Czech Republic players during the work out
Czech Republic players during the work out

Budapest: Netherlands take on Czech Republic in their first round of16 in the Euro 2020, at the Puskas Arena, here on Sunday.

were the top scorers in the group stage, netting three times in their victories against Ukraine and North Macedonia with a 2-0 win over Austria sandwiched in between. Those impressive performances all came in Amsterdam, though, and the next task for the Group C winners is to continue that free-scoring form in Budapest.

There is growing expectation in the Netherlands following a flawless group campaign and what is seen as a favourable draw for the knockout stage.

Confidence is also high among the players. Yet the Czech Republic have previously been something of a nemesis for the Dutch in this competition. They prevented Oranje from qualifying in the year 2016, winning home and away, and also came back from 2-0 down during an epic confrontation at Euro 2004 to win 3-2.

The battle of evens

Seville: This is arguably the tie of the round as the formidable Red Devils take on the European champions, Portugals at the La Cartuja Stadium, here on Sunday.

Belgium's firepower was there for all to see in the 3-0 win over Russia and as they came from behind to beat Denmark 2-1, while they were persistent then clinical in concluding Group B with maximum points by seeing off Finland 2-0.

Portugal's journey to the last 16 was a much bumpier ride. They showed similar patience in their 3-0 win against Hungary but were surprisingly porous when beaten 4-2 by Germany.

They occupied all four positions in Group F at various stages of their final group game against France with the 2-2 draw, courtesy of two goals on a landmark night for current tournament top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, enough to seal third place.

Predicted line-ups

Netherlands: Stekelenburg; Dumfries, De Ligt, De Vrij, Blind, Van Aanholt; De Jong, De Roon, Wijnaldum; Depay, Malen

Out: L. De Jong (knee)

Misses next match if booked: De Roon

Czech Republic: Vaclík; Coufal, Čelstka, Kalas, Kadeábek; Souček, Holeš; Masopust, Barák, Jankto; Schick

Doubtful: Sadílek

Suspended: Boil

21.30: Live on Sony Ten 2

Predicted line-ups

Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, T. Hazard; Carrasco, Lukaku, E. Hazard

Out: Castagne

Misses next match if booked: T. Hazard

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Portugal: Rui Patrício; Nélson Semedo, Rúben Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro; Palhinha, Renato Sanches, João Moutinho; Bernardo Silva, Ronaldo, Diogo Jota

Misses next match if booked: Rúben Dias

00.30: Live on Sony Ten 2

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