Euro 2020 Today: Belgium And Netherlands Looking To Advance To Knockout Stages

Euro 2020 is starting to heat up on day seven with the Netherlands and Belgium both hoping to cement themselves in the last 16
06:55, 17 Jun 2021

As we reach the first week benchmark of Euro 2020, day seven has some tasty offerings as both Belgium and the Netherlands look to cement their places in the knockout stages in matchday two. Here’s what we have to look forward to.

Ukraine v North Macedonia – Group C

Where: National Arena Bucharest, Bucharest

When: Thursday June 17

Kick-off time: 2pm (BST)


Referee: Fernando Andres Rapallini (ARG)

Last meeting: Ukraine came out on top when the two sides last met in a Euros qualifier back in October 2015, winning 2-0, with Yevgen Seleznyov and Artem Kravets providinb the goals.

Ukraine were handed an agonising late defeat last time out against the Netherlands, having scored from two goals behind to get themselves back level before a costly mistake undid all of their hard work. They will be looking for an immediate response as they look to get back on track in the hope of reaching the knockout stages.

Their opponents are in the same situation and a late capitulation against Austria in their opener sees them desperate for a win in matchday two. After a commendable display in their first game, they were undone by moments of quality after tiring themselves out in a high press. The game is a must-win for both sides to have any say on the final outcome of Group C.

Sportsman Stat: In all four occasions where these two sides have face each other, there has never been a game when both sides have scored.

Betfred Odds: If you fancy Ukraine to come out on top in this tie, Betfred are offering odds of 4/6. The draw is priced at 11/4, whilst North Macedonia to pull off a shock is 5/1.


Denmark v Belgium – Group B


Where: Parken Stadium, Copenhagen

When: Thursday June 17

Kick-off time: 5pm (BST)


Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)

Last meeting: The UEFA Nations League was where these two sides last met back in November 2020. Belgium won the tie 4-2 with goals from Youri Tielemans, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne. Jonas Wind was on the scoresheet for Denmark with Nacer Chadli scoring an own goal.

After the harrowing events of Saturday’s game and defeat to Finland, Denmark will be hoping to be in a stronger state physically and mentally with the great news that Christian Eriksen is in a much more stable condition in hospital. They will need to outfox the world number one side if they are to have any chance of qualifying to the knockout stages in matchday three. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg’s missed penalty against Finland could come back to haunt Denmark.

After an easy victory over Russia without having to perform at their highest level, Belgium are in the driving seat for qualifying to the knockout stages. Romelu Lukaku already has his taste for goals and will be looking to add to his tally in his quest for the Golden Boot. If Belgium score early, there will be no way back for Denmark.

Sportsman Stat: Belgium were the highest scorers in qualifying with a total of 40 goals and 15 different scorers.

Betfred Odds: If you think Denmark can rise to the challenge, Betfred’s price is 16/5. The draw is 9/4 and a Belgium victory is available at EVS.


Netherlands v Austria – Group C


Where: Johann Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam

When: Thursday June 17

Kick-off time: 8pm (BST)


Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (ISR)

Last meeting: When these two sides last met in an international friendly back in June 2016, the Netherlands ran out as 2-0 victors, with Vincent Janssen and Georginio Wijnaldum on the scoresheet.

After finding the will to win on Saturday night after throwing away a two-goal lead, the Netherlands are in control of their fate in their bid to reach the knockout stages. They head into this tie knowing three points sees them through to the round of 16. Memphis Depay will be hungry to get his first goal of the tournament and Wijnaldum will fancy grabbing another one for himself, too.

After finding a way to see off North Macedonia, Austria find themselves in a great position to reach the knockout stages after one game. Their match against the Netherlands will be their toughest and they will be need to be switched on if they are to secure their round of 16 place with a game to spare.

Sportsman Stat: Austria’s victory over North Macedonia was their first win at a Euros finals.

Betfred Odds: The Netherlands are priced at 4/7 to triumph, a draw is 16/5 and underdogs Austria are available at 5/1.

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