Euro 2020 Tips – Wednesday 16th June
With every team now having played a game, the sixth day of action at Euro 2020 will see the teams from Group A and two teams from Group B play their second, and often the most crucial, game of the group stage.
The action begins in Saint Petersburg with Russia hosting Finland and this is followed by a crucial game in Group A as Turkey will face Wales in a game that is crucial to both teams chances of progressing into the knockout phase.
We end the day with Italy’s second game in Rome, this time against Switzerland with the Italian’s knowing a victory here would assure them of a place in the Knockout Phase and depending on the Turkey v Wales result, could mean that they will win the group too.
- Group B – Finland V Russia (2pm, Saint Petersburg)
- Group A – Turkey V Wales (5pm, Baku)
- Group A – Italy V Switzerland (8pm, Rome)
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Euro 2020 Tips: Monday 14th June
This is a tricky game to call. On paper, Finland’s win over Denmark looks a superb result, and indeed it is, but given the extraordinarily frightening situation with Christian Eriksen’s collapsing in that game, it is hard to imagine the Danish team had their attention fully focused on that match when it resumed.
Fair play to Finland, they took their only real opportunity to score in that game well, while the Danes missed a penalty kick. However, I think the Finns may find this game, which is effectively an away game against Russia, a tougher prospect in football terms.
Let’s not beat about the bush. Russia were rubbish against Belgium. The Belgian side tore them apart even without De Bruyne and only a partially fit Eden Hazard from in from the bench. However, the Finns represent a much easier opponent and with home advantage, Russia can redeem themselves here.
I can’t see too many goals being scored, but even so I think Russia will take a narrow win which could well open up Group B for that final set of games.
After a solid first half defensively, Turkey capitulated against Italy and in the end, the Italians could have won that opening game of the tournament by five or six goals, so dominant were they over the lacklustre Turks.
That performance may well have buoyed on Wales and Switzerland into believing they could beat Turkey too and after the Welsh drew their opener thanks to Kieffer Moore’s second half header, they will feel that this is a must win game if they are to qualify from this group, especially with their final game in Group A being away in Rome to Italy.
Many people have been somewhat dismissive of Turkey following that Italy result, but lets remember that this is a team that beat the French and Dutch not too long ago. So while they were bad in that opening game, I feel they will be much better here.
With both teams knowing a win is effectively a necessity here, I am expecting a more open encounter and with the game in Baku, which will have plenty of Turkish support, I think the Turks may well get the better of things, though for Wales sake, I hope I am wrong.
Four of the last five games between these two teams have finished in draws and Switzerland have beaten Italy just once since 1983. Italy have won six and there have been seven draws in that period of time too.
Looking at how both teams opened up their campaigns, you have to favour Italy given their superb victory over Turkey. The Swiss looked bright against Wales but did lack a cutting edge in attack, which has been their Achilles heel for a number of years now.
While the Swiss are well organised and a tougher prospect than Turkey, I can’t overlook this fabulous Italian defence which has now conceded just one goal in their last 11 international games and not conceded any in their last eight.
That lack of bite in the Swiss attack against such a well-drilled defence is the key here for me as I can see the Italians securing their passage through to the next round by securing a win without conceding, probably by a 1-0 or 2-0 scoreline.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.