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Dudestradamus’ day 5, Group A, 2nd match predictions …

 

 

Another day of Euro 2012 is in the books and Dude, our Euro 2012 match prognosticator, is at again. His focus today — Group D including the thrilling England vs. France match up.

 

Dude-stradamus had a tough day yesterday and missed his first ever prediction when Denmark upset the mighty Dutch. However, after much soul searching and a promise of many more juicy treats, he is back to his predicting ways. Check out his Spain-Italy and Croatia-Ireland picks du jour.

 

Every major footy tournament has it, every team that competes at the highest level hopes to avoid being a part of it … it’s the dreaded group of death aka Todes Gruppe aka Gruppo Mordo aka you are screwed. In the case of Euro 2012, Group B fits this description. All four teams are among the top 10 according to FIFA’s world team rankings: The Netherlands only lost to Spain in the last world cup final; Germany finished 3rd that year and 2nd in Euro 2008; Portugal have Cristiano Ronaldo, and Denmark finished atop their Euro qualifying group even beating out Portugal. With all that talent come high expectations, especially for group B favorites Germany and Holland.

While Germany eked out a win vs. Portugal with a 70+ minute goal by striker Mario Gomez, and some amazing defense, Holland was not so lucky in its 0:1 defeat against major underdogs Denmark. Lots of money was surely lost on that final score since a majority of ‘experts’ picked Holland to at least manage a draw. Even ‘Dude-stradamus‘, the Euro 2012 canine prognosticator, got that one wrong.  Does the Oranje’s defeat have them seeing red for the rest of the tournament or can they recover to still claim a spot in the elimination round? I still think they will prevail but the dominance Bert van Marwijk’s team displayed last world cup and even during their Euro 2008 campaign could well be over. Captain van Bommel is over the hill and dancing at his last wedding and the defense has  ‘disaster potential’ written all over it. On the upside, the offensive options are plentiful — the Bundesliga’s top goal-getter Klaas Jan Hunterlaar sat on the bench vs. Denmark  because of Holland’s talent upfront with RVP (Robin van Persie).

Also changing, is the dynamic of the German squad which is getting younger by the minute and represents the youngest of the 16 Euro countries. With 26 year old Marion Gomez replacing 34 year old Miro Klose as the starter in Germany’s attack, and 23 year old Mats Hummels doing a phenomenal job playing for oft  injured/out of form defender Per Mertesacker (27 years), the German lineup debuted against Portugal may be here to stay. I found it ironic that Germany’s defense which has often been criticized and picked on by opposing teams such as Switzerland a mere two weeks ago, saved the day against the desperate yet dangerous Portuguese. For Germany, Holland is next. A win secures them a spot in the elimination round while a solid performance by the Dutch, which I anticipate, gives them a new lease on life as they look to rebound from yesterday’s ‘Dane shock’.

UEFA’s Euro 2012 tournament has finally arrived and after a thrilling opening night of matches on Friday we are ready for the next 29 encounters. On the schedule for today are both Group B matches featuring Holland v. Denmark and Germany v. Portugal. TRF has recruited Dude, a wily canine with a knack for predicting soccer/football results, to help us determine who will win today and beyond. Check out Dude’s Group B predictions below and stay tuned for his other picks throughout the Euros.

 

 

UEFA Euro 2012 kicks-off tomorrow at Noon with co-host Poland taking on Euro 2004 winners Greece in the first of 31 matches concluding with the July 1st Final in Kiev. Who will win, lose and draw during the 12 day group stage and prevail in the elimination rounds. TRF’s Euro 2012 predictions below are meant to engage and entertain. Match on!

