Euro 2021 - Quarter Finals - SCA Matrix
The SCA (Shot Creating Actions) Metric – It is one of the best determinants of how a team operates and succeeds. This metric allows you to identify the potential attacking opportunities of an individual team against their direct opponent. In other words, it signals which team will have the greater advantage on the field.
The SCA Matrix is back! Let’s quickly break down every match-up in the Quarters! Few surprises in the Round of 16, but before I begin, I must say the SCA metric did not lie all that much.
Italy v Belgium
The biggest game of this round. Belgium looked awful against Portugal while Italy struggled to keep Austria at bay. This is such a wide open affair but the SCA metric heavily leans Italy’s way. I am on the same wavelength here. For all the firepower that the Belgians have, they just are not much of a fluid team. They create at most 2-3 big chances per game which is not enough for the level of stars they contain. Italy on the other hand are a bit more fluid and organized – they have just become the lead favorites to win this thing with France being knocked out. They were my best bet of value after all to win the whole thing.
Denmark v Czech Rep.
This should be a thrill to watch given how both teams are not afraid to push forward. Denmark clearly has outpaced most of the teams from an SCA standpoint. This is about to continue here and I will give the edge to them. This was my dark horse after all and the semis are looking pretty good right about now.
England v Ukraine
The softest match for a big side in this round. Close your eyes, and England will undoubtedly come out on top. Let us bear in mind that the SCA metric is super close to one another but the huge boost of 4+ on England’s side will be a bit too much for Ukraine to handle.
Spain v Switzerland
The fact that the SCA metric respected the Swiss more than I did against France goes a long way to say, trust the metric! However this matchup is a long haul for it to repeat again. Spain powers over by 10+ points and although Croatia put up a good fight, they were at times quite lucky as well. Spain will take this one regardless of how bad they have looked.