The UEFA Euro Cup., scheduled to kick off on June 11, is sure to take the betting scene by storm! Naturally, every football enthusiast out there is making Euro Cup winner predictions. But, of course, that hardly comes as a surprise, given that sports fans, particularly football-lovers, wait for four long years for this mega-event.
This year, it’s even more eagerly awaited, and why not? After all, football lovers have waited for one entire year for the Euro Cup, as it was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.
In this blog, we, at Fun88, have attempted to give you a fair insight into which soccer team has the best outright odds, based on which you can set off on your betting spree!
These are the favourites:
- England: This might sound ludicrous to some, but believe us, they have a strong chance of winning the Euro Cup in 2021. England are hoping to live up to the expectations built around them and will put their best foot forward to build on their fourth-place finish at the 2018 World Cup. If Gareth Southgate manages to master the skill of attacking options while also keeping things tight at the back, maybe it could seal the deal for England.
Gareth Southgate’s team couldn’t get lucky enough for the semi-finals in Russia. Seemingly out of steam, it lost to Croatia. But with three years of experience backing them, this still relatively young team may have enough steam to go all the way in the summer. England are highly likely to play five of the seven games, including the semi-final and final of the Euro Cup, at Wembley. We know that home support makes a significant difference, particularly if fans are allowed to return.
Southgate has taken some bold decisions within his squad, the most noteworthy being the absence of Jesse Lingard and James Ward-Prowse.
- France: Countless fans are rooting for France to go way up there and emerge as the winning team at the Euro Cup. It would hardly be an overstatement to call KylianMbappe the best soccer player in the world and Didier Deschamps is truly a manager to count on. With such stalwarts leading the team, France is clearly among the favourites to win the cup, having already won the World Cup in 2018.
- Belgium: Belgium are one of the best squads in the tournament, ably guided by Roberto Martinez. Belgium exudes a star power that can be put any team to shame, particularly with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne being in fine form. Besides, their current lineup is once in a generation bunch of talented players. We’re hoping that they will live up to their potential in this Euro Cup.
- Spain: Surely a force to be reckoned with, Spain are equipped with a team of world-class players who can excel from any position. Having been victorious in both the 2008 and 2012 editions of the Euro Cup, Spain are surely blessed with a winning DNA.That being said, Spain has not performed well in recent times. But, under the manager, Luis Enrique, it’s definitely a capable team.
- Portugal: Now, this team boasts of a host of players who have delivered impressive performances in the domestic season during the run-up to the tournament. Players like Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo, and Bernardo Silva are all Premier League champions with Manchester City. On the other hand, Diogo Jots, after having put up a great show with Liverpool, might be involved too, given his late-season injury does not turn out to be much of a concern.
The dark horses:
- Poland: There would be no better time for Poland to make its way to the knockout rounds, thanks to the reigning men’s player of the year, Robert Lewandowski, being in such a fine form. Poland have managed to get beyond the group stages only once in history, but it will surely set high aspirations in 2021’s edition of the Euro Cup. Their fate is likely to be decided in the final Group E game against Sweden.
- Turkey: This team largely comprises top-tier talents in some of the best leagues of Europe. Turkey have the capacity to not only make a huge impact in the Euros but also treat us to some electrifying football skills. Under the team manager, ŞenolGüneş, Turkey have managed to get an astounding 23 points with the current World Champion, i.e. France in their group, during the European Qualifying Campaign.
With the defence being anchored by Leicester City’s CaglarSoyuncu and MerihDemiral of Juventus, the Turks give the impression of being a complete team in the true sense of the term. Besides, HakanCalhanoglu is expected to perfectly complement the ageless Burak Yilmaz, together forming a formidable duo. They defeated the Netherlands back in March and might have a surprise or two in store for us this summer.
- Italy: Experts believe that Italy has got its best team in years. They would like to pick up right where they left off from their run in the qualifiers. Under the able guidance of former Manchester City title winner Roberto Mancini, Italy is gearing up for a remarkable stint. The only thing that can get in the way is an awkward-looking Turkey team in the group.
Whom to avoid:
- Netherlands: Having been the winners in 1988, Netherlands are always favoured in major tournaments. But they disappointed football fans with their performance in Euro Cup 2016 and the World Cup 2018, failing to qualify for either. New coach Frank de Boer is under tremendous pressure to deliver. To make matters worse, the absence of Liverpool talisman Virgil van Dijk can make things more difficult for them.
- Germany: Germany once enjoyed a rock-solid reputation wherein one could never write them off, no matter which tournament it was. But that was the team of yesteryears. In recent times, Germany had to face the embarrassment of a group-stage exit at the 2018 World Cup that hints at its vulnerability. This was something hitherto unfamiliar to Germany, and to further add to their woes, head coach Joachim Low is likely to leave after the tournament. In the opening two games, Germany is set to be pitted against France and Portugal. This means Germany will have to speed up from the word go or head back home pretty early.
Top contenders for the Golden Boot at the UEFA Euro Cup
England have landed in a favourable group, which means Harry Kane should be in good form. Fans still fondly cherish his performance in Russia, and are keeping their fingers crossed to see if he can manage to turn things in England’s interest. Lewandowski, after a record-breaking year with Bayern Munich, can emerge to be the saviour for Poland.
Ronaldo is raring to take on even the tightest teams of the tournament in the group stage, and might give football enthusiasts some ‘golden’ moments. Likewise, we are sure to have some copious doses of adrenaline rush thanks to Mbappe, who is hailed as the main goal threat of France, and is expected to hold his own ground, even when surrounded by attacking talent all around.
Belgium’s Lukaku is also a strong contender for the Golden Boot.
How will England find its way?
Since this tournament is going to bear the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, England stands a great chance of enjoying what can be termed as the home advantage element. Even if things don’t work out their way, the Three Lions can be a top pick, since not having to travel is a major advantage amidst such times. The route that England will take to reach the finals, however, remains to be seen. If Southgate’s men win Group D, then the team at the second position in the perilous Group F, will await in the last 16. This can potentially be France, Portugal, or Germany.
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