Euro 2020 is just days away and the excitement is building as we look forward to another summer packed with football. At Bet UK, we’re putting together a complete Euro 2020 betting preview, looking at all the big outright markets, including Euro 2020 Winner, Top Goalscorer and Player of the Tournament. Throughout Euro 2020, make sure to keep checking back at Bet UK for the latest Euro 2020 betting tips, as well as match previews for the biggest games of the tournament. With our online betting, you can also find a range of markets for every single game at this summer’s European Championship.
England v Italy - 20:00, Sunday 11th July
A month to the day since Euro 2020 started, we’re left with just one game to decide who’ll be taking home the European Championship trophy. England and Italy are the two sides facing off at Wembley, and it’s hard to argue that they aren’t the two most deserving sides of the tournament. England started slowly but have improved with each passing game, whilst Italy have been at their very best since opening Euro 2020 with a 3-0 win over Turkey.
England reached their first final in 55 years following a 2-1 win over Denmark after extra time. After a cagey start, the script was almost torn up as Mikkel Damsgaard scored a 30-yard free-kick that really should have been saved by Jordan Pickford. That goal did seem to wake the Three Lions up, however. Just moments after Raheem Sterling missed from six yards out, Buyako Saka forced Simon Kjaer into an own goal to draw the scores level. Both sides had opportunities for the rest of the game, but extra time was needed in order to settle the score. After 104 minutes, Raheem Sterling made a surging run into the box before being brought down by a combination of two Danish defenders. It was a soft penalty, and it almost looked like justice had been served when Schmeichel got a hand to Harry Kane’s effort, only for the England striker to notch his fourth goal in just three games from the rebound. What followed was ideal game management from Southgate, who at one point saw his side keep possession for nearly three minutes as the game died down. It wasn’t an ideal performance from England, but a win in a European semi-final is always something to be celebrated.
For Italy, it was an even closer game against Spain. The Spaniards dominated the majority of possession throughout the game, as would be expected. But, their finishing let them down, with Mikel Oyazarbal missing a couple of key opportunities. Federico Chiesa looked like making Spain rue their missed chances with an incredible curling effort after the hour mark. With Spain looking to go more attacking, Alvaro Morata was reintroduced to the team and made a great impact. His one-two with Dani Olmo was the highlight of the match, with Morata cooly finishing at the near post to equalise with ten minutes left. A wide-open 30 minutes of extra time followed, but neither side could carve out a genuine opportunity to win the game. As we headed to penalties, Georgino Chiellini looked to be the happiest and most calm man in Wembley, something which looked to have a clear effect on opposition captain Jordi Alba. Both sides would miss their opening penalties, but Italy were perfect from there on out, with Jorginho scoring the winning penalty following an Alvaro Morata miss. This is a very different Italian side than we've seen in recent years. They look more expressive in attack but can still depend on when needed to defend. After 32 games unbeaten, it's hard not to consider them favourites in the final.
Much has been made about England’s advantage at Euro 2020, with five of their six games being played at Wembley. This is a fact that won’t have gone unnoticed, but Italy have also played two of their knockout games in London, so it’s hardly a change of scenery for them. That leaves a pretty even contest overall, and arguments can be made for either side to be favourites. It’s rare that tournament finals are ever very exciting games, and we aren’t expecting a flurry of goals whatever the outcome on Sunday. We’re backing England to bring football home in a close-fought affair that will hopefully give us a night to remember.
Pre Tournament Outright Euro 2020 Betting Tips
Outright Winner - France @ 5/1
We’re starting our preview with the big one - The outright Winner of Euro 2020. There are a few teams up there in the odds, and although we always try to look for value, we can’t look past the 5/1 favourites France. On paper, they have by far the best national squad in world football, with an abundance of world-class options across the pitch. A potential front four of Kingsley Coman, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema must terrify every defence in the competition. Add a midfield of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante and a defence led by Raphael Varane and it’s hard to pick out any weak points in France’s squad. They all have plenty of tournament experience as well, with a Euro 2016 final behind them, as well as the 2018 World Cup win. A tough start in Group F could derail France, but we expect them to win that group and make a pretty straightforward route to the final.
Top Goalscorer - Romelu Lukaku @ 8/1
Top goalscorer is one of the more wide-open markets on offer at Bet UK ahead of Euro 2020. We looked at players who are the main goalscorer for their nation, who we also expect to go far into the tournament, and landed on Romelu Lukaku at 8/1. Harry Kane and England might not go as far as expected, and with Kylian Mbappe now competing with Karim Benzema, there are doubts over who will be grabbing the most goals in that France side. For Lukaku, there’s no doubt that he is Belgium’s main man going forward. Belgium also have a relatively easy run in the tournament. They should comfortably win Group B, which sets them up to play one of the qualifying 3rd place teams. That should see Belgium comfortably in the quarter-finals at a minimum, giving Lukaku plenty of chances to grab a few goals.
