EURO 2020 Group F Preview: France, Germany, Hungary and Portugal

Posted By Alex Blowers on June 8, 2021

Finally, we are days away from Euro 2020.

51 games over 31 days will end with one of the 24 nations competing being crowned champions of Europe.

The competition was supposed to take place last summer and be played across multiple host nations in sold-out stadiums to celebrate its 6oth anniversary. However, UEFA agreed to delay for a year so Associations could complete their domestic seasons after COVID-19 brought the game to a standstill.

We still have 11 venues across 11 countries, but capacity is limited. Squads have been increased from 23 to 26 man rosters, and teams can make up to 5 substitutions per game.

Group F is this tournament’s ‘Group of Death’……kind of. France, Germany, and Portugal can all qualify for the knockout stages, with the four best third-placed teams progressing. Hungary will be hoping they can be more than the Group’s whipping boys.

EURO 2020 FRANCE PREVIEW

The current world champions are favorites going into the tournament, and rightly so. They have the strongest squad and are the competition’s most settled side, with their Starting XI almost identical to the one that beat Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 World Cup Final.

Didier Deschamps has upgraded his frontline by ending Karim Benzema’s six-year exile. The Real Madrid striker has scored 87 goals in his last three seasons for Los Blancos and will be hungry to win after watching 2018’s success from afar.

ODDS TO WIN GROUP / FINISH TOP 2

France to win the Group +148 | France to Finish in Top 2 -250

EURO 2020 ROSTER

GK: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille), Mike Maignan (Lille OSC)

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton), Léo Dubois (Olympique Lyonnais), Lucas Hernández (Bayern Munich), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Jules Koundé (Sevilla), Clément Lenglet (Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)

Midfielders: N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Thomas Lemar (Atlético Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern. Munich)

Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder (AS Monaco), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Marcus Thuram (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

POSSIBLE STARTING XI

France Euro 2020 Starting Lineup Group F

KEY PLAYER TO WATCH

N’GOLO KANTÉ

Kanté has been superb for Chelsea this season, bossing the midfield and earning Player of the Match in the Champions League Last 16 Second Leg, both legs of the Semi-finals, and the Final. If he can replicate his club form, I’m confident France will be lifting the trophy on July 11th.

EURO 2020 GERMANY PREVIEW

Joachim Löw has been in charge of Germany since 2006, and this will be his last throw of the dice. He steps down after the tournament and has recalled veterans Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller to bring experience and leadership to his side, who lost to North Macedonia and 6-0 to Spain in recent games.

There’s no question about the quality of this German squad. The doubts are around Löw’s ability to get the best out of them. If he can inspire them to the heights of 2014’s World Cup success, they have a solid chance of making it to the final.

ODDS TO WIN GROUP / FINISH TOP 2

Germany to win the Group +165 | Germany to Finish in Top 2 -200

EURO 2020 ROSTER

GK: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Arsenal), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)

DEF: Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea), Robin Gosens (Atalanta), Christian Günter (SC Freiburg), Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Robin Koch (Leeds United), Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich)

MID: ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Emre Can (Borussia Dortmund), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Leroy Sané (Bayern Munich), Florian Neuhaus (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

FWD: Timo Werner (Chelsea), Kevin Volland (AS Monaco)

POSSIBLE STARTING XI

Germany Euro 2020 Starting Lineup Group F

KEY PLAYER TO WATCH

THOMAS MÜLLER

The 2010 World Cup Golden Boot and 2014 World Cup winner has been outstanding for Bayern Munich the last two seasons contributing 44 assists and 29 goals. This has forced Löw to reverse his decision to drop Müller shortly after the 2018 World Cup, and he will bring experience, leadership, and craft to Germany’s frontline.

EURO 2020 HUNGARY PREVIEW

It’s unfortunate they’ve been drawn in such a tough group, but it’s not all doom and gloom. Hungary have home advantage with two games taking place in Budapest. Marco Rossi has made his side difficult to beat, setting them up in a 3-4-1-2 formation that switches to a 5-3-2 when defending.

They won’t make it out of the group but will give a good showing of themselves and make France, Portugal, and Germany earn their victories.

ODDS TO WIN GROUP / FINISH TOP 2

Hungary to win the Group +4000 | Hungary to Finish in Top 2 +850

EURO 2020 ROSTER

GK: Péter Gulácsi (RB Leipzig), Ádám Bogdán (Ferencvárosi TC), Dénes Dibusz (Ferencvarosi TC)

DEF: Bendegúz Bolla (MOL Fehérvár FC), Endre Botka (Ferencvárosi TC), Attila Fiola (MOL Fehérvár FC), Ákos Kecskés (FC Lugano), Ádám Lang (Omonia Nicosia), Gergo Lovrencsics (Ferencvárosi TC), Loic Négo (MOL Fehérvár FC), Willi Orbán (RB Leipzig), Attila Szalai (Fenerbahçe)

MID: Tamás Cseri (Mezokövesd Zsóry), Dániel Gazdag (Philadelphia Union), László Kleinheisler (NK Osijek), Ádám Nagy (Bristol City), András Schäfer (DAC Dunajská Streda), Dávid Sigér (Fernecvárosi TC), Kevin Varga (Kasimpasa), Roland Varga (MTK Budapest)

FWD: János Hahn (Paksi), Filip Holender (FK Partizan), Nemanja Nikolics (MOL Fehérvár FC), Roland Sallai (SC Freiburg), Szabolcs Schön (FC Dallas), Ádám Szalai (Mainz 05)

POSSIBLE STARTING XI

Hungary Euro 2020 Starting Lineup Group F

KEY PLAYER TO WATCH

WILLI ORBÁN

Orbán’s experience and leadership will be essential in helping Hungary withstand the constant barrage of attacks they will inevitably face. The RB Leipzig defender will sit in the middle of the back three, and it will be tasked with organizing the defense and keeping them compact.

EURO 2020 PORTUGAL PREVIEW

Portugal comes into the tournament better equipped than the 2016 squad that won the last Euro’s. João Cancelo, Rúben Dias, Raphaël Guerreiro, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota, and João Félix are all plying their trade at some of Europe’s biggest clubs and 36-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo is still one of the best finishers in the game.

If they can make it out of this group, get a favorable draw, and keep their star players fit, we could see them in the final defending their crown.

ODDS TO WIN GROUP / FINISH TOP 2

Portugal to win the Group +300 | Portugal to Finish in Top 2 -165

EURO 2020 ROSTER

GK: Rui Patrício (Wolves), Anthony Lopes (Olympique Lyonnais), Rui Silva (Granada)

DEF: João Cancelo (Manchester City), Nélson Semedo (Wolves), José Fonte (Lille OSC), Pepe (FC Porto), Rúben Dias (Manchester City), Nuno Mendes (Sporting CP), Raphaël Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)

MID: Danilo Pereira (PSG), João Palhinha (Sporting CP), Rúben Neves (Wolves), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), João Moutinho (Wolves), Renato Sanches (Lille OSC), Sérgio Oliveira (FC Porto), William Carvalho (Real Betis)

FWD: Pedro Goncalves (Sporting CP), André Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia), João Félix (Atlético Madrid), Rafa Silva (SL Benfica)

POSSIBLE STARTING XI

Portugal Euro 2020 Starting Lineup Group F

KEY PLAYER TO WATCH

CRISTIANO RONALDO

Ronaldo’s game is all about hanging around the 18-yard box scoring goals, and the team will be geared around providing him service. Félix, Jota, Fernandes, and Bernando Silva will create chances meaning Portugal’s success will depend on how many their record goalscorer and captain converts.

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