the moment they beat Lichtenstein 3-0 to qualify for Euro 2020 and Markku Kanerva, the 57-year-old schoolteacher turned head coach, can take a lot of credit for Finland’s history-making achievement.

His key man is Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki, who plundered ten goals in qualification and has scored 66 goals in 120 appearances for the newly promoted Canaries.

But Kanerva emphasises how the team effort has brought this small nation to its first Euro finals. He says: “Teemu’s job is to score goals but someone has to play the key passes so he will need the help of other players.”

Rangers’ 25-year-old midfielder Glen Kamara is one such player who has superb poise on the ball and can pick a pass. This team is together, and their incredible journey is nowhere near its end just yet.

The SBOTOP odds backed the newcomers to finish bottom of Group B but a point against Russia will surely take them through to the knockout phase of the competition, and if they can keep their focus, then that point is within reach.

Misfiring Russia

There was uncertainty whether Russia’s opening game with Belgium would actually start on Saturday night as the world waited for news on Eriksen. But once the word came through that the Danish star was conscious and stable, Belgium set about the Russians, and Eriksen’s Inter Milan colleague Romelu Lukaku scored a brace with Thomas Meunier adding a third.

A loss against the best team in the world, according to FIFA rankings, is no disaster, though Russia arrived at Euro 2020 with just one win in five. Okay, Russia’s World Cup qualifier campaign started with wins over Malta and Slovenia, but then they lost 2-1 against Slovakia, and then Stanislav Cherchesov’s side drew with Poland in a warm-up before the Poles went on to draw with Iceland.

So, losing their opener at Euro 2020, the last three games have been less than encouraging for Russia, and with just three goals in the last four games Cherchesov’s men need to up the ante in front of goal. The weight of expectation rests on the huge shoulders of captain Artem Dzyuba, who has scored 29 goals in 53 appearances, while Atalanta’s 25-year-old midfielder Aleksei Miranchuk is an exciting player to watch.

History

Russia have totally dominated the historic head to head Finland vs Russia results, having won the four previous meetings, scoring 15 goals and conceding just one. The most recent meeting was back in 2009 when Russia won a World Cup qualifier 3-0.

Finland were without a win in six before their victory over Denmark and had lost the previous three games in a row, all warm-ups for the tournament, but they have started their World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign with two draws against decent opposition, Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Betting Tip

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Finland vs Russia Total Goals 2-3 @ 1.83
June 16, 21:00 (GMT+8)

Russia are at 1.68 to win, with the draw at 3.40 and Finland at 5.20, but this is a difficult match to call. Russia desperately needs a win but Finland are perfectly capable of taking a point from supposedly superior opposition.

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Euro 2020: France and Germany Are Ready to Rumble

France vs Germany

Euro 2020 has gotten off to a dramatic start with Belgium and Italy both putting down markers. England are due to play on Sunday and, on Tuesday, we have a Clash of the Titans when France take on Germany.

Here at SBOTOP, we’re predicting more joy for Les Bleus and some despair for Germany but it’s going to be a close call in Group F. Didier Deschamps’ world champions are the favourites to top the group at odds of 2.30, with Joachim Low’s Germany at 2.40 and Portugal at longer odds of 4.30.

But the reigning champions have a team containing Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva and Joao Felix among many other top talents, and the Selecao are surely a huge threat. When they open their account against Hungary on Tuesday, they will expect a winning start.

So this is a huge match in Munich, and one which could give us a big clue about what we can expect from these two great nations at Euro 2020.

Talking Points

France expect…

According to the pre-tournament Euro 2020 betting odds, Les Bleus are the team to beat, though Italy put down a marker in the opening match of the competition with an impressive 3-0 victory over Turkey.

Deschamps knows that as tournament favourites, at odds of 5.50, there is a huge weight of expectation on his team. This is some group, though, containing the champions of the last three major world tournaments, and Les Blues will have to be at their best to come out on top.

France have won their last four games, scoring nine unanswered goals and are unbeaten in seven. They have been in imperious form on their two warm-up matches, beating both Wales and Bulgaria 3-0, with their array of world-class attackers all showing their teeth.

Kylian Mbappe, still only 22, was on target against Wales, as were Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele. Mbappe is the most exciting player in this incredible squad, with electrifying pace, and he simply destroyed Argentina in the World Cup 2018 Round of 16, before scoring in the final.

Euro 2020: Can Antoine Griezmann step up and lead France to a win against rivals Germany?

Antoine Griezmann celebrates with teammates after scoring France’s second goal against Wales during a friendly clash

Barcelona ace Griezmann scored again in the match with Bulgaria and veteran forward Olivier Giroud bagged a brace, while Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema made a welcome return to the fold.

With N’Golo Kante running the midfield and Raphael Varane marshalling the defence it is difficult to find a weakness in this team, captained by keeper Hugo Lloris.

Can Germany’s young guns deliver?

