Euro 2020 Football Tips – Wednesday 23rd June
After 13 days of football action and we are now at the final set of games in the Group Stage of Euro 2020.
Today we see the final couple of games from Groups E and F played to completion with another massive standout fixture late in the day as Portugal take on France in a game with massive repercussions in Group F, while Germany face a big home game against Hungary.
However, before those games, there is a crucial game between Sweden and Poland taking place in Group E in Saint Petersburg, while at the same time, Spain will host Slovakia in Seville aiming to pick up their first win and in doing so secure their passage into the next round of the competition.
It promises to be a very exciting evening of action to complete the Group Stages and here are our tips for this final set of games in the opening round.
- Group E – Sweden V Poland (5pm, Saint Petersburg)
- Group E – Slovakia V Spain (5pm, Seville)
- Group F – Portugal V France (8pm, Budapest)
- Group F – Germany V Hungary (8pm, Munich)
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Euro 2020 Tips: Wednesday 23rd June
Poland’s most recent record against Sweden is depressing reading for Polish fans. They have lost all the last five, six of the last seven and nine of the last 11 games against today’s opponents. In a game that Poland must win to have any chance of progressing, that doesn’t make for great reading.
However, I’ll be honest and say this game is the one that I have had most trouble with picking a tip for across the entire tournament. On the one hand, both teams main strengths are their organisation and the fact that they don’t concede too many goals.
But in contrast to that, the Poles have Robert Lewandowski and Sweden have the exciting Alexander Isak in attack and given the Poles must win, and the Swedes need at least a point, that tends to suggest a more open game. So where am I going with this?
In truth, I feel it is a bit like sticking a pin in a number for a lottery draw here and I think the game will depend entirely on whether we get an early goal. If we do, then we could see a fair few goals scored. If we don’t, it could be a tight and edgy game with either no goals or one scored. And because the odds are slightly better, I am going for an early goal in this one and the former.
It’s strange to think that despite playing at home, in their fortress of Seville, Spain is yet to record a win at Euro 2020 and if they lose this game, they will likely be eliminated even if Poland, who are one point behind them in the table, lose too.
The Spanish have dominated both their games so far but have failed to take the chances they have created and while they remain unbeaten, manager Luis Enrique will know that the country will be expecting a big performance and three points against Slovakia.
Slovakia knows that just a draw would keep them ahead of the Spaniards in the table and will likely qualify them for the knockout phase, even if they finish 3rd in the table. They are a decent side on the counterattack, but I think they will come up against a very determined Spain here who have learned from their last couple of games.
I think Spain ease to a comfortable win here and could even top the group as
a result. The odds on most markets for this aren’t great, so I’ve gone for Spain to win both halves with this bet.
Portugal’s record against France in recent times makes for dismal reading. Their sole win was the Euro 2016 final, but other than that they have drawn just once, losing the other 11 games heading back to 1978. In fact Portugal have beaten France just 3 times since 1947.
Both sides suffered unusual results in their last games. Portugal were well beaten by Germany, while France were held by a spirited Hungary, notably though the game was in Hungary and I think that contributed to the French unexpectedly dropping points here.
Of the two teams, I feel France are much the better side and more well-rounded team. That Portuguese defence looked very suspect against Germany and I feel that the French attack is going to have plenty of joy against them, especially on the counter attack.
Both teams know a win will qualify them but that a draw will also likely be enough too, so I am not expecting a gung-ho attacking feast here, but I do feel the French may just have enough to sneak the win and leave the Portuguese sweating on qualification.
After a lacklustre display against the French, Germany bounced back with a fabulous performance against Portugal, defeating them comfortably 4-2 and looking very much like one of the favourites to win the tournament once again.
Hungary did very well against France in their last game, but being roared on by a capacity crowd in Budapest really gave them a boost. They won’t have that luxury here with the game being played in Germany at the Allianz Arena.
As such, despite Hungary’s progress, I think the Germans are the obvious pick here and they know a win will certainly qualify them for the knockout phase. They are not likely to spurn that opportunity against a side that they have won three of the last four games against.
The odds on any form of German win, even in combination with another bet are not great, so I am going to go for a rare First Goalscorer bet here with my gut feeling that Thomas Muller is overdue a goal since his return to the team and he rarely disappoints.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.