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UEFA Euros 2020 Group Betting Picks, Predictions, Odds

 

June 6, 2021
by Toby Maxtone-Smith
VI Soccer Expert
VegasInsider.com

2020 UEFA Euro Betting Resources

2020 UEFA Euro Group A Best Bets

  • Italy-Turkey Dual Forecast at 5/2

Group A Result Predictions

  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Switzerland
  • Wales

Italy look good to progress from this group with some ease. They play all three matches at the Stadio Olimpico and should dominate possession in all their matches. However, group betting is probably not the best way to side with Italy, which generally come on strong during tournaments.

Their match against Turkey on the opening night could be a real treat. The attacking Turks have a lot of players in excellent form and they often really come together during tournaments. Burak Yilmaz and Hakan Calhanoglu are their main attacking threats, while the centre-backs are solid and aggressive.

Switzerland is always solid at tournaments, generally making the last 16 and can definitely frustrate their opponents. Xherdan Shaqiri’s injuries at Liverpool are a big concern, however, and striker Haris Seferovic struggles to replicate his club form for his country. They also have a nightmare travel schedule, going from Baku to Rome all the way back to Baku for the final game.

Wales made the semi-finals of the last Euros but their key men, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey have been blighted by injury over the last few years and are not the players they once were. Caretaker manager Rob Page is very inexperienced and the Welsh will struggle to replicate their incredible run in France.



2020 UEFA Euro Group B Best Bets

  • Belgium to win Group B at 4/5

Group B Result Predictions

  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Russia
  • Finland

Belgium play two of their three games away from home in this group, but this is still a favourable draw. Their golden generation of players has been adept at making short work of inferior opponents. They won all three group games at the last World Cup.

Denmark is an intriguing side. All three of their games are at the Parken Stadion in Copenhagen. They are very solid defensively, with Kasper Schmeichel in goal and Simon Kjaer and Andreas Christensen at centre-back. They have varied options in attack and a lot of top tier experience in their squad. They should come second.

Russia plays two matches in St Petersburg. Confidence was boosted by their strong run at home in 2018, but there have certainly been more talented Russian sides. Artem Dzyuba upfront will be key to their chances, but their recent form has been poor.

Finland will take the role of Iceland at Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018: a northern European side defined by its togetherness. They will be unspectacular and defensive, but their reliance on Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki for goals may be their undoing in a group that is tougher than it looks.

2020 UEFA Euro Group C Best Bets

  • Netherlands-Ukraine Dual Forecast at 6/5

Group C Result Predictions

  • Netherlands
  • Ukraine
  • Austria
  • North Macedonia

Despite huge doubts over their ability to win the tournament, the Netherlands have been given a great draw. This is the weakest group in the tournament and the Dutch play all three matches at home. Even if they look unconvincing it is unlikely that they do not win this section.

Ukraine looks the best value to overachieve. There is a huge amount of club cohesion in the squad. Ten of the 26 play for Dynamo Kyiv; seven play for Shakhtar Donetsk. Their midfield trio of Taras Stepanenko, Ruslan Malinovskyi and Oleksandr Zinchenko is talented and balanced and they can make the most of a kind draw.

Austria disappointed as ‘dark horses’ at Euro 2016. 21 of their 26-man squad play in the Bundesliga, so they have a good pedigree as a group. However there may be a lack of goals in the squad, and they still have not found the perfect role for their key man, David Alaba.

North Macedonia are in their first-ever major tournament having qualified via the Nations League. They are probably the weakest side on paper at the tournament, but the group has given them a chance. They have some exciting attacking options and will play a solid 5-3-2 formation. But they are still likely to come bottom.


Tottenham's Harry Kane looks to help England win Group D, one of the favorites to score the most goals this tournament. (AP)

2020 UEFA Euro Group D Best Bets

  • Scotland to finish bottom at 11/8

Group D Result Predictions

  • England
  • Czech Republic
  • Croatia
  • Scotland

England generally fare well in the group stages and are rightfully strong favourites to top Group D. They will be desperate to avenge their World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia in the opener at Wembley and should have too much quality for Scotland and the Czechs. Tougher assignments will follow, however. If they win the group they are likely to face France, Portugal or Germany in the last 16.

The Czech Republic might be the surprise here. Their squad is solid and unspectacular but have a good experience playing together. They are tough and wily, rather similar to a Premier League side, which will equip them well for their opener against Scotland. The midfield engine room is full of power and they have a good target man in Patrik Schick.

Croatia looks past their best, although the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacicand Marcelo Brozovic will mean they will compete well in every game. Centre-backs Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida are 33 and 32 respectively, however, and they have not adequately replaced Mario Mandzuk up front.

Scotland is competing in their first tournament since 1998 and play two of their three matches in Glasgow. Their midfield is solid and they boast two excellent options on the left of their defence, Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney. However, their opponents are not a great match for them and it is hard to see where their goals are going to come from.

2020 UEFA Euro Group E Best Bets

  • Spain-Sweden Dual Forecast at 6/4

Group E Result Predictions

  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Poland
  • Slovakia

Spain is quite unpredictable at this tournament. There are still a lot of spots in their side up for grabs, but even though they may come unstuck against the best sides in the tournament, they should have enough to win this group. All three opponents will allow Spain to dominate the ball, and it is hard to see them conceding too many chances.

Sweden looks value to edge Poland to second in this section. In Dejan Kulusevski and Aleksander Isak, they have two very exciting attackers to complement their usual solidity in a 4-4-2 system. They made the quarter-finals of the last World Cup and can make it through to the knockout stages again here.

Poland has arguably the best striker in the world, but they are overdependent on Robert Lewandowski and may endure another disappointing campaign. They came last in a kind group at the last World Cup and are yet to settle on a strongest XI.

Slovakia looks like one of the weakest sides at the tournament on paper. Their attacking options look dreadful, with all their strikers playing for minor clubs and with poor international goalscoring records. Strong defensive foundations mean they are unlikely to be thrashed at any point, though they should still finish bottom.

2020 UEFA Euro Group F Best Bets

  • France to win Group F at 13/8

Group F Result Predictions

  • France
  • Germany
  • Portugal
  • Hungary

France are the strongest side at this tournament, and even though they are in this edition’s group of death, they should come through without any problems. Their opener against Germany in Munich is tough but the fact that they play two games away from home is heavily factored into their price to win this section.

Germany bombed out at the group stages at the last World Cup and results and performances have continued to be unimpressive since then. However, home advantage in all three group games makes it very unlikely that they will not progress, although they look some way behind the French in terms of talent and cohesion.

Portugal has a good chance of winning the whole tournament, but it is important to remember that they qualified third from their group in 2016, drawing all three matches. They will be content just to qualify by any means necessary and are best backed once the group stages end.

Hungary was more enterprising than most minnows at Euro 2016, so in a way, it is a shame that they have been dealt such an impossible-looking group. They do play their first two matches at home, and the Puskas Arena in Budapest is likely to be at full capacity. However, the injury to Dominik Szoboszlai is a real shame and their squad looks bereft of real top-level talent. They are likely to lose all three games.


  
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