The 2014 World Cup champions have been through a period of transition and Low is desperate to avoid a repeat of the misery of group elimination at Russia 2018. He has enough talent in his squad to overcome that first hurdle, though he may have to rely on Germany being one of the best third-placed finishers.

Young strikers Timo Werner and Kai Havertz initially struggled to make an impact after their big-money moves to Chelsea, but their season ended in triumph as Thomas Tuchel’s Blues won the Champions League, beating favourites Manchester City in the final where Havertz scored the only goal of the game.

They could both feature on Tuesday, as could FC Bayern striker Serge Gnabry, who has become a serial trophy winner with Die Bayern after struggling as a youngster in the Premier League with Arsenal. Like Mbappe he has explosive pace, and can play as centre forward or out wide if Low wants to accommodate Werner or the veteran Thomas Muller as main striker.

But while this team has undoubted firepower, they fired seven past Latvia in a warm-up last week, they can be a little brittle at the back. A World Cup qualifying defeat to North Macedonia was bad enough, but the Germans have also conceded three goals to both Switzerland and Turkey in recent months, as well as taking a six-goal thumping from Spain.

They need to lose this fragility, or France could tear the German team apart.

History

These two teams are Euro aristocracy winning the tournament five times between them, France twice and Germany three times.

In terms of head to heads, France have won five of the last ten meetings, with three draws and two victories for Germany.

The last meeting was a 2-1 win for France in the inaugural Nations League in 2018 as Griezmann netted a double.Antoine Griezmann celebrates with teammates after scoring France’s second goal against Wales during a friendly clash at the Allianz Riviera stadium

Betting Tip

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France vs Germany France Draw No Bet @ 1.90
June 16, 03:00 (GMT+8)

With some big Euro 2020 results already in both Germany and France need to open their account on Tuesday and the odds tell us this clash is wide open, with Germany at 2.71 and France marginal favourites, at odds of 2.69, with the draw at 2.95.

But I believe Les Bleus confidence, consistency and quality could be too much for the Germans.

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A Sterling Start for England at Euro 2020

England 1-0 Croatia

England had never won their opening game at a European Championship tournament – at the 10th attempt, they have now!

Yes, they will have to face better opponents than Croatia this summer.

Yes, the 2018 World Cup finalists did not even have an out-and-out centre forward for most of this encounter.

But this was an ideal start for the Three Lions at Euro 2020 and a modicum of revenge in a repeat of the 2018 World Cup semi-final.

Highlights of the game

Over the next month or so Gareth Southgate will be under more scrutiny than the Prime Minister and a certain royal baby’s name.

And that was the case before a ball was even kicked as the England boss included Kieran Trippier, predominantly at right-back, at left-back in his starting XI.

Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips were also included which meant Marcus Rashford, Jack Grealish and Luke Shaw were among those on the bench.

Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and Ante Rebic all featured as Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic named six of the side that started the 2018 World Cup Final in Russia.

At a national stadium experiencing financial difficulties, not helped again by a significantly reduced crowd, the heat made it difficult and both sides struggled to create too many Euro 2020 highlights in an attacking sense.

Croatia were also aware England had home advantage, a point star man Modric acknowledged, and they were nearly behind within five minutes as Foden cut inside and curled a shot which rattled the foot of the far post.

Phillips then forced goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic into a low save as England made an impressive start.

Perisic screwed over as Croatia reminded England of their undoubted talent and also gave England a scare at the start of the second half.

Euro 2020: England end their match against Croatia in a 1-0 clean sheet win

Fans celebrate after England’s match against Croatia

Then, 11 minutes after the restart, came the breakthrough as Phillips sidestepped a couple of weak challenges and played in Sterling whose finish was cool, despite Livakovic getting a touch.

One nearly became two as Mason Mount picked out Kane who seemed set to score only for Duje Caleta-Car to get his body in the way.

Croatia’s best chance arrived when a drive from Mateo Kovacic’ was blocked and the ball came out to Ante Rebic who dragged his shot wide.

It was to prove their best chance and England came closest to doubling their advantage as Mount’s free-kick sailed just too high. Sterling’s goal, though, was sufficient.

Along with fellow group opponents, the Czech Republic, Croatia will fly to Britain and back home again for each of their three group games because they say Scottish quarantine rules in case of an outbreak are too restrictive.

They should still have too much quality to secure a place in the last 16 but the SBOTOP Euro 2020 betting odds suggest reaching another final is unlikely.

As for England, the next few weeks will either be an adventure or a soap opera – as adventures go, this was a good start.

For those who believe in omens, Croatia have lost against the eventual winner in three of their last four major tournaments (World Cup + European Championships): Spain at Euro 2012 (group stages), Portugal at Euro 2016 (round of 16) and France at World Cup 2018 (final).

England expect.

Key Statistics

Sterling has been directly involved in 19 goals in his last 17 England games (13 goals, six assists), while the Three Lions have won all 11 of the games he has scored in.

