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Jun 30, 2021

Euro 2020 will take place from 12 June to 12 July 2021. A total of 24 countries will take part in this tournament. This grand European football party was supposed to be held in 2020. However, it had to be delayed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

There is something different in this edition of the Euros. The four-year event will be held in 11 cities from 11 other countries.

The participating countries have released the players who will perform at Euro 2020. Many star players are ready to help their teams win. So, which country is the strongest candidate to become the champion? In our prediction England and Belgium, this is the reason why. By the forecast, it seems that a win is highly anticipated. Make sure you’re not losing this moment and try to win some football betting, as the leverage is quite high this time around.

England

During a match at Wembley Stadium, the England national team appeared to press since they rolled the ball out. Gareth Southgate's squad recorded 57 percent of the ball, compared to 43 percent of the Czech Republic.

In addition, England fired five shots, two of which were on goal. On the other hand, the Czech only got one good chance from five opportunities.

Despite playing dominantly, the English national team could only win 1-0 over the Czech Republic. Raheem Sterling scored the only goal for the Three Lions Team in the 12th minute.

These positive results made the England national team qualify for the last 16 of Euro 2020 with the status of Group D. They managed to gain seven points, three points ahead of Croatia and the Czech Republic in second and third place.

Facts and Data

In the knockout phase of Euro 2020, the England national team will face the runners-up of Group F at Wembley Stadium, 29 June. A formidable opponent awaits England, namely between France, Germany, or Portugal. Against all odds, they won the encounter against Germany.

The following are some interesting data and facts after the England national team made it to the last 16 of Euro 2020.

  1. The England national team has won four of the last five matches with a 1-0. England also kept a clean sheet in those five matches.

  2. For the third time, the England national team has qualified for the knockout phase of the Euro finals with the status of group winners. Apart from Euro 2020, England has done the same in 1996 and 2012.

  3. Raheem Sterling has scored 14 goals in his last 19 appearances for England.

  4. The Three Lions have won every 12 games Raheem Sterling has scored, including the first Group D match against Croatia.

  5. Raheem Sterling is the first English player to score more than one goal in the Euro finals, having last been scored by Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard in 2004.

  6. Gareth Southgate has led England in 57 games as a coach. That is the same amount that Southgate scored when he was in England's uniform. In addition, he is the only footballer to have recorded more than 50 caps, both as a player and coach of the England national team.

  7. Bukayo Saka is Arsenal's second-youngest player to start with the England national team (19 years and 290 days). Saka still lost to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (18 years and 301 days) when he started the match against France at Euro 2012.

Belgium

The Belgian national team is the top seed in the Euro 2020 event (2021), held from 12 June to 12 July 2021 in 11 countries and 11 cities. In group B with three dark horse teams, namely, Russia, Denmark, and Finland, Belgium is predicted to advance smoothly to the knockout tournament's knockout phase between the blue continent countries. Armed with a touted squadron, such as Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku, coach Roberto Martinez's team may win the European Champion title for the first time.

With an increase in achievements since 2016 and now being ranked first in FIFA, it is only natural that Belgium is confident that they can win this prestigious title this year. Martinez's 3-4-2-1 formation in the last five years seems to be the mainstay strategy choice to attack every team opponent nicknamed The Red Devils. If all goes well, maybe nothing can stop Belgium.

Back and Middle

In the goalkeeper sector, Thibaut Courtois still seems to be a mainstay. However, the heart of the defense trio, commanded by Toby Alderweireld and assisted by Jan Vertonghen and Jason Denayer, will likely become a solid wall full of determination for his opponent later.

Midfield

With Kevin De Bruyne's condition not primed due to a facial injury suffered in the Champions League final, midfielder Youri Tielemans will likely replace the maestro's role as Belgium's midfield general.

Front Line

For the front line, Romelu Lukaku's sharpness should be watched out for by all opponents. Because the ferocious figure in the penalty box was at the peak of his performance after helping his club Inter Milan win the Serie A scudetto this season. On the bench, there are other experienced players like Michy Batshuayi and Christian Benteke.

  1. For the first time, the Belgian national team won a European Cup match after losing first. In the previous seven games in this situation, Belgium has: drew once and lost six.

  2. Belgium is the first team to win a Euro 2020 match after conceding first to the opponent.

  3. Belgium has only lost once in their last 25 international matches with details: 21 wins, three draws, and one loss. In the previous eleven games, the Red Devils are unbeaten: they won nine and drew two.

  4. This is the first time Belgium has started the group stage with two consecutive wins, and they have also scored five goals, which is their highest total in the group stage: four goals is the previous best record (1984 and 2016).

  5. Kevin De Bruyne scored his first goal at the Euros, although he has scored in the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.

  6. The Danish player Yussuf Poulsen scored a goal when the game ran for 1 minute 39 seconds. Only Russia's Dmitri Kirichenko (1 min 7 sec, v Greece, 2004) has scored faster at EURO.

  7. Denmark has only won two of its last 12 matches in the European Cup phase (W2 D2 L8).

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