Euro 2016 already has a lot of things to get excited about, five debutants, some of the world’s greatest players on show but best of all there are also some mouth-watering derbies to look forward to. Adam Murphy takes a look at three of the big clashes taking place in the group stages:
Austria vs Hungary
Date: June 14th
Venue: Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
Preview: Neither of these sides have made many appearances in this competition. Although it is their first time qualifying for the tournament, this will be Austria’s second time in the European Championships having co-hosted the 2008 finals. Hungary on the other hand will be making their third appearance in the Euros, their last came in 1972. The Hungarians have the better record when these sides have met winning on 65 occasions compared to Austria’s 40. The last time the countries clashed, Hungary came out 2-1 winners.
Germany vs Poland
Date: June 16th
Venue: Stade De France, Saint- Denis
Preview: Ireland supporters will be very familiar with these two as they were in our group en route to France and although Germany are reigning world champions and topped the qualifying group they’ve looked very vulnerable since their triumph in Brazil in 2014. Poland were only one point behind and chased them all the way. The Poles even obtained their first ever win over Germany in the qualifiers thanks to goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Sebastian Mila but Jogi Loew’s side came out 3-1 winners in the reverse fixture in Berlin as reported by bleacher report. The Germans are still favourites to win the group according to Zack Garrison at Sports Betting Dime. This one will be hard to predict so expect a tense encounter.
England vs Wales
Date: June 16th
Venue: Stade Bollaert-Deleis, Lens
Preview: When the draw for the group stages was made this would have been amongst the stand out fixtures. England have the better record of the two winning 66 times to Wales’ 14 and there have been 24 draws. But this is a new Wales side, one that took four points off Belgium in qualifying and will be hoping to cause an upset against the Three Lions. However, Roy Hodgson’s men will be no pushover, having won all of their qualifying games and beating the likes of Germany and France in friendlies since then. The last time these two met, England ran out 1-0 winners in Wembley.