Tyrone Mings was the first Aston Villa player to start for England at the European Championships since current manager Southgate against Germany in 1996.

Phillips is the first Leeds player to assist a goal at Wembley since David Batty in 1999 against Luxembourg.

Aged 17 years and 349 days, Jude Bellingham is now the youngest ever player to appear in the European Championship finals for any nation, and the youngest English player to play in any major tournament (World Cup & Euros).

This was the 11th meeting between England and Croatia and the sixth England triumph.

England have won their last seven games, keeping a clean sheet in six of those match-ups.

The Three Lions have never lost at Wembley in a major tournament (World Cup 1966, Euro 1996), winning eight and drawing four of their 12 games (penalty shoot-outs excluded).

What’s next?

Group D combat resumes towards the end of the week. It’s the ‘auld enemy’ clash at Wembley on Friday night (June 18) as Scotland, competing in their first major tournament since 1998, are the visitors.

Croatia entertain the Czech Republic a few hours earlier, ironically at Scotland’s Hampden Park.

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Euro 2020: Turkey Need Tactical Rethink Against Wales

Hungary vs Portugal

With World Champions France and perennial favourites Germany the other sides in their group, European champions Portugal know they must launch their defence of the title with a victory in Budapest on Tuesday night.

Quite why these three nations have been allowed to be paired together in the group stages at Euro 2020 is beyond me, especially when traditionally weaker international sides have avoided such pitfalls.

Indeed, a last-16 without either the reigning world of European champions, or the 2014 world champions, will make the tournament a weaker place but that is a distinct possibility.

That means success against the country considered the weak link in Group F, Hungary, is imperative.

Talking Points

Let’s begin with the injury-hit Magyars.

On a positive note, they are hosting two of their group games in Budapest.

This will be a truly unique Euros for Hungarian fans as it is the first major tournament where the team can play at home in a full Puskás Aréna.

The new stadium has hosted several big games in the past year, such as Champions League matches and the European Super Cup Final, but Hungary’s opening game against Portugal will be only the second time they have played there in front of fans.

Also on the upside, qualification for the tournament and the recent promotion to League A in the UEFA Nations League have led to optimism and coach Marco Rossi has overseen good results in the autumn, despite the squad being affected by coronavirus and injuries.

That’s where some of the optimism turns to realism.

For the minnows have not only been placed in the ‘Group of Death’ but talented midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai has been ruled out of the tournament. The Leipzig midfielder is a fine talent and Hungary’s best player.

Marco Rossi's Hungary will take on Portugal in Euro 2020

Hungary coach Marco Rossi during their match against Republic of Ireland

Of course, there are talented footballers and then there’s pure genius and, as I wrote nearly 18 months ago when this tournament seemed set for the summer of 2020, when there’s CR7 there’s always a chance!

That was evident at the last Euros when he led his nation to become champions of Europe – a team of good but hardly outstanding individuals who overcame the challenges of much better sides to be crowned European champions.

No one will forget that triumph on French soil four years ago and they followed that up by putting the young talented upstarts of Holland in their place in the inaugural Nations League.

The fact Ronaldo is now 36 surely means he will need more support if we are to witness more Euro 2020 highlights for Portugal.

Yet he remains as thirsty as ever for success and arguably has a stronger set of teammates around him now than he did in 2016.

The core of the team that won Euro 2016 is still there, with Rui Patrício (33), Pepe (37) and Ronaldo still involved, but there is also an impressive amount of younger talent.

The generation of Rúben Dias (24), Bernardo Silva (26), Bruno Fernandes (26), Diogo Jota (24), André Silva (25) and Félix (21) will be keen to make an impact this summer – the former four all enjoying levels of success in the Premier League in the season just concluded.

I often do not get too excited about many group stage matches but Group F has made me think twice. And if this clash is half as exciting as their meeting at the same stage in Euro 2016 then boy are we in for a treat!

History

That was a thrilling 3-3 draw in Lyon when Zoltan Gera opened the scoring with a powerful drive before Nani equalised from a Ronaldo pass.

In the second half, Hungary twice more took the lead through Balasz Dzsudzsak only for Ronaldo (who else?) to draw Portugal level on both occasions, entering the record books as the first man to ever score at four European Championship finals.

Since then, they have met twice more in qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.

Ronaldo scored twice in a 3-0 Portugal win in Lisbon and Silva netted the only goal in the return fixture in Budapest.

In fact, Portugal have never lost to Hungary with nine victories and four draws.

Aside from Euro 2016, their only other meeting in a major tournament came at the 1966 World Cup at Old Trafford when Jose Augusto scored twice in a 3- success.

Inspired by the legendary Eusebio, Portugal went onto reach the semi-finals that year.

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Hungary vs Portugal Portugal First Half Asian Handicap -0.75 @ 2.81
June 16, 00:00 (GMT+8)

The SBOTOP Euro 2020 betting odds back Portugal and so do I.

