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Episode · 6 months ago

2020(2021) UEFA EUROS Knockout Preview/Group Stage Review | Football/Soccer

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

In the first interstate episode, I run through each group in the Euros and preview each of the 8 Round of 16 Matchups. Apologies for the quiet nature of the episode, recorded this early in the morning, will be back to being an idiot next time. 

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Welcome back to the other wall podcast. This is episode of I forgot. I've forgotten how many episodes we've done. Anyway, so today we're going to be doing a Euro group stage reviewand we're also going to have to take a little look at the knockout stages. I'm here in Tasmania right now, so first podcast recorded overseas, Iguess you can say it, since we'd crossed the Bash Strait, but I'mso we're going to just going to go group by group, Group A,groupy, groups, Group D Group, then group are just going to discusseach group and then we will be looking at the knockout matchups in round ofsixteen, maybe doing a few predictions there. So overall predictions went pretty well,I think. For the group stage, I did this predictor game and Iwas roughly in like I think I came the top hundred K, Ithink, out of like a million and...

...a half, which I was prettyhappy with. It had a very good start, came home strong. MatchDay two was pretty poor, but I think I was pretty unpredictable right lookingin Group A, Italy and went three from three, which I think wemight pretty good. I think we might have predict them to get seven pointswhales and swits and picked up the four and Turkey picked up nil. Sothink whales it pretty well here. I think everyone was probably underestimating than cominginto it, but if you just looked at their previous ten games, theyactually one, to think, twenty four points out of it. So weprobably should have seen it coming, but no one really did. Just sincethey don't have the most star start a team that Switzerland just the kind ofside that will always perform solidly at these sorts of tournaments and no one willreally expect it. So they've made another round of sixteen for that, Ithink, their fifth tournament in a row. And then Turkey. They are definitelythe most disappointing team the competition. They picked up. There are pointspeople were someone saw someone even predict them for the Prin to win the championship. I wasn't that confident. I thought...

...they would definitely get out of thegroup, though, but they were just so slow, they lacked x fact, they just just really bad. The defense is really leaky, which wethought was going to be their strong point. And Yeah, overall really disappointing consideringhow many inform high quality players they had back to the drawing board forTurkey, I guess. But yeah, here Italy looked very, very strong. Obviously all their games were at home, huge advantage, but they look likethey could be a contender for the whole thing. And Whales and suits, and well done to them, jammed out a few dodgy results, butthey got the job done and they both wall Switzerland, not necessarily, butwhales of given them the sells, a chance to go on a bit ofa run here because they've got a fairly easy fixture in the round of sixteen. So yeah, well, unto Italy and Wales, it's on disappointing fromTurkey. Group be obviously we're expecting belding to dominate, and they dominated heavily, winning nine points here and then we so we were expecting that. Theyhaven't really hit there. Even then they've...

...been scoring goals. I wouldn't saythey've completely hit their stripes. Like Katie B's been come off the bench andstuff like that. So they're going to be a dangerous team in the inthe knockout stages, but one that's kind of hard to predict. So interestedto see how they go. Following them. We had Denmark, Finland and Russiaall time on three points, all picking up wins against one another.I do believe Denmark rightfully went through, though I think if it wasn't forthe Ericson whole incident and tragedy, I think they would have pretty comfortably cruiseto this group. But I think that affected them big time. So I'mglad they got there becaus they deserved it. And Finland pretty unlucky. They werepretty impressive, especially early on. Maybe fell away a little bit,but the couple of their players had real breakout tournaments. And Russia, yeah, that we weren't really expecting much from them. They have fallen a fairbit since their World Cup Round a sixteen appearance. I think it was,as you're well under Belgium and de Micha...

...also make it through their Finland justmissed out as a third place team the group. See, we had theNetherlands tear it up. I do think a lot of this was due tobeing at home, but we will be interesting to see how they go onthe knockout stages. I think we were concerned about them, given their lackof form and their values, since the new coach a come in, butfair play to them. They're had a very, very good three games,scoring a lot of goals, creating a lot of chances to piers been killingit. Don't Denzil dumb free a bit of a breakout player of the tournament, although he's like twenty five. And then Austria. I was kind ofsurprised by Austria. They picked up six points and their loss was the lostcame to the Netherlands, but they almost lost the North Acedonia. So inthat first match they when they almost lost the North Acedonia, I was likeor they're going to be lucky to get out of the group, and they'veended out getting out comfortably. Ukraine pretty disappointing, you'd have to say.They did sneak through the round of sixteen, but I thought they were going tobe a lot stronger and maybe challenge their blinds to win the group.And the North Macedonia had a real crack.

