In the headliner of the 9th round of the Premier League, Manchester United hosts Liverpool at Old Trafford. The two teams are separated in the league table by 4 points and 4 places before Sunday’s clash.

The objective for both of teams is simply, victory. Liverpool has to stay close to Chelsea. The Reds are just one point behind the leader, but the Blues have an easy mission at home with last place, Norwich. Liverpool comes after an easy victory in the previous round away with Watford. In the Champions League they won against  Atletico Madrid 2-3, after a challenging game.

United cannot afford anything but a victory if they are to keep up with the top 5 teams. After a good start, they have only earned 1 point in the last three rounds in the league. Another negative result means the beginning of a crisis. Still the Red Devils have good morale after Wednesday’s comeback from 0-2 to 3-2 in the Champions League against Atalanta.

The absent players for United are Raphael Varane and Armand Diallo. Liverpool is missing Harvey Elliot and Curtis Jones.

The probable line-ups are:

Manchester (4-2-3-1): De Gea - Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw - McTominay, Pogba - Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford - Ronaldo

Liverpool (4-3-3):
Alisson - Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson - Henderson, Fabinho, Milner - Salah, Firmino, Mane

Although Manchester United’s confidence will be high after their Champions League performance, Liverpool is a tough opponent. They are undefeated in their last 18 games in the Premier League. Facing the fragile defence of United, which conceded 9 goals in the last 5 games, Liverpool is expected to score more than once. The Reds have scored at least three goals in all seven of their away matches this season.

Prediction:  Liverpool win.

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AC Milan travels to Bologna’s Renato Dall'Ara Stadium for the 9th round of Serie A. This match is a tricky one for the Rossoneri as they enter the match after a disappointing defeat at Porto (1-0) earlier this week in the Champions League. Meanwhile, their opponents beat Lazio (3-0) in their last home game.

In an excellent start with 7 victories and 1 draw in 8 rounds, Milan stands just two points behind the leader Napoli and dreams about their first title in 10 years. Last week in Serie A, Milan managed to comeback from 2 goals down against Hellas Verona, which is offering them a spark of optimism after their poor go in the Champions League.

Bologna are in 8th place in the table this season with an inconsistent campaign so far. After their encouraging victory with Lazio, they only managed to draw 1-1 at Udinese. However, being unbeaten in their last four games at home, Bologna might prove a hard nut to crack for Milan.

Bologna is missing just 2 players for the match (Bonifazi K. and Michael K.) whereas Milan has a worrying number of 8 players (Diaz B., Florenzi A., Hernandez T., Maignan M., Messias J., Plizzari A., Rebic A.).

The probable line-ups are:

Bologna (3-4-3): Skorupski - Soumaoro, Medel, Theate - Silvestri, Dominguez, Svanberg, Hickey - Soriano, Barrow; Arnautovic

AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Tatarusanu - Calabria, Tomori, Romagnoli, Ballo-Toure - Bennacer, Kessie - Saelemaekers, Krunic, Leao - Giroud

In four of their last five meetings between Milan and Bologna they’ve scored over 2.5 goals. Moreover, in four of Bologna's last five games, we have seen at least three goals. In Milan’s four over the last 5 matches there were over 2.5 goals scored.

Prediction:  Over 2.5 goals

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In the third round of the Champions League, Benfica hosts Bayern Munich at Estádio da Luz. The two teams hold the first two spots in the group and are separated by two points.

In the last round, Benfica won against Barcelona 3-0 at home after an impressive match. Benfica hold the #1 spot in the Primeira League, the top flight of Portuguese football. They have an almost perfect record with 7 victories in 8 games. Their only defeat was in the previous round at home with Portimonense (0-1). In the Portuguese Cup (Taça de Portugal) Benfica won on Saturday against Trofense after extra-time.

In the Champions League Bayern won the first two rounds scoring an impressive 8 goals against Barcelona and Dynamo Kiev. In the Bundesliga, Bayern are in first position, having won 6 out of the 8 rounds, and only losing and drawing once.

Benfica are missing 2 players (Seferovic and Lazaro) whereas Bayern are missing 3 men (Ulreich, Davies and Goretzka).

The probable line-ups are:

Benfica (3-4-3): Vlachodimos - Verissimo, Otamendi, Vertonghen - Gilberto, Weigl, Mario, Grimaldo - Silva, Yaremchuk, Nunez

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer - Pavard, Sule, Upamecano, Hernandez - Kimmich, Sabitzer - Sane, Muller, Gnabry - Lewandowski

Although Benfica have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 matches in the Champions League, Bayern have won 21 of their last 23 matches in the competition. Our prediction is Bayern to win.

Prediction:  Bayern Win

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AC Milan faces Porto today at Estadio do Dragao in a desperate search for their first win. Both teams lost in the last round so for both teams it’ll be one of their chances to reach the knockout phase of the competition.  

In the domestic league, Porto won 6 out of the last 8 games and stands just 1 point behind the leader Benfica. The humiliating 1-5 loss against Liverpool in the Champions League is their only defeat at home this season.

Milan have won the last 4 games in Serie A and are also very close to the leader Napoli, 2 points behind. In the last round, Rossoneri battled back from 2-0 down to beat Verona 3-2. However, their impressive campaign from the domestic league is shadowed by the mediocre one in Champions League where they’ve lost their last 4 matches.

Player news is not great for Milan which are missing 8 players: Bakayoko, Rebic, Florenzi, Maignan, Kessié, Mirante, Hernández, Díaz. On the other side of the pitch, Porto has only one absence - Esteves.

The probable line-ups are:

Porto (4-4-2): Marchesin - Corona, Pepe, Marcano, Sanusi - Otavio, Oliveira, Uribe, Diaz - Martinez, Taremi

AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Tatarusanu - Calabria, Tomori, Kjaer, Ballo-Toure - Bennacer, Tonali - Saelemaekers, Krunic, Leao - Giroud

In the last 3 of Milan’s games in the Champions League, they’ve scored over 2.5 goals. Porto scored 7 goals in their last 2 games. Therefore we expect to see plenty of goals tonight.

Prediction: Over 2.5 goals

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In the Spanish La Liga’s derby, Barcelona hosts Valencia at Camp now on Sunday. The match is expected to be very balanced with the two teams sharing the same number of points 12, only being separated in the league’s table by the total scored goals.

Barcelona lost the last two games, 2-0 at Atletico Madrid in the domestic competition and 3-0 at Benfica Lisbon in Champions League, continuing their disastrous route with just one victory in the last six games. Moreover, the Catalans won just once at home in the past three appearances.

Valencia doesn’t stand any better either, having won just one of the last 5 games, over one month ago at Osasuna. On the bright side, Valencia remained unbeaten in 13 of their previous 17 fixtures after the last round draw 0-0 at Cadiz.

Barcelona is missing 5 players: Martin Braithwaite, Ronald Araujo, Pedri, Ousmane Dembélé, Sergio Agüero. On the other side Valencia only misses Omar Alderete and Cristiano Piccini.

