Everything seems to be falling into place for England in the Euros. Easy side of the draw, strikers coming into form, and good team tactics. Can they get past the tournament dark horses Denmark in the semi-finals? John Newsome takes a look at the two remaining games and gives us his correct score predictions.
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It’s getting tense now in the Football World after the Quarter-Finals are completed at Euro 2020. Spain beat Switzerland after a penalty shootout that saw 5 of the 9 penalties taken, missed. The Quarter-Final in St Petersburg finished in a draw by a 1-1 scoreline.
After an extra 30-minutes, the teams couldn’t be separated, so Switzerland took part in their 2nd-penalty shootout in succession after the victory against France.
Unfortunately for the makers of the Adaptable Army Knife, the boys from the Alps couldn’t convert and although the Spaniard’s missed 2 of their own spot-kicks, Switzerland missed 3, which allowed Spain to progress to the Semi-Final against Italy, at Wembley on Tuesday.
A quick side note to that, in South America at the moment, the Copa America is currently taking place in Brazil, the equivalent of our Euros.
In the Quarter-Final between Peru and Paraguay, the game finished in a 3-3 scoreline after 90-minutes, yet went straight to penalties.
No Extra-Time! Is this better? Or should an extra 30-minutes be played out, to see if a result can be obtained? These are questions that John Newsome doesn’t necessarily have the answers but it’s worth putting out there.
In the 12-knockout-fixtures that have taken place up to now, with 3-games remaining, there have been 5-games that have finished in a draw after 90-minutes, yet only 2 have gone on to a penalty shootout. Three of those games were decided with goals scored in the 30-minutes of Extra-Time.
Therefore, if the system mirrored the Copa America format of no Extra-Time, the outcome of those 3-ties could have been different, as everyone knows a penalty shootout is a lottery.
In the Brazil v Chile fixture, Everton’s Richarlison was replaced late on in proceedings by Everton. Bizarre that! Italy beat the golden generation of Belgium by a 2-1 scoreline, in their Quarter-Final with all 3-goals scored in the 1st-half.
The 2-managers of the respective countries came face-to-face once again, following the 2013 FA Cup Final, which saw Roberto Martinez and Wigan, gain a surprise victory against Roberto Mancini’s Man City in the Wembley showpiece. Mr Mancini left Manchester after that game.
Unfortunately for Mr Martinez, Belgium, who were one of the pre-tournament favourites, couldn’t progress against a resilient Italian side who are proving, along with England, to be the form team of Euro 2020. Denmark did the same against the Czech Republic gaining a professional victory by a 2-1 scoreline too.
A cautionary note for the Three Lion faithful, when Denmark won the Euros in 1992, the Danes lost their opening 2-Group fixtures, in Euro 2020, Denmark lost their opening 2-Group fixtures. Get well soon, Christian.
Patrik Schick did score the Czech goal which made the lads tally 5, for the tournament, the same as Cristiano Ronaldo but like CR7, won’t be able to add to those 5.
Denmark’s Kasper Dolberg has 3, so does Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane, who are the only 3-players that can overtake Cristiano and Patrik to become the leading scorer at Euro 2020.
By saying that, what it’s meant is they are the only 3-players likely to overtake but there are still a few players that have the chance, however, there would have to be a goal spurt of 3 or 4 from anyone in the 2-remaining fixtures and that’s if the said players progress to the Final.
Some players have 2 and 1 goals, still left in the tournament such as Jordan Henderson (1), Harry Maguire (1), Cesar Azpilicueta (1), Mikel Oyarzabal (1), Aymeric Laporte (1), Thomas Delaney (1), Andreas Christensen (1), Martin Braithwaite (1), Mikel Damsgaard (1), Yousef Poulsen (2), Joakim Maehle (2), Matteo Pessina (2), Alvaro Morata (2), Ferran Torres (2), Pablo Sarabia (2), Manuel Locatelli (2), Lorenzo Insigne (2) and Ciro Immobile (2).
The Semi-Final lineup is as follows and was predicted by John Newsome in the previous Euro EveryTip article published on the 30th of June 2021.
Tuesday 6th July
20.00 in England
Spain v Italy
Wembley Stadium, London
Bet 365 offer Spain at 2/1, the draw at 11/5 and 6/4 for Italy to proceed to the Final.
