EURO playoffs: This is how the playoffs works
The EURO playoffs will take place on March 26, 2020 and March 31, 2020. These result from the matches of the UEFA Nations League that are being held for the first time in this qualification phase. A brief review of the previous qualification: In addition to the winner Portugal, 21 other nations, including the German „Mannschaft“, were able to qualify for the 2020 European Championship through the parallel European Championship qualification.
After the end of the play-offs that will take place at the end of March, four more teams will drive to the EURO 2020. These four places are contested by 16 teams that finished first or second in their respective groups in the Nations League. This happens in so-called “paths”. From each of these paths, the winner after the semi-finals and final will still qualify for the European Championship finals, which will start on June 12, 2020.
When will the EURO playoffs kick off?
The eight playoff pairings will take place on March 26th. There will be no second leg. Based on the UEFA Nations League ranking, the team with the best rank within the path will greet the team with the fourth best rank at the stadium. The second place team will receive the third place team. The winners of these semi-finals then duel in four finals taking place in parallel for said four EM starting places. These will all be held on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020. By the way: The playoffs could trigger another draw for the EM groups. This could then occur on April 1, 2020. The following duels resulted from this procedure:
Who has the best chances in the European Championship playoffs?
Path A: Bulgaria, Hungary, Iceland, Romania
Thu, March 26, 2020 – 8:45 p.m.: Bulgaria – Hungary (winner is host of the final)
Bulgaria and Hungary are among the teams that are allowed to detain from the supposedly strongest Nations League groups. The 59th place in the FIFA world rankings welcomes the 52nd. The Magyars go into the game with slight favorites and, with Péter Gulácsi (Leipzig) and Dominik Szoboszlai (Salzburg), have absolute top people in the squad who you will not find among the Bulgarians. An additional incentive for the Hungarians is likely to be the fact that two successful European group games can be played in Budapest if the playoffs are successful.
Thu, March 26, 2020 – 8:45 p.m.: Iceland – Romania
Iceland are the favorites in the duel against Romania. The Northern Europeans finish Turkey at home in qualifying and could qualify for a major tournament for the third time in a row. Romania won the European Championship qualifiers only against the outsiders Faroe Islands and Malta. After all, you won the last duel in Iceland 4-0 – that was 14 years ago.
Path B: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Slovakia, Ireland
Thu, Mar 26, 2020 – 8:45 pm: Bosnia-Herzegovina – Northern Ireland (winner is host of the final)
The duels between Slovakia and Ireland and between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Northern Ireland are very balanced on paper. Should the two Irish teams prevail, there could be an explosive game on March 31 in Belfast.
Thu, March 26, 2020 – 8:45 p.m.: Slovakia – Ireland
More draws are not possible. There were five duels between Slovakia and Ireland, four times there were draws. Ireland won the very first encounter in 2007 with a 1-0 win. Advantage for the Slovaks: The game increases in Bratislava.
Path C: Norway, Serbia, Scotland, Israel
Thu, March 26, 2020 – 6:00 p.m.: Norway – Serbia (winner is host of the final)
Norway lost only one game in calendar year 2019 (1-2 in Spain, a remarkable 1-1 in the second leg). It could be the duel of the top scorers: Erling Haaland against Luka Jovic. But the Norwegian still has to wait for his first goal in the national jersey. Maybe it will work out in the playoffs.
Thu, March 26, 2020 – 8:45 p.m.: Scotland – Israel
Scotland could benefit from Israel’s blatant weakness away from home. The team of coach Andreas Herzog has won only once abroad since October 2017 (3-0 in Latvia). The Scots have only known hopp or top for three years: Since 2017 you have never played a draw. Since then there have been 9 victories, 12 defeats for the Tartan Army.
Path D: Georgia, Belarus, North Macedonia, Kosovo
Thu, March 26, 2020 – 6:00 p.m.: Georgia – Belarus (winner is host of the final)
As strong as Georgia presented itself in the Nations League in 2018 (five wins in six games against very weak opponents), it was as weak in the subsequent European Championship qualification 2019 (only two wins in eight games – both against Gibraltar). The situation is very similar with the Belarusians, who even won only one game last year (2-1 win in Estonia). Either way, against the winner from the parallel game between North Macedonia and Kosovo, the finalist determined in Tbilisi should not necessarily be a favorite – despite the home advantage.
Thu, March 26, 2020 – 8:45 p.m.: North Macedonia – Kosovo
Kosovo is also slightly favored by its neighbor from North Macedonia. The youngest UEFA member scored eleven points in the European Championship qualifying group with England and the Czech Republic, won in Bulgaria, against the Czech Republic and scored a whopping three goals in Wembley! Werder Bremen’s Milot Rashica is probably the most well-known player in Kosovo and would probably be the favorite with his team even in a possible final against Georgia or Belarus.
TV info: EURO 2020 playoffs live on DAZN
Streaming provider DAZN shows you the playoffs for UEFA EURO 2020 live. DAZN broadcasts all playoff games live and exclusively in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. With the trial month of DAZN you have the chance to watch top sport (including the Friday games of the Bundesliga, Champions League, Europa League, Serie A, La Liga, FA Cup) for free via live stream. DAZN can be canceled monthly (11.99 euros per month). If you opt for the annual subscription, you pay 120 euros per year.
European Championship playoffs: bets, tips and odds
No question about it: All teams that are allowed to play in the playoff semi-finals at home enjoy a small advantage. Bulgaria, Iceland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovakia, Norway, Scotland, Georgia and North Macedonia are at home in the semi-finals. No odds are currently available, but we will update this page as soon as they are known. Stay tuned!