Today’s Euro 2020 Tips – Thursday 17th June
Today we complete the second set of games in Group B, as well as seeing all four teams in Group C in action.
We start in Bucharest in a game between Ukraine and North Macedonia which is simply a must-win game for both teams. The Ukraine looked decent against the Dutch and they should be confident against a North Macedonia side well beaten by Austria.
The second game today comes from Group B and will see Denmark take to the field to try and earn something from their home game with Belgium. The Belgians are comfortable after a good win over Russia in their opener but the Danes will feel they need something from this game.
Last up we have Netherlands against Austria where a win for either side will see them confirmed as qualifiers for the next phase. It should be an interesting day of football at the Euros and here’s my tips for the three games.
- Group C – Ukraine V North Macedonia (2pm, Bucharest)
- Group B – Denmark V Belgium (5pm, Copenhagen)
- Group C – Netherlands V Austria (8pm, Amsterdam)
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Euro 2020 Tips: Thursday 17th June
I felt these two teams probably got what they deserved in their opening game. The Ukraine were dominated by the Dutch, apart from a 20 minute spell in the second half when they scored twice to level the game, but they could not hang on to the point.
North Macedonia profited from some comical goalkeeping from the Austrian keeper to grab an equaliser in their game, but the Austrians deservedly added two goals in the second half to land them the victory.
Of the two teams, I think Ukraine are the much more talented team and have by far and away the greater strength in depth. If Austria can beat the North Macedonia team comfortably, then I would be surprised if the Ukraine can’t do so too.
That said, I do worry about both of these teams defences and with both desperately needing to win I can see goals in this game at both ends, but I think most of them will go Ukraine’s way.
After the harrowing scenes in their opening game and with Christian Eriksen now in hospital and on the mend, Denmark have a chance to refocus for the visit of Belgium to Copenhagen, but this will not be an easy task for the home side.
Belgium have been in exceptional form of late fully deserving their ranking as the best side in world football at the moment. A 3-0 win over Russia, in Russia, kick-started their campaign very strongly, especially when you consider Kevin de Bruyne was missing and Eden Hazard only came on as a second half substitute.
Given their current form, it is hard to go against the Belgians here, even though they are effectively away from home for a second straight game. It will be an emotional night for the Danes too as they get back to playing after the Eriksen incident.
Against any other team in this tournament, I would back the Danes to get at least a point here, but I just feel this Belgium team are too good and will get that second win.
With both these teams winning their opening group game, the pressure is off them somewhat in this game and as such, I do expect home advantage to play a big part in this game and I think the Dutch will emerge with the three points they need to secure a spot in the knockout stage.
The Dutch showed enough going forward against the Ukraine to suggest that they should not find scoring goals a problem against most teams, and I think they can do that here against an Austrian side whose goalkeeper looked suspect against North Macedonia.
That said, I think Austria have some talented attacking players and that Dutch defence looked less than secure against Ukraine and as such, I can see Austria grabbing a goal in consolation here. However, I think the Dutch win this one 2-1 or 3-1.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.