After being postponed for a year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the long wait for the start of Euro 2020 will final end on Friday, June 11, when group stage action at this year’s tournament finally gets underway. Past editions of the Euro have featured just one or two host countries. This time around, group stage matches will be played in 11 countries across the continent to honour the 60th anniversary of the tournament, with London’s Wembley Stadium serving as the site for this year’s semi-final and final matchups.
As the countdown to the start of Euro 2020 continues, it remains a tight three-way race for the top of the odds. Reigning FIFA World Cup champions France leads the way as favourites to claim their first European title since 2020. Les Bleus are closely followed by England, which is seeking to claim its first major tournament win since their historic World Cup win in 1966. Belgium lags as a third favourite on the Euro 2020 odds despite enjoying an epic run through Euro qualifying that contributed to their rise to the top of the FIFA world rankings
CanadianBettingSites takes a look at how this year’s favourites and dark horses stack up, as well as what to expect from the Group of Death. Sports bettors diving into European soccer action for the first time are also invited to learn more about how to get the best out of their soccer betting experience by checking out our online resources.
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Can France Escape Group of Death?
Losers in just two non-friendly matches since raising the trophy at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, France remains perched atop the Euro 2020 odds board, and with good reason. Powered by a potent lineup led by veteran Antoine Greizmann and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe, Les Bleus enjoyed a steady run through Euro qualifying, posting wins in eight of 10 matches while keeping clean sheets on five occasions.
— French Team ⭐⭐ (@FrenchTeam) June 4, 2021
However, France’s past success means little as they prepare to open the tournament competing in what has to be considered this year’s Group of Death. In addition to France, Group F also includes the defending European champions Portugal, reigning Confederations Cup champions and perennial powerhouse Germany, as well as a red-hot squad from Hungary.
While the French ride a six-match unbeaten streak into the tournament, and are also pegged as narrow favourites to finish atop the Group F table, their recent performances against top-flight opponents remain a matter of concern. Les Bleus have earned the win in just four of their past seven matches against opponents that have qualified for this tournament and posted just a single win over their past six meetings with Germany and Portugal.
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Germany on the Rebound from World Cup Humiliation
Germany has plenty to prove in this tournament after making a stunning early exit from the 2018 World Cup, and sports strong odds. Die Mannschaft sits just shy of the favourites to claim their first Euro title since 1996. Germany is also a strong bet to win Group F (2.50), with a $20 bet at Bodog returning $50. However, the Germans have struggled to produce consistent results of late, posting wins in just five of 12 matches in all competitions since European soccer action resumed last fall, including a 2-1 loss to lowly North Macedonia back in March.
On this day at the 2018 World Cup—Germany made a quick exit out of the group stage 🇩🇪🐕
(🎥 via IG/bochythefrenchie)pic.twitter.com/lHwSfLBeCO
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 26, 2019
That opens the door for Portugal to make noise. Like Germany, the pandemic pause has done little for their momentum. Portugal has struggled to find their scoring touch while winning just seven of their past 12, but has been outstanding defensively, keeping clean sheets on seven occasions over that stretch.
The ‘Group of death’ at EURO 2020 is definitely Group F, which has Hungary, Portugal, France and Germany. 😲
With the three European giants announcing their final squads, which of them is going into the competition with the strongest team? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/NYFkm55c74
— MSportOfficial (@MSportOfficial) June 2, 2021
This club has also been a consistent force at this tournament, reaching the semi-finals in five of their previous seven appearances, and advancing to the final twice. Portugal has also been rock solid against France, giving up just two total goals over their past four meetings. That makes them worthy of consideration for a value bet to win this group. A $20 wager on Portugal to win Group F at Betway (4.50) will return a handsome $90.
England, Netherlands Well Positioned in Group Stage
Long-suffering English fans have plenty of reason to be optimistic this time around at the Euro. In addition to the opportunity to play for the title on home soil, England has also benefited from a favourable draw. Winners in each of their past six outings, the Three Lions sit as clear betting chalk to lead the way in Group D, which also features Croatia, Scotland, and the Czech Republic.
England’s Euro 2021 Group D fixtures (all at Wembley, all times BST). I hope Southgate doesn’t select another experimental side…
Sunday, 13 June Croatia 14:00
Friday, 18 June Scotland 20:00
Tuesday, 22 June Czech Republic 20:00
— William Alvey (@AlveySchool) June 6, 2021
Adding to England’s edge is the chance to play all three of their home matches at Wembley Stadium. The Three Lions enjoy a steady 15-0-1 run in matches played at home, and should also gain additional motivation from the chance to avenge their heartbreaking loss in the 2018 World Cup semi-final to Croatia. The big challenge for England may come in the Round of 16, however. Should the English win Group D, their first knockout stage opponent will be the runners-up from Group F.
The Netherlands also enjoyed a favourable draw that will pit them against Austria, North Macedonia, and Ukraine in Group C. The question is whether they can overcome their inconsistent play in recent and poor results in past editions of this tournament. With a Round of 16 date with a third-place opponent awaiting the Group C winner, a strong group stage performance could catapult the Orange onto a deep run. That adds value to the odds of the Netherlands claiming their second all-time Euro title, with a $20 bet at Sports Interaction (13.40) returning $268.00.