Euro 2020 Football Tips: Sunday 13th June
Day three of Euro 2020 dawns and for England fans, it is the first chance to see the Three Lions in action as they face their World Cup Semi-final opponents, Croatia at Wembley in the first game of the day.
The attention then turns to Group C with the remaining two games of the day coming from there. In Bucharest Austria and North Macedonia face off, while group favourites the Netherlands face Ukraine in Amsterdam looking to get their campaign off to a positive start.
Let’s hope we can land a profit with this set of tips today.
- Group D – England v Croatia (2pm, Wembley, London)
- Group C – Austria V North Macedonia (5pm, National Arena, Bucharest)
- Group C – Netherlands V Ukraine (8pm, Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam)
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Euro 2020 Tips: Sunday 13th June
Since England’s World Cup semifinal defeat to Croatia in Russia, they have drawn 0-0 in Croatia and beat the same opponents at Wembley by a 2-1 scoreline. English hopes seem to be pinned on striker Harry Kane scoring the majority of the goals with the likes of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford likely to be tasked with creating opportunities for him.
Croatia are an ageing side nowadays and they are not the force they were three years ago. I do worry about their legs in defence and midfield, but they still have more than enough quality to test England’s somewhat suspect back line, especially with Harry Maguire likely to be missing.
As such, while I can see Croatia scoring a goal, I think it may come as a late consolation as I think England will be leading the game by a couple of goals by then and I think a 2-1 or 3-1 scoreline is the most likely outcome here.
Could North Macedonia cause a huge upset and land a win here? They did beat Germany in World Cup qualifying back in March which was a stunning result, and their recent form is actually much better than their Austrian opponents is.
However, this is their first real venture into a major tournament finals and I don’t think their players can sustain that level of performance they showed against Germany over three games in the space of around 9 days.
Austria looked hard to beat against England and I think that they can offer more attacking threat here in a game where I feel both sides will probably go for it, knowing a win could put them into the next phase. As such, I expect goals at both ends, but I do think Austria will do enough to claim the win.
The Netherlands have been rocked by injuries to a couple of key players in Virgil van Dijk and Donny Van de Beek, but even so, they will be the strong favourites not just to win this game, but to come through the group unscathed too.
The Ukraine are unbeaten in six, but all those have been home matches and some of the results are less than inspiring and this does look like a Ukraine side that is very much in transition and not as strong as some of the teams that they have had in the past.
The Dutch have a tendency to implode sometimes at major tournaments, but I think with them playing at home, that is not as likely here and as such, I think they will take full advantage of that and take the lead early in this game then likely extend it later on.
As such, I like the look of the HT/FT market here, with the Dutch leading the game at both half and full time.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.