Euro 2020 Football Tips: Tuesday 15th June
It’s the fifth day of action at Euro 2020 and after today, all 24 teams will have played their first game in the tournament. We also have the first really huge clash between two of the giants of European football to look forward to.
The focus today is on this tournament’s so-called Group of Death, with European Championship holders Portugal drawn alongside the winners of the last two World Cup Finals tournaments, France and Germany, as well as an improving Hungary team, who will play two games on home soil.
This should be a cracking group and there is the potential for a shock here, although it is possible, even likely, that all three of the big teams will qualify for the Round of 16.
Here’s today’s tips…
- Group F – Hungary V Portugal (5pm, Puskas Arena, Budapest)
- Group F – France V Germany (8pm, Allianz Arena, Munich)
*Time in GMT
Euro 2020 Tips: Monday 14th June
With games to come against France and Germany, both these teams will be under no illusions as to the importance of this game. In fact, you could argue that this is a must-win game for both teams if they wish to move on into the knockout stage of the tournament.
That looks like good news for Portugal as they have never lost to Hungary in any of the 13 matches between the two teams. In fact, the Portuguese have won nine of those games, but it should be noted that they did meet at the last European Championships in 2016 and fought out a very entertaining 3-3 draw.
A similar result here, while not catastrophic would leave both teams needing to win one of their final two games to stand a chance of qualifying and that looks a big ask on the road in Germany and against World Champions France.
This won’t be easy and I can’t see a game packed with goals here but I do think Portugal will do just enough to claim the win.
The French have enjoyed real dominance in this fixture of late. Since 1990, they have played Germany 13 times, losing just twice (the last in 2014) and winning 8 of those games, drawing three. They may be facing the Germans in Munich, but the French have not lost on any of the last six occasions they have faced Germany in Germany.
While the French are very much the finished article, Germany are a team somewhat in transition as Joachim Low faces his final tournament as manager. He has recalled a number of experienced stars for this tournament, including Mats Hummels and Thomas Muiller, and there is no doubt his squad is very talented, but they are just not in great form at the moment.
This is a fantastic fixture and the first really big game of the tournament, but it is a crucial one too. The winner of this game I think takes control of the group and while I think both teams will qualify from this group, whoever finishes second could well face England at Wembley in the Round of 16.
As such, with their great record in Germany, I am backing France to get a point here.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.