Group A - Turkey To Finish Top 2 @ 13/10
Turkey come into the Euros as one of the in-form sides in Europe over the last 12 months. In 14 games since last September, Turkey have lost just twice. That includes impressive results against the Netherlands, Germany and Croatia. Turkey will also be led by Burak Yilmaz, who comes into the Euros on the back of a Ligue 1 winning campaign at Lille. Yilmaz scored 16 goals in 28 games in his debut campaign and was one of the best strikers in Europe during the final run-in of the season. In Group A, Italy should easily win the group, but Turkey will be focusing on qualifying in 2nd place. Wales don’t really have the quality required, so Turkey’s real rival at this stage will be Switzerland. On June 20th, which is the final matchday of Group A, the two sides meet in what will surely be a huge decider in the standings.
Group B - Belgium To Win @ 3/4
Considering the opponents in Belgium’s Group B, it’s hard to see why they are as short as 3/4 to win the group. They’ll face Denmark, Russia and Finland in their first three games at Euro 2020. Whilst none of those sides are the weakest in the tournament, there is also nothing to suggest that Belgium will be under any threat in Group B. Denmark have a slightly ageing side, Russia suffer from a similar fate, and Finland are wholly inexperienced at this level. As long as Belgium turn up and play like we know they can, they should have Group B comfortably wrapped up after a couple of games.
Group C - Austria To Finish Top 2 @ 9/10
Group C will likely be dominated by the Netherlands, who are unsurprisingly favourites to win the group. Austria are the team we are backing to finish just behind the Netherlands in what should be an easy campaign. Apart from the Netherlands, Austria will also be facing Ukraine and North Macedonia, two sides that they’ll be expecting to take 3 points each from. The Austrian side is filled with talent from across the top leagues, with players like Marcel Sabitzer, David Alaba and Marko Arnautovic familiar to most fans. 2nd place will likely come down to their game against Ukraine in matchday three of Group C. As long as they get a positive result from that game, 2nd place should be all wrapped up.
Group D - Czech Republic To Finish Top 2 @ 2/1
Group D has the potential to be one of the most interesting groups in the Euros. England are the favourites to win the group, but outside of that, Croatia, Czech Republic and Scotland will all believe they can finish 2nd. We are backing the Czech Republic to be the side that ultimately qualifies for the knockout round. We don’t believe Scotland have the quality to match up in this Group, and although Croatia are World Cup finalists, their squad is much weaker than it was three years ago. Most of their stars are now beyond their best years and with Czech Republic heading in the opposite direction, we’re backing them to pip Croatia into 2nd.
Group E - Spain To Win @ 2/5
Spain might not be the powerhouses that they used to be in the early 2010s, but there is still more than enough quality in their ranks. Experienced players like Jordi Alba, Cesar Azpilicueta and Sergio Busquets are being aided by young talents such as Ferran Torres, Pedri and Eric Garcia. Although Sergio Ramos will be missing, Aymeric Laporte is a more than capable deputy following his switch of allegiance from France. Sweden, Poland and Slovakia are their Group E opponents this summer. Although none of those games will be easy, Spain are undoubtedly the favourites in each encounter. As they should stroll to the top of the group, the biggest storyline in Group E will likely be the battle for 2nd place.
Group F - Hungary To Finish Bottom @ 7/20
Hungary are definitely the unluckiest team at Euro 2020. They have been drawn in a group alongside Germany, France and Portugal, who are all considered amongst the favourites to win the competition. It would take a miracle for Hungary to qualify from this group, and they’d likely be relying on a complete collapse of another side, rather than quality from within their own ranks. Honestly, 7/20 still feels far too short for Hungary to finish bottom of Group F, and it’s a bet that we can’t avoid backing.
Player of the Tournament - Kylian Mbappe @ 5/1
It’s hard to avoid Kylian Mbappe as the Player of the Tournament. He’s undoubtedly one of the best players in the world already and is a guaranteed starter for France, the pre-tournament favourites. Even with Karim Benzema coming back into the France side, Mbappe will be the main goal-scoring threat. There’s a chance he could grab the Golden Boot alongside the Player of the Tournament. At such a young age, Mbappe has already dominated the World Cup, in which he won the Young Player of the Tournament. We expect him to continue his remarkable career and become the stand out player of Euro 2020.
Young Player of the Tournament - Ferran Torres @ 11/1
When looking through the Young Player of the Tournament markets, there were a few options who might be considered better players than Ferran Torres. Phil Foden and Mason Mount are both up there as favourites, alongside fellow Englishman Jadon Sancho. However, the number of English players up for the award might harm everyone’s chances. Foden and Mount are likely fighting amongst each other for a spot in the team, whilst Sancho himself isn’t guaranteed a starting spot. That’s why we’re backing Ferran Torres. After an impressive season with Man City, he is the young star of a Spain side that could go far into the tournament. He’s likely to start every game and potentially grab a few goals as one of the more threatening attacking players. At 11/1, Torres is definitely worth a punt.
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