I expect them to lead from start to finish.

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Euro 2020: Patrik Too Hot for the Scots

Scotland 0-2 Czech Republic

The Czech Republic beat Scotland 2-0 to go top of Group D, thanks to a wonderful double from striker Patrik Schick.

The Bayer Leverkusen man headed the Czechs into a first-half lead and then added a spectacular second from almost 50 yards to close the deal. Euro 2020: Scotland vs Czech Republic has been a long time coming for the Tartan Army which has endured 23 years of major competitions without their heroes making an appearance. And their team battled bravely throughout but simply couldn’t break the Czechs down.

The Scotland vs Czech Republic betting odds pitched the visitors at odds of 2.55 to win and they were good value for the three points as the excellent Schick put their hosts to the sword.

Highlights of the game

The Hampden crowd made it sound like there were a lot more than 12,000 in the ground as the game kicked off and it was a lively opening half, every Scottish move roared on by their fans. And they were on their feet to salute their goalkeeper David Marshall who made an outstanding save to keep the scores level. Czech skipper Vladimir Darida fed Schick and his well-struck effort was pushed round the post by the veteran stopper.

When the corner swung over Jakub Jankto met it the first time but blasted over, and then it was Scotland’s turn to attack. On one of his trademark surges down the left-wing Andy Robertson left Vladimir Coufal in his wake before crossing for Lyndon Dykes and the QPR striker fired wide of the near post. Then Ryan Christie did well to slide in Robertson and the Scotland skipper tried to place his shot, but his effort was tipped over by Czech keeper Tomas Vaclik.

Scotland withstood a succession of Czech corners and looked like they’d head in for halftime level, but then Schick struck on 42 minutes. After yet another corner was cleared the ball was recycled and Coufal raced to the bi-line before standing up a perfect cross for Schick to power his header home for his 11th international goal.

Marshall was busy at the start of the second half, making two strong saves to deny Schick and then Darida. Scotland responded and Jack Hendry was a fraction away from scoring his second international goal when he latched on to a clearance and chipped an effort onto the top of the crossbar. Then Vaclik had to make a desperate save to prevent an own goal from Tomas Kalas who’s attempted clearance looped dangerously towards the Czech goal.

But the good work that Scotland were doing was undone again by a moment of genius from Schick. Hendry pondered on the halfway line and lost the ball to the Leverkusen man who looked up and planted a peach of a shot, over the back-peddling Marshall and into the net.

Euro 2020: Scotland drop points in Group D following a 2-0 defeat to Czech Republic

Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall conceded two goals during their match against Czech Republic

Scotland battled on bravely and Stuart Armstrong had a shot deflected over and then Vaclik saved well with his boot to deny Dykes. Scott McTominay volleyed an effort over the bar, but the Czechs continued to press for a third and Marshall stayed big to deny Schick a hat-trick, before making a great save to keep out an effort from Burnley’s Matej Vydra.

Key statistics

The visitors have gone ahead by five to four in the head to head Scotland vs Czech Republic results, beating Scotland for the first time in five meetings and ending the Scots’ five-match unbeaten run.

At 49.7 yards, Schick’s second is the longest range goal on record at the European Championships.

And at 36 years and 101 days Marshall is the second oldest player to appear at a major tournament for Wales (after 39-year-old keeper Jim Leighton in the 1988 World Cup), but had he been 26 Marshall still wouldn’t have reached Schick’s wonder goal!

What’s next?

Well, if this was a special occasion for Scotland fans, they have the biggest game in a generation on Friday night when they face the Auld Enemy at Wembley Stadium, and you can get all the build-up and the best odds here at SBOTOP.

The Three Lions started with an impressive 1-0 win over Croatia and are alongside France as the tournament favourites, and there’s nothing the Scots would love more than to give the English a bloody nose. And then Steve Clarke takes his team back to Hampden Park to face Croatia and Real Madrid star Luka Modric.

The Czechs face Croatia on Friday, and then they conclude their group matches next Tuesday against England.

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Euro 2020: Super Slovaks Heap Pressure on Poland

Poland 1-2 Slovakia

Group E of Euro 2020 got underway at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Monday night as un-fancied Slovakia beat Poland, and Robert Lewandowski, 2-1.

The Slovaks went ahead thanks to a Wojciech Szczesny own goal before Poland pegged them back at the start of the second half when Karol Linetty slotted home the equaliser. But when they went down to ten men with half an hour remaining, the Poles became stretched and Milan Skriniar fired home the winner on 69 minutes.

Highlights of the game

Slovakia came into the game unbeaten in five and they went in to half time with a deserved lead as Poland seemed oddly content to sit back and let the underdogs take a foothold in the game. And they had a superb effort on 14 minutes when Ondrej Duda picked up the ball on the left wing and cut inside before unleashing a shot which skidded agonisingly wide.

