Tue 8 Jun by Mark Gleeson
SOCCER 6 POOL OF THE WEEK
Tuesday 8 June S6 V2 P2
M1 Czech Republic vs Albania: The Czechs were beaten 4-0 by Italy in a Euro warm-up last week and need a morale booster before the finals begin. Albania have lost only one of their last nine games.
M2 Ecuador vs Peru: Ecuador have won three of their opening five World Cup qualifiers, while Peru have just one point out of a possible 15 and sit bottom of the South America super group.
M3 Venezuela vs Uruguay: Uruguay have a win and two draws from their last three visits to Venezuela, which were also World Cup qualifiers.
M4 Colombia vs Argentina: Colombia thumped Peru 3-0 away last week in a World Cup qualifier, while the Argentinians had a tame home draw with Chile.
M5 Paraguay vs Brazil: Both countries are unbeaten after their first five matches of the South American World Cup qualifiers, but Brazil have won five and Paraguay just one with four draws.
M6 Chile vs Bolivia: Chile have seven wins and two draws from their past nine home meetings with Bolivia.
SOCCER 10 POOL OF THE WEEK
Sunday 13 June S10 V2
M1 England vs Croatia: A tough opener for both countries at the European Championships. England have won five out of 10 previous meetings between the two, but lost to Croatia in extra time in the 2018 World Cup semi-final.
M2 FK Isloch Minsk vs Dinamo Brest: Belarus Premier League. Isloch have lost four of their last five matches, drawing the other. Dinamo’s last two matches have both ended in 0-1 defeats. They are four points ahead of their rivals in the league table.
M3 Rovaniemen Palloseura vs Turun Palloseura: RoPS have not won in their last three outings in the Finnish second division. TPS have six points from their opening six games of the new campaign.
M4 IF Gnistan vs Mikkelin Palloilijat: Gnistan have one win and two draws in their last three outings. MP won their last outing to end a run of three successive defeats.
M5 JIPPO Joensuu vs FF Jaro: JIPPO are new to the second division in Finland and have seven points out of a possible nine in their last three games. Jaro are joint top of the standings.
M6 Musan Salama vs VPS: MuSa are unbeaten in their last four outings in the Finnish second division, but three have ended in draws. Vaasan Palloseura are unbeaten in their opening six games, but drawn four of them.
M7 Austria vs North Macedonia: Austria have won only one of their previous six matches. North Macedonia are surprise qualifiers in their Euros debut.
M8 Lillestrom vs Haugesund: Lillestrom have won the last two clashes between these Norwegian premier league clubs after drawing the three before that.
M9 Netherlands vs Ukraine: Netherlands play in Amsterdam in their opening Euro 2020 Group C clash. They have met twice before in friendlies - the Dutch win 3-0 in 2008 and then drew 1-1 in the Ukraine two years later.
M10 Brazil vs Venezuela: Opening game of Copa America which has been switched to Brazil after both Argentina and Colombia withdrew as hosts. Brazil have lost once in 14 past clashes with Venezuela.