The long anticipated delayed Euro 2020 tournament will finally take place in June, ending a 3-year international tournament hiatus for European nations. Some nations make their Euros bow, participating in the competition for the first time, while many of the traditional elite nations will be ever present as always. Here’s a rundown of the Euro 2020 groups, what we can expect and qualification predictions.
Group A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland
Although Group A has a competitive feel to it, Italy will go into the Euros full of confidence after their flawless qualification campaign, where Azzurri won all 10 of their games, quite a feat. The Italians are favourites to win the group and are 11/1 in the Euro 2020 betting to win the competition outright.
Turkey and Switzerland had very similar qualifying campaigns in terms of results, losing just the one game on the way to securing qualification. Turkey’s Cenk Tosun scored 5 goals during qualification and will hope to have his say on things.
Wales will hope for a similar campaign to 2016 when they were the true underdog success story of the competition reaching the semi-finals before a 2-0 defeat to Portugal.
Group Winners: Italy
Group Runners Up: Turkey
Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia
Two teams standout in Group B; Belgium and Denmark. Who each managed an unbeaten campaign through qualification. Belgium with such a star studded squad do not need much of an introduction, but the Red Devils can also boast a 100% record in their qualifying group winning all 10 matches. So they will be confident of progression through the group and a real siege on the Euros title.
Whilst Russia and Finland will hope to cause an upset by finishing inside the top two and above their higher ranking nation rivals.
Group Winners: Belgium
Group Runners Up: Denmark
Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia
The Netherlands will hope for a spell of far greater success on the international stage after failing to qualify for the last Euros in 2016 and the World Cup in 2018. A far cry from 2010 when Holland reached the World Cup final. They have an exciting young team who will go into the Euros without fear and there are promising signs for the Dutch after a strong qualifying campaign.
Austria have some talented players but did lose 3 games in qualifying. While Ukraine managed an unbeaten campaign so will be optimistic about their chances. North Macedonia will make their major tournament debut at Euro 2020 but will be up against it.
Group Winners: Netherlands
Group Runners Up: Ukraine
Group D: England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic
Group D is certainly one of the more intriguing groups at the Euros, with British rivals England and Scotland meeting in a major tournament for the first time since Euro 96 and the first meeting between England and Croatia since Croatia ended the Three Lions’ World Cup dreams in the semi-finals in 2018.
England fans will be confident of a successful group campaign and beyond, with one of the most exciting young teams at the tournament including the likes of Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount. Not to mention some of the more established members of the squad such as World Cup 2018 top scorer Harry Kane.
Scotland showed great heart and determination to qualify for Euro 2020 in a penalty shootout and that spirit will give them hope of progression to the last 16. Croatia still hold some world class players such as Luka Modric, while Czech Republic will hope the likes of Thomas Soucek can inspire them.
Group Winners: England
Group Runners Up: Scotland
Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia
After a period of domination in the early 2000s by Spain’s very own golden era with the likes of Iniesta, David Villa, Carles Puyol and Fernando Torres leading Spain to glory in Euro 2008 & 2012 and World Cup 2010. Spain have flattered to deceive in major tournaments since. A lot of the old guard are now retired and Spain’s squad has a fresh feel to it and after an unbeaten qualifying campaign, they will hope to return to their glory days.
Sweden look a rejuvenated team after making the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2018 and only losing 1 game in qualification under the guidance of coach Janne Andersson.
Poland will rely on one of the world’s best strikers in Robert Lewandowski who scored 6 goals in qualification and is a handful for any nation’s defence.
Slovakia, although outsiders will hope for inspiration to their ageing superstar, Marek Hamsik who is now well into his 30s.
Group Winners: Spain
Group Runners Up: Sweden
Group F: Hungary, Portugal, France, Germany
At every major international tournament there is always a group dubbed “The Group of Death” and Euro 2020’s is certainly Group D. One of Portugal, France or Germany will miss out on automatic qualification from Group D, which will be quite a high-profile exit for the group stages.
Portugal, France and Germany all had similar records in their qualifying groups with each team losing just the one game. All three nations hold some of the world’s best players and it really is too hard to call which two will progress. All we can say is let’s pray for Hungary!
Group Winners: France
Runners Up: Portugal
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