The probable line-ups are:

Barcelona (4-3-3): Stegen – Alba, Garcia, Pique, Dest – Gavi, Busquets, Jong – Depay, Jong, Fati

Valencia (4-4-2): Cillessen – Correia, Paulista, Diakhaby, Lato – Soler, Wass, Guillamon, Duro – Guedez, Gomez

The last class between the two teams ended with a 2-3 victory for the Catalans. Five of the former six clashes had three or more goals. Therefore we expect to see plenty of goals in Sundays’ derby.

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Prediction: Over 2.5 goals




Champions of Italian football, Inter Milan, travel to Rome for the 8th round derby in Serie A. Nerazzurri hope to extend their record of seven unbeaten games at Stadio Olimpico against their old rival Lazio.

In Serie A, Inter earned 17 points in 7 rounds and scored 22 goals so far- the most since 1950! Although having scored just once in 2 games and gaining only 1 point in the Champions League, Inter’s morale is high. In the last game they managed to turn around the result and win at Sassuolo after a 78’ goal.

Inter’s coach Simone Inzaghi returns at Olimpico, his former home for many years, after winning the Scudetto with the Nerazzurri. Rest assured he will receive a hostile welcome from Lazio’s tifosi.

Lazio stand 6 points and three places below their rivals in the league table. The home team line-up is missing a couple of key players: Acerbi, Zaccagni, Adekanye and Immobile. Although winning their last two home games against AS Rome (3-2) and Lokomotiv Moskow (2-0), Biancocelesti suffered a humiliation in the last round losing 3-0 at Bolognia.

Probable line-ups:

Lazio (4-3-3): Reina - Marusic, Felipe, Patric, Hysaj - Alberto, Milinkovic-Savic, Leiva - Pedro, Immobile, Anderson

Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic - Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni - Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Perisic - Martinez, Dzeko

Lazio are unbeaten in their last 16 home matches in the Italian top flight (winning 14). Although Inter looks like the better team at the moment, it won’t be easy to break Lazio. The Aquile have won only two of their last 10 Serie A matches against Inter. We expect a tight and tense match.

Prediction: Under 2.5 Goals

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Spain and France meet on Sunday evening at San Siro in Milan for the final stage of the UEFA Nations League competition in front of 80,000 fans.

Although both France and Spain are two of the most successful and titled European teams, they both come after unsatisfactory results in the last major tournament Euro 2020, which took place this summer. Acceding to the final stage of Nations League gives them a good chance to make up for it in front of the fans. Certainly, the continental trophy is much desired by both sides.

In the semi-finals the two teams had an opposite evolution but they both managed to secure a victory with emotions. Spain controlled much of the game against Italy after the early 17’ goal. After Bonucci’s 42’ red card and Ferran Torres 45+1’ goal things became clear. However the 83’ goal scored by Pellegrini raised the tension for the last 10’.

On the opposite, France was led by 2 goals at half time by Belgium and few people had believed in a comeback. But the 2 goals scored in 6 minutes by Benzema and Mbappe brought them back in the game. After Lukaku’s cancelled goal (87’) with a VAR decision, Hernandez brought the victory in the last minute of the regular time.

The probable line-ups are:

Spain (4-4-2): Simon - Azpilicueta, Laporte, P. Torres, Alonso - Koke, Busquets, Gavi - Sarabia, Torres, Oyarzabal

France (3-4-1-2): Lloris - Kounde, Varane, L. Hernandez - Pavard, Pogba, Tchouameni, T. Hernandez – Griezmann- Mbappe, Benzema

The Nations League Final is expected to be a very balanced game where both sides are eager to win. Although is to close too call, we expect both team to score.

Prediction: Both Teams to Score

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In the second semi-final of UEFA Nations Cup, Belgium meets France at Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy. Both teams are eager to win the competition after a disappointing campaign at the Euro 2020 this summer. Belgium lost the quarter-final match against the trophy winner Italy (2-1). France did not even manage to pass the Round 16 after losing at penalties against Switzerland.

Earlier in the competition, the Red Devils won Group A2 with 5 victories and just 1 defeat, having Romeo Lukaku as a top scorer with 5 goals. The ‘Les Bleus’ won Group A3 with an even better performance: 5 victories and 1 draw. Their best scorer in the competition so far is Olivier Giroud with 3 goals.

In the World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers Belgium claimed three victories from three with Estonia (5-2), the Czech Republic (3-0) and Belarus (1-0). France had a not so convincing campaign with two 1-1 draws against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ukraine, and just one victory with Finland at home (2-0). Antoine Griezmann scored both and is one player to be watched. The Atletico Madrid’s star is now ahead of Zinedine Zidane, as all-time scorers for the French squad.

The all-time head-to-head records between the two teams, including friendly games, show that France won 25, Belgium won 30 and 19 ended in a draw.

The probable line-ups are:

Belgium (3-4-2-1): Courtois - Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen - Castagne, Witsel, Tielemans, Carrasco - E. Hazard, De Bruyne - Lukaku

France (4-3-1-2): Lloris - Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez - Rabiot, Pogba, Tchouameni – Griezmann - Mbappe, Benzema

France has just ended a worrying run of five matches without a victory across all competitions whereas Belgium has eight wins from their last nine in all tournaments. With the missing of Chelsea’s defender N'Golo Kanté and the great shape of Lukaku it will be hard for the French defence to get away without one or more goals. Therefore we expect Belgium to win and enter the final of Nations League.

Prediction: Belgium to Win

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Nations League returns this week with the last two phases of the competition which take place in Italy. Tonight, hosts Italy meet Spain in the first semi-final at Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) in Milano.

Luis Enrique’s squad is seeking a revenge over Italy after their European Championship 2020 semi-final defeat 4-2 at penalties (1-1 after 90’) earlier in July. This is the 39th episode of the Spanish-Italian encounter, including friendly matches. Both teams have won 11 games and drew 16 times - the balance between the two is perfectly equal. Still, Italy scored 44 goals, 3 more than Spain in their direct games.

Previously in the competition Spain won 3 games, had a draw in 2 and lost 1, finishing 1st in League A Group 4. Italy went 6 games unbeaten with 3 wins and 3 draws n League A Group 1. Spain’s top scorer so far is Ferran Torres with 4 goals while Domenico Berardi scored twice for Italy.

But the last matches in the Nations League took place in November 2020. Since then, the Euro 2020 took place this summer and the first rounds of the Qatar 2020 World Cup Qualifiers. In the last three matches, Spain lost in Sweden (1-2) and won without doubt against Georgia (4-0) and Kosovo (2-0).

Mancini’s players drew against Bulgaria and Switzerland, before winning 5-0 against Lithuania. The Azzurri continue their unbelievable streak across all tournaments with 37 games in a row without defeat. Their last downfall was over three years ago, 1-0 against Portugal.