Captained by the inspirational Marek Hamsik, Slovakia continued to push and they got their reward, on 18 minutes, thanks to a brilliant piece of play from wide man Robert Mak. He jinked his way into the penalty area, skipped past two Poland defenders and then beat Wojciech Szczesny at his near post…well almost. The ball cannoned back off the foot of the post, hit the Polish keeper on his arm and bounced back into the net. We’d like to give the goal to Mak but it was Szczesny’s own goal!

And, moments later, the Polish stopper had to be on this toes to tip over a shot when Juraj Kucka hit one sweetly from distance. With just ten minutes remaining until half time, Poland finally came to life when Grzegorz Krychowiak let fly with a shot which flew inches over Martin Dubravka’s bar; and then Robert Lewandowski finally had an attempt. At odds of 20.00 to win the Golden Boot, Lewandowski looks like good value, but only if Poland make it through the group stages and only if he gets decent service. But for most part he struggled today and he fired this rare attempt wide after meeting a cross from Maciej Ryba.

Poland head coach Paulo Sousa had a job to do at half time; the Poland vs Slovakia betting odds said his side should win the game at a canter but they were miles off in the opening 45. Well, whatever he said had an immediate impact as his side drew level in the first move of the second half. Rybus was again the supplier, sending in a low cross into the danger area to give Karol Linetty a tap in.

But just as Poland were beginning to grab hold of the game and push for a winner their task was made doubly hard. On a yellow card already, Krychowiak clattered into Jakub Hromada and the referee reached for his cards again, before brandishing a red. And that turned the game on its head. When Poland failed to clear a corner and the ball fell to Skriniar, the Inter Milan defender fired low and true into the bottom left corner to restore Slovakia’s lead.

Poland almost levelled when a corner was fired across the six yard box, but the ball just evaded three strikers, including Lewandowski who mistimed his jump. And in the dying seconds Karol Swiderski took a lay off from Lewandowski, swivelled and shot but Dubravka saved to keep hold of all three points.

Euro 2020: Grzegorz Krychowiak receives a red card in Poland's 1-2 defeat against Slovakia

Referee shows red card to Poland’s Grzegorz Krychowiak

Key statistics

At the half way stage Poland had enjoyed 60 per cent possession but hadn’t managed a single shot on target while Slovakia had one.

They tried to turn it round with a much brighter second half performance, eventually having three shots on target to Slovakia’s two, and 17 to 11 in total; but when they went down to ten men Poland struggled to keep shape and paid the price.

Slovakia, who are now unbeaten in six games, deserve the credit and the victory.

What’s next?

The SBOTOP Euro 2020 action keeps on coming with Spain and Sweden opening their Group E campaign next. And as the Euro 2020 results keep rolling in and the groups begin to take shape the tension will mount. The pressure is piling high on Poland who need to find a win from somewhere, and neither Sweden nor Spain will be an easy opponent.

Poland face Luis Enrique’s Spain on Saturday and a defeat then could spell the end of their campaign. Slovakia, on the other hand, have given themselves a great chance of qualifying for the knockout phase and they will meet Sweden on Friday, full of confidence.

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Euro 2020: Swedes Make Point In Spanish Stalemate

Spain 0-0 Sweden

The chances came and the chances went in this Group E opener at Euro 2020 between two nations renewing acquaintances.

A clash between Scandinavians and hosts who, as the fourth official signalled six minutes of stoppage time, had dominated with 84-per cent possession.

The scene was set for a hero to deliver, to break down the solid Yellow Wall, and the SBOTOP Euro 2020 betting odds backed Spain all the way.

Yet in the sweltering heat of Sevilla, the spirited Swedes – a dogged nation stronger collectively than individually – refused to be breached.

Highlights of the game

Sweden held Spain into a goalless draw during the opening game of Group F in Euro 2020

Sweden fans cheered their nation team after a goalless draw match in Euro 2020

Home coach Luis Enrique, who was refusing to use the COVID-19 chaos which has engulfed the squad act as an excuse, sprang a few surprises with Barcelona youngster Pedri starting and Dani Olmo given the nod in attack ahead of Gerard Moreno who scored 30 goals for Villarreal this season.

Captain Sergio Busquets had already been ruled out due to a positive coronavirus test that meant he was still self-isolating.

Leeds defender Diego Llorente, who recorded a false positive and has since rejoined the group, was named on the bench.

Sweden, captained by former Arsenal, Birmingham, Hull, and Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson, were without youngsters Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg, who had also received positive COVID-19 tests. Meanwhile, Marcus Berg partnered youngster Alexander Isak in attack.

A confident home start saw Spain control possession from the off and the first of many Euro 2020 highlights saw Robin Olsen keep out Olmo’s close range header.

Koke then saw an effort fly narrowly wide before the same player blazed high when he should have hit the target.

A rare error from defender Marcus Danielson let in Alvaro Morata shortly afterwards but the one-time Chelsea man rifled the ball wide.

