Don’t Mention the Pizza

Can England make it past the last sixteen at Euro 2020? They take on Germany at Wembley on Tuesday 29 June hoping to put years of hurt behind them. Let’s take a look at this much anticipated game and some betting odds.

Why do we go on about all this hurt? Yes, England have had some bad defeats against Germany but surely nothing tops the 1966 World Cup win. Oh, for a glory day like that, though it’d be nice for England’s top triumphs to be achieved away from Wembley.

England haven’t exactly set the world (well Europe) alight so far at Euro 2020. Yet you can get odds of just 5/1 at William Hill on them becoming the European champions for the first time. Considering the way they played in the group, you’d need to be a brave person indeed to take those odds.

Gareth Southgate wants his team to ignore all the previous losses to Germany. He probably won’t be ordering pizza before the game then. The past shouldn’t affect this game, most of England’s team weren’t even born when Germany beat England at Wembley in Euro 96. So much for the home advantage helping England.

You have to be of a certain age to remember England leading West Germany 2-0 in the 1970 World Cup and losing 3-2. Germany are 6/1 at Paddy Power to win this match from behind. That could happen as they have trailed in all three of their games at Euro 2020.

England need to up their game considerably to become real title contenders. How can such a talented side play such unexciting football? They need Harry Kane to return to the form that has won him Golden Boots in the past. He’s yet to score in this tournament and is 6/4 at 888sport to finally get on the scoresheet in this game.

Can England keep another clean sheet? Only Poland have scored against them in their last nine games. However, the likes of San Marino, Iceland, Albania and Scotland don’t have the firepower that the Germans possess. It’s 2/1 at Bet365 that they can keep the Germans out. Aren’t we just waiting for a Pickford mistake though?

Germany are 2/1 at Betfair to win this match in 90 minutes. The same bookies will give you odds of 13/2 on them winning a record fourth European title. The Germans did not have an easy time in the Group of Death.

They lost to France 1-0, but it was a Hummels own goal that gave their opponents the win. It was all looking a bit gloomy when they went a goal down to Ronaldo, sorry Portugal, in their second match. They fought back to win 4-2 though and a performance like that would make life difficult for England. Their final group game was against Hungary and nearly saw them exit the tournament. Twice they had to draw level to get a 2-2 draw and finish second in the group.

So, who’s going to make it to the last eight against either Sweden or Ukraine? England need to make more chances, a bit more positivity would be greatly appreciated. All these binary scores are ok but come on play some entertaining football for a change. Germany will cause plenty of problems for England, but they are not strong defensively. A bet on both teams scoring is 31/40 at BetVictor and looks a likely winner.

A bet on a draw after 90 minutes also has to be considered. That’s 9/4 at Unibet. Time to mention the P word. Yes, penalties could well decide this match. The odds on either side winning via a penalty shoot-out (and a possible Pizza advert) are 5/1 at SkyBet. England winning on penalties is 11/1 at SkyBet with Germany at 10/1.