Italy Win 3-1
Wednesday 7th July
20.00 in England
England v Denmark
Wembley Stadium, London
Bet 365 offer England at Odds On 4/6, the draw at 11/4 and 9/2 for Denmark to proceed to the Final.
England Win 2-0
That then throws up the possibility of a Euro 2020 Final between the two best teams out of the 24 that originally started the tournament.
England v Italy
It could also see, Italy v Denmark, England v Spain or for that matter, Spain v Denmark. However, as this is a prediction column, John Newsome is predicting an England v Italy Final on Sunday, July 11th, at Wembley Stadium, with a 20.00 kick-off in England.
Additional to that, England will win the Euro 2020, which would be a fitting finale to one of the worst years in an Englishman’s lifetime.
Back in early June, this EveryTip column predicted an England v France Final. With the prediction that England would be Champions of Europe. The column can be viewed by following the link.
(Euro 2020 – All Group Games Correct Score Predictions – John Newsome June 5, 2021, by Every Tip) ‘With the Final of the Euros 2020s, taking place a year later at Wembley, being France v England……and the winners are England’
Whilst France have failed to get to the Wembley showpiece, England are still in the mix. A lot scoffed at that prediction, with various ‘friends’ and ‘enemies’ which at different times, blended into the same, announcing that John Newsome was delusional.
John is a lot of things, however, when it comes to football, delusional is not one of them and is as balanced and as passionate about England as can be. A lot have queried Gareth Southgate’s team selection and tactics yet in the 5-games played so far, GS has been spot on.
Against Ukraine in the Quarter-Final, Gareth threw in Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount, resting Kieran Trippier and Bukayo Saka, Bukayo with a slight injury, Kieran coming on midway through the 2nd-half, with a lot wanting the lineup to be the same as in the victory over Germany.
That’s not how football works anymore, the game as advanced and is now a squad game, with the starting eleven sent out to do a job for 60-65 minutes then the introduction of a few tactical substitutes to either change the outcome or see out proceedings.
Most wanted Jack Grealish in from the start against Germany after the boys display in the final group fixture against the Czech Republic. Mr Southgate knew exactly what was needed, switching to a Back-3 with 2-Wing-Backs to negate the Germans. Then the public wanted the Villa lad to start against Ukraine, patience boys! Jack sat on the bench for the entire 90-minutes against Ukraine, England were victorious by a 4-0 scoreline.
In Germany’s group games, Joachim Low’s boys comfortably beat Portugal who played with a Back-4, yet struggled against Hungary, who employed a Back-3 (or 5, depending on how’s it’s perceived).
Gareth Southgate got his team selection correct against the Germans and subsequently against Ukraine. A lot has been said about the England players, especially Declan Rice and Kalvin Philips passing sideways and backwards.
Whilst this can become infuriating at times, what it achieves is, the team keeps possession and tires the opposition, thus allowing for a more positive approach later in the game. Both were on Yellow Cards going into the fixture against Ukraine and another would have seen either or both miss a potential Semi-Final.
Did Mr Southgate think to drop either? No! It’s about the here and now, not the future! The same with Harry Maguire, on a Yellow with the possibility of missing the Semi-Final.
Against Germany, the opposition started on the front foot but with England keeping possession by controlling the ball, it tired out Joachim’s men, which allowed Gareth to introduce Jack Grealish at the optimum moment to create the chances to win the game.
Against Ukraine, England were simply magnificent, Harry Kane scoring twice, Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson making it 4-0. Jordan with his 1st England goal! The lad had only been on the pitch 5-minutes. Gareth knows! Yet there were still detractors, saying that Mr Southgate doesn’t know what he’s doing, some people just don’t know football. The Party Chambers!
As an ageing football fan and a Three Lion devotee, it’s been a constant struggle, in various tournaments, watching England fail. Watching different managers, succumb to the public and media pressure to pick the so-called best players and at times the injured players.
John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, David Beckham, Wayne Rooney etc, supposedly part of the ‘Golden Generation’ Yet none produced the Gold!
Gareth could have easily brought in Jordan Henderson, injured previously but an established England player, pivotal to the success of Liverpool. Mr Southgate hasn’t succumbed and has chosen Declan Rice and Kalvin Philips for all 5-games up to now, keeping Jordan on the bench and introducing when the need comes.
