With this summer’s European Championships now less than a month away, excitement is starting to build as punters analyze the Euro 2020 winner odds and try to pick who they think will lift the trophy on July 11th. The Euros is a competition that often throws up surprise winners, and it’s fair to say that few expected Portugal to emerge triumphant in 2016.
Despite that, it is always the same few names being thrown around as favourites in the pre-tournament betting, so let’s take a look at the top contenders for this year’s European Championship, and assess whether they’ve got what it takes to go all the way.
Given that England haven’t won a major international tournament since the 1966 World Cup, it’s perhaps surprising to see them leading the betting market, but that’s a testament to the talent within their ranks, and the good job Gareth Southgate has done as coach. The Three Lions enjoyed a good World Cup in 2018, reaching the semi-finals, and with much of Euro 2020 being held at Wembley Stadium, this could be a great chance for England to end that long wait for another major victory.
They possess plenty of talented young players, along with experienced heads like Harry Kane and Jordan Henderson, so if they build up a head of steam, they’ll be difficult to stop.
World Cup champions France head into this summer’s Euros similarly priced to England, and they’ll be hoping they can make it back-to-back major triumphs. Indeed, they may feel like they have a point to prove at this upcoming European Championships, having lost agonisingly to Portugal in the final on home soil five years ago.
With a strong and settled squad, it’s no surprise that France are heavily tipped to make up for their near miss in 2016 and go all the way this summer.
It’s hard to know what to expect from Germany at Euro 2020 — in what will be coach Joachim Löw’s final major tournament as boss. Die Mannschaft have a lot of making up to do after their abysmal World Cup campaign three years ago, where defeats to Mexico and South Korea saw them exit the competition at the group stage.
Usually such fierce competitors on the international stage, it will be interesting to see whether Germany can rediscover the winning formula which brought them World Cup success in 2014, to give Löw a fitting send-off.
Perennial underachievers over the last decade or so, Belgium will be keen to finally make this opportunity count. It felt as though they were building something special at the 2018 World Cup, before France put paid to their chances at the semi-final stage. This year, the aim will be to go one better and make it to the final. From there, anything can happen.
With the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku in red-hot form, it would be no surprise to see Belgium go all the way and lift the trophy at Wembley.
Spain have been unusually quiet in the last few international tournaments. Having crashed out in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup, followed by successive last-16 exits at Euro 2018 and the 2018 World Cup, there is a sense that Spain are due another deep run in a major tournament.
It wasn’t too long ago that Spain were the dominant force in international football, and with a talented squad at their disposal, they’ll be aiming to strike the right notes this time around and give a better account of themselves than in the last few major competitions.