2020 UEFA Euro Group C Betting
The Group of Life at EURO 2020 is Group C. This is the only group that doesn’t have a team ranked in the top ten of the current FIFA rankings, although you could make the case that the Netherlands aren’t getting the credit they deserve. The Dutch are the favorites to take down this group, but Austria and Ukraine could upset the apple cart.
UEFA Euro Group C Country Profiles
FIFA Ranking: 14
Best Finish: Champions (1988)
The Netherlands is out to prove its credentials on the international stage once again. They failed to make either the 2016 Euros or the 2018 World Cup as superstars like Robin Van Persie, Arjen Robben, and Wesley Sneijder fell out of form after the Oranje finished runner-up at the 2010 World Cup and came in third place at the 2014 World Cup.
Domestic club Ajax has done a great job of bringing along the next wave of Dutch stars. The Netherlands are still extremely young, but they have a lot of great talent to be excited for the future. Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, and Donny van de Beek are the young players to watch, and there is a great veteran to help the next crop of stars at each position.
Captain Virgil van Dijk is one of the best defenders in the world, and Georgino Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay have a lot of experience.
FIFA Ranking: 23
Best Finish: Group Stage (2008 and 2016)
Austria is looking for its first win at the European Championships. They went 0-1-2 in the Group Stage during the 2008 and 2016 iterations of this tournament, but they are more positive about their chances this time around after a strong performance in qualifying. Austria went 6-1-3 with a +10 goal differential and finished ahead of North Macedonia, Slovenia, and Israel.
While the Austrians were impressive in the UEFA Nations League last year, they have been unimpressive in their three games in March. Austria beat the Faroe Islands but drew Scotland and lost 4-0 at home to Denmark. They will need Marko Arnautovic to be at his best, as there isn’t a lot of offensive firepower aside from him. David Alaba and Aleksandar Dragovic are reliable defenders though.
FIFA Ranking: 24
Best Finish: Group Stage (2012 and 2016)
It was a dismal performance from Ukraine at the 2016 Euros. They were placed in a group with Germany, Poland, and Northern Ireland, and they lost all three of those matches and failed to score a goal. Ukraine finished dead last of the 24 teams involved in the competition, as they were the only nation to not pick up a result or net a goal.
That disaster has led to a sea change. Goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov should surpass 100 caps once the tournament gets underway, but the vast majority of the squad that will be selected is unlikely to have a lot of international experience. Ukraine is 1-3-6 in its last 10 international matches and will only face lightweights prior to the start of the competition.
FIFA Ranking: 65
Best Finish: First appearance
This will be the first major international tournament for North Macedonia. They finished 4-2-4 in qualifying and lost both of their games against Poland and Austria. However, they beat Kosovo and Georgia to become the last team to qualify for EURO 2020.
Although this country has the longest odds to win the Euros and was ranked 162nd in 2016, North Macedonia pulled off the biggest upset we’ve seen in international soccer this year. North Macedonia defeated Germany on German soil thanks to goals from Goran Pandev and Elif Elmas. Germany was unbeaten in 35 straight World Cup qualifiers prior to that defeat.
Group C Schedule
Sunday June 13
Austria vs. North Macedonia (Bucharest; noon ET, 6 p.m.)
Netherlands vs. Ukraine (Amsterdam; 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m.)
Thursday June 17
Ukraine vs. North Macedonia (Bucharest; 9 a.m. ET, 3 p.m.)
Netherlands vs. Austria (Amsterdam; 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m.)
Monday June 21
North Macedonia vs. Netherlands (Amsterdam; noon ET, 6 p.m.)
Ukraine vs. Austria (Bucharest; noon ET, 6 p.m.)
*Top two in each group plus four best third-placed teams advance
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