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Euro 2020: Day 3 – Preview

Three matches will be played on day 3 – England vs Croatia, Austria vs North Macedonia, Netherlands vs Ukraine

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England vs Croatia ( Group D) Preview

England take on Croatia in a much-awaited Group D encounter at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Croatia have not been in the best of form and come into the tournament on back of a nervy 1-0 loss to Belgium in a friendly game. They have just managed to win three of their last 11 matches. The hosts, on the other hand, boast of an exceptional squad and are on a six-match winning streak. The Three Lions have dodged 11 and conceded just one goal in their last five games. Harry Kane was in top form in the Premier League and scored 23 goals along with providing 23 assists and will be the main man for England. Mason Mount has also been impressive for Chelsea and scored 16 goals. 

Austria vs North Macedonia ( Group C) Preview

It’s going to be a blockbuster Sunday for the football fans with some mouth-watering encounters. In the second game of the day, North Macedonia will cross swords with Austria at the National Arena. North Macedonia have already created history by qualifying for the Euro 2020. However, not a lot is expected of them. They could though pull off a few upsets and spoil the party for other teams in the Group. Austria, on the other hand, have some top quality players and will go into the game as favourites. The two sides met twice in the qualifying rounds, with Austria winning both games, 4-1 and 4-2 respectively. Marcel Sabitze will be a player to watch out for Austria after a sensational season of Bundesliga where he registered eight goals and three assists. For North Macedonia, they rest their hopes on Goran Pandev, who has scored 37 goals for his team. 

Netherlands vs Ukraine (Group C) Preview

The Netherlands are the favourites to top Group C and will eye a winning start against Ukraine. They boast of a very strong team with the likes of Memphis Depay, Frenkie de Jong, Stefan de Vrij, Matthijs de Ligt and Georginio Wijnaldum at disposal. However, Ukraine can’t be taken lightly and can pull off a surprise on any opposition on their day. They defeated Spain in the Nations League last year and will be eyeing another major upset. With seven goals in the last seven games for the Dutch, Memphis Depay will be their ace player. The striker is in the form of his life and scored 20 goals for Lyon in Ligue 1 this season. Also, Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who had a prolific season with the club, scoring seven goals and five assists, will be one of side’s most important players.

Match Details

England vs Croatia 

Venue: Wembley Stadium in London.

Time: 6: 30 PM IST (June 13)

Austria vs North Macedonia

Venue: National Stadium in Bucharest, Romania.

Time: 9:30 PM IST (June 13)

Netherlands vs Ukraine

Venue: Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam

Time: 12:30 AM IST (14 June)

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Head to Head Stats

England vs Croatia 

Played: 10

England won: 5

Croatia won: 3

Draw: 2

Austria vs North Macedonia

Played: 2

Austria won: 2

North Macedonia won: 0

Draw: 0

Netherlands vs Ukraine

Played: 2

Netherland won: 1

Ukraine won: 0

Draw: 1

Form Guide

England: W-W-W-W-W

Croatia: L-D-W-W-L

Austria: D-L-L-W-D

North Macedonia: W-D-W-W-L

Netherlands: W-D-W-W-L

Ukraine: W-W-D-D-D

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