Spanish profligacy nearly came back to haunt them moments later as an Isak shot deflected off Marcos Llorente onto the post and rebounded into the arms of goalkeeper Unai Simon.

Morata went close at the start of the second period before Sweden again threatened on the hour.

Isak showed superb feet to keep the ball despite the close attentions of three defenders and found strike partner Berg who blazed over under pressure when he really should have scored.

That rare attack aside, the home dominance continued but Sweden held firm and when Olsen got in the way of a header from sub Moreno, they had their hard-earned point – a victory for resilience and commitment.

Big on discipline, coach Janne Andersson has been a huge success since taking over in 2016.

During the World Cup in 2018, Sweden even had specific hotdog buns and Andersson’s favourite cucumber condiment flown in from his homeland to meet his culinary cravings.

His attention to detail on and off the pitch is acknowledged and seemingly paying dividends.

This was another milestone.

Key statistics

Pedri became the youngest Spanish player to appear in a major tournament (18 years, 201 days) surpassing Cesc Fabregas vs Ukraine at the 2006 World Cup (19 years, 41 days).

Spain have won only one of their last six opening matches at a major tournament, a 1-0 win over Czech Republic at Euro 2016.

Before tonight, Sweden’s only draw away to Spain came in Bilbao, in a friendly international in November 1953.

This was the fourth meeting between Spain and Sweden at a major tournament. Spain won 2-1 at Euro 2008 and 1-0 at the 1978 World Cup. Sweden won the first meeting between the two sides at a finals – a 3-1 triumph at the 1950 World Cup.

Sweden have lost six of their last nine European Championships matches (W1, D2), with their only win coming against France in 2012.

Sweden last made the knockout stages in 2004 before losing a penalty shootout to the Netherlands.

What’s next?

Spain welcome Poland to Sevilla on Saturday night (June 19) for their next Group E encounter.

Sweden are in action a day earlier as they play Slovakia in the Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg.

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Euro 2020: Home Comforts and Optimism Abound In Eternal City

Italy vs Switzerland

Euro 2020 has really taken off and Italy are one of the nations which have impressed the most.

They opened the tournament in style on Friday night and showed a glimpse of their full potential in a dominant second half showing to see off Turkey.

Now their next challenge awaits and victory will secure a place in the last 16.

Standing in their way in the Stadio Olimpico is a Switzerland team which probably should also have won their opening encounter before Wales goalkeeper Danny Ward made several smart saves to preserve a point.

So as they prepare to meet for the first time in a decade and for the very first time in a European Championship, can we expect midweek Euro 2020 highlights in Rome?

Talking Points

Switzerland's Mario Gavranovic celebrates after his side held Wales into a 1-1 draw

Switzerland’s Mario Gavranovic celebrates scoring a goal that is later disallowed by VAR

Let’s start with the Azzurri who look like they will be without Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi, although team doctor Andrea Ferretti suggests they are close to recovering.

Verratti sustained a knee injury with PSG at the end of the season and missed the debut game at Euro 2020 against Turkey.

Meanwhile, Florenzi started the Stadio Olimpico clash on Friday but was replaced during the halftime break with a calf injury.

If that second half showing can become a regular occurrence, then maybe Roberto Mancini’s resurgent side will become genuine contenders to win the European Championship for the first time since 1968.

It is a collective effort too. There are 10 different Serie A clubs represented – 12 clubs overall when Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are included – and no one club truly dominates.

At the same time off the pitch, three veterans of the greatest moment in Sampdoria history are masterminding the Azzurri’s Euro 2020 challenge: chief delegate Gianluca Vialli, assistant coach Atillo Lombardo, and coach Roberto Mancini.

There is a real buzz in the “Eternal City” where the authorities have laid on a programme of events, including shows tracing the history of Italy in the Euros.

Certainly, playing in front of their own fans is a distinct advantage and in defence, goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has played seven consecutive Italy games without conceding a goal.

At the other end of the pitch, if Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne, and others are as clinical and relentless as they were on opening night, they will surely prove too strong for Switzerland.

Not that the Swiss will be brushed aside easily.

I have seen Switzerland mix it with the best sides of late and they came within minutes of beating Spain as recently as last November.

They were also on the way to a valuable first win in Baku on Saturday following Breel Embolo’s goal against Wales, only to be pegged back by Kieffer Moore’s header 16 minutes from time.

Vladimir Petkovic and his men will no doubt have one eye firmly fixed on the key clash between Turkey and Wales in Azerbaijan just before taking to the pitch in Rome.

A draw in that one will surely be the result they are looking for before they meet Turkey again in Baku in their final group game.

There’s plenty to play for in Rome for both sides.

History

In total, Italy have won 28 of their meetings and there have been 22 draws.

The Swiss have tasted success on seven occasions but not since 1993 when, managed by the recently retired Roy Hodgson, they won 1-0 in Berne courtesy of a Marc Hottiger goal.