The probable line-ups are:

Italy (4-3-3): Donnarumma - Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson - Barella, Jorginho, Verratti - Chiesa, Kean, Insigne

Spain (4-3-3): Simon - Azpilicueta, Torres, Laporte, Reguilon - Koke, Busquets, Merino - Sarabia, Torres, Oyarzabal

In six of the last seven meetings between the two teams scored under 2.5 goals. Moreover, their last clash in the Euro 2020 semi-final ended 1-1 after 90-minutes.

Prediction: Under 2.5 goals

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In an expected fierce derby, the match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona sees the two teams are separated by only two points in the La Liga table.

Barcelona will arrive after a harsh 3-0 defeat at Benfica in Champions League on Wednesday. The morale is down and Ronald Koeman’s coach position is seriously at risk. In these circumstances, anything but a victory might be fatal for him.

On the other side of the pitch, although they lost in their previous round at Alaves, Atletico’s players are in good shape and with much higher morale after their Champions League game midweek. They managed to get all three points after a dramatic 2-1 victory against Milan at San Siro with a 97th minute goal.

Do note, Barcelona’s former strikers Suarez and Griezmann will be keen on getting a small revenge and scoring against their old club.

The probable line-ups are:

Atletico Madrid (3-4-2-1): Oblak- Giménez, Hermoso, Savic- Carrasco, Lorrente, Koke, Tripier- Lemar, Griezmann- Suárez

Barcelona (4-3-3): Stegen- Mingueza, García, Piqué, Dest- Pedri, Jong, Busquets- Coutinho, Fati, Depay

Barcelona are undefeated in their last 7 games in La Liga whereas Atletico are undefeated in their last 10 games at home. Barcelona just cannot afford another loss as this will most likely result in the dismissal of Koeman. Therefore our prediction is Barcelona to win or draw.

Prediction: Barcelona Win or Draw.

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After a fantastic 95th minute win against Villareal in the Champions League, the Red Devils will be seeking another victory at Old Trafford. This time they will host their Premier League rivals Everton.

In the previous round, Manchester United suffered a late defeat at Aston Villa, after a goal received in the 88th minute. Still they hold on to 4th position in the table, one point behind leaders, Liverpool. The match is expected to be balanced as their current opponent earned the same number of points so far and is just one position behind in the table.

Everton have impressed with their evolution in the Premier League this season with four wins and a draw out of six games. Their only defeat was away at Aston Villa 3-0 after a good first half and an unexpected collapse in the second one.

United is missing three players for the game, the most significant being England’s Euro 2021 star Rashford. On the other side, Everton has five absent players. The probable line-ups are:

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Gea- Shaw, Varanes, Lindelöf, Wan-Bisaaka - Fred, Matic- Pogba, Lingard, Greenwood- Ronaldo

Everton (4-4-1-1): Pickford- Godfrey, Mina, Kean, Digne – Townsend, Doucouré, Allan, Iwobi- Grey- Rondón

In their previous encounter at Old Trafford in February 2021 the two teams draw (3-3) after a dramatic late goal scored by the Blues. However Everton have not won at United in any competition since 2013. The Red Devils have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches against Everton in all competitions, whereas Everton have scored at least two goals in 5 out of their six Premier League games. Therefore our prediction is: Over 2.5 goals.

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In the second round of UEFA Champions League, AC Milan plays against Atletico Madrid at San Siro. Both teams are in search of their first win of the competition.

In the first round, Milan lost 3-2 at Liverpool, whereas Atletico drew at home 0-0 with Porto. Another misstep will diminish their chances of succeeding to the knockout phase, especially for Milan which has a difficult next round at Porto’s Estádio do Dragão.

AC Milan, have won the last three games from the season opening at San Siro, scoring eight goals and conceding just one. On the down side, Rossoneri triumphed in only one of the last 17 encounters with Spanish teams.

Atletico Madrid has won just one of their last seven games in the Champions League. Do note - they managed to score and win three of their last four away games in La Liga. Moreover, Atletico secured the three points in the last two clashes against Milan in 2013-2014 tournament, 2-1 at San Siro and 4-1 at Madrid.

Milan is missing no less than 4 players: Bakayoko, Krunic, Florenzi, Ibrahimovici. Atletico misses Lemar and Savici. Therefore the probable line-ups are:

AC Milan(4-2-3-1): Maignan- Hernández, Tomori, Kjaer, Calabria- Kessié, Bennacer- Rebic, Díaz, Saelemaekers- Giroud.

Atletico Madrid (3-5-2): Oblak- Giménez, Felipe, Hermoso- Tripier, Lorrente, Koke, Paul, Carrasco- Suárez, Félix.

With Atletico scoring under 2.5 goals in their last 7 games in this competition and Milan with an average of 2.5 goals in Serie A, we don’t foresee a flurry of goals tonight.

Prediction: Under 2.5 goals

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Arsenal host city rivals Tottenham at Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a classic Premier League derby. Fans are eager to watch as this is the first north London derby to be played in front of a full house in two years.

After a disastrous start with three defeats in the first three rounds, Arsenal managed to make a comeback, winning their last two. On the other side of the pitch, after a flying start with three wins, Tottenham lost in the last two rounds 3-0. Therefore this match brings face-to-face two teams with mixed starts to the season, both eager to get the three points.

In the case of a win by two or more goals, Arsenal will climb above Spurs in the league. For Tottenham, a win over the Gunners will allow them to get up to the top 5, depending on the other games’ results. Neither manager can afford a defeat. The pressure would build up on either of them.

Probable line-ups:

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale- Thierney, Magalhães, White, Tomiyashu- Kshaka, Partey- Rowe, Ødegaard, Saka- Aubameyang

Tottenham (4-3-3): Lloris- Royal, Romero, Dier, Reguilón- HøjbjergSkip, Alli- Heung- Min, Kane, Celso

Arsenal conceded 9 goals and The Spurs 6 goals, in the first 5 rounds of Premier League. The last three league meetings at The Gunners’ Emirates, have produced over 2.5 goals. We’re expecting at least the same number of goals on Sunday.

Prediction: Over 2.5 goals

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SPAIN LA LIGA: 22 September @ 19:00

This Wednesday, Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium will host the sixth round of La Liga with Sevilla vs Valencia. Both teams headline the round and are currently top six in the table.

With one round less, Sevilla stands behind Valencia at two points and could swap places in the case of a victory. However, both teams are eager to win following mediocre results in their last match. Sevilla comes after two draws away, whereas Valencia lost at home against Real Madrid (1-2).

