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Euro 2020(2021) Group F Preview | France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal

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I run through an in-depth Euro 2020 Group F 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 ball podcast. This is the final episode of the Group Stage Preview for the Euro Two thousand and twenty tournament. Obviously once again doing it pretty late, last minute, but still good content. And obviously this preview applies to past eight teams. First Game. It will definitely provide an insight on how they'll go for the rest of the tournament. I'll be taking a bit of a break from the podcast after this episode, but we'll talk about that more at the end of the episode. But so I'm really excited for this one. Probably been looking forward to this one the most. The group of death. Everyone is very excited for it. France, Germany and Portugal all drawn into the same group. The Euro Two thousand and sixteen grand finalists, as well as the two thousand and fourteen World Cup champions. So and the twenty eighteen World Cup champions in France dumbling up there. So very, very exciting. And also hungry, who I know team to be scoffed at, and they're also playing two games in their home stadium, in a Budapest. So the should be a really good, really good group, very unpredictable, a lot of differing opinions being thrown around at the moment, some saying Portugal come third, some saying France might come third, some, I'm saying Germany and no good. So we will dive a bit deeper into the underlying numbers behind each team and try and predict their success from that. One thing I really, really like about this group is the too probably less fancy teams, Germany and hungry, have the home games. So we've seen it in most groups where the top teams have the Home Games which further, you know, extends their advantage over the other teams, but this group, unlike most, is one where it's a bit of a leveler if anything. So that's going to be really good and provide some really entertained games, whether, you know, the underdog has the crowd behind him and all that...

...good stuff. So leading into it we will chat about the world champions, France, the team that has been on everyone's lips in the last three or four days. Obviously, the Christian Ericson Cardiac arrests has, rightly so, been in the headlines and thankfully, is all good now in the okay condition. But underneath that major story has been the bubbling of some drama in the French camp and, to be honest, they've never been a team that's avoided this kind of talk. They're pretty much in every tournament there's always been, well, seemingly been some sort of unrest, whether it be with the fans, whether it be amongst the players. Ben's mirrors back for this tournament, which is huge. After use whole Val Bayne a scandal. It's been brute responded to and mixed ways. Some people are happy to see him back. is obviously really quality player. Some people don't think you should have been given the opportunity to come back. It's going to be interesting to see how he fits into that team because obviously they won the World Cup without him, so to get him back into that lineup you unsettling sort of the chemistry there. We've seen some rustling and fevers between Jeru and and Bape as well. Should rout kind of criticize the team, and bat a felt personally attacked by that. So yeah, some definite, definite drama brewing in the French national side. They've picked up twenty six points from their last ten competitive matches. Had A really tough draw, however, played a lot of top teams, as most of the other top teams do. They've scored eighteen, which is probably a bit less than we'd expect considering how many goals I scored in that World Cup, especially towards the end of the tournament. And they are however, they're only conceded six, so sold goal difference of twelve. However, the eighteen goals scored maybe something of note for their but looking at further into their squad, some of their key players, we're looking in and BAP aid and...

Belly Larissa. Before I go into their numbers, I'm will read out their last four performances. So they won the twenty eighteen World Cup, lost in the final of the two thousand and sixteen euros, quarterfinals of the two thousand and fourteen World Cup and two thousand and twelve year or so, got some real pedigree as a nation, obviously one of the most famous footballing teams with a ridiculous depth of talent right now have. As I heard. However, as I heard on a podcast today, they did say it doesn't really matter if you've got the best dirty players in the world. It kind of just matters if you've got the best eleven. I know injuries and stuff take place, but I'm at the end of the day it's the eleven on the pitch the represent the country, it's not the top fifty. So that is something that we've got to keep him on. This French side, however, looking at their key players, killing and bap a is definitely the star man. He's an absolute freak, so fast, so good at dribbling, he's just I've never really watched a game where BAP has been quite even if it's just one or two moments, it's always damaging. Whenever he gets a bit of space with you know they get it to him early. Is Allowed to drive at the defense and is probably that's probably one of the most dangerous sites and football. You'd have to think, maybe next to messy or an outer dribbling at use and bap a dribbling at you, because the pace at which he does it is just freakish, and the skill he has to finish off those chances it's next to none. So he's in the top five for dribbles into the penalty area, which is just freakish. Obviously kind of self explanatory's also in the top five for expected goals, expected assistant might excluding penalty. So He's scoring a lot of goals, having a lot of great chances and he's creating a lot of great chances. Fathers, and he's sick in shots on target per ninety. So I get pushes out a lot of volume and with his skill, that's why he's such a good goal scorer. So and Bepe...

