After a one-year postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Euro Cup tournament is here. The championships will begin on Friday, June 11 and run until Sunday, July 11, when the best European football clubs compete and punters enjoy one of the main football competitions in the world.
Five years ago, in 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal were able to take home their first title. It marked their second appearance in a Euro final, and they were the first to win the tournament after its expansion to 24 teams.
Once again, the Eurocup stage is set for a 24-team tournament. Six pools of four will face 16 teams, the top two from each pool and four third-place “Wild Card” finalists, then advance to a knockout phase.
As usual, the tournament is wide open with several countries representing serious contenders to take home the trophy.
But which teams should you bet on at Euro 2021? And are there any underdogs or prop bets worth considering? Here’s a full rundown of the odds, best bets, and expert picks for winning the tournament before the start of the championship.
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Euro 2021 odds
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France (+475), the defending champions of the 2018 World Cup, will open the Euro 2021 tournament as the favorites to win, based on the odds from DraftKings Sportsbook. Despite playing in the proverbial “Group of Death”, Group F, Les Bleus are an experienced team with a great mix of solid veteran players and explosive young talents as scorers. So it’s no surprise to see them favored by the title.
After that, the usual suspects make up the rest of the teams with odds less than 10-1. England (+600), Belgium (+750), Italy (+800), Portugal (+800), Germany (+900) and Spain (+900) represent the top contenders for the title and the odds increase considerably after that.
Three teams have odds of 500-1, the worst in the tournament. They are Finland, Hungary other North macedonia
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Euro 2021 Expert Picks
The best choices to win Euro 2021
France (+475). Picking the favorite is not always fun, but there are many reasons to trust this French team. Les Bleus emerged as the 2018 World Cup winner and with Didier Deschamps it has been excellent. They have a good mix of young talent and strong veterans.
France has a shame of riches in attacking positions, including Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema, who are returning to the team after a five-year absence after settling a dispute with Deschamps. In addition, they have Ballon d’Or candidate N’Golo Kanté in midfield alongside superstar Paul Pogba. And Hugo Lloris is a veteran goalkeeper who continues to play at a high level.
There is little to dislike about this French side. The only negative is that they are in the Group of Death, so it could affect them negatively if they have problems against Portugal or Germany. But of all teams, they have the best chance of winning and can be trusted with a probability of just under 5-1.
Belgium (+750). To date, Belgium’s “Golden Generation” has yet to win a major tournament. They lost in the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals to Argentina before finishing third at the 2018 World Cup. And at the Euro, they only reached the quarter-finals in 2016 before losing to Wales in a huge surprise.
Why should we expect something different this time, especially with Kevin De Bruyne dealing with a fractured orbital bone? Simply put, this group might be desperate to win something before leaving.
De Bruyne (32), Captain Eden Hazard (30), Dries Mertens (34), Toby Alderweireld (32), Jan Vertonghen (34), Axel Witsel (32), Thomas Vermaelen (35) and Nacer Chadli (31) are all entering the final stages of their careers. Some might continue to play after the Euro with a view to next year’s World Cup. But for some, this could be the end of the line.
Belgium are talented, including Inter Milan star forward Romelu Lukaku, so they should be able to compete, and the main group will want to win for each other. Their opposition in Group B (Finland, Russia and Denmark) is not so bad. Sure, Russia and Denmark will have home-court advantage, but the Red Devils can overcome that. And if they do, that could put them on the path to victory.
Italy (+800). Italy is one of the other hottest favorites. There are a myriad of reasons for you to like them. Above all, they have played well lately. They are undefeated in 27 games and have won four consecutive games by a combined score of 12-0. Coach Roberto Mancini has his team operating with top-notch efficiency.
Additionally, Italy will be able to play three home matches due to the unique way Euro 2021 is structured with 11 different cities hosting group stage matches. That could give them a huge advantage early in the tournament, especially considering that the toughest competition they will face in their group will come from Switzerland.
The only potential problem with Italy could be with their goalkeeper. Gianluigi Donnarumma is only 22 years old and this is his first big tournament. With that said, he’s been under the microscope lately with an imminent transfer to PSG and he’s probably eager to show that he deserves a great deal and consideration among the best netminders in the world.
There is a lot to like about Italy at 8-1 odds, so they are the third best contenders to trust.
The best chosen to win Euro 2021
Austria (+10000). Look, I know what you’re thinking: Austria is not. probable to win Euro 2021. It is going to be very difficult for them to compete with the other top teams, and that is why they are listed with odds of 100-1.
That said, of all the possible underdog teams, Austria is the most intriguing. First of all, they are in a very open group, as Group C appears to be a three-horse race between the Netherlands, Ukraine and Austria. The Netherlands are top of the group worldwide at 16th overall, but they have had their share of struggles with Frank de Boer, who has only posted a 5-4-2 record as their coach.
In addition to its weakest group, Austria actually has 21 players from Europe’s “big 5” leagues, the most of any team at the tournament. They may not have the same star power as other clubs, but at least they have high-level experienced players. That includes forward Sasa Kalajdzic, who plays for Bundesliga Stuttgart.
If you’re looking for a long shot in the Iceland or Wales mold in the last few euros, Austria is probably the best bet of the bunch this year. And if you are not looking to bet them as a winner, you can still go for other bets, such as Austria finishes in the top four (+1100) or Austria reaching the quarterfinals (+300). Those would qualify as smart bets with a significant advantage.
Winner and top scorer
Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo (+3500). Portugal are another team in the race to take home the European Championship, but betting them with direct odds of +800 seems just decent when you can get this built-in parlay for +3500.
Simply put, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where Portugal repeats as Euro champion without Ronaldo (pictured below) leading the team in goals. That happened in 2016 when Ronaldo scored three, but didn’t win the Golden Shoe that year. Antoine Griezmann had six to beat him.
However, if Portugal wins, Ronaldo will be in the running for the Golden Boot, at the very least. He is also six goals away from beating Ali Daei’s world record of 109 goals in international matches. That will be on the 36-year-old legend’s mind, so he will be looking to score early and often in this tournament. That makes him as good a bet as any to win the Golden Boot, and pairing him with Portugal winning the tournament is a good value proposition with odds of 35-1.
Best final position
Portugal (+110) over Spain. Staying on the Portugal train here, it seems strange that Spain is favored over the Portuguese for a better finishing position. Yes, Portugal is in the Group of Death, while Spain have three home games and are probably the best team in their group, but Spain is dealing with some problems.
After Sergio Busquets tested positive for COVID-19, the national team has been dealing with some COVID-related issues that have kept them out of training camp. It is unclear when his players will return to action and if they will be able to practice before their opener for Sweden. So if Spain fights out of the gate, La Furia Roja could be in more trouble than expected, even if it makes it to the knockout round.
That should give the Portuguese a good chance to finish ahead of the Spanish, even if they have to deal with advancing from the Group of Death.
Group winner to highlight
Group F (+150). At +150, Group F is the favorite to win Euro 2021, and it’s easy to see why. That is the group of death and has three main contenders for the tournament: France, Portugal and Germany. All three have a legitimate chance of winning and should, at the very least, make it to the round of 16.
This bet is good insurance if you like one from France, Portugal or Germany but you fear that these nations may falter due to the difficulty of the group. It’s not nearly as lucrative as betting on any of the three contenders in the pool individually, but having a shot at three of the top seven teams in the tournament at 3-2 odds is rock solid.