- The Euro 2020 soccer tournament will get underway on June 11.
- The tournament decided to retain the ‘Euro 2020’ name following its postponement last Summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- France, England, Belgium and Germany are among the top betting choices to win the Euro 2020.
The Euro 2020 soccer tournament starts this weekend and from an international perspective will be the biggest betting event of the summer. Thanks to competitive market dynamics, American facing sportsbooks have started to offer more and more soccer wagering options over the past decade meaning that you’ll have plenty of opportunity to bet Euro 2020 no matter where you live.
This year’s Euro 2020–postponed from last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic–is almost ridiculously competitive. Seven teams are priced at single digit odds to win led by France (+450), England (+500) and Belgium (+600). Before they can do that the contenders have to get out of their individual groups and that offers another interesting soccer betting opportunity. Here’s a quick take on each Euro 2020 group with odds to win from BetOnline.ag:
EURO 2020 GROUP BY GROUP QUICK TAKE PREVIEW
In terms of talent, Italy is the class of this group and in the opinion of many the class of the tournament. That’s why they’re -1600 to qualify for the knockout stages and -200 to win Group A. Italy has the advantage of playing all of their group games in Rome and are riding a 27 game unbeaten streak. They’ve really found a nice rhythm under manager Roberto Mancini and should have a fairly easy time winning the group. Some questions about Italy’s aging defensive players but unlikely that any of their challengers here can exploit it.
TO WIN: ITALY -200
TO QUALIFY: TURKEY -175
Belgium is the group’s most talented team with Romelu Lukaku (28), Kevin De Bruyne (29), Eden Hazard (30), and Dries Mertens (34) all in their prime. They’ve got a lot of pressure here as the consensus is that anything less than a deep run into the knockout stage will be a disappointment. Adding to that pressure–Hazard, De Bruyne and midfielder Axel Witsel are banged up. Belgium should have enough to win the group with Russia and Finland left to fight for second. Russia’s first three games are in St. Petersburg and based on that they look like the value play to qualify.
TO WIN: BELGIUM -135
TO QUALIFY: RUSSIA -225
The Netherlands are favored but this is a very evenly matched group. On paper, the Dutch are ridiculously talented with names like Memphis Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum, Frenkie De Jong, and Donyell Malen. Manager Frank de Boer has been a washout at stops in the MLS (Atlanta United), English Premier League (Crystal Palace) and Serie A (Inter Milan) but hopes are high that he’ll have the acumen for international play. Ukraine and Austria both have a shot to qualify with only North Macedonia completely hopeless. If you want to play for the upset the Ukraine at +450 might be your ticket. For now, we’ll give de Boer the benefit of the doubt and give the Dutch the group.
TO WIN: NETHERLANDS -240
UPSET SPECIAL: UKRAINE +450 TO WIN GROUP C
TO QUALIFY: UKRAINE -275
England is one of the favorites to win the Euro 2020 crown. They face a decent Croatia team led by 36 year old Luka Modric in the first group match but the hope is that their youth and talent will allow them to push the pace and get the win. If they can do that it’ll be smooth sailing for captain Harry Kane and company. The Czech Republic and Scotland look to be a cut below the top two teams here.
TO WIN: ENGLAND -260
TO QUALIFY: CROATIA -400
Luis Enrique created a to-do at home by not naming a single Real Madrid player to the Spanish side. That has more to do with the fallout over the ill fated European Super League plan than anything else so if Spain delivers that will be a non-issue. On the plus side, the squad that Enrique did name are young and talented led by Bundesliga superstar Dani Olmo. Slovakia is outmatched but Sweden and Poland are neck and neck. Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski gives the Poles the best striker in the tournament (if not in the world) and Sweden will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic–who infamously referred to himself as ‘God’ a few years back. For that reason, we’ll look to Poland to qualify in ‘God’s’ absence.
TO WIN: SPAIN -280
TO QUALIFY: POLAND -200
So how about let’s put the reigning World Cup Champion *and* the reigning Euro champion in the same group? And how about let’s also throw in a team that is a near fixture at the top of the FIFA World Rankings? Here you go–France, Portugal and Germany will throw down in Group F. Hungary isn’t a bad team but doesn’t have a chance. France should have enough to win the Group–they’re insanely deep *and* insanely talented. Portugal is defensively oriented almost to a fault. Germany’s Joachim Low is stepping down as manager after the Euro 2020 and Thomas Muller is back on the squad.