THE ELIMINATION PHASES: QUARTERFINALS, SEMIS AND THE FINAL IN KIEV

June 21 Quarterfinal I – 1A vs. 2B QF1 Poland v. Germany: 1:3 win for Germany in a goal fest for the tournament favorites 2:45 p.m. Warsaw
Fri, June 22 Quarterfinal II – 1B vs. 2A QF2 Holland v. Czech Republic: 2:0 win for Holland  2:45 p.m. Gdansk
Sat, June 23 Quarterfinal III – 1C vs. 2D QF3 Italy v. France:  0:1 win for France in what resembles the WC Final team of 2006 in terms of resilience and ability to win tough matches 2:45 p.m. Donetsk
Sun, June 24 Quarterfinal IV – 1D vs. 2C QF4 England v. Spain: 1:2 win for Spain means another heart breaker for the Brits 2:45 p.m. Kiev
Wed, June 27 Semifinal I – Winners QF I vs. QF III SF1 Germany v. France: A 2:0 win for Germany avenges it’s recent friendly loss to Les Bleu 2:45 p.m. Donetsk
Thu, June 28 Semifinal II – Winners QF II vs. QF IV SF2 Holland v. Spain: 3:2 win for Holland in the most thrilling match of the tournament 2:45 p.m. Warsaw
Sun, July 1 Final – Semifinal Winners Final Germany v. Holland: 2:1 win for Germany with Sebastian Schweinsteiger converting a penalty kick to claim the title 2:45 p.m. Kiev

UEFA Euro 2012 kicks-off tomorrow at Noon with co-host Poland taking on Euro 2004 winners Greece in the first of 31 matches concluding with the July 1st Final in Kiev. Who will win, lose and draw during the 12 day group stage and prevail in the elimination rounds. TRF’s Euro 2012 predictions below are meant to engage and entertain. Match on!

THE GROUP STAGES: MATCHES 17-24

June 16 Czech Republic vs. Poland [Group A] These two are contenders to win Group A and will produce a lovely game of Euro football ending in a 2:2 draw 2:45 p.m. Wroclaw
Greece vs. Russia[Group A] This less than thrilling kick-a-bout will end 0:0 effectively eliminating both teams from the tournament 2:45 p.m. Warsaw
June 17 Portugal vs. Netherlands [Group B] The Dutch will prevail 2:1 and win Group B 2:45 p.m. Kharkiv
Denmark vs. Germany[Group B] Similar to the World Cup, Germany will be in a must-win match and do so with 2:0 victory, taking 2nd place in Group B behind Holland 2:45 p.m. Lviv
June 18 Croatia vs. Spain [Group C] Spain and Croatia will draw 1:1 2:45 p.m. Gdansk
Italy vs. Republic of Ireland [Group C] Ireland will not repeat its 1990 World Cup shocker vs. the Azzurri. Italy wins 1:0 2:45 p.m. Poznan
June 19 England vs. Ukraine[Group D] Wayne Rooney returns for the final game of 1st round play and helps England beat Ukraine 2:1 2:45 p.m. Donetsk
Sweden vs. France[Group D] The final group game of Euro 2012 will result in a 1:1 draw 2:45 p.m. Kiev

UEFA Euro 2012 kicks-off tomorrow at Noon with co-host Poland taking on Euro 2004 winners Greece in the first of 31 matches concluding with the July 1st Final in Kiev. Who will win, lose and draw during the 12 day group stage and prevail to the elimination rounds. TRF’s Euro 2012 predictions below are meant to engage and entertain. Match on!

