EURO 2020 PREDICTIONS: Top 10 Best Betting, Winner Odds and Preview
|Predictions for top 10 Euro 2020 contenders|
Predictions for top 10 Euro 2020 contenders - Sky Bet
- France – 9/2
- England – 5/1
- Belgium – 6/1
- Germany – 8/1
- Portugal – 9/1
- Spain – 9/1
- Netherlands – 10/1
- Italy – 11/1
- Croatia – 25/1
- Denmark – 33/1
Top 3 Euro 2020 Favourites
France Squad: Reigning World Champions
Heading in as the reigning world champions, it’s understandable that France are slight tournament favourites at 9/2 according to Sky Bet.
With plenty of their World Cup stars still in their prime years (or yet to even enter their respective peaks) France will fancy their chances of replicating their Euro 2000 and World Cup 2002 triumphs to hold both prestigious international honours at the same time.
Les Bleus have a ridiculous amount of depth in just about every position while in Kylian Mbappe and Kraim Benzema they boast two of the most feared forwards in Europe, with the latter earning a recall after almost six years in the wilderness.
England Squad: Unusual Position
The current England Euro 2020 squad find themselves in the unusual position of being 5/1 second favourites. Gareth Southgate’s men went into the 2018 World Cup with little expectation and reached the semi-finals, where they lost to their Euro 2020 opening opponents, Croatia, 2-1 after extra time. One of the main benefits of the 2018 World Cup squad was the tender age of the majority of Southgate’s selection; many of the star performers will be around for the next two or three tournaments at least.
With another three years worth of experience in the bag, plus the rise of Jadon Sancho, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jack Grealish, the Three Lions will surely head into the summer an even stronger team than in Russia. Defensively, the team have a lot to work on, but with home advantage for most of their Euro 2020 fixture schedule, you can see why England are being rated alongside the likes of France and Belgium as potential winners.
Belgium: Rated best bet
The Red Devils claimed third place at the World Cup in 2018 and will be expecting to reach the same stage at the very least to meet expectations at this summer’s tournament. Belgium have some of the best strength in depth of any international team in Europe and they will be a popular choice if they do go all the way and finally secure a major honour. Sky Bet price them at 6/1 third-favourites to do just that.
With a whole host of creative options including Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Dries Mertens aiming to feed and supplement all-time Belgium top-scorer Romelu Lukaku, goals shouldn’t be hard to come by. Backed up by a solid and technical midfield and an experienced defence containing Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, with Thibaut Courtois between the sticks, Belgium have all the ingredients to win a national tournament.
Betting Tips: Euro 2020 Group Betting
1pt Wales to finish bottom of Group A at 6/4 (Betway)
2pts Belgium to win Group B at 5/6 (Paddy Power, Betfair Sportsbook)
1pt Ukraine to win Group C at 21/4 (Unibet)
1pt Scotland to finish bottom of Group D at 11/8 (Betway)
1.5pts Slovakia to finish bottom of Group E at 10/11 (Sky Bet)
1pt France to win Group F at 17/10 (Paddy Power, Betfair Sportsbook)
PREDICTIONS FOR TOP 10 BEST BET AT EURO 2020
1 BELGIUM 6/1
The Red Devils had to settle for third place at Russia 2018 after being edged out by France in the semi-finals, so the quest for a first major trophy goes on, but hope springs eternal and this could be the time to get on Belgium.
Some members of their golden generation are starting to age but Romelu Lukaku was in great form for Inter Milan last season, Eden Hazard should be fresh after recovering from an injury-hit campaign at Real Madrid and Kevin De Bruyne remains a class act for Manchester City.
Roberto Martinez’s men enjoyed a perfect 10 straight wins in qualifying, with 40 goals scored and just three conceded, including 3-1 and 4-1 triumphs against Russia, who will re oppose in Group B, alongside Denmark and Finland.
2 FRANCE @ 5/1
Les Bleus were runners-up in the last renewal of this competition and went on to go one better at the 2018 World Cup, with Didier Deschamps leading a disciplined outfit to success.
Established stars such as Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane are still under 30 and at their peak while prodigious youngster Kylian Mbappe looks capable of taking this tournament by storm.
Qualifying went relatively smoothly, with eight wins and a draw from 10 games, although only taking one point off Turkey is a concern while Portugal and Germany will be tough Group F opponents.
3 ENGLAND @ 5/1
Gareth Southgate’s exciting young side made the World Cup semis and then showed there is still scope for more improvement when finishing third in the inaugural Nations League.
Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jordan Pickford were all under 25 at Russia 2018, so the spine of this team should only get stronger while starlets like Mason Mount, Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden have enormous potential.
The Three Lions won seven of eight qualifiers, with a whopping 37 goals scored, although the Czech Republic beat them 2-1 in Prague and will feature in Group D alongside Croatia.
Having home advantage in the closing stages has to be a boost, especially with supporters back in attendance, and many rate England as favourites for success.
4 SPAIN @ 8/1
La Roja have faltered at three straight major tournaments since completing back-to-back wins in this competition in 2012, with a World Cup victory splitting those triumphs.
Spain looked back on track when going unbeaten through their qualifying pool, though, posting eight wins and away draws against Norway and Sweden.
November’s 6-0 Nations League rout of Germany in Seville showed just what the current squad are capable of and they should cruise through a safe-looking Group E.
5 PORTUGAL @ 8/1
The defending champions only finished second in their qualifying group behind Ukraine but do have a fine record in this tournament, having also been runners-up in 2004 and semi-finalists in 2012.
Any fears of Cristiano Ronaldo being over the hill at 36 have been eased by his Serie A-leading 29 goals in Italy’s top flight for Juventus last season.
Manchester United goal machine Bruno Fernandes, Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva, Liverpool recruit Diogo Jota and Atletico Madrid’s big-money buy Joao Felix add to the attacking options, although drawing France and Germany in Group F is obviously a concern.
6 GERMANY 7/1
Die Mannschaft blotted their copybook when finishing bottom of their World Cup group but will be determined to send Joachim Low out on a high note after 15 years in charge.
Seven wins from eight matches in qualifying was a solid effort, even if the Netherlands did avenge a 3-2 Amsterdam defeat with a 4-2 Hamburg success.
There have since been some worrying blips, notably a 6-0 thrashing by Spain in the Nations League and a shock 2-1 loss to North Macedonia in their World Cup pool on home turf.
However, history dictates that Germany must be respected in this event, having been crowned champions three times and reaching the semis on nine occasions, even if they are in a tough Group F with France and Portugal.
7 ITALY @ 10/1
Failing to qualify for the World Cup was seen as a national disaster, so the Azzurri are clearly fired up to make amends with a first European Championship success since 1968.
Roberto Mancini has secured some solid Nations League results and Italy were clinically efficient in reaching this event, registering 10 straight victories, with 37 goals for and only three against.
The quality of their opposition in that campaign was questionable but Switzerland, Turkey and Wales will be seen as beatable rivals in Group A at the next stage.
8 NETHERLANDS @ 12/1
Ronald Koeman awoke this sleeping giant of international football before joining Barcelona and they seem to have continued growing in stature and confidence under Frank de Boer.
An impressive qualifying campaign saw them finish second in their group behind Germany, who they beat 4-2 away from home, while there have also been some encouraging Nations League efforts.
Virgil van Dijk’s injury is a big worry but Frenkie de Jong, Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay stand out in an otherwise healthy squad and they have been handed a kind draw in Group C.
9 CROATIA @ 28/1
Many punters will see the Blazers as a value option, judged on their Russia 2018 exploits, when only losing out to France in the final.
Two moderate showings in the Nations League gave cause for concern that a team featuring some ageing star names has seen its best days.
Former Barcelona playmaker Ivan Rakitic announced his international retirement during the qualifying campaign but Real Madrid ace Luka Modric and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic remain and their draw for the finals is a fair one, with Croatia expected to advance alongside England in Group D.
10 RUSSIA @ 80/1
Stanislav Cherchesov’s side performed with credit in the World Cup on home turf and picked up eight wins in 10 qualifiers, with the only losses coming against Belgium.
Some of the victories were merely workmanlike but captain Artem Dzyuba keeps banging in the goals and there is great unity in this squad.
Denmark and Turkey are others pushing for a top-10 spot but Russia remain just ahead of them in our ratings and are tipped to follow Belgium through again in Group B.
Euro 2020 Betting odds
Odds to Win Euro 2020
- France - 5/1
- England - 11/2
- Belgium - 11/2
- Netherlands - 13/2
- Germany - 7/1
- Spain - 8/1
- Italy - 14/1
- Portugal - 16/1
Most Wins in the European Championships
- 3 Germany and Spain
- 2 France
- 1 Russia, Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Denmark and Greece
Germany have also lost in three finals, while the Netherlands won their only appearance in a final but have been knocked out at the semi-final stage on four occasions. Both England and Hungary have lost two semi-finals but are yet to reach a final. Spain are the only nation to have ever retained the European Championship title and this tournament is often more open than the World Cup.
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