...is definitely one of the stars of the show for this French team. Back in two thousand and eighteen when they won the World Cup, he was just coming onto the scene. He was probably a year after his breakout, so we still weren't really sure how he'd go. But now we know what to expect from M Papa and he is definitely the Talisman for this side and if they go on to win the tournament, he's definitely a good chance to win player of the tournament or top goal scorer as such. Another key player for them statistically, is Uzman demn bell a. So then Bell A, we're not sure if you'll start. Their starting excise actually a bit unsure, like no one knows what it's going to be, because obviously bens and is kind of thrown to the mix. So is there a way to get Benzama, griesman and BAP a Jrut all into one team? I'm not too sure. But Damn Bell A, what he brings, even if he doesn't start, he'll bring freak is dribbling. He's in the top fifteen for successful dribbles, is in the top five for progressive dribbles, he's in the top fifteen for dribbles into the final third and he's in the top two foo dribbles into the opposition penalty area. So it's just unreal. Arguably well, it's just statistically there that shows that are he is a top three dribbler in the world and he is definitely one. If, if he's body stays fit for the whole tournament, he's won. Even if he's not starting, can definitely have an impact for this French side. We know a lot of teams will park the bus against Francis and some of the top teams and the fresh legs coming on, you know, sixty seventy of minute mark can definitely be a vital part in their game. The third player I would like to hire issue Luis. So sometimes goalkeepers do get overlooked in teams, whether it be a club or national level, but I think national level goalkeepers definitely play more crucial part and I think I don't know why that is. Maybe because the games more open, there's more errors, so there's more shots. But it seems to me that in a lot of tournaments the goalkeepers really step up and become national heroes.

Just to name a few, we've seen a shower or show of Mexico. He's just freakish for Mexico and with the greatest spectrum. I don't know what he does a club land, the South Korean keeper of the World Cup. He made a bit of the name himself having a really good tournament. Bravo Romero. There's just so many great international keepers that really make a name for themself at these big tournaments. And lourie had a good euros two thousand and sixteen and World Cup in two thousand and eighteen, and there's some good keepers biting at his heels and this could be one of his last major tournaments, with the likes of Mike Manual chasing down for that number one French spot. But it's his for this tournament and he's definitely going to be pivots for them because at times you can be criticized for he's goalkeeping ability, but in the French side he goes to another level, like most keepers, other players who have had really, really good seasons. Ben Smart, he's arguably in the prime of his career, to spite in terms of age being passed it a still playing so well, brings so many players into the game and also scores himself. Rafael vran is still not, probably not the force he was at the two thousand and Eighteen World Cup, but he's still one of the world's best center backs. Kimpembey same boat. He's probably not quite progressed as we're expecting, but he's still a very, very good center back. Other guys, Juel, Julian, Jules or Julian, I can't remember his name is, but couldn't they start for severe and his link to moves pretty much all over the country and he all over the world. Sorry, and he's likely going to start for them at the back. Ben Yetta might be a bit of an option off the bench, and Coman as well. He might start or might comfort the bench and, similar to Denbla, he's very, very dangerous, with a lot of pace and a lot of dribbling ability, and that's I haven't even mentioned can't, Tai or podbus. So that just shows how silly this team is. One to eleven. They're littered with stars.

Probably the most questionable areas their fullbacks, but the guys who expected to start there, Luca Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard, with really the stars of the two thousand and Eighteen World Cup. So I'm not really going to say that they will weakness at all when Conta and podbus start together. That their record is ridiculous. I think they undefeated actually in like twenty three matches or something. So yeah, it's going to be very, very hard to see them lose all tournaments. But we'll get into my predictions for their group stage at the end of this and I'll be doing a knockout predictions, knock out stage predictions video at the end of the group stage in real life. So you'll have to wait for my analysis of every contenders chances then moving on to the next one. These I've said, there's about a few teams, but they are, for me, the absolute wild card of this competition, and it's Germany. We have no idea which Germany's got to rock up. It's only seven years ago that they want to World Cup and it seems as though, well, the general feeling in my opinion is that they're through a bit of a Rut and they're not going to do much this tournament, but some of my close mates reckon they're real dark horses for it. They have home games, three of them to be on in fact, and although they have had some really poor results in the last twelve months, such as a six new loss to Spain or six one maybe, they've actually picked up eighteen in their last ten matches, eighteen points, so it's definitely not as bad a form line is what one makes think, and they're fixed. Your difficulty has been really harder. Yet I've got statistics here about strength of schedule and they have actually had the hardest out of anyone in this tournament in their last ten games. So to pick up eighteen points in that is definitely pretty impressive when there's other sides, like, to name one creative, and they picked up twelve points in their last ten games and people kind of fancy them as so. And there's a lot of teams who have picked up more but had a lot...

