- North Macedonia
|13th June 5pm||Austria v North Macedonia||Bucharest|
|13th June 8pm||Netherlands v Ukraine||Amsterdam|
|17th June 2pm||Ukraine v North Macedonia||Bucharest|
|17th June 8pm||Netherlands v Austria||Amsterdam|
|21st June 5pm||North Macedonia v Netherlands||Amsterdam|
|21st June 5pm||Ukraine v Austria||Bucharest|
Group C form guide
Click on each team for a form guide and preview of their Euro chances
- Netherlands will feel they have something to prove after failing to reach the final stages of both the 2016 Euros and the 2018 World Cup. In their qualifying campaign, an early defeat at home to Germany was soon put behind them with an impressive 4-2 success in the return leg, and they went on to win six of their eight games, drawing the other. They had to play second fiddle to Italy in the Nations League, and while they can still look imperious on their day, a recent 4-2 reversal in Turkey, and a 2-2 draw with Scotland suggest a defensive frailty that might be exposed, although a 3-0 win over iGeorgia ended their warm-up games on a plus note.
- Ukraine reached the finals by unexpected topping a group containing Portugal and Serbia, winning six and drawing two in an impressive unbeaten qualifying campaign. However, they then finished bottom of their Nations League group behind Spain, Germany and Switzerland, suffering a dismal six defeats in seven games at the end of 2020. They stopped a bleeding a little by drawing all of their opening three World Cup qualifiers by the same 1-1 scoreline in March, but their recent 1-0 win over Northern Ireland came as a welcome relief, as was their 4-0 romp against Cyprus to complete their preparations.
- Austria remain one of those enigmatic teams that is equally capable of beating any opponent as they are of losing to them, and consequently they could just as easily top this group as they could finish bottom of it. They qualified fairly comfortably behind Poland in a somewhat favourable group, and then went on to top a tricky Nations League group ahead of Norway, Romania and Northern Ireland. Since then, a resounding 4-0 home defeat to Denmark has put an early dent in their World Cup qualifying hopes, while a 1-0 defeat in a recent friendly in England offered only a glimmer of optimismm before a goalless draw with Slovakia proved little in their last warm-up games.
- North Macedonia might have needed a 1-0 playoff win over Georgia to qualify for the Euros, but they will be relishing their first major tournament and must not be taken lightly. Germany appeared to be guilty of doing exactly that in their World Cup qualifier in March, with North Macedonia emerging from Duisburg with a memorable 2-1 victory. Most recently they rounded off their Euro preparations with a resounding 4-0 win over Kazakhstan to extend their unbeaten run to four games, Underestimate them at your peril!!
Netherlands and Ukraine surely face their biggest challenge when they meet in their opening game, and the winner of that clash should be in the driving seat to top the group. That means that Austria and North Macedonia have a big incentive to win their opening game also. If games go according to form, then it looks as if the final game between Ukraine and Austria will be a virtual playoff to see who grbas the runner-up spot behind the Netherlands, although with the best four third-placed teams also qualifying, there will be plenty to play for in every game. If North Macedonia can eke out a point from either of their two opening games, then they also might have something to play for in their final game against the Netherlands.
- Who should qualify
- Netherlands & Ukraine
- Possible dark horses
- North Macedonia