That was in a qualifier for the 1994 World Cup which both nations reached with Italy reaching the final where they were beaten by Brazil in a dramatic penalty shootout.

Most of the matches have been friendly encounters ever since their first meeting – a 2-2 draw – in 1911.

Their last competitive clash was in 1999, a goalless draw in a Euro 2020 qualifier in Lausanne.

Betting Tip

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Italy vs Switzerland Total Goals 2-3 @ 1.84
June 17, 03:00 (GMT+8)

The SBOTOP Euro 2020 betting odds make Italy overwhelming favourites.

The 1X2 odds on the hosts are @ 1.62 with the Swiss @ 5.40. The draw @ 3.60 will have a certain appeal for many.

Asian Handicap odds are similarly in favour of Mancini’s men -1.00 @ 2.19 and Switzerland +0.50 @ 2.42.

Over 2.50 goals is available @ 2.36, while a re-run of their last meeting – a 1-1 friendly draw in 2010 – is on offer @ 6.80 with Correct Score.

After so many consecutive clean sheets, perhaps Italy will keep it tight and total goal 0-1 will earn you a pay day @ 2.53. But I think there may be a few more goals than that though.

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Euro 2020: Netherlands and Austria Battle for Group C Supremacy

Netherlands vs Austria

The Netherlands and Austria are both in good shape to go through from Group C after winning their opening Euro 2020 matches.

After surrendering a two-goal lead, the Dutch needed a dramatic late winner in their tough opener against Ukraine. Meanwhile, Austria picked up their first-ever Euros win at debutant North Macedonia’s expense.

The two teams now collide in their second match with Group C supremacy very much up for grabs. The Euro 2020 betting odds have the Dutch as significant favourites to win, but after showing some defensive issues against Ukraine, Austria should not be afraid to go and attack the Oranje.

Talking Points

Dutch delight at the expense of defence 

The Netherlands made a stirring return to the Euros with a 3-2 win over an up-and-coming Ukraine side, which was arguably the most entertaining match of the tournament to date. 

It was the Oranje’s first win in a major international tournament since beating Brazil in the third-place game of the 2014 World Cup and their first win at the European Championships since 2008.

Netherlands coach Frank de Boer was almost spot-on with his bold prediction that the Dutch would beat Ukraine 3-1. He had also predicted a 2-1 win over Austria and a 3-0 victory over North Macedonia in the group stage.

Despite not having the world-class attacking talent of years past, the Dutch looked dynamic going forward as they finished with 15 shots, seven of which were on target. 

New PSG signing Gini Wijnaldum – who has a habit of popping up with big goals in big games – was excellent as he had a goal on five shots, while Memphis Depay and Wout Weghorst looked quite effective as a strike partnership. Weghorst has now scored in each of his last two appearances for his country.

However, the Oranje’s aggressiveness on offence meant they were quite vulnerable defensively. They also weren’t helped by the absence of star centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, who is still recovering from a groin injury. Teenager Jurrien Timber was handed a surprising start as a result.

Although, de Boer expects de Ligt to return against Austria, which should be a major boost for the Dutch defence.

Austria’s Arnautovic makes presence felt

Austria finally ended their long wait for their first-ever win at the Euros as they dispatched North Macedonia 3-1. Stefan Lainer scored the opener on 18 minutes, while substitutes Michael Gregoritsch and Marko Arnautovic supplied the decisive goals after Goran Pandev equalised.

Can Austria sweep a win under Group C favourites Netherlands in upcoming Euro 2020 encounter?

Marko Arnautovic celebrates scoring Austria’s third goal against North Macedonia at the National Arena

Arnautovic’s celebration after his late goal has made the wrong kind of Euro 2020 news, but the veteran striker has nevertheless shown the value he still has on this side. The 32-year-old is by far the country’s most proven active goalscorer with 27 goals in 89 international caps.

Austria manager Franco Foda opted to start promising young stars Sasa Kalajdzic and Christophe Baumgartner over Gregoritsch and Arnautovic against North Macedonia. But after the youngsters disappointed with just one shot each, Foda could decide to make some changes up front against the Netherlands.

Foda also opted to start superstar David Alaba in the centre of a back three. However, the new Real Madrid man eventually moved further forward as they went in search of a winner and set up Gregoritsch’s goal. 

Alaba will likely start in defence once again to help negate the dangerous Dutch forwards, but his role will change depending on the situation.

History

The Netherlands and Austria have squared off 18 times in total. The Dutch have the slight 8-6 advantage over Austria in terms of wins, with four draws.

However, the Dutch have dominated this matchup in recent years. The Oranje have won each of their last six matches against the Austrians. Their most recent meeting was in 20016, when the Dutch won 2-0. Gini Wijnaldum was one of the scorers in that match.

