Lawro’s Euro 2020 predictions v the 5 Live pundits

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June 12, 2021
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    Mark Lawrenson

    BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson is taking on BBC Radio 5 Live's pundits, presenters and commentators to predict the outcome of every game at the 2020 European Championship.

    They started with Friday's tournament opener, and although Lawro and 11 of the 15 other predictors correctly thought Italy would beat Turkey, Conor McNamara was the only one to get the 3-0 scoreline right.

    He is our early table-topper, but there are still 50 more games to go.

    The leaderboard
    Score
    40 Conor McNamara
    10 Lawro, Karen Carney, Chris Waddle, Dion Dublin, Clinton Morrison, Rob Green, Christian Fuchs, Emma Saunders, Steve Crossman, Ian Dennis, Vicki Sparks
    Chris Sutton, Jermaine Jenas, John Murray, Alistair Bruce-Ball

    Saturday's games include Wales versus Switzerland in the other game in Group A – only four of our predictors are tipping Wales to win in Baku, while eight of them have gone with a Swiss victory.

    Lawro's predictions

    A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.

    Group A

    Games Score Lawro's prediction
    Friday, 11 June
    Turkey v Italy 0-3 0-2
    Saturday, 12 June
    Wales v Switzerland x-x 0-1

    Lawro's pre-tournament picks – Going through: Italy and Switzerland Third place: Turkey Going home: Wales

    Turkey v Italy

    Turkey 0-3 Italy

    Match report

    Lawro's prediction: 0-2

    Pundits' predictions: Karen Carney 0-1, Chris Waddle 0-2, Dion Dublin 1-2, Clinton Morrison 1-2, Chris Sutton 1-1, Rob Green 0-1, Christian Fuchs 1-3, Jermaine Jenas 0-0, Emma Saunders 1-2, Steve Crossman 0-2, John Murray 1-1, Ian Dennis 0-1, Alistair Bruce-Ball 1-1, Conor McNamara 0-3, Vicki Sparks 0-2

    Wales v Switzerland

    Wales v Switzerland (Baku, 14:00 BST)

    This is a tricky start for Wales. Switzerland always seem to be decent without being outstanding – they have got out of the group stage in each of the past three major finals, starting at the Brazil 2014 World Cup – and they very rarely get taken apart.

    Wales did brilliantly to reach the semi-finals at Euro 2016 but to progress this time they will need Gareth Bale to be at the top of his game, which he isn't, and for Aaron Ramsey to be fully fit and match sharp, which he isn't either. This looks like a very difficult group for them.

    Lawro's prediction: 0-1

    Pundits' predictions: Karen Carney 1-0, Chris Waddle 1-2, Dion Dublin 2-0, Clinton Morrison 1-2, Chris Sutton 1-1, Rob Green 1-2, Christian Fuchs 1-3, Jermaine Jenas 0-2, Emma Saunders 1-0, Steve Crossman 1-0, John Murray 0-0, Ian Dennis 0-1, Alistair Bruce-Ball 0-0, Conor McNamara 0-1, Vicki Sparks 1-1

    Group B

    Games Score Lawro's prediction
    Saturday, 12 June
    Denmark v Finland x-x 1-0
    Saturday, 12 June
    Belgium v Russia x-x 1-0

    Lawro's pre-tournament picks – Going through: Belgium and Denmark Third place: Russia Going home: Finland

    Denmark v Finland

    Denmark v Finland (Copenhagen, 17:00 BST)

    Denmark have got some outstanding players so this would have been a hard enough debut for Finland in their first major finals anyhow, but on top of that, they are playing away in Copenhagen.

    Lawro's prediction: 1-0

    Pundits' predictions: Karen Carney 1-0, Chris Waddle 2-0, Dion Dublin 1-0, Clinton Morrison 2-1, Chris Sutton 1-0, Rob Green 1-0, Christian Fuchs 1-1, Jermaine Jenas 1-0, Emma Saunders 2-0, Steve Crossman 1-0, John Murray 2-1, Ian Dennis 1-0, Alistair Bruce-Ball 2-1, Conor McNamara 1-1, Vicki Sparks 2-0

    Belgium v Russia

    Belgium v Russia (St Petersburg, 20:00 BST)

    Russia had a good World Cup when they hosted it in 2018, reaching the quarter-finals.

