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FST’s new signing Statman Dave is back again to provide more of his expert analysis ahead of Euro 2020.
This time, following on from his Euro 2020 winners predictions, he’s previewing what’s billed as the Group of Death this summer.
Current world champions France, defending European champions Portugal and heavyweights Germany were all drawn in the same group, with Hungary hoping to pull off an incredible shock as the fourth team.
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Statman Dave’s Euro 2020 Group F quadcast
Clearly, this is the toughest group of the competition and it does seem very likely that the winner could come from this group.
Unfortunately though, it’s going to be nearly impossible for Hungary to get out.
Marco Rossi has something of a golden generation on his hands, with plenty of Hungarian players populating the Red Bull clubs. The jewel in their crown is Dominik Szboszlai and, sadly, his injury issues have continued into the summer and he misses out.
It’d have taken a herculean effort even with him in the side, but without that star quality to call upon it seems almost certain that Hungary will finish bottom of the group.
We’re going with Germany to finish third. They’ve looked a lot sharper in their 3-4-3 of late, with their wingbacks causing plenty of problems for Latvia in their recent friendly.
However, Joachim Lowe still seems to be tinkering with both his shape and personnel and it’s difficult to imagine them navigating the group better than the two absolute powerhouses they’re up against.
There’s a chance their famed tournament mentality could help them surpass expectations and the return of some of their best players of the last decade will certainly help, but it’s more likely that their next success comes under Hansi Flick.
It’s going to be tight, but France could well finish second here. The world champions clearly have an unbelievable team which has been bolstered by the return of Karim Benzema, but I could see them growing into the tournament rather than making a particularly fast start.
In 2018, they scored just one non-penalty goal in the group stage and only started to hit their rhythm once the knockout stages began. They’re usually strong at the back so I wouldn’t be too worried, but it wouldn’t be a massive shock to see Les Bleus pipped to the post in terms of the group stage.
Portugal look really strong coming into this. Jose Fonte and Ruben Dias were both ever present in two of Europe’s meanest defences last season, picking up league titles in the process.
Their midfield is stacked with different profiles which gives the squad a nice balance and they have arguably the greatest goalscorer of all-time – who still scored a league goal every 97 minutes last season by the way – up top.
CR7 typically starts well in these big tournaments and that could well be true of his team in general this summer.
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