After a long wait, it’s almost time for the rescheduled UEFA Euro 2020 tournament. It’s taken a while for us to get to this point but now, it’s all about looking ahead to what the next few weeks are going to look like. There are underdogs ready to rise up and make themselves known, players waiting to burst onto the international stage and fans ready to throw beer high into the air in pubs across the continent.
As per 888sport, we’re going to take a look at all of the leading contenders in the Euros this year and why we think they’re all being tipped to do quite well.
France – 9/2
As the reigning world champions it should come as absolutely no surprise that Les Bleus are leading the charge with the bookies. After all, they’ve got a squad that blends together youth and maturity, they know how to win when it matters, and they’ve even convinced Karim Benzema to come back. When you piece all of that together it becomes obvious to see that this France team isn’t playing around, regardless of whether or not they’re in a tricky group.
England – 5/1
If England manages to win all their games right up to the final, the quarters would be the only point in the whole tournament where they’d have to play away from Wembley. That’s the kind of home field advantage you want and need to succeed at the Euros and even though the atmosphere is going to be a little bit different with questions still being raised regarding the lifting of restrictions, the Three Lions have enough talent in their squad to make a real go of it.
Belgium – 11/2
The Red Devils have been on the “right track” for what feels like forever, but they haven’t quite been able to take that next step towards a final or a piece of major silverware – almost as if they’re the Manchester City/Champions League equivalent. Belgium have talented players coming out of their ears and if they can dig that little bit deeper, there’s no reason why they can’t win their favourable group and go on to tear through the rest of the competition.
Germany – 7/1
These odds feel incredibly generous but the big thing Germany have going for them is experience. Sure, they messed up in a big way back in 2018, but they’ve come into tournaments without much momentum in the past and wound up doing well. They have youth and spirit behind them but the big question rests in what they do if they have their backs against the wall. Will they crumble, or will they rise up and prove to us all that they’re the real deal Holyfield?
Italy – 8/1
The Italians haven’t lost for a few years now and whenever they play, they always seem to beat teams with relative ease – all the while not actually conceding many goals. Roberto Mancini wasn’t always pinpointed as the overwhelming saviour behind getting this Italy side to do well, but after the disappointment they endured back in 2018, this is the sort of shot at redemption that doesn’t come around all too often. In our opinion, we think they’ll do pretty well.
Portugal – 8/1
A fresh crop of young talent combined with the veteran leadership of Cristiano Ronaldo? Yeah, it’s not at all unthinkable to believe Portugal can repeat their 2016 heroics and retain their European crown. They’re well organised, they have a lot of flair in the final third and we think they’ll be able to control the pace in the middle of the park for most of their games in the tournament. They’re exciting to watch and that, in itself, is enough of a badge of honour.
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