...easier schedule. So you could arguably say the Germany are more hardened for the tournament. They've scored twenty one goals throughout that ten game period, so healthy scoring record. However, they have conceded sixteen. Obviously, six of those came in one game, but that's still not good enough and their defense is definitely their major issue going into the tournament. They've been a bit hidden miss obviously had a really, really good team throughout the two thousand and fourteen era. Made the semi finals of the two thousand and sixteen and two thousand and twelve euros and they won the two thousand fourteen World Cup, as I mentioned before, and unfortunately they didn't get out of the group stage of the twenty nine Eighteen World Cup. This will be Yachm Low's last tournament at the helm of the demand shaft. So yeah, it's going to be a really, really big tournament for both the players him and also just the public of Germany because, yeah, it's on pay for. It's still a really, really good team, but for some reason it just doesn't have the performances that the two thousand and fourteen team did, which was really good in itself as well. Name some of the key players, Joshua Kimmick, he's probably one since the last international tournament that's taken a step up. We've obviously seen him in the past six six years, I would say, been a really, really good right back. However, he has now been moved into the midfield, as everyone was expecting in the last couple seasons for buyern Munich, and he's been really, really good. They're we basically know he's going to be flying there for Germany this year and he's going to be crucial to their success. And some of the figures that explain kimicks dominance on the domestic stage. He's progressive passing them, as he is second in all of Europe's top five leagues in Progressive Passes, only behind Louis Alberto of Spain. So that's pretty hectic as it is. He's right up there. He's in the top twenty five. You keep passes playing as a CDM, which is very impressive. That's a past that sort of either leads to a shot or leads to a pass...

...that leads to a shot, if you know what I mean. So doing that from such a deposition of CDM very impressive. Most the others on that list, I either strikers, camps or wingers. So that shows the kind of creativity he brings. Even if he's so far away from, you know, the goals, he's also right up there and shot creating actions which, as I mentioned, very, very unique, you'd have to say. For that CDM position probably going to be a bit more defensive in this side, you'd have to say. Then buyer Munich. We know by Munich pretty much dominate every game they're in. So even at CDM you're likely going to be positioning yourself right on that like. You're not going to be at halfway, which you might be four games against other opposition. You're probably going to be further forward than that. So it's going to be a slightly different role, you'd have to say, but with the man next to him, who I'm going to talk about next, most likely going to be playing in that midfield together, Tony Crus he's pace has been questioned in the whole way through his career but as he's aged, similar to sound like and J Purlo. Not Saying there's similar players, but he's passing ability and vision has not. That's not let him down at all as he's gotten older. It's still one of the best skill passing ranges and skill sets in Europe. He's number one in passes into the final third in Europe's top five leagues. He's actually got more key passes than Kimicks. So both of them probably the deepest two players in that whole top twenty five. Just shows how specially he's. He's in the top ten for passing progressions. So yet very similar player the well not I probably shouldn't say similar player, but he's very cultured. He can pick any pass out. Really doesn't offer the defensive cover that Chimick does, but chemic will bring out the offensive ability of crews and they will provide a very damaging jewel in the center of the park. Now, in saying that, no one actually knows what formation Yochimlow is going to roll out on in tonight's game.

