The second international tournament out of 3 this summer will begin in France, which is EURO 2016. This tournament generally is considered one of the best tournaments around the world, on par with the World Cup in the eyes of many, as it has most of the top teams in the world.
Poland come into this game having almost secured a spot in the knockout stages but will realise that their offensive unit needs to step up their game. After all the knockouts is about scoring goals and winning and progressing to the next round, draws will not suffice. Milik has been the best offensive player on their team sheet, he missed a hatful of chances against Germany to possibly seal off the game, and he will look to score in this against a struggling Ukraine squad, who have shipped 4 goals in their 2 games so far. Robert Lewandowski has yet to turn up in this tournament, much like the struggles he had late on in the tournament, but will hope their wide players Kamil Grosicki and Jakub Blaszczykowski continue to deliver good service to him.
Ukraine have struggled to score despite creating a few opportunities and have yet to score any goals in their 2 games played so far. In fact, they have only scored 1 goal (Shevchenko) in 5 games played at the European Championships finals so far. While Yarmolenko and Konoplyanka looked like their hopes to deliver some goals, but have failed so far. Ukraine will find it hard to beat a Poland defence who have kept a clean sheet in their 2 games including against World Champions Germany. Ukraine coach has already ripped into the team criticising them for their poor performances, and a lot of players could get the axe, giving the players an opportunity to play a game.
I am backing the Polish to deliver a strong performance against Ukraine, and I think there could even be a rout.
Czech Republic come into this encounter looking for a win that can help them progress to the next stage of the competition. They pulled of some magic out of the hate after coming back from 2-0 down, to draw the game 2-2. Manager Pavel Vrba has said that his team were lucky to get it, but this should motivate the side to get a positive result in order to qualify. The Czech Republic showed us once again how leaky their defence can be, leaking a late goal against Spain and then falling 2-0 down to Croatia early. The team will need to improve on their defence dramatically in order to have a chance of qualify, because they will need to win and the too with at least 2 goals, to have a positive goal difference.
The good news for the Turks is that they are still not out of this competition. Fatih Terim has been capable of some magic, and I expect him to motivate the team to push on for a positive result. They need to score a goal, something they have failed to do so, in order to have a chance of winning. The Turkish will be confident of the weak backline of the Czechs as they have now conceded in 23 out of their last 24 games; and that can help motivate the team. The Turkish might look to add some more pace in this game with Burak, Emre Mor and Calhangolu to lead the team up front. Captain Arda Turan has had a dismal European Championship, and he will have to lead the way from the front to help this team with a goal.
With Both defences looking weak and conceding in both their games, I expect both teams to find the back of the net; but either team have to go for goals in order to help their qualification chances. I am backing Over 2,2.5 Asian Goal Line in this game between Czech Republic & Turkey.
The Spanish team have showed how dominant that they can be when they have the ball in hand. They controlled the game completely against Turkey and even Czech Republic, and will want to dominate the same way against the Croatians in this encounter. The problem for Spain has been their inability to blast goals past the opponents, but he did a good job against Turkey to get 3 past them. he Spanish team rely on their defenders in Ramos and Pique to keep things tight at the back, while having Busquets giving him a cover at the back. While this happens, it leaves the full backs Juanfran and Alba to bomb on forward, crossing balls into the box, and that results in many corners coming in for the Spanish team. Ramos might be sitting out of this game to avoid getting a booking, which will mean that Mikel San Jose likely to come in. Spanish last few games have seen a lot of corners being smashed in by them: 7, 14, 11, 5, 5, 11, 3, 6, 5. They have enough ability to get on the wings, and will want to create set pieces opportunities for their forwards on a regular basis.
The Croatians have shown to be good offensively in creating chances, but has been extremely poor in finishing. The opportunities that they wasted against Turkey as well as some opportunities to put the game to bed against Czech Republic, left a lot to be desired. Croatia will be without Luka Modric, and will rely a lot on wide players like Srna, Strinic, Brozovic and Perisic to whip in a lot of balls into the box to give opportunities for Manduzkic and Rakitic to come into the box and finish the ball. Because of their quality of wide players, they smash in a lot of corners reading as follows: 11, 5, 12, 5, 2, 6, 5. They will have also enough ability to cross balls into the box for opportunities. Their defence on the other hand has been a bit shaky, and will face a lot of pressure against the Croatian defence who will want to ensure they try and secure a draw to keep the 1 point ahead of Czech Republic.
I expect both teams to keep bombing and whipping balls into the box, and expect a lot of corners in this encounter.
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