The next big football festival after World Cup is here. Euro 2020 is the 16th UEFA European Championship, conducted once every four years, the contest is restricted to international teams originating from Europe. Because of the pandemic, the contest got postponed last year but the name stays. European Championship will commence again in 2024, so this change doesn’t affect the ongoing schedule. Myriad of changes are on the way for the European championship. Catch up with BettingPremier’s Euro 2020 predictions.
Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system will be followed for the first time in a European championship contest. Custom rules are designed to battle the pandemic. Hosting venues are based on political restrictions and team strength. Poland and Switzerland will be the unluckiest sides of them all, they will travel more for each game.
International football is in the middle of a transitional stage. Joachim Low is leaving Germany after Euro 2020, former Bayern Munich coach and former assistant coach for Germany Hansi Flick will take the reins right after. Having a plethora of options in front of him, Gareth Southgate will stumble to choose from the fresh talents in the England squad. Fine-tuning himself for five years in coaching England, Southgate is the right kind of stubborn man to take them to greatness. France seems to be in a perfect position to win Euro 2020, Karim Benzema is in the squad after six years of being left out. Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba form a next level squad for France.
Where to watch Euro 2020?
In the UK, the sports channels BBC and ITV will broadcast Euro 2020 this year.
Widely popular ESPN and Univision are the go-to networks for US fans.
Regional channels like Mediaset Spain, ARD, and M6 will telecast the event live for different countries taking part in the contest.
Euro 2020 Predictions:
Despite this era of transfer market tantrums, there is some soul to football that keeps the sports thriving. The 100-yard field has something to offer for people from every walk of life. Euro 2020 is a minor reminder of a piece of passion and patriotism. For once, players from infamous clubs unite and perform under one roof. Anti-racism gestures were booed upon by England fans, which makes one frown, the players will wish to see no more booing. Three rounds of group stage promise the fans excitement, thrill and uncertainty till the final moment. England, Belgium, France, Germany and even Spain appear to be legit contenders this year.
Euro 2020 Outright Odds
The following matches are scheduled to take place this week, with odds derived from the bet365.com site:
Turkey vs Italy
In the first game of the first round, Turkey will play host to Italy at Stadio Olimpico on Friday. By all means, Italy has a better team structure than Turkey. Burak Yilmaz is the only familiar name in the squad but he is also 35. Italy on the other hand is a young squad propelled by Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne at the front. Jorginho and Lorenzo Pellegrini make the midfield. Italy trifled the Czech Republic 4-0 in a friendly few days ago. With the experience at the back-line, Roberto Mancini will be confident to take down the Turks. The visitors are also favoured by the bookmakers.
Belgium vs Russia
Belgium host Russia at Gazprom Arena on coming Saturday. Unbeaten since their matchup with England last year, Belgium is FIFA’s top-ranked side in current times. The sprouts which Roberto Martinez watered through the years have become trees. Talents like Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel, Kevin de Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois create a picture of a bright future for Belgium on the international stage. Kevin De Bruyne’s eye surgery was a success however, he will stay on the sidelines for this first game. Russia shared the spoils with Poland 1-1 and triumphed over Bulgaria 1-0 a few days ago. The 24-year-old Alexander Sobolev has been impressive in those games. Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba are the two familiar names in the Russian squad. Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku might pocket the decisive goal in this fixture.
England vs Croatia
In this fixture from Group of Death D, England and Croatia lock horns with each other at Wembley Stadium. Coming up from a clean-sheet loss against Belgium 1-0 in the previous game, Croatia should fear the depth in the English squad. Time is the traitor in the eyes of Croatians. Few of the veterans who participated in the 2018 World Cup finals have retired from national football. Running the engine room now like for the past few years is Luka Modric. The Real-Madrid midfielder will need help from Mateo Kovacic to run it smoothly. Ivan Perisic has crossed 30 but Ante Rebic provides some hope. After a bit of hesitation, Gareth Southgate has taken in Alexander Trent-Arnold. He will be a key in England’s defence. Wembley won’t dissatisfy the home crowd if the crowd didn’t irritate the players.
Poland vs Slovakia
The Group G winners Poland clash with playoff path B winners Slovakia at Gazprom Arena next Monday. The centre of attraction in Poland is, of course, Robert Lewandowski. The Bundesliga superstar broke the all-time record for most goals this season with his 41 goals in 29 games. He missed some of the games for Bayern due to injury but he returned and is in good shape. Trained by Paulo Sousa, Poland is a young side with experienced players in each part of the field. Sharing the spoils in the last two games against Austria 0-0 and Bulgaria 1-1, there isn’t much that Slovakia can offer. Marek Hamsik is 33 and the question that if he will be able to create enough for Slovakia lingers on. A thigh injury will constrain Ivan Schranz to the treatment table. Poland will triumph a victor in this fixture.
Hungary vs Portugal
Hungary entertains the defending champions Portugal at Puskas Arena in the first round of the Euro 2020. Boasting star power through the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota, Felix Joao, Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias and Pepe, Portugal is a humongous challenge for Hungary. Bernardo Silva has been shining under Pep in City, he will play a role in the midfield. Goncalo Guedes will stay on the sidelines due to injury. The man behind Hungary’s qualification, Dominic Szoboszlai won’t feature in the game due to abductor problems which is a crucial loss. The average age for Hungary is slightly high. Italian coach Marco Rossi is left with a herculean task of surviving in the group of death along with France, Germany and Portugal. The defending champions will claim a neat victory over Hungary in this fixture.
France vs Germany
In the clash of the European titans, France and Germany play at Allianz Arena on Tuesday. Awaiting their future coach, the Germany team almost filled with players from Bayern Munich has everything within its reach. Thomas Muller, Kevin Volland, Serge Gnabry and Timo Werner are the weapons Joachim Low has in the front alone. Leroy Sane, Florian Neuhaus, Toni Kroos, Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan and Kai Havertz offer a blend of experience and youth. Although the back four is weak relative to the front and midfield, Antonio Rudiger’s is in form as witnessed in Chelsea. The guardian angel Manuel Neuer will always have the backs of the German defence.
Consisting of handpicked players from top leagues all around, France has the potential to win another World Cup next year. Karim Benzema will replace Olivier Giroud in the starting eleven. Antoine Griezmann will star in the second half from the bench. N’Golo Kante will appear all over the field while Paul Pogba connects the midfield and attack. In the defence, Raphael Varane is a mighty presence. Lucas Hernandez is suffering from a knee injury and he will miss the upcoming game. Both the sides have gelled well in the past few weeks but France has a slight edge over Germany, sharing the spoils is also a possibility.
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