Most Euro 2020 Championship groups will be reaching the half-way mark in their qualifiers and several groups are taking early shape. Many Euro qualifiers will have their groups decided early as several will have key matches in the next two rounds of games.
In Group A, with England, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro, and Kosovo, the Brits, playing Bulgaria at home and the Czechs playing away to Kosovo, are but a win away from putting a four-point cushion between themselves and their closest opponents.
In Group B, with Portugal, Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania, and Luxembourg, the Ukrainians who have played four games, are six points ahead of Luxembourg (four games) and Serbia (three games). Meanwhile, defending champions Portugal, who have only played two games, both draws, play away to Serbia tomorrow in a must win Euro 2020 qualifier match.
In Group C, with the Netherlands, Germany, Northern Ireland, Estonia, and Belarus, Northern Ireland, who have played four matches, are on top with twelve points. Germany sits second with a perfect three for three and nine points, while the Netherlands, who have three points from two matches, meet Germany away today in a critical group game.
In Group D, with Switzerland, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, Georgia, and Gibraltar, Ireland has eleven points from five matches to lead the table. Denmark, with eight points from four group games is second, while the favored Switzerland is at five points from three matches, having drawn at Ireland yesterday in their Euro 2020 qualifier.
In Group E, with Croatia, Wales, Slovakia, Hungary, and Azerbaijan, it is Hungary leading with nine points from four matches followed by Slovakia and Croatia, each at six points from three matches. Gareth Bale’s Wales sits at three points from three matches with a critical home stand today against Azerbaijan.
In Group F, with Spain, Sweden, Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands, and Malta all having played five matches as of yesterday, it is the Iberians who lead with a perfect 15 points after their late-red-card-marred, 2-1 away win over Romania, followed by Sweden with 10 and Norway with eight. Spain captain, Sergio Ramos, was relieved to leave with the win against a Romanian team that made the last half-hour a battle for those precious points.
In Group G, with Poland, Austria, Israel, Slovenia, Macedonia, and Latvia, the Poles are a perfect four wins from four matches while Israel has garnered eight from five matches and Austria six from four games. Today, Poland plays at Slovenia today as Austria hosts Latvia in important group games.
In Group H, with World Cup holders: France, Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova, and Andorra all having played four games, the French, Turks and Icelanders are tied at nine points and each have qualifiers against one of the lower standing teams tomorrow.
In Group I, with Belgium, Russia, Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, and San Marino, the Belgians at 12 points from four matches and the Russians at nine from four lead the group. Scotland, three points behind visiting Russia will try to make up ground today, while short-handed Belgium travels to San Marino expecting little trouble from this gimmie Euro 2020 qualifier.
In Group J, with Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia, and Liechtenstein, all having played five qualifier matches, Italy is at a perfect 15 points followed by Finland with 12.
Over the first few days of next week, a number of key group matches unfold. On Sunday, Sweden plays host to Norway, Finland hosts Italy, while on Monday, Northern Ireland host Germany, Hungary host Slovakia, Scotland welcome Belgium, Estonia host the Dutch, Russia plays visiting Kazakhstan, and Poland host Austria. On Tuesday England welcome Kosovo, Lithuania host Portugal.