Wednesday, June 11, 2008

UEFA Euro 2008: Day 6 Previews

Group B action continues as opening game winners Croatia and Germany clash, while Austria and Poland look to post their first points.

Croatia vs. Germany
The venue: Worthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt, Austria
The broadcast: ESPN2, 12:00 pm ET
The storyline: Although both teams won their openers, only the Germans impressed in doing so. Having already earned a win, the Croats would view any points taken from the Germans as a bonus.
The prediction: With both sides already a leg up, the result should be an open, entertaining game. Look for the Germans to take a 2-1 win.

Austria vs. Poland
The venue: Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna, Austria
The broadcast: ESPN2, 2:45 pm ET
The storyline: Austria's spirited debut left the home fans hoping they can avoid an 0-0-3 tournament. Poland's woes against Germany continued Sunday, but a win here puts them back in position to reach the quarterfinals.
The prediction: If Austria are going to get some points, this seems like their best chance. If they improve upon the form they showed in their first game, they can earn a 1-1 draw.

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