The playoffs are done. The groups have been drawn. Euro 2020 is almost upon us!
It may be a year later than expected, but the 2020 Euros are shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested tournaments we’ve seen in some time. Portugal will be defending their hard-won 2016 title when they knocked out France. They also recently won the European Nations League and will undoubtedly be one of the favorites to lift this year’s Henri Delaunay Trophy, despite having a difficult draw in the group stage.
However, with European heavyweights such as England, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Germany, and France to get past, there will be some tantalizing soccer and massive battles on the way to the finals.
So, who will come out on top in their group stage, and which team is the favorite to lift the Euro 2020 trophy? Let’s take a look at the best Euro soccer betting odds.
Euro 2020 Groups
Here are the online sports betting odds for the teams that are favorite to win their groups:
- Italy: -225
- Turkey: +500
- Switzerland: +500
- Wales: +900
The Italians missed out on the last World Cup and didn’t even make it out of their Nations League group, but the Azzurri are undoubtedly the favorites to win Group A. They qualified by winning all ten of their games and scoring 37 goals. The main question for Group A is who will finish in second spot?
Although they reached the semi-finals of the Nations League, Switzerland struggled in their qualifying group – eventually winning just one point above Denmark. Their experience in the Nations League makes them slight favorites to finish second. Turkey only lost one of their ten qualifying matches, while Wales had to win their last match to qualify from Group E. This means that Turkey should come through in third, with Wales finishing at the bottom of the group.
- Belgium: -150
- Denmark: +275
- Russia: +400
- Finland: +1800
Unsurprisingly, it’s the Belgians that are favorites to top Group B, with Denmark in second spot. Russia and tournament debutants, Finland, might put up a fight, but it’s unlikely any of the teams will be able to give Roberto Martinez’s team a stern test. With the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne, and Eden Hazard in the Red jerseys, it looks like the fight for second spot will be the most exciting in this group.
- Netherlands: -275
- Ukraine: +500
- Austria: +500
- North Macedonia: +2000
Although the Netherlands haven’t quite hit their stride under Frank de Boer, they have a kind group draw and are the most likely to top their group. However, they might be without the talismanic Virgil van Dijk because of an injury, which could shorten their odds. Ukraine will probably take second spot but expect them to do battle with Austria. North Macedonia is unlikely to provide much of a threat to any of the other teams.
- England: -275
- Croatia: +300
- Czech Republic: +1100
- Scotland: +1600
The Three Lions will be out for revenge after being knocked out of the 2018 World Cup semi-finals by familiar foe Croatia. There are a variety of challenges and exciting rivalries in this group – particularly between England and Scotland, but all in all, Gareth Southgate’s men should have the firepower to top this group. Croatia look set for second spot, with Czech Republic and Scotland fighting it out for the last two places.
- Spain: -300
- Poland: +550
- Sweden: +650
- Slovakia: +1200
Spain have hardly been a force in international soccer of late, failing to get through the round of 16 in two World Cups and one Euros since their triumph in the 2012 competition. However, they have landed in a straightforward group, and Luis Enrique’s team is still the standout favorite. Although, they will have to watch out for Lewandowski in the Poland team, tipped to take second, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has come out of retirement to play for Sweden and that will most likely finish third.
- France: +125
- Germany: +150
- Portugal: +300
- Hungary: +330
Every tournament has a group of death, and Group F is undoubtedly the hardest in this year’s group stages. World champions France, current trophy holders Portugal, and a resurgent Germany will fight it out in what is going to be an incredibly tough group. Germany are slight favorites at this stage, but there’s absolutely no certain answers when it comes to the winner here. The only thing that we can be sure of in this group is that Hungary will be finishing fourth.
Who are the top contenders to win Euro 2020?
These are the teams with the best soccer betting odds to win Euro 2020:
Portugal looking for the double
If Portugal win the trophy this year, they will become the first country to do so in history. Given that they won the Nations League last year, it’s not hard to see why they believe that they can do it.
Although their World Cup run in 2018 was well below their standards, they have an embarrassing amount of talent within the team for Fernando Santos to call upon. Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Jota, João Félix, Ruben Neves, João Cancelo, Ricardo Pereira, Rui Patrício, José Moutinho, and of course, Cristiano Ronaldo make this a fierce side with some of the Premier League’s and La Liga’s best players making up the core.
Belgium are up there
Belgium have been knocking on the door in their last couple of big tournaments, making it to the quarterfinals in the last Euros, and coming third in the 2018 World Cup. While they failed to get out of their group in last year’s Nations League, any team with the Hazard brothers, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne, Nacer Chadli, and Toby Alderweireld is going to be a serious threat for the silverware.
France aim to add to their World Cup title
Spain was the last country to have both the World and European titles at the same time. France came close to this in 2016 but lost the final to Portugal. Despite failing to get out of their group in the Nations League, they have an experienced team combined with young, exciting talent that could add a Euro title to their World Champion status. Between Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud alone, they have 69 international goals, and at just 21-years-old, Kylian Mbappe has already got 13.
Mbappe’s unbelievable PSG season, combined with the influence of Man United midfielder Paul Pogba, who often plays better for country than club, and Raphael Varane at the back, means Les Blues have an absolutely fierce spine in their team. They undoubtedly have the hardest group stage to get through, but Didier Deschamps has a strong case to believe this team can go all the way.
Will England finally win a major tournament?
You’d have to go all the way back to 1966 to find a picture of the England team holding a major soccer tournament trophy. On paper, The Three Lions should have the tournament sewn up, but they did lose to Czech Republic and shipped three goals at home against Kosovo in the lead-up to the group stages. This is undoubtedly one of the youngest teams in the competition, but the youngsters are all playing at the highest level of soccer with the likes of Mason Mount, Phil Foden, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Raheem Sterling at the helm.
They will, of course, be led by the Premier League’s latest Golden Boot winner in Harry Kane. England are definitely one of this year’s favorites to lift the trophy, especially with the semi-final and final being played on home soil at Wembley Stadium. Only time will tell whether Gareth Southgate’s team have the nettle to finally win some silverware.
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