Euro 2020 qualifiers preview
This final round of international fixtures leaves plenty of teams still fighting for the automatic qualification places in their group. England, Holland, and Germany all need to win to secure qualification, while a number of teams in Groups D, E and H could all still qualify with four teams fighting for automatic qualification. We take a look at some of the upcoming qualifiers happening over the next few days.
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Croatia v Slovakia
Croatia are in good form currently and have lost just once in the qualification stages. They are top of Group E on 14 points and have scored 14 in seven matches so far, but still require a win in their next fixture to secure qualification to Euro 2020.
Slovakia have only won one of their last three qualifiers and have drawn their last two matches 1-1. They can still make the automatic places in the group, but will need to win both of their final two matches.
Croatia will be without the suspended defender Duje Ćaleta-Car while Slovakia have no fresh injury concerns ahead of this fixture.
Croatia won the reverse fixture 4-0 back in September but with both sides requiring a win in this fixture, expect a closely contested match but one Croatia will just manage to win.
Croatia – 4/9
Draw – 16/5
Slovakia – 13/2
Romania v Sweden
Romania are in excellent form at present and have only lost once in their last seven fixture and have picked up some big results including beating Malta 4-0 and the Faroe Islands 3-0. They have scored 17 goals in qualifying so far and conceded just eight.
Sweden are in second place in Group F on 15 points and have lost just one game during the qualifying stages. They secured an important point against Spain in their last fixture, holding the group leaders to a 1-1 draw at home last month.
Romania have a fully fit squad with no suspensions while Sweden will be without midfielder Jakob Johansson who is out with a knee ligament injury.
When these two sides met in March earlier this year, Sweden edged Romania in a 2-1 victory. With Romania desperately needing a win to keep chase with Sweden, they may just edge this one in another close encounter.
Romania – 19/10
Draw – 5/2
Sweden – 31/20
Northern Ireland v Netherlands
Northern Ireland have had a good qualifying campaign so far having lost only two matches so far and winning four. They have only conceded seven goals in six matches, a joint low with group leaders Holland. Northern Ireland have lost their last two matches against Holland and Germany and their manager Michael O’Neil is splitting his time between the national side and Stoke City after accepting a job there.
Netherlands have won their last four fixtures in Group C after losing their only game in qualifying 3-2 against Germany back in March. The Netherlands have scored 19 goals in six matches in this group, but are still level on 15 points with second place Germany so still require wins in order to qualify.
Northern Ireland will be without the suspended trio Josh Magennis, George Saville and Conor McLaughlin. Striker Steven Bergwijn will be out with a hamstring injury while Donyell Malen is also out with an ankle injury.
Northern Ireland are a tough team to play away and the Netherlands will struggle to break them down but will eventually succeed and win by the odd goal.
Northern Ireland– 15/2
Draw – 18/5
Netherlands – 4/11
Ireland v Denmark
Ireland are in poor form having won just once in their last five matches in Group D. They have only gained three points from their last three fixtures but still top a closely contested group on 12 points. Ireland have the best defence in the group having conceded just four goals from seven matches.
Denmark haven’t lost a single game in the Euro 2020 qualifiers but three draws from six has left them in second place and level on 12 points with first placed Ireland. Denmark are the form team in the group having won three of their last three, scoring 11 goals in the process.
Ireland have a fully fit squad and no suspensions but Denmark will be without suspended midfielder ChristianNørgaard.
This game could decide the winner of Group D, but with a game in hand over Ireland, Denmark will know they can top the group with a game more to play over the current leaders. However, these teams have proven to be solid in defence so may cancel each other out in a low score draw.
Ireland – 11/10
Draw – 23/10
Denmark – 5/2
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