    Home advantage will help them again here but Belgium also enjoyed themselves in that tournament and although they lost in the semi-finals, they beat England at St Petersburg in the third-placed play-off, and I'm sure they won't mind going back there.

    Lawro's prediction: 1-0

    Pundits' predictions: Karen Carney 2-0, Chris Waddle 3-1, Dion Dublin 3-1, Clinton Morrison 3-1, Chris Sutton 3-1, Rob Green 3-0, Christian Fuchs 3-1, Jermaine Jenas 3-0, Emma Saunders 3-1, Steve Crossman 3-0, John Murray 2-1, Ian Dennis 2-0, Alistair Bruce-Ball 3-0, Conor McNamara 2-0, Vicki Sparks 3-1

    Group C

    Games Score Lawro's prediction
    Sunday, 13 June
    Austria v North Macedonia x-x 1-0
    Sunday, 13 June
    Netherlands v Ukraine x-x 1-1

    Lawro's pre-tournament picks – Going through: Netherlands and Austria Third place: Ukraine Going home: North Macedonia

    Austria v North Macedonia

    Austria v North Macedonia (Bucharest, 17:00 BST)

    This is a great occasion for North Macedonia and I'm sure they will give everything they have got, but I can't see past an Austria win here. They are experienced and are a very steady side.

    Lawro's prediction: 1-0

    Pundits' predictions: Karen Carney 2-0, Chris Waddle 2-0, Dion Dublin 3-0, Clinton Morrison 2-1, Chris Sutton 1-0, Rob Green 0-0, Christian Fuchs 4-0, Jermaine Jenas 1-1, Emma Saunders 1-0, Steve Crossman 1-1, John Murray 1-0, Ian Dennis 1-0, Alistair Bruce-Ball 1-0, Conor McNamara 0-1, Vicki Sparks 2-0

    Netherlands v Ukraine

    Netherlands v Ukraine (Amsterdam, 20:00 BST)

    The Dutch are at home but I actually think Ukraine will nick something here. Netherlands boss Frank de Boer has got some talented players in his squad, but their form has been patchy.

    Lawro's prediction: 1-1

    Pundits' predictions: Karen Carney 2-0, Chris Waddle 2-2, Dion Dublin 2-0, Clinton Morrison 2-1, Chris Sutton 1-0, Rob Green 2-1, Christian Fuchs 3-1, Jermaine Jenas 1-2, Emma Saunders 2-0, Steve Crossman 1-2, John Murray 1-1, Ian Dennis 2-1, Alistair Bruce-Ball 1-1, Conor McNamara 1-0, Vicki Sparks 2-1

    Group D

    Games Score Lawro's prediction
    Sunday, 13 June
    England v Croatia x-x 1-1
    Monday, 14 June
    Scotland v Czech Republic x-x 1-1

    Lawro's pre-tournament picks – Going through: England and Croatia Third place: Scotland Going home: Czech Republic

    England v Croatia

    England v Croatia (London, 14:00 BST)

    I'm not expecting England to hit the ground running at Wembley but Croatia are not the force they were and Gareth Southgate's side should get something out of the game even if they are not at their best.

    Lawro's prediction: 1-1

    Pundits' predictions: Karen Carney 2-1, Chris Waddle 2-1, Dion Dublin 3-2, Clinton Morrison 1-1, Chris Sutton 2-1, Rob Green 1-1, Christian Fuchs 1-1, Jermaine Jenas 2-1, Emma Saunders 3-1, Steve Crossman 2-0, John Murray 2-0, Ian Dennis 1-1, Alistair Bruce-Ball 2-1, Conor McNamara 2-0, Vicki Sparks 2-1

    Scotland v Czech Republic

    Scotland v Czech Republic (Glasgow, 14:00 BST)

    The Czech Republic have got a decent crop of players and we know what a threat Tomas Soucek is after the impressive season he had for West Ham.

    It's between them and Scotland for third place in the group and it's going to be tough for Steve Clarke's side to reach the last 16, but it's not impossible. Playing this game at Hampden Park will definitely help.

    Scotland will have a real go because it's 23 years since their last major men's tournament and they will give absolutely everything to get out of the group stage for the first time. I don't see them losing this.

