Chief @FPLHINTS’ Picks – Euro 2020 Contest #6
Updated: Jun 28
We’re now at a key point in this tournament where the final group stage matches are due to be played and they will determine the identities of the remaining knockout teams. There’s still plenty to play for with multiple permutations at hand. No doubt we may even see rotation among some of the starting XIs to freshen things in order to simply kick-start their campaigns. Here are my confirmed selections for Perfect Picks’ Euro 2020 Contest #6.
Perfect Picks Euro 2020 Contest #6
Croatia v Scotland
If ever a draw felt like a win at Euro 2020, then without a doubt Scotland’s performance against England was certainly that. They defied the odds in avoiding defeat and kept their hopes alive for the Round of 16. Admittedly, I completely underestimated them in my last article and they were a different outfit from their first game. As for Croatia, they’ve yet to register a win, and like Scotland they know that only a reasonable win will do for progression. This is effectively a play-off for a best 3rd place berth. Of course, Croatia are the favourite and the absence of Gilmour will be a big loss for the Tartan Army. But with a bit of luck, and playing on their own turf, I think Scotland could make history in more ways than one.
Prediction: Scotland to win by 1
Czech Republic v England
The Three Lions were given a reality check on Friday night as they were held to a dour stalemate. Of course, they’ve all but qualified for the next round with 4 points. However, unless they improve, football won’t be coming home. On the other hand, the Czech Republic are growing in confidence with their recent form. They are the current group leaders and will certainly give England a serious challenge. Expect Southgate to make some changes, which just might be enough for a morale boosting win for England in their final group game. Prediction: England to win by 1
Slovakia v Spain
Looking at Group E, it’s surprising to see Spain in 3rd place, with no wins and only one goal scored after two games. Of course, this side doesn’t have the same kind of pedigree that won the Euros nine years ago. But many expected better from them. They have one last chance and another draw will almost certainly not be enough for a best 3rd place spot. As for Slovakia, they know simply avoiding defeat should put them in good stead. But easier said than done, right? Spain will most likely get their gears finally in motion and do what is needed in this fixture. Prediction: Spain to win by 2
Sweden v Poland
Lewandowski may have scored in his last game with a respectable draw against Spain, but more needs to be done. In some ways, things are out of their hands as Poland will need to beat Sweden by a significant margin and hope that the other fixture in Group E ends in a draw. Sweden seem like a well drilled unit and have only conceded one goal so far. This match could go either way. But I think Sweden should just do enough to edge it in what could potentially be a lively encounter, even if Lewandowski ends up scoring again.
Prediction: Sweden to win by 1
Germany v Hungary
Losing the opening game in a so-called ‘Group of Death’ can be daunting for any team. You may even be written off altogether. However, Germany showed their tournament experience and pedigree with a sensational win against Portugal. They now face the lowest ranked team in the group knowing that three points will secure their route to the knockouts. But Hungary have punched above their weight and deserved their draw against France. They certainly won’t make things easy and won’t go down without a fight. Germany will know of the danger at hand and are capable of overcoming them.
Prediction: Germany to win by 2 (Star Pick)
Portugal v France
Finally, we have the reigning European champions coming up against the incumbent World cup champions in what could have easily been an advanced knock out match (that can still be the case in this tournament). Both teams have already shown their prowess as well as some vulnerabilities over the space of two games. Portugal will know that they must avoid defeat at all costs or else they are out. Three points in the group stages will not save them this time around. France on the other hand have the luxury of an additional point and are currently top of the group. I think a draw is a likely possibility and works in the interests of both teams. Prediction: Draw