THE GROUP STAGES: MATCHES 9-16

June 12 Greece vs. Czech Republic [Group A] I don’t see Greece producing much offense while the Czechs push forward with a 2:0 win thanks in large part to the 5 German Bundesliga players on the 23 man roster ( I am guessing only 3 will start though) 12 p.m. Wroclaw
Poland vs. Russia[Group A] Russia will be a tough test for Poland ending with a late (80th+ minute) winner for Poland 1:0 compliments of Dortmund’s Kuba 2:45 p.m. Warsaw
June 13 Denmark vs. Portugal[Group B] Denmark won’t be able to salvage much in this Group of Death #1 and relinquish 3 goals to Portugal; 0:3 the final score 12 p.m. Lviv
Netherlands vs. Germany [Group B] One of the classic first round match-ups which should decide who ends up 1st in Group B. 1:0 Netherlands in a nail-biting affair including a red card for a German defender 2:45 p.m. Kharkiv
June 14 Italy vs. Croatia[Group C] Italy will stay true to its higher FIFA world ranking and defeat Croatia 2:1 with a late match winner 12 p.m. Poznan
Spain vs. Republic of Ireland [Group C] Spain will unleash its high-powered offense on the Irish and coast to a 3:1 victory 2:45 p.m. Gdansk
June 15 Ukraine vs. France[Group D] Despite being co-hosts, Ukraine will not be able to work any Euro magic — final score 0:1 12 p.m. Donetsk
Sweden vs. England[Group D] The last 5 matches have ended in 3 draws and one win per side so expect the same in this one. England will earn 3 points with a late winner 1:0 2:45 p.m. Kiev

UEFA Euro 2012 …

  • 16 of Europe’s and the World’s finest national football teams
  • 31 riveting football matches
  • 368 of the most talented footballers in the world
  • 16,000 miles traveled by all Euro competitors to reach the final in Kiev
  • 90 million — Cristiano Ronaldo’s current market value
  • 196 million in prize monies

Ready for more? Here’s the downloadable EURO 2012 tournament schedule complete with all 31 match pairings and additional Euro 2012 facts & figures

UEFA Euro 2012 kicks-off tomorrow at Noon with co-host Poland taking on Euro 2004 winners Greece in the first of 31 matches concluding with the July 1st Final in Kiev. Who will win, lose and draw during the 12 day group stage and prevail to the elimination rounds. Will Germany be able to live up to lofty expectations? Will Poland prevail as dark horse favorites? Will the French offer redemption for an embarrassing World Cup 2010? TRF’s Euro 2012 predictions below are meant to engage and entertain. Match on!

THE GROUP STAGES: THE FIRST 8 MATCHES

Date Match The Real Futbol (TRF) Predictions Time (EDT)  City
June 8 Poland  vs. Greece [Group A] Poland kicks-off Euros with convincing 2:0 win in front of a sold out home crowd. Look for Polish striker Lewandowski to deliver a double 12 p.m. Warsaw
Russia vs. Czech Republic [Group A] Russia and Czechs end day one of Euro 2012 with a 1:1 draw in the battle of the ‘underachievers’ of the qualifying rounds 2:45 p.m. Wroclaw
June 9 Netherlands vs. Denmark [Group B] WC 2010 Deja vu for Denmark: The Danes loose again — 1:3 to Holland. Get used to hearing Robijn, Van Persie, Hunterlaar and Sneijder … again and again 12 p.m. Kharkiv
Germany vs. Portugal [Group B] Germany starts strong on its quest to win its first Euro championship since 1996 … 2:0 vs. Portugal with goals by birthday boy Miro Klose and Lukas Podolski, both with deep Polish roots 2:45 p.m. Lviv
June 10 Spain vs. Italy [Group C] Both teams are big tournament slow starters. Get ready for a hard fought defensive battle ending in a 1:1 draw 12 p.m. Gdansk
Republic of Ireland vs. Croatia  [Group C] Ireland is in the Group of Death #2 (behind #1 Group B) and will have a rough time vs. the disciplined Croatians. The Irish will lose their opener 1:2 in a match dominated by Luka Modric and Dortmund’s Ivan Perisic 2:45 p.m. Poznan
June 11 France vs. England [Group D] Both traditional powerhouses way under-performed at the World Cup so will look to impress. This one will end in a 0:0 draw with not much to cheer about 12 p.m. Donetsk
Ukraine vs. Sweden [Group D] Co-host Ukraine has to wait until day 4 to kick-off it’s Euro campaign and will hold on to a 2:2 draw against a Swedish side with an ‘in form’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic 2:45 p.m. Kiev