Actually it is, for me Kimmick. So we could see kimmick plan a more right side of Rollo, it could be in the center of the park alongside Tony Cross. So we'll have to wait and see for that. But either way both of them will be in the starting lineup and they will be as damaging as ever. And Look, I talked about the defensive record being shaken. It definitely is a major concern. But another major concerns who will score the goals for Germany. A lot of these players are from Bayern Munich, as you know, Germany's biggest club, and they are fortunate enough to play with the best striker and world football right now, I think you'd have to say a messy is he really struck? I don't know, but Robert Levelndovski will finish any chance that you serve him up. So they don't quite have that luxury in this Germany German team and I do actually think that has caused a few of their issues in the last three or four years. Their name, then, will be search can abury. He is obviously formerly of Arsenal fame, but is done so much more in his career since then. Absolutely lit it up at a few different clubs and ending up at Bayern Munich. He's right up there and expect a goal and expects to assist. Numbers right up there and shots on target per ninety and he is also really good at dribbling the ball into the opposition penalty area, being in the top twenty in Europe's top five leagues for that. So He's definitely going to be a damaging player. Not sure how they'll line up, where the team of earner gets a starters and navery plays on a wider position, or on every plays up front and Werner plays wide, or one of them players in the other doesn't. But you'd expect Le Rosn a Searchin Abrey, maybe even car have hurts, to be leading the line for the jet demand shaft. And they're going to be tasked with the huge responsibility of banging the goals because obviously Chris and Kimidge are going to be the main creators. Thomas Muller, if he does play, as well. He's been in great creating form in the last three or four seasons, well, basically his whole career. So they will need someone to put them away, because at the moment it's hard to...

...see whether that's definitely going to come from but this could be a bit of a surge. Can Avery breakout tournament? I know he's been playing very, very well club for a long time and he's not young by any means, but still probably underrated, you'd have to say, at just in terms of his reputation internationally. Other guys who have had really, really good seasons who are German ill kikunto one. Not sure if you'll actually start giving kimick and curs look. I think good too Wan and curs have to be there. So kimick might be forced out to a right side of position. If they play three of the back, he might have to play right wing back and maybe when they have possession he must shift into the middle of a bit like pep does with Cinchenko Man City. So we'll see how that all plays out. But you'd think good to one is too good to be on the bench for this German tart side, but I know he has been in the past. Thomas Moore had another really good season for buying, so we'll see how he fits into decide whether him habits, son a, now three and vernic and all playing one team. Not sure about that, but we'll see how that goes. And Leon Carret scar is another option who's had a really good year. Probably won't play given the amount of stars in central midfield they have that I've mentioned, but he is always going to be there and likely going to be a good play to bring off the bench in the latter stages of fixtures, right leading into the other host of the group. Hungry bit of a wild card in this group. None expects them to win any game, she'd have to imagine, but they're actually really good perform. They've picked up twenty one points in their last ten competitive games. Haven't had the most testing fixture as most the weaker sides have. Well haven't, I guess I should say they've scored twenty one goals and their last ten, which is really exciting, and only conceded ten. So statistically there they look like they've had really good run of form and maybe shouldn't be slept on, especially playing at home in Budapest. I believe they are without one of their key players and look, I'm not going to say I'm some Hungarian football know at all. I...

...don't know much about their side. I think maybe puss gasses, so I don't know if that was a few years ago, but remember him playing for hungry at one point. So look, I'm not going to enlighten you too much on this hungry side. And the Peter Galatchi of Leipzig fame will be their captain and goalkeeper. I'd a shoe. Apart from that, my knowledge is very, very limited, and their last for tournaments they haven't qualified in and three of them and there's two thousand and sixteen euros. They made it out of the group stage and lost in the round sixteen, so it shows they've got a bit of pedigree at this tournament. Obviously have a rich history of football. Hungry had that God squad. I think it was in the S. maybe could have been in the S. I don't know too much about Hungarian football, but I don't know they had a gun team at one stage. So they're a bit of a wild card and look, my predictions probably won't reflect to fondly on them, but definitely watch out for them for an upset shock or two, especially because they're playing at home and two of their games. So excited to see how the hungry team don't. And then finally we have Portugal, the defending champions. I have to say I feel like everyone's maybe it's just in the circles I running, but I have a few mates who are saying like Portugal less of a chance of winning it than Germany. But if you look at this Portugal starting exile or even their best fifteen players, it's absolute piss take like this. So good, better team. Well, they've got a better bunch of players than they were then they had when they want the euros. It's been questioned what whether they're a better team because of that. Not sure. We'll have to wait and see. They've picked up twenty three points out of their last possible thirty, so they're coming in red hoot. Haven't had the easiest of schedules when compared to some of the other big sides, but they definitely have been tested. They have scored twenty in their last ten and on the conceded seven, so a pretty pitch of perfect no glaring holes. They're in their last four major tournaments in...

