The Italians met the expectations in their opening match in Rome against Turkey when they were pretty convincing with their 0:3 victory.
From the begging, it was clear that the Italians had complete control, and it was quite surprising that they failed to be effective during the first part. However, after a setback made by the Turks in the 53rd when they scored their own goal, the path was open for Italy.
Immobile raised to 2:0 in the 66th, while the final result was set by Insigne in the 79th. Turks, even though quite potent before this opening clash, simply were not in a position to match a highly motivated Italians.
Italy currently holds the leading spot in the group shared with Switzerland, Turkey, and Wales, eager to continue where they left off last Friday.
Appearing for the second consecutive time in the European Championship, the Hungarians have already accomplished a feat that is difficult to reach.
They are in for quite a challenge at the beginning, as they will play their opening match against the Portuguese, a nation that they failed to beat in all of their previous attempts.
Despite being considered as serious underdogs, their recent form is promising, as they are enjoying an eleven matches positive run in all competitions, and having a home-field advantage in this will give them a push in the back against much favored Iberians.
The hosts will miss defender Hangya (10/0, Fehervar), important midfielder Szoboszlai (12/3, RB Leipzig), another midfielder Kalmar (27/2, DAC Streda), and forward Gyurcso (20/3, Osijek) compared to previous call-ups.
This will be the fourth consecutive EURO appearance for Poland, and sure enough, they are eager to start their campaign with a morale-boosting victory.
Their group is quite open, as they share it with Sweden, Spain, and Slovakia, as every nation has the potential of progressing further.
With an opening win here, the Polish will be on the right path of repeating their success from 2016 when they reached the quarter-finals, and being quite potent in every match they played so far in this year, gives them every reason to approach this clash with their heads up high.
Defender Bednarek (30/1, Southampton) is doubtful, while injured remains striker Milik (59/15, Marseille). Defender Reca (14/0, Crotone), midfielders Grosicki (83/17, WBA), Szymanski (11/1, Dynamo Moscow) and forward Piatek (18/8, Hertha) aren’t with the team.
The English have every reason to approach the opening match with positive thoughts, as they have the home soil advantage, and are currently enjoying six matches positive run in all competitions, so reasonably enough, the bookies are considering them as strong favorites.
An interesting fact is that England never won their opening match in the UEFA European Championship, but doing so here would certainly fire up a team atmosphere, and I definitely see them being aggressive against the visitors from Croatia.
They can’t count at defender Alexander-Arlold (13/1, Liverpool), Dier (45/3, Tottenham), midfielder Lingard (29/4, Man Utd) and forward Abraham (6/1, Chelsea) compared to previous call-ups. Defender Maguire (32/3, Man Utd) and offensive Saka (5/1, Arsenal) are doubtful for the moment.
The Belgians, in their qualification campaign, appeared in the almost perfect manner, as their performances were quite dominant, scoring as many as forty goals while conceding only three, so it is not surprising that they are considered favorites early in the tournament.
They are currently enjoying a nine matches unbeaten run, defeating the World Cup 2018 vice-champions Croatia last Sunday with a minimal result in Brussel, and are definitely eager to start their “quest for the European throne” in the best way possible.
They miss midfielder Januzaj (13/1, Sociedad) and forward Origi (29/3, Liverpool) for this competition. Midfielder Witsel (110/10, Dortmund) is not likely to perform at EURO, while highly doubtful is also offensive midfielder De Bruyne (80/21, Manchester City), with Eden Hazard (107/32, Real Madrid) also not being fully fit.
The Turks will have a difficult task in their opening match, but despite being severely underestimated by the bookies, they have the results to back them up, as currently, they are unbeaten this year in all competitions and look potent in the attack.
Probably their greatest victory this year was against the Netherlands 4:2 during the World Cup qualifiers back in March when they showed just how dangerous they can be, and I don’t see them holding back in their opener, as their offensive potential has to be taken seriously.
Left-back Erkin (59/2, Fenerbahce), midfielder Tekdemir (22/0, Basaksehir), and forward Tosun (45/18, Besiktas) are out of the team this time.
Portugal can be satisfied with their current form, currently being unbeaten this year, and has every reason to approach this clash with positive thoughts.
In their latest international appearance, they come with a 0:0 draw against the Spaniards back in Madrid, in a match where honestly both sides certainly had more to offer, especially in the offense.
Expectedly, the hosts had the ball to their feet for most of the time during this encounter, while the Portuguese tried to be dangerous via transition, but neither of them was sharp enough to make this one a bit more interesting.
Defenders Soares (34/1, Arsenal), Neto (19/0, Sporting), Duarte (2/0, Granada), and forward Neto (3/1, Wolverhampton) aren’t in the team this time for EURO 2020.
In their final preparation for the Euros, I’m going with full stake on this match. World champions France hosts out of sorts Bulgaria at Stade de France tonight. Hosts have beaten Wales on 2nd of June whilst Bulgaria played both in 1st and 5th of June, fatigue could be kicking in for visitors.
France are opening their Euros against Germany one full week from now on. Even though this team doesn’t need it, a win here could boost their confidence even more and some players will be looking sustain their rhythm.
Since Les Bleus is placed in group of death with Germany, Portugal and Hungary, Deschamps will be looking to test all his attacking players and everyone who plays will have quality to damage Bulgaria.
With a jubilant 4-0 victory over Malaysia, the UAE has risen to second place in Group G, 2 points behind Vietnam. Meanwhile, Thailand had a disappointing 2-2 draw against Indonesia and couldn’t think of taking the top spot.
In this round, Vietnam is likely to have 3 points against Indonesia, so only the winning team in this match can maintain hope to compete for the first place. The psychological advantage and the home field factor in favor of the UAE can win 3 points. The strong victory over Malaysia plus Thailand’s decline because of the loss of important pillars are also the basis for believing that the host will win this match.
In the first leg, the UAE received a 1-2 defeat in Thailand. It was a match where the assassin Al Mabkhout scored, but the West Asian representative was still empty-handed. In the group stage of the 2019 Asian Cup at home, the UAE only had a 1-1 score against War Elephants.
Fortaleza started the new season of Seria A in the best way possible, as they were victorious in their first match on the road Atletico MG, outplaying them with a 1:2 result.
They conceded first from the penalty in the 40th but managed to respond over Pikachu later on in the 60th minute.
Even though considered serious underdogs by the bookies, the guests put up with a decent fight, and successfully scored one more just before the full time, again over Pikachu, and opened their season with a morale-boosting victory showing the great play in the transition.
Central defender Jackson should be the only absentee worry for the hosts.
Internacional made a setback during their first match this season in Serie A, as they failed to be more convincing and took only a point in a 2:2 home draw against Sport Recife.