Euro 2020: Czech Republic-Denmark and Ukraine-England
Yesterday Spain and Italy snatched the pass for the semifinals of Euro 2020, beating Switzerland 4-2 on penalties and Belgium 2-1 respectively.
Today the last two quarter-finals that will allow us to know the best 4 national teams who will take the field on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 July at Wembley.
Below are the odds predictions of our bookmakers, the probable formations and many statistics to bet consciously on the scheduled challenges.
CZECH REPUBLIC - DENMARK 1 (3.75) X (3.10) 2 (2.15) on Rabona
Baku - 18.00 pm (CET Time)
This will be the third meeting between the Czech Republic and Denmark at the European Championships - the Czechs have won both previous matches, 2-0 in the group stage of EURO 2000 and 3-0 in the 2004 quarter-finals. Five of the last six games between the Republic Czech and Denmark ended in a draw, including the last meeting in a friendly in November 2016. The only success of this streak was Denmark's 3-0 in World Cup qualifiers in March 2013. With a 4-1 victory against Russia and a 4-0 win against Wales, Denmark became the first team in European history to score 4 goals in two consecutive games in the competition. The Danes have so far scored nine goals at EURO 2020, only in a single edition between the European and World Championships have they done better: in the 1986 World Cup (10 goals).
The Czech Republic reached the quarter-finals of the European Championships for the fourth time, in two of the previous three they made it through the round (1996 against Portugal, 2004 against Denmark), however they were eliminated the last time they reached this stage in 2012, losing 0-1 to Portugal. Denmark made 18.8 total shots and 7.3 shots on goal (both on average) at EURO 2020. Record for the red and white in a single European and World Cup edition since Opta collects the data (since 1966). Denmark have lost the last two quarter-finals between the European and the World Cup: defeat both against Brazil in the 1998 World Cup (2-3) and against the Czech Republic at EURO 2004 (0-3). After scoring with just one of their first 44 shots at EURO 2020 (2%), Denmark scored eight of their last 31 shots in the tournament (26%).
Mikkel Damsgaard has taken part in seven goals in six appearances for Denmark's senior national team (three goals and four assists). Damsgaard is the Danish footballer who created the most scoring chances in a 4-0 victory over Wales in the last match (3). Patrik Schick has scored 15 goals in 30 appearances for the Czech Republic, scoring four goals in four games at EURO 2020. Only five players have scored 5+ goals in their first tournament at the European Championships, the most recent being Antoine Griezmann in 2016 with the France (six goals), while one of the other five was compatriot Milan Baros at EURO 2004 (five). Patrick Schick scored three left-footed goals for the Czech Republic at EURO 2020, in the history of the European Championship the only player to score more than three left-footed goals in a single edition was Antoine Griezmann at EURO 2016 with France (4) .
CZECH REPUBLIC (4-2-3-1): Vaclik; Coufal, Celustka, Kalas, Boril; Holes, Soucek; Masopust, Barak, Sevcik; Schick
DENMARK (3-4-3): Schmeichel; Vestergaard, Christensen, Kjaer; Stryger Larsen, Delaney, Højbjerg, Maehle; Braithwaite, Dolberg, Damsgaard.
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UKRAINE - ENGLAND 1 (7.75) X (4.20) 2 (1.43) on Rabona
Rome - 21.00 pm (CET Time)
England have only lost one of seven games against Ukraine in all competitions (4W, 2N), 0-1 in October 2009 in a World Cup qualifier. The last two games between the two teams ended in a draw, with this being the first meeting since September 2013 (0-0 in Kiev). England and Ukraine have already met in a major international tournament, with England winning 1-0 in the EURO 2012 group stage thanks to a goal from Wayne Rooney. Ukraine have only scored three goals in their seven games with England, never more than one per game. The last four meetings between the teams have produced only four goals in total (two per team). Each of England's previous three European quarter-final games have gone into extra time and penalties: after beating the first of these against Spain in 1996, England lost on penalties to Portugal in 2004 and against Italy in 2012.
England are only the second team in European history to not concede a goal in any of the first four games of a tournament, after Germany in 2016. The only team to have kept a clean sheet in each of the top five matches of the tournament in a World or European Championship was Italy in 1990. Ukraine's only previous participation in a quarter-final in a major tournament resulted in a 3-0 defeat against Italy at the World Cup 2006. Ukraine have won two of their last three European games, more than in their first seven games in the competition (1W, 6P). Having reached the quarter-finals, only Italy (2.1) has a lower Expected Goals value compared to England (2.7). England have only conceded eight shots on goal in four games (two per game), their lowest average in a major international tournament (since 1966 for the World Cup and since 1980 for the European Championships).
Raheem Sterling has scored three of England's four EURO 2020 goals so far, while only two players have scored more for England in a single tournament: Alan Shearer in 1996 (five) and Wayne Rooney in 2004 (four). Andriy Yarmolenko has scored (two goals) or provided an assist (three) in five of Ukraine's eight European goals. In addition, with five active scoring participations, Yarmolenko is, like Andriy Shevchenko (four centers, one winning pass), the player who has had a hand in the most goals against Ukraine between the World Cup and the European Cup. Of the players who have made at least 200 passes at EURO 2020 so far, only Aymeric Laporte (95.3%) has a higher percentage of successful passes than England defender John Stones (95.1%).
UKRAINE (3-5-2): Buschchan; Zabarnyi, Kryvtsov, Matviyenko; Karavaev, Malinovskyi, Sydorchuk, Shaparenko, Zinchenko; Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk.
ENGLAND (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Phillips, Rice; Saka, Grealish, Sterling; Kane.