While the debate rumbles on over whether it’ll be called Euro 2020 or Euro 2021 by the time the tournament comes round, the anticipation is building ahead of next summer’s delayed European Championships.
It’s a tournament that, on paper, has everything: multiple host countries (at the time of writing), plenty of Home Nations representation and a spicy ‘Group of Death’.
Here’s our look at the early Euro 2020 outright betting, plus the latest group winner odds…
Euro 2020 Outrights – The Favourites
Unsurprisingly, it’s world champions France who lead the way when it comes to the latest Euro 2020/21 odds. Didier Deschamps’ side will be looking to make amends for the missed opportunity that was Euro 2016. That tournament saw the expected celebrations in Paris fall flat as Portugal snatched a dramatic extra-time win to deny the hosts in the final.
The French were made to work hard for their place at Euro 2020 courtesy of a surprisingly strong challenge from Turkey in the group qualifiers, but squad depth and that World Cup experience makes them hard to back against.
Time is almost up for Belgium and their golden generation. This next two-year cycle could be their final chance to capitalise on an insane era of strength in depth, and they are heavily fancied 27/5 joint second favourites in the Euro 2021 betting to make their breakthrough next summer.
England expects – as it always does at every major tournament.
Gareth Southgate’s side were arguably surprise overperformers at World Cup 2018 but raised expectations could be the danger here. After a disappointing Nations League campaign and some questionable team selections in 2020, expect Southgate to be under a whole lot more scrutiny in a tournament where expected big hitters can fall short early.
It’s always dangerous to write off Germany – particularly right after they flop at a major finals. A much-mocked German side bombed out of Euro 2000 only to reach the 2002 World Cup Final.
Could history effectively repeat itself nearly 20 years later as Joachim Löw looks to make up for a spectacular no-show in Russia with a major tournament rebound?
After losing just one game in qualifying, it would be no surprise to see Die Mannschaft stay the distance this time around.
The Netherlands have recovered well from their lengthy barren spell to reach a first tournament finals since World Cup 2014, but that revival was largely led by the now absent Ronald Koeman.
The jury is still out on successor Frank De Boer’s management credentials at the top level – a man José Mourinho rather brutally dismissed as ‘the worst manager in the history of the Premier League’. That is perhaps reflected in their 73/10 price in the latest Euros outrights.
Despite a hassle-free journey into this tournament, Spain stand relatively unfancied at 15/2 in the early betting. Given they’ve never come close to scaling the heights of the class of 2008 – 2012 since many of those players walked off into the sunset, that’s arguably not all that surprising.
Three early tournament exits look to have left most punters unmoved at the prospect of a Spanish revival. Could they benefit from operating under the radar for once?
Finally, reigning champions Portugal may be worth a second look at long shot odds of 55/4 given Cristiano Ronaldo will feel he has unfinished business after limping out of the 2016 final, while Croatia are 30/1 to go one better than their World Cup 2018 heroics.
Euro 2021 (Euro 2020) Winner Odds
- France – 26/5
- Belgium – 27/5
- England – 27/5
- Germany – 36/5
- Netherlands – 73/10
- Spain – 15/2
- Portugal – 55/4
- Croatia – 30/1
(Odds correct as of 17/11/20)
Which cities are hosting Euro 2020 games?
The tournament is currently scheduled to be played across seven countries and 12 host cities.
London, Munich, Rome, Baku, Budapest, St Petersburg, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Dublin and Glasgow will all be Euro 2020 host cities.
The semi-finals and finals will take place at Wembley.
How does the Euro 2020/2021 format work?
Euro 2020 will follow the same format as Euro 2016 – which means group winners, runners-up, and the best four third-placed teams will qualify for the knockout stages. Tie breakers will initially be determined by head-to-head records.
When does Euro 2021 start?
The delayed Euro 2020/21 tournament starts with Turkey vs Italy on Friday 11th June 2021 (20:00).
When is England’s first game at Euro 2021?
