Euro 2020 Quarterfinals Preview and Odds - 07/03/2021

by Big Al Staff

The knockout stage of the Euro 2020 concludes on Saturday, with the final two matches in the quarterfinals.

Denmark plays the Czech Republic on ESPN at noon ET at Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The Danes advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-0 victory against Wales last Saturday. Kasper Dolberg scored in the 27th minute before following that up with the team’s second goal three minutes into the second half. Joakim Maehle added a third goal in the 88th minute before Martin Braithwaite added the final score in the fourth minute of extra time. 

Denmark qualified for the knockout stage by defeating Russia, 4-1, on Monday to secure three points in the group stage. The Red and Whites needed the victory against the Bears to advance after losing their first two matches in Group B play. The Danes opened their Euro 2020 campaign with a 1-0 loss to Finland in a game obscured by Christian Eriksen’s medical emergency. Denmark then lost to one of the tournament favorites, Belgium, by a 2-1 score, although they had the lead in that game and generated superior underlying numbers. 

The Red and Whites have scored nine times and conceded four goals. Their underlying metrics placed them fourth in the tournament in expected goal differential after the group stage. They play on without their best player in Eriksen, but Tottenham’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has stepped into his role as the primary facilitator in the midfield. 

The Czech Republic won their Round of 16 match in a 2-0 upset victory against the Netherlands last Sunday. After a scoreless first half, Thomas Holes scored the opening goal in the 68th minute. Patrik Schick added the second goal 12 minutes later to secure the win. 

The Locomotive opened this event with a 2-0 victory over Scotland. They followed that up with a 1-1 draw with Croatia. They completed their group stage play with a 1-0 loss to England on Tuesday.

The National Side has scored five goals. Four of these goals have been scored by Schick, who plays domestically for Bayer Leverkusen. The Czechs have conceded only two goals in their four matches. 

BetOnline lists Denmark as a -0.25 goal line favorite with the total set at  2.

England plays Ukraine on ABC at 3 PM ET at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. 

The Three Lions reached the quarterfinals with their 2-0 victory against Germany on Tuesday. After a scoreless first half, Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock at the 75th-minute mark. Harry Kane added the second goal 11 minutes later. 

England won Group D with their 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic on June 22nd. Raheem Sterling’s goal in the 12th minute proved to be all the Three Lions needed to defeat a Czech team that they could meet in a rematch in the semifinals. England opened their tournament with a 1-0 win against Croatia. They then settled for a scoreless draw with Scotland. 

The Three Lions have only scored four times in the event, but they have still yet to concede a goal. Since a loss to Belgium on November 15, England has won all their matches except for the draw with the Scots earlier in this tournament. Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell are back with the team after being in COVID quarantine. 

Ukraine reached the quarterfinals with their 2-1 win against Sweden on Tuesday. The Yellow-Blue opened the scoring with Oleksandr Zinchenko’s goal 27 minutes into the match. The Swedes evened the score 16 minutes later. The game remained scoreless after that to force the 30-minute extra period. Artem Dovbyk scored one minute into extra time after 120 minutes to give the Ukrainians the win moments before the match would have gone to penalty kicks.

The Yellow-Blue managed to advance as the final third place qualifier due to the three points they earned in their 2-1 victory against North Macedonia. Ukraine lost their opening match to the Netherlands, 3-2. They lost to Austria, 1-0, in their final group stage match.

The Yellow-Blue has scored six times while conceding six goals. Gent’s Roman Yaremchuk and West Ham United’s Andriy Yarmolenko have both scored two goals. 

BetOnline lists England as a -1.25 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.25.

The winners of these two matches will face off in the semifinals on ESPN on Wednesday at 3 PM ET. 

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