John Newsome looks at all the last 16 fixtures as we get to the real business end of the Euro 2020 tournament. With some cracking games behind us already, the action is about to go up a notch or two, and we can’t wait.
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The 36-Group Games are all completed with the Winners and Runners-up from each group, going through to the knockout stages.
That’s 12 of the Last-16, with the other 4-Nations coming from the Best 3rd-Placed Teams from the 6-Groups, which were Switzerland, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Portugal.
Euro 2020 Knockout Stage
The Last-16 starts on the 26th of June, with the fixtures as follows.
Saturday 26th June
17.00 in England
Group A Runners-up v Group B Runners-Up
WALES v DENMARK
Johan Cruff Arena, Amsterdam
Bet 365 offer Wales at 15/4, the draw at 9/4 and slight Odds On 17/20 for Denmark to come away with all 3-points.
Denmark Win 2-1
20.00 in England
Group A Winners v Group C Runners-Up
ITALY v AUSTRIA
Wembley Stadium, London
Bet 365 offer Italy at Odds On 8/15, the draw at 14/5 and 13/2 for Austria to come away with all 3-points.
Italy Win 2-0
Sunday 27th June
17.00 in England
Group C Winners v 3rd from Group D, E or F
NETHERLANDS v CZECH REPUBLIC
Puskas Arena, Budapest
Bet 365 offer the Netherlands at Odds On 2/3, the draw at 3/1 and 9/2 for the Czech Republic to come away with all 3-points.
Netherlands Win 3-0
20.00 in England
Group B Winners v 3rd from Group A, D, E or F
BELGIUM v PORTUGAL
La Cartuja, Seville
Bet 365 offer Belgium at 6/4, the draw at 3/1 and 12/5 for Portugal to come away with all 3-points.
Belgium Win 2-1
Monday 28th June
17.00 in England
Group D Runners-Up v Group E Runners-Up
CROATIA v SPAIN
Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Bet 365 offer Croatia at 7/2, the draw at 12/5 and slight Odds On 4/5 for Spain to come away with all 3-points.
Spain Win 3-0
20.00 in England
Group F Winners v 3rd from Group A, B or C
FRANCE v SWITZERLAND
Arena Nacional, Bucharest
Bet 365 offer France at Odds On 2/9, the draw at 5/1 and 8/1 for Switzerland to come away with all 3-points.
France Win 2-0
Tuesday 29th June
17.00 in England
Group D Winners v Group F Runners-Up
ENGLAND v GERMANY
Wembley Stadium, London
Bet 365 offer England at 6/4, the draw at 9/5 and 7/4 for Germany to come away with all 3-points.
England Win 1-0
20.00 in England
Group E Winners v 3rd from Group A, B, C or D
SWEDEN v UKRAINE
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Bet 365 offer Sweden at 7/5, the draw at 2/1 and 6/4 for Ukraine to come away with all 3-points.
Draw 1-1 (Ukraine Win on Penalties)
In this EveryTip column, about Euro 2020, published on June the 5th, John Newsome gave his predicted Last-16 fixtures.
Italy✅v North Macedonia
Although a few fixtures were awry, the main protagonists are all still in the mix, with a predicted England v France final on July the 11th, still a possibility.
With 12 of the 16, predicted to progress.
There was always the England debate that arises on all TV and Radio outlets plus the tabloids about who should play or should have been playing.
In the opening fixture against Croatia, Gareth threw in a couple of surprises, one being, starting Kieran Trippier at Left-Back instead of the newly crowned Champions League winner Ben Chilwell and Luke Shaw.
Note there weren’t any pre-words about winning a trophy for Mr Shaw as unfortunately, Unlucky Luke, has Fred as a team-mate and everyone following this column, knows that narrative.
Tyrone Mings came in for the injured, Harry Maguire and despite reservations, Big Tyrone didn’t let his Country down.
Kalvin Phillips started against Croatia, in place of Jordan Henderson, who is still, not match fit and with an outstanding performance over the 90-minutes, KP kept his place for the remaining 2-Group games against Scotland and the Czech Republic.
The Leeds United midfielder was outstanding and provided the assist for Raheem Sterling to score the only goal against Croatia and register the Three Lions first opening day win at a Major Tournament.
Most will know John Newsome’s admiration for Kalvin Phillips who will become an integral player and will play a pivotal role in the England team for many years to come.
A few years back, England managers thought that the Three Lions needed Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, both outstanding players but couldn’t play together, yet managers continued to pick the two and overlooked alternatives such as Michael Carrick.
As any regular reader of this EveryTip column will know, this contributor quite simply believes Michael Carrick is the best midfielder of a generation.
The Geordie and now current Manchester United First-Team Coach would certainly be the 1st-name on an England teem-sheet.
