Euro 2020 Group D Betting Preview
For Bet UK, Group D is the group that we’ll be keeping our eyes on most. With two home nations in England and Scotland, as well as World Cup runners up Croatia, there’s an argument to be made that this group could be one of the tightest outside of the group of death. At Bet UK, we’re previewing every group at Euro 2020, as well as putting together a complete Euro 2020 Betting Preview ahead of this summer’s event. You can also find all the latest Euro 2020 betting odds over at Bet UK’s online sportsbook, with markets updated daily.
Manager - Gareth Southgate Captain - Harry Kane Star Player - Harry Kane Best Euro Finish - Third Place (1968, 1996)
England will be hoping to revive the spirit of the 2018 World Cup heading into Euro 2020. Thankfully for the Three Lions, they won’t have to travel far, with all but one game on the potential route to the Final being played at Wembley Stadium. That familiarity could play a massive part in any success Gareth Southgate has. Much has been made of Southgate’s squad selection, with a strange mix of wing-backs and a lack of midfield options coming under scrutiny. There’s no doubt that there is talent in England’s squad, but a massive portion of that talent is attacking focused. Will Southgate really put out an all attacking squad at the Euros? Given his five at the back approach at the World Cup, it’s highly unlikely. We can see England winning Group D without too much trouble, but we’d be surprised if they got much further than that.
Manager - Zlatko Dalic Captain - Luka Modric Star Player - Ivan Perisic Best Euro Finish - Quarter Finals (1996, 2008)
Croatia come into this tournament on the back of their greatest international performance at the 2018 World Cup. However, since then, it hasn’t been plain sailing. In fact, Croatia have lost 7 of their last 13 games and at times have looked a shadow of that 2018 side. Granted, most of their defeats have come at the hands of impressive sides, but they’ll have to face those types of teams if they hope to have a shot at the latter stages this summer. An ageing squad has led to some familiar faces missing out, including Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic. Luka Modric is, of course, still the star name in this squad, but at 35, can he pull out world-class performances with the little rest that tournament football provides? There’s questions around this Croatia side that lead us to believe their time in Group D won’t be as easy as some are predicting.
Manager - Jaroslav Silhavy Captain - Borek Dockal Star Player - Tomas Soucek Best Euro Finish - Runner Up (1996)
The Czech Republic are a side that have had some mixed results over the past couple of years. They haven’t really been able to beat any of the bigger sides around Europe, and have been beaten by the likes of Scotland and Wales. But, there is still a part of us that thinks they could overtake Croatia in this group and qualify in 2nd place. This primarily comes down to the form of some of their star players. Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Soucek and Patrick Schick all come into this tournament on the back of impressive campaigns domestically. There is a smattering of European quality talent throughout the squad, and although they might not be too impressive one by one, they could provide some shocks as a squad. We’ve already expressed our doubts over Croatia, and we think it will be the Czechs who could jump up into 2nd place.
Manager - Steve Clarke Captain - Andy Robertson Star Player - Andy Robertson Best Euro Finish - Group Stage (1992)
Scotland have already outperformed all expectations by even qualifying for Euro 2020, thanks to a penalty shootout win over Serbia. Now they are in Group D, they could be set to cause a couple of upsets. Scotland’s squad is one that is slowly improving, with the likes of Scott McTominay, Che Adams and Billy Gilmour all likely to improve in the next few years. At the back, they obviously have strength in Andy Robertson and Kieran Tierney, but the fact that both of their best players play at left-back is always an issue for Steve Clarke. That leaves one of them out of position as both are undroppable at this point. There is quality in this Scotland side, and on paper, they could get a few points in this group, but a lack of experience at this level might completely derail them as they look to make the knockout stages for the first time.
Group D Fixtures
|13th June||14:00||England v Croatia||Wembley Stadium, London|
|14th June||14:00||Scotland v Czech Republic||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
|18th June||17:00||Croatia v Czech Republic||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
|18th June||20:00||England v Scotland||Wembley Stadium, London|
|22nd June||20:00||Croatia v Scotland||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
|22nd June||20:00||Czech Republic v England||Wembley Stadium, London|
Euro 2020 Group D Final Standings Predictions