Euro 2020 Tips R16 – Tuesday 29th June
It’s the day England fans have been *eagerly awaiting/utterly dreading (delete as appropriate!) as they will face their great rivals Germany at Wembley in the seventh and penultimate game of the Round of 16.
England have a long history with the Germans, but ever since 1966, it has mostly been the Germans that have been celebrating whenever the teams have met in the finals of a major competition. Joachim Low will be quietly confident his German team can keep that run going here.
For England, it is a chance to banish the blues of the 1990 World Cup, Euro 1996 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup defeats at the hands of the Germans, two of those by way of penalty shootouts, the other a 4-1 thrashing.
The second game tonight takes place at Hampden Park and sees Sweden, who unexpectedly topped Group E, take on the Ukraine who were the final third place team to qualify for the knockout phase after Slovakia were heavily beaten by Spain,
That game will round off the Round of 16 and at the end of the game, we will know the final game in the quarter-finals which kick off on Friday.
Let’s take a look at the tips for the games this evening.
- Round of 16 – England V Germany (5pm, London)
- Round of 16 – Sweden V Ukraine (8pm, Glasgow)
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Euro 2020 Round of 16 Tips: Tuesday 29th June
England’s fans happiness at playing the Germans at home may be tempered with the news that they have not beaten Germany at Wembley in any game since 1975. England only wins since then have been in Germany, or at a neutral venue in a tournament.
It is also fair to say that with just two goals scored, although none conceded, England were not quite the attacking threat fans would have liked them to be in the group stage, although they have also hit the woodwork on three occasions.
Germany struggled through their group and for a long time, looked like they could be eliminated from the tournament until Leon Goretzka’s 83rd minute equaliser against Hungary. Joachim Low’s team played very well against Portugal in a 4-2 win, but they have struggled in their other two games, which does give England fans a bit of hope.
This is a really tough one for me as my heart is saying to go for an England win, but my head is saying that in the crucial games between these two teams since 1966, on almost every occasion, it is the Germans that have landed the victory. That may be the case here, but I do feel this is a game that will likely go to extra time or even penalties to decide the winner.
The final game of the Round of 16 is perhaps the one that doesn’t look the most exciting in terms of the two teams competing. Sweden and Ukraine are not likely to win this tournament, but it is an excellent chance for either team to reach the quarterfinals of this tournament, taking on the winner of the England v Germany clash.
I have been impressed with the Ukraine going forward in their games, but defensively they look extremely ropey at times. Sweden I think are the exact opposite of that, they are usually rock solid defensively and have the threat of Isak and Forsberg going forward, the latter having three goals in the tournament for the Swedes.
In terms of balance then, I think the Swedes look by far the better teams and their recent form is also markedly better than the Ukraine’s form is too. I also feel that while the teams are well-matched, the Swedes just look a more cohesive unit.
I really don’t know how this one is going to turn out in terms of the goals scored, I think a 1-0 win is most likely, but if the defences have a bad day then we could see a 3-2 or even more goals go in. Whatever happens, I still feel the bet to make here is to back Sweden for the win.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.