They actually had a pretty good teamon paper, but at the end of the day I think they werejust happy to be there and didn't really expect to contend in this group.So yeah, and then Group D. obviously the everyone's not everyone's favorite team, but the team that gets the most attention. England picked up seven points, did the job to get out of it. Crochit cray. She camesecond on four points. Check Republic, surprisingly, would pretty good, eventhough we shouldn't be surprised by teams like check Republican Switzerland, because they justseemed to be sold all the time. They picked up four points and thenScotland picked up the one point. Now, I'm a wearing a Scottish Jersey andI do go for Scotland, but I have to say I think Scotlandwere a bit hard done by. Think that game against check republic, theexpected goals was like one point seven to zero point eight, and that gamedeserved a draw. And then, yeah, like Croatia with a better team inthat match, dates three. But yeah, I think I don't thinkthey were my far off creation. Check...

Republics, I think, pretty good. First appearance for Scotland in a major tournament in twenty five years or so. So I think they should be happy with themselves and yeah, hopefully Idon't think they're going to qualify for the World Cup, but turned their attentionsto the next euros because I think they've got a good croup of players are. Groupie was an unpredictable one for pretty solid teams, but no absolute typeof contenders, and they're absolute duds. So Sweden finished on top of sevenpoints, which was a bit of a shock. They really they didn't reallyimpress me in any of the Games I watched, though, to be honest. Then Spain came second in finishing in fifth. They created so many chances, just couldn't score many gold except for Slovakia, where they put up five. Slovakia picked up three points and POLM picked up one. Next to Turkey. I think Poland's probably the second biggest disappointment. I feel about full ofAndandowski. Obviously this is probably I don't think they're qualify for the world cuts, so this might be his last major tournament, or at least when he'sin his prime. So yeah, I...

...feel bad from that. They haven'treally achieved much as a nation in the last six, way eight years,but because they had a pretty good proper players. But yeah, can't domuch about that. Slovakia pretty good effort to get three points. I reckonthey did quite well and I don't know, they didn't make it through to theround of sixteen, but still a pretty good effort and then group aftergroup of death, no one dominated, which was probably to be expected.Was Pretty unpredictable. Every week friends picked up five points, going through ontop. Germany came second, with for Portugal, third with four and hungrywith two. Huge round of a pause. Got To go to hungry. Theirhome games were so exciting, the fans were awesome and they, theplayers on the pitch, did really, really well, challenging every game theywere in and, to be honest, I think if they were in everany other group, all five of the other groups, I reckon, theywould have gone through. So yeah, pretty unlucky, but I think they'rea team for the future and I think the next euros they could be abit of a smoky to course and damage...

...because they're like imagine if they hostthe next year, as I could be pretty spicy. But yeah, good, good signs for the Hungarian football. But the three big dogs got through. None of them, I think Germany probably were the most impressive in termsof what we expected. Portugal maybe a little bit underwhelming in some games.Frands probably exactly what we expected. But yeah, it's going to be interestingto see how these three because you don't want to peak too early in theinternational tour and so will be interesting to see how they lead up into theknockout stages. So that moves us in to our knock out previews. Justgoing to go through the eight games. Maybe give us sport score prediction justifywhile so. First of first up, this isn't in order of what daysthey're being played, it's in order of the brackets. So up the topwe have Belgium v Portugal, which is pretty much game of the round forme, absolute blockbuster class Portugal. I haven't looked hate to be honest.I think they really lack a strong midfielder...

...who just dominates a game. Ithink in two thousand and sixteen they got away with it because Renaudo Sanchez hadreally, really good tournament, but Danilo Pereiro, William Carl value, theyplayed together in a couple games and for me they just didn't do enough.So there wasn't really a connection between the defense and the forward line and theywere just getting bossed around by Germany. Obviously they're a very good midfield,but it was think, what's holding Portugal back right now, because their attackis good enough, the defense is good enough, but it's just in themiddle of the park. They're struggling. Belgium. They've got a couple playersyou haven't fully hit their strap share in terms of fitness and stuff like that. I have a little bit more faith in Belgium than Portugal, even thoughpelp Portugal do have a track record of success. So I'm actually going tobe tipping Belgium here. I just I don't know. I was talking aboutit to my mate yesterday and I think out of the remaining teams, Ithink France and Belgium of the ones I trust the most just to be justto rock up on the day, whereas...