With some absent players, Suso at Sevilla and five other at Valencia- Gayà, Cheryshev,  Piccini, Correia, Soler, the probable line ups are:

Sevilla (4-3-3): Bounou-Acuña, Carlos, Koundé, Navas- Fernando, Jordán, Navas, Rakitic- Ocampos, Mir, Rodríguez

Valencia (4-4-2): Mamardashvili- Folquier, Paulista, Alderete, Lato- Musah, Guillamón, Wass, Duro- Guedes, Gómez

Sevilla are undefeated in 19 of their last 21 matches against Valencia at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. They’ll be looking to maintain their record and reach third place in the league table with a win. With a much easier match next round, again at home against Espanyol(which haven’t won any of the first five games) Sevilla could stand up next to Real Madrid in the case of a double victory. Valencia has scored in each of their last four league games, in both winning and losing games. Sevilla has scored in four out of five of their previous five rounds. our prediction is that both teams will score at least once.

Prediction: Both teams score 

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KO: 11 July @ 19:00 GMT +1

After weeks of football action on the world stage - it all comes down to this spectacular moment when Italy or England take home the title of EURO 2020 Champions.

Despite squandering a one-goal lead and being put under immense pressure throughout their semi-final match against Spain, Italy survived a penalty shootout to advance to the final at Wembley.
Attacking wideman Federico Chiesa scored the Azzurri's goal for the second time in the knockout stage, while left-back Emerson filled in admirably for the injured Leonardo Spinazzola and is expected to do so again in the final, despite striker Ciro Immobile failing to score for the first time since Italy's second group game of the tournament.

Despite conceding first in their semi-final match against Denmark, England came back to win after extra time, with captain Harry Kane missing a penalty won by the tireless Raheem Sterling before slotting home the rebound in front of a raucous Wembley crowd to send the Three Lions to their first major final in 55 years. Sterling was fantastic against Denmark, and his direct running ability will make him a huge attacking threat in the final, while forward Kane is now just one goal away from tying Cristiano Ronaldo for the tournament's top goalscorer, despite facing a tough night against veteran Italian centre-backs Chiellini and Bonucci.

So far in the competition, Italy has not trailed at any point, combining veteran defensive steel with a flamboyant attack. After losing their first goal of the tournament in the semi-final before rallying to win in extra time, England once again demonstrated to the doubters why they deserve a top spot in the competition.

Match Notes: Roberto Mancini may be tempted to start Domenico Berardi as part of the front three with the intention of bringing Chiesa off the bench as an impact substitute.
Gareth Southgate must decide whether to stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation he has used for the majority of EURO 2020, or switch to the 3-4-2-1 formation he used against Germany in the round of 16. This would see Walker revert to central defense and Kieron Trippier start at right-wing-back. However, this would mean Mason Mount or Bukayo Saka would be dropped to the bench.

Prediction: Total goals scored will be Under 3.5


PREDICTION: England vs Denmark
KO: 7 July @ 19:00 GMT +1

Will it be history in the making? Tonight England has the chance to reach the EURO 2020 Final - for the first time ever. It was 25 years ago since England reached the EUROS Semi-Finals - but this time they're playing with unrivalled confidence following their 4-0 triumph against Ukraine. That was their first win by 3+ goals in a major tournament knockout match since 2002, when England beat Denmark 3-0 in their last competitive H2H win.

England have made defensive solidity the bedrock of their EURO 2020 run. They remain the only side yet to concede (W4, D1) and have gone seven matches overall without conceding a goal for the first time ever. That said, England have conceded an average of one first-half goal per match across their last four games vs sides ranked inside FIFA’s top ten (W1, D1, L2).

Denmark’s team spirit has shone through following Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest, as they continue to improve after battling through a tough quarter-final vs the Czech Republic. Captain Simon Kjær has said they are playing “with Christian Eriksen in our hearts”, and that’s propelled them into their first semi-final appearance since winning this competition in 1992. Having beaten England at Wembley as recently as October 2020, Denmark may feel mildly confident of an upset too, especially after scoring ten goals across their previous three matches (W3), and leading ‘to nil’ at HT in each of the last four.

Denmark have also netted six goals after the 75th minute across their last nine internationals, making them a constant threat. If any late goals see this clash reach a shootout - like both of these sides’ last respective Euro semis - then that may favour Denmark as they have a 50% success rate (W1, L1) in 12-yard duels at the Euros, compared to England’s 25% (W1, L3).

Players to watch: Harry Kane has registered three goals across England’s knockout matches, moving him one behind Gary Lineker’s national record of ten major international tournament goals. As for Denmark, Kasper Dolberg also has three Euro 2020 goals, all were scored during the knockout stage between the 25th and 50th minutes of play.

Prediction:Total Goals Scored Over 1.5


PREDICTION: England vs Germany
KO: 29 June @ 17:00 GMT +1

England host old rivals Germany at Wembley in this Euro 2020 Round of 16 game having started a major international tournament with three clean sheets for the first time since 1966 (W2, D1). Coincidentally, that was the last time they beat Germany/West Germany in a knockout match (Euros or World Cup), with two of the three subsequent defeats coming via the dreaded penalty shootout, including one in London at Euro ‘96.
Encouragingly, the ‘Three Lions’ have won eight of their last nine matches (D1), with the last four victories coming via a 1-0 scoreline - by which they also beat Germany in a Euro 2000 group game. They didn’t concede before HT during that sequence whilst interestingly six of their last eight fixtures have featured exactly one goal between the 50th and 70th minute.
Curiously, that same period produced five (50%) of the last ten goals witnessed in Germany’s matches! Inconsistent en route to the second round, the three-time champions struggled against France, dominated against 

Portugal, yet needed an 84th-minute goal to stay in the tournament via a draw with Hungary (W1, D1, L1).
While this stage of the competition five years ago saw an average of 2.38 goals per fixture (including ET), this could prove to be a tighter affair as three of the last four H2Hs witnessed under 1.5 goals (W2, D1, L1). Although ‘Das Mannschaft’ netted the opener in three of those, they went behind inside 25 minutes of all three group games so the first goal could prove pivotal, particularly as ten of their last 11 fixtures saw the same HT/FT outcome.
Players to watch: Although Harry Kane is yet to score in this tournament, he netted a 61st-minute goal the last time England beat Germany in March 2016. Another second-half threat, Kai Havertz has scored two Euro 2020 goals, both coming between the 50th and 70th minute.
Hot stat: England have lost their last four Euros knockout matches despite netting an opener inside five minutes in three of them. Three defeats therein came via a penalty shootout!

