Cyril’s Edge – 10 June 2022

Domestic football is now behind us, but there’s still plenty of international action to look forward to – here’s my take on how the action will unfold!

England vs Italy
The Three Lions second half display against Germany earned them a draw. Harry Kane hit the magical fifty goal mark and isn’t far away from Wayne Roone’s international record. This could be the ideal opportunity for England to avenge their Euro final defeat to Italy. It’s been twelve months since English hearts were broken in the shootout. Unfortunately for the hosts, they won’t have the backing of a noisy Wembley. This United Nations clash will be played behind closed doors at Molineux. That due to the ban imposed by FIFA after crowd trouble at the Euro final. Italy, who are in sixth place in the FIFA rankings, are enduring a tricky period themselves after failing to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup and winning just two of their last seven internationals. It will be a tightly contested game that should end in a DRAW

Netherlands vs Poland
The flying Dutchmen have enjoyed a great start to their UNL campaign. Wins over Belgium and Wales puts the Dutch in the driving seat for a third consecutive victory over the Poles. Poland have failed to defeat the Dutch in 14 of the 17 previous encounters. That includes the current run of five straight defeats despite getting on the scoresheet in four of those games. Atalanta and Dutch midfielder Teun Koopmeiners scored his first goal for the national side. His last nine scoring appearances have now all been in victories. Poland’s Lewandowski has now failed to win each of the last four games for club & country when contributing to goals. The Poles will probably get on the score sheet, but Netherlands will secure the win

Wales vs Belgium
The Dragons ended a 64-year long absence from the World Cup with a victory over Ukraine. Most of the support was for the war struck nation but it was about the football in the end, and you can’t deny the fact that Wales didn’t deserve their ticket to Qatar. Despite that historical achievement, Wales will require a stellar performance against Belgium, who smashed Poland for six. Wales have kept a clean sheet in six of the nine UNL games that defender Ben Davies has featured in. He’ll face Kevin De Bruyne, who has six goal involvements in his last six games for Belgium. Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey will be key, but Belgium should steal the win

Ireland vs Scotland
Republic of Ireland could really do with some of their lucky clover magic as they could be relegated from League B. The Irish cannot escape how poor they’ve been over the last couple of games. They’ll look at this game as an opportunity to breathe life into their campaign. Judging that they have a good track record against Scotland, it could well happen. The Scots World Cup hopes came crashing down against Ukraine. The win over Armenia will give them a boost ahead of this clash. Michael Obafemi seeks his first international goal for Ireland after a breakout season saw him score 12 Championship goals for Swansea. Defender Anthony Ralston was an unlikely goal-scorer for Scotland las time out. This will also be tough to call, but Scotland should nick the WIN