Uefa Euro 2020 football predictions, starting XIs and fixtures: Thursday, 17 June 2021

Another trio of fixtures on Thursday sees the group action hot up across Europe at Euro 2020.

Denmark face the world’s number one side, Belgium, five days after the trauma of Christian Eriksen’s collapse on the pitch in Copenhagen.

The Netherlands will look to build on their spirited start to their return to the big stage as Austria visit Amsterdam.

Ukraine and North Macedonia, meanwhile, face each other in Bucharest in an attempt to put their first points on the board.

Group C: Ukraine vs North Macedonia

Ukraine and North Macedonia attempt to kickstart their Euro 2020 campaigns at the second attempt on Thursday, as they meet in Bucharest in Group C.

It’s an afternoon clash between nations that both shipped three goals in their opening encounters.

Andriy Yarmolenk and Roman Yaremchuk looked to have pulled a point out of the fire in Amsterdam against the Netherlands on Sunday night, only for Denzel Dumfries to break their hearts with his 85th-minute winner.

It was a cruel blow after what had been an inspiring comeback having gone two behind earlier in the second half.

North Macedonia also pulled level against Austria, thanks to national legend Goran Pandev.

But Das Team were in no mood to settle for that, grinding out two more goals to leave the minnows pointless.

Oleksandr Zubkov lasted just 13 minutes of Ukraine’s pool opener, so is unlikely to recover in time for this one.

Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko may be pushed further up the field in his absence, while the Macedonians may well keep with the same starting XI.

Probable Ukraine Starting XI: Georgi Bushchan, Oleksandr Karavaev, Illia Zabarnyi, Mykola Matvienko, Vatalii Mykolenko, Ruslan Malinovskiy, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Mykola Shaparenko, Andriy Yarmolenko, Roman Yaremchuk, Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Probable North Macedonia Starting XI: Stole Dimitrievski, Stefan Ristovski, Darko Velkovski, Visar Musliu, Boban Nikolov, Enis Bardhi, Arijan Ademi, Eljif Elmas, Ezgjan Alioski, Goran Pandev, Aleksandar Trajkovski.

Group B: Denmark vs Belgium

Emotions are running high as Belgium head to Copenhagen to play Denmark in Group B at Euro 2020 on Thursday evening.

The pair’s second pool match comes just five days after Danish star Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch, needing CPR and defibrillation from medics before being taken to hospital amid traumatic scenes for everyone inside the Parken Stadium.

In a move that baffled many, play resumed after a lengthy delay, with the home side going down to a 1-0 defeat against Finland on a night where no one was thinking about the score.

Belgium’s entry to the tournament was far more straightforward later the same evening.

Romelu Lukaku struck twice, either side of Thomas Meunier’s goal, as Russia proved no match whatsoever for the world’s number one ranked country.

The make up of the Danish side is anyone’s guess, aside from the happy news that Eriksen’s recovery continues in hospital.

His team-mates’ wellbeing will be the primary factor in coach Kasper Hjulmand’s selection.

Jan Vertonghen could be preserved for the Belgians after he suffered a knock, while a fractured eye socked has ended Timothy Castagne’s competition.

Kevin de Bruyne is nearing his return from a similarly nasty injury, suffered in the Uefa Champions League final.

Probable Denmark Starting XI: Kasper Schmeichel, Daniel Wass, Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christiansen, Joakim Maehle, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Thomas Delaney, Yussuf Poulsen, Mathias Jensen, Martin Braithwaite, Kasper Dolberg.

Probable Belgium Starting XI: Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Thomas Vermaelen, Thomas Meunier, Youri Tielemans, Leander Dendoncker, Thorgan Hazard, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Romelu Lukaku.

Group C: Netherlands vs Austria

The Netherland and Austria meet in Amsterdam on Thursday, with the pair fighting it out at the top of Group C at Euro 2020.

Both won their opening fixtures, putting three goals on their opponents in the process.

The Dutch thought their dream start had gone up in smoke when Ukraine scored twice in a matter of minutes to draw level late in the second half on Sunday.

But Denzel Dumfries ensured earlier goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Wout Weghorst didn’t go to waste.

Austria were made to work against North Macedonia, too, who equalised ten minutes after Stefan Lainer’s opener in Bucharest.

Michael Gregoritsch and a supercharged Marko Arnautovic, however, ensured Das Team came good with all three points.

Matthijs de Ligt may have to continue his wait as he returns from injury for the hosts, while Weghorst looks to have sealed his starting place up front.

Probable Netherlands Starting XI: Maarten Stekelenburg, Jurrien Timber, Stefan de Vrij, Nathan Ake, Denzel Dumfries, Frenkie de Jong, Marten de Roon, Owen Wijndal, Georginio Wijnaldum, Memphis Depay, Wout Weghorst.

Probable Austria Starting XI: Daniel Bachmann, Aleksandar Dragovic, David Alaba, Martin Hinteregger, Stefan Lainer, Konrad Laimer, Xaver Schlager, Marcel Sabitzer, Andreas Ulmer, Sasa Kalajdzic, Christoph Baumgartner.

Euro 2020 predictions for 17 June

Prediction methodology explainedThe expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.

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