By News Team
2nd July 2021
The European Championship has been incredible so far and we’ve lost a few of the big hitters early on. Portugal, Germany, France and the Netherlands all bowed out in the round of 16, but who will make it through past the quarter-finals and into the last four?
In this blog, we take a look at Saturday’s quarter-final action including Ukraine v England and Czech Republic v Denmark.
England looking to bring it home
The Three Lions continue their European charge and meet Ukraine in Rome. Gareth Southgate and his squad are on cloud nine at the moment having beaten Germany in a knockout fixture for the first time since the 1966 World Cup. That is an incredible achievement and would have silenced a few doubters. England now have a very good chance of reaching the final but will have to beat Ukraine here before facing either Czech Republic or Denmark.
England have only lost one of their seven meetings with Ukraine and the last two have been draws. It will be no easy ride for Southgate’s men, and he’ll be looking towards his big names to produce a big performance. They are the current market leaders priced at 1/6 to progress to the last four. Work out your potential winnings with our easy-to-use online betting calculator.
Importantly for England, Harry Kane broke his Euro duck against Germany, and you’d expect his confidence to be increasing now. He’s 19/20 to score at any time throughout the match and is 5/1 to score two or more. Could the Golden Boot still be in his sight? He’s an outside shot at 25/1 for the gong.
Ukraine, meanwhile, qualified from their group as one of the best performing third-placed teams and surprisingly sunk Sweden’s hope of European glory in their last match. It wasn’t the most impressive performance and going deep into extra-time they looked tired and laboured towards the end. This can only be a bonus for England, but they proved their resilience that game and cannot be taken lightly.
Ukraine are 7/2 to progress past England, but manager Andriy Shevchenko will be hoping his team can defy those odds and keep the dream alive by reaching the semi-finals.
Denmark in flying form
Saturday’s earlier kick-off sees Czech Republic take on Denmark. These two teams are arguably the surprise packages of the tournament but only one can progress into the semi-finals. The Danes have been flying recently, becoming the first team to score four or more goals in consecutive games in the competition after beating Russia 4-1 and Wales 4-0.
They’ve also been averaging 18.8 shots and 7.3 shots on target per game. They carry a strong attacking threat and will be looking to pepper the Czechs’ goal from the off. It’s clear then to see why they are the 4/7 favourites and they have a really good chance of progressing once again.
However, Czech Republic can’t be written off and have impressed in their games leading up to this. A particular star for them has been Patrik Schick. The forward, who plies his trade in Germany for Bayer Leverkusen, has netted four times in this year’s Euros, including that stunning 50-yard strike against Scotland in their opening game. He’s 12/5 to score again and the Czechs will be looking for him to work his usual magic.
This is also not their first rodeo in a European Championship quarter-finals, having reached this stage three times previously and progressing from two of those. This will also be the third meeting between the two sides at the Euros, and Czech Republic have won the last two. Despite their previous, however, they are the 5/4 underdogs to progress.