Earlier this week, we were treated to an amazing round of 16 of the Euro 2020 tournament. What an amazing round this was, full of surprises and possibly more to come.
I am sure that this quarterfinal round must feel like a shocker to many, especially as predictions from earlier this week suggested otherwise. However, it is time to put those in the past and focus on this quarterfinal round. Let’s dive into some predictions shall we?
Quarterfinal Matches Happening Today!
Switzerland vs. Spain.
Ok, here we go! For starters, Switzerland are coming hot into this match after an epic and emotional showdown against France. Having beaten France, who were one of the likely teams to win this competition, Switzerland has a tough battle ahead once again versus a Spanish team firing on all cylinders. On the other hand, Spain has transformed their game from their first match to now, showcasing their world class talent and youth altogether.
My prediction for this match is a very physical battle between the two but I do expect Spain to be able to pull thru.
Belgium vs. Italy.
Now this is the showdown of the tournament! Previously, the showdown was between Germany and Portugal but this here is war!
Belgium are coming off a very questionable performance against Portugal in a game where Portugal at times showed to be the team that should’ve really moved on. In addition, now that they are in this quarterfinal stage they are facing adversity. The likes of Kevin DeBruyne and Eden Hazard will be out for this game, leaving the creative piece of their attack up in limbo.
Italy on the other hand have been the most exciting team to watch this competition. Their goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma is eyed as the best keeper in the world currently and he has shown reasons why. Additionally, the team has a strong balance in all positions. I expect to see an Italian team full of motivation and passion here.
My prediction for this game is that Italy’s powerful attack will be too much to handle for Belgium, especially if we see Federico Chiesa involved. Italy moves on in my opinion.
Last of the Quarterfinals – Euro 2020.
Czech Republic vs. Denmark.
Here is an interesting game that I feel many will sleep on. If that’s the case, please don’t and here is why.
The Czech Republic are coming off another major upset victory against a Netherlands team that many thought highly of, including myself! The Czech’s have shown grit, toughness and speed against teams simply don’t have that to offer in their arsenal.
Denmark in the other continue a highly emotional Cinderella story that many don’t want to see the ending of it yet. Coming off a major victory against an unruly Welch team that had it all to beat them, Denmark is here to show why they are where they are.
Denmark’s keys to success are” Schmeichel, Andreas Christensen, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Martin Braithwaite who have all been sensational too and contribute to what makes Denmark such a difficult team to beat.
I’m personally riding with Denmark here, they win this one 2-1.
Could it Be Coming Home?
Ukraine vs. England.
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People, please understand how incredible this match will be and the reasoning behind it!
For starters, Ukraine have been a sensational team to watch at the hands of now coach, Andrei Shevchenko. Ukraine’s main men have been Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City and Andriy Yarmolenko from West Ham United. Between the two, they have managed to elevate the offensive game of a Ukrainian team that at times are not only physical but so genuine in their ways to create chances.
On the other hand, the story line throughout this tournament has been England. English fans have been riding a thrilling roller coaster ride over the hopes of the Euro 2020 coming home. After a close call against a tough German team where if it wasn’t for Jack Grealish, this could’ve been a different story, England has resurfaced as the potential winners this year.
For England, it is extremely important that their manager Gareth Southgate focuses on realizing that Grealish is a must-start in this match. There is nothing else for England to worry about as their defense has been clicking very well and in the back of the net, Jordan Pickford has shown why he has to be in the “Best Goalie” in the world category!
England 3, Ukraine 1 is my score prediction.
Enjoy the tournament and will be back soon with more Euro 2020 content!
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