Dan’s Euro2020 Predictions – Can England get past Germany?

Now the Euros get exciting. by Dan Smith

Apart from Wednesday night, which was an amazing evening of football, I couldn’t get motivated for the group stages.

It’s all because of this nonsense rule that you can finish third and yet still qualify for the knock out stages.

It meant that the likes of Wales ended up playing for a 1-0 defeat and Ukraine advance simply for beating North Macedonia.

In the old format where only the top two of each group would progress, imagine how more exciting this last week would have been.

Anyone else think UEFA should award a place in the last 16 to Hungary?

SIt sems harsh that Denmark and Ukraine advance with three points. What’s harder, defeating a Russia or drawing with France and Germany?

 

(Take Note: Predictions are based on 120 minutes. Penalties will not count, so if you envisage any fixture going to a shootout, pick a draw).

 

Denmark 1-0 Wales

When it looked like Wales’s opponents could be Finland or Russia, I fancied Welsh chances.

Denmark on the other hand are riding an emotional wave at the moment which could be crucial, with this in theory going to be played in front of a majority of Danes.

Travel restrictions means fans can’t fly to Holland directly from the UK. Some hardcore supporters will still find a way but in theory this could be like a home game for Denmark.

After the two weeks they had, can we begrudge Denmark some happiness

 

 

Italy 3-0 Austria

Based on the entire group stages, Italy have been the most impressive team so far.

Even based on how their players celebrate their goals, you can tell Mancini has built an incredible team spirit and togetherness.

This will be the Italians first game of the tournament outside of their homeland, but Austria should be straightforward.

Italy keep the possession, passing the ball side by side, patiently waiting for their opponents to get tired.

 

Holland 1-0 Czech

Sometimes you need luck that you can’t control. Still trying to win over fans, De Boer needed some luck to go his way.

Not taking any way from the Dutch but the draw so far has been favourable. If they win this, they face the winner of Wales and Denmark.

That’s hardly a daunting route to a semi-Final.

I still think there are a lack of leaders compared to previous generations so am interested to see how they respond to the pressure of knockout football and deal with adversity.

Should be okay here though.

 

Belgium 1-2 Portugal

Outside of England vs Germany this could be the tie of the round.

I have a personal dilemma. Pre-tournament I put 10 pound in Portugal to retain their trophy and 10 pound on Lukaku for the Golden Boot!

Something’s got to give!

While the Belgians are only one of three nations to win all their games so far, they are having to gently nurse De Bruyne and Hazard into the tournament which at this level you can’t do.

Portugal on the other hand are more street wise then the Belgians.

While technically gifted, they are willing to do the dirty side of things and know how to stay in games when things are not going their way.

 

Croatia 0-1 Spain

The narrative has been that Modric turned back the clock on Tuesday night just when his nation needed him most.

In reality he won’t have the ball as much against Spain as he did against Scotland.

He will be aware that Spain will dominate possession. That will stretch an ageing Croatia as you use up so much more energy when you don’t have the ball.

It’s just a case of whether Spain can turn possession into goals.

You can’t be confident. Yes, they scored 5 against Slovakia but in general they have missed some sitters.

 

France 3-0 Switzerland

You can look at things two ways.

You can say France have been below par or (and this is the camp I’m in) say they topped their group, beat Germany and drew with Portugal while in second gear.

I should mention Pogba who was outstanding on Wednesday.

Switzerland can be well organised so the earlier the French break the deadlock, the more straightforward it will be for them.

 

 

England 2-1 Germany

Some England fans have done nothing but complain throughout the competition.

The latest gripe is we should have played for second in our group to avoid the Group of Death.

Because of course there would have been zero critics had we drawn with the Czech Republic?

Take the emotion out of things, Germany at Wembley is a winnable fixture.

The Germans (like us) have an unforgiving fan base and media. That only intensified after they drew at home with Hungary and were so close to elimination. Unlike previous years, I’m not sure they have the leaders to respond this time.

Germany are there for the taking ,although this has echoes of the 2010 World Cup. In South Africa we convinced ourselves Germany had been average in the group stages ……they went on to thump us 4-1.

Not counting my chickens, but whoever wins here (on paper) has a kind route to the final.

Germany of course will be saying the same about England. Win at Wembley and they have a clear path to the Final.

