• June 20, 2021

Exclusive: Super Computer predicts Euro 2020 winner… England stun Spain but it’s penalty heartbreak for the Three Lions again at the hands of Germany!

 Exclusive: Super Computer predicts Euro 2020 winner… England stun Spain but it’s penalty heartbreak for the Three Lions again at the hands of Germany!


Euro 2020 is here and it’s looking set to be one of the most competitive tournaments ever.

France, Belgium, Germany, Portugal and Spain are contenders for the Henri Delaunay trophy, while there are rumours abound that football might just be coming home… but to England, Scotland or Wales?

It’s finally here and we can’t wait for it to get started here on talkSPORT

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It’s finally here and we can’t wait for it to get started here on talkSPORT

The European Championship, delayed a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, is set to be a feast of football.

In total, 51 games will take place across 11 countries, while the semi-final and final will be staged at Wembley – should Gareth Southgate and the boys need any more inspiration.

But before you get dreaming about Harry Kane lifting the trophy, it’s important to have a reality check.

France are chock full of stars with Karim Benzema rejoining Didier Deschamp’s attack, which already includes Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.

Mbappe has already won a World Cup and could add a European Championship to his name before he turns 23

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Mbappe has already won a World Cup and could add a European Championship to his name before he turns 23

Portugal will be led by the evergreen Cristiano Ronaldo, aided by Manchester United superstar Bruno Fernandes and the likes of Joao Felix and Ruben Dias.

Germany and Spain will also be looking to cause a stir, while Belgium’s ‘Golden Generation’ will attempt to emerge victorious, with their hopes resting on the fitness of Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard.

There will also be some dark horses, such as Denmark, Turkey, and Austria, looking to pull off some shock results.

But, as ever, football is hard to predict.

So here, talkSPORT has booted up the Super Computer – in association with Betfair – to find out just what could happen at Euro 2020.

Here’s how it predicted the results to unfold…

Could Ronaldo help Portugal retain the trophy they won in France five years ago?

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Could Ronaldo help Portugal retain the trophy they won in France five years ago?

Group Stage

Group A

Turkey gobble up enough points to qualify for the knockout stages behind Italy

Turkey gobble up enough points to qualify for the knockout stages behind Italy

Only one winner here, it would seem.

Italy are favourites to win the group, and they do so, according to the talkSPORT Super Computer.

Turkey make it through in second place, while Switzerland will also be in the round of 16, qualifying as one of the best third-place nations.

There will be no repeat of 2016 for Wales with Gareth Bale and co going home early.

Group B

Not even prime Antti Niemi can help Finland at Euro 2020

Not even prime Antti Niemi can help Finland at Euro 2020

It’s Finland who limp home here and there is nothing Teemu Pukki can do about it.

Belgium have the stars to top the standings, while Denmark pip Russia to second spot.

But, don’t fear, Stanislav Cherchesov’s moustache will reach the knockout phase by finishing as one of the best third-place sides.

Group C

The Dutch don’t need Virgil van Dijk to qualify out of this group

The Dutch don’t need Virgil van Dijk to qualify out of this group

Having lost goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen prior to the tournament, it’s going to get a bit trickier for Netherlands, but are still tipped to win Group C.

Ukraine sneak ahead of Austria but, once again, this lot get a second chance as a best third-place side.

New Real Madrid signing David Alaba will be thanking his lucky stars.

Group D

England are through but only two teams qualify for the next phase… and Scotland could miss out again

England are through but only two teams qualify for the next phase… and Scotland could miss out again

It’s the big one.

A tricky group for England as they face auld enemy Scotland as well as Croatia, their 2018 World Cup conquerors.

But fear not, as they are backed to come through as group winners.

Croatia make it out too, but it’s commiserations to Czech Republic and Scotland, who fall at the first hurdle.

Group E

Viva Espana! Thiago and his teammates finish top

Viva Espana! Thiago and his teammates finish top

Spain aren’t as strong as they used to be but they still sail through as group winners in 2021.

Without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden can’t get past Poland who have the firepower of Robert Lewandowski.

Slovakia prop up the table.

Group F

Allez, Allez, Allez Les Bleus!

Allez, Allez, Allez Les Bleus!

It’s the Group of Death and France and Portugal are set to duke it out for top spot.

Deschamps’ side finish first, Ronaldo’s lot in second, and Germany have to settle for third.

That’s not the end for the Germans, though, as they sneak into the knockouts with a third-place finish.

Hungary didn’t stand a chance but hopefully we’ll see them again soon.

Round of 16

Some incredible clashes here

Some incredible clashes here

Now things are getting interesting!

Belgium edge out Switzerland to reach the last eight, where they will face Italy, who sneak beyond Ukraine.

France make light work of Austria, while Croatia battle to a victory over Poland, which could frustrate Lewandowski’s Ballon d’Or hopes.

What’s that? England make it past Portugal in a knockout game? No, you aren’t dreaming. Helder Postiga isn’t around to stop them this time.

But the Three Lions will face Spain in the next stage as they defeat Russia – revenge for World Cup 2018.

Germany squeak past Netherlands on penalties and will take on Turkey, who beat Denmark.

Quarter-finals

The last eight features some huge games

The last eight features some huge games

When talkSPORT said this tournament was more competitive than ever, we weren’t joking!

Belgium make it into the last four past Italy – just – and they will take on France, who had it much easier against Croatia in a replay of the 2018 World Cup final.

Southgate’s starlets stun Spain with a glorious 2-1 win but next up is an old enemy as Germany beat Turkey, but only after extra-time.

Semi-finals

Enough with the memes! It isn’t coming home after all…

Enough with the memes! It isn’t coming home after all…

Here’s where the story ends for the Three Lions, beaten at Wembley by Germany, on penalties – devastating.

Meanwhile, France also make the Wembley showpiece as they defeat neighbours Belgium.

Final

July 11 is going to be a Les Bleus day!

July 11 is going to be a Les Bleus day!

talkSPORT was surprised the Super Computer didn’t blow a fuse with some of these classics being played but after chuntering away it gave us the winner.

France, on the back of their World Cup win in 2018, claim the European Championship triumph they probably feel they should have had back on home soil in 2016.

Congratulation to Kylian and the boys – history is yours!

Now, let’s hope England can make a mockery of the Super Computer…

Euro 2020 winner odds

Here’s the favourites for glory this summer…

France – 24/5

England – 26/5

Belgium – 34/5

Germany – 17/2

Portugal – 17/2

Spain – 17/2

Italy – 17/2

Netherlands – 11/1

Denmark – 27/1

Croatia – 45/1

*Odds correct at time of writing, may have changed since publication. See latest odds at www.betfair.com.

talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 will have live commentary of EVERY game of Euro 2020. You won’t miss a thing as we bring you round the clock coverage, reaction and analysis from June 11-July 11. Listen online HERE. 

 





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