Euro 2020 Preview - Knockout Stage - 06/28/2021

by Big Al Staff

The knockout stage of the Euro 2020 continues on Monday with two matches in the Round of 16.

Spain plays Croatia at noon ET on ESPN at the National Arena in Bucharest, Romania. 

La Furia Roja needed a result last Wednesday, and they responded with a resounding 5-0 win against Slovakia to finish in second place in Group E with five points. Two of those scores came from own-goals from the Slovakians. Spain opened their tournament with a 0-0 draw with Sweden. They then settled for a 1-1 draw with Poland. 

The Red Fury has scored six times in this event while conceding just once. The three-time Euro champions have lost in the Round of 16 in their last two major international tournaments in the 2018 World Cup and the 2016 Euro. 

Croatia needed the three points from a victory against Scotland last Tuesday, and they defeated the Scots, 3-1, to finish in second place in Group D with four points. The Chequered Ones opened their tournament with a 1-0 loss to England. They then earned a 1-1 draw with a Czech Republic side that upset the Netherlands yesterday to advance to the quarterfinals. 

The Croatians have scored four times while conceding three goals. Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic lead this team after playing pivotal roles in their run to the World Cup finals in 2018, where they lost to France. Perisic leads the team with two goals. However, he is out for this match after testing positive for COVID. 

BetOnline lists Spain as a -1 goal line favorite with the total set at 2.25.

France plays Switzerland on ESPN at 3 PM ET at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

The reigning World Cup champions won Group F after earning a point from their 1-1 draw with Portugal last Wednesday. France opened their campaign in the “group of death” by defeating Germany, 1-0. They settled for a 1-1 draw with Hungary. 

Les Bleus scored four times while allowing three goals. Only two of their goals came from open play. Kylian Mbappe leads the French with two goals, with one coming from a penalty kick. Their lone goal against Germany came from an own goal from Mats Hummels. France finished in second place to Portugal in the 2016 Euro.

Switzerland needed the three points from a victory against Turkey last Sunday, and La Nati responded with a 3-1 win against Turkey. The Swiss National Team opened with a 1-1 draw against Wales. They then lost to Italy, 3-0. They finished in third place in Group A but earned one of the four third-place qualifying spots. 

National Swiss scored four times while giving up five goals. Xherdan Shaqiri leads the team with two goals. Switzerland lost in the Round of 16 in the 2016 Euro. They made the semifinals in the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2019.

BetOnline lists France as a -0.75 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.25.

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