Chief @FPLHINTS’ Picks – Euro 2020 Contest #4
Updated: Jun 28
We’re now at that point in the group stages where some teams are all but out, whereas others have guaranteed their spot in the round of 16. The majority of matches have gone by the form book and there haven’t really been many shock results. However, what could have been had Hungary’s goal been onside? It would have changed the dynamics of their match against Portugal. Maybe there’s still time for some unexpected surprises before the group stage comes to a conclusion?
Here are my confirmed selections for Perfect Picks’ Euro 2020 Contest #4.
Perfect Picks Euro 2020 Contest #4
Sweden v Slovakia
Group E seems relatively open and unexpectedly has Slovakia at the top of the table. They did just enough against 10-man Poland and even prevented Lewandowski from scoring. Another positive result would put them in good stead for progression to the knock out stages. On the other hand, Sweden put in a solid performance against Spain and will no doubt be looking for at least one win in their final two games. I think they have the potential and poise to win in St Petersburg even if Slovakia end up making the process difficult for them. Prediction: Sweden to win by 1
Croatia v Czech Republic
To their credit, the Euro 96 finalists defied their recent losses against Scotland and comfortably won against them at Hampden Park thanks to a brace from Schick. Scotland had far more possession and 19 shots on goal but ultimately it was all in vain. The Czech Republic will know that reaching the round of 16 is now a real possibility for them. On the other hand, Croatia narrowly lost to England and it is essential that they register a victory. Even if some of their star players may be past their best, their squad has enough talent to recover quickly. It will probably be a close match but I think Croatia can win it. Prediction: Croatia to win by 1 England v Scotland
On Friday, the oldest international football rivalry will take centre stage once again at Wembley. 25 years ago, England won thanks to a wonder goal from Gascoigne. Since then, Scotland have been absent from the European Championships, until now, whereas England finished 4th at the last World Cup. Just due to the history alone you would almost have to ignore form for this occasion. However, unfortunately for Scotland, there is a clear gulf in class between the current squad of players. The Three Lions will no doubt soak up the atmosphere and are more than capable of registering a heavy win on their home turf. Prediction: England to win by 3
Hungary v France
It may not have been the most tidiest of wins but France secured three vital points against Germany. Les Bleus are one of the favourites for a reason and they will be feared by all of their opponents at this tournament. In addition, Hungary will be demoralised after holding out against Portugal for almost the entire match before conceding three late goals. Even if France rotated their team for this upcoming fixture they would pose a serious threat. I just can’t see Hungary getting a positive result against France.
Prediction: France to win by 2 (Star Pick)
Portugal v Germany
Germany have the pedigree to pick themselves up after losing their first game but even they will be daunted by playing Portugal next. Ronaldo’s brace will be fresh on their mind and they know that defeat is not an option this time around. As for Portugal, they will want to maintain their momentum and confidence from their opening game. However, you can’t underestimate Germany in any international competition and perhaps both sides may simply cancel each other out in a tight contest.