Prediction:Total Goals Scored Over 1.5


PREDICTION: France vs Switzerland
KO: 28June @ 20:00 GMT +1

The Arena Națională in Bucharest hosts its very first European Championship knockout tie, as France and Switzerland meet for a fifth time in nine major tournaments going back to 2004, with the latter still seeking a first H2H win since the start of this century (D4, L3).
A 2-2 draw against Euro 2016 winners Portugal on matchday three saw France progress to the knockout stages, and do so for a sixth time in their last seven Euro appearances. Confident after finishing first in Euro 2020’s ‘group of death’ (W1, D2), the world champions are richly expected to be quarter-finalists in a fifth successive major tournament.
France are also enjoying a run of 19 consecutive competitive matches without a loss (W14, D5), with ten of those wins being accompanied by a HT lead. Speaking of the HT break, France have also shut out their quiet neighbours in the opening 45 minutes during each of the previous five H2Hs.
Switzerland could only finish third behind Italy and Wales during the group stage (W1, D1, L1), despite being the second-highest FIFA-ranked team in Group A. In a trend that further justifies their underdog status, the Swiss have been eliminated at the round of 16 in each of their last three major tournaments.
If the match goes as widely expected, the first ‘nail’ in Switzerland’s coffin may be quick to arrive, with eight of Switzerland’s previous 11 competitive matches (excluding walkovers) witnessing the opening goal scored within 15 minutes.
Players to watch: With his two strikes against Portugal last time out, France’s Karim Benzema has scored four braces across his last six goalscoring international appearances. Meanwhile, Switzerland have won 12 (an 85.71% majority) of the 14 competitive matches to see talismanic Xherdan Shaqiri get on the scoresheet.
Hot stat: Switzerland have drawn 45% (nine) of their previous 20 matches against any reigning world champions (W3, D9, L8).4


PREDICTION:Croatia vs Spain
KO: 28June @ 17:00 GMT +1

Now into the business end of Euro 2020, Croatia shouldn’t need any extra motivation, although revenge may be an added incentive given Spain handed them their heaviest ever defeat in international football back in September 2018 (6-0). They’ve beaten the Iberian side once since then (3-2, November 2018) and will be hoping for more of the same as they bid to improve on a record that’s seen them lose at this stage on each of the previous three occasions they’ve reached a Euro knockout phase.
Zlatko Dalić’s men secured qualification out of Group D with a professional 3-1 victory over Scotland, as their results gradually improved with each match. Given that they’ve now failed to score in just one of their last ten games at major tournaments (Euros and World Cup), ‘Vatreni’ should fancy their chances of getting on the scoresheet. They have, however, failed to beat any team currently ranked in FIFA’s top ten since that 3-2 win over Spain in 2018 (P7, L7 since).
Spain have ambitions to win a third European Championship in four attempts, however a more pressing matter is ensuring that they avoid elimination at the last 16 stage for a third successive major tournament (Euro 2016 vs Italy, World Cup 2018 vs Russia). Interestingly, both those games saw them concede a goal in the period between the 30th minute and HT and fail to score thereafter.
Despite that, Luis Enrique’s men are now unbeaten in 11 internationals (W5, D6) and haven’t conceded before HT in any of their previous six matches (W3, D3) whilst at the other end of the pitch, each of the three victories in that six-game sequence also saw them score 3+ goals.
Players to watch: Ivan Perišić has been directly involved in six goals in his last five appearances at major tournaments for Croatia (four goals, two assists). Whilst Spain’s Ferran Torres scored last time out, taking his tally to six goals across his last eight international appearances.
Hot stat: Only Switzerland won more corners than Spain (20) in the group stages.


PREDICTION: Czech Republic vs England
KO: 22 June @ 20:00 GMT +1

With four Euro 2020 points to date, the Czech Republic only need a draw here at Wembley to progress as group winners. A draw in Group D’s other finale (CRO v SCO) would see these sides lock out the top two regardless, but the group winner has the advantage of staying in London for the last 16.

The counter-attacking style they’ve adopted so far in this tournament might mean a cagey affair here against a goal-shy England, but
you’d have to go back to 2014 to find the last time they drew two straight matches. England have qualified for Euro 2020 knockout stages after Ukraine and Finland both finish third in their groups with three points, meaning that even if Gareth Southgate's side lose to Czechs they will reach the last 16.

The prospect of home advantage should inspire England. Their last two ‘matchday three’ Euro games (W1, D1) yielded a 0-0 HT scoreline, as have their last four international matches this year. Players to watch: After being the first goalscorer against Scotland and Croatia, Patrik Schick could become the first Czech to net in every group game at a Euro finals since Milan Baroš in 2004.
Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick for England in the last H2H here, including a 61st-75th minute brace.

Hot stat: Going back to 1992, England are unbeaten in first halves across their last six ‘matchday three’ Euro fixtures (HT: W4, D2).

Prediction: Total goals scored will be Over 1.5


PREDICTION: Finland vs Belgium
KO: 21 June @ 20:00 GMT +1

Finland heads into their last group game at the Gazprom Arena in St Petersburg knowing that only a win would secure them a place in the Round of 16. However, a draw will suffice if Russia loses to Denmark in their final match. Belgium are unbeaten in their last 11 games, winning 9 of them. We expect Kevin de Bruyne to start against their foes, setting the pace.

Despite only winning one of their previous eight games (D2, L5), Finland might take encouragement from Euro 2016, when four of the five debutants qualified from the groups.

Belgium's comeback win over Denmark qualified them for the knockout stages of Euro 2020, with only a draw necessary to finish first in Group B. No team has won all three group games at Euro 2016, giving Finland optimism. However, Belgium did so in the World Cup group stages in 2014 and 2018.

They've also won their previous four major championships' final group game, and haven't lost a game to a team presently outside FIFA's top 20, since losing to Japan in 2013.

Interestingly, the ‘Eagle-owls' haven't lost to Belgium since 1968 (W4, D3), could they have a chance against a flawless Belgium?

None of the last five encounters between Finland and Belgium have produced more than two goals. We predict that there will be some goal action in this face-off tonight.

Prediction: Total goals scored will be Under 2.5


PREDICTION: Italy vs Wales
KO: 20 June @ 17:00 GMT +1

Italy has already qualified for the round of 16 and is one of the favorites for Euro 2020, in terms of winning the trophy. Mancini's national team does not want to let its guard down in the last round of the groups.Two victories out of two possible, 6 goals scored and 0 conceded. This is what Mancini's national team looks like, without a doubt the strongest from Euro 2020 at the moment. In the opening match of the European Championship, the Italians had fun with the Turkish defense. They prevailed without much trouble - score 3: 0.

A few days later, Italy repeated the feat - on the same stadium - this time with Switzerland. Locatelli started in the 26th minute, with the goal scored on the Sassuolo line - from Berardi's pass. The same Locatelli scored for 2-0 immediately after the break, with a superb shot from outside the box and Immobile also put his name on the scoreboard, in the 89th minute. Wales has an excellent new final tournament and is very close to a qualification in the eighth. In the first round, the Welsh faced Switzerland - drawing 1: 1. Moore then managed to score in the 74th minute, and Gavranovic had a goal canceled out in the end with the VAR. Last stage, Bale & co. they achieved an extremely important victory against Turkey.

The Real Madrid player (he will return this summer on loan) passed decisively to both goals of Ramsey and Roberts. However, he missed the chance to score, after wasting a penalty kick in the 61st minute. Although Wales is not among the favorites of Euro 2020, the team can attack the upper stages of the competition. Wales can also qualify with 4 points, from the 3rd place. A draw in front of Italy, it ensures their second position and implicitly the qualification in the eighth.

