Sweden versus Slovakia.
Krestovsky Stadium, St. Petersburg. 2:00 pm.
Sweden gave a decent account of themselves against Spain, in an organised, and disciplined performance where they could stolen the game, if Berg hadn’t missed a sitter after a set-up from Isak. Sweden will have to show more on the ball against Slovakia today and I expect Sweden to have more of the ball.
Slovakia gave a determined display against an out of sorts Poland on Monday. Slovakia will give Sweden a game today, but I don’t think that it will be enough.
Verdict: Sweden 2 Slovakia. Sweden will show more today, I think that Sweden opening up will mean that Slovakia will get a goal today.
Croatia versus Czech Republic.
Hampden Park, Glasgow. 5:00 pm.
Croatia looked like a team that were past their best against England, being slow and lethargic and never looking like a real threat to England. This team is past their prime and may be in danger of being knocked out in Round 1.
Czech Republic got a very good result against Scotland, with Patrick Schick being the difference in an evenish match. I now will have to revise my views on Czech Republic. Schick looked on fire against Scotland and could be the difference today.
Verdict: Czech Republic 1 Croatia 0.
England versus Scotland.
Wembley Stadium, London. 8:00 pm.
England showed on Sunday that they were a capable tournament team beating Croatia in a relatively comfortable 1-0 victory where Croatia didn’t ask much of England. I’d expect England to be similar today, a functional performance where England get the job done and qualify for the second round.
Scotland showed effort and endeavour, but a lack of class, particularly up front cost them against the Czechs. Scotland will be similar today, they will be motivated and organised today, but they can’t match England for big game experience, individual players or overall ability.
Verdict England 2 Scotland 0. Scotland may prove awkward opposition to England, but I expect England to in the end win it comfortably with at least one goal scored in the last ten minutes.
(C). Ferdia O’Mahony 2021.