Euro 2020 Football Tips – Saturday 19th June
We are nine days into the tournament and already, the final set of second games in the Group Stages are set to be played. The late game comes from Group E, with Spain hoping to pick up a win against a Polish side who are also looking for their first win of the tournament.
Prior to that, the four teams in Group F will be in action with France taking on Hungary in Budapest in what looks like a tricky game for Didier Deschamps men, while in the other game Germany need to get something from a tricky looking clash with Portugal v Germany in Munich.
By now some teams will have already claimed a spot in the knockout phase of the tournament, for the rest, there are the final group games coming up over the next four days for them to clinch a spot.
Here’s my tips for these games on Saturday.
- Group F – France V Hungary (2pm, Budapest)
- Group F – Portugal V Germany (5pm, Munich)
- Group E – Spain V Poland (8pm, Seville)
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Euro 2020 Tips: Saturday 19th June
France were excellent in their 1-0 win over Germany, although that scoreline doesn’t really do justice to how dominant France were, especially in the last third of the field, where Germany stuttered, France looked bright and inventive.
They face a Hungary side that frustrated Portugal for long periods, before capitulating late on conceding three goals in the last six minutes. I fear they could find this France team an even more daunting prospect, even at home in Budapest.
Given their lack of penetration in attack against Portugal, I can’t see Hungary grabbing a goal in this one, but I can see France scoring at least a couple to ease to a comfortable win, which would likely put them top of the group, albeit potentially only temporarily.
As such, backing France to win to nil looks like the smart bet here.
Portugal began their defence of the title they won in 20176 in style with a 3-0 win over Hungary, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s two late goals taking him clear as the highest ever goalscorer in European Championship finals history.
However, despite dominating possession, Portugal found Hungary very difficult to break down and I can see them having similar problems against a Germany side who found France too hot to handle in their opening game.
I can see worrying cracks in this German team. They lack pace throughout the team and could not cope with the pace of Mbappe in particular. They looked easy to defend against and while they kept the ball well, they never really troubled France a great deal.
I don’t think either manager would turn their nose up at a draw here, assuming that France win in Hungary in the final game of the second phase of games and as such, I think that is the most likely outcome.
Spain started like a steam train against Sweden but in the face of resolute Swedish defending, they eventually ran out of ideas and by the end of the game, it was Sweden probably cursing the more having missed arguably the two best opportunities in that game.
Poland went a goal down to Slovakia, struck back early in the second half, but then the sending off of Krychowiak really turned the game in Slovakia’s favour and the 2-1 defeat was a bitter blow to the Poles who now face the tricky task of taking on Spain in Seville.
Robert Lewandowski gives them a puncher’s chance here, but Poland didn’t get him into the game against Slovakia and I can’t see them doing that against a much stronger outfit in Spain
It’s quite a tricky one to call this as I am sure Spain will win, but I have no idea what scoreline that will be by, it could be 1-0, it could be 6-3. With that in mind, I am not backing any kind of result here but after their strikers drawing a blank against Sweden, I think Gerard Moreno starts here and he looks good value in the anytime scorer market.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.