De Bruyne ruled out of Belgium’s EURO 2020 opener; Hazard update

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Kevin De Bruyne has officially been ruled out for Belgium’s opening EURO 2020 fixture, as he is still recovering from the fractured nose and eye socket he suffered during the Champions League final.

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Belgium boss Roberto Martinez revealed on Friday, 24 hours ahead of the Red Devils’ clash with Russia, that De Bruyne is still following an individual training program and is yet to join the squad for a session of full training. It does, however, sound like De Bruyne isn’t far off from resuming full training after arriving to camp a week late (he joined the team on Monday) — quotes from the AP:

“The next two days will be really important, just to get him back to really being able to move freely and start getting the exercise needed before he can come to the group.”

De Bruyne injury timeline

The proverbial path is pretty well cleared for De Bruyne to make his EURO 2020 debut in Belgium’s second group game, against Denmark in Copenhagen next Thursday, provided all goes well between now and then.

Hazard injury update

Right alongside De Bruyne on the injured list is another member of Belgium’s highly touted “golden generation,” winger Eden Hazard, who is working his way back to something resembling full fitness following a nightmarish, injury-riddled season at Real Madrid.

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The 30-year-old isn’t expected to start against Russia, just as he didn’t during Belgium’s pre-EURO 2020 friendlies. Even once he reaches full fitness, there’s a strong case to be made that Hazard isn’t currently one of Martinez’s 11 best players and he should remain an impact substitute when Belgium heads into the knockout rounds.

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Copa America: How to watch, schedule, odds, predictions

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The 2021 Copa America will be held in Brazil after it was delayed from last summer, and then moved from former co-hosts Colombia and Argentina.

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It was moved from the former due to ongoing political unrest, while the latter has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.

That saw Brazil step in at the last minute to host the tournament, but that doesn’t mean players and staff are particularly happy about the tournament taking place.

Five stadiums in four Brazilian cities will host the tournament, with the Maracana and Estadio Nilson Santos in Rio, plus the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasilia, Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba and the Estadio Olimpico in Goiania.

The Selecao are favorites for the tournament, while Lionel Messi aims to win his first-ever major trophy for the Albiceleste as time is ticking on his career. So many Premier League stars will be on show for Brazil and Argentina, so this is always a tournament to keep a close eye on.

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Elsewhere, the likes of Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile all look dangerous, but the traditional powers will fancy their chances of being crowned champions of South America. These 10 teams know each other extremely well as they are currently doing battle in 2022 World Cup qualifying too. This should be epic.

Below is everything you need to know for Copa America with the schedule, groups, betting odds, predictions, how to watch info and more.


How to watch, stream

When: June 13 to July 10
TV Channel/Stream: Fox Sports and Univision
Live updates, stats: Online via NBCSports.com


Copa America betting odds – full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet

Outright winners

Brazil: +110
Argentina: +270
Colombia: +600
Uruguay: +800
Chile: +1200
Peru: +3300
Ecuador: +3300
Paraguay: +4000
Venezuela: +4000
Bolivia: +12500

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Copa America – Group stage schedule (all kick off times ET)

Sunday, June 13

5pm: Brazil v. Venezuela
8pm: Colombia v. Ecuador

Monday, June 14

5pm: Argentina v. Chile
8pm: Paraguay v. Bolivia

Thursday, June 17

5pm: Colombia v. Venezuela
8pm: Brazil v. Peru

Friday, June 18

5pm: Chile v. Bolivia
8pm: Argentina v. Uruguay

Sunday, June 20

5pm: Venezuela v. Ecuador
8pm: Colombia v. Peru

Monday, June 21

5pm: Uruguay v. Chile
8pm: Argentina v. Paraguay

Wednesday, June 23

5pm: Ecuador v. Peru
8pm: Brazil v. Colombia

Thursday, June 24

5pm: Bolivia v. Uruguay
8pm: Chile v. Paraguay

Sunday, June 27

5pm: Brazil v. Ecuador
5pm: Venezuela v. Peru

Monday, June 28

8pm: Uruguay v. Paraguay
8pm: Bolivia v. Argentina


Knockout round schedule

Quarterfinals

Friday, July 2

Match 21: Runner up Group B v 3rd place Group A – 5pm ET
Match 22: Winner Group B v 4th Group A – 6pm ET

Saturday, July 3

Match 23: Runner up Group A v 3rd Group B – 6pm ET
Match 24: Winner Group A v 4th Group B – 9pm ET


Semifinals

Monday, July 5

Match 25: Winner Match 22 v Winner Match 21 – 7pm ET

Tuesday, July 6

Match 26: Winner Match 24 v Winner Match 23 – 9pm ET


Third-place match

Friday, July 9

Match 27: Loser Match 26 v Loser Match 25 – 8pm ET


Final

Saturday, July 10

Match 28: Winner Match 26 v Loser Match 25 – 8pm ET


Copa America predictions – JPW’s group stage predictions

Group A

1. Argentina
2. Uruguay
3. Chile
4. Paraguay
5. Bolivia

Group B

1. Brazil
2. Colombia
3. Peru
4. Ecuador
5. Venezuela

VIDEO: PST unfiltered – USMNT win, EURO 2020, Haaland to Chelsea

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ProSoccerTalk is now on video as well as in written format as plenty of opinion is coming to your Premier League videos. Unleash the beast, as they say.

