- Euro 2020 has been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
- Oddsmakers have made England the main favorite for the title at +400.
- Other favorites include Belgium, France, and Netherlands.
The coronavirus pandemic has put most of Europe in a lockdown, with all the major sports events being suspended as a result. Some competitions are planned to resume as soon as the outbreak starts slowing down. Others, like the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, are going to take place next year. The postponement has made bookmakers adjust the betting odds, making England an even bigger favorite to win Euro 2020.
Biggest Favorites to Win the Tournament
|Team to Win Euro 2020||Odds at BetOnline.ag|
Why is England the Biggest Favorite to Win Euro 2020?
Since the news about the postponing of the Euro 2020, the odds on England winning the title have shortened. In some online sportsbooks, the odds have dropped from more than +500 to +400. One of the reasons for that is that several key England players are injured at the moment (Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, etc.) and probably wouldn’t be able to recover completely by summer.
Another reason is that the England squad is getting older and more experienced. The team that reached the semifinal of the 2020 World Cup had only three players over thirty in the squad. Most of England’s crucial players are going to be in their mid-to-late twenties by summer 2021.
In addition, there are some promising youngsters are coming into the spotlight, e.g. Jadon Sancho, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, and so on.
What About the Other Three 2018 World Cup Semi-Finalists?
The reigning world champion France is the third favorite for winning the title in 2021. The reason is that several of their first-team players might decide to retire by then, like Olivier Giroud, for example. Plus, some of France’s biggest stars Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, and a few others, haven’t been playing very well lately.
In Croatia, the 2018 World Cup best player Luka Modric is turning 35 this September. Even if he doesn’t retire from international soccer, Croatia’s captain probably isn’t going to be able to put on the same level of performance as he did in Russia.
It’s basically the same when it comes to other players who were instrumental for leading Croatia to the final of the World Cup, e.g. Rakitic, Mandzukic, Vida, Perisic, etc.
Belgium, the team that won bronze in the 2018 tournament is now the second favorite for winning the title in 2021 with the odds of +500. Similarly to England, Belgium also has a reasonably young squad, with many youngsters ready to step up.
Dark Horses of Euro 2020
Portugal is the reigning Euro champion, having won the title in 2016. The trouble is that this team’s biggest star, Cristiano Ronaldo turns 36 next February. It seems very likely that he’s going to retire from international soccer by summer 2021.
The team Portugal beat in the final of the Nation League, Netherlands, is one of the dark horses of Euro 2020. The Dutch have some rising stars in the squad, including Matthijs de Ligt, Frankie de Jong, Donny van de Beek, and Justin Kluivert. In addition, the Netherlands is captained by probably the best defender in the world, Virgil van Dijk.