The German nation couldn’t understand why Jadon Sancho hadn’t seen any game-time at Euro 2020. It’s not because Gareth doesn’t rate the lad, it’s just that the moment hadn’t arrived until against Ukraine, to introduce Jadon and GS wasn’t bowing to media and the German public pressure.
Mr Sancho started against Ukraine, with no substitute cameo in previous fixtures, the lad was straight in at the optimum moment and didn’t disappoint. Jadon will be a hit at Old Trafford next season.
Jack Grealish has been the catalyst of 3-great victories but that didn’t guarantee a start against Ukraine and for that matter, an appearance. Jack will be introduced when Gareth sees fit.
Phil Foden is the same, Mr Southgate stuck with Bukayo Saka, not because of favouritism but because in Gareth’s opinion, which is all that matters, Bukayo was a better defensive option than Phil. Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Jude Bellingham even Marcus Rashford have all had limited game-time.
If left up to the media and the puddings, sorry public, all would be in the starting-34. Gareth can only start eleven, hence the term ‘starting eleven’.
In Formula 1, it’s generally considered that the cars of Mercedes and Red Bull are far superior to those of Haas, Alpha Romeo and Alpine, yet the difference in lap-times between the top and bottom is about 3-seconds. That’s the difference between the top and bottom.
Nothing in terms of real-time, 1-2-3, yet momentous in the whole scheme of Formula 1. However, without the likes of Haas and Alpine, the Formula 1 squad wouldn’t exist.
It’s the same when Gareth has to choose his starting eleven, just because Bukayo is chosen above Phil, or Raheem is in front of Marcus, it’s the equivalent of seconds, all are exceptional players, same as the cars are all exceptionally quick, yet it’s fine margins in elite sport that decides who starts on poll, (in the eleven!) or who’s left at the back of the grid, (on the bench!).
Fine margins, however, the media and the public assume the England team is made up of 26-Mercedes. There’s a place for everyone and everyone is part of the formula.
Seeing as Denmark have made it to the Semi-Finals, it’s fitting to include another Manchester United player profile from the past to go with Michael Carrick and Gary Neville in John Newsome’s EveryTip Euro 2020 column. Peter Schmeichel
Between the sticks for United, there is only one name that can be put in an all-time Manchester United Premier League team. The Big Dane signed for Manchester United in August 1991.
What most will not remember is although United went on to dominate the Premier League for over 2-decades and Sir Alex Ferguson was rightly knighted for his tremendous service to the British game, back in 1991, it wasn’t certain that Alex Ferguson, as he was simply known back then, would even continue as the Manchester United supremo.
In 1991, United had gone 24-years without a League Championship victory and Alex was assembling a team to try and win a top-flight title. At the time, in the Danish Superliga, a club called Brondby produced some great players.
This year, the footballing world is currently in the midst of the Euro 2020s, with 24-European Countries competing in the coveted Competition. In a first for the Euros, the competition is being held in 12-host countries with the Semi-Final and Final taking place at Wembley in England.
Due to the current Coronavirus Pandemic, the competition has been scheduled for the summer of 2021, 12-months after the originally planned competition but still rightly named as the Euro 2020s.
In 1992, the Euros were just an 8-team event that had Sweden, as the host nation, France, England, Netherlands, Germany, Scotland and 2-countries that are no longer in existence, CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) which was essentially a Russian side that was assembled from the old Soviet Union.
The other team that was supposed to go to Sweden was Yugoslavia. Unfortunately, the Balkan country had descended into chaos with a war ensuing which eventually split the country up and would no longer exist in the form of Yugoslavia.
UEFA wouldn’t allow Yugoslavia to play in Euro‘92, so the team that Yugoslavia had pipped in the Qualifying stages, Denmark were invited to take part in Sweden. Peter Schmeichel, now at Manchester United, joined up with some of his ex-Brondby teammates and sensationally upset all the odds to win the Euro’92 competition.
What’s even more astounding about the Euro’92 victory, is Denmark only won 1 of their 3 Group Games, losing initially 1-0 to the hosts Sweden, drawing 0-0 against England, then defeating France 2-1 in the final group game.
That victory against France gave Denmark a 2nd-place slot in Group 1, which meant a Semi-Final game against Group 2 winner’s Netherlands, who, like Sweden in Group 1, were unbeaten.
The Semi-Final against the Netherlands finished in a 2-2 scoreline with Denmark progressing to the Final following a penalty shootout. The Danes took on Germany in the Euro’92 Final, following Germany’s Semi-Final victory against host nation Sweden.
