Euro 2020 Group B: Can Belgium’s golden generation deliver?

Denmark should progress to knockout stages ahead of Russia and Finland


Odds: 6-1
Previous best: Runners-up 1980
Prospects: Can the golden generation get their hands on a trophy? The Red Devils have the players to win it and have been handed a favourable group.
Manager: Roberto Martinez guided Belgium to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018 and his job now is to go one step further.
Key player: With Kevin de Bruyne a doubt for the tournament Belgium will be leaning heavily on the goals of Romelu Lukaku.


Odds: 28-1
Previous best: Winners 1992
Prospects: Familiar foes of Ireland, Denmark have developed into a solid international outfit with a spine to match. Should reach the knockouts, at least.
Manager: Since Kasper Hjulmand took over from Age Hareide last July – the Danes have won eight out of 11 since.
Key player: Denmark have some strong defensive options and behind them they can count on Kasper Schmeichel, who recently won the FA Cup with Leicester.


Odds: 75-1
Previous best: Winners 1960
Prospects: Russia thrived as hosts and nearly reached the World Cup semis in 2018, but it would be a surprise to see them reach the knockouts this summer.
Manager: Stanislav Cherchesov has been at the wheel since 2016 and his side qualified for the Euros with ease, winning eight of their 10 qualification fixtures.
Key player: Captain and stalwart Artem Dzyuba scored eight goals in qualification and has an impressive 29 from 50 caps.


Odds: 500-1
Previous best: First appearance.
Prospects: History beckons for Finland, who are heading into their first ever major tournament. They recently beat Ireland home and away in the Nations League.
Manager: A former primary school teacher, Markku Kanerva took over in 2016 and has gone on to make history.
Key player: Finland's qualification was powered by the goals of Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki. His tally of 10 was bettered only by Harry Kane (12), Cristiano Ronaldo (11) and Eran Zahavi (11).



Saturday June 12th - Denmark vs Finland (5pm Irish time, Copenhagen); Belgium vs Russia (8pm, St Petersburg)

Wednesday June 16th - Finland vs Russia (2pm, St Petersburg)

Thursday June 17th - Denmark vs Belgium (5pm, Copenhagen)

Monday June 21st - Russia vs Denmark (8pm, Copenhagen); Finland vs Belgium (8pm, St Petersburg)

Patrick Madden

Patrick Madden

Patrick Madden is a former sports journalist with The Irish Times