Day nine of Euro 2020 brings around matchday two for the ‘Group of Death’ as Portugal and Germany go head-to-head and France travel to Budapest to take on Hungary.
Here is the schedule for all of today’s action…
Where: Puskás Aréna, Budapest.
When: Saturday June 19, 2pm (BST).
TV: BBC One.
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
Last meeting: The two sides last faced each other in an international friendly back in May 2005 as France won 2-1. Djibril Cissé and Florent Malouda were on the scoresheet for France and Zsombor Kerekes scored for Hungary.
After a late capitulation against Portugal last time out, Hungary will be looking to keep their Euros hopes alive when they face a very strong French side. They will need to be resilient at the back and they will need to be clinical when they have the ball as they will be expected to have very little possession.
France could book their place in the round of 16 with a victory in Budapest in what will surely be their easiest tie of the group stage. They showed their quality in the first game with a narrow but convincing 1-0 win over Germany, who were left frustrated. Kylian Mbappé will be eager to open his Euro account after VAR overturned his excellent strike in the last game. He will be reliant on the service provided by Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann.
Sportsman stat: A 2-0 loss in Turkey in June 2019 is France’s only defeat in 90 minutes in 18 Euro games (W14 D3).
Betfred Odds: If you think Hungary can shock the world champions, Betfred are offering odds of 10/1. A stalemate between the two sides is priced at 4/1 and a France victory is available at 1/3.
Where: Allianz Arena, Munich.
When: Saturday June 19, 5pm (BST).
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
Last meeting: The two sides last met in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup when Germany thumped Portugal 4-0 – a hat-trick from Thomas Müller and a Mats Hummels effort being the difference.
Portugal will need to deliver a better performance than they did against Hungary in which tired Hungarian legs played a strong part in their late flurry of goals. Against a stronger opponent, Portugal will look to Cristiano Ronaldo to lead the line in a game that could confirm their place in the round of 16.
Germany will be desperate for a win to keep their tournament hopes alive. They were far too comfortable to hold possession without trying to run at the French defence often enough last time out. They will need to take more risks against Portugal and have the confidence to run at defenders if they wish to have more success higher up the pitch.
Sportsman stat: This is Germany’s 26th successive appearance in a World Cup or Euro finals tournament.
Betfred Odds: A Portugal victory is priced at 9/4, a stalemate is available at 12/5 and Betfred are offering odds of 13/10 for a Germany win.
Where: La Cartuja Stadium, Seville.
When: Saturday June 19, 8pm (BST).
TV: BBC One.
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Last meeting: They last met back in 2010 in an international friendly. Spain won 6-0 with goals from David Silva, Xabi Alonso, Cesc Fabregas, Fernando Torres, Pedro and a Grzegorz Wojtkowiak own goal.
Spain will be looking to make up for their disappointing performance in the goalless draw with Sweden last time out. They were toothless in front of goal and wasted much of their possession with sideward and backward passes. They will need to play at a higher intensity and make their chances count if they are to reach the round of 16.
As for Poland, they were disappointing against Slovakia and this is a game where they really need to come away with something. They are relying too much on Robert Lewandowski so some of the other attacking players need to step up and help share the burden he carries. They cannot head into their final game against Sweden with it all to do.
Sportsman stat: The game one defeat by Slovakia was only Poland’s second loss in their last 19 Euro matches (W12 D5).
Betfred Odds: Spain are priced at 4/11, a draw between the two sides is available at 4/1 and a Poland win is worth 17/2.