Euro 2020 group stage predictions

Originally the Euro 2020 tournament was supposed to happen last summer, but due to the pandemic it was moved to the summer 2021. The whole world is holding its breath, waiting to see how 24 teams are going to be competing in 11 host countries from 11th of June to 11th of July. Let’s take a look at the groups and make some predictions.

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Group A: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, and Wales. Here Italy is obviously the favorite. Manchini has built an amazing team, they currently have a 27 games winning streak. The battle for the next 3 positions is going to be hot because Switzerland, Turkey and Wales have very good squads and it’s hard to predict who will end up where.

Group B: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, and Russia. Just like in Group A, the front-runner is clear and it is Belgium. “Red Devils” are currently a number 1 team in UEFA world ranking. In 2nd place, Russia with the main man, Alexandr Golovin. Denmark follows next, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen. 4th is Finland, with one of the best strikers in the Championship’s last season – Teemu Pukki.

Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, and North Macedonia. Personally, I really hope that the Netherlands will gather up and take first place in this group. The absence of Virgil van Dijk will undoubtedly aggravate their defense, but even without their main man, the Netherlands should be in 1st place. In 2nd place I see Ukraine: they also have a powerful squad. In 3rd will most likely be Austria, and last place I would give to the surprise contestant North Macedonia.

Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, and Scotland. Here England is the main team to watch. In my opinion, they have to be in the Finals of Euros, as they face no shortage of quality players: Mason Mount, Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho, and so on. Then, I believe Croatia will come 2nd, with Mateo Kovacic and Luka Modric. In the 3rd place I see Czech Republic, and in the 4th – Scotland.

Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden, and Slovakia. Spain are yet another clear favorites here, they should win the group easily. The battle for 2nd and 3rd will be between Poland and Sweden. And lastly, I don’t see Slovakia anywhere except the 4th place.

And finally, Group F, the so-called ‘group of death’: France, Portugal, Germany, and poor Hungary. Having to  compete against these 3 grands, Hungary will be in 4th place. Personally, I see France in the lead, Portugal 2nd and Germany 3rd, but I can only guess: it’s the toughest group out of all.

Regardless of the accuracy of my predictions, there is a compelling spectacle ahead of us. Do not forget to tune in.   

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