Euro 2020 Match Previews

18.06.2021

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Denmark vs Belgium

Thursday

Group B – Parken Stadium, Copenhagen

Denmark come into this one under such strange circumstances after what happened to Christian Eriksen, but they have to somehow find focus on this game. The good news is that the midfielder is stable and looks to be recovering well, but it won’t be easy for the players to continue on after everything that’s happened. They have a good team that can cause Belgium problems, but it’ll be down to how the players are feeling.

 

Belgium were emphatic in their opening game against Russia, running out comfortable 3-0 winners with Romelu Lukaku grabbing a brace. They should be favourites here too and a win would more than likely guarantee qualification through to the last 16. Kevin De Bruyne is fit again and should be available to start in this one. They have a strong team, even without the likes of Eden Hazard, and they should be a team that is capable of winning Euro 2020, although defensively there are still questions.

 

Netherlands vs Austria

Thursday

Group C – Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam

The Netherlands no doubt had the most entertaining game of Euro 2020 so far when they beat Ukraine 3-2. It looked comfortable once they went 2-0 up, but two quick goals from Ukraine meant that Netherlands had to show some grit and grab a winner. The team performed better than expected as they looked a real danger going forward, but they do still lack a cutting edge as they should have ran away easy winners. They’ll fancy this one against Austria and it should be another entertaining encounter.

 

Austria got off to a winning start also with a 3-1 win against North Macedonia. Marko Arnautovic grabbed the 3rd off the bench, but he will be suspended for this one after insulting a player during his celebration. It wasn’t a great performance from Austria, but they looked more dangerous once David Alaba changed to a wider position after he started at centre back. The team should be able to cause Netherlands issues and it could go either way in this one.

 

Sweden vs Slovakia

Friday

Group E – Gazprom Arena, Saint Petersburg

Sweden fought to earn a draw against Spain last time out, and it could be a hugely important point if they are to win here. The team didn’t create much going forward, but defensively they kept the Spanish at bay despite Spain having over 80% possession in the game. Striker Alexander Isak looked a real handful whenever he was on the ball, and he should have more chances here to open his goal scoring. It should be a game that Sweden looks to take maximum points from.

 

Slovakia’s well earned 2-1 win against Poland has seen them top Group E after the opening games. The team showed that they aren’t here just to make up the numbers and their performance was worthy of the victory. They should be confident that they can get a win against Sweden and should they do that, they will be through to the last 16 which will be some achievement for the country. Marek Hamsik will be the one relied upon to create chances for the side, but they do have quality among their ranks.

 

 

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