Unfortunately, due to global Coronavirus pandemic, UEFA decided to postpone Euro 2020 for the next year. If COVID-19 won't spread further (here you can see the latest statistics: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/) EURO 2021 will be held from 11 June to 11 July 2021.
This will be the sixteenth instalment of the tournament, with the top 24 teams from the qualifiers taking their place in a competition with a twist as far as its hosting is concerned.
Rather than taking place in one country or being shared by two, EURO 2021 will move around the continent to take in trips to far-flung destinations from Baku and Budapest to Copenhagen and Dublin.
Remember, this ‘home’ advantage could prove crucial in the final shake-up, so the first of our EURO 2021 betting tips is to make sure you know which countries are playing where in their groups and in the knockout phase.
Don’t worry, though, because we’ve got plenty of insight and tips to follow!
The format has also been tweaked to extend the tournament from 16 teams to 24, and that means that the best third-placed finishers in the groups will also progress to the Round of 16.
It’s a new and unique set-up to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the tournament, but one thing we don’t expect to change is the quality of football, which featuring the best in the business on the continent will surely be outstanding.
But who will lift the trophy at Wembley Stadium on July 12? And which teams offer the best betting value?
Let’s take a look at these questions, and more, in this EURO 2021 preview.
1. How the Bookies Predict EURO Will Finish?
Given that the final is being played in London, it’s perhaps no surprise to learn that England have been installed as the EURO 2021 favourites with the bookies.
The World Cup champions, France, are next up while the multi-talented Belgians are expected to go very well too.
The best EURO 2021 bookmakers are offering generous prices on the rest of the field, and that includes the resurgent Netherlands, former European champions Spain and perennial big tournament winners Germany.
As for longshots, how about Nations League champions Portugal, World Cup 2018 finalists Croatia at or even a team like Denmark, who will play all of their three group games on home soil?
2. The EURO 2021 Favourites
Assuming England win Group D, in which they have been paired with Croatia, the Czech Republic and a play-off winner, they would theoretically play five of their seven games at Wembley Stadium on route to the final.
Is it any wonder they have been installed as favourites then? Certainly not, and for a side that reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018 there is clearly plenty more to come in major tournament play.
France qualified with relative ease for the finals, but they face a stint in the ‘group of death’ alongside Germany, Portugal and a play-off winner. For us, that is enough reason not to back any of those three teams to lift the trophy.
Belgium finally showed some chops on the big stage when reaching the last four of World Cup 2018, and maybe this fantastic generation of players has finally come of age. They blasted 40 goals in qualifying, however there are still question marks about them defensively. At least they have a straightforward group in Denmark, Russia and Finland.
The Netherlands have been reborn under Ronald Koeman after a period in the doldrums. They reached the final of the Nations League, and seem to have their old swagger back. However, you wonder if the absence of a genuine striker in their squad might ultimately prove to be their undoing.
Spain have gone under the radar in recent years, and while their squad isn’t as high quality as it used to be, remember they will play their three group games in Bilbao. After that, who knows what might happen?
3. The EURO Outsiders Worth Your Bet!
There will be bettors looking at that price on Germany and getting very interested.
Yes, they haven’t been at their best in recent years, but this is a squad with some incredible talent in it: Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos and more. They will get stronger in the knockout phase, so if they can get through the group of death they could go far.
This isn’t a vintage generation of Italian football, but they won ten out of ten in qualifying. They will be pleased with a group of Turkey, Wales and Switzerland, as well as playing their games in Rome.
Roberto Mancini’s mission has been to lower the average age of his squad though, so this tournament may come a bit too soon for his burgeoning stars.
Portugal won the Nations League but were disappointing at the World Cup, and you wonder if they still rely too heavily on the influence of Cristiano Ronaldo. Of the three teams already known in Group F, they are surely the most likely to depart at that early stage.
Croatia have big tournament pedigree of course, losing in the World Cup final, and there is lots of quality in their squad. But they really struggled to connect in qualifying, and with the retirement of Mario Mandzukic you wonder if their best days are behind them.
4. Our EURO 2021 Predictions
Making accurate EURO 2021 predictions is somehow made both easier and harder by the presence of those home group games!
One of the teams we fancy is France, but the fact they will have to play Germany in Munich complicates matters.
Playing at Wembley Stadium will really help England, and right now they are one of the best international teams in the world. As far as answering the question who will win EURO 2021 goes, the Three Lions are right up there.
And there is a case to be made for Belgium too, although their lack of quality defensive recruits really is a problem for Roberto Martinez.
It would be crazy to write off the likes of Italy and Spain, although parting with your hard-earned money on them is not advised.
Here’s a final EURO 2021 prediction: expect a strong showing from the Netherlands, who played the qualifiers with lots of swagger and attacking verve. They could surprise a few in the summer.
5. Want Some More EURO 2021 Tips?
If you have read our EURO 2021 betting tips up to now, you probably have a good idea of how we expect the tournament to shape up.
We can’t see past the favourites, England, to lift the trophy. They have the class, the big tournament pedigree and the home advantage to really make giant strides in the summer.
There are question marks against the names of the other favourites, but if each way betting is available to you then a wager on Germany, whose young squad is improving all the time, is not a crazy decision.
The bookies have squeezed their prices on individual group winners, although we were amazed to see 1.80 available on Belgium winning Group B.
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