While it’s a whole year late due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 UEFA Euro competition is finally upon us — in 2021 — as the long-awaited tournament kicks off this weekend. 24 teams will battle to be crowned the Champions of Europe, but they’ll have to get through the group stage first to move on to the knockout rounds.
Bets are already rolling in for the highly-anticipated competition, and while the reigning World Cup title holders France (+460) are the favorites to win the whole thing, it seems the public is putting their trust in England (+600) as the Three Lions have the majority of the handle in their favor to win the whole thing outright. England have never won the competition in its 60-year history, and the closest they’ve come is third place, in both 1968 and 1996. Aside from those two finishes, they’ve never made it past the quarterfinals. Manager Gareth Southgate will look to change that this time around as they’re expected to easily make it out of Group D.
While Belgium is currently ranked number one in the world according to FIFA, they’ve yet to see any international trophies despite having a stacked roster with household names like Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Thibaut Courtois and plenty of others. The odds have them right in between England, Italy, and Portugal, but could this finally be the year they achieve international success? They finished third in the 2018 World Cup after narrowly losing to France in the semifinals, subsequently defeating England 2-0 in the third place match.
Each time the tournament comes around, it seems that there are one or two smaller underdogs who make a solid run at the title. In 2016, that country was Iceland as they made waves after finishing second in their group and defeating England 2-1 in the Round of 16. They lost in the quarterfinals to France, but it was a story that captivated the world.
It’s nearly impossible to pick who will make a similar run this year, but Denmark (Group B) has a shot at a real run if they can get out of a group that includes Belgium, Russia, and Finland. They stunned the world and won the 1992 edition of the tournament, but have only made it past the group stage once in four appearances since then. Their squad has a handful of recognizable names including Christian Eriksen, Thomas Delaney, and Kasper Schmeichel. While they’re only sitting at +2500 right now, Kasper Hjulmand’s side will look to overcome the odds and at least escape a tough group this time around.
Euro 2021 winner betting handle
England (+600): 33%
France (+460): 22%
Italy (+800): 15%
Germany (+900): 9%
Belgium (+750): 8%
Portugal (+800): 6%
Spain (+900): 2%
Netherlands (+1500): 2%
Croatia (+4000): 1%
Denmark (+2500): 1%
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