The Germans were overwhelming favourites to win the competition but with Peter Schmeichel between the sticks, Germany couldn’t score and goals from the Danes John Jenssen and Kim Vilfort meant that Denmark had upset the odds and were the surprise winners of the competition, almost 30-years ago. Young Kasper was only 5!
A lot of the football faithful assume United signed Peter after his ‘92 exploits but actually Mr Ferguson had the foresight to sign the Big Dane a year earlier and Pete had already spent a year in the rain of Manchester. Peter’s 1st-season at United saw the Red Devil’s miss out on their 1st-Top Flight title since 1967, finishing 2nd to Leeds United.
In the inaugural 1992/93 Premier League season and following Peter’s Euro’92 victory, Manchester United finally won their 1st-title in 26-emotional years, due largely to the exploits of Peter Schmeichel.
Peter went on to win 5-Premier League titles in the ‘90s culminating in the historic Treble winning season in 1998/99, where the Great Dane captained the Red Devil’s to not only the Premier League title but the UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup. Peter also won 3-FA Cups and 1-League Cup.
The Champions League victory bookended Peters 1st-trophy won at United, following United’s victory in the UEFA Super Cup in November 1991. As the then-current champions of the European Cup Winners Cup in 1991, Manchester United, took on the then-current UEFA Champions League winners, Red Star Belgrade. Ironically from Yugoslavia.
A single Brian McClair goal gave Peter his 1st of many trophies gained at Old Trafford in the ‘90s. Soon after the Treble winning celebrations were over, Peter left Manchester United and moved to Portugal to play for Sporting Lisbon. As well as preventing goals from going into the net, Big Pete also had the knack of scoring the odd goal in games.
Manchester United have had some great goalkeeper’s in the Premier League era, including Fabian Barthez, signed after the Frenchman’s 1998 World Cup and Euro’2000 victories.
Fabian was sought after specifically as a replacement for Big Pete, as Peter’s immediate replacement, Mark Bosnich was not considered as a long term stopper by Sir Alex.
Massimo Taibi may be waiting a long time to get invited to a Manchester United Top Goalkeeper reunion party.
Edwin Van Der Sar and David De Gea are up there with Peter Schmeichel but the Great Dane gets the nod in the United all-time Premier League Eleven.
(Published by EveryTip April 13th, 2020)
I was half in mind, I was half in need and as the rain came down, I dropped to my knees and I prayed. I said, “Oh heavenly thing, please cleanse my soul, I’ve seen all on offer and I’m not impressed at all. I was halfway home, I was half insane and every shop window I looked in just looked the same.
I said, ‘Now send me a sign to save my life, cause at this moment in time there is nothing certain in these days of mine.’ You see, it’s a frightening thing when it dawns upon you, that I know as much as the day I was born and although I wasn’t asked, I might as well stay and promise myself each and every day.
That when you’re knocked on your back and your life’s a flop and when you’re down on the bottom there’s nothing else but to shout to the top! Well, we’re gonna shout to the top, we’re gonna shout to the top, we’re gonna shout to the top.
Hey, we’re gonna shout to the top, you see it’s a frightening thing when it dawns upon you, that I know as much as the day I was born and though I wasn’t asked, I might as well stay and promise myself each and every day. We’re gonna shout to the top (shout)
So when you’re knocked on your back and your life’s a flop and when you’re down on the bottom there’s nothing else but to shout to the top (shout)! We’re playing for England, Engerland!
It’s hoped that everyone has enjoyed a great Euro 2020, that as certainly lived up to its billing and whilst a year behind schedule due to the horrendous Coronavirus Pandemic, get vaccinated by the way, as soon as possible, as been a success. It’s with hope also that John Newsome hasn’t disappointed with his account of the Euros.
Whilst some predictions were awry, it is difficult to predict a game of football, especially when a Spanish SuperBoy called Pedri, can pass a 40-yard ball back to his ‘keeper and find that the ball ends up in the back of the net. There’s also now the added extra of the dreaded VAR. That is why football is the best sport in the world and surrounding areas.
John will be back at the beginning of August with the usual English Premier League column and it’s a great honour to continue the partnership with EveryTip to give the weekly predictions in the best league in the world. Please feel free to read and share with as many friends as is possible.
It’s coming home!