Euro 2020 Daily Report: Germany send warning to Euro rivals

Germany manager Joachim Low
Germany manager Joachim Low hopes to bow out as European champions

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"After beating Latvia 7-1 in their final warm-up game, Germany are 13/2 to be the highest scoring team at Euro 2020 and can be backed at 2.77/4 to finish top of Group F"

Resurgent Germany save their best for last

When Germany were beaten 6-0 by Spain in the Nations League, it was regarded as the beginning of the end for Joachim Low and his squad. A shock 2-1 defeat to North Macedonia in their most recent World Cup qualifier did little to win back their doubters.

But their 7-1 win over Latvia in their final warm-up game reminded everyone that writing obituaries for this German squad is a little bit premature. The good thing about playing a nation ranked 138th in the latest FIFA rankings is that it presents a chance to rack up a few goals in a comfortable win.

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With six different players on the scoresheet, this was a morale-boosting win for Low, who is stepping down as manager after the tournament. But goals might be harder to come by when Germany face the reigning European champions Portugal and current world champions France in this summer's group of death.

Germany are 13/2 on the sportsbook to be the highest scoring team at Euro 2020 and are 2.77/4 on the exchange to finish top of Group F. If they come through their group with two of the top five ranked teams in the world, then they will fancy their chances of winning their fourth European title and first since 1996.

At 4/1, England remain favourites to be the highest scoring team in Euro 2020 after scoring 15 goals in their last six matches which have all been won. Harry Kane leads the top goalscorer market at 9/2 and the Tottenham striker can be backed at a boosted price of 6/1 to score two headed goals or more in Euro 2020.

Yarmolenko scores twice as Ukraine beat Cyprus


A resounding 4-0 win against 10-man Cyprus extended Ukraine's unbeaten run to six ahead of their Euro 2020 opener against the Netherlands on Sunday. Four of those matches ended in 1-1 draws but the back-to-back wins will be encouraging to their manager Andriy Shevchenko.

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As a striker, Shevchenko could do no wrong with the Ukraine supporters, but get this tournament wrong and all the good faith he has earned will count for nothing. In a group with Euro debutants North Macedonia, Ukraine should make it to the Round of 16 either as winners, runners-up or as one of the best third placed teams.

This is the Ukraine's third Euro campaign and they have yet to make it past the first round. Andriy Yarmolenko has not had the best of times at West Ham in the last few years with seven goals in the three seasons he has been there, but scoring for his country has not been an issue.

Yarmolenko scored twice in Monday's resounding win over Cyprus with Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko also getting on the scoresheet. Yarmolenko is 4/1 to be Ukraine's leading scorer this summer while his country can be backed at 3.711/4 to reach the quarter-finals like they did at the 2006 World Cup.

Covid case means Spain's kids will face Lithuania


Spain were dealt a major blow a week before their opening game in Euro 2020 when their captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for Covid-19. The development sent Spain into isolation to avoid further positive tests. As a result, Spain will fulfil their friendly commitment with Lithuania, but it will the Spanish under-21s side that will play the game.

Spain have lost just one of their previous 23 matches

It's a blow for Luis Enrique and his players, but Busquets' positive test means the manager will have the rest of his squad free from injury. The disruption will hinder Spain's final preparations before lining up against Sweden on Monday. Training will have been affected but Busquets' absence opens the door for either Koke or Rodri to come in and make that midfield role theirs.

Without Busquets for one or maybe two group games should not derail Spain's chances this summer. Playing their first round matches later than most is a bonus and means that when Busquets does becomes available, he will be fresh and able to get valuable game time against Slovakia ahead of what they hope will be the knockout stage.

There will be those who think Busquets' plight will affect Spain more than others might think which will cast a few doubts in their quest to qualify from Group E where they are 1.081/12 to lay.

Poland need to take pressure off Lewandowski

It's easy to think of Poland's chances beginning and ending with their talismanic striker Robert Lewandowski. Pressed to name other Polish players playing this summer, many might struggle. Lukasz Fabianski, Jan Bednarek, Jakub Moder and Mateusz Klich all played in the Premier League last season and might be familiar.

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Lewandowski deservedly gets the plaudits for all that he has achieved for his country and the Bayern Munich forward will be looking to score the goals to guide Poland into the Round of 16. The 32-year-old can be backed at 27.026/1 to win the Golden Boot award.

The Poles have never made it to the semi-finals of the Euros, but they are 7/1 to make the final four this year. It's a favourable group for Poland especially with what is happening with Spain and Sergio Busquets.

Of the 112 goals scored within this Poland squad, Robert Lewandowski has scored 58.9% of them

Poland's spine is very strong and experienced with over 330 caps between Fabianski, Kamil Glik, Gregorz Krychowiak and Lewandowski. Their final friendly against Iceland is a chance for the fringe players to force their way into manager Paulo Sousa's plans for their opener against Slovakia.

France aim to stay unbeaten against Bulgaria

France have a good record at the Euros making the knockout stage in five of the last six tournaments. They have a conveyor belt of talent coming off the ramp at their Clairefontaine football centre and their odds of 9/2 to win Euro 2020 reflect their current squad and their history in this competition.

Kylian Mbappe is an example to any young French footballer just starting out at the nation's highly-regarded football academy. Aged 22, Mbappe is one of the hottest properties in football with 16 goals in 42 games for his country. One of those goals came in the World Cup final three years ago as France were crowned champions of the world for a second time.

In their last 19 matches, France have won 15 and lost just once

Mbappe has plenty of time to add a goal in the final of the European Championship to put on his CV. Michel Platini was 25 when he scored nine goals during France's successful 1984 European Championship campaign, which remains the most goals scored in a single tournament.

Mbappe will have that in his mind during this summer's competition and he can be backed at 2221/1 to win the Euros and the Golden Boot award too. If he features in Les Bleus' final friendly against Bulgaria, Mbappe will be looking to get another goal under his belt ahead of the Euros.

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