The upcoming UEFA Euro Cup may turn out to be the most fiercely contested championship in recent times. To begin with, there were no automatic qualifying berths, which meant each team had to prove its mettle to compete in the finals of the championship.
Many soccer biggies of Europe like Germany, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands aren’t performing well recently. But, teams like Belgium, Croatia, and Russia have proved that they can easily shock the bigger teams, as they showed in the World Cup 2018.
France, England, and Belgium do have the edge over the other teams, as evident from their recent performance. The football scene is witnessing a lot of churning, and the betting market is abuzz with all sorts of speculations about which team has the best chance of winning the Euro Cup and which team is most likely to be the loser in the lot.
At Fun88, our experts have done a lot of research to figure out who will emerge as the champ and who will most likely bite the dust. The idea is to help you with insights and make it easier for you to place bets on soccer.
England has the best chance of winning the Euro Cup this time
A few years ago, if you had told someone that England had the best chance of winning any major tournament, they wouldn’t have believed it. Except for winning the World Cup in 1966, the English team has seldom come close to winning a major cup despite having formidable line-ups on paper.
But, in 2018, England did surprise everyone (and perhaps even themselves) by reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup, where they lost to a far superior Croatian team. However, football pundits did note that England were a very young side in 2018, and a few years of experience would do them good.
Cut to 2021, the English team has gained experience, and most of its players are still in their 20s, so age is on their side. They are performing really well, having won 7 out of 8 games and scored 37 goals in the qualifying stage.
England coach, Gareth Southgate, has a team brimming with young, exciting talent like Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Reece James, Jude Bellingham, and Jadon Sancho.
Quite a few English players have made a huge mark playing for their clubs. For example, midfielders like Foden and Mount are the mainstay of their clubs Manchester City and Chelsea, respectively.
At the age of just 17, Bellingham is already a key player for Borussia Dortmund. In Reece James, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker, and Kieran Trippier, Southgate has got a number of talented players for the right-back position.
Above all, England have Harry Kane as their captain and striker. Kane is among the best players in the world. He’s known for his prolific goal-scoring ability and also assisting his teammates in scoring. England clearly have a talented side, and it’ll be a pity if they don’t emerge as the UEFA Euro Cup winners this time.
Finland has the highest chance of losing or not making it to the Round of 16
This Euro Cup is the first time that Finland is playing at a major tournament. In the past, Finland has never played in a World Cup or in a Euro Cup. So, it must be a matter of pride for them that they are finally playing this time. That said, the Finnish team has the least probability of advancing beyond the group stage. Therefore, chances are really low that they will reach the Round of 16.
Let’s look at how Finland has performed against other teams in the qualifiers of the Euro Cup. They have played seven games against teams that have qualified for the cup. In those games, Finland has scored only five times. Finland shut out three times in seven games, which means they couldn’t earn a point on three occasions. Obviously, it’s very tough for a team to do well if it neither scores nor earns points.
Moreover, their main striker, Teemu Pukki, is battling with an ankle injury, which he sustained recently in May. Finland will definitely be a much weaker side in Pukki’s absence. Even if he plays, his injury will remain a point of concern. The odds are against Finland doing well at the Euro Cup.
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