England

After a year’s delay because of Covid-19, the Women’s European Championship 2022 finally kicks off next week, with hosts England looking to progress further than they did in 2017 where they lost to eventual winners, Netherlands, in the semi-final.

Making their ninth finals appearance, the Lionesses have accounted for the highest winning bets percentage in all of women’s football this year, with an impressive 23.35% win rate. With home advantage on their side and having been tipped among the tournament favourites (Best Price 9/2), it’s no surprise that Sarina Wiegman’s side are the most heavily backed this summer with 43% of bets.

They face an interesting group, though, having been drawn against a difficult Austria, who also made the semi-finals in 2017 and Northern Ireland, the untested sole debutants in this year’s tournament.

Spain

Being largely made up of a fantastic Barcelona team who have just won their third successive League title, this tournament could be the one that Spain solidify themselves as the dominant force in women’s European football. Being tipped as favourites as short as (11/4) and heavily backed with 39% of all bets, they hope to better their best ever semi-finals finish in 1997 and claim outright victory for the first time. 

They face an incredibly difficult group, however, having been named in the group of death alongside eight-time European champions Germany and 2017 finalists Denmark. 

Nevertheless, If they can take they’re excellent World Cup qualifying form of six wins out of six with six clean sheets into the tournament and have Ballon d’Or Féminin winner Alexia Putellas playing her best football, they are sure to go far. 

Sweden 

With 15 wins and three draws in the last year, Sweden are coming into the tournament in fine form and are being backed by 9% of the market to win outright (Best Price 17/2). 

After winning the first ever European Championships back in 1984, they have been a near ever presence in the tournament as it has grown and developed to what it is today. 

Having not progressed past the semi-final since, they come into the tournament with optimism that they can better their quarter-final finish from 2017 where they were knocked out by eventual winners.

Norway 

The outsiders pick of the five most backed teams this summer (20/1 Best), Norway have been backed by 4% of the market and come into the tournament having won seven out of eight World Cup qualifying games, scoring 41 goals. 

They have a difficult group to get through, with both England and Austria reaching the semi-finals in 2017 but will hope to be the upset of the tournament and qualify for the knockouts regardless. 

They had a poor tournament last time round, finishing rock bottom of the group with no wins and no goals, and will hope this isn’t the case this time round. 

France 

Similar to the men’s team, France are rated as one of the best teams in the world and one of the likeliest to win the Women’s Euros outright (11/2 Best Price, 5/1 Worst), yet only 1% of the oddschecker community have backed them so far. They should have a relatively easy time getting out of a group consisting of Belgium, Iceland and Italy who all failed to do so in 2017. 

They come off the back of a successful World Cup qualifying campaign, where they won six out of six, scoring 37 goals and conceding just two. They will hope to better their disappointing 2017 quarter-final defeat to England this time round. 

With PSG’s Marie-Antoinette Katoto second favourite (8/1), only behind England’s Ellen White (6/1), to win the tournament’s Golden Boot, it is expected that they will continue their free scoring style and really push on to the later rounds.