Although Michael started his career at West Ham, he is a native of Newcastle but never actually played for the Magpies.
After leaving the Hammers, Michael joined Tottenham in 2004 and spent 2-seasons at the Old Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium before Sir Alex went with a few quid and got the now 25-year old.
What’s probably forgotten about Michael, is West Ham were relegated from the Premier League in 2003 and although a number of the Hammers stars left, Michael chose to stay, to try and help the Bubbles back to the big time. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen so after a year in the Championship, Michael signed for Spurs.
Michael is blessed with a great Athletic Build and although many may now be screaming at their computer screens, tablets, iPads and phones, or whichever is their preferred choice of reading, it may even include nipping into Curry’s/PC World and pretending to buy a specific model, it’s about opinions and this EveryTip contributor’s opinion is this.
Liverpool and Chelsea fans will argue their own favourites of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are better than Michael Carrick and whilst these two won more England caps than Michael, that was down to the shortsightedness of several England Managers.
The Greatest Manager ever, Sir Alex Ferguson picked Carrick continuously and Gerrard and Lampard can’t match Michael’s domestic honours.
Michael has enjoyed phenomenal success, winning 5-Premier League titles, 1-FA Cup, 3-League Cups, 1-UEFA Champions League, 1-UEFA Europa League and 1-FIFA World Club Cup, as well as the standard Community Shield medals. Along with numerous individual honours.
A true Legend at Old Trafford, it’s a shame the England Manager’s thought they knew better than Sir Alex.
Probably another forgotten fact which gets missed from United’s trophy-laden Premier League era is, when Sir Alex signed Mr Carrick, before the start of the 2006/07 season, United had not won the title in 4-seasons.
Michael hit the Old Trafford ground running and with his sublime skills and being one step ahead of everyone around him, helped United regain the Premier League title in his first season in Manchester.
Following that initial success, Michael helped United win the next 2-titles meaning 3-in a row since Sir Alex signed the Geordie.
In between the 3-consecutive titles was the famous European Champions League victory against Chelsea in Moscow, MC scoring 1 of the 7 penalties to help secure the shootout against the Blues.
One of Michael’s best games in a United shirt was against Roma in the Champions League in 2007.
With the 2nd-leg being at Old Trafford, United had to try and overturn a 2-1 deficit from their trip to the Italian capital.
Sir Alex surprised everyone for the return leg and started forgotten man Alan Smith who’d had an indifferent time in Manchester after going along the M62 from Leeds United.
That night in April 2007, yes 14-years ago, is up there with the best European nights from any English team.
Sir Alex’s decision to start Smith as his Number-9, paid off immensely with Michael Carrick scoring the 1st of his 2 and United’s 7.
Mr Smith, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo gave United a 4-0 half-time lead and a 5-2 aggregate lead against the Romans going into the break. CR 7 added the 5th after the interval, with Michael getting his 2nd and the 6th.
Roma pulled a goal back before Patrice Evra finished off the rout with United’s 7th, giving them a great 7-1 victory and an aggregate 8-3 trouncing of the Italians. A substitute that night, that Sir Alex threw on, was the current gaffer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
It could be said that Italy gained revenge over England when AC Milan knocked United out in the Semi-Final to prevent an all-English final against Liverpool. Still a great performance from Manchester United and in particular Michael Carrick.
There will be a majority that will simply not agree with Michael being better than Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard but for those, ask one question, how many trophies have England won in the 220-caps that Steven and Frank have between them than the mere 34-caps given to Michael over 14-years?
Michael won his 1st-England cap in 2001 as a substitute, the last in 2015.
Mr Carrick had to wait for a staggering 4-years to get a 1st-start for his National team.
Probably the biggest injustice in Michael’s International career was, whilst being named in the 2006 England World Cup squad in Germany by Sven-Goran Eriksson, Michael wasn’t included in any of the 3-Group games.
England did progress out of the group and Sven then decided to start Mr Carrick in the Round-16 game against Ecuador which England won by a 1-0 scoreline.
Michael was dropped for the Quarter-Final defeat against Portugal and although named in the 2010 World Cup squad for the trip to South Africa, never actually saw game time.
Would Sir Alex have left Michael out of 8 of 9 World Cup games, in which England only won 4 out of the 9 in total, with Michael playing in 1 of the 4-victories? It simply doesn’t make sense as to why the English managers chose to ignore Michael Carrick when Sir Alex didn’t.
Mr Carrick has been regularly overlooked by various England managers when it came to the central roles, with Steven and Frank being preferred.
Sir Alex knew the importance of Michael Carrick, it’s a shame the numerous England managers didn’t. Michael is now well on the way to helping his old teammate Ole, in getting Manchester United back to the Top Table. Good luck in the future Michael.