 

Sweden 0-0 Ukraine

What a horrible fixture to end the last 16 on.

Zero disrespect to the Swedes but if you are Ukraine, Sweden for a place in the last eight Is a kind draw when you finished third with three points.

Sweden are conservative at the best of times. While Ukraine have individuals who can produce moments of magic, I can see them being shackled by the fear of failure.

Both will approach the game not to lose – rather than being brave and taking a chance.

Leave your predictions in the comments, but remember –  Predictions are based on 120 minutes. Penalties will not count, so if you envisage any fixture going to a shootout, pick a draw).

Good Luck Peeps

 

Dan

32 Comments

  1. Pepe says:

    Mavropanos finally re-signed for Stuttgart on loan.

  2. kev says:

    Following up from days ago, the payment structure and personal terms have been agreed for Ben White. Ben White to Arsenal is now a done deal pending a medical.
    Lokonga deal also agreed in principle as said days ago. Media and journalists will be late once again.
    Club also interested in mids like Camavinga, Bissouma, Maddison and Odegaard.

    1. Gogo says:

      Kev is back with the bang.
      I love your energy whether you get it right or wrong man.

    2. Siamois says:

      Odegaard has confirmed that he is staying at RM and not going back to Arsenal.

      1. kev says:

        What he said is normal and I expect him to say that but Arsenal is seriously interested in him. Aouar is also another one they are seriously interested in. Going to be interesting to see what happens.

        1. Siamois says:

          True he is not going to say publicly that he wouldn’t mind leaving RM as you said we’ll have to wait and see.

  3. terrah says:

    Denmark 1 vs 2 wales
    italy 2 vs 1 austria
    Holland 2 vs 0 zcech republic
    Belgium 2 vs 1 portugal
    croatia 1 vs 2 spain
    france 2 vs 0 switzerland
    england 2 vs 1 germany
    sweden 2 vs 1 ukraine

  4. Dendrite says:

    Denmark 0 vs 1 Wales
    Italy 3 vs 1 austria
    Holland 2 vs 0 Zcech republic
    Belgium 1 vs 2 portugal
    croatia 1 vs 1 spain
    france 2 vs 0 switzerland
    england 1 vs 1 germany
    sweden 2 vs 1 ukraine

  5. Dan kit says:

    Denmark 1-2 Wales
    Italy 3-0 Austria
    Holland 2-0 Czech
    Belgium 1-3 Portugal (tough one )
    Croatia 0-2 Spain
    France 3-0 Switzerland
    England 1-2 Germany
    Sweden 1-1 Ukraine

  6. Sid says:

    Denmark 1-1 Wales
    Italy 2-0 Austria
    Holland 1-0 Czech Republic
    Belgium 0-2 Portugal
    Croatia 1- 3 Spain
    France 3-1 Switzerland
    England 1-2 Germany
    Sweden 0-2 Ukraine

  7. Okobino says:

    Denmark 1-2 Wales
    Italy 2-1 Austria
    Holland 2-0 Czech
    Belgium 2-2 Portugal
    Croatia 1-3 Spain
    France 3-0 Switzerland
    England 2-1 Germany
    Sweden 2-1 Ukraine

  8. Khadii says:

    Denmark 2 vs 1 wales
    italy 2 vs 0 austria
    Holland 2 vs 0 zcech republic
    Belgium 2 vs 1 portugal
    croatia 1 vs 2 spain
    france 2 vs 0 switzerland
    england 0 vs 1 germany
    sweden 1 vs 1 ukraine

    1. Highbury Hero says:

      Denmark 1 vs 0 wales
      italy 2 vs 0 austria
      Holland 1 vs 0 zcech republic
      Belgium 1 vs 0 portugal
      croatia 0 vs 2 spain
      france 3 vs 1 switzerland
      england 0 vs 1 germany
      sweden 2 vs 1 ukraine

  9. Siamois says:

    Very tough hats off to anyone who can correctly predict all the scores
    Belgium-Portugal 3-1
    Denmark-Wales 1-2
    Croatia-Spain 2-3
    England- Germany 2-2
    Switzerland- France 1-3
    Sweden- Ukraine 0-2
    Italy-Austria 3-0
    Holland- Czech 3-1

