Euro 2020 Qualifications – Thursday Preview

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Euro 2020 qualifications are back, and we are promised to have 10 exciting games on Thursday night.

The situation in Group C is at its boiling point, and the match between the Netherlands and Northern Ireland will likely decide which of these two teams will directly qualify for the final tournament. 

Both teams suffered one loss so far at home against Germany, but the Netherlands, who is currently third in that group, have somewhat of an easier schedule than their opponents. They still need a win as they will look to avoid an embarrassment from three years ago when they failed to qualify.

Croatia looks to get revenge on Hungary who beat them in their first encounter in March (2–1). The FIFA World Cup runner-up is on top of Group E, but winning the game is a priority after they failed to beat Azerbaijan in the previous match. Slovakia is right behind Croatia in that group, and if they manage to win against Wales at home on Thursday, they will be one step closer to qualifying for the final tournament.

Poland started their qualification campaign very strong with four wins, but they failed to score a goal in the last two games and are now risking the top spot in Group G. A game in Latvia is a great chance for them to remain ahead of second-placed Slovenia and third-placed Austria who both have tough games in the next round. Namely, Slovenia will play Northern Macedonia in Skopje, while Austria needs to beat Israel at home if they want to stay in touch with the top two teams.

Belgium and Russia are pretty much safe and will likely qualify for the Euro 2020. Belgium should have an easy game against San Marino, while Russia looks forward to hosting Scotland. Kazakhstan and Cyprus are fighting for a playoff spot.

Euro 2020 qualifications will continue throughout the next week, with a lot of teams looking to secure their spot on the final tournament that takes place next summer.