Kalvin Phillips is the modern-day Michael Carrick but Gareth Southgate is not overlooking the Leeds Lad. If KP goes on to have the career MC has enjoyed, Mr Phillips will become a legend of the game.
Manchester United wouldn’t go far wrong in enquiring about young Kalvin, as mentioned on numerous occasions by John Newsome.
One little bit of advice that can be given to KP is, try and pass the ball forward more, than passing sideways and backwards. The goals don’t move!
Kalvin could also take a leaf out of the French Maestro that is N’Golo Kante, possibly the best player on the planet at the moment.
KP plays in the same position as NGK and with the fitness regime that Marcelo Bielsa demands, there’s no reason that Mr Phillips cannot achieve the same amount of plaudits as the little French Midfielder.
Jordan Henderson might just find someone sat in his England seat in the dressing room and Gareth Southgate may just have found a superstar in the Yorkshire Pirlo. Go on KP!
In this columns Euro article printed in early June, the Australian branch of this EveryTip site, Andrew Hall, gave an emotional insight into what it’s like being a member of the Tartan Army.
The lad was once again distraught after the Jocks opening game against the Czech Republic, which ended in a defeat by a 2-0 scoreline, with the watching millions all over the Globe, being witness to a superb goal by Patrik Schick.
The Czech striker saw that Scotland‘s stopper David Marshall was way out of his area and hit a David Beckham-esq shot from just inside the Scotland half to give the away team the 2nd-goal at Hampden Park.
David resembled a character from the Spider-Man film franchise when the ball hit the back of the net, looking like he was snared in the Super-Heroes Webbing.
A lot asked in jest, ‘23-years for this?’
The Auld Enemy then headed South to Wembley, where the English faithful all went out and purchased Abacus’s to help out with the scoreline.
Unfortunately, John Newsome’s TV must have broken that Friday night as this EveryTip contributor watched a game that finished in a draw by a 0-0 scoreline, yet was portrayed by the watching millions all over the World and surrounding areas that Scotland had won. Granted, the Abacus wasn’t needed.
England secured a comfortable 0-0 draw, controlling a little puppy that wanted to spray everywhere, gaining a point, yet some out there assumed the Jocks had won.
The Tartan Army headed back up the road with their Tammy’s held high but still with the Russ Abbot wigs all askew.
England were almost through and in the final fixture against the Czechs, Gareth introduced a few new players to secure a Last-16 knockout stage, beating the Czech Republic by a 1-0 scoreline, Scotland needed to beat Croatia.
Harry Maguire made his return and his leadership qualities shone through at the side of the Barnsley Stone.
One of last season’s mantras by John Newsome in the Premier League Preview was,
If John Stones plays, City don’t concede!
That can now be added to the England team,
If John Stones plays, England don’t concede!
The Melbourne Scots, who had been so overwhelmed with a 0-0 draw against England at Wembley, witnessed their idols lose against Croatia by a 3-1 scoreline and were once again in mourning, with the passing of the Tournament coming and going in a heartbeat. At least the boys saw their team finally score a goal.
Never mind Scotsmen, you got a 0-0 draw against the Auld Enemy, carry on spraying. Yes, Sir, the Jocks can certainly Boogie but they do need a certain song and as it turns out, a few decent players.
One Hundred and Forty-Nine Years of hurt. Soon be 150!
Some shortsighted supposed football fans and one knows who one is, assumed the draw against Scotland was on a par with pineapple on pizza, yet it was a result that was more to do with Scotland wanting to dent the hope of the Enemy, than an England failure. Mr Southgate prevailed and moves on to the Last-16.
John Newsome will never give up on England and will always believe, others need to follow suit.
With the subsequent victory against the Czech Republic, it meant England finished Top of Group D, meaning a Last-16 Knockout fixture against Germany.
What can occur, as Germany have proven over time immemorial is that a team, grows into a tournament.
In 1996, Terry Venables Three Lions didn’t start the best and grew into the tournament. In 1990, Sir Bobby Robson’s England grew along the journey.
Going back to 1966, Sir Alf Ramsey’s boys started slow but won the World Cup.
France were average against Hungary yet are lauded as a ‘Super Team.’ Germany were poor against France in their opener.
Portugal are an ageing team and will always be a threat with Cristiano Ronaldo in attendance, yet the lads 36-now, Father Time catches up on everyone.
Maybe CR7 should try a Diet Coke! Spain haven’t been convincing.
Italy look the best side from the opening Group Games, with countries such as Wales, Switzerland, Austria and Ukraine surprising a few.
As the tournament progresses there’s always injuries, suspensions, surprise form or lack of and the odd manager making inventive decisions that can turn a game. The added extra to every possible factor involved is the dreaded VAR.
