Euro 2020: Group B and C Match Previews - 06/21/2021

by Big Al Staff

The third and final matches in Group B and C of the Euro 2020 take place on Monday. The Group C matches take place at noon ET.

The Netherlands plays North Macedonia on ESPN2 at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam. The Oranje have already claimed first place in the group with a 3-2 victory against Ukraine followed by a 2-0 victory against Austria last Thursday. Manager Frank de Boer’s team does not need a result since they hold the head-to-head tie-breaker against a potential Austria/Ukraine winner who would also have six points in the group. The Dutch are likely to rest players to prepare for the knockout stage. 

North Macedonia got mathematically eliminated from reaching the knockout stage with a 3-1 loss to Austria and a 2-1 loss to Ukraine last Thursday. The Lynxes still have pride on the line, and a result against a traditional power like the Flying Dutchmen would go a long way. BetOnline lists the Netherlands as -1.75 goal line favorites with the total set at 3.

Austria plays Ukraine on ESPN at the National Arena in Bucharest, Romania. With both sides having three points apiece with their respective victories against North Macedonia, a draw would likely be enough for both teams to reach the knockout stage. Ukraine holds the tie-breaker in the event of a draw since they begin the match with a four-to-three edge in goals scored. 

Second place in Group C will play Italy, the winner of Group A. The third-place finisher in Group C will face the winner of either Group E or Group F. BetOnline lists the match as a pick ‘em with the over/under at 1.75.

The Group B matches start at 3 PM ET. Belgium plays Finland on ESPN2 at the Gazprom Arena in St. Peterburg, Russia. The Red Devils have six points from their 3-0 victory against Russia and their 2-1 win against Denmark last Thursday. Manager Roberto Martinez still needs a point to clinch first place. 

Finland opened their Euro with a 1-0 victory against Denmark before losing to Russia last Wednesday, 1-0. An upset victory against Belgium would give the Eagle Owls first place in the group, with head-to-head points being the first tie-breaker. The Finns need at least a point for a chance to advance to the knockout stage. BetOnline lists Belgium as a -1.25 goal line favorite with a total of 2.5.

Denmark plays Russia on ESPN on home soil at the Parken in Copenhagen. The Red and Whites have yet to register a point with their losses to Finland and Belgium. Not only do the Danes need the three points that come with a victory, but they also need to overcome the -2 goal differential they currently have versus Finland. Goals scored is the next tie-breaker if Denmark goal differential is level with the Finns after the results of these two matches. 

Russia has three points in the group from their 1-0 win against Finland. A draw likely gets them into the knockout stage with four of the six third-place teams qualifying for the round of 16. Any result along with a Finland loss to Belgium secures the Bears second place in the group. BetOnline lists Denmark as a -0.75 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5.

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