Football expert Ryan Elliott casts his eye over the key Euro 2020 betting markets, bringing you a host of outright tips ahead of the tournament.
Euro 2020 Winner MarketSee All Odds
Euro 2021 Prediction
With the European Championships only a few days away, we’re now close enough to the action starting to have a really good look at some of the major betting markets, starting with the outright winner.
As loathe as I am to go against what is an exceptionally talented England squad, I simply cannot overlook France to win the tournament, priced at 26/5.
Didier Deschamps, who of course guided his nation to World Cup glory in 2018, has a very similar set of players to pick from this time around, with the obvious (and very welcome) addition of Karim Benzema up top.
They are rightly the tournament favourites, and with so many proven winners amongst the squad, they’re still the team to beat for me. Benzema, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann make up a terrifying front line, while a midfield three of Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot and N’Golo Kante is equally as mouth-watering.
Match-winners all over the park and no obvious weaknesses - good luck stopping them.
Second-favourites England (6/1), with home advantage for most of their potential fixtures, will fancy their chances, but the issues surrounding Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson’s fitness could have a real bearing on how far Gareth Southgate takes the side, while the defence could expose the Three Lions further down the line.
There aren’t many sides who I’d confidently back against England, but the aforementioned France are one of them.
Belgium (15/2) are another side who simply don’t have as many bases covered as France. Romelu Lukaku is an almost guaranteed source of goals, especially when feasting on Kevin De Bruyne’s service, but the woes of Eden Hazard this campaign will have undoubtedly worried Roberto Martinez, and a likely defensive trio of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld (yes, still them) and Jason Denayer doesn’t inspire total confidence.
I’m a little surprised Germany (9/1) are fourth-favourites with some operators considering the poor results which have increasingly crept into their game over the last few years (most notably the 6-0 hammering at the hands of Spain and the humiliation against North Macedonia), and I’d much sooner back Portugal or Italy as (somewhat) value outsiders.
The final two sides who are priced at under 30/1 are Spain (19/2) and the Netherlands (33/2). Luis Enrique’s squad has a young, raw look to it, and a deep run in this tournament looks a step too far for them at the moment, but they’ll only improve under a very good manager.
And a very good manager the Netherlands boss Frank de Boer is not; they’ll get out of their group, but not much further.
Euro 2020 Golden Boot MarketSee All Odds
Euro 2021 Golden Boot Prediction
Looking at the top scorer market next, and my Euro 2020 Golden Boot prediction is…Romelu Lukaku, priced at 7/1.
The Belgian scored 30 goals in just 44 games in all competitions for Inter last season, and he has a real chance to cash in during the group stages. Denmark are a tough nut to crack, but he could have a field day against Finland and particularly Russia.
Belgium are also likely to win their group, and therefore face a third-placed side in the last-16, while England will almost certainly face France, Germany or Portugal should they win their group, so that also plays in Rom’s favour.
Euro 2020 Player of the Tournament Market See All Odds
Euro 2021 Player of the Tournament Prediction
Considering I’m relatively bullish about France’s chances in the tournament, I’m also going to tip up two of their squad as potential winners of the Player of the Tournament awards.
Kylian Mbappe is the first. Not only is he perhaps the world’s best player right now, but he’s the sweetheart of UEFA who is quite clearly a crucial part of the French side, and if they are to win the whole thing, he’s one of the two players I see truly shining for them.
Mbappe won the Best Young Player award at the 2018 World Cup, and I see no reason why he can’t continue collecting individual silverware.
The other contender, at a bonkers price of 33/1, is N’Golo Kante. Very much the sweetheart’s choice following his Premier League and Champions League exploits last season, Kante brings so much goodwill into this tournament following so many incredible recent displays that there’s almost an expectation of brilliance, so he’s going in as a longshot.
Euro 2020 Young Player of the Tournament Market See All Odds
Euro 2021 Young Player of the Tournament Prediction
The final market I’ll quickly look at is the Young Player of the Tournament, and I’m going for Mason Mount.
Favourite Phil Foden looks too short at 4/1 here, and Mount seems more assured of his position in Gareth Southgate’s starting side than pretty much anyone apart from Harry Kane, and his special run of form up until that Champions League final puts him in such a strong position.
Another Chelsea player, Kai Havertz, is third-favourite here, although I’m not expecting too much from Germany in this tournament, so he’s at a disadvantage in my eyes.
Joao Felix at 11/1 is tempting, although will he be able to stand out in such a star-studded Portugal side? Ferran Torres is also a potential contender, but he wasn’t able to outshine Mount or Foden in England last season, and I don’t expect he’ll do so in the Euros.
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