As soon as the seeding was announced ahead of the Euro 2020 drawback the first in 2019, there was speculation of at least two giants facing off at the group stages. This was further heightened by the fact Italy and Netherlands were marking returns to continental action after missing in major competitions before. After the draw, most of the talk was centred on group F, and it was immediately branded the Group of death.
The tournament is here, after being postponed for a year due to Covid-19, and among the nations that will be facing off in Group F, we have teams with six world titles and six European Championship winners.
Portugal, being the defending European champions, headline this group and has a Nations League title. Current world champions, France are also in this group; they have two world titles as well as two Euro championships. Germany is the other heavyweight in the group, with four world titles and three Euro wins. Hungary will be the underdogs in this group but their recent run of form suggests they will have enough to tackle the bigwigs.
At SportyTrader, we are definitely going to see top previews and sports betting tips concentrated on Euro 2020 in the coming weeks, but as far as this group is concerned, what are going to be the talking points?
First talking point will be on the venues. Here Germany and Hungary will have an edge, as Group F matches will be played in Munich and Budapest. These two nations will have a distinct advantage. Hungary, the underdogs, will have two group matches on home soil, giving them the needed push.
Hungary has picked good form going to the tournament just what they will need and ahead of their final warm-up game against the Republic of Ireland, they are unbeaten in 10 matches. On paper, they’ll be easy to rule out, but the fact that they don’t have many star players is a good signal for the teamwork they’ve had. Star midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai is out with injury but Attila Szalai has had a good season and is expected to lead well at the back alongside Willi Orban, who also has a decent goal return for a defender.
France hashas an embarrassment of riches going to this tournament. They don’t have makeshifts and no major injuries barring players from the competition. Most of their players have had great seasons and they will field some of the world’s best players. Kylian Mbappe will definitely headline the team, after taking the world by storm in Russia 2018. The depth in the French team is amazing and they have just the best mix of youngsters and experienced heads to balance the team.
Germany still has the world powerhouse element, but they’ve seemed to just be patching things around to keep their status in world football. After their 2014 World Cup win, the Germans have been a pale shadow of the team in Brazil and the early exit at Russia 2018 badly exposed them. Several experienced players are back in the team but their transition isn’t complete yet if their performances in the two Nations League competitions are anything to go by.
It is hard to pinpoint the star player in this German team, but youngster Serge Gnabry represents the next generation. He will be relied upon after scoring eight times in the qualifiers.
Portugal, the defending champions, haven’t been in explosive form since winning the Euro 2016 title in France but have one of the best-assembled teams and can rival France in squad depth. Their star man remains to be Cristiano Ronaldo, who despite his age has continued shining at the highest stage. There’s talk of over-reliance on Ronaldo in this team and this could pass as the major weakness the team will have going to the tournament.
Experts predict the tournament winner will come from this group, but it all remains to be seen with England, Italy and Spain out there.