EURO 2020 Day 7: Lousy Macedonia ,De Bruyne Magic and the Untouchable Dutch

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Euro Fantasy Differential Picks

Ukraine v/s North Macedonia: Andriy Yarmolenko (€8.5 million) is owned by only 3% of players and has returned in both of Ukraine’s games. With 2.11 shots on target per 90 his goal threat is remarkable and with 2 goals and 1 assist already he is the most important cog in Ukraine’s attack. Austria’s defense is not the most solid and the Ukraine attack will capitalize on that.

Denmark v/s Belgium: Kevin De Bruyne is owned by 7% and with a price of €10.5 million not everyone can transfer him in. However, with limitless or some tweaks to the team De Bruyne is one of the best assets in your team. A goal and assist on the day along with an xA of 0.8 and 2 shots on target, all this in 45 minutes. It is not just his numbers that are impressive but also his overall impact on the game. Prior to his introduction to the game Belgium were bleak, he livened up the team and won his country the game.

Netherlands v/s Austria: Denzel Dumfries is criminally under selected at only 7%, he has a goal in both of his last games with 3 shots on target. The Dutch play North Macedonia next which have been less than underwhelming. This is the best match to buy Dumfries as a clean sheet against North Macedonia is to be expected, but defensively Macedonia are very leaky which will allow Dumfries to gain more attacking returns.

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Player of The Day

Player of the day was undoubtedly the Belgian maestro Kevin De Bruyne, who made a large impact after coming at half-time for the Red Devils. Belgium were largely outplayed in the first half, however Denmark failed to capitalize on early dominance winning the xG battle convincingly.

The second half was completely different, with De Bruyne coming on and taking control of the game. He set up Belgium’s first, from a fast paced counter-attack ending in a tap in from 6 yards for Thorgan Hazard. Then came another moment of Brilliance, as Belgium capitalised on more sloppy play from the Danes, moving the ball quickly up the pitch. The move ended in a driven low strike from De Bruyne from 20 yards out, beating Schmeichel at his near post with what seemed like a long range tap-in. De Bruyne’s second half performance fired Belgium to the knockout stages, setting up a potential matchup with one of the 4 best 3rd placed teams in the round of 16.

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Disappointment of the day

It was a disappointment to see both Ukraine and Northern Macedonia miss penalties. This is the first European Championship match to see both sides miss a penalty since 1980. Huge credit to Dimitrievski who made six saves and tried everything to keep his team’s hope alive till the last minute, but the Macedonians had lost the game when Ukraine had scored two goals in the first half as they don’t have enough quality in the attack to overturn the scoreline. Though North Macedonia are the lowest-ranked team in the Euros 2020, they put up a great show against the opposition, but they are probably going to be to be knocked out of the Euros as they face Frank De Boer’s Netherlands on Monday.

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Predictions for Day-8

Sweden v/s Slovakia: Sweden managed to take a point away from Seville but with the performance they gave, one might consider them fortunate to be able to even take that single point away. Slovakia’s game against Poland was much more open though and the Slovaks were able to come out on top with some clinical finishing. They should get the job done again and secure their qualification with 2 wins in 2 games. Predicted score: 1-2.

Croatia v/s Czech Republic: Croatia is not playing the same football as they were in 2018 but they still gave England a run for their money. The Czech team particularly Patrick Schick will be coming off a high from the game against Scotland and will look to continue their form but the Croatians will have something to say about that. Predicted score: 1-1.  

England v/s Scotland: The match against these 2 arch rivals is the most awaited match in this group. England was the better team against Croatia and Scotland though did create chances was not at all clinical against Czech Republic which then cost them the game. On paper England should walk all over the Scots but in a game like this form doesn’t play the biggest role as much as emotions do. England has another advantage here with the home crowd behind them they should be able to take apart Scotland. Predicted score: 2-0.

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