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Each week ProSoccerTalk writers Joe Prince-Wright, Andy Edwards, and Nick Mendola will analyze the Premier League action, preview the fixtures, and handle the big news from around the soccer world.

Expect opinions, analysis, and insight, as well as plenty of friendly banter along the way and maybe a beer or two among these Premier League videos…

Basically, they have these chats on their own anyway so we thought we would record them and let them loose on the Premier League, USMNT, and everything in-between. This is going to be a lot of fun and a lighthearted look at all of the action from across the soccer world each week.

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With JPW is based in England and heading to Premier League games and traveling to stadiums/training grounds, plus Andy and Nick based Stateside, we will be checking in with them regularly to get their views on just about anything when it comes to Pro Soccer. Because, well, Pro+Soccer+Talk.

Below we break down the latest news across the PL

Would Erling Haaland be a good fit at Chelsea?

Erling Haaland transfer rumors are a thing and will be for a long, long time but why does something feel different about the report that Chelsea could be the landing spot for Borussia Dortmund’s young Norwegian net-filler?

EURO 2020: Why Kylian Mbappe, France are the heavy favorites

We are just three humans with three different backdrops, asking you to consider three different teams as probable champions of EURO 2020.

Andy saddens Joe by essentially cursing England, while Joe says Eden Hazard is the man most under pressure to perform as Nick tabs the former Chelsea man’s current national team as the favorite to win it all.

What does CONCACAF Nations League win over Mexico mean for USMNT’s future?

The sports version of “The Office” meme where Jim says, “WHAT IS GOING ON?!?” happened in Denver this weekend, when Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT outlasted Mexico 3-2 in extra time in a game with, literally, just about everything that can happen during a soccer match.

What does it mean for the USMNT today, tomorrow, and in 2022? The gents discuss it all.

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Wolves appoint Lage to replace Nuno

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Three weeks after parting ways with Nuno Espirito Santo, Wolves have appointed another Portuguese, Bruno Lage, as the club’s new manager.

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Though Lage is largely inexperienced as the top man on a coaching staff, he does arrive at Molineux Stadium with a greater understanding and familiarity than most foreign managers upon arriving in the Premier League. The 45-year-old spent three years as assistant manager to Carlos Carvalhal during his spells at Sheffield United and Swansea City, in the EFL Championship and Premier League, respectively.

Lage and Carvalhal left Swansea after the latter was fired upon relegation from the Premier League. Lage eventually received his first managerial appointment when he became Benfica boss after six months as the club’s B-team manager. Benfica won the 2018-19 Portuguese title after Lage took over in January 2019 (they sat 4th when he was appointed).

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Wolves’ new manager was crowned Liga NOS’s best coach for 2018-19, despite only managing half of the season, as well as the Portuguese federation’s men’s coach of the year for 2019.

Things quickly came unraveled for Lage in his first full season in charge of Benfica, and he was eventually fired shortly after the 2019-20 season resumed (just two wins in 13 games across all competitions) following the global shutdown for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Berhalter speaks on USMNT roster changes, racial abuse of McKenzie

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USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter opened his pre-Costa Rica friendly (and post-Mexico win!) press conference with an update on the construction of and availability to his roster.

The Yanks will play Costa Rica on Wednesday in a friendly that could see the CONCACAF Nations League champions take three of three wins from its three top confederation rivals (No offense, Canada, Panama, and Jamaica).

[ MORE: CONCACAF World Cup qualifying latest ]

Berhalter announced that Matt Miazga has left the team in order to prepare for his wedding and that Nashville SC back Walker Zimmerman is joining the team in his place.

And he also spoke of the racial abuse suffered by center back Mark McKenzie

As for injuries…

Bryan Reynolds, Zack Steffen injury update

Man City goalkeeper Zack Steffen was injured after an hour of the CONCACAF Nations League Final, which opened the door to Ethan Horvath’s super sub heroics but also to worries about his health.

The good news for him, and AS Roma back Bryan Reynolds, is that their current injuries do not appear to be long-term, saying that both players won’t play versus Costa Rica due to “bone bruises on the knee.”

As for Yunus Musah being the lone field player not to see the field in the semifinal and final win, Berhalter says there is nothing to worry about for the Valencia phenom.

“Tactical decision that he didn’t play,” Berhalter said. “He’s a young player and it doesn’t mean he doesn’t have his place in the team.”

Berhalter on racial abuse of Mark McKenzie, England players

The USMNT coach was asked about the racial abuse endured by centerback Mark McKenzie after the Genk defender revealed some heinous comments on his Instagram feed following some on-field struggles in the win over Mexico.

Berhalter, to no one’s surprise, issued a strong rebuke of those who abused McKenzie and added in his concern over the growing abuse of world footballers including England and Premier League players in recent weeks.

“It’s absolutely disgusting things like that,” Berhalter said. “It has no place in the sport. The guys take enough criticism about performance when they have an off-game. To bring something like race into it is disgusting and out-of-bounds and there’s no place for it. We support Mark 100 percent and we don’t stand for anything of that stuff. We have absolutely zero tolerance. I wish there was a way to hold people like that accountable. People get on Twitter and social media and get bold, and I wish there was a way to hold people accountable.”

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