Betting Tip 

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Netherlands vs Austria Austria Asian Handicap +1.00 @ 1.90
June 18, 3:00(GMT+8)

SBOTOP odds have the Netherlands priced as significant 1.58 favourites to beat Austria, who are a mere 5.20. Meanwhile, a draw is 3.95.

It’s understandable to see why the Oranje are such a big favourite. They looked quite impressive offensively against Ukraine, and their best defender is about to return.

However, de Boer showed why there are so many doubts about him as a manager. His team did not look all that disciplined in defence, which is partly why they gave up their two-goal lead.

That is why I am slightly leaning toward Austria to pull off a positive result against the Dutch. A draw would also be a great outcome for both sides, so it would not at all be surprising if they settled for a point.

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Euro 2020: Emotionally-Drained Denmark Have to Bring Their A-Game Versus Belgium

Denmark vs Belgium

Days after their emotional first game against Finland, Denmark will prepare for a big battle ahead when they’ll take on Belgium next.

This upcoming Euro 2020 match is considered a must-win for the Danes regardless of their emotional state since they are in danger of missing a knockout stage spot given their place in the standings.

With the loss to Finland, Denmark have zero points and are placed third in Group B. Meanwhile, their opponents in Belgium are at the top after dominating Russia.

Other than the high stakes involved, this fixture should bring a lot of excitement given the players who are expected to create numerous Euro 2020 highlights.

Romelu Lukaku will feature heavily in Belgium’s attack and Denmark’s backline are going to be in for a long night in trying to stop him.

As for the Danes, they certainly have the players who can give Belgium problems and they will be forced to step up given the absence of Christian Eriksen, whose run in the tournament is over.

Talking Points

Denmark to pay tribute to their warrior

Football has taken a backseat for the Danes, and understandably so given what has happened to one of their top players in Christian Eriksen.

It was a distressing event to say the least, not only for Denmark and Christian Eriksen’s family, but to all football fans across the globe because the 29-year-old fainted on to the pitch out of nowhere.

Denmark’s team doctor confirmed that Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest and that he was close to “being gone”. However, kudos to the medical staff and to everyone who helped revive him back to life.

Team captain Simon Kjaer has been getting plaudits for his heroic actions during the scare, which includes shielding Christian Eriksen away from TV cameras and consoling his wife Sabrina Kvist Jensen during the ordeal.

Denmark are determined to rise from their third place in Group B rankings in upcoming Euro 2020 battle against Belgium

Simon Kjaer looks on during Denmark’s Group B match with Finland at the Parken Stadium

The Inter Milan midfielder is now resting in a hospital bed and he is in good spirits. Eriksen vowed that he’ll come back stronger than ever. But for now, the Danes will have to figure out on how to continue without him.

With Eriksen out, there needs to be a collective effort from everyone. Thomas Delaney and Pierre-Emile Holjberg will be tasked to hold down the midfield while Yussuf Poulsen and Martin Braithwaite should be aggressive in chasing goals.

Roberto Martinez to dig deep in Belgium’s depth

Head coach Roberto Martinez is expected to tweak his starting lineup due to some injury updates.

Leicester City full-back Timothy Castagne is expected to be out for this tournament due to an eye injury he suffered against Russia which should open more opportunities for Dedryck Boyata and Jason Denayer.

Kevin De Bruyne, Axel Witsel, and Jan Vertonghen are all considered doubts. And should they come in fit for this game, it would be a huge boost for the Red Devils.

But at the end of the day, Belgium’s fate lies on the big shoulders of Romelu Lukaku. He is, after all, one of the best strikers in world football and he’ll look to add to his tally in this competition.

History

Denmark and Belgium have been pretty much even when looking at their head-to-head record.

In their 15 games against each other, both teams have gathered six victories along with three draws.

These two sides last met during the UEFA Nations League last November to where we were treated to an attacking masterclass by Roberto Martinez’s side. 

Youri Tielemans, Kevin De Bruyne, and Romelu Lukaku scored for the Red Devils, while the Danes benefitted from a goal by Jonas Wind and an own goal from Nacer Chadli. 

Betting Tip

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Denmark vs Belgium Belgium Asian Handicap -0.25 @ 1.73
June 18, 00:00 (GMT+8)

The Euro 2020 odds here at SBOTOP have Belgium installed as the team who should win this Thursday, albeit via a slim margin.

The Red Devils are priced to win at 2.06, whereas Denmark are pegged at 3.65 and a draw is at 3.15 in the 1×2 market.

Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand faces a tall order in trying to keep his wards’ emotions in check and it remains to be seen on how they’ll respond against the No. 1 country in the world.

Belgium, on the other hand, are top-ranked for a reason and they’ll remind everyone as to why that’s the case. Roberto Martinez and his crew are certain to capitalise by scoring a bunch of goals.

A SHORT EXPLANATION ON HOW OUR (??) BETS ARE WORTH:
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Disclaimer: Odds are correct at time of publish.

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