  10. Stephanie says:

    England 1-3 Germany

  11. Samson Afolayan says:

    Denmark 2-1 wales. Croatia 1- 2 Spain Holland 2-1 Czech. Belgium 1-2 Portugal. France 4-0 Swiss. Sweden 1-0 Ukraine Italy 3-0 Austria. England 2-1 Germany. Gl to you sj

  12. dotash says:

    Denmark 2 vs 2 Wales
    Italy 2 vs 0 Austria
    Holland 2 vs 0 Czech Republic
    Belgium 2 vs 1 Portugal
    Spain 2 vs 0 Croatia
    France 3 vs 0 Switzerland
    England 1 vs 1 Germany
    Sweden 2 vs 1 Ukraine

    Good luck to me.

  13. Hila says:

    England won’t win against Germany. Germans transition from defense to attack within seconds and with a clear link and understanding between players
    On the other hand, England transition from defense to attack is unpredictable. They might sometimes lack that venom.
    I suggest Southgate plays Rashford as a striker flanked by foden and saka that front can cause havoc to the German defense

  14. Hila says:

    Denmark 2 0 Wales
    Italy 1 0 Austria
    Netherlands 3 1 Czech republic
    Belgium 2 2 Portugal
    Spain 1 1 Croatia
    France 2 1 Switzerland
    England 1 3 Germany
    Sweden 1 0 Ukraine

  15. Sue says:

    Denmark 2-1 Wales
    Italy 3-0 Austria
    Holland 2-1 Czech
    Belgium 2-1 Portugal
    Spain 1-1 Croatia
    France 2-0 Switzerland
    England 1-2 Germany (Joachim Low will be scratching and sniffing for sure 😆)
    Sweden 1-0 Ukraine

  16. EDU says:

    Denmark 2-1 Wales
    Italy 3-0 Austria
    Holland 2-0 Czech
    Belgium 1-1 Portugal
    Croatia 0-1 Spain
    France 2 -0 Switzerland
    England 0-0 Germany
    Sweden 2-1 Ukraine

  17. Joe Gunner says:

    Denmark 1-0 Wales
    Italy 2-0 Austria
    Holland 2-0 Czech
    Belgium 2-2 Portugal
    Croatia 0-2 Spain
    France 2-0 Switzerland
    England 0-1 Germany
    Sweden 2-1 Ukrain

  18. Kenya 001 says:

    Denmark 1-0 Wales
    Italy 2-1 Austria
    Holland 2-0 Czech
    Belgium 0-0 portugal
    Croatia 0 -3 Spain
    France 4-1 Switzerland
    England 1-3 Germany
    Sweden 1-1 Ukraine

  19. S.J says:

    Denmark 2 – 1 Wales
    Italy 3 – 0 Austria
    Holland 2 – 1 Czech Republic
    Belgium 2 – 3 Portugal
    Croatia 1 – 2 Spain
    France 2 – 1 Switzerland
    England 1 – 2 Germany
    Sweden 2 – 1 Ukraine

  20. Buchi says:

    Denmark 2-1 Wales
    Italy 2-0 Austria
    Holland 3-1 Czech
    Belgium 2-1 Portugal
    Croatia 1-1 Spain
    France 2-1 Switzerland
    England 1-2 Germany
    Sweden 1-0 Ukraine

  21. Declan says:

    Denmark 2-1 Wales
    Italy 2-0 Austria
    Holland 2-1 Czech
    Belgium 2-1 Portugal
    Croatia 1-2 Spain
    France 3-1 Switzerland
    England 2-1 Germany
    Sweden 1-0 Ukraine

  22. Sue says:

    Holland must be feeling Schick to their stomachs, but the Czech Republic will be De Ligted to go through 😜

    What a tournament Patrick Schick is having 👌

    1. Khadii says:

      Lol..
      Not one person here got that prediction right Sue
      Loving this knockout phase

      1. Sue says:

        Me too, Khadii, so unpredictable!! 👍

    2. Kenya 001 says:

      Nice one sue. First major upset so far. Personally I don’t rate de Boer though.

      1. Sue says:

        Me neither, Kenya. He’ll soon be unemployed!
        Well done for last night – Italy… I’m playing catch up 😆

  23. TrueGooner says:

    I was going through the predictions and looks like not even a single person gave Ukraine, Switzerland and the Czech any chance. This tournament has been full of surprises.

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