In the Group C of the competition, we find the Netherlands of Memphis Depay, Austria of David Alaba, Ukraine of Andriy Yarmolenko and North Macedonia of Goran Pandev. Unsurprisingly, it is the 2010 World Cup finalists who will have the best chance of securing the group leading position at the end of the group stage. Below we share our analysis, suggestions, tips and useful info about the Group C odds and potential winners.
This group started with a bang, as we got to see an exceptionally thrilling match between the Netherlands and and Ukraine. At the end of it all the Dutch won the battle 3-2, and they also brought that momentum with them to secure a group win. A questioned Frank de Boer has managed to take the first step needed with a group win.. At the end of it all the Dutch won the battle 3-2, and they also brought that momentum with them to secure a group win. A questioned Frank de Boer has managed to take the first step needed with a group win.
The battle for second place was always destined to be a fight between Austria and Ukraine. Both teams had managed to beat North Macedonia as they faced each other in the third and final round. Austria showed great strength and deservedly won three points to secure their second place finish. Ukraine were left to hoping other teams bailing them out for a “best third” finish. This indeed happened, and Andrei Shevchenko together with his squad could breathe a sigh of relief.
North Macedonia on the other hand were never expected to do much else than end last. While there were highlight moments, for example Goran Pandev’s goal becoming the first in a major tournament in the nation’s history, there’s not much doubt North Macedonia did not have the quality needed to make the playoffs.The Highlight
The Netherlands handling business is definitely our pick here. They might have been favored to win Group C, but there were question marks around Frank de Boer all the way to the first kickoff. The team managed to win the swingy opener against Ukraine with defensive issues still being a reality. What followed was however solid work on all fronts, and 5 goals scored with 0 conceded in the remaining two is a great sign moving forward.
After a major tournament hiatus, it’s been a pleasure to see the Netherlands back where they belong. The Czech Republic is now up next for the Oranje, and it would be a massive surprise not to see the Netherlands reach a quarter final.The Disappointment
It’s really hard to pick a team as the disappointment in this group. Sure, North Macedonia didn’t manage to win a single point and their goal differential is -6. Still, no one had expected much more, and they still didn’t act like a punching bag to be fair.
The disappointment instead this far: Ukraine. Yes, they made the playoffs, but that’s on a razor’s edge and by trusting other teams results. The truth is that Andrei Shevchenko manages a team that has produced really strong results over a good period of time, and this showing is not yet up to par. More can be demanded, especially by the defence, which has looked shaky in all three matches so far. In the Round of 16 they will now face Sweden, and they will get another chance to show their normally solid and fundamental way of playing. If they keep on making mistakes similar to the group stage, then their journey will end real fast.
Certainly more talented than their competitors (Van Dijk, Memphis, De Jong, Van der Beek), the Netherlands selection should have no trouble outdoing their opponents, especially since it will play their matches at home, at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. At the moment of writing the odds for the Netherlands to win the group C are around 3.50+ which in our opinion is a bit generous.
Ukraine, coached by their biggest star ever Andriy Shevchenko, will be the team to follow after their excellent qualifying campaign. Placed in a tough group alongside Serbia but also with Portugal, Ukraine afforded the luxury of finishing first, without defeat. For sure we expect that Ukraine will be the main competitor for one of the first two places in this group. At the moment the odds offered by the bookmakers for Ukraine winning Group C are around 5.50
Suffice to say that Austria and North Macedonia will have to surpass themselves if they wish to secure a qualifying ticket for the second part of the tournament.
Despite their struggles in the past years, the Netherlands remain the strong favourites to top Group C. The Ukrainian team has what is needed to qualify for the second part of Euro 2020/2021. For North Macedonia, this debut at the big tournament is already a success. Austria failed to live up to their dark horse bill at Euro 2016, so the Dutch should still enjoy a straightforward return to international tournament life.
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