Who Are The Favorites To Win Euro 2020
Football fans worldwide will be glued to their screens as Euro 2020 will kick off on June 11 and run till July 11. This is the 2020 UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2020, and will feature as many as 24 teams.
Euro 2020 – Locations
There is a lot of money on the line during Euro 2020 as all of the participating teams will receive €9.25 million. In addition, the team that ends up winning the Henri Delaunay Trophy is expected to take home a cheque of €34 million. The schedule will see games taking place in eleven locations across Europe. These locations are Amsterdam, London, Budapest, Munich, Baku, Copenhagen, Bucharest, Seville, Saint Petersburg, Rome, and Glasgow.
These eleven locations have stated that they will allow fans into their stadiums but at different capacities. For example, some locations will allow around 20 percent fans, whereas some will go up to 50 percent and a few up to 100 percent.
Euro 2020 – Format
The 24 teams in the competition are divided into 6 groups, with each group having a total of 6 teams. This will be the first time Euro 2020 will use the video assistant referee (VAR) system. During the group stage, the four teams will play each other, and the winner and the runner-up of each group will advance to the next stage. In addition, the top four third-place teams will also advance to make it to the round of 16.
The round of 16 is a knock-out format where the top 8 teams will make it to the quarter-finals. After that, the top four teams will play off in the semi-finals, and the winners will then clash on July 11 in the Euro 2020 Finals.
Euro 2020 – Groups
Here is a breakdown of the six groups and the teams in each group.
Group A has Italy, Turkey, Wales, and Switzerland. Group B has Belgium, Denmark, Russia, and Finland. Group C has Austria, Netherlands, North Macedonia and, Ukraine. Group D has Croatia, England, Czech Republic, and Scotland. Group E has Spain, Poland, Sweden, and Slovakia. Group F has Portugal, Hungary, Germany, and France.
The toughest group is Group F, as it has current FIFA World Cup champions France, Portugal, who won the last European Championship in 2016, and the 2014 World Cup championships Germany.
The two teams playing in a European Championship for the first time are North Macedonia and Finland, while Greece who won the 2004 Euro Championship has missed out this year.
Euro 2020 – Betting Odds and Predictions
Current World Cup champions France are heavy betting favorites to win Euro 2020 and currently have odds of 9/2. England is next in line with odds of 5/1, but that’s probably because they have millions of loyal fans who are willing to bet the house on them. They are a good team but tend to fall short when it comes to the big tournaments.
Belgium currently holds the first spot on the FIFA World Rankings and has odds of 6/1, while Germany has odds of 7/1. The current Euro champions Portugal have odds of 8/1 to win back-to-back championships while Italy has odds of 11/1, the Netherlands 12/1, and Spain has odds of 15/1.
Our team of football experts believes that the top three teams likely to lift the Euro 2020 Championship include France, Germany, and Belgium. However, it will be easier to predict who will win after the group stage as we will get to see how each team has performed. One team that has the X factor to surprise on the big stage is the Netherlands.
The COVID-19 factor definitely needs to be considered as a team’s chances of winning and losing will change dramatically if some of their key players go down with COVID. We also need to factor in injuries and red cards before each game to get better with the predictions. This is one reason why bettors should look at live betting or in-play betting during Euro 2020.
Euro 2020 – Players To Watch Out For
Euro 2020 will provide football fans worldwide with some mouth-watering action as some of the best players in the world will be showcasing their skills for their respective countries.
Some of the players that you need to watch out for during Euro 2020 include superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Rafa Silva (Portugal), Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard (Belgium), Harry Kane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (England), Kylian Mbappe, and Paul Pogba (France), Thomas Muller and Kai Havertz (Germany), Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay (Netherlands).