...the around sixteen. In the two thousand and Teen World Cup, they got knocked down in the round of sixteen. In the two thousand and sixteen euros, they obviously one at beating France in the final. In the two thousand and fourteen World Cup, didn't make it out of the group stage, and this is probably something that a lot of people will tend to match up or connotate with Portuguese football. They can be a little bit unpredictable at times, but I think given that last ten record, having acquired twenty three points of their last thirty. I think maybe they've got rid of that tag potentially, and then they made the semi finals the two thousand and twelve euros, so they obviously really like the euro's having two really good tournaments in their last two additions. Now I could basically pick anyone here. Obviously they've got arguably the goat. I'm a bit of a messy fan, can't lie. But Ronaldo will still be there for Portugal and he will be as crucial as ever. And they've got so many good players. But some of the ones I want to highlight Bruno Fernandez. Bruno Fernandez obviously known from being dominant since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United, being one of the best players in the premier league in the last eighteen months. However, it's going to be interesting to see whether he can transfer this form into the national side. There's been calls for him not even to be selected for the sake of team balance. Obviously they've got so many ours going forward it's going to be hard to fit everyone in, with the likes of shower Felix, but not a silver just to name a couple. Not even going to get into how many there are because we could be here at days. But Fernandez, statistically, you look at his stats and he's probably going to be there. He's had such a dominant seats of for menu. At times I do think he might be a little bit overrated, but that might be me just being as cynical of Manchester United. But he's in the top twenty five four key passes. He's in the top fifteen for passes in to the penalty area. He's in the top twenty for shock creating actions per ninety and this is in a side where you...

...know it's it wasn't a favorable situation compare relative to some of the other clubs in Europe. Manchester United didn't have as much tacking weapons, as you know, compared to like buyern Municor Manchester City. So the stats definitely have to be respected, even though it might not be as high as some of the other people would explored across this preview series. So Brenda Finandez is definitely going to be one to watch. He's in the prime of his career playing some of the best football ye ever has. It's going to be I think. I'll assume he'll start. I think they have to start him, just given his superstar quality. I would have to say he's ability to create something out of nothing. I think he's got to be there, even if, look it's tough. It's going to be really tough decision for the Portuguese manager. He's handled some egos really, really well in the past, but this might be his greatest challenge yet, trying to work out whether you pick your best eleven players or your best team. So I'm sure he knows what will be best and we'll see how they line up tonight against Hungary. Another player who is probably someone who they don't change the light on as much as they like to focus on Ruben Das and the rest, and then Rube da saw the attack is pretty much non US gets a look in, but Raphael Guerrero, brushy at dormant fame. He's an absolute get. Jet Think about the best comparison, I would say would probably be a Alexander Cinchenko of Manchester City, but he's probably twenty percent better player than he might say. He has the composure and skills of a center mid, but he also is lethal down that left edg she'll be playing the left back position or left wing back if they play five or three of the back of you want to look at it. He's in the top five, Hesn't he's actually fourth placed in progressive passes in Europe's top five leagues per ninety. So that's just basically says it all. He's in the top twenty five four passes into the penalty area, and that's...

...from left back. So that's very, very scary numbers. Obviously playing the don't dominant, dormant team, but that just shows how good he is. And he's also in the top fifteen for progressive dribbles. So this guy does it all and he's a left back, so he's definitely one to watch. He had a very, very good euros campaign in twenty six Stein and this could be a tournament where he stands his authority as one of the stars this Portiuese side. And then another play out we can't overlook is Bernardo Silver. Probably doesn't get the plaudits of some of the other city boys. Everyone likes to highlight de Bruner, Gondowan, Rubin diace, even maybe feel food and but Bernardo silver silver has been one of the most reliable players in the last two to three years. He's been so good he's and the excellent dribbler. He's just so good to watch. He's in the top ten for progressive dribbles. He's in the top six, I believe, across Europe's top five leagues for dribbles into the final third. So he's just he gets the balled his feet and he just goes towards the opposition can go pretty much, and he's very good at holding holding the ball, as all the city players are, so he's got a lot of strings to his bow. He's a good pressor as well. And Yeah, I think Bernarda Silver probably will be in the starting lineup, I'd imagine, and he will be a very crucial cog to their success. I'm just looking at some er FA or greas numbers. Just ridiculous. He had sixteen goal involved in in twenty seven games. He's nuts. Anyway, I've talked about him enough. So some of the other players who have had really, really good seasons for Portuguar could basically go through the whole squad because they've all been very, very impressive. Jose a font is probably someone we wouldn't think. We would probably think he'd be a squad member who wouldn't think he'd be a starter for this team, but he's been so dominant in that all conquering little team this year rejuvenated his career by leaving Southampton and he is likely going to feature in this starting lineup. J'ALL. CAIN SLO is another one. He is the right back for Portugal. He's not...