    Lawro's prediction: 1-1

    Pundits' predictions: Karen Carney 1-1, Chris Waddle 1-2, Dion Dublin 1-1, Clinton Morrison 1-1, Chris Sutton 1-1, Rob Green 1-1, Christian Fuchs 1-1, Jermaine Jenas 1-1, Emma Saunders 2-0, Steve Crossman 1-2, John Murray 1-1, Ian Dennis 0-1, Alistair Bruce-Ball 1-1, Conor McNamara 1-0, Vicki Sparks 2-1

    Group E

    Games Score Lawro's prediction
    Monday, 14 June
    Poland v Slovakia x-x 2-0
    Monday, 14 June
    Spain v Sweden x-x 1-0

    Lawro's pre-tournament picks – Going through: Spain and Poland Third place: Sweden Going home: Slovakia

    Poland v Slovakia

    Poland v Slovakia (St Petersburg, 17:00 BST)

    Slovakia can be a bit flaky at times and in Robert Lewandowski, Poland have got the perfect player to punish any defensive lapses.

    Lawro's prediction: 2-0

    Pundits' predictions: Karen Carney 1-0, Chris Waddle 2-0, Dion Dublin 1-0, Clinton Morrison 2-1, Chris Sutton 0-0, Rob Green 2-1, Christian Fuchs 2-0, Jermaine Jenas 1-1, Emma Saunders 2-0, Steve Crossman 1-0, John Murray 2-0, Ian Dennis 2-0, Alistair Bruce-Ball 2-0, Conor McNamara 1-0, Vicki Sparks 0-0

    Spain v Sweden

    Spain v Sweden (Seville, 20:00 BST)

    Sweden will be grateful this is an evening kick-off so the temperature in Seville will be a bit cooler. I'd still fancy Spain to win this one though, despite their less than ideal build-up.

    Spain might not be the force they were a decade ago but they still hide the ball from the opposition extremely well. They are very capable in possession, I am not sure about them in front of goal.

    Lawro's prediction: 1-0

    Pundits' predictions: Karen Carney 2-0, Chris Waddle 1-0, Dion Dublin 2-0, Clinton Morrison 2-1, Chris Sutton 2-1, Rob Green 1-0, Christian Fuchs 3-0, Jermaine Jenas 2-1, Emma Saunders 2-1, Steve Crossman 3-1, John Murray 3-1, Ian Dennis 1-0, Alistair Bruce-Ball 1-0, Conor McNamara 1-0, Vicki Sparks 3-2

    Group F

    Games Score Lawro's prediction
    Tuesday, 15 June
    Hungary v Portugal x-x 1-1
    Tuesday, 15 June
    France v Germany x-x 1-1

    Lawro's pre-tournament picks – Going through: France and Portugal Third place: Germany Going home: Hungary

    Hungary v Portugal

    Hungary v Portugal (Budapest, 17:00 BST)

    Hungary were in the same group as Portugal at Euro 2016 and ended up topping it after a thrilling 3-3 draw with the eventual tournament winners.

    There is no chance Hungary will finish top of Group F and, on paper, this talented Portugal side should have too much for them – but the game is being played in Budapest, so I am going to go with a draw.

    Lawro's prediction: 1-1

    Pundits' predictions: Karen Carney 0-2, Chris Waddle 0-2, Dion Dublin 1-3, Clinton Morrison 1-3, Chris Sutton 0-2, Rob Green 0-3, Christian Fuchs 0-3, Jermaine Jenas 0-3, Emma Saunders 1-3, Steve Crossman 0-3, John Murray 0-2, Ian Dennis 1-2, Alistair Bruce-Ball 0-2, Conor McNamara 0-2, Vicki Sparks 0-3

    France v Germany

    France v Germany (Munich, 20:00 BST)

    France are my tips to win the tournament and Germany have not been great of late but I would still hesitate before saying they will get beaten in their own backyard.

    Lawro's prediction: 1-1

    Pundits' predictions: Karen Carney 2-1, Chris Waddle 2-0, Dion Dublin 2-2, Clinton Morrison 2-1, Chris Sutton 2-2, Rob Green 1-1, Christian Fuchs 3-2, Jermaine Jenas 1-1, Emma Saunders 2-1, Steve Crossman 2-0, John Murray 2-2, Ian Dennis 2-1, Alistair Bruce-Ball 2-1, Conor McNamara 1-1, Vicki Sparks 3-1

    Mark Lawrenson was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

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