England trade blows with World Cup 2018 nemesis Croatia in their first game on Sunday 13th June 2021 (14:00) at Wembley Stadium.
When is Scotland’s first game at Euro 2021?
Scotland make their long-awaited reappearance at a major tournament against the Czech Republic on Monday 14th June 2021 (14:00) at Hampden Park.
When is Wales’ first game at Euro 2021?
Wales kick off their tournament with a trip to Baku as they take on Switzerland in the second match of the competition on Saturday 12th June 2021 (14:00).
Euro 2020 Group Winner Odds – Latest Outright Betting
Euro 2020/21 will see sides split into six groups – A to F, with the top two automatically advancing to the round of 16. Four third place ‘lucky losers’ will join them in the knockout stages.
Euro 2020 Group A winner odds
Italy start as group favourites, but it might not be plain sailing for the Azzurri despite host nation status.
Turkey managed to push France all the way in the qualifiers, while Switzerland have a decent track record of reaching knockout stages in recent times.
Wales may need a bright double header in Baku to keep their hopes alive, given a trip to Rome awaits them in the final round of games.
Italy – 14/25
Switzerland – 9/2
Turkey – 119/20
Wales – 32/5
Euro 2020 Group B Winner Odds
After tussling in the Nations League, it’s a swift return to battle for Belgium and Denmark at Euro 2021.
The Belgians are heavily fancied to take top billing given their star wattage, but the Danes and Russians look closely matched to potentially join them in the knockouts.
Don’t entirely discount Finland, who have a free hit here after an impressive qualifying campaign that saw them tail Italy to reach a first major finals.
Both Denmark and Russia could benefit from home backing if crowds are back in time for summer 2021.
Belgium – 69/100
Denmark – 141/50
Russia – 83/20
Finland – 65/4
Euro 2020 Group C Winner Odds
The fanatical Oranje fanbase have been kept waiting for a taste of major tournament action. After missing out on Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018, the Netherlands will be desperate to make up for lost ground on the international stage and have been handed a doozy of a group to re-assert their authority.
That said, Austria and the Ukraine are no pushovers, and the latter topped Portugal in their qualifying group.
North Macedonia were the biggest beneficiaries of the Nations League play-off lottery, and the minnows might have the best story of the tournament as 37-year-old Goran Pandev finally gets his chance to impress at the highest level.
Netherlands – 39/100
Austria – 97/20
Ukraine – 5/1
North Macedonia – 22/1
Euro 2020 Group D Winner Odds
It’s an oddly nostalgic group for England, with three of their old tournament adversaries all appearing in Group D.
While all the attention will be on England vs Scotland in matchday two, both Croatia and Czech Republic could prove a thorn in the side of the two Home Nations in the opening round of games.
Wembley and Hampden Park could be the secret weapons here for both sides if the fans are back in force. Expect fireworks whichever way you look in a humdinger of a group.
England – 2/5
Croatia – 3/1
Czech Republic – 12/1
Scotland – 16/1
Euro 2020 Group E Winner Odds
Spain might just have dodged a bullet after landing in a group that looks, on the surface, more favourable than the ones facing other likely Euro 2020 winners, but Poland could be the dark horses of this group if the ruthless Robert Lewandowski is fully fit and firing next summer.
Sweden look a weaker proposition than previous generations and may need to find an extra gear to escape the group stages of these championships for the first time since Euro 2004, while Slovakia will be looking to emulate their Round of 16 appearance from four years ago.
Spain – 9/25
Poland – 6/1
Sweden – 7/1
Slovakia – 14/1
Euro 2020 Group F Winner Odds
Have UEFA saved the best until last?
Group F will be the final group to get underway on the 15th June, and poor old Hungary have been handed a hospital pass after being planted in a group containing traditional giants France, Portugal and Germany.
All three nations will be hoping games are of a high enough quality in this group to ensure a ‘lucky loser’ goes through, but home advantage could give Hungary at least a puncher’s chance of extending their stay beyond three games.
France – 7/5
Germany – 7/5
Portugal – 4/1
Hungary – 32/1
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.