Euro 2020 Tips – Tuesday 22nd June
The sole focus today is on England and Scotland’s Group D and it is abundantly clear what every team needs to do in order to progress into the knockout phase.
For all four teams, it does very much look like a ‘win and you’re in’ scenario, with the likelihood being that England and the Czech’s have done enough to at least land a spot as one of the best third-placed finishers in the group stage.
For England, they need to beat the Czech Republic to top the group. Any other result will see the Czech’s top the group and play their Round of 16 game at Wembley. However, there are many people that feel given the fact that the top team in Group D will play the runner up in Group F (which is likely to be one of France, Portugal or Germany) that it ay be more beneficial to England to not win the group.
It should be an interesting and dramatic evening of football as the home nations battle eastern European rivals for a spot in the knockout stage.
Here’s my tips and bonus tip for today’s action.
- Group D – Croatia V Scotland (8pm, Glasgow)
- Group D – Czech Republic V England (8pm, London)
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Euro 2020 Tips: Tuesday 22nd June
I feel Scotland were unlucky against the Czech Republic in that opening game and they performed superbly well against England at Wembley, however their lack of goals has been a real issue for them in this tournament so far and they are going to have to score here in order to stand a chance of beating Croatia.
Once Croatia levelled in the second half against the Czech Republic in their last game, they seemed happy to settle for the draw, seemingly in the knowledge that they would have a better chance to beat Scotland at Hampden. Given how the Scots have played though, I am not convinced that is the case.
Sure, Croatia have some outstanding players, but they do lack pace throughout the team and this is a team whose best years are 3-4 years behind them and I feel the Scots can capitalise, but only if they can score two goals on the day.
That feels like a long-shot I know, but with nothing to lose by going for it, and roared on by a home crowd, if Scotland can perform like they did against England, I think they may just be able to pull off an upset here.
Let’s not beat around the bush, England were dismal against Scotland in their last game. Fortunate to get a draw after a performance that was lethargic, lacking energy and creativity and in which the only real chance created came from a corner.
The Czech’s benefited from a somewhat dubious penalty decision in their favour to take the lead against Croatia but were pulled back level in the second half and I think they felt a point from that game was more than adequate and was likely enough for them to qualify for the next phase.
Of the two teams here, I think the Czech’s have played the better football but England don’t tend to have two bad games in a row, especially at Wembley. They beat the Czech’s 5-0 in a qualifier for this tournament in March 2019, but the Czech’s did win the return 2-1 in Prague.
Both teams know a draw will be enough for them to finish as the top two in the group, but even so, I think Englsnd will do just enough to nab a narrow win, probably by a 1-0 scoreline.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.