Euro 2020 Predictions
The UEFA European Football Championship 2020 has commenced and looks to be one of the most tightly contested editions in years. A myriad of teams could come out on top, with each passing game revealing something new about the participating teams.
However, trying to call the shots is a real challenge. Unlike the World Cup in recent years, the Euros are known to throw up a surprise from time to time. Denmark had improbable success in 1992, while nobody predicted Greece to win in 2004, and even Portugal in 2016 were dark horses. Here are four teams that could win Euro 2020.
First up we have two teams which many regards as the favourites to win the competition. They both were in the final four for the 2018 World Cup, and while France are the reigning World Champions, pundits argue that England has vastly improved their squad since then. As such, UEFA Euro betting
has France favoured at 4/1, closely followed by England at 11/2. Either could be considered the safest bet.
France go into the competition with a pretty similar squad from the World Cup, barring one prominent name: Karim Benzema. The Real Madrid star has elevated his game in the last two seasons, and adding such a talent could see France win another major trophy. On the other hand, England has revamped their squad heavily, featuring the spine of Harry Maguire, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, and an injection of youth like Mason Mount, Phil Foden, and Declan Rice.
Dark Horses: The Netherlands
The Dutch squad hasn`t gotten as much backing in the media since Frank de Boer took over for Ronald Koeman. It`s understandable considering the attractive and electric football Koeman had them playing, whereas Frank de Boer hasn`t instilled as much confidence.
That being said, it`s still a squad brimming with talent that could catch fire at the right time. The backline is missing Virgil Van Dyke, but makes up for his absence with players like Stefan de Vrij, Matthijs de Ligt, Daley Blind, and Nathan Aké. They also boast a midfield of Georginio Wijnaldum, Frenkie de Jong, and Marten de Roon, while talisman Memphis Depay brings the whole team together upfront. Depay is a different beast
for the Oranje, as he showed with two goals and two assists in the group stage. They could be worth a bet at 9/1.
Outside Shot: Wales
Wales winning would be a miracle, but stranger things have happened in football. In 2016, they made it all the way to the semi-finals and could possibly go one step further this time. The squad
is largely the same since then, except for the likes of Dan James. However, Gareth Bale picked up form towards the end of last season, and it`s a squad who have been together for quite some time. The continuity and experience of players like Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen could make it a fairytale run for the Welsh at 90/1.
With so many teams boasting a number of outstanding players, it does appear to be a tournament that a couple of lucky bounces could decide.