England v Czech Rep
>Here, we look at some of the stand out opening fixtures and offer up or best weekend football tips.

Friday 22 March

England v Czech Republic

World Cup and UEFA Nations League semi-finalists, England, will be confident of winning Group A and will want to get their campaign off to the perfect start with a win when they host the Czech Republic at Wembley in their opening game.

It is an important fixture for both teams, as the Czech’s will also be confident of having a good campaign and qualifying for Euro 2020, perhaps as runners-up from the group ahead of Bulgaria. If they can get a good result against England, it will set them up well for the rest of their group games.

England should be too good and can get off to a flyer.

England to win 3-0 is 5/1 with 888sport

Harry Kane to score 2 or more is 7/2 with Novibet


Portugal v Ukraine

Reigning European champions, Portugal, will be favourites to qualify automatically from Group B as they look to retain the title that they won in 2016. Their opening game is against the Ukraine in Lisbon at Estádio da Luz and the Portuguese will be confident of starting their campaign with a win. However, the Ukraine are likely to battle it out with Serbia for the runners-up spot in the group, so they will be hopeful of coming away from Portugal with a positive result.

We see Portugal just about edging this one.

Portugal to win 2-1 is 6/1 with 888sport

Saturday 23 March

Spain v Norway

After a disappointing World Cup and UEFA Nations League, Spain will want to enjoy a positive Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, but face a tough group to win. As well as the threat of Sweden and Romania, they also have Norway to finish above, and it is the Norwegians who visit the Estadio de Mestalla in Valencia for their opening game of Group F.

There will be a lot of pressure on the Spanish to win and get their campaign off to a good start, but they should be too strong for Norway.

Spain to win 2-0 is 4/1 with MansionBet

Italy v Finland

After missing out on qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Italy will be desperate to get through this time and take their place at Euro 2020. They have been handed a group that they will be confident of winning against the likes of Greece, Bosnia and Finland.

The Italians start their Group J campaign against Finland at the Dacia Arena in Udine, and will hope to get off to a good start with a win in front of their own fans. Finland can be dangerous on their day, but they will look to their fixtures against Bosnia and Greece as the one’s they need to win to have any chance of qualification.

Italy can get off to a good start with a comfortable win over the Fins.

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Sunday 24 March

Cyprus v Belgium

Although Belgium start their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against Russia in Group I on Thursday 21 March, they face a trip to Cyprus just three days later. The Belgians will hope to have got off to the perfect start with a home win against Russia at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, before arriving at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia looking for another win to give them an early advantage in the group.

Belgium to win 3-0 is 9/2 with Novibet

Netherlands v Germany

Two old rivals meet in Group C at De Kuip in Rotterdam, as the Netherlands host Germany. The Dutch have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes in recent months after failing to qualify for the last Euro’s and World Cup. They can also look forward to an appearance in the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League this summer.

Germany had a disappointing World Cup and it feels like there is a period of rebuilding for them to do. It is a crucial game for both sides and the result could have a significant impact on who wins the group.

We can see both teams scoring, but Netherlands to just sneak it.

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