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Euro 2020(2021) Group C Preview | Austria, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Ukraine

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I run through an in-depth Euro 2020 Group C Preview analysing the form and key players of each side, as well as predicting the 6 results from the group games.

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Welcome back to the on the boardPODCAST: This is another episode of my Euro, two thousand and twenty preview,and we here again today to discuss first group, see and secondly, Group D.So by now you would know whether I'm doing it in group by group episodes ortwo groups at a time at this stage, probably going to be to but we'll seehow I go. All right. Group C is an interesting love. No real title contended you'd have tosay out of this lot, but through really good teams and one not so but good to see North Acido IA in thiscompetition. I believe it's their first one, I believe them in Finland are andtheir first one could be could be mistaken there, but I think they areand they're in their first major tournament, Austria they're pretty solid, an with a fewgood players, not not of the power...

...house or anything. Now the ones were inreally really good form and then Ronald Corman had to go to bas alone.Obviously they were in, they were sinking ship, so they had to bringsomeone back from the you know. The glory days of Bass, or so he went thereand since signing de Vort, it's really taken a turn for the worse and thenUkraine o really promising. So I bet a lot of good young players, but aren'tyet proven on the big stage right more a little bit more in depth. Now Austriawill be the first time we'll chat about across the last ten games. They had seventeen point, so I probably shouldintroduce this like. I did the first episode, because not everyone's Gon bewatching every episode, but I'll be looking at there forming the last tencompetitive matches. So not friendlies. Also look at the last four bigtournaments and I'll discuss their key players so, and they pick up seventeenpoints from their last competitive. Ten...

...matches had of failure like just anaverage strength of schedule. A they've only scored fourteen goals and conceded.Fourteen though so, seventeen points is pretty handy, but when you see thatgold difference that doesn't strike me with any sort of confidence of howthey'll go and they're not yet proven in a big tournament and race, with thisteam, two thousand and sixteen years they didn't get out of the group stage,haven't qualified for you, the last two World Cups, all the twenty twelve euroslooking at their team in terms of key players from the club season this year,there's not really anyone. That's had a really good year. To be honest, they'vegot a lot of good defensive players, so Martin hinterior he was in the top fivefor recovery. So I believe recoveries are like tackles interceptions andblocks. Potentially, I could be wrong with that. It's basically just how manytimes you get the ball back, but he's right up there with that German WondersLeague Center back and he's also a bit...

...of a powerhouse in the box in terms ofheading so he's one of the key players would highlight not quite sure howthey're going to line up but Stephan ill Sankar as well. He measures veryhighly in that start, as does Goran Dagoized, I'm three pretty Hanny senterback, not sure which would the two they'll go with other players to know. Florian Grill at Sho believe he's stillat Hoffen. I think the cinema fielder, he is a very good ball. Progresso lovestribbling, has a very, very high dribble percentage, so he likes to just breeze pass basically breece pastopposition, men, fielders and then obviously the stare traction is DavidAlaba, none actually sure what position isgoing to be playing to be honest. I've seen him picked, it set cd and he'sobviously played most. His career left back played a bit of center back in theWalmart friendles he's been playing like left wing and Cam. So really haveno idea where he's going to be playing,...

...but he's going to be playing a pivotinroll wherever he is for by Munich this year he was in the toptwenty of your Big Five Leagues in terms of passes into the final third,so a very good ball progresso when he has the balladist feet, he's obviouslymoving to round the dred as of next season. So it's going to be well, Iguess he's got his big move. So there's not that much motivation, but you knowI'm sure a lot of Ram would re. Will fans will be keeping a close eye on histournament and he was in the team of the season for the bones LE, as wasMarcel Subito who's, probably their main creative power house. He was really really good in onethousand nine hundred and twenty campaign, maybe not as dominant thisyear. But I love the goal- loves a key past, very, very goodplayer for Leipzig. So here's another one to watch so yeah Subita Alibe thenames everyone knows and then they've also got pretty good center packparingwhether it be into Rega and drag...

