Euro 2020 Preview: Group E and F

by Big Al Staff

Wednesday Euro 2020 Preview: Group E and F.

The third and final matches in Group E and F of the Euro 2020 take place on Wednesday. The Group E matches take place at noon ET.

Spain plays Slovakia on ESPN at the Estadio de la Cartuja in Sevilla, Spain. La Furia Roja has settled for two draws in their first two matches. After a 0-0 draw with Sweden in their opening match, they come off a 1-1 draw with Poland last Friday. With just two points in the group, manager Luis Enrique’s side needs the three points from a victory to ensure advancement to the knockout stage. 

Slovakia needs a draw to reach the Round of 16. After a 2-1 victory against Poland, the Falcons lost, 1-0, to Sweden last Thursday. Spain is a -1.75 goal line favorite, with the total set at 2.75 (all odds from BetOnline).

Poland plays Sweden on ESPN2 at Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The White and Reds have only one point in the group from their draw with Spain. Poland needs a victory to advance to the knockout stage. Manager Paulo Sousa’s group has won only once in their last eight matches in all competitions in a World Cup qualifying match against Andorra in late March. 

Sweden ensures advancement to the Round of 16 with a draw. With just one goal scored in their victory against Slovakia and draw with Spain, things could get dicey for The Blue and Yellow in the tie-breaking scenarios for the four third-place spots. Goal differential in group play and then goals scored are the first two tie-breakers after total points when ranking the six third-place teams. This game is a pick ‘em match with an over/under of 2.25.

The two Group F matches start at 3 PM ET. Germany plays Hungary on ESPN2 at 3 PM ET at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Die Mannschaft rebounded from a 1-0 loss to France with a 4-2 victory against Portugal last Friday. Germany wins the widely considered group of death with a victory this afternoon and either a draw or a loss by France. The Germans have yet to clinch advancement into the knockout stage. A loss for manager Joachim Low’s team combined with a draw in the France/Portugal match would have Die Mannschaft resorting for one of the four third-place qualifying positions. 

Hungary comes off a surprising 1-1 draw with France last Saturday. The Mighty Magyars need the three points from a victory to advance to the knockout stage after losing to Portugal, 3-0, in their opening match. Germany is a -2 goal line favorite with a total of 3.25.

France plays Portugal on ESPN at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest, Hungary. Les Bleus have booked a spot in the Round of 16 with four points in the group. The defending Euro champions win the group of death with a victory. 

Portugal has three points in the group with their win against Hungary in their opening match. They secure a spot in the knockout stage with a win or draw. A loss puts their advancement in doubt in the battle of third-place teams. France is a -0.25 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.25.

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