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How far can the Home Nations Go In Euro 2020?

Written: 11th September 2019

The In-form Home Nations 23-man squad

We are approximately halfway through the Euro 2020 qualifying stages and it has been so far, so good for the majority of the home nations. England lead Group A despite playing less matches than all of their opponents. Northern Ireland are the shock leaders of group C which contains Germany and the Netherlands although they’re yet to face either side meanwhile the Republic Of Ireland have defended well conceding just 1 goal in four games to top their group with 3 wins and a draw. Wales and Scotland however, have been less fortunate as both of them find themselves in 4th place in their groups.

In this article, we’ll be looking at the home nations remaining fixtures to see if they will qualify and if so, how far we think they will go in the competition starting with Group A and England.

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England started their qualification campaign perfectly with a 5-0 win at Wembley against the Czech Republic and a 1-5 victory over Montenegro in a game where they were 1-0 down after 20 minutes.

Remaining Fixture MG's Prediction TM's Prediction
Vs Bulgaria (Wembley) England 4-0 Bulgaria England 3-1 Bulgaria
Vs Kosovo (St Mary’s) England 2-0 Kosovo England 4-1 Kosovo
Vs Czech Republic (Prague) Czech Republic 1-3 England Czech Republic 2-1 England
Vs Bulgaria (Sofia) Bulgaria 0-2 England Bulgaria 1-2 England
Vs Montenegro (Wembley) England 3-0 Montenegro England 4-0 Montenegro
Vs Kosovo (Pristina) Kosovo 1-3 England Kosovo 1-1 England

England to beat Bulgaria 4-0 - 23/4

England v Bulgaria - Over 3.5 Goals - 21/20

Northern Ireland

Credit to Northern Ireland, they’re one of only two sides yet to lose in Group C after victories home and away against Estonia and Belarus. However, it’s very unlikely that N.I will remain unbeaten after this round of fixtures as they host Germany at Windsor Park.

Remaining Fixture MG's Prediction TM's Prediction
Vs Germany (Belfast) N.I 1-3 Germany N.I 2-2 Germany
Vs Holland (Rotterdam) Holland 4-0 N.I Netherlands 3-1 N.I
Vs Holland (Belfast) N.I 1-4 Holland N.I 1-2 Netherlands
Vs Germany (Frankfurt) Germany 5-0 N.I Germany 2-0 N.I

Germany to be winning at Half Time & Full Time - 20/27

Northern Ireland v Germany - Draw - 4/1

Republic of Ireland

Out of the Home Nations Republic of Ireland actually have one of the harder groups as they have to get past Switzerland and Denmark. Of course, it’s not as bad as Northern Ireland’s but they’ve got a harder group than England, Scotland and Wales in our opinion. They’ve started off well with 3 wins from four and picked up a fantastic point in Copenhagen but their defence will definitely be tested when Switzerland travel to Dublin.

Remaining Fixture MG's Prediction TM's Prediction
Vs Switzerland (Dublin) R.O.I 1-1 Switzerland R.O.I 1-2 Switzerland
Vs Georgia (Tbilisi) R.O.I 3-0 Georgia R.O.I 2-0 Georgia
Vs Switzerland (Geneva) Switzerland 2-0 R.O.I Switzerland 1-1 R.O.I
Vs Denmark (Dublin) R.O.I 2-2 Denmark R.O.I 1-2 Denmark

Republic Of Ireland to draw 1-1 with Switzerland - 8/1

Switzerland to Win - 23/20


Before their defeat to Hungary, Wales were probably the favourites to finish second in group E behind Croatia who have also started qualifying slowly. Daniel James fired them to a 1-0 win against Slovakia but back-to-back away defeats will have left doubt in the minds of Welsh football fans

Remaining Fixture MG's Prediction TM's Prediction
Vs Azerbaijan (Cardiff) Wales 2-0 Azerbaijan Wales 2-1 Azerbaijan
Vs Slovakia (Trnava) Slovakia 2-1 Wales Slovakia 1-1 Wales
Vs Croatia (Cardiff) Croatia 3-0 Wales Croatia 2-0 Wales
Vs Azerbaijan (Baku) Azerbaijan 1-3 Wales Azerbaijan 1-1 Wales
Vs Hungary (Cardiff) Wales 2-1 Hungary Wales 2-1 Hungary

Wales to beat Azerbaijan 2-0 - 4/1

Both to Score No Draw - 53/20


Scotland have guaranteed themselves at least a place in the play-offs of Euro 2020 qualifying which we would like to use to excuse them of their dreadful 3-0 defeat to Kazakhstan but we can’t. Since then, it’s gone as expected for Scotland.

Remaining Fixture MG's Prediction TM's Prediction
Vs Russia (Glasgow) Scotland 1-1 Russia Scotland 2-2 Russia
Vs Belgium (Glasgow) Scotland 0-2 Belgium Scotland 1-3 Belgium
Vs Russia (Moscow) Russia 0-0 Scotland Russia 3-1 Scotland
Vs San Marino (Glasgow) Scotland 3-0 San Marino Scotland 2-0 San Marino
Vs Cyprus (Nicosia) Cyprus 1-2 Scotland Cyprus 2-1 Scotland
Vs Kazakhstan (Glasgow) Scotland 1-0 Kazakhstan Scotland 2-0 Kazakhstan

Scotland to draw 1-1 with Russia - 9/2

Scotland v Russia - Over 2.5 Goals - 6/4

How will the Euro 2020 play-offs work?

This is where if you had paid attention to the Nations League, you’ll know exactly what we are talking about here. To start off, the groups of Euro 2020 qualifying will determine exactly 20 of the 24 teams in the final draw, the other 4 will be determined by four qualifying brackets based off the highest-ranked teams that haven’t qualified in each of the four leagues. This is determined by the four league winners at each of the four levels. This means that as they performed well in the Nations League both England and Scotland are guaranteed to at least make the playoffs.

Final Predictions:

| Team | Qualify (MG) | Qualify (TM) | Eliminated in (MG) | Eliminated in (TM) |:------------- |:-------------:|:-----------:|:-----------------:||-------------:| | England | Yes (1st) | Yes (1st) | Semi-Finals | Final | | N.I | No (3rd) | No (3rd) | Qualifying | Qualifying | | R.O.I | Yes (2nd) | No (3rd) | Group Stage | Qualifying | | Scotland | No (3rd) | No (3rd) | Play-Offs | Play-Offs | | Wales | No (3th) | No (3rd) | Qualifying | Play-Offs |

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