...ovitch or Interea, and Il Sunke sowe'll find out more about that than the favorite of this group would have to be.The Netherlands. That've picked up twenty points and they'll last tencompetitive games. They've had a very easy schedule. However. Gold difference is good. There scoredtwenty three conceded, eight haven't qualified for the last two bigtournaments and, as I'm sure of you, know, Virgil van door, Moti playing in thetwenty twenty euros. Well, two thousand and twenty one on so confusing, but yeah. So that's a huge out as it wasfor Liminal all season. Pretty much, and I have to say I think if thistournament happened in twenty nineteen like early two thousand and nineteen, Ithink Netherlands would have been right up. There was one o, the biggest darkhorses and even one of the favorites, because they were in scintillating form,especially in the nation's league. They are getting big upset, victories oversome of the biggest names in the world and then all of a sudden, a few oftheir players have lost form. But more...

...importantly, as I mentioned earlier,Carman went to bar SAR and they bought in to bar who look at how I hate to say,like I don't know his extensive managerial history, but, as I'm sure, alot of you and me are only seen, is Christol Pallas spell where I think helasted like forty days and now are seen what he's done to this Netherlands teamsince taking over so yea. It doesn't fill me with any sort of confidence.Their key player they're, almost a one man team at times, and it is Memphis topie as Leon, is as well you just an absolute star wherever he goes right upthere in terms of goal and V expecto Gol involvement soexpect to goals pluses expected assist. He sits. Thirteen in Europe's big fiveleagues up there in shots on Tige Pert, nine, which is pretty impressive,considering he starting out and out striker he's also pretty high and thekey pass start measuring in the top twenty for that, and he is also in thetop twenty for shot. Creating actions per ninety, so he's an aroun player.Does it all creates finishes, he's...

...basically going to be the one man showup in the attacking debts for Netherlands that the thee have someinform players like t, vaghe and stuff, like that, i Janin wine, album obviously similar boat to David Albafragant this summer and he moved well. I don't know if it's on yeah, I'mpretty sure it's confirmed, he's moved to Barcelona, but everyone knows that it's going tohappen so he's one of the greatest didn't have the greatest of seasonstill the pole. Nothing like is nineteen and twenty or eighteen nineteencampaigns, but when he plays for Netelas he seems to go to a new level.We've got Frankie Di Yong, obviously very, very talented player. We also howgood he was in that I ax run and then they've got the likes of daily Blend Davy class andwho just solid professional. You know what you're going to get when they turnup so they've got some really good players, Denzil dumb freezers. Well, Ihad a really good season, so they've got some talented players. I don't knowhow high this ceiling is. To be honest,...

I think teams like Italy and such havea lot more potential to go on a huge ruin this tournament, but yeah, Iwouldn't ride off the Netherlands. I never would then North Macedoniaeighteen points from the last ten games. However, out of their last ten, theyhave easily had the easiest schedule of the lot their average opponent. Fear forranking is ninety six, so yeah they're not being tested against many goodsides. Goals, scored nineteen goals against thirteen, so not the worst butyou'd. If you're a team coming into the euros having to perform against teamsthat that low rank you'd be hoping to kind of be dominating them. If you knowwhat I mean so with the greatest respect, I'm not expecting too muchfrom Macedonia. The only players, I really know is Gorani he's stillmagically playing in Eyang Aliaska. The actually really read him. Every timeI've watched Alioin in the championship days. I always thought he was a reallyreally dangerous play now, he's kind of...

...set on from a wing into a left back butsure you'll be in a bit more aggressive role for North Macedonia, so I'll beinterested to see how he goes on the big stage and yeah be. These teams arebeatable for North Acidalia that it's not like you're in the group of deathwith France, Germany and Portugal. There they are beatable sides, so I'llbe interested to see if they can steal a point here. All that and then finally,they've got Ukraine who a lot of people are saying, you're a big dark horse,but statistically it's tough to get behind that they've only picked upthirteen points their last ten games. However, they have on average, had thetoughest schedule behind Germany, so Germany used to gotthe hard schedule in their last ten and then it's Ukraine. Second, so they hada really really tough driving. It was in the nation's league played some ofthe C world's best teams and they struggled let's be real, so theyscored eleven goal. I think they had an opsite victory of or France, maybe oneso I could be getting confused of Turkey but...

