Euro 2020 is just around the corner now transformed into Euro 2021, but who are the tournament favorites and which ones are currently in the betting?
The prestigious tournament is shaping up to be one of the most open competitions in recent times and is extremely difficult to predict. The online betting house have been open since the 24-nation lineup was confirmed in November 2020.
Portugal is the reigning champion after beating France in 2016, but who will be the next to lift the trophy?
Euro 2021 is getting closer and closer and promises to be an exceptional tournament.
The qualifying phase for UEFA EURO 2020 (now 21) was different than in previous editions. This was due to the unique format of the Final Phase, as the matches are held in 12 cities in 12 European countries, so this is the first time since 1976 that the host has not automatically qualified. Instead, 20 teams qualified for the finals through the European Qualifiers, which ended on November 19. The remaining 4 places were decided in the play-offs, building a perfect bridge between the UEFA Nation League and the European Championship.
So who are the contenders for the crown?
England are 5/1 favorites to win the European Championship for the first time after finishing fourth in the World Cup in 2018.
Gareth Southgate guided the Three Lions to their best result and will now have his sights set on winning Euro 2021.
The final will take place at Wembley, which would certainly be a storybook finale for a team that had never reached the masterpiece before.
World champion France has 5/1 to win Euro 2021. With a victory it would be the second time they have held the World Cup and the European Championship simultaneously, having also done so in 2000.
Les Bleus have won the European Championship twice in their history and were runners-up in 2016. Victory in the summer would put them on a level with Germany and Spain in three championships.
Didier Deschamps' men won six and drew one of their matches en route to winning the World Cup in 2018, beating Croatia 4-2 in the final to lift the iconic trophy for the second time.
Belgium is on 6/1 to win Euro 2021 and claim their first major trophy in history, having previously lost the final in 1980 and finished third in the 2018 World Cup.
The Red Devils are without a doubt one of the most talented squads in the world, with players like Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, and many have suggested that they finally make their golden generation go down in history.
Who could surprise at Euro 2021?
Spain is available on 7/1 to become the most successful team in the European Championship by winning their fourth title.
La Roja won the competition in 2008 and 2012, becoming the first team to retain the title in the process, and their aim will be to make up for a disappointing performance at the 2018 World Cup.
7/1 for Germany to put aside the ignominy of a World Cup group stage exit by winning Euro 2020.
Despite entering that tournament as champions, Joachim Low's men lost twice and were later relegated from their Nations League after not winning any of their four matches, although they reached Euro 2021 with seven wins in eight matches in the classification.
Nations League champions Portugal are 8/1 to repeat their 2016 success, making them the second team to win consecutive championships after Spain accomplished the feat in 2012.
Who are the outsiders of Euro 2020?
Italy is available on 9/1 to bounce back from their own failure to reach the last World Cup by claiming their second European Championship title.
The Azzurri have never missed back-to-back major tournaments and have had little trouble qualifying for this one with 10 wins in 10 games as they seek their first continental title since 1968.
The Netherlands failed to qualify for the last two major tournaments, but are 12/1 to win Euro 2021 after seemingly turning their luck.
Orange won their Nations League group and then came to this competition by scoring 19 points out of a possible 24, although the loss of Virgil van Dijk is a significant blow to their chances.
In conclusion, a tournament that is not at all clear neither for the fans nor for the experts of the betting houses.