Netherlands versus North Macedonia.
Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam. 5:00 pm.
The Netherlands have had a good tournament so far, beating both Ukraine and Austria. The Netherlands have played an open attacking game using wing backs to stretch the defences of the opposition. Denzel Drumfries has being the best attacking wing back of the tournament, and the Dutch have a very good midfield of Frenkie De Jong, Wijnaldum and De Roon. I expect the Dutch to play a good few of their squad players in this match, as every contender for the European Championship must have options from their bench in a tight match.
North Macedonia have lost their two matches, but they have gave credible performances against Austria and Ukraine.
Verdict: Netherlands 3 North Macedonia 1. I expect the Dutch to play some of their squad players, as they basically have already won this group. North Macedonia will try their best, but Holland will win this match comfortably.
Ukraine versus Austria.
Arena Nationala, Bucharest. 5:00 pm.
Ukraine are decent going forward, but are poor at the back. A match involving the Ukrainian team, will almost guarantee goals for and against.
Austria are a team that flatters to deceive. They have a team backboned by good Bundesliga, but were poor in their match against the Netherlands.
Verdict: Ukraine 3 Austria 2. I tip Ukraine’s attacking prowess to be enough for Austria.
Denmark versus Russia.
Parken Stadium, Copenhagen. 8:00 pm.
Denmark have had a torrid tournament, losing both matches to Finland and Belgium, and their best player, Christian Eriksen, almost dying on a football pitch. Denmark have managed over forty shots on the opposition goal in two matches, but have only scored once in this competition.
Russia looked like a poor team against Belgium in the opening match, and didn’t look great against Finland, but got the result.
Verdict: Denmark 2 Russia 0. I think that Denmark will nail back their -2 goal difference against Russia.
Belgium versus Finland.
Krestovsky Stadium, St. Petersburg. 8:00 pm.
Belgium have won their opening two games, while awaiting their best player, Kevin De Bruyne coming back to full match fitness. Belgium, another team who has qualified for the second round will most likely try out their squad players and give both De Bruyne and Eden Hazard 90 minutes in this match. Belgium will be a more formidable team with both De Bruyne and E. Hazard (he isn’t the player he was at Chelsea, but still unbelievable skilful) starting in the Round of 16.
Finland are a solid, compact team who spend most of the ninety minutes and hoping for a break for striker Timo Pukki to score. Belgium’s slow back line could be exposed be on a counterattack, but I don’t think Finland are good enough to do it.
Verdict: Belgium 3 Finland 0. Belgium to win comfortably, with returning playmakers Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard to play prominent roles.