...t they called eleven gulfs in those tengames conceded sixteen. So one of the worst goal- differences we've seen sofar in the euro, t last two years to haven't, got out of the groups stageand they haven't qualified for either the last two wall cups. So it's notthat promising for? U Crame when you look at starts, but when you look atthe team on paper and how they perform for club, that's where the hope comesfrom. So there may ban is Roman Malanno Sky, I'm going to go with players outof lant for out Atlanta attacking Midfield Campley wing as sixteen interms of EXPECTA involvements. Second, in terms of key passes pernety acrossEurope right up there in passes into the box right up there andshot creating actions. Just an a round jet and he's clearly going to be a keyto Ukraine success some of their other good players. I think there's ayoungster called Jan cove or something he plays somewhat of the right wingCampis. I should I remember he was...

...really good in a couple of the nationsleague games. They've also got Ya Chock up strike and sinching, whoever UNknows from his man city fame. So they do have some really really good players-Ukraine, I love young guns, so it's not we'renot sure how they're going to perform on the big stage, but definitely thepotential. Is there also Andre Yaboo r UN knows from his West Hend stint so yeah? This is probably one of the tiesI said. Group aid was tough to predict, but that was more in terms of secondplace, this one's tough to verdict right through one O. Three, with thegreatest respect, I think every one would agree that north Bacadale mostlikely to come forth. So the way we're going to do it. Ourprediction, like we have in the last two groups we're going to go on thematch, predict and see what that gives us so Austria, North Macedonia. Look, Idon't see at Macedony scoring too many goals. I know we've seen a lot ofcinder other stories and these international torments, especially asof late, but I'm not going to be the...

...brave one who predicts that I'll leavethat to you guys at home. So I'm going to say, JEZUS Trias starts. I'm notthat good, though in saying that, but I will give ostrog the DOB I'll say onedeal, I don't think it's going to be a very good game. I'll say both teams just ease into thetournament Netherlands, Ukraine. This could be an early decided for the firstplace in terms of the group hosting in this group. We will have theNetherlands have three of their games in Amsterdam. I know that much in termsof who has the other two. It is not being hosted out to one of the teams,that's being horsted in Romania, so nother ones definitely have that hugehome advantage there and I think that's going to play a big factor. I want toget behind Ukraine. They have been tough trial and tested against some ofthe best teams in the world in the last three years, but they haven't had thegreatest success against them. So I will say: Netherlands are but under deball they have not been good. Have they?...

No I'm going to say the home crowd. HasIt, as I say, and I'm going to say, one deal or right moving into the match dayto so not the most exciting, but you know they might start conservative intothe tournament. Ukraine, North Macedonia, I'm going to say you cram atthe bounce back victory over north Macedon, three meal, Sorano Acidaliafans and then the Dutch othering game once again got that confident inAustria, all Netherlands, but I'm just going to say the home crowd will get.Let's go to one to the Netherlands, because why not can't go one deal everygain and then nat day three we have Ukraine versus Austria. I think whereI'm sitting right now, this will be a bad off. I second place a Ukraine,Austria, Australia. I have more faith in just as a solid team. Ukraine, Ibelieve, have a higher ceiling so by this stage of the torment I'm going toback that they've, you know the youthful exuberance is going to comeinto play and I'm going to say, O...

Ukraine beat Austrian a three o threetwo Netherlands massador an here I will say the Netherlands turn on for andwe'll give that north Macedonia a goal, because why not so I'll tell you thatup and get back to you of what that means the table will be. Interestingly,I have not gone with any drawers in this group, which is very unlikely, butwhy not I've gone with the home side? The Netherlands nine points I knowthey're not in great form, to Bors a very questionable coach, but I think onpaper they still have the strongest side out of this group, and I think thehome crowd advantage will play a big part as if you were a fan of othersports, such as cycling and F one. You will see how loyal and Hectic Dutchfans can be you. We know they get behind Maxer Stoppin, and then theyjust crowd some of the some of the turf forgotten what theycall hair pins in the tour of France. I'll go Ukraine. Six points I just liketo buy into their narrative of the potential they've got of their youngplayers, haven't quite seen it against some of the best in the world recently.But I...

...don't trust Austria that much to behonest, they've just got a lot of solid club players who I don't know if thatcuts the mustard at this level. So I'm going the Ukraine six points, Austrathree and Massaroni zero. At the moment, Austrian will be going through to theround of sixteen, however, as one of the better third place teams, but I'llget back to that in the knockout preview.

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