Euro 2020 Today: Spain, Portugal, Germany And France All Look To Seal Qualification

Group E and F come to a close at Euro 2020 on Wednesday with plenty still to play for
06:55, 23 Jun 2021

Day 13 of Euro 2020 sees the conclusion of Groups E and F and it is all still to play for in both. Here is the schedule for today’s action…

Sweden v Poland – Group E

Where: Saint Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg

When: Wednesday June 23

Kick-off time: 5pm (BST)

TV: ITV

Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)

Last meeting: The two sides last met in an international friendly back in June 2004. Sweden were 3-1 winners on that occasion. Henrik Larsson, Andreas Jakobsson and Marcus Allback were on the scoresheet for Sweden, while Damian Gorawski pulled a goal back late on for Poland.

After a much better second-half performance against Slovakia in matchday two, Sweden were able to get a vital three points on the board when Emil Forsberg dispatched a penalty to put his side in a strong position to reach the knockout stages. Young forward Alexandar Isak looked bright again and he will be eager to open his Euros account against Poland. If Sweden win, they will guarantee their place in the round of 16.

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Poland gave themselves a Euro 2020 lifeline when Robert Lewandowski got off the mark to earn his side a point against a struggling Spain side. They will need to win to have any chance of reaching the knockout stages and Lewandowski will be feeling confident after opening his account last time out. He will need to have players around him to help share his burden and if Poland play with intensity, they could pull off a result that they desperately need.

Sportsman Stat: Sweden are unbeaten in their last seven games against Poland (W6 D1).

Betfred Odds: A Sweden victory is priced at 15/8, a stalemate is available at 23/10 and Betfred are offering odds of 8/5 for a Poland win.

Slovakia v Spain – Group E

Where: La Cartuja Stadium, Seville

When: Wednesday June 23

Kick-off time: 5pm (BST)

TV: ITV

Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)

Last meeting: Spain were the winners when the two sides last met. They recorded a 2-0 victory in a Euros qualifier back in September 2015 with Jordi Alba and Andrés Iniesta the goalscorers.

Slovakia were really impressive in their opening game against Poland, the interchanging dynamic of their forward players caused havoc to the Polish defenders and they were able to come away with three points. They then regressed to a flat, negative performance against Sweden in the hopes of securing a point to see them through to the knockout stages and they were deservedly beaten. They will need to attack Spain but also be wary defensively as one slip-up could shatter their Euro 2020 dream.

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After an underwhelming start to Euro 2020, Spain still have a chance to qualify for the knockout stages. This is a game where they need to convert the chances they create because they have squandered far too many in their first two fixtures. Luis Enrique’s side will be asked a lot of questions if they fail to qualify out of the group so they need to put in a convincing performance to ease their supporters' worries.

Sportsman Stat: Spain had more shots (227) than any other team in qualifying.

Betfred Odds: A Slovakia victory is available at 16/1, 11/2 for a draw and 1/5 for a Spain win.

Portugal v France – Group F

Where: Puskás Aréna, Budapest

When: Wednesday June 23

Kick-off time: 8pm (BST)

TV: BBC One

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

Last meeting: These two sides last met in a UEFA Nations League fixture back in November 2020. France narrowly won the game 1-0 with N’Golo Kanté scoring the decisive strike.

Portugal will be looking to bounce back from their defeat against Germany. They will be looking to be more defensively organised against France to get a positive result to boost their chances of reaching the round of 16. Cristiano Ronaldo will also be looking to add to his tally of three goals as he chases the Golden Boot. 

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France suffered a setback in their draw against Hungary and they were left to rue a number of missed chances, Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema in particular. They will look to bounce back against Portugal to gain some momentum as they are on the verge of reaching the knockout stages. 

Sportsman Stat: This fixture is a repeat of the Euro 2016 final.

Betfred Odds: For Portugal to win, Betfred are offering odds of 11/4, a draw is available at 19/10 and France are priced at 13/10.

Germany v Hungary – Group F

Where: Football Arena Munich, Munich

When: Wednesday June 23

Kick-off time: 8pm (BST)

TV: BBC Two

Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)

Last meeting: Germany were 2-0 winners when the two sides last met, which was in an international friendly back in June 2016. An Adam Lang own goal and a strike from Thomas Müller were enough for Die Mannschaft.

Germany will be looking to secure their place in the knockout stages with a victory on home soil. After a much better display against Portugal last time out, Joachim Löw’s side will head into this fixture full of confidence and will be adamant they can get the job done.

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Hungary are in with a chance of progressing themselves after their impressive hard-earned point against France in Budapest. They have shown they do not bow down to the stature of the bigger sides and they are good enough to get a positive result. They will look to frustrate Germany like they did against France and look to pick them off on the break. 

Sportsman Stat: This is only the second game between these two in Munich. The first, a friendly back in December 1911, was a 4-1 victory for Hungary.

Betfred Odds: A Germany victory is available at 2/11, a draw is priced at 13/2 and a Hungary win is available at 16/1.

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