Euro 2020 Quarter-Final Tips: Friday 2nd July
Well, after a brilliant group stage, my tips for the Knockout Stage Round of 16 floundered on the rocks somewhat.
I landed a 15/2 (£10 returning £85) bonus tip which was only sent out via email on the England v Germany game so that put things right a little – want the email tips? Sign up using the form on this page.
Anyway it’s on to the Quarter-Finals now and first up it is the incredible Swiss, slayers of France, against a Spanish side who have scored five goals in each of their last two games. That should be a cracker if their last games in this tournament are anything to go by.
Then this is followed by a game that would grace the final between the two teams who, for me, have been the best in the tournament so far. Belgium face Italy in Munich in what should be an intriguing game.
Check out my tips and predictions below.
- Quarter-Final – Switzerland V Spain (5pm, Saint Petersburg)
- Quarter-Final – Belgium v Italy (8pm, Munich)
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Euro 2020 Quarter-Final 16 Tips: Friday 2nd July
After the incredible games involving these two teams in the last round, I’ll be honest and say that this game could be anything. It could be a dour 0-0 draw, Spain could win 6-0, Switzerland could win 6-0, or it could be a 5-5 draw or anything in between. As such, picking the tip for this one was a real tester!
Historically, Spain hold the advantage with the Swiss having just one win over Spain in their history. However, that win was at the World Cup Finals and in truth, the Swiss’ form against Spain in recent times has not been too bad. They’ll also be confident after their sensational comeback and penalties victory over favourites France in the last round.
Spain hung on at times against Croatia but eventually prevailed in an enthralling 5-3 win after extra time. They do seem to have solved their goalscoring issues, but defensively they don’t look that solid and Switzerland will see plenty of scope for their in form striking trio of Seferovic, Shaqiri and Embolo to cause Spain problems.
In games like this, I think the draw is the best value as teams can be cagey, especially after conceding three in the last game. As such, I am backing the draw here.
For me, this game hinges on the fitness and ability to play a key part in the game of Belgium’s two star men Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard. With them able to play a significant role in the game, even from the substitutes bench in the second half, I feel Belgium have a chance.
If neither are fit to play, then I would edge towards an Italy win in normal time in this game, especially given the Italian’s excellent record over the years against Belgium, especially in major tournaments where they have not lost to Belgium at a major tournament in 39 years.
However, I do feel that De Bruyne may be able to play some part in the game, Hazard I am not so sure about, but even so, with De Bruyne in the team, I think Belgium’s chances of at least getting extra time and maybe penalties, increase markedly.
As such, I am going to bank on De Bruyne coming off the bench and inspiring a Belgium equaliser with the game then requiring extra time and maybe even those dreaded penalties to decide who is the winner. And who that eventually is, will likely be installed as the strong favourites to win the tournament.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.