...like Portugal, Spain, Germany,even Italy, I don't necessarily trust that they will be on their a gameevery single every single match. So young I'm going to back in Belgium.I think Portugal will be too good to be held school or so I'm goingto go to one and hopefully it's a good game, because two very,very good teams. And next up Italy Austria. No braining, you gotit back in Italy. Here they one of the most impressive teams in thegroup stage, even in the third match day, when they basically played theirsecond eleven they still tore it up. So yet they look like a reallyharmonious squad. Everyone's clicking well. They're one of the only teams that theyactually play like a club team, like they have chemistry and stuff. Soyeah, I'm going to say Italy win to nil there, maybe even threenow, I think pretty convincing. Whenever Austria, if I'm honest. Thatmoves us into France. Be Switzerland. You got to back France. Here'swhat's in a a very solid unit, but I think France are just nextlevel. Too many world class players, so I'll be going France too,nil in that one. I don't think...

...after justify that too heavily. CRAATIANversus Spain. Krasia a good but definitely past their prime, as we haveseen in this group stage. So even though Spain is seriously lacking a topstriker, I think they're going to create enough chances to score a goal,and I'm going to say Spain one nil over Kraz Sha. And then thatgets us into the bottom half of the drawer. I have to say thisdraw is absolutely ridiculous. A lot of luck comes into these international tournaments andif you've copped a position in the bottom after the drawer. You're seriously luckythis year. As Sweeten Ukraine, this is a tough one because Sweden,in terms of points, a lot more impressive in the group stages, butif you look at the teams on paper, are try back the Ukraine team alot more. So it's a tough one, but Ukraine's only victory hascome over north Macedonia, so I think this one could go to penalties orjokes aside, or at least extra time, because I think they're just going tobe two very, very solid teams.

I'm actually going to back in Ukraine, though I know Sweden have the form line, but I think youcrane have more talented players to break a game open. So going to sayUkraine when to one, maybe the winner and extra time, and then theonly game in the knockout stages, unless England make the semis with a hometeam, and that is England against Germany and around of sixteen. This istough because if it's in a neutral venue, tipping Germany because I think they've lookedreally good so far, but the fact that it's in England does tiltthe scales a little bit towards Englim and I'm still back in Germany. Ijust think their forms too good. I think they're overlapping. Wing back systemis very, very dangerous and if you don't have wingers that are willing toput in a defensive shift, which I think England do compared to the likesof Portugal and France, they're going to cause havoc. But I think theirmidfield is will just be too good. Rast. The Phillips have been good, but I think Chris and good to...

...one is next level, and thenKimmich can control the game also out to the right. So yeah, I'mactually going to back to Germany in then will be low scoring, like allthe England game so fast. So I'll just go one nil to Germany andthat will be the day the world ends because everyone will lose the shit.Gara South Gate will probably get sacked, even though it's the hardest job inthe world. But I think England stands. Fans just need to stay patient becausetheir time will come. Then next game, Netherlands. Check Republic.Got To go to the Netherlands here I think the Netherlands will benefit all alot by the home crowd in the group stage. But similar to the Franceswitcher Switzer and Comby, I think check republic don't have enough weapons to challengeNetherlands. Their defense looked a bit leaky out times. So I might sayto one to the Netherlands, but their attack looks like it's creating too manyopportunities right now. And then the worst game of the round. Oh,Sweden, Ukraine could be actually, but whales Denmark. Neither teams looked impressivein my opinion. Think I'm actually going...

...to back whales, even though Denmarkhave a lot better team. I think Wales look a lot have looked betterthan Denmark and my opinions I'm going to say Wales one neal win over Denmark. So yeah, that's my predictions. Pretty quickly dusted through this episode,but I'll be interested to see how my predictions go. I will be doinga probably a reaction to the round of sixteen and then I might do apreview of the rest of the tournament and then, like I don't think I'lldo one it before the semis, before the final, etc. But yeah, so hopefully they a round of sixteen is good. Usually the round asixteen and quarter finals of the most enjoyable parts of international tournament because you geta few really good games and a lot of them. Where the semis andfinal, you know you sort of waiting a week for one game, buthopefully it's entertaining stuff and yeah, looking forward to it.

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