Prediction: Total goals scored will be under 1.5.


PREDICTION: Portugal vs Germany
KO: 19th of June @ 17:00 GMT +1

A hydro-powered Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Portugal to a 3-0 victory over Hungary on match day one, in what was their best ever-win in an opening game of a European Championship. Their previous two opening day wins in 2000 and 2008 were followed by victory in their next match, and Portugal will hope for a continuation of that despite taking on opponents Germany with a negative Euro H2H record (W1, D1, L2). The reigning champions have now extended their unbeaten run in this competition to 12 fixtures (W5, D7 - 90 minutes) and are yet to trail at the break in 13 (HT: W2, D11). There’s been talk in the Portuguese camp that this side is in even better shape than during their 2016 triumph, and with an average of one goal scored during regulation time in that campaign - compared to their three scored vs Hungary - there could be truth to that.

Three-time European champions Germany fell to a 1-0 loss on match day one as they scored an own goal, and subsequently suffered an opening day group stage defeat for the first time in this competition. Incredibly, that own goal - Germany’s first in a major finals since 1978 - was the third of the tournament, equaling the number registered after all 51 matches of Euro 2016! The Euro 1996 winners (at Wembley) have also won just one of their previous five match-day two group stage fixtures (W1, D2, L2), and were eliminated on the last two occasions in which they didn’t secure at least one win after two games. However they have won four H2Hs in a row.

Prediction: Total goals scored will be under 2.5.


PREDICTION: England vs Scotland
KO: 18 June @ 20:00 GMT +1

It’s a huge game and perhaps the pick of fixtures in Group D as England take on traditional rivals Scotland at Wembley. Coincidentally, their only other previous meeting at a major tournament was in the group stages of Euro 1996, also at Wembley. England won that game 2-0, and have scored 2+ goals in five of the six meetings since (W4, D1, L1). That’s a far cry from the 0-0 in the first H2H back in 1872 - football’s first-ever international.Beyond wanting to get one over their rivals, a victory for Gareth Southgate’s men will likely be enough to see them into the knockouts. They’ll make history if they do secure that win as the ‘Three Lions’ have never won their first seven matches in a calendar year, as they attempt to move closer to the national record of ten consecutive wins that has stood since 1909.

Scotland suffered defeat on match day one (2-0, Czech Republic), ending their scoring run of five consecutive matches (W2, D3). That result means Scotland have never netted after going behind in a Euro finals match, and they’ve now failed to score in five of their seven all-time European Championship matches. Unfortunately for the Scots, both games in which they did score were match day three encounters (3-0 vs CIS in 1992, 1-0 vs Switzerland in 1996). Anything but a positive result would make qualification unlikely for Scotland, therefore their recent record of just one win in their last 11 matches vs England will be a worry (D2, L8). No matter the result, fans from both sides should anticipate excitement given the four H2Hs this century have averaged a high four goals per match.

Prediction: England to win.


PREDICTION: Netherlands vs Austria
KO: 17 June @ 20:00 GMT +1

Netherlands is today looking to build on their winning start to Euro 2020 as they take on Austria. After failing to qualify for the last European Championships and the 2018 World Cup, the Dutch are back at a major tournament for the first time since 2014. They got off to a winning start, beating Ukraine 3-2 in perhaps the game of the tournament so far, and can now book their place in the last-16 with a game to spare by beating Austria.
The Austrians also have three points on the board already after beating newcomers North Macedonia in their opener, though this is likely to prove a much tougher test. For the Netherlands, much will depend on the fitness of defender Matthijs De Ligt, who missed the opener against Ukraine. For Austria, Michael Gregoritsch is pushing for a start after scoring off the bench against North Macedonia but Marko Arnautovic is suspended.

The Netherlands are an entertaining outfit to watch at both ends of the field - largely because their deficiencies at the back mean they tend to afford plenty of chances to their opponents. Virgil Van Dijk's presence in the heart of the defence is certainly a big miss, with De Boer's men having kept just three clean sheets in the nine matches since the Liverpool man's season-ending injury in October. Indeed, those three shut-outs came against Gibraltar, Georgia and Latvia, and the Oranje have conceded four goals to Turkey, and two against both Scotland and Ukraine during that time as well. Although Austria are not the most prolific side in the tournament, they have scored in 18 of their last 23 matches and backing goals at both ends makes plenty of sense.

Prediction: Total goals scored will be Over 1.5


PREDICTION: Italy vs Switzerland
KO: 16 June @ 20:00 GMT +1

Italy entertain Switzerland at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome in Euro 2020 on Wednesday night. Italy easily saw off Turkey in the opening game of the tournament, with an own goal, Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne doing the damage. The 3-0 win for Roberto Mancini’s side underlined a dominant performance, and the Azzurri can essentially secure progression to the last 16 with a win over Switzerland. The Swiss drew 1-1 with Wales in their opening game, with Kieffer Moore’s header snatching a point for the Dragons after Breel Embolo had opened the scoring.

The game will likely come too soon for Marco Verratti, who has overcome a knee injury but may not be match fit. Manuel Locatelli, linked with a move to the Premier League, will join Jorginho and Nicolo Barella in midfield. Giovanni Di Lorenzo will start in place of Alessandro Florenzi, who has a calf issue. Vladimir Petkovic may bring in Denis Zakaria to counter Italy’s strength in midfield. The Swiss also called up goalkeeper Gregor Kobel to replace the injured Jonas Omlin as cover for Yann Sommer.

Mancini will surely want to keep changes to a minimum after such an impressive opening display against Turkey. However, Paris Saint-Germain full-back Alessandro Florenzi was replaced at half-time by Napoli's Giovanni Di Lorenzo on Friday and subsequently diagnosed with an inflammatory muscle injury to the right calf. Key midfielder Marco Verratti returned to training on Sunday five weeks after suffering a knee injury at PSG, though it remains to be seen if he will be fit enough to play any part against Switzerland.

Prediction: Total goals scored will be Over 1.5


PREDICTION: France vs Germany
KO: 15 June @ 20:00 BST

After a bitter runners-up finish at Euro 2016, reigning world champions France come into this competition as serious candidates to win Euro 2020 as they attempt to become the first side to be world and European champions at the same time on two occasions. ‘Les Bleus’ are known to be strong starters in European Championships, losing just one of their nine opening games of the tournament (W5, D3), with that single loss dating back to 1960!
Although this game will be held in Munich, France’s confidence should be high as they’re unbeaten in five H2Hs on German soil (W3, D2). The world’s number two ranked nation are also enjoying a run of four consecutive wins ‘to nil’, and notably, a fifth successive shutout would mark their longest run without conceding since June 2008.

