The matchday 9 of the Euro 2020 kicks off with Group H leader Turkey hosting the Icelanders while Group A leader England play Montenegro. Also, France will be playing host to Moldova and Serbia will host Luxembourg in Group B. Portugal will play Lithuania to cement their qualification in the Euro2020 tournament. Over here, we will be giving analysis based on their previous meeting and then, make possible predictions.
Turkey vs Iceland
Turkey will be looking to cement their top place spot at the 2020 European Championship when they host Iceland at their Turk Telekom Stadyumu. The Turks are only one point away from booking their place in the next year’s tournament. Senol Gunes’ troops aim to keep their 100% intact at home ground since they have not lost any of the matches throughout the campaign. Iceland sits in third place with 15 points, four points behind France and Turkey who are joint leaders. They will be playing with nothing at stake as to whether or not they win it won’t change anything.
Gylfi Sigurdsson and his teammates are not regarded as good travelers, which is probably the main reason why away win should not be considered. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Serie A star Hakan Calhanoglu. He is likely to pose a big threat to the opposition defenders in the decider and since they look to maintain their first-place position a home win won’t be a bad bet.
England vs Montenegro
England will be looking to build on a 6-0 win over Bulgaria in their last match as they welcome Montenegro at the Wembley Stadium. The Three Lions aim to seal their top place position in Group A, which will see them grab the Euro 2020 ticket. Gareth Southgate’s men are a real force to reckoned with at home, they are likely to outplay the visitors.
The good news for the hosts is that Marcus Rashford seems to have found his scoring boots and Harry Kane is fully back from his injury. Meaning that the opposition defenders should have them to battle with. Montenegro has not found the back of the net in their last four games, we believe they won’t be able to perform any miracle at Wembley Stadium.
Raheem Sterling was left out of the clash because of the misunderstanding with Joe Gomez during their last EPL game. Liverpool thrashed Manchester City but Sterling and Gomez had a clash in the game. The two players won’t really be missed because other players can fit in their space perfectly. The home win should be considered as the visitors have little to play for in Thursday’s qualifier.
Portugal vs Lithuania
Portugal is looking to bounce back from their last away lose to Ukraine when they host Lithuania at their Estadio Do Algarve Stadium. The Portuguese team is on its way to booking a spot in the Euro 2020 tournament. They sit in the second place position with 11 points and two points behind Ukraine the group leader. Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. are on the right track to book their place at the European Championship finals, but they need to beat both Lithuania and Luxembourg first.
A man to look out for will be Manchester City winger Bernado Silva and Cristiano Ronaldo, who have netted seven goals in their campaign. The Lithuanians, on the other hand, have collected only one point from possible 21 and is one reason we will be booking on the home side. Fernando Santos’ troops are more hungry and are more prepared for the game. Our bet will be for Cristiano Ronaldo and Co.
Serbia vs Luxembourg
Serbia will be looking to build on their last win over Lithuania as they welcome Luxembourg to their home ground. The Serbs face a must-win situation this time out as they are breathing down Portugal’s neck in Group B. Ljubisa Tumbakovic’s troops are likely to go all guns blazing at the minnows, as the match is a must-win for them. We predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic is sidelined with injury, but in-form Fulham attacker Aleksandar Mitrovic is one player to keep an eye on. He is likely to pose a big threat to the opposition defenders.
Yet another man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Ajax’s forward Dusan Tadic, who is currently one of the best midfielders in Europe. When the two teams met at Stade Josy Barthel earlier in their campaign, Serbia recorded a 3-1 win over Luxembourg. The visitors have nothing to play for in Thursday’s qualifier, and they are likely to return home empty-handed.
France vs Moldova
The Stade de France host France and Moldova in the Euro 2020 qualifier. Les Tricolores aim to clinch their spot at the next year’s showpiece tournament. Head coach Didier Deschamps must warn his troops against complacency. Manchester United ace Paul Pogba will not be playing the game due to injury. Regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, we believe the team will still grab a win against Moldova. The visitors are on a five-game losing run already which makes it unwise to bet on them.
The Moldovans face a very difficult task as they have been struggling throughout the campaign, they will be traveling to play France on Thursday. They have not been able to win any match in all their outing in the Euro 2020 qualifiers. We do not believe that they are capable of spoiling France’s party at Stade de France. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be PSG ace Kylian Mbappe, who returns to the starting XI after missing the Turkey game with an injury. Yet another man to watch on the home side will be Barcelona attacker Antoine Griezmann.