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Who are Favourites to win Euro 2020?

Who are Favourites to win Euro 2020?

It might be a year late and there might not be many fans, but Euro2020 is finally upon us and we’re excited for it. 24 teams take part in the biggest edition ever of the European Championships but who will lift the trophy at Wembley in July?

Who are Favourites to win Euro 2020?

With so many teams taking part in a tournament spread out across Europe, it’s actually very hard to pick out a clear favourite to pick up the trophy. The added complications of the coronavirus pandemic mean squads are slightly bigger and we expect to see a little bit more rotation in the group games at least.

Belgium might be the number one ranked team in the world but they’re slightly behind the World Cup winners France in the betting. Portugal, who won the last edition of this tournament back in 2016 are currently sixth favourites in the betting at 9.00 while World Cup runners up Croatia are as much as 34.00 with some bookies.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the teams involved.

France 6.00

With the main European leagues drawing to a conclusion and official squads being announced, the current favourites are France. Winners in 1984 and 2000, France are currently ranked 2 in the world behind Belgium.

Manager Didier Deschamps led France to World Cup glory in their last major tournament in 2018 and found qualification for this one a breeze. France only dropped five points in qualifying – all of which to Turkey – and have only lost a friendly to Finland in the last 12 months.

While much attention will be focused on Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, the real key to the French side could be the form of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. Recalled to the squad for the first time since 2015, Benzema has scored 29 goals in 45 games for his club side as they have fought with city rivals Atletico for the La Liga title. If Benzema can fire a France side which is a bit lacking in goals then they could go far.

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England 6.00

England have never won the European Championships and it’s been 25 years since they equalled their best ever finish with third place at Euro 1996. Back then was a team which was seen as the “golden generation” but they failed to deliver; the question will be whether Gareth Southgate’s youthful charges will be able to do so.

It seems quite surprising that England are so highly favoured having lost to both Denmark and Belgium in the Nations League matches last autumn. However England have the advantage of playing at Wembley for all three group games and could potentially win the tournament playing just one game away from home.

While Harry Kane will be hotly tipped for contention in the goalscoring stakes it’s the players who are around him which will make or break this England team. A few months ago Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling was a shoo-in for the first team but some poor form for his club has meant he could lose his place. Youth could be the X factor for England, with Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and maybe even Jude Bellingham stepping up.

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Spain 8.00

Three times European Championship Winners Spain are currently fifth favourites for the tournament following some indifferent results in the last twelve months. They showed their best in the 6-0 mauling of Germany last November in the Nations League but a poor 1-1 draw with Greece in March – their fifth draw in their last ten fixtures – show that they aren’t quite the finished article.

However Luis Enrique has reason for hope his team can do well. Ferran Torres has thrived in a more advanced role at Manchester City and scored his first international hat-trick in the thrashing of Germany. Torres isn’t the only younger player breaking through either; RB Leipzig Dani Olmo has done well since his move from Dinamo Zagreb to Germany while teenage midfielder Pedri has had a great season with Barcelona.

Both Torres and Olmo are in good international goalscoring form, having both bagged in the wins over Georgia and Kosovo. If they can carry their form into the tournament then it might just be Spain can surprise people.

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Poland 60.00

Poland had their best ever performance in 2016, reaching the quarter finals before losing to eventual winners Portugal on penalties. They won’t be many people’s tips for the title but there is one reason that the Eagles cannot be written off.

Captain Robert Lewandowski might be 32 now but the Bayern Munich forward matched the all-time single season goalscoring record in the Bundesliga this year, scoring 40 in just 28 appearances. The Warsaw-born forward is probably the best out and out striker in Europe and if Poland can capitalise on his goals they could upset a few people.

Poland’s big problem is the lack of genuine quality around Lewandowski. Arkadiusz Milik has scored just eight times since he moved on loan to Marseille from Napoli in January, while much of the rest of their squad plies their trade at lower lights, and in some cases lower leagues. With just one win in their last six international games Poland need to buck up a touch to even get out of their group; the hopes of the nation rests of Lewandowski.

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What other outright markets are available for Euro 2020?

While the outright winner market will attract most punters, there are other markets that fans can wager their hard-earned money on.

It’s expected for bookmakers to offer markets on which teams will win each of the groups in the group stage of the tournament, along with which teams will qualify for the knockout rounds. Some will even offer team-specific markets for those who want a special flutter.

There’s also markets for the player of the tournament and the golden boot, which can be very hard to call but also offer huge value.

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