Reaching at least the semi-final stage in all international competitions between 2006 and 2016, Germany (#12) were humbled at the 2018 World Cup, finishing last in their group. Three-time Euro winners, the Germans may have never lost an opening game in this competition (W7, D5), but they’re now winless in 11 international matches against nations currently ranked better than them by FIFA (D7, L4).
This will be Joachim Löw's last tournament in charge of the German national team who were humiliated 6-0 by Spain in November, and in March lost 2-1 at home to North Macedonia (#62). The H2H history makes for worrying reading too, as the ‘Mannschaft’ are winless in five meetings with France (D2, L3) - including a semi-final defeat in Euro 2016 - with four of those featuring a 1-0 HT scoreline either way.

Prediction: Total goals scored will be Over 1.5


PREDICTION: Spain vs Sweeden
KO: 14 June @ 20:00 BST

The Estadio de La Cartuja will become the first Spanish venue to host a major international tournament since the 1982 World Cup, as three-time European champions Spain make a seventh successive Euro finals appearance. They are favoured to extend a perfect competitive return here (W2), which includes a 6-0 thrashing of another side currently in FIFA’s top 20 (Germany) only last November.

After netting 12 goals across their final two Euro 2020 qualifiers, ‘La Roja’ certainly have the momentum to claim a third Euro title in four editions. Speaking of dozens, both of Spain’s previous two Euro triumphs this century saw them finish with exactly 12 goals and with the overall top scorer (joint or outright).

Sweden are flying under Janne Andersson, with the Halmstad-born head coach boasting a win rate of 50.91% after a five-game winning run. They finished top in their 2018 World Cup group under him, but wider history is against the ‘Blågult’, who’ve bowed out at the group stage in four of five Euro appearances since their semi-final appearances at Euro ‘92 and the 1994 World Cup.

The Swedes lost 2-1 to Spain in the only prior Euro finals H2H (2008), and coincidentally, it’s that same scoreline by which Sweden have lost both prior Euro battles vs ‘host’ nations. Both losses were also campaign openers, contributing to a combined progression rate of 0% from four World Cup and Euro tournaments to see Sweden lose their opener (1970-2012).

Prediction: Total goals scored will be Over 2.5


PREDICTION: Austria vs North Macedonia
KO: 13 June @ 17:00 GMT+1

Austria make only their third appearance at the European Championship finals. By beginning their campaign against a lower-ranked side, they will be hopeful of winning a game at a major tournament for the first time since the 1990 World Cup. So too will they aspire for a first goal at a Euro finals before the 60th minute, after logging a previous group stage record of: D2, L4. 

Though favorites in this clash at the Arena Naţională in Bucharest, Franco Foda’s side are without a win or a goal in three matches (D1, L2). However, you would have to go back to November 2019 to find the
last time the Austrians failed to beat an opponent currently ranked outside FIFA’s top 50. 

Amid a last minute kit change due to fan outrage, North Macedonia enter the Euro finals for the very first time as an independent nation, reaching this historic moment via the UEFA Nations League playoffs.
‘Euro 84’ was the last occasion at which any Macedonian (playing for the now-defunct Yugoslavia) was eligible to participate, but Yugoslavia lost all three group games on that occasion.

Coach Igor Angelovski has set the goal of a place in the last 16, and confidence should be sky-high, as his charges come into this game unbeaten in four - including a famous win against Germany. The
outsiders in Group C, coming from ‘Pot 4’, North Macedonia did suffer two H2H defeats in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, although they scored in each, with both fixtures witnessing a match goal in the first 20 minutes.

Prediction: Total goals scored will be UNDER 2.5.


PREDICTION: Wales vs Switzerland
KO: 12 June @ 14:00 BST

Wales will begin their Euro 2021 campaign against Switzerland on Saturday, hoping to repeat their great European Championship run. At Euro 2016, the Dragons advanced all the way to the semi-finals before falling to eventual champions Portugal. While the Welsh may not be at the top of their game, players like Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, and Dan James still have enough talent to pose issues for most teams - but they must get points this weekend.

The Swiss are in a similar situation to Wales in that a poor performance here might spell the end of their Group A chances, with Turkey and Italy rounding out a well-balanced group. This might be a close game settled by a single goal, though both teams would probably settle for a point to start.

Prediction: Total goals scored will be Over 0.5


PREDICTION: Turkey vs Italy
KO: 11 June @ 20:00 BST

After a year of anticipation, the European Championship begins on Friday night with Turkey against Italy. Due to the outbreak, Euro 2020 has been pushed back a year, but Europe is finally ready for a summer of football.

Burak Yilmaz had a fantastic season with Lille, leading them to the Ligue 1 Championship and defeating PSG. With 16 goals in Ligue 1, he was Lille's leading scorer, with only three players in the league scoring more, and he finished the season with seven goals in his last seven games.

In major tournament football, however, Italy is undefeated in the Stadio Olimpico, having won six and drawn two. Turkey, on the other hand, is infamous for being a sluggish starter at European Championships, having lost all four of its first games, including a 2-1 loss to Italy to open Euro 2000.

It's also worth noting that Mancini was dealt another setback in the build-up to the game as Lorenzo Pellegrini was forced out with a muscular injury and will be replaced by Gaetano Castrovilli. Given Italy's four World Cup victories, they are regarded as the dark horses for any tournament but they are flying under the radar this summer and could get off to a great start.

Prediction: Total goals scored will be Over 1.5


EURO 2020: Overall Predictions
KO: 11 June in Rome

The football tournament will kick off on Friday, June 11th, in Rome, with what could be one of the best matches of the round: a Group A clash between Italy and Turkey. Here's everything you need to know about every group at the tournament.

Group A: Italy, Turkey, Switzerland and Wales.
Arguably the competition's most balanced group, Italy headlines a quartet featuring four teams that will each have sights on the knockout stages. They could benefit from playing all of their group games in Rome, have been fluid and exciting under Roberto Mancini, and they come into the event unbeaten in 27 matches.
Turkey, which has been slapped with the dark-horse label, can spoil Italy's party in the tournament's opening contest, while Switzerland and Wales both boast high-end talent capable of winning matches.

Players to watch:
Federico Chiesa (Italy): After taking his game to the next level during a stellar debut season with Juventus, the blistering winger will be crucial in driving an attack-minded, exuberant Italy forward this summer.

Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland): Granit Xhaka will be vital, too, but for Switzerland to really thrive, Shaqiri needs to shine in a likely No. 10 role. It's a lot to ask of someone who started only five league matches this past season, though.

Burak Yilmaz (Turkey): Fresh off leading Lille to a stunning Ligue 1 title, veteran striker Yilmaz will now look to carry that momentum over to his national team. The 35-year-old scored 16 league goals this past season.

Gareth Bale (Wales): Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order? The Welsh better hope so. There's some excitement for the next generation of talent, but the 31-year-old is still the guy. If Bale doesn't dominate, Robert Page's team will struggle.

Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium and Russia.
Belgium's golden generation is facing its moment of truth. With star players Romelu Lukaku , Kevin De Bruyne , Eden Hazard , and Dries Mertens  well into the prime of their careers, anything less than a run to the final would be considered a disappointment.

But the Red Devils shouldn't take the opposition lightly. Denmark has one of its best rosters since winning Euro 1992, and Russia remains a threat with home-field advantage throughout the group stage. Who knows, even tournament rookie Finland could cause an upset along the way.

Players to watch:
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium): The 28-year-old is coming off the best season of his career, having made 35 goal contributions on the way to winning the Serie A title with Inter Milan. Belgium needs the same production from its target man.

Christian Eriksen (Denmark): The playmaker is the brains of Denmark's operation. A threat on set pieces and in open play, the midfielder can single handedly decide matches. Denmark's lackluster front line depends on Eriksen's wizardry for chances.

Teemu Pukki (Finland): The 31-year-old scored 10 goals in Euro qualifying - only behind Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Eran Zahavi - and he did it with an average squad around him.

Aleksandr Golovin (Russia): The Russian dynamo inspired his country at the 2018 World Cup, kicking things off with a goal and two assists in an opening-day thrashing of Saudi Arabia.


Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia.
The Netherlands should consider itself the favorite to win Group C. Memphis Depay has recovered from a serious knee injury, he's in the form of his life, and he has a strong supporting cast in Georginio Wijnaldum, Frenkie De Jong, and young gun Donyell Malen. The Dutch have more than enough swagger to recapture the public's imagination after missing out on the last two tournaments.

But defensively stout Ukraine and sneaky-talented Austria also have the potential to take points off them. Andriy Shevchenko's men secured a respectable draw against France in Euro qualifying, and the Austrians can always bank on the shapeshifting David Alaba, as well as powerhouse midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, for moments of genius. Even North Macedonia is capable of an upset, having toppled Germany in March.

Players to watch:
David Alaba (Austria): The 28-year-old is one of Europe's most versatile players. Though he usually plays somewhere along the backline, Alaba moonlights as an attacking midfielder for his country.

Memphis Depay (Netherlands): A player with street skills and a knack for the spectacular, Depay is the Netherlands' primary scoring threat. The 27-year-old bounced back from a serious knee injury to score 20 goals for Lyon in the 2020-21 Ligue 1 season.

Goran Pandev (North Macedonia): At 37 years of age, Pandev is one of football's elder statesmen, a veteran of Italy's Serie A, and a celebrated icon in his native North Macedonia. He's spent 20 years with the national team, and his participation in Euro 2020 is the peak of his enduring career.

Ruslan Malinovskyi (Ukraine): The Ukrainian midfielder has arguably the hardest shot in the tournament. He can strike the ball with either foot, making him as unpredictable as he is lethal in possession. Malinovskyi is also excellent in dead-ball situations.


Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic and Scotland.
This quartet's opening match - England versus Croatia at Wembley Stadium - should be a good indicator of how Group D will shape up. Croatia triumphed when the two teams met in the 2018 World Cup semifinals, but it's still reliant on an old guard headlined by Luka Modric. England, meanwhile, is a bold pick to win the whole tournament.

Scotland's first match against the Czech Republic could be similarly decisive, as the teams will likely battle it out to become one of the best third-placed finishers. The Scots are poised for their first major tournament appearance since 1998, while the Czechs hope their strong Slavia Prague presence will lead them into the knockout rounds.

Players to watch
Luka Modric (Croatia): The 2018 Ballon d'Or winner turns 36 in September, so this could be his final competition for his country. Expect the usual blend of artistry and industry from the most successful player in Croatia's history.

Tomas Soucek (Czech Republic): The popular, lanky midfielder was a crucial cog in West Ham United's impressive 2020-21 campaign. The Czechs will look to take advantage of Soucek's aerial presence in their bid to emerge from the group.

Harry Kane (England): There are plenty of game-changers in the England squad, but none are more important than its captain. Kane enters the Euros after logging both the most goals and assists in the Premier League this past season.

Andy Robertson (Scotland): Scotland is overstocked at left-back, but Robertson is arguably one of the world's best in his position. He never looks out of breath as he hares up and down the flank, and his delivery from out wide can unlock the most stubborn defenses.


Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden and Slovakia.
Luis Enrique caused controversy by failing to name a single Real Madrid player in his squad - including defender Sergio Ramos, Spain's record appearance holder with 180 caps. Instead, there's a youthful look to the Iberian nation, with the likes of Dani Olmo, Pedri, and Ferran Torres all possessing the quality to propel themselves to superstardom.

Slovakia is the rank outsider to advance to the knockout rounds, so Sweden and Poland (positioned 18th and 21st in FIFA's rankings, respectively) are expected to squabble over a runner-up spot. Poland boasts the best striker on the planet in Robert Lewandowski, while Sweden's attackers will need to step up in the absence of injured showman Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Players to watch:
Robert Lewandowski (Poland): Who else? The Bayern Munich star recently collected the European Golden Boot after breaking the all-time record for most goals in a single Bundesliga season with 41 strikes.

Martin Dubravka (Slovakia): With many writing off Slovakia's chances of getting out of Group E, there will be a lot of pressure on Dubravka to be in peak form between the sticks.

Gerard Moreno (Spain): The Villarreal frontman scored or assisted a combined 40 goals across La Liga and Europa League play last season, and he's undoubtedly the most intelligent attacker in Enrique's squad.

Emil Forsberg (Sweden): The excitement around the RB Leipzig star has died away in recent years, but Forsberg enters Sweden's campaign after a much-improved Bundesliga season.


Group F: France, Portugal, Germany and Hungary.
The proverbial Group of Death. There's always one, and this time around it's perhaps the most vaunted in recent tournament history. The defending World Cup champion, the reigning Euro titleholder, and a decorated perennial contender. Spare a thought for Hungary, which did extremely well to reach Euro 2020, but will need a minor miracle to see the knockout stages.

France, the tournament favourite, will battle with Portugal and Germany for Group F supremacy. Don't take your eyes off this quartet.

Players to watch:
Kylian Mbappe (France): You could pick anyone from France's starting XI - and several players from its bench - to highlight here. However, you can't go wrong with Mbappe, who, at 22, is already in the conversation as the world's best player.

Timo Werner (Germany): Germany, unsurprisingly, is well-balanced across the pitch, but it lacks a prototypical No. 9 to lead the attack. Werner, after a horribly unlucky debut season at Chelsea, needs to revert to his RB Leipzig scoring form.

Willi Orban (Hungary): In a group so loaded with attacking superstars, Orban is going to have a lot of work to do. The RB Leipzig center-back, along with defensive peer Attila Szalai, will be busy over the next couple of weeks.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Now 36, there's a very real argument to be made that Portugal shouldn't still be built around Ronaldo. That said, he is coming off a prolific season with Juventus, and he'll be flanked by some serious talent with the Selecao as he chases down Ali Daei's scoring record.