Battle Of The Giants In UEFA Euro 2020

A preview of what to expect in group F of the UEFA Euro 2020

The beat goes on in the UEFA Euro 2020. The much-awaited “battle of the giants” is set to take centre stage tonight.

Last weekend delivered a plethora of goals, comebacks and excitement.

Italy earned a comfortable 3-0 victory against Turkey in the opening encounter of the tournament.

Belgium cruised past Russia courtesy of a brilliant brace by Romelu Lukaku as newcomers, Finland shocked Denmark with a 1-0 win.

England managed a 1-0 win against rivals, Russia as the Netherlands had to dig deep to overcome Ukraine who had come from two goals down to level the score.

However, Patrik Schick scored the goal of the tournament until now with a strike from halfway in the 2-0 win against Scotland.

Patrik Schick scored a beauty from the halfway line against Scotland

Poland succumbed to a 2-1 loss to Slovakia as tournament favourites, Spain played out a goalless draw with Sweden in Seville.

Preview Of Group F

Hungary vs Portugal

Hungary takes on the defending champions, Portugal in the first match of this group. Nezeti Tiznegy would be keen to repeat their Euro 2016 group stage performances, where they finished top of the group that had the Portuguese.

Marco Rossi’s men qualified for this competition via the playoffs. Dominik Dzoboszlai scored a last gasp winner in the final. However,  20-year old has been ruled out due to injury.

Marco Rossi’s men are unbeaten in their last 11 matches. A top-three finish in this group is a tough task but a kind result against Portugal could set the ball rolling.

A Selecao will be desperate to get the maximum points in this encounter to put themselves in a good position before the tougher games come.

Portugal begin its quest to defend the Euros

Having reached at least the semi-final in the last two editions, the target for Fernando Santos will be a final four finish.

Hungary will expectedly give it a push but Portugal’s firepower led by Cristiano Ronaldo will just be too much for the lowly team.

Prediction: Portugal win (2)

France vs Germany

France will look to go a step further by winning this championship. The world champions were narrowly beaten by Portugal at the 2016 edition.

Les Bleues have kept a clean sheet in their last four matches. Hence, they will be hoping to shut out the attack of the Germans.

With Karim Benzema called up by Didier Deschamps for this tournament, the French will be even much stronger in attack. Kylian Mbappe will look to take advantage of the defensive high-line of Germany.

Antoine Griezmann scored a brace to oust Germany in the 2016 semi-final

Germany has seemingly lost its way since the 2014 World Cup triumph. Die Mannschaft were abysmal at the 2019 UEFA Nations League and have been on the end of some disgraceful scorelines in recent times.

Joachim Low’s men will hope to get their pound of flesh against Deschamps team having lost out in the semi-final.

Low will be counting on his midfield trio to create as many chances for the rather profligate Timo Werner.

Prediction: Goal/goal