...been starting every game for men city, as most don't. They ever really strict rotation policy, but he's someone is likely going to feature a lot. Rubin Diaz One Premier League player of the year. So the fact that he I think he played in the euro victory, but I think he was basically no name of that stage and was definitely not playing the levelis now. So to think that's an upgrade. That's scary. Ronaldo made the serier team this season. Yeah, it's just look, it's just ultimately scary. On Tre Silva had his best year of his career to date and he won't even get a look in in this team, you'd imagine. So Yeah, look, they're very, very scary team, as our France and, as I even Germany. So I'll be heading into my predictions for group F. So match day one occurs tonight. You might have happened already by the time you listen watch this. So we will be opening with hungry versus Portugal in Budapest. I will be going Portugal to nil. I just think Portugal be too school for basically, I think I'm not going to go to high scoring because we've seen a lot of the match day one game. Some of the big teams take a little while to find their feet and in tournaments, and I was I've been looking at previous editions of World Cups and Euros and usually match day one and match day two aren't very high scoring. So I'll keep it to too nil. French Germany. I think Germany, given their recent defensive frailties. I reckon they might overcompensate and be really defensive against this German team, against his French team. Sorry, even though it is their home game, I don't think they'll be on the front foot. I think friends would be too good, will dominate the game and I see them coming away with a one deal victory. I think Germany will hang on for dear life and maybe scare them a few times on the counter attack. But I think France, Walter, only do be to class and when one nil, moving into match day to where we have hungry versus France and Budapest again. A reckon France, after a kg game against while not Accadi game, but, you know,...

...tied dirty encounter against Germany, I reckon they'll really flex their muscles in the midday Saturday class. And it's hungry. I don't want to be too means hungry. I know the there's been a few upsets already in this tournament, so they might surprise us. But I'm going to go full one. I'll give hungry gold because I reckon, friend, we saw last in the World Cup, when France really open up and try and score some goals, they can concede. But I'm going to go friends for one. I reckon, yeah, this is where they are announce them self. Is Real title contenders, Portugal Germany. I can foresee this being a really, really exciting game. I reckon Portugal will go health for leather are and with Germany's leaky defense, I think there will be goals and Germany's hypocrat advantage. If it was in a neutral venue, I'd probably go Portugal to one, but I reckon Germany's home crowd advantage will play a part and it will be tool and a really entertaining game. Match Day three, four group F we're looking at Portugal, Germany. Mus is hungry. In Germany, I'm going to go Germany. One predicted them to be in too close a cat encounter so far, with the drawing a loss, and I reckon they'll need to win this game to secure third place and move through as the top four third place teams, and I reckon they'll do so when it's free one against hungry, and then Portugal France. I reckon this will be a real conservative class I I can Portugal try and have some fun against Germany and France will have some funny. It's hungry, but I reckon to the biggest heavyweight. It's my two favorite for the tournament coming together. I reckon, you know, I'll be like the first round of a boxing fight. They probably expect to see each other later in the tournament and I don't think they'll do anything too crazy, especially early on in the game. I don't think I'll be too open. Hopefully it is, because these two teams full fly would be pretty amazing to watch. But I'm going to go one old draw. I think there's too much class for there to be no goals, but I don't see it being too high scoring. Now, telling up my results, I have friends winning...

...the Group on seven and then I have Portugal coming second in fifth with five points, sorrow Germany with four points, which, based on my last five group predictions, would see them move through. Is probably the top place third place side, which is what they deserve, and then hungry with no points, unfortunately. Now Look, I will not be doing my knockout predictions before the knockout stage. I just think it's a bit pointless really. It's too much of an extrapolation. It would mat to me it's better content to have it more accurate of the actual fixture when we get it after the group stage. Right now I've predicted Portugal to be playing England in the round of sixteen. So all I'm saying is I think the England round sixteen elimination is looking very likely, but there's obviously a lot of cards to fall for that to occur. So thanks for joining me on another preview. Just before I and the episode, I will be taking probably a week off. I've got three UNIXAMS next week so I just want to focus on them and I've really enjoyed making the euro content, but yeah, I won't be doing any AFL and ral content this week. Probably will be back next week, I'd imagine, for two previews later on in the week, but until then I'll be posting clips and stuff so you can relive some of the best moments of the podcast and if you've got this fire. Thanks for listening and watching. Support the podcast in always possible, and will catch you next time. Cheers,.

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