@Footy_Tipster gives his best bets and predictions ahead of a huge round of fixtures across Europe..

Find the best football predictions from 888Sport writers on the following matches:

  • Slovenia v Serbia - Thursday, 2pm
  • Denmark v England - Thursday, 5pm
  • Spain v Italy - Thursday, 8pm
  • Slovakia v Ukraine - Friday, 2pm
  • Poland v Austria - Friday, 5pm
  • Netherlands v France - Friday, 8pm

Football Predictions Thursday

Slovenia v Serbia

The Allianz Arena in Munich will host this crucial game between Slovenia and Serbia on Thursday afternoon, as both sides look to boost their hopes of qualifying out of Group C.

Slovenia started their campaign with a respectful draw against Denmark, Matjaz Kek’s side found themselves trailing after just 17 minutes but they showed their fighting spirit and after a deflected strike from Erik Janza, they ended matchday 1 in third place with a point. They head into this one against Serbia with an unbeaten run of seven games, a victory here would put Slovenia in a brilliant position in terms of qualifying out of Group C.

SLOVENIA V SERBIA
Strength
100%
 
 
0%
Attacking Potential
100%
 
 
0%
Defensive Potential
50%
 
 
50%
Poisson Distribussion
0%
 
 
0%
Strength H2H
20%
 
 
80%
Goals H2H
33%
 
 
67%
Wins the Game
34.3%
 
 
65.7%

Serbia got their campaign underway against one of the betting favourites for this tournament, England. Dragan Stojkovic’s side couldn’t make their second half pressure count and ended their first game of the tournament with a 1-0 defeat. However, they’ll take some positives from the game and if they can get Aleksander Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic involved a lot more here, they could find themselves taking all three points. Serbia cannot afford to lose this one, a loss here and their tournament could be all but over if results elsewhere go against them. 

These two nations have come head-to-head on four occasions and it’s evenly balanced, both sides have taken victory in one game, whilst the remaining two games ended in a score draw, most recently in their Nations League fixture last year. I think we’ll see both teams on the scoresheet here in an entertaining game.

Denmark v England

The two favourites to progress out of Group C will meet in Frankfurt on Thursday evening as Denmark take on England. 

Denmark would have hoped to start their campaign with a victory and Christian Eriksen put them on their way with his first half strike, although they couldn’t see how the lead and ultimately conceded with just thirteen minutes left to play. The Danish camp feel as though just one more victory in this group would be enough to see them progress but deep down, they must be feeling slight frustration at not seeing the game out. 

DENMARK V ENGLAND
Strength
25%
 
 
75%
Attacking Potential
50%
 
 
50%
Defensive Potential
0%
 
 
100%
Poisson Distribussion
0%
 
 
0%
Strength H2H
50%
 
 
50%
Goals H2H
50%
 
 
50%
Wins the Game
43.8%
 
 
56.3%

England got off to a perfect start with a 1-0 win over Serbia, it wasn’t the greatest performance from Gareth Southgate’s side, with a few of his key players playing well below their average. However, given England’s poor record in tournament openers, the Three Lions will be happy to be up and running and in control of Group C. I think the further we go into the tournament, this England side will start to click and performances will improve, a victory here over the Danes would secure England’s place in the last 16.

These two sides last met three years ago in the delayed Euro 2020 semi-final stage, the game finished 1-1 after 90 minutes before Harry Kane found a winner in extra-time at Wembley. This won’t be easy for England but I think we’ll see a much better performance in this one and the Three Lions will book their place into the next round.

Spain v Italy

Two European giants come head-to-head on Thursday night, as Spain and Italy meet at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen.

Spain got off to a perfect start in Group B, up against a Croatian side which looked like a tricky game on paper but La Roja made a real statement with a 3-0 victory. Luis de la Fuente have got his side scoring goals and that’s something that we haven’t said about Spain in recent times. Spain will be hoping for a bit of revenge here even though it’s early in the tournament but they’ve been eliminated by Italy in their last two Euro campaigns, a victory here would see La Roja into the last 16.

SPAIN V ITALY
Strength
50%
 
 
50%
Attacking Potential
60%
 
 
40%
Defensive Potential
100%
 
 
0%
Poisson Distribussion
0%
 
 
0%
Strength H2H
85%
 
 
15%
Goals H2H
69%
 
 
31%
Wins the Game
66.0%
 
 
34.0%

Italy also have the chance to secure their place in the last sixteen here with a victory, the Azzurri got off to a slow start in their opener against Albania, with Nedium Bajrami capitalising on an error from Federico Dimarco. Luciano Spalletti’s side showed good togetherness to turn it around with just sixteen minutes played in an impressive first half. However, his side didn’t get going in the second half and could have easily found themselves on the end of a draw, they won’t be able to offer up Spain the same chances if they want to win this one.