The phenomenon that doesn’t quite work in the Premier League (there are simple reasons for that!) works at Euro 2020.
The Video Assistant Referee is quick and decisive and apart from a couple of subjective decisions that have divided opinion, overall the VAR has worked.
A lot have said that Dejan Lovren’s foul on Patrik Schick in the Croatia v Czech Republic fixture, wasn’t a penalty.
The Czech lad ended up with a broken nose from a flailing elbow from Big Dejan. Maybe the ‘old pros’ think that’s just part of football, is it?
Poland’s Jakub Moder was unlucky to stand on Spain’s Gerard Moreno’s foot, with Danny Murphy, who is a great pundit and a likeable fella, insisting that it wasn’t a foul. Unfortunately for Jakub and Danny, luck is taken out of the process as there are cameras everywhere and again the VAR got it right.
The Premier League need to sit down with all the English officials at Euro 2020 and find out why VAR has worked. Or ring John Newsome up, it’s not rocket science!
All these little factors can be the difference between winning the tournament and England just have to believe that the squad Gareth Southgate has assembled can match the best of the best of the rest.
Some standout performances from the 36-Group fixtures, included Patrik Schick’s wonderful goal against Scotland, France’s professional display against Germany, Germany’s brilliant comeback against Portugal and Hungary and the 3-England displays (maybe not outstanding but definitely professional), however, one incident did overshadow the opening Group games and that was Christian Eriksen collapsing from a Cardiac Arrest, on the field in Denmark’s first fixture against Finland.
Luckily for Christian, there was a tremendous amount of support in attendance that quickly went to help the Inter Milan star, with the Dane’s team-mate and Captain, Simon Kjaer, providing CPR (CardioPulmonary Resuscitation) that effectively saved Mr Eriksen’s life.
Christian Eriksen provided a fright for the watching millions but appears to be recovering well and everyone in the Football Family and those not particularly bothered about the sport (whoever they are?) wish the lad well for the future.
If an Alien had landed on Earth after the Welsh fixture against Turkey, the said little fella would have assumed that Wales had won the Euros, the World Cup or even Love Island with the celebrations that went on.
The Boyo’s had only beaten Turkey by a 2-0 scoreline that effectively should have been 9-0. Admittedly Gareth Bale had a great game but the lad’s World Class so that should be a given.
However, Arron Ramsey missed 2-sitters before he scored and GB missed a penalty, not only missing but nearly hitting the Aliens Spaceship, parked on the outskirts of Baku.
Wales were brought down to earth against Italy in the final Group game but progressed to the Last-16 and will lose, sorry face Denmark in the knockout stages. Wales, Golf, Real Madrid, Planet Zog!
As this is an English Premier League prediction site, there’s a quick note on the new 2021/22 Season that kicks off on the weekend of 13th, 14th and 15th of August, with standout fixtures of Leeds United heading to Old Trafford to take on Ole’s Trollies and the newly promoted clubs, all having a home fixture with Brentford hosting Arsenal, Norwich entertaining Liverpool and Watford taking on Aston Villa.
The opening weekend 2021/22 Premier League fixtures
Brentford v Arsenal
Burnley v Brighton
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Everton v Southampton
Leicester v Wolves
Manchester United v Leeds United
Newcastle v West Ham
Norwich v Liverpool
Tottenham v Man City
Watford v Aston Villa
There will be more from John Newsome and EveryTip at the beginning of August, once the dust of the Euro’s has settled but there isn’t any harm in getting the juices flowing for the upcoming season in the best league in the World, the English Premier League.
Daylight turns to moonlight and I’m at my best. Praising the way it all works and gazing upon the rest. The cool before the warm, the calm after the storm. Oh the cool before the warm, the calm after the storm. I wish to stay forever, letting this be my food. Oh but I’m caught up in a whirlwind and my ever-changing moods.
Bitter turns to sugar, some call a passive tune but the day things turn sweet for me won’t be too soon.
Oh the hush before the silence, the winds after the blast
Oh the hush before the silence, the winds after the blast
I wish we’d move together, this time the bosses sued. Oh but we’re caught up in the wilderness and an ever-changing mood. Teardrops turn to children, who’ve never had the time.
To commit the sins they pay for through, another’s evil mind.
The love after the hate, the love we leave too late, the love after the hate, the love we leave too late.
I wish we’d wake up one day and everyone feel moved, oh but we’re caught up in the dailies and an ever-changing mood.
Evil turns to statues and masses form a line but I know which way I’d run to if the choice was mine.
The past is our knowledge, the present our mistake and the future we always leave too late.
I wish we’d come to our senses and see there is no truth, oh in those who promote the confusion for this ever-changing mood, yeah.