Spain have beaten Italy in their last two games, both by the same scoreline of 2-1. The Azzurri actually haven’t beaten La Roja within 90 minutes in their last five attempts, I think we’ll see a close game here but Spain to just edge it.

Football Predictions Friday

Slovakia v Ukraine

The Merkur Spiel-Arena in Dusseldorf is the venue for this clash between Slovakia and Ukraine in Group E.

Slovakia surprised the footballing world on Monday after their 1-0 victory over favourites to win the group, Belgium. A first half strike from Ivan Schranz gave Francesco Calzona’s side the perfect start to their campaign and are now in pole position to reach the last sixteen. The did need a helping hand (twice) from VAR in their opener but overall, they were well organised and deserved the three points.

SLOVAKIA V UKRAINE
Strength
100%
 
 
0%
Attacking Potential
100%
 
 
0%
Defensive Potential
100%
 
 
0%
Poisson Distribussion
0%
 
 
0%
Strength H2H
33%
 
 
67%
Goals H2H
56%
 
 
44%
Wins the Game
44.5%
 
 
55.5%

By contrast, Ukraine started their campaign in the worst possible way. Serhiy Rebrov’s side suffered a thumping against Romania, a 3-0 loss with an xG of only 0.55. It’s fair to say as good as Romania performed, Ukraine really disappointed and they’ll need a win here to get their last 16 hopes back on track. 

These two sides last met in six years ago in the UEFA Nations League competition, Slovakia came out of top in that game with a 4-1 victory. I think we’ll see a score draw in this one, you’d expect Ukraine to go for it but Slovakia are well organised at the back and will look to counter Ukraine. It’s a interesting fixture this one, I’ll take the punt on a 1-1 scoreline.

Poland v Austria

Poland and Austria will make the trip to the German capital on Friday evening as they come head-to-head in this Group D showdown at the Olympiastadion. 

Poland left Hamburg feeling a little frustrated after their 2-1 defeat to the Netherlands, Robert Lewandowski could only watch on from the bench due to an injury but head coach Michael Probierz hinted that we could see the striker feature in this one, which would be a big boost for the Eagles as they close in on a must-win situation. 

POLAND V AUSTRIA
Strength
0%
 
 
0%
Attacking Potential
100%
 
 
0%
Defensive Potential
33%
 
 
67%
Poisson Distribussion
0%
 
 
0%
Strength H2H
71%
 
 
29%
Goals H2H
67%
 
 
33%
Wins the Game
57.0%
 
 
43.0%

Like their opponents in this one, Austria would also feel frustrated after their defeat to France in their opening game. Das Team put in a really good performance against Les Bleus and should have found the back of the net at least once given some of the opportunities they created. However, it wasn’t meant to be for Ralf Rangnick’s side although they can take some positives into this one and a victory could put them on track for the last 16.

Poland hold the advantage between these two sides when it comes to the head-to-head games, they’ve beaten Austria in three of their last five meetings with the other two games ending in draws. However, they haven’t met since 2019 and this is a revitalised Austrian side, one that I think can cause Poland a few problems here and get themselves all three points in Berlin.

Netherlands v France

The Netherlands and France will come together in this mouth-watering clash in Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena, as both sides look to take advantage at the top of Group D.

The Netherlands had to count on super-sub Wout Weghorst to turn things around against Poland after falling behind early on. The Ex-Manchester United striker found the winner just 2 minutes after coming off the bench but Ronald Koeman’s side will need to play much better if they are to get a result here against France.

NETHERLANDS V FRANCE
Strength
50%
 
 
50%
Attacking Potential
67%
 
 
33%
Defensive Potential
0%
 
 
100%
Poisson Distribussion
0%
 
 
0%
Strength H2H
20%
 
 
80%
Goals H2H
25%
 
 
75%
Wins the Game
40.5%
 
 
59.5%

France also got their campaign off to a winning start, with a 1-0 victory over Austria. Didier Deschamps side were made to work for their victory and despite taking all three points, it wasn’t all good news for Les Bleus. Captain Kylian Mbappe was forced off with a broken nose late on after an aerial collision, the superstar will miss this game as a result and could also potentially miss their final game of the group stage. It’s a big miss for the French but they’ve got so much talent in their squad, they’ll still fancy their chances of victory here. 

The Netherlands know the challenge they are up against here but France are a team they tend to struggle against. Les Bleus have beaten the Dutch in seven of their last eight meetings, including their two victories in 2023 during the qualifying campaign for this tournament. I think we’ll see another French victory here and they’ll extend their dominance of this fixture.


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Sam (Footy_Tipster) is a sports betting tipster, specialising mainly in football although he has also been known to provide tips in Formula One. He has been running an online football tipping service for the past 10 years and continues to grow his community, with a social media following of over 30,000 sports fans. 

 

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